#BIR2010 – Book Giveaway: Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs + Interview

Tera Lynn Childs is the award-winning author of the mythology-based Oh. My. Gods. and Goddess Boot Camp, the mermaid tales Forgive My Fins and Fins Are Forever (coming June 28, 2011) and a new trilogy about monster-hunting descendants of Medusa (Fall 2011). Tera lives nowhere in particular and has spent time fleeing hurricanes, making character profiles on MySpace, blogging on her own and with the Buzz Girls, and writing wherever she can find a comfy chair and a steady stream of caffeinated beverages.

Interview:

Where is your favorite place to read/write?
I almost always write in a coffee shop. I’m sure it’s mostly habit, but I finished my first manuscript by dragging myself to Starbucks and I’ve kept up the pattern.

Is there anything you need in order to write? (ie Chocolate, quiet, music)
Because I write in coffee shops (see previous question) I need a great playlist filling my ears. I can tune out the visual stimulation, but I get too easily distracted by other people’s conversations. I have to drown it out with my music.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Since I became vegan ice cream is off limits. But I’ll make an occasional exception for Green Tea ice cream. And if Ben and Jerry’s ever resurrects their White Russian flavor, I’ll totally fall off the vegan wagon for that.

Which fictional character would you most like to meet?
Mr. Darcy. I know it’s such a cliche, but he was my first true love book hero, the kind that made me gasp out loud. I think I’ve spent the rest of my reading and writing life searching for more of those gasp-worthy moments.

What kind of book do you read when you get sick?
Romance. (see previous question) Regency, Scottish, or medieval set historical romances are my favorite. In fact, the first book I ever wrote was a Regency historical romance. I think it all goes back to Mr. Darcy.

Night owl, or early bird?
Night. Owl. When I let my body go on it’s natural schedule, usually go to bed at two in the morning and get up at ten.

If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be, male or female, doesn’t matter and why?
This is a though one, but I’d have to say Athena. She’s got it all. She’s super smart, super tough, and a champion of justice. Pretty great things to aspire to be.

How do you react to a bad review?
At first they made me neurotic and I would go look at who else the reviewer had given bad marks to. When I saw they gave me and Ally Carter the same rank, I felt better. Now I just shrug it off. It’s so subjective, I can’t take it personally. No book (except maybe The Hunger Games) can please everybody.

What is your favorite quote?
“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter—’tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning.” ~Mark Twain

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
Oh, there were so many. The ones that always spring to mind are The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin, From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg, and The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder. I also adored The Baby-sitter’s Club and Sweet Valley High series.

Forgive My Fins
By Tera Lynn Childs
Released June 1, 2010
Published by Katherine Tegen Books
http://www.teralynnchilds.com/

Lily Sanderson has a secret, and it’s not that she has a huge crush on gorgeous swimming god Brody Bennett, who makes her heart beat flipper-fast. Unrequited love is hard enough when you’re a normal teenage girl, but when you’re half human, half mermaid like Lily, there’s no such thing as a simple crush.

Lily’s mermaid identity is a secret that can’t get out, since she’s not just any mermaid – she’s a Thalassinian princess. When Lily found out three years ago that her mother was actually a human, she finally realized why she didn’t feel quite at home in Thalassinia, and she’s been living on land and going to Seaview high school ever since, hoping to find where she truly belongs. Sure, land has its problems – like her obnoxious, biker boy neighbor Quince Fletcher – but it has that one major perk – Brody. The problem is, mermaids aren’t really the casual dating type – when they “bond,” it’s for life.

When Lily’s attempt to win Brody’s love leads to a tsunami-sized case of mistaken identity, she is in for a tidal wave of relationship drama, and she finds out, quick as a tailfin flick, that happily-ever-after never sails quite as smoothly as you planned.

Giveaway Details:
Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Child
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