MFT Guest: Interview with Kelly Creagh and Giveaway of Nevermore and swag! (Open Internationally!)

Today I have the amazing Kelly Creagh on for an interview and she’s sent some bookmarks and tattoos for giveaway.  I’ll also giveaway a copy of Nevermore.  This giveaway will be open internationally!
Nevermore was one of my favorite books for 2010.  It was unique and I LOVED the characters.  It’s one I couldn’t recommend any more highly.


Description:

Cheerleader Isobel Lanley is horrified when she is paired with Varen Nethers for an English project, which is due—so unfair—on the day of the rival game. Cold and aloof, sardonic and sharp-tongued, Varen makes it clear he’d rather not have anything to do with her either. But when Isobel discovers strange writing in his journal, she can’t help but give this enigmatic boy with the piercing eyes another look. 
Soon, Isobel finds herself making excuses to be with Varen. Steadily pulled away from her friends and her possessive boyfriend, Isobel ventures deeper and deeper into the dream world Varen has created through the pages of his notebook, a realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life. 
As her world begins to unravel around her, Isobel discovers that dreams, like words, hold more power than she ever imagined, and that the most frightening realities are those of the mind. Now she must find a way to reach Varen before he is consumed by the shadows of his own nightmares. 
His life depends on it.

Q: When you wrote Nevermore, what was your inspiration?  Was there anything in particular, like reading Poe, or maybe a song you heard?
When I started writing Nevermore, I didn’t know Poe was going to be such a huge part of the plot. At the time, the novel was titled something else. It started out to be a story between a goth boy and a cheerleader. I knew that Varen’s drawings and stories would come to life and that there would be a dream-world. Then Varen picked Poe for the project and things started to take off from there. I started researching Poe and learning about what happened to him and how he had disappeared a few days before he died. One thing led to another and, from that point, the story seemed to write itself!

Q: Are any of your characters based on real people (other then Poe)?
A few of the characters have been influenced by real people Gwen is actually two of my best friends rolled into one. Also, I always say that Danny is all three of my brothers rolled into one. And there may be someone I used to know who influenced certain aspects of Varen.

Q: Your paranormal aspect of the story is unlike anything else out there.  It’s creepy and dark and difficult to wrap your mind around.  How did you come up with this idea?  Was it an idea that came to you complete or did it develop more as you wrote the story?
The paranormal aspects of the story definitely developed all on their own. They made themselves known only as I put words on the paper. I had vague ideas about the Nocs, but the truth about what they were and where they came from didn’t dawn on me until I reached the end of Nevermore. Even though the Nocs are my own creation, I was shocked to see how much of Poe’s works, such as “The Imp of the Perverse,” and “Ulalume” and “Dream-Land” really influenced their creation and the deeper aspects of their make-up. Made me realize how Poe’s works can really reach down to the subconscious. That’s probably one of the reasons his tales still terrify today.

Q: I am in love with the characters in Nevermore and really love that you put in some very real life scenario’s, like the bullying.  I also love that you made the characters so different on the social chart.  The popular cheerleader and the dark goth boy (who is SO my type, btw), was any of that because of personal experience?
I went to a magnet high school so I think I had a bit of a different experience than the norm. At Manual, there really weren’t too many social barriers. The goths could talk to the jocks and art geeks hung out with the nerds. That’s not to say we didn’t have our cliques. We did. I think some of that makes it into Nevermore though very little of it is from direct personal experience. I was never bullied in high school. I was bullied a lot in grade school and middle school, too so, even if it wasn’t the same kind of situation, I could with the characters in that respect. While I was never a cheerleader in high school, I was the Mascot. I was Sam the Ram and had this huge head that had gigantic curled horns. I was also one of the artsy theatre kids and, even though I had both sporty friends and goth friends, I didn’t want either of them to know I was the mascot. So it was my secret identity. It really put me in between the two worlds, though, and I think that experience granted me some special inspiration.


