Author Interview & Book Giveaway: Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck

Welcome to Author Colleen Houck.
Bio:

COLLEEN HOUCK is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, science fiction, and romance. Formerly a student at the University of Arizona, she has worked as a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter for seventeen years. TIGER’S CURSE is her first book, which has already received literary praise and digital success. Her self-published eBook claimed the #1 spot on Kindle’s children’s best-seller list for seven weeks. Colleen lives in Salem, Oregon, with her husband and a white stuffed tiger.

Interview:

If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
Wow what a great question! I think the future. I’d hate to have to use the toilet facilities of the past.

If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
Shakespeare, my grandfather who I never met, Margaret Mitchell, Abraham Lincoln, & the Apostle Peter

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
A fishing pole, seeds, and a knife

What is one book everyone should read?
The Bible

If you were a superhero what would your name be?
Auntie Amazing

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
Strength-I think I could do the most good with that

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Tillamook Mudslide

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Biscuits and Gravy

What’s your favorite music genre? Favorite artist? Song?
Boy Band (giggle) Josh Groban is my favorite artist and my favorite song of his is “You Raise Me Up”

Is there anything you need in order to write? (ie Chocolate, quiet, music)
I need some kind of diet drink like sugar free lemonade, a candle, my mini-fridge with a few munchies, and my stuffed tigers.

Night owl, or early bird?
I gravitate towards night owl but not too late, and not too early

One food you would never eat?
Tofu

Pet Peeves?
When I’m in the middle of typing a sentence and get interrupted

Skittles or M&Ms?
M &Ms hands down

Favorite Cartoon?
Bugs Bunny

If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be, male or female, doesn’t matter and why?
I’d like to be Aphrodite of course but I’d be perfectly content being Athena. Wisdom lasts forever but beauty is fleeting.

What is your favorite sport to watch on TV?
I hate sports with a passion. Lucky for me my husband can watch it with the sound off because he’s Deaf. If I have to watch sports I like figure skating or gymnastics.

How do you react to a bad review?
I dwell. I think there is something to be learned with almost every thoughtful review. (I don’t believe all reviews are really thoughtful). I try to learn from it and see patterns where I can improve but I tend to be really hard on myself. Out of one bad and fifty good I’ll remember the exact phrasing of the bad. I am a very sensitive person that way.

If you could be a paranormal creature, what would you choose to be?
A shapeshifter. It would be fun to be an animal. Unless I was a sloth. That would be boring.

What is your favorite book that has been made into a movie?
I’m cheating with comic book but Superman.

What do you do when you are in-between books?
As in reading them? I immediately pick up the next. I have a constant incoming flow of books either from the library or from online purchases.

Where is your favorite place to read/write?
Read in my bed or my favorite chair in the living room. I always write at my computer in my office.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Read my book for the adventure but return to it for the relatable heroine.

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world.. which would it be?
My own

What is your dream cast for your book?
I always liked Emma Roberts for Kelsey and Amitab Bacharan for Mr. Kadam. Other than those characters I have no idea.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
The Black Stallion books

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
Probably “The Real Me” Clay Aiken

What is your favorite quote?
Depends on the situation but I like “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” — Mahatma Gandhi

If you were a super hero what would your kryptonite be?
French Fries

What is your guilty pleasure?
Boy Bands

What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?
The Love Boat

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
We went out to Olive Garden and ordered an appetizer, dinner, and a dessert which we never do.

Write a haiku about your book.
Roaming the jungle
Tigers walk searching, seeking
For a life vanished

Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck:

In a stunning debut, novelist Colleen Houck has created an epic fantasy series with captivating characters, star-crossed love, and nail-biting action that will leave readers breathless and yearning for more. The Tiger’s Curse Series revolves around Dhiren and Kishan, two sultry Indian princes whose past mistakes curse them to live as tigers for eternity. Centuries later, eighteen year old Kelsey Hayes is drawn into the mystery by a chance encounter with a captivating white tiger.

The adventure begins in TIGER’S CURSE, when a summer job at a circus unexpectedly turns into a wild, thrill ride across the globe. American teenager Kelsey finds herself inexplicably drawn to Dhiren, an exotic white tiger, and feels a deep connection with him. Her touch unlocks a secret, and in an instant, Kelsey’s life changes forever. Together, Kelsey and Ren must brave the unknown on a perilous quest that tests the bonds of friendship and challenges their true destiny, all while searching for answers that could bind them together. . . or keep them apart for eternity.

The three books in the Tiger’s Curse Series will be published simultaneously in hardcover and eBook formats – all in 2011. The sequels, TIGER’S QUEST (June 2011) and TIGER’S VOYAGE (November 2011), continue the journey where Kelsey must face powerful forces threatening to destroy her and the brothers and the hope that they can break the tiger’s curse once and for all. Join the adventure at http://www.tigerscursebook.com/.

Giveaway Details:
1 copy of Tiger’s Curse
US only
Ends 2/25/11

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