Waterfell by Amalie Howard – Author Interview

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Nerissa Marin hides among teens in her human form, waiting for the day she can claim her birthright—the undersea kingdom stolen from her the day her father was murdered. Blending in is her best weapon—until her father’s betrayer confronts Nerissa and challenges her to a battle to the death on Nerissa’s upcoming birthday—the day she comes of age.

Amid danger and the heartbreak of her missing mother, falling for a human boy is the last thing Nerissa should do. But Lo Seavon breaches her defenses and somehow becomes the only person she can count on to help her desperate search for her mother, a prisoner of Nerissa’s mortal enemy. Is Lo the linchpin that might win Nerissa back her crown? Or will this mortal boy become the weakness that destroys her?

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ameliaAuthor Amalie Howard A rising star among young adult writers, Amalie Howard developed a loyal following after releasing her debut book, “Bloodspell,” in 2011. Now, she is returning with five new books that are sure to excite her devoted fans and catch the attention of new readers.

A bookworm from the beginning, Howard grew up on a small island in the Caribbean with her nose buried in books. When she was just 13 years old, her poem “The Candle” was published in a University of Warwick journal, marking a sign of great things to come. Howard immersed herself into other cultures, globetrotting through 22 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. After moving to the United States, she earned a bachelor’s degree in international studies and French from Colby College in Maine. She also holds a certificate in French literature from the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, France. Traveling around the world, Howard has lent talents as a research assistant, marketing representative, freelance writer, teen speaker, blogger and global sales executive.

Howard is a recipient of a Royal Commonwealth Society award, an international youth writing competition. She is also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Howard’s first book, “Bloodspell” (June 2011, Langdon Street Press) earned rave reviews and was named a Seventeen Magazine Summer Beach Read. Readers will hear more from Howard as she releases a pair of two-book series, “Waterfell” (November 2013, Harlequin TEEN) and “The Almost Girl” (January 2014, Strange Chemistry), as well as “Alpha Goddess” (March 2014, Skyhorse/Sky Pony Press) over the next two years.

Howard lives in New York with her husband, three children and one willful feline that she is convinced may have been a witch’s cat in a past life.

 

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

If you’re looking for something different in the YA paranormal romance genre with a fresh concept, and you like complex, layered characters (especially not a run-of-the-mill predictable protagonist) who will make you feel a gambit of emotions, from frustration to triumph, from holy-crap to warm fuzzies, then this is a book for you.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?

I have five books from three different publishers coming out in the next year, so my pipeline is pretty packed. The second book in the Aquarathi series, OCEANBORN from Harlequin TEEN, will be out in August 2014. I’m very excited about the direction of the story, and having Rissa and Lo take things to the next level. As far as future projects go, I’m working on a few different things, including a YA techno-thriller and a contemporary novel.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.

The most rewarding thing—besides hearing from readers who humble me with their kind words and praise on a daily basis—would have to be the recent Kirkus Review for WATERFELL. For me personally, it was a huge validation of my work. You see I’m one of those people who constantly question whether I am good enough (in almost all areas of my life) and second-guess everything I do. It’s my fatal flaw, and writing is no exception. Receiving that review was a valued critical endorsement, not to mention a huge boost of confidence.

What is your dream cast for your book?

I love this question—gives me the chance to dream big and imagine that WATERFELL is going to made into a movie! Here’s my WATERFELL dream cast: Phoebe Tonkin as Nerissa, Matt Lanter as Lo, Kelsey Chow as Jenna, Chord Overstreet as Sawyer, Lucas Till as Speio, James Purefoy as Echlios, Maria Bello as Soren, Madeleine Stowe as Ehmora, and Rufus Sewell as Cano.

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If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?

I tend to look forward, not backward, so I think I would prefer to go into the future. It’d be pretty cool to see what the world would be like fifty or five hundred years from now. Teleportation devices, yes please!

If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?

Tolkien. Nostradamus. Marie Curie. Doctor Who. Dumbledore.
A brilliant story-crafter, a gifted seer, a genius physicist, a time lord, and a master magician. YES, PLEASE!

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?

Drinking water, a hunting knife and Ian Somerhalder.

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?

I would choose my mother-in-law. I never got to meet her before my husband and I got married, and it sounds by all accounts that she was an amazing woman.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?

My favorite book as a child was Grimm’s Fairy Tales. My illustrated copy is over twenty-five years old. I loved the fact that those stories weren’t afraid to venture into the darker nature of fairy tales. That was the book that really set the seed for my compulsive interest in fantasy and mythology.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?

Absolutely! The theme song of WATERFELL would be Lights by Ellie Goulding.

If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be and why?

I would be Athena because she is the goddess of intelligence and skill, battle strategy and wisdom. Plus, let’s be realistic—she’s totally badass.

If a movie was made about your life, who would you want to play the lead role and why?

I would choose Freida Pinto because she is of East Indian descent as I am, and she’s a terrific actress. I think she’d do an excellent job of showcasing my life, not just from a cultural perspective, but also from a strong female one.

What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?

I’m a big fan of the Hunger Games series so I’m excited about seeing Catching Fire on screen. I really enjoyed the first movie. I’ve always a big fan of seeing how books are translated into films, and whether it matches up with what I imagined when reading.

If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?

Girl In Progress.