#BIR2010 – Book Giveaway: Tyger, Tyger by Kersten Hamilton + Interview (Open Internationally)

Welcome to author Kersten Hamilton!Kersten Hamilton is the author of several picture books and many middle grade novels. When she’s not writing, she hunts dinosaurs in the deserts and badlands outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she lives. This is her first novel for young adults. For more about Kersten, please visit http://www.kerstenhamilton.com/

What is the last book you read?
Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken. She is definitely a new writer I will watch!

What is the last movie you saw?
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. I loved the concept of battling seven evil X’s.

How many books do you read a week/month?
When I am writing, I usually only read nonfiction at the rate of one or two a week. Sometimes fewer, if my deadlines loom. When I am between writing projects I devour fiction. I may read a couple of very long novels or half a dozen shorter novels in a week.

Is there anything you need in order to write? (ie Chocolate, quiet, music)
None of those. But I do need a whole heart. My heart was broken this last year, and I had the hardest time writing. L

Favorite Cartoon?
Will a manga do? If so, then One Piece, the pirate manga written and drawn by Eiichiro Oda is my favorite. All my nakama read One Piece. 😉

If you could go back in time and meet one author, who would it be and why?
George MacDonald. He is my role model—not just for the stories he wrote, but for the way he lived his life. MacDonald believed that God loved everybody, no exceptions, so he tried to love them, too. I want to be like that.

Paranormal or Normal?
For me, paranormal is normal. At one point in Tyger Tyger Teagan’s father quotes Hamlet: “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” That’s true, and deep inside we know it. There is more to us and to the world around us than meets the eye. The creatures in
Tyger Tyger are frightening because of the reality in them.

How do you react to a bad review?
A book is a co-creation between the author and the reader. The magic happens in what springs up between them, and a book review judges both the writer and the reviewer.

Sometimes, when a book fails to spark that magic, it is the writer’s fault–a neglect of the craft or lack of skills. And then the writer had better pay close attention to what the review has to say.

But sometimes, the fault lies with the reader — it may be a lack of reading skills or a paucity of breadth in their reading experience. Or, it could be that they do not share a kindred heart or mind with the writer, and so the magic can’t spring up.

If a writer takes that kind of review too seriously or tries to write to that reviewer, it will break her voice and cripple her creativity.

What is your favorite book that has been made into a movie?
It has always been, and will probably always be, The Princess Bride. The casting was perfect. The script was perfect. The movie was perfect.

But the book was better. 😉 If you haven’t read it you should!

Where is your favorite place to read/write?
I wander. I like to take my laptop down to the Bosque by the Rio Grade River, or up to the crest of the Sandia Mountains.

Sometimes, though, if I am writing a very emotionally difficult scene, I will write in bed with the blankets pulled over my head.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
Teagan’s song has always been “Fix You” by Coldplay: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3SIUoGijoM because of this line: “lights will guide you home…and ignite your bones…and I will try to fix you.” That’s Teagan’s heart for the world!

Finn’s song is Teardrop, sung by Newton Faulkner, because for Finn “love is a doing word.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ax0Rct0rDbk

Teagan and Finn together have a song: Run by Snow Patrol: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQbgihHWNGo “Light up, light up as if you have a choice…even if you cannot hear my voice.”

Aiden’s song can only be Orange Nickelodeon by the Irish Rovers, but I can’t find it on the net. I have it on vinyl. J

As I have mentioned before, Thomas, who plays a big part in Forests of the Night song is Viva la Vida by Coldplay: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5TNK-TvIcI

Finally, John Paul Wylltson and Aileen.

John Paul’s song is 100 years by Five for Fighting: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tR-qQcNT_fY

Aileen’s song is Dante’s prayer by Loreena Mckennitt: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3EWYrYpDww

I would love to hear from your readers who have read/reviewed Tyger Tyger—what songs would you chose for each character?

You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?
I’d buy a piece of land for my forest farm, somewhere in the East where rain falls from the sky. In his book, Edible Forest Gardens, Dave Jacke describes a forest garden as: “…an edible ecosystem, a consciously designed community of mutually beneficial plants and animals intended for human food production.”

Forest gardens mimic natural forests, and include trees, shrubs, and ground cover as well as insects and small animals that are essential to woodland health.

I’m going to call my forest garden “Bombadil’s Wood”, and it will be a place where people can come and learn how to plant forest gardens of their own.

You can find out more about forest gardens and why they are such an important concept by watching a series of BBC videos called ‘A Farm for the Future’ on YouTube. The first one is here:

Thank you for interviewing me, Kathy!

Thank you Kersten for the great interview and giveaway!

Giveaway is Open Internationally if the Book Depostitory ships to your Country.

Tyger, Tyger
By Kersten Hamilton
Published by Clarion Books
Released November 15, 2010

Teagan Wylltson’s best friend, Abby, dreams that horrifying creatures–goblins, shape-shifters, and beings of unearthly beauty but terrible cruelty–are hunting Teagan. Abby is always coming up with crazy stuff, though, so Teagan isn’t worried. Her life isn’t in danger. In fact, it’s perfect. She’s on track for a college scholarship. She has a great job. She’s focused on school, work, and her future. No boys, no heartaches, no problems.

Until Finn Mac Cumhaill arrives. Finn’s a bit on the unearthly beautiful side himself. He has a killer accent and a knee-weakening smile. And either he’s crazy or he’s been haunting Abby’s dreams, because he’s talking about goblins, too . . . and about being The Mac Cumhaill, born to fight all goblin-kind. Finn knows a thing or two about fighting. Which is a very good thing, because this time, Abby’s right. The goblins are coming.

Giveaway Details:
Tyger, Tyger by Kersten Hamilton
Open Internationally if the Book Depository Ships to your country
Ends 12/16/10
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