Welcome Ivy Bateman today
Please give a warm welcome to Breathless Press Author Ivy Bateman today as we chat about her new book, The Art of Falling Forever coming December 12th.
Can you please tell us about your latest book?
Sure can! On December 12/14, my six release with Breathless Press The Art of Falling Forever, is coming out. This is a holiday story about a girl named Amy who has recently lost her mother. Her mother was always in charge of the town's Christmas Pageant and when she died, the duty was passed to Amy who doesn't yet understand the importance of being in charge of the show. One night, Eilam, her mother's best friend who always plays the Angel, plants a chaste kiss on her cheek. This unexpected bit of affection begins to open the door to a family secret which reveals an incredible history and gives Amy the answers to questions she's had her whole life.
How did you come with the idea for this story?
In the summer, while I was out for a walk, I was listening to a podcast called Nerdist. Host Chris Hardwick was interviewing Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield who is a real inspiration. Anyway, astronaut Chris was telling host Chris about the feeling of being between the earth and forever. He said that when you're in the space station, the earth is above you and the rest of the universe is below and it goes on forever. Just like that the title "The Art of Falling Forever" popped into my head. At that moment I knew I had to write a story with that title.
Who is your ultimate "book boyfriend"? You know, that hottie you read about and drool over.
My favourite book is
Sharon Shinn. The main character in the
book is an angel named Gabriel. He is dark and mysterious, can sing…well like
an angel, and his passion for his planet and the woman who will be his wife
brings me back this book again and again. He's wonderful.
Who is your Celebrity crush? And what would you do if you ever meet them?
At the moment, it's Benedict Cumberbatch. If I ever met him I would hope that I would remain somewhat calm and normal during the meeting and save my freak out until after he's gone. Depending on how late the play goes and if he does the "greet fans at the back door" thing, I may actually get to meet him. Next October my family and I are going to
to see him play Hamlet.
Even if I don't actually get to meet him, seeing him perform live and in person
will be a dream come true! London, England
If you could collaborate with another author on a secret project, who would you pick to work with and why?
Without a doubt, Neil Gaiman! I would love to work with him because I too enjoy taking a seemingly normal slice of life and turning into something other worldly. It would be an honour to work with him.
Thanks very much for having me on today, Dawn! And thanks to those of you who have stopped by. Be sure to stop by my blog Ivy B Misbehavin (http://ivybmisbehavin.blogspot.com) on December 12/14 for a chance to win a copy of The Art of Falling Forever.
Happy Holidays and Happy
The Art of Falling Forever
Available for Pre-Order at Breathless Press
A chaste kiss on the cheek leads to the discovery of a lifetime.
Even though Eilam has always been part of her world, Amy never thought of him as more than a mother's friend. One night, after rehearsal for the town's Christmas Pageant, Eilam reveals that not only is there more to him than Amy had ever imagined, but that together they could be the next chapter in a story that has played out in her family for over 2000 years.
While struggling to cope with the death of her mother and the responsibility of being in charge of the biggest even of the year, Amy must decide whether her future lies with her estranged boyfriend Troy or the enigmatic Eilam.
The doorbell chimed, causing Amy to nearly jump out of her skin. She glanced at the clock. It was almost five, which meant that it could only be Eilam and he was now the last person she wanted to see. Tracy demanding she explain her new attitude, Troy begging her to take him back—either scenario would have been preferable to what waited for her on the other side of her front door.
The bell chimed again, followed by insistent knocking. "Amara, I know you're in there. If you don't open the door I will be forced to break it down which, as I'm sure you've figured out, would blow my cover."
Amy smiled a little. He somehow knew that she'd discovered the truth. She remembered his voice on the phone, his suspicious tone. He must have guessed or known she would soon be on a path of discovery. But how? She touched her cheek. Of course, the kiss.
"Please let me in. There's so much you need to know."
Amy pushed herself to standing, taking the box of secrets with her. She placed it on the table in the living room and then went to the front door. She opened it, slowly and cautiously, blocking Eilam's immediate entry with her body.
"Amara, please don't be afraid."
"Why not? You give me so much to be afraid of, being a shapeshifter, or whatever it is you are, who haunts the women in my family. I think you should go."
"No, I'm not going to go. Not until you've given me a chance to explain myself. I don't mean to be firm with you, but please let me in."
Amy looked at his beaten fedora, his crinkled coat, his bright blue eyes, and his wispy white eyebrows. There was nothing malicious in his demeanor and yet he was changed. He seemed older in a 'seen a lot of time' kind of way, and stronger too. She couldn't help feeling he was now a stranger, but Amy had to trust her mother would not let her be in the presence of a madman.
About the Author
When she was just nine, this girl began her journey for a life on the stage. Attempts were made, classes were taken, lessons were well learned but, at the end of the day, a decision to live life off the stage was made. But all was not lost. While at college she met the love of her life and his support and strength has helped her to see that she has talent waiting around many corners.
When the stage beckons, she answers its call, and her new passion for writing has enhanced many of her theatre dreams and as well as the occasional book, she now occasionally writes a play.
The love of her life generously reads everything she writes and although he may not always be her muse, he is always her biggest fan.
The Art of Falling Forever is Ivy's sixth release with Breathless press. Between the Lines, Ivy's first Breathless Press release was released in January, 2012. This was followed by The Fifth Story in September, 2012, Baby, You're Cold Inside in December, 2012, Christmas Eve Surprise in December, 2013 and I'll Call You Alice in August, 2014 that was released on its and as part of the anthology Wonderland Tales.
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