Young Adult paranormal is still my favorite genre. As much as I do love Contemporary , paranormal stories still catch me the most! Also, Stacey O’Neale is definitely a voice many Book Bloggers knew before she published her own book, so I was eagerly excited to read a book from her, but also dig into this new paranormal world full of “Elementals”.
Plus, look at the covers – aren’t they amazing?? I absolutely adore them – plus, I read already the Pre-quel Shadow Prince and I am hooked!!! Totally hooked! (you can download the Pre-Quel for free at amazon! )
So Stacey shares today an Interview with us, where she answers lots of questions I know you guys are dying to know! Also, don’t miss the Giveaway at the end of this post!
Interview with Stacey O’Neale
- Who or what inspires your writing?
Life inspires me. I’ve gotten ideas while walking down the street, talking to a friend, watching television, etc. It can come from anywhere at any time. The idea for the MORTAL ENCHANTMENT series actually came when I was researching for another book.
- Do you read reviews of your books? What do you do when you read a not-so-nice one?
I read reviews of THE SHADOW PRINCE. I couldn’t help it. This was my first published work and I was dying to hear what readers thought. I was lucky though―most of the reviews were really favorable. The first time I read a bad review I laughed. It was really funny. I don’t get upset when people don’t like my books because everyone has different tastes. I’m just happy the books are being read. J
- How much of the characters are based on your traits or someone you know personally?
I get asked A LOT if Rowan is a real person in my life. Most of my characters are based on pieces of several different people. It’s small facets of their personalities taken up several notches, and then smashed together to make one character.
- Do you find it hard to kill off your characters?
No. I think each writer knows when it’s time for a character to die. I know readers don’t like that, but we have to be true to the story. However, I want you to know it does gut me sometimes to do it. I really don’t look forward to it.
- Can you share a teaser of MORTAL ENCHANTMENT with our readers?
The best teaser is the prequel novella, THE SHADOW PRINCE. It’s FREE on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Also, the first chapter of MORTAL ENCHANTMENT is at the end of the novella.
- What scene was your favorite to write in MORTAL ENCHANTMENT?
Chapter Twenty. I had that scene in my head even before I knew how the book would end. It’s very swoon-worthy. I think readers will enjoy it. J
- What was the hardest scene to write in MORTAL ENCHANTMENT?
It’s difficult to answer this without giving anything away. I will say there’s a scene where a character thinks they are about to uncover something big, but it ends up crashing and burning in their face. It was tough to write because the character feels completely responsible.
- Who is your literary hero?
I’m a massive Gena Showalter fan. I’ve read most of her books. I like that she shifts between adult and young adult. I would like to do the same thing. I have fun writing YA, but I also love adult paranormal.
- What do you normally like to read when not writing?
On the YA side, I read a TON of paranormal, urban fantasy, and science fiction. When I’m reading adult, I like contemporary, fantasy, and paranormal. Please don’t ask me for a favorite because I don’t think I can choose just one. 😉
- Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Read a lot. Write a lot. You can’t have one without the other. It sounds simple, but it’s really true. Also, quit making excuses. If you want to be a writer, be one. If you really want it, make the effort. Oh, and never give up!
About Mortal Enchantment
Published May 20th 2014 by Phoenix Reign Publishing
“Mortal Enchantment spins a unique twist on elemental mythology. This series is not to be missed.”
Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
In Kalin Matthew’s world, elementals control the forces of nature. They are divided into four courts: air, woodland, fire, and water. At sixteen she will leave the life she’s built with her mortal mother. Kalin will move to Avalon to rule with her father—the elemental king of the air court. Along the way, she’s attacked by a fire court assassin and saved by Rowan, a swoon-worthy elemental with a questionable past.
Worst of all, she learns her father is missing.
To rescue him, Kalin will have to work with a judgmental council and a system of courts too busy accusing each other of deceit to actually be able to help her. But, they aren’t her biggest challenge. With the Midwinter’s Ball only five days away, Kalin must take over her father’s duties, which includes shifting control of the elements—power Kalin has yet to realize.
As Rowan attempts to train her, a war looms between the four courts. If Kalin fails, her father
will die and the courts will fall, but the betrayal she’s about to uncover may cost her even more…
Before you read MORTAL ENCHANTMENT, make sure you check out the FREE prequel novella, THE SHADOW PRINCE!
Every sacrifice has consequences.
Sixteen-year-old Rowan has spent most of his life living among the mortals—learning to control the element of fire, impatiently awaiting the day his vengeful mother, Queen Prisma, will abdicate her throne. When he finally returns to Avalon for his coronation, his mother insists he must first prove his loyalty to the court by completing a secret mission:
Kill Kalin, the half-human, half-elemental daughter of the air court king.
Willing to do anything to remove his mother from power, he agrees to sacrifice the halfling. He returns to the mortal world with his best friend, Marcus, determined to kill the princess. But as he devises a plan, he starts to question whether or not he’s capable of completing such a heinous task. And what price he will pay if he refuses?
Also available in PRINT from Amazon
Stacey O’Neale lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she’s not writing, she spends her time fangirling over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter.
Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. Stacey writes young adult paranormal romance and adult science fiction romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing.
Stacey loves hearing from readers. Follow her on Twitter @StaceyONeale, look for her on Facebook, Pinterest, and GoodReads. You can also visit her blog.
So tell me guys, aren’t you also intrigued after this??? Especially the cover of The Shadow Prince totally got me.. and those marks on his back? Still break my heart when I’m thinking about this!
The Mortal Enchantement is a promising and exciting story for all fans of the paranormal and who love to unusual!