Today I'd like to extend a warm welcome to Bree Despain, author of The Dark Divine, and the highly anticipated sequel, The Lost Saint, which releases tomorrow, December 28th 2010! Bree stopped by to discuss the book with us and brought along a great prize pack to boot. See contest details below.
Bree rediscovered her childhood love for creating stories when she took a semester off college to write and direct plays for at-risk, inner-city teens from Philadelphia and New York. She currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband, two young sons, and her beloved TiVo.
1. The Lost Saint, the sequel to The Dark Divine, is currently scheduled for release on December 28th 2010. When we last left off, Grace Divine had sacrificed everything to save Daniel, but lost her brother Jude in the process. What can we look forward to in The Lost Saint? Can you share with us a favorite line or scene from the book?
2. What three words do you think best describe The Lost Saint?
"Awesomest sequel ever" (Sorry, that was my husband's contribution--please ignore him.) How about: "Exciting, action-packed, heart-breaking." (Hyphenated words count as one, right?)
3. What do you love most about the main characters you’ve created in this series?
I love how much Grace and Daniel care about each other and that their relationship is based on a lifetime of friendship rather than just some sort of mystical force or lust that draws them together. I think their friendship makes their passion even greater.
4. Do you have anything in common with Grace's character in your novel? Do you ever base your characters on people you know?
I grew up in a tight-knit religious family similar to Grace's--which means it was hard for me to write about her family unraveling the way it does in TLS. I also like to think of Grace as the stronger version of myself in high school. We're both pretty stubborn but Grace is more likely to speak her mind. Daniel is based on a few different people from my life, and Pastor Divine is a lot like my own father.
5. In The Dark Divine, Grace found out that some stories about creatures that go bump in the night are not merely fiction. If you had to become one supernatural creature for a day, which one would you want to be and why?
Probably a fairy--they don't seem to have as much angst as other paranormal creatures, plus it would be fun to be able to fly for a day.
6. If you had to pick a theme song to describe Grace, which one would you pick and why?
Tremendous Dynamite by The Eels. It's a song about a girl with "her head screwed on real tight" (i.e. stubborn) who can put up a hard-won fight. Love the lines: "Being the bomb is her birthright. She's tremendous. She's dynamite." This song is pretty perfect for how Grace evolves in TLS.
7. What types of feedback do you receive from readers? Is there one comment in particular that really affected you?
I love hearing from readers! The letter that affected me the most was from a girl who read out loud to TDD to her best friend who was in coma--and when her friend awoke weeks later she said that one of the things she remembered was someone telling her a story about a girl named Gracie and that she liked it and wanted to hear more. The girl who wrote me the letter believed that her friend's connection to the story was one of the things that helped pull her out of the coma. I cried quite a bit when I got that letter!
8. As a writer, why do you think the genre of monsters and fantasy is so appealing for so many people?
I don't know about other readers/authors but I love paranormal fiction because the genre allows authors to use monsters and fantasy elements as metaphors for what many people go through in their real lives. It's a fantastical/escapist way of exploring real issues.
9. What were you like as a teen? What types of books were your favorites when you were Grace’s age?
I was an introvert who had a funny/crazy side that only really came out when I was with good friends. I was really into drama, so I loved reading plays. OTHELLO, GLASS MENAGERIE, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD were some of my favorites. I also loved a YA series of books called Sunfire Romance. They were basically historical fiction spiced up with a love triangle. I found them surprising useful when taking A.P. American History.
10. What can we look forward to reading from you next? Will there be another installment in this series?
Yes I'm working on the third book in the Dark Divine trilogy right now. After that book, I have plans for another paranormal series but this one will be based on Greek mythology.
Want more? Check out my previous interview with Bree Despain.
GIVEAWAY PRIZE PACK
**Signed paperback of The Dark Divine
**ARC of The Lost Saint
Bonus goodie: Signature Lost Saint blue nailpolish!
BY BREE DESPAIN
The non-stop sequel to The Dark Divine delivers an even hotter romance and more thrilling action than Bree Despain's first novel. Grace Divine made the ultimate sacrifice to cure Daniel Kalbi. She gave her soul to the wolf to save him and lost her beloved mother. When Grace receives a haunting phone call from Jude, she knows what she must do. She must become a Hound of Heaven. Desperate to find Jude, Grace befriends Talbot - a newcomer to town who promises her that he can help her be a hero. But as the two grow closer, the wolf grows in Grace, and her relationship with Daniel begins to crumble. Unaware of the dark path she is walking, Grace becomes prideful in her new abilities - not realizing that an old enemy has returned and deadly trap is about to be sprung. Readers, raveous for more Grace and Daniel, will be itching to sink their teeth into The Lost Saint.
Official Rules:1.You must be 13 year or older to enter.2. Open to entrants with a valid U.S. mailing address only.3. Entries must be received by Midnight EST on January 9th 2011.4. Once contacted, winners have 48 hours to respond with their mailing address.5. To enter to win, simply fill out the form below. Good luck!