Q: What has been your biggest challenge when writing?
It was trying to write and also work a full time job. Thankfully I’m in a position now where I am writing full time! Also, sequels present their own brand of challenges. There is a lot of weaving and interweaving of things that happened in the first book and things that unfold in the second. I can say that writing a sequel has certainly taught me a lot about my craft.

Q: When you face writers block do you have a particular thing you do to try to get past it? Some people drive, others just step away and try to forget about it for awhile. Others go on long walks. Do you have a certain something that works well?
Some writers can push through. Some writers can skip ahead. I have massive difficulties doing either of those things. I have discovered that the best thing I can do for blocks is to take a walk or, most especially, drive. I find that if I can occupy my brain with something mundane, the answers bubble up. I think it’s a matter of taking the pressure off of myself and I think that doing every-day tasks like washing the dishes or folding clothes can bring about huge revelations. It occupies my focus so that my subconscious can frolic while my logic isn’t watching.

Q: What do you have planned for the future? I’ve heard the next Nevermore book is due out in 2012, are there plans for a third book as well? Or maybe books in a different series, or a standalone?
Nevermore is a planned trilogy. After the third book, I have another series idea. At the time I sold Nevermore, I also had a near completed manuscript of another novel that is the complete opposite! After the Nevermore series, I’ll definitely finish that one up and see where it takes me!


NOTE: Book 2, Enshadowed, is due out January 17th, 2012

Q: Is there one book, or a series, that your constantly recommending to people?
Phantom by Susan Kay is probably my favorite book in the whole world. I am a total Potter head and a huge fan of Snape. I also love anything by Robin McKinley and Libba Bray. I’m a big fan of Holly Black as well. I really really loved Poison Eaters especially!

Q: Last question, If you could be any paranormal creature, or have any supernatural power, what would you pick?
Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to fly. I think I still would. And if I could be one magical creature, I would definitely be a unicorn!


Find Kelly on her website.  There’s some fascinating information about Poe on there as well!


The Giveaway:

One person will win a copy of Nevermore and a signed bookmark and tattoo and another person will win a signed bookmark and tattoo.  The swag is provided by Kelly and the book will be ordered by me.Open Internationally to where The Book Depository will ship (if it’s a US winner it may come from another source).Must be 13 or older to enter.Ends July 5, 2011



To Enter:

Leave a comment with contact info!  


 

For the schedule of The Favorite Things event check out the schedule post.  And make sure you head over to My Bookish Ways to see what she has going on today as well!
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Comments

  1. I loved this book!! I can’t wait for Enshadowed to come out. 2012 is so far away! :) Thanks for the great interview.

    seescootread[at]gmail[dot]com

  2. Hey Candace ! Thanks a lot for the awesome interview ! I’m glad to know that Nevermore will be a trilogy as I’ve only heard positive things aout the first book so far !
    Thanks for the fabulous giveaway .. I’ve been dying to read this book for a long time and I have no idea why I still haven’t bought it ! This is so nice to make this giveaway international !! Here’s my email adress : ninie2310@hotmail.fr !

  3. I’ve heard great things about this book I’d love the chance to read it! thanks for hosting this giveaway.

    strandedhero(at)gmail(dot)com

  4. Neat to find out some more about how Nevermore was written. I was surprised to hear that Poe wasn’t planned as such a large aspect of it when she first started! It definitely helps Nevermore stand out from other paranormal reads.

    Thanks for the giveaway!!

    tapestrybookblog(at)gmail(dot)com

  5. I really want to read this– sounds right up my alley! Fantastic interview; I love Kelly’s list of favorite authors. (Though not as much as I love Snape ;)

    aveelachildgmail.com

  6. I’ve been really interested in reading NEVERMORE, but I haven’t picked it up yet. Something about the cover really appeals to me. Thanks for the chance to win it!

    britneywyatt[at]gmail[dot]com

  7. I haven’t heard of Phantom by Susan Kay ever! :) I’ll look it up in Goodreads!

    I liked the interview! I don’t recall ever reading an interview with Kelly before.

