Puppet Spell Blog Tour – Interview & Giveaway

Author E.L. Adams

Emma is a 21-year-old author from Birmingham, UK. When she isn’t reading voraciously, studying, or taking every opportunity to travel, she can be found in front of her writing desk.

Having aspired to be a writer since the age of ten, Emma aims to give life to her (admittedly bizarre) daydreams, through creating weird and wonderful alternative worlds. Her debut novel THE PUPPET SPELL, published in January 2013 by Rowanvale Books, is a fantasy tale for young adults and the young at heart, inspired by her lifelong love of traditional fantasy, mythology, and video games.

When not living the crazy life of an English Literature with Creative Writing student at Lancaster University, Emma reluctantly resides in the attic in her parents’ house in Birmingham. Local rumour is that she is working on a dark fantasy series for mature young adults featuring demons and other assorted night terrors.

Interview

1.     Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
It’s a fun, quirky fantasy adventure for all ages featuring eccentric characters, bizarre spells and an unreliable sidekick who also happens to be a terrifying monster. Convinced? 😛
2.     What inspired you to want to become a writer?
I’ve always had a vivid imagination, but it was when I was ten that my teacher first suggested that I could be a writer. And that was it: I knew what I wanted to do with my life. I wrote endless short stories and planned huge epics, but it wasn’t until I was 14 that I actually sat down and wrote a novel. It was terrible, but it taught me a lot about writing – not least how much hard work it really is!

3.     Who are your favorite authors of all time?
My favourite authors as a child were J.K. Rowling, Jacqueline Wilson and Diana Wynne Jones. Since then my range has expanded to include J.R.R. Tolkien, Neil Gaiman, Garth Nix, Derek Landy, Cassandra Clare, Julie Kagawa, Cornelia Funke, Trudi Canavan, Terry Pratchett, George R. R. Martin and many more! 

4.     What movie are you looking forward to this year?
A lot – there are so many coming out this year, and most of them seem to be book adaptations! I’m most looking forward to the second Hunger Games film, Catching Fire; The Mortal Instruments movie, and the second Hobbit film.

5.     Favorite places to travel?
Everywhere! I love Italy and France, and I’ve been lucky enough to have the opportunity to volunteer and travel abroad the past two summers, to Australia and Costa Rica (two very different places!), doing all kinds of crazy adrenaline activities as well as helping to protect the environment. I have a massive list of places I really want to go to – if only I had the time or money!
6.     Hobbies?
I love to read, which pretty much goes without saying! When I’m not reading or writing, I’m playing video games or researching obscure subjects. My other hobbies include: gaming, swimming, hiking (especially in the Lake District), and travelling.
7.     Pets? – childhood or adult
I have a seven-year-old goldfish named Shiny Orange the Fourth. I’m still convinced he doesn’t recognise me when I go in the room.

8.     Where do you write?
Literally everywhere. I usually write in my room (at university and at home), but I always carry a notebook with me in case I get inspired!

9.     What drew you to writing this genre?
I love all things fantastical, and I’ve always been a fan of traditional fantasy, but I also wanted to subvert elements that have been so over-used that they’ve become clichéd. And there’s so much fun to be had with a magical world!
10.  How do you come up with the characters names/personalities?
I use name-generator sites, or I make note of names I like the sound of. I sometimes change a character’s name halfway through a draft. As for personalities, I guess they’re all a mix of different characteristics of people I’ve met. Apparently the more eccentric characters sound like me…I hope that’s a good thing!
11.  What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I went skydiving in Australia a couple of years ago. Craziest and best thing I’ve ever done. Except publishing my novel, of course!

The Puppet Spell

Unlike her rebellious sister Lucinda, fifteen-year-old Lexa prefers to spend her free time playing video games, fighting the forces of evil with her partner-in-crime Marlon. But when Lucinda steals an invisibility potion from their uncle’s storeroom, she unleashes chaos into their lives. Lexa and Marlon find themselves catapulted into a world far more dangerous than any video game, full of misleading illusions, sinister Conjurors and deadly Fey, and threatened by a man with a grudge known as the Puppeteer. Accompanied only by Lexa’s uncle’s unreliable (and rather dangerous) Chimera, Lexa and Marlon must navigate this world to find Lucinda- before they too fall under the spell of the puppet master…

Praise
‘OMG, my hat goes off to Miss Adams. “The Puppet Spell”, is a mind-bogglingly crafted novel…I love the intricate web that is interwoven throughout the story. It leaves you wondering what’s real and what has been created from the mind of Adams. It’s Harry Potter meets The Matrix. It’s a fast-paced story that left me gripping the end of my seat waiting for the next scene to start. Adams’s debut novel is a must have! Its original take on magic and other worlds will have you placed under a spell of its own.’ – YA author Elle A. Rose (Amazon review)

‘Adams has crafted an entertaining fantasy tale with some nicely creepy moments. This novel is aimed at a young audience and should be extremely well received…a brilliantly written adventure story.’ – Fantasy author Sharon Stevenson (Amazon review)

“it is easy to see that you are a very gifted writer. I am so impressed by your talent and the story. It has appeal not only for kids but adults as well. I think you will go far with this. Six stars!” – Authonomy review

“You have a wonderful narrative voice for children’s literature.” – Authonomy review

“To me it felt like a mixture between Narnia and Dr Who, whilst at the same time being very original and not easy to predict.” – Authonomy review

“You have a great idea and have written it wonderfully! The writing is clean and consice, with no words wasted. Your settings and circumstances are described vividly and placed me in the story. All of the characters have distinct personalities and their quirkiness is fresh. You are obviously very talented! This story is put together incredibly well. Highly marketable, very highly starred, and most enjoyable.” – Authonomy review

“High stars from me – this is one of the most satisfying reads in this genre I’ve come across in a while.” – Authonomy review

Read Chapter One:

Tour Giveaway
$25 Amazon Gift Card
Ends 3/10/13

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Tour Schedule

February 20th
I Am A Reader, Not A Writer – Interview
Jess Resides Here – Spotlight & Excerpt
In This World of Books.. – Review

February 21st
Sher A Hart: Writing Art – Review
Crafty Zoo – Tens List
Curling Up with a Good Book – Interview

February 22nd
Spellbindings – Spotlight
Jessabella Reads – Spotlight

February 23rd
Musings of a Blogder – Spotlight
Auggie-Talk – Review

February 24th
Books and their Wordly Realm – Spotlight
Mom Does Reviews – Review

February 25th
WTF Are You Reading – Review
Peace from Pieces – Interview
Mom with a Kindle – Spotlight

February 26th
Christy’s Cozy Corner – Review
Sweeping Me – Spotlight
Indie Author How-to – Tens List

February 27th
Laurie’s Thoughts & Reviews – Review & Character Interview
Living, Learning & Loving Life – Spotlight

February 28th
The Reading Retreat – Review
The Bunny’s Review – Interview
From the Bootheel Cotton Patch – Spotlight

March 1st
Bookhounds YA – Interview
Vampandstuff – Spotlight & Excerpt
A Backwards Story – Review