MFT Guest: Interview with Myra McEntire + a Giveaway of Hourglass!

I’m so excited because I have Myra McEntire on the blog for My Favorite Things!  I LOVED Hourglass and so it’s amazing that I got a chance to have an interview with the author.  Hourglass is now out in stores!  So make sure you rush out and buy it.  If you’re unable to buy there’s a chance here for you to win it, just read to the bottom for all the info.  You can check out my rave review HERE.  
Not familiar with Hourglass?  Here’s the description:

One hour to rewrite the past . . .  For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn’t there: swooning Southern Belles; soldiers long forgotten; a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents’ death, she just wants the apparitions to stop so she can be normal. She’s tried everything, but the visions keep coming back.
So when her well-meaning brother brings in a consultant from a secretive organization called the Hourglass, Emerson’s willing to try one last cure. But meeting Michael Weaver may not only change her future, it may change her past.
Who is this dark, mysterious, sympathetic guy, barely older than Emerson herself, who seems to believe every crazy word she says? Why does an electric charge seem to run through the room whenever he’s around? And why is he so insistent that he needs her help to prevent a death that never should have happened?

Full of atmosphere, mystery, and romance, Hourglass merges the very best of the paranormal and science-fiction genres in a seductive, remarkable young adult debut.

 Shall we commence with the interview?  Yes! Let’s learn more about this fabulous book and fabulous author!

Are any of your characters based on real people?

Yes! Dru is a combination of two of my girlfriends. She didn’t start out that way, but that’s who she became!

Is there anything in Hourglass that is taken from real life experience?

Ivy Springs is based on the real town of Franklin, Tennessee. It’s gorgeous and walkable and full of character.

Which character do you think you relate to the most? 

Em. Mostly the part about my edit button being broken (that came from real life, too).

What was your biggest obstacle to overcome when writing?

I have two boys, and I could only really write when my youngest was asleep. The times I tried when he was awake always ended badly (like the coffee table we had to throw away because of the Elmer’s Glue and the glitter. *cough*).

Hmmm…. that sounds familiar.  We have experiences like that here when I try to write as well.  I have to say a kudos to you for actually writing a book when having small children.  I’ve decided to wait until my children are both in school (my youngest is two) before I bother even trying again.  It always just ends in frustration.

How much say did you have when it came to the cover of Hourglass?

NONE. OH MY WORD, so I feel like I can fangirl over it without restraint. I LOVE IT. 

Gotta agree!  And I haven’t even seen the final.  I went to Borders to see it but they didn’t have it :(  I know the final is gorgeous though, with that shimmery cover.

What author would you like to meet the most (dead or alive)?

J.K. Rowling. The second I finished reading HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS was the second I committed to writing a book. I might be tearing up thinking about it! (Okay, I totally am.)

She’s really inspired a lot of people.  To read, write, use their imaginations… Yep, gotta say she’s accomplished a lot! 

What superpower would you most like to have? 

TIME FREEZE. I would sleep, and clean, and write, and maybe even exercise.

Okay, I’m totally with you on that one!  I can only imagine all I could accomplish! 

What are 10 of your Favorite Things? 

Snuggles, my boys, my husband, writing in my office, rainy days, classic jazz, clove-scented anything, wacky socks, my cats, and my dogs.

Last of all, what can we expect to see you in the future?

I have just turned in the sequel to HOURGLASS, and I’m waiting on my revision letter. So you can possibly expect wailing and gnashing of teeth.

I CANNOT WAIT for the sequel!  It’s going to be a long wait… 

Thank you so much for coming on today Myra!


Find Myra on her blog:
The fabulous book trailer:
The Giveaway:

Okay, so more goodies may be on the way, but they aren’t here yet and may not arrive.  So I’m saying right now that I’ll giveaway my once read ARC of Hourglass (perfect condition!) and if goodies come then I’ll give that away instead!  So you will at the very least have a chance to win an ARC of Hourglass.
Open to US/Canada only
Must be 13 or older to enter.
Ends July 5th, 2011

To Enter:

Leave a comment with contact info to be entered! (Commenting about the interview is always nice too :)

For the schedule and list of Giveaways for 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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  1. OMG the coffee table comment – this reminds me of my niece. It’s nearly impossible to get anything done when she’s awake. You know if it’s quiet she’s up to something. :p

    Great interview, it’s always so interesting to hear background info! I love that Dru became a mash-up of two real life friends.

    rachie203 [at] gmail [dot] com

  2. I absolutely love this book trailer! And I’ve heard amazing things about HOURGLASS. I cannot wait to read it!

  3. Yep, time freeze would be pretty fabulous to have! I can imagine it must get pretty hectic trying to write with two young boys. Thanks very much for the giveaway, I’ve heard some fabulous things about Hourglass :)


  4. Great interview. I have been looking forward to Hourglass since I first heard about it. Thanks for sharing!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  5. What a great giveaway – thanks so much! I love what she had to say about JK inspiring her! Also, looks like I may have to road trip it to TN – the hubs and I love hiking in picturesque places!

