Book Giveaway & Author Interview: Hex, A Witch and Angel Tale

Welcome to Author Ramona Wray!

Bio:

Ramona Wray is not someone who always knew she wanted to be a writer. Even though she would scribble incessantly, she never considered turning her favorite pastime into a career. But at sixteen, while shooting pool with friends, she was quite amazed to hear someone on the local radio reciting one of her poems. It occurred to her then that she could aim higher than the school newspaper for publishing her literary endeavors.

A few years later, she left Romania, taking nothing with her but a suitcase chock-full of dreams and her grandparents’ stories about vampires, witches, faeries, and so much more. Thus equipped, she traveled the world, always writing, always adding new stories to her collection.
After living in places like Vienna, Milan, and Moscow, she is now happily settled in the UK with her husband and son, where she continues to write, primarily young adult fiction.
Hex, A Witch and Angel Tale is her first novel.

Website:
http://www.ramonawray.com/

Interview

If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
Definitely back to the past.

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
A knife, a book, and obviously, my Blackberry (so that my husband can find me:)
What is one book everyone should read?
Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist.

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
I’d love to be able to read super fast.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Chocolate.

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Does coffee count?

Night owl, or early bird?
Both. I’m not much of a sleeper.

Pet Peeves?
None, unless you count snakes as pets, too. Snakes creep me out.

Skittles or M&Ms?
Skittles, no question about it.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Because it’s a fun, hopeful read, with a decent ending.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I have been flirting with a new story for some time, but I don’t feel I know my characters well enough yet, so it would be premature to start writing at this point. But I’m getting there. In the future, I’d love to write a story set in my native country, Romania.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be and why?
Athena, obviously. I mean, who wouldn’t want to be the Goddess of Wisdom? Wisdom is the one thing you can never have too much of.

What is your favorite Quote?
The one featured on my website. “Dream no smalldreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.” Goethe.

How did you know you should become an author?
I’ve been writing ever since I was a child, and I was lucky to receive enough positive feedback to get me thinking. As far as hobbies go, writing was very gratifying, but what if I took it a step further? So I tried it and, as it turned out, writing (not just for myself) was even more gratifying. I guess when you love something it doesn’t matter why you do it, only that you keep at it.

What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?
Sarah Rees Brennan’s ?The Demon’s Surrender. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2.

Give us a glimpse into a typical day in your day starting when you wake up till you lie down again.
I woke up around six a.m., put on a pot of coffee, and write for about two hours until I have to take my son to school. In between household chores and cooking, I write some more (or edit, depending on where I am with the project I’m involved in at that moment). I grab a power nap in the afternoon, help my son with his homework, and then spend some time playing with him. He never goes to bed unless I read him a story first. Finally, I lie down to read for a few good hours, and usually fall asleep with the book still in my hands.

In your wildest dreams, which author would you love to co-author a book with?
Holly Black.

Hex, A Witch and Angel Tale:
Like most girls at Rosemound High School, seventeen-year-old Lily Crane is acutely aware of Ryder Kingscott. Hands down the cutest guy in school, Ryder is cool, mysterious, and utterly untouchable…especially for Lily. For when she touches someone, Lily instantly learns all about their lives. And while such a skill might seem nifty, in truth it is wrecking Lily’s life. So she is shocked when Ryder asks her out — and even more shocked to discover he has a rival. Lucian Bell is the gorgeous new kid who can’t take his eyes off of Lily. Being pursued by two hotties should make a girl happy, but Lily is skeptical. The boys act as if they’ve met before, hating each other with a passion that could only be rooted in a dark, dangerous past. A past full of terrible secrets. The kind of secrets that could get a girl killed.

Giveaway Details:
1 copy of Hex, A Witch and Angel Tale
Open to US only
Ends 4/5/11