Interview with the Rotten Vampire: Claudia Gray (Part 2)

We’re back with Claudia Gray, author of Hourglass. In this post is a spoiler about Book 4, Afterlife, that Claudia says she’s never released to the public before! Gosh, readers, are you spoilt or what?!

So, Claudia – books on your bedside table?

I just finished FURIOUS LOVE. I’m currently reading DAUGHTERS OF KURA. You’ll notice that neither of those are YA paranormal, because I’m currently in the heart of editing FATEFUL. I do keep up with my YA paranormal, but only when I’m not in the middle of my writing process. First up for when I start with the YA again: PARANORMALCY and FIRELIGHT.

Biggest misconception you had/have about Australia that you know is about to be proved wrong?

Honestly, I didn’t find that I had too many assumptions to knock aside — I was eager to see what I’d find. I will say that my one trip to the Australian outback featured rainy, cool weather and verdant greenery, which was not what I was expecting!

Authors that influence your writing:

I don’t think there’s anyone specific. If you’re an avid reader and writer, I think pretty much any book you love has some effect on your writing. The one person whose style probably had the most impact on me (though I don’t know that it influences my writing that much, directly anyway) is Margaret Mitchell.

Tell us one thing your readers would be surprised to learn about you:

I once took a role in a friend’s low-budget science fiction movie, wearing alien make-up, no less. It was never released. Thank GOD.

What’s next in store for Claudia Gray?

Next is finishing my book FATEFUL, which is a werewolf adventure set aboard the RMS Titanic. Then I’ll be turning to BALTHAZAR, about the life, death and subsequent adventures of the title vampire. At the beginning of next year, I hope to start work on SPELLCASTER, a witchcraft-based trilogy.

I realise that most things would be spoilers for those who haven’t read the series yet, but what can we expect from Book 4 – Afterlife (any cryptic spoilers)?

Here’s one I’ve never given out before: Vic will finally have a supernatural “moment” of his own. It won’t go well.

Most important question of the night: would you rather be stuck in the body of a gargoyle spouting water at the entrance to some major gothic castle for a year, or drink only blood for two years? Why?

I’m so grossed out by the blood that I guess I’d have to go for the gargoyle, though that does sound a bit dull. But maybe I’ll catch up on my rest. And maybe the gothic castle will have residents who lead deliciously soapy lives, so I can live vicariously through their dramas.

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Thanks for the info, Ms Gray! And thanks to HarperCollins, too.

Interview with the Rotten Vampire: Claudia Gray (Part 1)

I was incredibly lucky to score an interview with the fantastic Claudia Gray, author of the Hourglass book I gave away on this blog a few weeks ago. Thanks so much HarperCollins – she’s a charmer!

Hi Claudia, hope you have a smashing time while you’re in Australia, and thank you in advance for taking the time to answer the questions from an Evernight fan.
So, is the Evernight series something that hit you as late-night inspiration, or had you been working on the idea for years?

More late-night inspiration, though it wasn’t an all at once type of thing. But I’ve been fascinated with vampires and all kinds of frightening creatures since I was a small child.

Describe the main character Bianca in 3 words, all starting with the letter ‘V’:

versatile
vulnerable
valiant

How did you celebrate when you first realised you had a publishing deal?

I was more in shock than anything else. Though I went out to dinner with a few friends that evening, I actually had to cut it short and head to the outskirts of town, where I was catsitting for a friend. It was a bit of a comedown, so I told the cat my news. She was unenthused.

Finish this sentence: the main difference between Chuck Bass (from the TV and book series Gossip Girl) and Balthazar is….

Oh, I’ve never watched “Gossip Girl.” Maybe it’s that Balthazar is still waiting for his TV/movie deal?

What did your school experience have in common with Evernight Academy?

Sadly little. If ONLY I’d had a Lucas and a Balthazar at my school. If ONLY.

Name the one book character from any book you wouldn’t mind drinking the blood of if you had the chance:

There is absolutely no character for which that is true. Drinking blood = yuck. I’d make a rotten vampire.

Which author are you hating on right now?

This will sound corny, but it’s the truth — the more I write, the more I realize how hard this is, and the less I “hate on” other writers. This is a tough business, both in terms of the writing itself and dealing with the inevitable bumps and scrapes of being (barely) in the public eye. Any time spent “hating on” someone is time wasted. I spend my time thinking about the stuff I love.

[Awwww. Stay tuned for Part 2.]

Announcing the Claudia Gray ‘Hourglass’ Giveaway Winners

Hey Hourglass entrants!

I was totally overwhelmed by the quantity and quality of the entries received for the Claudia Gray Hourglass giveaway. As a result I spent the weekend judging and agonising over ‘the longlist’, then ‘the shortlist’, and finally, I whittled the list down (with much more agonising and second-guessing my choices) to the five winners who are each going to receive a copy of Hourglass.

I definitely feel content with my final decision, and if you didn’t win this time, never fear! If I look into my crystal ball I see more giveaways in the future…

Anyhoo, the readers were asked to write in 25 words or less:

“What’s the best OR worst thing about being immortal?”

