Book Giveaway & Author Interview: Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey #BIR2011

Welcome back to Author Mary Lindsey!


Bio:

Mary’s writing is a natural expression of her love of reading and a fascination with the flexibility of the human imagination. Books make the impossible possible.
Prior to attending University of Houston Law School, Mary received a B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Drama from the University of Houston. She has taught drama and playwriting in a large public high school and English in a private school. Currently, Mary teaches acting to children and teens at a private studio in Houston, Texas.
She is represented by Ammi-Joan Paquette of the Erin Murphy Literary Agency.
Mary lives in Houston with her husband, three kids, two dogs, her daughter’s pet rats, an Australian Bearded Dragon and dozens of Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. (The roaches are long story—don’t ask.)

Interview:


If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
The question didn’t specify dead or alive, so I’m going with both! 
Winston Churchill

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Edgar Allan Poe

Mark Twain

Harper Lee

What is one book everyone should read?
Shattered Souls, of course! No, just kidding. The one book everyone should read is To Kill a Mockingbird.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Vanilla. Boring, I know.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects? 
Yes! I recently sold another book to Penguin. It is a young adult gothic novel based on Edgar Allan Poe’s last poem, “Annabel Lee.” I’m really excited about it.

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world.. which would it be?
The post-Voldemort world of Harry Potter.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
The complete playlist for Shattered Souls can be found here, but the theme songs are below.

LENZI:

Death Came and Got Me – Rosie Thomas (Song that sparked premise) 

Hello – Evanescence (Rose in Lenzi’s subconscious)


ALDEN:

The Space Between – Dave Matthews Band 

I Will Follow You Into the Dark – Death Cab for Cutie 

Storm – Blue October 

Collide – Howie Day 

Endlessly – Muse

ZAK:

Cheers Darlin’ – Damien Rice 

Always Midnight – Pat Monahan 

Blower’s Daughter – Damien Rice 


Everybody Hurts – R.E.M.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Never give up. Period. 

What movie are you looking forward to this year?
The Raven with John Cusak. The trailer gives me chills.

What are your favorite children’s books?
The ones I adored growing up were Where the Wild Things Are and The Secret Garden.

Who or what inspired you to become an author? 
I started writing several years ago by accident. My daughter had just discovered teen literature and had burned through several popular series. She was lamenting the fact that most male heroes in paranormal books were demons, vampires or some type of inherently evil creature fighting their wicked impulses. She asked me why the hero couldn’t be a “normal” guy who has some kind of special/magical power, but wasn’t evil or didn’t believe himself evil.

I told her that for her birthday, I’d write her a book like that. (To this day, I have no idea why I would offer such a crazy thing. I’d never written fiction and had no desire to do so).

True to my word, I gave her a chapter a day for a month. The result was a 700-page young adult time-travel novel.

It had a cool premise, but was awful—truly awful with respect to craft. Reading a book and knowing what works is one thing; writing one is entirely another.

After spending a month writing 8-12 hours a day, I decided I’d found the perfect job. I LOVED it. I still do. I can’t imagine a better job.
I am so honored that you picked Shattered Souls as one of your Best of 2011! Thank you for the fun interview! 


Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey

A thrilling debut story of death, love, destiny and danger.
Lenzi hears voices and has visions – gravestones, floods, a boy with steel gray eyes. Her boyfriend, Zak, can’t help, and everything keeps getting louder and more intense. Then Lenzi meets Alden, the boy from her dreams, who reveals that she’s a reincarnated Speaker – someone who can talk to and help lost souls – and that he has been her Protector for centuries.
Now Lenzi must choose between her life with Zak and the life she is destined to lead with Alden. But time is running out: a malevolent spirit is out to destroy Lenzi, and he will kill her if she doesn’t make a decision soon.

You can read my review HERE

Content: A little language and innuendo

Giveaway Details
1 Galley of Shattered Souls
Open to US only (No PO Boxes)
Ends 12/31/11

Optional Extra Entries:
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WINNER:
MELORA BROCK