Author Interview & Book Giveaway: A Breath of Eyre by Eve Marie Mont

Welcome to Author Eve Marie Mont

Eve Marie Mont lives with her husband, Ken, and her shelter dog, Maggie, in suburban Philadelphia, where she teaches high school English and creative writing. Her debut women’s fiction novel, FREE TO A GOOD HOME, was published by Berkley Books in 2010.


If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
The power to absorb reading material by touch. It takes too long to read a book, and there are so many I want to read!

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Baskin and Robbins’s Pralines and Cream

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.

You should read A Breath of Eyre if you like Gothic novels and classic literature and prep school drama and dramatic weather and brooding guys and strong girls and swoony kisses, all with a dash of magic.

Any other books in the works?
A Breath of Eyre is the first in a trilogy about the adventures of Emma Townsend, who has a tendency to get lost, literally, in the stories she reads. The sequel, A Touch of Scarlet, is loosely based on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter and follows Emma as she navigates her way through sex, secrets, and scandal during her junior year. The final book, A Phantom Enchantment, will send Emma to Paris, where she gets lost in Gaston Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera; it’s definitely the darkest and most thrilling of the series.

If you could jump into a book, and live in that world, which would it be?
Well, since that’s exactly what Emma does in A Breath of Eyre, I’d love to follow in her footsteps and travel into the atmospheric, romantic, and slightly sinister world of Jane Eyre.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
When I was a child, I loved The Secret Garden. As a preteen, I devoured all of Lois Duncan’s thrillers. As a teen, I fell in love with Holden from The Catcher in the Rye, and I adored anything by Austen or the Brontës. Not a whole lot has changed—I still love these books!

If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be and why?
Definitely Athena, goddess of wisdom. And although I’m basically a pacifist, I can think of a few moments in which the goddess of war thing might come in handy.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
A cottage overlooking the sea in Kinsale, Ireland.

Favorite Candy?
Swedish fish.

What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?
Tough question. Probably Kelly Creagh’s Enshadowed (sequel to Nevermore) and Bethany Griffin’s Masque of the Red Death. For movies, the trailer for Snow White and the Huntsman looks amazing! And I’m dying to see The Raven. (I’m sensing 2012 is going to be a big year for Poe.)

If you were a super hero, what would your kryptonite be?

Baby animals. The bad guys could stop me instantly by threatening harm to puppies, bunnies, or other fluffy helpless things.

What is your guilty pleasure?
The Vampire Diaries.

Finish the sentence- one book I wish I had written is….

The Sky is Everywhere. Jandy Nelson writes gorgeous prose and even lovelier poetry. I’m quite in awe of her talent. And I’m a little in love with Joe Fontaine.

Favorite smells?
Coffee, Christmas trees, and oranges

Write a Haiku about your book
When lightning strikes, she
Travels into books to learn
Who she’s meant to be.

Cats or Dog?
While I like cats, I’m a dog person at heart, particularly if we’re talking about shelter dogs. My shelter pup Maggie, going on fifteen years, shares the title with my husband of “love of my life.”

Favorite quote from a movie?
“You’re gonna need a bigger boat.”

Do you prefer a bunch of small gifts or one big expensive one?
I generally think small, thoughtful gifts are best. But about fifteen years ago, my husband bought me a rather expensive Mont Blanc pen when I told him I wanted to be a writer. I never believed I’d use it for an actual signing, but he always believed in me. So it wasn’t the price tag that floored me but the thoughtfulness behind the gift.

What is you favorite way to spend a rainy day?

A Breath of Eyre by Eve Marie Mont

Emma Townsend has always believed in stories—the ones she reads voraciously, and the ones she creates in her head. Perhaps it’s because she feels like an outsider at her exclusive prep school, or because her stepmother doesn’t come close to filling the void left by her mother’s death. And her only romantic prospect—apart from a crush on her English teacher—is Gray Newman, a long-time friend who just adds to Emma’s confusion. But escape soon arrives in an old leather-bound copy of Jane Eyre.

Reading of Jane’s isolation sparks a deep sense of kinship. Then fate takes things a leap further when a lightning storm catapults Emma right into Jane’s body and her nineteenth-century world.
As governess at Thornfield, Emma has a sense of belonging she’s never known—and an attraction to the brooding Mr. Rochester. Now, moving between her two realities and uncovering secrets in both, Emma must decide whether her destiny lies in the pages of Jane’s story, or in the unwritten chapters of her own…
Rich in drama, romance and self-discovery, A BREATH OF EYRE is a novel that delivers in its connection to literary history and the honest portrayal of modern adolescence.

Giveaway Details:
1 copy of Breath of Eyre
Open to US & Canada
Ends 3/25/12

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