Sunday, July 28, 2013

The Color Keepers by Catriona Crehan Book Blitz and Author Interview

Book Info-

Title: The Color Keepers
Author: Catriona Crehan
Publication Date-May 1st, 2013


Hoping to have a good change and good ending to go with it, Emily, a 16- year-old girl from Ohio, has moved to sunny California.
Moving to a new town can be scary, especially a new school. So when Sam, the most popular kid there, looks her way, she can’t believe this is happening to her.
Everything seems to be working out fine. That is, until her mother buys an enchanted mirror by mistake.
Suddenly, Emily finds herself in a whole new world, full of talking animals, magic and more change than she was hoping for.
With the help of her new crush, Sam, and her annoyingly goofy 12-year-old brother James, Emily sets out to save their world and ours.

Excerpt One:

 Damien flew through the window.
“Your Majesty!”  I looked him over and saw his feathers ruffled dirty.  His eyes were wide, and he sounded severely out of breath.  “Yes, Damien?  What have you seen?” 
“Your sister!  She hurt the Emily lady and the green keeper led her to safety. She has obtained the first key!  What shall we do?”
“WHAT?  She’s stronger than I thought!  How could she have gotten the first key already?  That’s impossible!”
“She has!  She passed the green spirits character test!  What are we going to do?”
"We’re going to have to intercept her at the Blue Spirit.  That will most likely be her next destination.  Let’s go.”
I will find her and end it now.  I cannot risk her getting another key.  It will be my own undoing.

Excerpt Two:

James was special.
He was really a piece of work, always cracking a joke, always turning a serious situation into a laughing stock.  Sometimes it helped alleviate the awkward.  Other times it was pure hell.  Though I had to give it to him. He was always there for me.  There wasn't one time when I was in trouble that he didn't back me up.  For instance, now.   Here I was, on the verge of dying in a world behind a magical mirror, and he came along for the ride.  He didn't really have a choice, but still.  After looking at him, it made people wonder about me.  How could this boring, weird girl be related to the comedian?  My life was somewhat like a Tim Burton character.  I felt as if every step I took, could be documented and put to a Danny Elfman soundtrack.
            We made it to the shore and, instead of Sam tying the boat to the dock, he pushed it back out into the lake.  I looked at him questioningly.
"Emily, if we leave it here the Crow Queen will think we're back in the city. If we push it back out, it will delay her a bit, making her think we're still with the Blue Spirit.”  I nodded in agreement and pushed it with him. We all watched as it floated back into the lake, the current pushing it farther and and farther away.  Suddenly, I saw a very familiar and terrifying crow on the horizon.


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Our Author Interview

What would you have done differently if you were the main character of your book?

I based the main character off myself, so I don’t think I would have done anything differently. I played through the book as if I were the one in her situation. What would I do? Where would I go?

What was your inspiration behind this book?

It was a dream I had in detail back when I was only 14 years old, so I think that was where the entire inspiration came from :)

Why did you become a writer ?

I was always a writer of some form. I used to be a professional singer/songwriter/composer. After turning down a record deal when I was 15 I moved on to writing poetry and short stories. I won several poetry awards and decided that short stories was where my heart was at.  It allowed me to express myself and make me feel better about certain situations.

As a reader and writer I think it is important to get to know your fans and make a connection with them as an author who takes the extra step to hear what their fans think and want in their continued writing is continued success and key to selling more books .Do you agree with that ?

I do and I don’t!  I of course think it’s super important to listen to your fans, but I try not to listen to too many. Everyone has different taste and I don’t want to change myself to the point where I’m not myself anymore. I always take constructive criticism into account and listen to any questions or change ideas they might have, but in the end I always go with my gut instinct.

Do you have a favorite author or authors?

I have too many to count, but my two favorites would have to be C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien!

Do you like to write your books in a continuing series ?

The Color Keepers, is definitely going to be part of a continuing series, so yes! It’s very fun to write multiples, but I wouldn’t say I do it with everything :)

If you could date any character from any book, who would it be and why?

Edward Cullen from Twilight. Yes I know. *Insert scream/sigh here* What can I say? I’m a twilighter! Shoot me!

What kinds of books do you like to read in your spare time ?

I love to read fantasy/fiction. I find myself re-reading things like The Hobbit or Lord of the Rings.

Do you cry when writing sad scenes?

Sometimes I do, yes. I know that sounds strange but sometimes I try and connect with my character on a deeper personal level. So when I’m writing out a scene that reminds me of my own personal issues, I find myself tearing up sometimes!

Did you have a Cover Designer ?

Yes, I did! She’s the INCREDIBLE SUPER AWESOME TALENTED Phatpuppy! She’s so great and my book wouldn’t be what it is without her!

Who is your fictional boyfriend or girlfriend crush ?

Again, it would have to be Edward Cullen!

If you were able to dine and have a one on one with your favorite writer/author who would it be ?

Definitely J.R.R. Tolkien. Just so I could try and understand what went on in that fantastic imagination of his!

Do you just re-read your favorite books ?

Yep! I sure do! I re-read The Hobbit about every 6 months. It’s one of my very favorite stories!

Do you ever get in a reading slump like your readers do ?

Actually, no! I’m such an avid reader. My family makes fun of me all the time. I’m often compared to Belle from Beauty and the Beast, because my nose is ALWAYS stuck in a book! Whether it’s on paper or on my Nook Color or downloaded on my computer. I can’t get enough! There’s too many fantastic books out there that I might miss out on!

What is the funniest book you ever read ?

I’m really not sure, as I’ve never really read a funny book. I stick to either fantasy, adventure, romance, or a mixture of the both. I’ve never read a book that made me laugh out loud.

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