So, without further ado, here are the five winners (in no particular order):

Chris, who said:

“Having to wear the clothing of the period to fit in; from corsets to tracky dackies. Could be fun in some eras, definitely horrible in others.”

Dean, who said:

“The best thing is that I’d never have to say …. “so many lovely women, so little time …””

Lesley, who said:

“Worst thing about being immortal is that you stop growing and maturing. I appreciate my mind and body more at 37 compared to my 20s.”

Jodie, who said:

“Immortal forever sounds a dream,
but that lily white skin! I’d scream!”

Courtenay, who said:

“The worst thing about being immortal would be hiding the fact – could you imagine how many people would want ‘in’ on the secret!

 

Expect an email from me soon, guys, and congratulations!

The Claudia Gray ‘Hourglass’ Giveaway Is Finally Here!

* Please make sure to read the post in its entirety so you know you’re following the rules.

Hey vampire-loving peeps!

Do you feel lucky????

To celebrate author Claudia Gray’s trip to Oz this month we’re giving away copies of her latest book. Whoohoo!

Thanks to the superheroes at HarperCollins, Boomerang Books is giving away not one, not two, not three, but FIVE copies of Hourglass, the third installment in Claudia Gray’s stellar vampire series Evernight. This series has been touted as THE next series to read for Twilight fans – except I don’t like Twilight and I LOVE the Evernight series. So you could say the Evernight series satisfies Twilight fans and non-Twilight fans alike!

[Even if you don’t like vampires yourself, maybe you have a bloodsucker in your family or friendship circle who would love to read Hourglass? They’ll love you forever. And ever].

The details:

Because I’m generally an evil person, I’m going to make you WORK for the giveaway.

So, in 25 words or less, FOR THE WIN…answer the following question in the comments section of this post:

“What’s the best OR worst thing about being immortal?”

I will be announcing the five gloriously fortunate winners in a separate post after the entries have been judged, but make sure to include a valid email address in your comment below so it’s easier to contact you if you win!

This competition is open to Australian residents only (ie. those who have a valid Australian postal mailing address).

Entries close:

Thursday, August 26 2010, 5 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time.

GOOD LUCK, EVERYONE 🙂 

*fangs crossed*

Let’s get those creative juices flowing!

Authors with bite

Vampires! Post number two in a series of three about the pointy-toothed blood-suckers we all love to read about.

This time around I have enlisted the help of two authors who have written vamp fic. I’ve asked each of them to share with us their favourite vampire book.

NarrelleFirst cab off the rank is Narrelle M Harris, author of The Opposite of Life.

John Lindqvist’s Let the Right One In is a superb vampire novel. It’s Swedish, but the English translation captures its setting of a bleak suburb in 1980s Stockholm perfectly. Oskar, who is viciously bullied at school, befriends strange newcomer, Eli. The fact that Eli is a vampire and a killer is contrasted with the idea that Eli is also an abused child. The line between victim and monster is blurred, here and elsewhere in the story. It’s a disturbing horror story, but also ultimately a gentle love story. It’s elegant, atmospheric and unlike any other vampire story I’ve ever read.

You can find out more about Narrelle and her writing on her website. You can also follow her on Twitter. And for those of you who’ve read The Opposite of Life, you can also follow her two lead characters, Gary (the vampire) and Lissa (the librarian), on Twitter.

FozNext up we have Foz Meadows, author of Solace and Grief.

I love the Evernight series by Claudia Gray. On starting the first book, I was aggressively sceptical, but once I reached the halfway point, I couldn’t put it down, while the sequel volumes, Stargazer and Hourglass, were mesmerising. Gray’s characters are vividly realistic; her plotlines pull no punches. The more the series develops, the more it becomes apparent that a skilful long game is in effect: the mythology is built with care, and there are no loose threads – only questions that haven’t been answered yet. The writing is sleek, the pace swift, and the tension perfectly orchestrated. Definitely worth reading!

You can find out more about Foz and her writing by checking out her blog.

My thanks to Narrelle and Foz for stopping by.

My last post mentioned the vampire books that I loved. But I have read others — from the good (Thirsty by MT Anderson) to the not-so-good (The House of Caine by Ken Eulo). And then, there’s the disappointing…

Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice. This is a book that lots of people have raved about. My first encounter with it was the film version. I really liked the film and so I thought to myself… most film adaptations are not as good as the original books, so I must go and read Interview With The Vampire. Which I did… Unfortunately. I found the characters annoying, the style dry and the whole thing long-winded and boring. After spouting my disappointment at anyone who would listen, an avid Anne Rice fan insisted that the second book in the series was much better and that I should give it a go. I didn’t. In fact, I’ve never read another Anne Rice book. Life is too short and there are way too many other books that I really want to read.

Which now brings me to the Twilight books.

Tune in next time as I tell you why I haven’t read Twilight.

Catch ya later,  George