Book Giveaway & Author Interview: 2012 Midnight at Spanish Gardens by Alma Alexander

Welcome to Author Alma Alexander.


ALMA ALEXANDER is a Pacific Northwest novelist who writes for both grown-up audiences (“The Hidden Queen”, “Changer of Days”, “The Secrets of Jin Shei”) and YA audiences (the Worldweavers trilogy, “Gift of the Unmage”, “Spellspam” and “Cybermage”). Her work has been translated into fourteen languages worldwide, including Hebrew, Turkish, and Catalan. She is currently at work on a new series of alternate history novels with roots in Eastern Europe. She lives in Bellingham, WA, with her husband, two cats, and assorted visiting wildlife.!/AlmaAlexander


If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
Do I get just one trip?… But I’d probably go back. Share at least one more day with my grandmother, maybe. She died more than twenty years ago and I still miss her fiercely to this day. No, I”m not the kind of groupie that would go back to gawk at Elizabeth I or Cleopatra – with me, the past is a more personal country.

If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
J.R.R.Tolkien. Roger Zelazny, Leonardo da Vinci, Nikola Tesla, William Shakespeare.

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
“Lord of the Rings”, sunscreen, and a Star Trek food replicator.

What is one book everyone should read?
Well, I might mention a little something called “Midnight at Spanish Gardens”… [grin] But if not this, then Guy Gavriel Kay’s “Tigana”.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Cocoa. No, really.

Night owl, or early bird?
Night owl. I can quite happily STAY up until four in the morning, but GETTING up at that hour destroys me.

One food you would never eat?
Fish. (I’m allergic to seafood.)

Pet Peeves?
Willful ignorance.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Because it will make you ask questions – perhaps question the answers that you already thought you had – and it’s always good not to be complacent about anything in your life…

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
Always. Currently working on the fourth book in a YA series, plotting and writing another YA trilogy, and shopping around some fat historical fantasy…

What inspired you to want to become a writer?

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Being read. Seriously, reader responses – they’re what any writer lives for, and I’ve had my share of fabulous ones.

What is your dream cast for your book?
Alan RIckman, playing ANYBODY…

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
Heidi, by Johanna Spyri. Through Desert and Jungle, by Henryk Sienkiewicz. The Narnia books. Anything with the stamp of Hans Christian Andersen.

If you could choose only one time period and place to live, when and where would you live and why?
Repeat after me: There Is No Golden Age. if something seems like one that only means that we don’t know enough about it for the flaws in the fabric to be obvious from the time/distance that separates us. In other words, there are plenty of periods that might attract on the surface… but I’ll stick with the devil I know. As to place, well, I’d love to have my own 100 acres of forest somewhere…

If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be and why?
Athena because she’s the only one who’s remotely sane up there…

If a movie was made about your life, who would you want to play the lead role and why?
If I could pick from all time, I’d pick Bette Davis. Because she has brains and guts and strength, and has never played a weakling.

Hidden talent?

Favorite Food?
Chocolate. Or maybe cherries.

Favorite Candy?
REALLY high-percentage dark chocolate.

How do you react to a bad review?
Whine in private to those who will listen. But never respond in public
or wrapped in “righteous indingnation”.

If you were a bird, which one would you be?
Peregrine falcon.

If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why?
“Lord of the RIngs” – because I think that NOBODY ever did it better than Tolkien.

You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?
A trip around the world.

What’s your favorite season/weather?
Fall – crisp days full of sunshine but also bearing the promise of cold, the impending bite of the coming winter. Golden leaves all around.

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
I danced.

Write a Haiku about your book
Funny you should ask – there are some IN the book. But I’m afraid
you’ll have to read the book to find them…

2012 Midnight at Spanish Gardens 

Choices at the End of the World

On the eve of the end of the world, 20 December 2012, five friends meet in Spanish Gardens, the cafe where they had celebrated their college graduation 20 years before. Over Irish coffees, they reminisce – and reveal long-held and disturbing secrets.

Each friend in turn is given a curious set of instructions by an enigmatic bartender named Ariel:

“Your life is filled with crossroads and you are free to choose one road or another at any time. Stepping through this door takes away all choices except two — the choice to live a different life, or return to this one….”

Each in turn passes through the portal and are faced with new lives and challenges. Their decisions show a new life — or something far worse. Ar the end of the world, it’s a chance for redemption, or a chance to learn something about themselves.

Giveaway Details
1 Paperback copy open to US & Canada
2 Ebooks open Internationally
Ends 11/2/11

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