#BIR2010 – Book Giveaway: The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller + Interview

Welcome to Author Kirsten Miller!

Interview:

If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
Glad you asked, because I have this one all planned out. First I would pop ahead ten years in the future. While there, I would take note of all stock market fluctuations and Super Bowl victories that had taken place over the previous decade. Then I would return to the present and begin amassing my enormous fortune. I would recruit the world’s best scientists to help me perfect my time travel technology—and work out all those nasty kinks you read about in sci-fi books. Then I would spend my time using my money to avert any disasters I witnessed during my travels to the future. I imagine that would be a fairly stressful job, so I would need to take many vacations. Ancient Rome. Elizabethan London. New York in the 1920s. Paleolithic France. The past would be my playground.

If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
Barack Obama
Vladimir Putin
Hu Jintao
Manmohan Singh
Angela Merkel
And I wouldn’t let any of them leave until we had a few things figured out. (I don’t think there will be any need to force them to stay. I’m sure they’ll want to talk to someone who’s seen the future.)

What is one book everyone should read?
A Little History of the World, by EH Gombrich. There’s nothing more fascinating, shocking, or sensational than a good history book. (Don’t believe me? That’s because there aren’t many of them.) This short work will guide you through the history of the world and keep you totally entertained the whole time.

When you were 12 years old what did you want to be when you grew up?
A rich archaeologist. I imagined myself as Indiana Jones in a really cute dress. Then I discovered that most archaeologists aren’t exactly rolling in bucks. (I didn’t want money to buy things. I wanted money so I could do things.) Today I am neither rich nor an archeologist. But somehow everything worked out okay.

What was the first book you read?
Alice in Wonderland was the first chapter book I ever read. It was, and remains, one of my biggest sources of inspiration. When I was six, I read my first adult book—The Amityville Horror. It was, and remains, one of my biggest sources of inspiration. (No joke.)

Paranormal or Normal?
I have personally encountered at least three ghosts. I expect aliens to land any moment now. And I whole-heartedly believe that there are Bigfoot-like creatures living in forests and jungles all over the world. But I consider this all very normal.

How do you react to a bad review?
It depends. If I feel the criticism is constructive, I’m happy to hear it. I honestly believe you can learn a lot from bad reviews. However, I do feel like the Internet has gotten much meaner these days. Everyone is entitled to his/her own opinion, but some reviewers now seem intent on making it personal.

What is your favorite quote?
To paraphrase Hamlet: There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
It’s foolish for mankind to imagine we have all the answers. The world is a weird and wonderful place, and we understand far less than we’d like to believe. And that’s a good thing.

What is your guilty pleasure?
I have many, including (but not limited to): hot dogs, cheeses of the world, and Gossip Girl.

The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller
Publisher: Razorbill/Penguin
Release: August 2010
http://www.theeternalones.com/
http://www.kikistrike.com/

Book Summary: Haven Moore can’t control her visions of a past with a boy called Ethan, and a life in New York that ended in fiery tragedy. In our present, she designs beautiful dresses for her classmates with her best friend Beau. Dressmaking keeps her sane, since she lives with her widowed and heartbroken mother in her tyrannical grandmother’s house in Snope City, a tiny town in Tennessee. Then an impossible group of coincidences conspire to force her to flee to New York, to discover who she is, and who she was.
In New York, Haven meets Iain Morrow and is swept into an epic love affair that feels both deeply fated and terribly dangerous. Iain is suspected of murdering a rock star and Haven wonders, could he have murdered her in a past life? She visits the Ouroboros Society and discovers a murky world of reincarnation that stretches across millennia. Haven must discover the secrets hidden in her past lives, and loves, before all is lost and the cycle begins again.

Giveaway Details:
One Copy of The Eternal Ones
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Last day to enter is 12/16/10
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