Book Giveaway & Author Interview: One Hundred Candles by Mara Purnhagen

Welcome to Author Mara Purnhagen!


Mara Purnhagen cannot live without a tall caramel latte, her iPod or a stack of books on her nightstand. She has lived in Aurora, Illinois; Kalamazoo, Michigan; Dayton, Ohio, and Duncan, South Carolina. She currently lives outside Cleveland, Ohio, with her family, two cats and a well-meaning ghost who likes to open the kitchen windows.


What is one book everyone should read?
That’s a tough one. The first title that came to mind was To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s a durable classic for good reasons.

What’s your favorite music genre?
Indie rock. I listen to everything, though, from rap to classical. My favorite band right now is The National—I listen to them every day.

Is there anything you need in order to write? (ie Chocolate, quiet, music)
I used to need perfect quiet and a nice block of free time in order to write. Now that I have kids, neither of those things is available to me, so I’ve adapted. I write in short spurts throughout the day, and I always have music playing on my computer. It works for me.

Night owl, or early bird?
I’m definitely a night owl, partly because it’s the only time when my house is quiet. Unfortunately, I don’t have the luxury of sleeping in. Coffee was made for people like me!

One food you would never eat?
Mushrooms wrapped in bacon. It’s a marriage of fungus and pork, two foods I can’t stand.

How do you react to a bad review?
When I was sending out query letters to find an agent, I accepted each rejection as proof that I was getting my work out there. Now that I’m published, I accept all reviews as proof that I have reached my ultimate goal: my book is out in the world. It’s no longer under my control, and I can’t expect every reader to fall in love with it. Negative reviews are one person’s opinion, and I think that it’s great that there are people who love books enough to dedicate their time not only to reading, but to expressing their thoughts. So how do I react to a bad review of my work? With a smile.

What do you do when you are in-between books?
I read, take notes, and look at unfinished manuscripts to see if anything pulls me in. I have very little in-between time with my deadlines, but I’m someone who needs to be on a schedule. I like deadlines. They make me work, even on days when I don’t feel like it.

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
With champagne! The good stuff, not the kind you can pluck off the shelf at your local grocery store. If there’s ever a reason to treat yourself to real French champagne, achieving one your life’s goals is it.

Book Giveaway: One Hundred Candles by Mara Purnhagen:

It’s taken a long time for me to feel like a normal teenager. But now that I’m settled in a new school, where people know me as more than Charlotte Silver of the infamous Silver family paranormal investigators, it feels like everything is falling into place. And what better way to be normal than to go on a date with a popular football star like Harris Abbott? After all, it’s not as if Noah is anything more than a friend….
But my new life takes a disturbing turn when Harris brings me to a party and we play a game called One Hundred Candles. It seems like harmless, ghostly fun. Until spirits unleashed by the game start showing up at school. Now my friends and family are in very real danger, and the door that I’ve opened into another realm may yield deadly consequences.

Free Ebook Download of Raising the Deaduntil 2/28
Raising the Dead:
Charlotte Silver’s world is like no one else’s…

As the daughter of the famous Silver Spirits paranormal investigators, Charlotte Silver is used to all things weird. But when coffins start floating down her street during a flood, life turns extra strange. And wonderful, when her friend and crush Noah signs on to help Charlotte and her folks in the aftermath. Cemetery cleanup might not sound exciting, but as shocking discoveries and a lurking stranger come to light, Charlotte learns that sometimes, raising the dead can bring unexpected rewards.

Giveaway Details:
1 copy of One Hundred Candles by Mara Purnhagen
Open Internationally
Ends 3/25

Optional Extra Entry:
+1 Like the Harlequin Teen Facebook Page