Friday, December 16, 2011

#BIR2011 - HEREAFTER - An Interview with Tara Hudson

 Welcome to Day 6 of Best I've Read 2011! Today's Top 8 pick is HEREAFTER by Tara Hudson. We have a special interview with Tara and we're also offering you a chance to win a copy of HEREAFTER for yourself. Read below for more details.

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***About HEREAFTER***

Hereafter by Tara Hudson
Release Date: June 7, 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen

About: Can there truly be love after death? 
Drifting in the dark waters of a mysterious river, the only thing Amelia knows for sure is that she's dead. With no recollection of her past life—or her actual death—she's trapped alone in a nightmarish existence. All of this changes when she tries to rescue a boy, Joshua, from drowning in her river. As a ghost, she can do nothing but will him to live. Yet in an unforgettable moment of connection, she helps him survive.

Amelia and Joshua grow ever closer as they begin to uncover the strange circumstances of her death and the secrets of the dark river that held her captive for so long. But even while they struggle to keep their bond hidden from the living world, a frightening spirit named Eli is doing everything in his power to destroy their newfound happiness and drag Amelia back into the ghost world . . . forever.

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 ***Interview with Tara Hudson***

BCM: HEREAFTER is a wonderful new twist on ghost stories. What is your favorite ghost story?

TH: My favorite ghostly novel is HEART-SHAPED BOX by Joe Hill.  The ghost in that novel is definitely not friendly...far more of an Eli than an Amelia!

BCM: Joshua's character is one of the kindest we've ever seen. Where does he get his patience and compassion?

TH: I like to think he gets it from his parents.  Like so many others, I've noticed that we see lots of absentee or less-than-great parents in YA/children's literature.  I wanted to give Joshua AND Amelia parents that are kind, patient, and generally good people.

BCM: Amelia is in the dark about her true past for much of HEREAFTER. Were you as shocked as she was to find out what happened to her?

TH: If it makes any sense, I was.  I rewrote Amelia's death scene about seven times.  I knew generally what happened, but when I got to the scene itself, I wanted to make sure I got it right.  When I finished the final version, I was pretty creeped out...but I knew it was right.

BCM: As covers go, yours are absolutely gorgeous. Did you have any say in how they would turn out?

TH: Nope, and that's probably a good thing!  I can't draw or design anything.  Interesting fact: Amelia was originally platinum blond (and her not-really-nemesis Kaylen, was brunette).  But in the cover, blond just looked AWFUL with the landscape so Harper asked me if it would be okay to make Amelia a brunette.  I said that was just fine because, as we all know, hair color does not define the girl!

BCM: As the mother of a young child and an attorney, how do you find the time to write?

TH: I don't, ha!  I am one of those lucky people with a patient husband, awesome babysitters, and the ability to function on very little sleep.  For now. :)

BCM: What is your favorite read of 2011?

TH: Eep, it's a toss up.  I was blown away by the atmosphere and tension of FURY by Elizabeth Miles, but I also fell madly in love with Erin Morgenstern's THE NIGHT CIRCUS.

  • Thanks to HarperTeen, we have one copy of HEREAFTER to giveaway to one lucky reader.
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  1. Gosh, I just love the synopsis of this book! My life span is just not long enough to read everything I want to, but this one goes to the top of the stack =)
    Thank you for yet another great giveaway!

    Gena Robertson

  2. Nice interview. I'm glad to see that these characters have good dependable parents. I've so often wondered how do the adults in these books not know what's going on in their children's lives.
    Hereafter sounds like a great book, I would love to get a chance to read it.

  3. I've been wanting to read Hereafter. Gosh, there are a ton of books I'd love to read. LOL Thank you so much for this opportunity!


  4. I absolutely loved being able to read Hereafter as an advanced read, but would definitely love to have my own finished copy. Thank you, so much for sharing the super nice and awesome interview. So much fun it was to read. I hope you have a happy Christmas.

    Suz @ A Soul Unsung

  5. Where has this book been! I love novels like this! Wow! I know once I obtain this novel, I am not going to be able to put it down. Hope you have a Happy New Year.