Tuesday, February 5, 2013

A Shimmer of Angels by Lisa M. Basso interview and a sweet GIVEAWAY

Sixteen-year-old Rayna sees angels, and has the medication and weekly therapy sessions to prove it. Now, in remission, Rayna starts fresh at a new school, lands a new job, and desperately tries for normalcy. She ignores signs that she may be slipping into the world she has tried so hard to climb out of. But these days, it’s more than just hallucinations that keep Rayna up at night. Students are dying, and she may be the only one who can stop it. Can she keep her job, her sanity, and her friends from dying at the hands of angels she can't admit to seeing?

Author of THE IRON WITCH, Karen Mahoney, says, “A SHIMMER OF ANGELS has a courageous heroine who finds herself in the middle of two gorgeous angels, a fascinating world, and a story that builds to an exciting climax - I'll be looking forward to more from Lisa M. Basso!"
Author Interview:

Hi Lisa, thanks for coming to my blog today and answering some questions.
  • Thanks for having me, Shannon!

So, what inspired you to write your first book?
  • I had just finished reading S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders for the second time--since I read ahead of the class and had to reread it to answer the in-class questions. This book made me feel something. For the first time since I was a kid I had this intense connection with fictional characters. Turns out Hinton was only fifteen when she started writing The Outsiders. That when I knew I had to start writing. I never finished that first book, but not long after, I started a second one, which I did finish many years later. After finishing that second book, I've been writing ever since.

How did you come up with the great title, A Shimmer of Angels?
  • The original title for the book was Shimmering Angels. Later it changed to Angel Sight, which was the working title when I queried Month9Books. Once I got "the call" with Month9Books founder, Georgia McBride, and Senior Acquisitions Editor, Courtney Koschel, they told me my title would be changing to A Shimmer of Angels, book one in the Angel Sight trilogy. I love how they incorporated my original titles and really made it (if you'll excuse the pun) shine. ;)

Who is your favorite character in the book and why?
  • Picking a favorite character is like asking a mom to pick a favorite child. I just can't do it! I did however have a favorite character to write. His name is Kade. He's the hot Fallen angel bad boy. Everything out of his mouth was a surprise. And I do like a man that can keep me on my toes.

What are you currently working on that we can look forward to reading in the future?
  • Currently, I'm hacking away at (revising) book two in the Angel Sight series, A SLITHER OF HOPE. As soon as my editor pries it out of my hands, I'm getting to work on drafting the final installment in the trilogy. I'm beyond excited for the readers to get see what happens to Rayna and her friends.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?
  • I used to be a pantser. Recently, within the last few books I've stepped up to the big leagues. That's right, plotting the entire book out before I write a single word. It took a while to find the right combination of methods that work for me. But who knows. The next idea that might strike may want to be written pantser style.

What book are you reading now?
  • I've been so swamped with finishing the first draft of A SLITHER OF HOPE and revising that I've so little time to read (which really is a bummer), but I have managed to sneak in a few chapters a week of Alice in Zombieland by Gina Showalter. It's so good. Zombies plus the symbolism of Alice in Wonderland? I was sold the second I read the summary.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
  • Yes. Have fun. Work hard. And never forget how awesome you and your characters are, even if someone (or lots of someones) tell you differently.

Just for fun:

Favorite cereal?
  • Cinnamon Life (that's right, I'm going old school).

Coffee or tea?
  • Tea (chai please!).

Vegas or private island?
  • Private Island (all expenses paid or not, I'd have fun with just a great book and a beach towel).

Favorite color?
  • Purple (any color in that spectrum will do for me).

Childhood favorite band or singer?
  • Yikes. This one is hard. I liked New Kids on the Block, but not nearly as much as Color Me Badd (yes, it's spelled with two d's. Is my age showing?).

About the author: Lisa M. Basso was born and raised in San Francisco, California. She is a lover of books, video games, animals, and baking (not baking with animals though). As a child she would crawl into worlds of her own creation and get lost for hours. Her love for YA fiction started with a simple school reading assignment: S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. When not reading or writing she can usually be found at home with The Best Boyfriend that Ever Lived ™ and her two darling (and sometimes evil) cats, Kitties A and B. Lisa M. Basso is available for quotes, signings, video or podcast appearances, and all opportunities relative to A SHIMMER OF ANGELS. 

Each day on the A Shimmer of Angels blog tour will feature the giveaway of a A SHIMMER OF ANGELS messenger bag with a signed copy of A SHIMMER OF ANGELS and A SHIMMER OF ANGELS stainless water bottle, journal, keychain, and postcard pack included in the bag. Awesome, right?

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