Book Giveaway & Author Interview: The Gifted by Deborah Andreasen

Welcome to Author Deborah Andreasen

Author bio:

Deborah graduated from Brigham Young University – Idaho with her bachelor’s degree in Business Management with a double minor in Finance and Psychology. She is a stay-at-home mom to her one-year-old son, and when she’s not mothering or writing, she is reading, blogging, watching movies, or taking pictures. She and her family love to spend time outdoors.


Though she writes about teenage angst, Deborah considers herself a funny person. Or at least someone who enjoys humor. The Gifted is her first published work, but it won’t be her last.



What is one book everyone should read?

That depends on the person. I think everyone should read a book that changes their life, or at least makes them see things differently. Read a book that makes you think and makes you love a little bit deeper.

If you were a superhero what would your name be?

Random Girl. You may or may not believe this, but I actually wrote an entire blog post about my superhero identity on my private family blog a few years ago. I’m seriously random sometimes, and it can be a source of entertainment or frustration.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Yes, please. Really, I love ice cream in general, and it might be easier to tell you the flavors I don’t like.

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?

Chocolate cake or cookies. Whatever I have on hand. But I make sure my son gets a balanced breakfast with fruits and milk and all the vitamins he needs to be strong and healthy. Then I hug him tight and hope it transfers by osmosis.

Night owl, or early bird?

Night owl. Definitely…if you count “staying up late” as 11:00pm. I just really enjoy my sleep.
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?

I always have books and ideas swimming around in my brain. I have four completed manuscripts, but I’m too embarrassed to go back and read my earlier stuff. I do plan on writing a sequel to The Gifted (hoping for a trilogy), but the characters have some explaining to do. I started writing a sequel and things got way out of hand. Once they calm down, I’ll consider writing their story.  

What inspired you to want to become a writer?

Life. I had so many stories in my head and so much turmoil in my heart that I knew I had to write or I was going to explode. My dad and aunt are also writers. They took me under their wing and taught me everything I know. Except how to be awesome. I think I was born that way. 😉

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?

A lot of Pyper’s faults are my own. One of my closest friends and editors said the same thing (now that is friendship!). I like to think all my characters have a little bit of me in them – but mostly just the good stuff.
What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?

When I first started writing years ago, I psyched myself out and came to a freezing point. I was so stressed that no one would ever want to read my books and everyone would hate them that I couldn’t type a single word. A good friend of mine told me that I had to stop worrying about what other people think and write what made me happy. It was like taking off a cast. I could finally move and went on to finish the novel. It was junk, but it was mine. Not to mention it was the first manuscript I’d ever written. Three books later, I had The Gifted. I wrote a book I would want to read, and I hope someone else loves it as much as I do.

What was your favorite children’s book?
I didn’t have one as a kid, but I love Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell and David Catrow.

How do you react to a bad review?
I haven’t had one yet, but I imagine I’ll have myself a nice little cry, eat some ice cream, and then get over it. You can’t please everyone, and maybe the review can teach me a thing or two.

If you were a super hero what would your kryptonite be?
Peas. And spinach. Bleck. (Given my previous food answers, you probably think my veins are full of sugar water and chocolate syrup. I really do eat fruits and veggies, and I exercise. Seriously, I do.)

Give us a glimpse into a typical day in your day starting when you wake up till you lie down again.
Well, it’s actually kind of boring. I spend most of my day playing and laughing with my one-year-old. I do a lot of chores, grocery shopping, trips to the library and bank. We play with friends and cousins. We watch PBS and read books. You know, mom stuff. When my husband gets home, it’s pretty much the same except he gets to play with our son and I get a second to breathe. J But it’s a dream come true. Oh, and I do a lot of reading, writing, and blogging. Also a dream come true.

The Gifted:

Pyper just wants a normal life. But ever since the day she died, she’s been able to control objects with her mind. What she can’t control is a mother who fears Pyper’s ability and the possibility of it being discovered. Pyper only finds solace in her friend and brother, Baler. When Pyper moves to yet another new school, she meets Kael, who takes an immediate interest in her. He knows her secret, and he needs her help saving the Fae people. The problem is, Pyper doesn’t believe in Faeries. But when her brother is abducted, Pyper doesn’t have much choice. Can she really save a race she doesn’t believe exists? Can she rescue her brother? And can she accept her second chance at life?

Giveaway Details:
1 copy of The Gifted
Open to US or Canada
Ends 8/11/11

Optional entries:
+1 Follow Deborah’s blog:
+1 Fan or Friend Deborah on Goodreads:
+1 Like on Facebook:,