Sunday, November 4, 2012

Welcome Sonnet O'Dell Today

Welcome to my Reading Nook, Sonnet O’Dell. Please make yourself at home and let my cabana boys/girls get you a drink.

Comfortable? Wonderful. Now let’s get started.

What’s the first thing you did when you received word you’d sold a book?
A little dance. I’m not joking, when I knew my book had sold, I stopped what I was doing and did a little step. I was so excited.

Tell us about your latest/upcoming release. What inspired it?
My latest release is called More Than Mortal. It’s a YA fantasy. Several things inspired it but mainly I wanted to write something a kin to Diana Wynn Jones who I was reading at the time. I wanted to create a book that could one day be a Studio Ghibli film.

If one of your books became a movie, which celebrity would you like to star as your characters?
I’m not sure I would like a (live action) movie of my books. I think I could see my Cassandra Farbanks books as a TV Series. I have a friend who demands I start the screenplay. Lol. I know who should star as my characters. I do imagine Kyle Schmid as Aram occasionally but when it comes to anyone else I’m at a loss.

What genres would you like to try writing in but haven’t yet done so? Why?
I think I would like to try writing Sci-Fi. I’ve always like the genre but I worry about it being so technical. I’ve never had a head for facts. I have this fear that I will be unable to find the words to describe something futuristic so that it’s believable.

What is your normal writing day like? 
Sporadic. I find that I write when the mood takes me. Sometimes I can not have an idea in the world and the next day inspiration hits me and I write for hours. I blame it on my teamster of a muse, I call him Ned.

Where do you get most of the ideas for your stories? 
Idea’s sort of just hit me, like someone threw something at my head. I can be sat doing something else and suddenly I can’t get this idea out of my head. I have to write it down right away because I tend to forget things. I’m glad to have a memo function on my phone.

What are some of your hobbies/favorite past times to indulge in? 
I love to read and I love to be read to. It’s something I’ve never grown out of, which is why I enjoy audio books so much. I also occasionally like to paint. However I won’t say I paint well.

Who are some of your favorite authors, and if we were to visit your home, what books would we find on your bookshelf, end table, floor or e-reader?
I read a lot of YA books still, anything that looks like it’ll be a good story. I like Charlaine Harris, Laurell K Hamilton and Jim Butcher. I read a lot of books with vampires, werewolves and other supernatural things in it. My TBR pile is massive at the moment and it only gets bigger.

If you could be any character of any book or movie, who would you be?
Hmm. If I could only be one I think I would like to be Sookie Stackhouse, I think it would be so interesting to read people’s minds, but for only a day or something. I don’t think in the long term I’d like it though. If I were being naughty it would be Anita Blake ;) for obvious reasons.

Do you have a favorite TV show you can't miss?
I don’t watch TV as much as I used to. It seems like whenever I get into a series it gets cancelled.

What is your writing process? Do you outline, fly by the seat of your pants or a combination of both?
I do a combination of both. I do write an outline but if a better idea comes along I end up rewriting it to include the new idea. I keep to only rough outlines, like there are key things I want to happen but I leave it loose as to how they happen. I like to have plenty of wiggle room.

Could you tell us about any work-in-progress, current projects, what we can expect from you in the future?
For the past couple years I’ve been working to the power of three. Three releases. One from my series, one young adult and one adult romance. I’ve just recently finished the next Cassandra book Deadly Sin and am hoping to submit it soon. I’m working on a young adult tentatively titled Reborn and a couple of romance ideas. We’ll see which horse wins that race.

Who has been the most delightful character to write about? The most challenging to write about?
I like to write dumb character – I mean the ones that are purely for comic relief. I most relate to them I guess because if a situation gets too serious that’s me in a heartbeat. I find the most challenging character to write are men, not being one; I can find it very hard to get into the mindset. I know what I would do in a certain situation but I can almost always say but that’s not what a male friend would do.

What do you do to unwind and relax?  
I like to read, or take a long shower or I find stroking Salem very relaxing. Salem is my cat before anyone gets any weird thoughts. He’s a sweet lovely boy who keeps me company.

What is the last line of your last WIP you worked on that you wrote?
“And why doesn’t she use her own computer to look for Porn?”

Anything you would like to add? 
My bibliography is -
Cassandra Farbanks Series – Soul Market (#1), Lost Innocents (#2), Skin Thief (#3), Inhuman Heritage (#4) and Silent Doll (#5)
Young Adult – The Morning Afterlife, More Than Mortal – Just released
Adult Romance – Triton Rising, Mistakenly Mated (1st Feb 2013)

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More Than Mortal Blurb:

It started with a wish…

When a kind and handsome stranger offers to save your dying brother's life, what is there that you wouldn't do?

Arielle Grey makes a deal with Mordecai and is thrown into a world of magic, strange creatures, new friends and bitter rivals. All the while Nate, her brother searches to find his stolen sister and rescue her from her fate.

With her brother unbeknownst coming to rescue her and her feelings for Mordecai changing day by day, the question becomes not will she be rescued but does she want to be?

Excerpt from More Than Mortal:

Arielle turned around and there was both Mordecai and Arjun, leant against the building in the shade, watching them. Mordecai reached out his hand, Arielle took it and she was pulled into a space between the two of them.
“Just watch.”
Arielle’s eyes focused on the gummies, their bodies quivering like they really were made of jelly. She felt Arjun’s finger wrap between hers taking her other hand, she looked up at him but he was looking straight ahead at them. Arielle turned back to face them and her hand broke from Mordecai’s to stop herself from gasping. Smaller gummies, about half the size of the originals, shot from every other gummy in the circle, small eyes blinked and opened taking their first look at the world.
“Oh there so cute.”
Arielle pulled forward to go over to them, see them better, Mordecai caught a glimpse of her hand pulling out of Arjun’s, and he quietly oozed suspicion.
“Arielle!” cried all the gummies at once, even the little ones. She got down on her knees patting them lightly on what she had only been able to assume was their heads as the bounced happily to see her. She held one of the littler ones in her hand and it rubbed up against her thumb gleefully.

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1 comment:

Linda Hays-Gibbs said...

Excited about the release of your book. It is going to be fantastic. I can't wait to read it. Your imagination and skills are superman type. Great interview and good luck.
Linda Hays-Gibbs
Angel in My Heart, Devil in My Soul

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