Wednesday, December 14, 2011

#BIR2011: WOLFSBANE - An Interview & Giveaway with Andrea Cremer

Welcome to Day 4 of Best I've Read 2011! Today, we have the uber popular (and rightfully so!) Andrea Cremer with us for a fun interview and giveaway. Her book, WOLFSBANE, was a no-brainer to make it into our top 8 of the year. I mean, if you've read this series yet, I'm sure you understand. They're kind of addictive. We hope you enjoy the interview and we'd love to hear from you in the comments.

Also, be sure to stop by the Blog Schedules Page to find out who the other 11 blogs are featuring.

***About WOLFSBANE***

Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer
Release Date: July 26, 2011
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group

About: When Calla Tor wakes up in the lair of the Searchers, her sworn enemies, she's certain her days are numbered. But then the Searchers make her an offer, one that gives her the chance to destroy her former masters and save the pack and the man she left behind. Is Ren worth the price of her freedom? And will Shay stand by her side no matter what? Now in control of her own destiny, Calla must decide which battles are worth fighting and how many trials true love can endure and still survive. 

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 ***Interview with Andrea Cremer***
BIR: In Wolfsbane, we get to explore the world in which Calla lives beyond the limited world that Calla knew in Nightshade.  Did you always know the scope of the world and what's your favorite part of Searcher's world?

    AC: I don't write in chronological order so I always know the big picture of my novel's world and plot when I begin to write. There's an extensive backstory at work from the moment I put the first word on a page. I love the Searchers' hidden world and I think my favorite aspect of it is the four branches of specialization tied into elements: Haldis (Earth), air (Tordis), fire (Pyralis), and water (Eydis).

    BIR: If you got a chance to write the story over again from a different point of view, would you and from who's POV?  And have you ever thought about writing part of the book from Ren's point of view?
      AC: It's very difficult for me to think about writing this series from a different POV because Calla was the inspiration for the books. She's at the center of the story and I wouldn't want to change that. I've enjoyed writing novellas from other characters' POVs but I don't think I'd want to write an entire novel from another characters' view - if there were any character with whom I'd be tempted to do that it would be Adne.

      BIR: Wolfsbane and Nightshade have been praised for the great love triangle in them. Had you always intended for this triangle to exist or was it something that came about the more you wrote?
        AC: I didn't intend for the love triangle to be as intense as it is. In exploration Calla's romantic predicament I was trying to answer the question: What happens to love when choice is taken away?

        BIR: What has been the most surreal thing to happen to you since Nightshade was released? (with regards to writing or readers)
          AC: It's all been surreal but what's been so fantastic is the creativity of readers. I'm so deeply impressed by the way each reader can engage with the books and characters - from fan fiction to art to jewelry I've loved the individual contributions that fans make to the Nightshade world!

          BIR: What traits do your characters have that you wish you had yourself?
            AC: I wish I could shift into wolf form!!!

            BIR: What is your favorite read of 2011?
              AC: That's tough - 2011 has been an amazing year for books. I'd have to say Kirsten Miller's All You Desire, which is the follow up to The Eternal Ones. It is an incredibly romantic and thrilling read. 

              • Thanks to Penguin Young Readers we are offering one copy of WOLFSBANE to one lucky reader.
              • Open to U.S. addresses only. No PO boxes.
              • +1 entry for each Best I've Read blog you are following using Google Friend Connect. You can find the full list of blogs on the sidebar and on the Blog Schedules Page.
              • Giveaway ends at midnight EST December 23, 2011.
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              1. Great Interview and great giveaway! Thank you. Keeping my fingers and toes crossed. LOL

              2. This book sounds fantastic! I just love this best I've read 2011!
                Thank you for the giveaway chance!

                Gena Robertson

              3. i hope my entry today is not a duplicate! if it is, i'm sorry... i'm commenting now to remind me that i've been in this post before lol

              4. I love this idea, Best I've Read 2011. It helps me remember all the great books out there I still need to read. Thanks for the chance to win!

              5. Oh wow, this has been such a fantastic idea and I have really enjoyed all of the Best I've Read 2011. I'm extremely excited and would totally love to have my own copy of Wolfsbane, as I love Andrea Cremer and this series in general. Thank you, so much for being extremely generous in the giveaway and I hope you have a Happy Christmas!!!

                Suz @ A Soul Unsung

              6. she really good im waiting for this book to come in the mail the first one got me wanting more ...hehehe..this really is the BEST I've Read 2011 . well im a big wearwolf fan so ull see ma post alot

              7. ahahhahahahaha ....o.e *twitches