Author Interview & Book Giveway: Son of Eden by Brianna Merrill

Welcome to Author Brianna Merrill.

Author Bio:

Brianna Merrill grew up in Cottonwood, Arizona and then went on to attend college in Mesa, Arizona. After marrying her husband, Brianna took a time out from college and they moved to the White Mountains to raise their family. Brianna is the proud, and very busy mother of five. That’s right, FIVE kids in six years, and she has lived to tell the tale. Brianna loves spending time with her children and in her “free time” she has developed a love for writing. SON OF EDEN is Brianna’s first novel, but she is currently working on the next two books in the Tales of the Guardian series.

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If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
Definitely the past. I am a history freak and there are so many events and time era’s I would have loved to witness for myself. I especially would like to visit ancient Greece as well as the time of the Roman Empire. This love of olden society had a heavy influence in my development of the Guardians and their culture in my book, Son of Eden.

Night owl, or early bird?
Okay, I used to be a total early bird, like woke up chirping and everything. However I have changed since having children and have been forced into being a night owl so as to have time to write. Which now leaves me in the awkward position of being a resistant night owl and groggy early bird.

What is your favorite book that has been made into a movie?
I loved that The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe was made into a movie (the 2005 version). I adored the book as a child as well as an adult. I felt like it was one of the few times the movie was not a huge disappointment compared to the book. Instead, the movie made me fall in love with the Chronicles all over again.

Skittles or M&Ms?
M&M’s because they will melt in your mouth and therefore are easy to eat. Skittles require a lot of chewing, if I eat too many my jaw hurts. Plus there was a time when the Skittles commercial would give me the chills. Somebody whispering, “taste the rainbow,” uummm… creepy.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
As a teenager I had to read Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card for assigned reading. I remember thinking, “Sci-Fi, really? Oh man.” But to my utter surprise I absolutely loved the book. It became one of my favorites as a teen and also opened me up to a whole new world of genres I hadn’t tried before. I also loved and read all of Anne Rice’s vampire novels.

What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?
I don’t watch it anymore (only because it’s not on) but I was a super devoted fan of Buffy the Vampire slayer and the spin off series, Angel. I watched the shows as a young adult, clear into the early years of my marriage and was so embarrassed when my husband found out my little secret obsession. And even when the series themselves had finished I continued to watch the re-runs on other TV stations. Wow, can’t believe I just admitted that.

Any other books in the works?
I am currently finishing up the second book in the Tales of the Guardian series. Daughter of Earth will be available in summer 2011. I also have the third and final book in the series that I am working on as well. After that I have some other book ideas that have begun to develop, but for now I am totally consumed with completing this current series. I have mused over spin off books with other characters from Son of Eden. I think it would be fun to know and read about the Governing Five, particularly Aldara and Damarus, or maybe a book about Xavier. Only time will tell with that one.

What inspired you to want to become a writer?
I never aspired to be an author. I just had an idea that would not leave me alone. It started small and then developed into a full framed movie in my head. I could not sleep if I didn’t write it down. When I completed the manuscript I was ready to just print it and tuck it away somewhere. My husband wouldn’t let me do that though, he constantly encouraged me (borderline nagged me) to get it out there for the world to read. I continually doubted myself throughout the entire process, arguing that this was not what I went to school for and that I had no clue what I was doing. However, I also began to feel a responsibility for my characters, like their story needed to be heard just like all those other love birds out there. I think if you believe in your characters and their story, it is enough to not only inspire you but keep you moving forward.

Son of Eden Tales of the Guradian by Brianna J. Merrill:

Imagine a moment of unseen intervention on your behalf. What would you do if you discovered invisible beings surrounding you? What if you were the key to their survival? SON OF EDEN introduces a world where unseen beings really do exist, love has no limits, and the realization of one’s self worth is pivotal. Tormented by sadness over her mother’s death, Emily Wallace wonders if life really has any purpose. Her question is answered when she meets Alexander. After transgressing the laws of his kind, Alexander reveals his true nature to Emily and the two find life without one another is not an option. But, forming such a cosmically unique relationship comes with a price. It becomes apparent that some will stop at nothing to ensure an ancient prophecy surrounding these two is never fulfilled. Is the Opposition motivated by knowledge of Alexander’s true identity? Or, are they more concerned with who Emily is destined to become?

Son of Eden is a young adult paranormal/urban fantasy crossover novel that is currently available in paperback.  The Ebook will be released in February.

Giveaway Deatils:
3 Winners will each receive a copy of Son of Eden
Open to US only
Ends 2/21/11

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