    -Linds, bibliophile[dot]brouhaha[at]gmail[dot]com

  6. Time Freeze would be an excellent superpower. I wish I had that ability, I’d be taking a nap right now lol.

    Thank you for this great interview and awesome giveaway. I have been waiting forever for this to come out so I would be beyond thrilled to win a copy. Thanks for the chance!


  7. Why have I NOT gone out to get this book yet? jeez! I have heard only ravishing things about Hourglass! I loved that she puts in some real life ideas and inspiration in her books. And the trailer.. gah, I need more :-) It’s beautiful.

  8. Thank you for the interview, the trailer and the giveaway!
    This book looks awesome, and the cover is amazing. I hope to see the second book with a cover so awesome as this one.

    Idroskicinia @ aol. com

  9. I love how the author got so many of her inspirations from real life. Even better I’m glad to hear there is a sequel. I have heard so many good things about HOURGLASS and I look forward to reading it soon. Count me in for a chance to win!


  10. I’m not entering the contest, just wanted to say really interesting interview! I love hearing about the different obstacles that authors have to deal with to find time to write!

  11. I always love your interviews! and also!!I simply don’t know how these awesome authors just like her can keep up with writing when having kids!!I can’t even concentrate having an 11 year-old sister! I think that’s a super power on it’s own!

  12. I sent a request for the ARC for this and they were out. I saw the cover and instantly wanted it LOL! Stinks you didn’t have a say, but you hit gold nonetheless, it is great. Time freeze is a good superpower. Why didn’t I think of that? I just thought about X-Men LOL! I would love to visit Franklin, Tennessee, it sounds amazing. My city is nothing like that :( Thanks so much guys for the interview and giveaway. I have been wanting this for weeks, my fingers are crossed here. Great interview, thank you :)

    drharleyquinn87 (at) gmail (dot) com

  13. Awesome interview, loved your questions, they were very original, and Myra’s answers were awesome! Her poor coffee table ;P haha

    Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Hourglass, it sounds like an amazing story. 😀

  14. Time Freeze sounds like a great super power-imagine the books I could read and review :) Thank you for another chance to win this novel-I’ve been dying for it. Thank you! edysicecreamlover18ATgmailDOTcom

  15. I’m dying to read Hourglass! A sequel! I’m sure the cover will be awesome too.
    Clove-scented anything and wacky socks as part of her top 10 favorite things? Interesting.

    Lindadao2060 at yahoo dot com

  16. Great interview! I’m doing a interview with Myra soon, too. One of my questions was about Ivy Springs being based on a real place. Now I have my answer! :) And of course! Who doesn’t want to meet JK??!

  17. I have not heard one bad thing about this book, so I definitely have to read it! I loved the interview, also: great questions and interesting answers:) Thanks for a great giveaway!!

    jwitt33 at live dot com

  18. Great interview. I would fangirl about that cover too. It is awesome. Shout-out to Franklin, TN’s hometown band: Paramore.

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

  19. I enjoyed the interview. I’ve been hearing such great things about this book, I pushed it up to the top of my list.

    Thanks for the giveaway,
    onebookshy at yahoo dot com

  20. Aw! How lovely that she decided to write a book upon finishing Deathly Hallows! If I was a writer, I’m sure DH would have inspired me as well.

  21. I’ve been hearing so much about this book! I would seriously love a chance to read it! And this interview definitely doesn’t do anything to make me less excited!! 😛

    basicallyamazingbooks [at] gmail [dot] com

  22. Great interview! I’m sure that glittery, gluey table looked great in your house, Myra. It never ceases to amaze me just how much J.K. Rowling has been able to inspire others. The Harry Potter series feels like a member of my family because it’s been around and a part of my life for so long. I love hearing that the series inspired you to get cracking on Hourglass…and then you did! I ordered my copy and I’m just waiting for it to arrive – it should be here this week :)

    Good luck with freezing time. If you figure out how to do it, let me know.

  23. Hm, time freeze is a super power I rarely pick, but now that you mention it that would be an incredibly useful power! Probably wouldn’t help any with my tendency to procrastinate though 😛

    thank you for the giveaway!
    imagesandwords at optonline dot net

  24. love that book so much!! I just hope that this giveaway is for international..tsk.tsk:(

    maryanngacayan at yahoo dot com

  25. I’ve heard so much about this book and am excited for it!! I love how Ivy Springs was based on a real town. It makes it so much more vivid and fun to read about.

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    elfdrop at gmail dot com

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