    Thank you for the giveaway!

    precious_shusky at yahoo dot com

  8. I LOVED Nevermore so so much!! Like you, it was one of my fav books last year and I recommended it to everyone! I’m glad to hear that we will get three books but I’m a lill bit sad that we have to wait so long for the next one.. but I do understand… sequels are not easy!

    Anyway I will mark my calendar red for Enshadoweded !

    Thanks for the giveaway!! mrsvanquish @ me .com

  9. Thank you so much for the interview, I love to read about authors… hohohoho! So she’s a Harry Potter fan! OMG! I love Snape too…

    And thank you for the giveaway! This book looks awesome. I can’t belive I haven’t read it yet. An the cover of the second one, is just amazing…

    See ya!

    idroskicinia @ aol . com

  10. Thank you very much! This interview was lovely. I’ve been intrigued by this book for a while because I’ve always loved Poe.

    mcrs_venin(at)hotmail(dot)com

  11. I squeed a little when I read the title of this post. I adore Kelly Creagh! Nevermore is one of my favorite books that I read this year! I flew threw it.
    I devoured the interview. So interesting!
    Thanks so much Candace and Kelly for the giveaway!
    rivkarno1(at)Hotmail(dot)com
    (I don’t usually use this many exclamation points!)

  12. I picked up Nevermore soon after it came out on recommendations…. I am sad to say that it is still sitting on my shelf. I am really eager to read it, but deadlines keep getting in the way. Hopefully I’ll be able to soon. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Britta

    ilikethesebooks (at) gmail (dot) com

  13. I first saw this one a couple of weeks ago and rather liked the sound of it! Thanks for the giveaway and for making it international!

    funnywool[at]live[dot]com

  14. Great interview and giveaway. Really love the concept. It is interesting that Edgar Allan Poe just somehow fit into the story. I like that you said Vanor himself chose him. I love how dark this series is and Poe definitely helps with that. Really can’t wait for this. Thank you :)

    drharleyquinn87 (at) gmail (dot) com

  15. Ive never heard of this book, but after reading the description and reading the interview to find out how awesome Kelly Creagh seems to be i HAD to enter this giveaway. Even if i just win the bookmark and tattoo i personally think that would be awesome =D

    Enter me, please

    bookbitereviews@gmail.com

  16. I have heard many good things about Nevermore. I wish I can get the chance to read it.

    I am glad when she said she was the huge fan of Snape. She might want to join my “Defender of Snape”. :D

    aleetha.ally at gmail dot com

  17. Great interview!I always wanted to be the mascot. Not so much in high school, but in college. Get to travel to all the big games.

    Thanks for the giveaway. Very excited to read.

    GFC: Candice
    candicerjames (at) gmail (dot) com

  18. This book is already on my TBR list so I would love to be entered to win it:) I’ve heard so many good things about it, and now that I know it is part of a planned trilogy, I want to read it even more!
    jwitt33 at live dot com

  19. I would so pick flying as my superpower too. Well, flying and telekinesis. I’ve yet to read Nevermore but it sounds great and I love the cover. Thanks for the chance to win it, and great interview :).

    planetprint8(at)gmail(dot)com

  20. I don’t read many YA books but have to say this one is at the top of my YA wishlist lol. It sounds like an great book – ty for the chance to win!

    pams00 @ aol.com

  21. Thanks for sharing this awesome interview Candace, and thanks for the chance to win a copy of Nevermore and some swag. :D

    Thanks again,
    Ambur :D
    ambiepie_6(at)hotmail(dot)com

  22. What an original answer for the what supernatural creature question. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone answer unicorn. :)

    thank you for the giveaway!
    imagesandwords at optonline dot net

  23. What an interesting concept and the haunting and bit creepy cover certainly goes well with it :-)

    Thank you for making this giveaway open worldwide!!

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

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