Thursday, August 6, 2009

Interview & Giveaway: Victoria Hanley, author of Violet Wings

The lovely Victoria Hanley, author of the upcoming Violet Wings, was gracious enough to answer a few questions for me. Violet Wings officially hits bookstore shelves on August 25th!


What got you interested/started in writing?

Misery. Really, I know that might sound strange, but one of the wonderful things about writing is that you can turn a bad year into a good book. And although I’d always been a writer, I didn’t exert myself to finish a whole novel until I went through a terrible year. I wrote my way through those hard times. (Waiting for misery to hit is not something I recommend, btw, before getting serious about writing—but for me it was quite a motivator.)

What have you learned about yourself since you began to seriously pursue writing?

I’ve learned and re-learned that imagination is a true friend I can count on.

How do you prepare yourself before writing a new book?


First drafts are so difficult and bizarre that the only way I can get through them is by giving myself permission to write badly. If I expect the story to come out beautifully right away, it doesn’t work out. Polishing comes later, after there’s something to work with.

List 3-5 characters from your novel and do word associations for them.


Zaria Tourmaline: naïve, adventurous, reckless, brave, explorer
Meteor Zircon: knowledgeable, witty, strong, stubborn, resourceful
Banbarus Lazuli, aka “Laz”: wily, mercenary, arrogant, opportunistic, extreme

So far, what has been the most rewarding part of the publishing process?


Hearing from kindred spirits around the world.

What else do you have in the works?


I’m writing the sequel to Violet Wings. The working title is Indigo Bottle.

If you could be any fictional character for a day, who would you be? It can be one of yours or any other author's.


I’d be Zaria Tourmaline from Violet Wings. She’s a rebellious, magical being who crosses boundaries between worlds.

If you were an interviewer, what question would you ask yourself? What's the answer to the question?


Q: What do you hope people get out of reading your books?
A: Besides enjoyment of a good story, I hope my books encourage readers to befriend their deepest inner creativity and trust their imagination to help them get the most out of life.

Any final comments?


Whoever you are reading this: I send you good wishes for a magical day.

Thanks Victoria for the great interview!

Visit Victoria's site for more info about her and Violet Wings

Drey's Library is also a stop on the Violet Wings blog tour - make sure to check out her post!




And now for the giveaway...
The great publicists for Egmont have given me two copies of Violet Wings to giveaway! All that you have to do to enter is comment here.
For extra entries:
+1 for becoming or being a follower
+1 for blogging about the contest
+1 for commenting on the review (to be posted this evening)
Rules:
Extra entries MUST be listed in separate comments to qualify

Contest ends at 11:59 pm EST on Thursday, August 20th.
Winners must live in the U.S. or Canada.
No P.O. boxes

57 Comments:

Tynga August 6, 2009 at 1:21 PM  

Please count me in! the book sounds great!
I am already a follower =)

Wanda August 6, 2009 at 1:54 PM  

Please enter my name in your wonderful draw. Thanks.
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Wanda August 6, 2009 at 1:54 PM  

I just became a follower of your blog.
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Jake Lsewhere August 6, 2009 at 1:55 PM  

Looks like a good book, please enter me into this drawing.

Thanks for hosting this giveaway.
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Jake Lsewhere August 6, 2009 at 1:55 PM  

I'm also a Blogger/Google follower.

Thanks for hosting this giveaway.
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Kate August 6, 2009 at 1:56 PM  

Count me in! I have been wanting to read this.

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Kate August 6, 2009 at 2:06 PM  

+1 I am a follower

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Sara August 6, 2009 at 2:39 PM  

Great contest and interview!

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Sara August 6, 2009 at 2:39 PM  

+1 follower

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+1 linked to sidebar @
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Beth August 6, 2009 at 4:45 PM  

This looks interesting! Please enter me!

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Beth August 6, 2009 at 4:45 PM  

I'm a follower.

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Jenny N. August 6, 2009 at 5:48 PM  

Great interview, its always nice to learn a bit more about the author.

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elaing8 August 6, 2009 at 5:55 PM  

Please enter me in the giveaaway

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elaing8 August 6, 2009 at 5:55 PM  

I`m a follower

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Rachel August 6, 2009 at 8:20 PM  

Enter me. This sounds great and I posted it on my sidebar and I'm already a follower.
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Rachel

Pam August 6, 2009 at 8:25 PM  

Love the cover and the title sounds peaceful to me.

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Pam August 6, 2009 at 8:26 PM  

Follower

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Casey August 6, 2009 at 11:16 PM  

Sounds like a great book. And I like the cover too.

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Casey August 6, 2009 at 11:17 PM  

I am already a follower.

Great Givaway
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holdenj August 7, 2009 at 9:39 AM  

Please count me in as well! I really liked your author interview.

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Thanks.

Tina August 7, 2009 at 10:09 AM  

I can't wait to read the book!! I love the interview with the author, what an inspiration!! Please enter me into the competition!! I have become a follower of the blog, I look forward to further interviews.

Jake Lsewhere August 7, 2009 at 10:38 AM  

I've also blogged about this giveaway here.

Thanks,
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helen,  August 7, 2009 at 10:42 AM  

Victoria Hanley's magical fairies lift the spirit, stir the imagination and take you on an unpredictable adventure.
Every 'tween' should read her work.

Jean,  August 7, 2009 at 10:51 AM  

Victoria lives in my area and I've actually had a "mini" lesson from her during a library meeting. She is extremely nice and brilliant! I love all of her books and can't wait to read Violet Wings. If I win, it will become a beloved book in the school library I work in! Yea Victoria, I wish her nothing but the best and to keep writing!

MJ Morgan, Writer August 7, 2009 at 12:38 PM  

So glad to see Victoria Hanley's "Violet Wings" here! I posted your blog on my Facebook - love seeing your thumbnail image of the cool couch with LOTS of books ... now that's my idea of a comfy spot! I'm following you as of right now; looking forward to your reviews.

MJ Morgan, Writer August 7, 2009 at 12:43 PM  

It was good to be wished a "magical day" by author Victoria Hanley - her books are magical journeys in themselves! Victoria's "Wild Ink" (http://www.victoriahanley.com/wild.html) has become a constant source of writing how-to and inspiration for me. Enter me in the drawing, please!

Terri Hoover Dunham August 7, 2009 at 12:44 PM  

Another great interview, Victoria! Please enter me into the contest.
Terri

Shawna August 7, 2009 at 1:53 PM  

Shawna Lewis
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The Review was wonderful I didn't know that it took so much time in the begining to just get things right.
I love how she told us tho have a magical DAY ...HOW SWEET!!!

Shawna August 7, 2009 at 1:53 PM  

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I am a follower
Thanks for this chance to win ;o)

Sab H. August 7, 2009 at 5:38 PM  

+1 already a follower

+1 for blogging about the contest:
sidebar: http://crystalreviews.blogspot.com/

I really want this book!!

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Sab H. August 7, 2009 at 5:41 PM  

I saw the separate comment part too late! sorry!

+1 for blogging about the contest:
sidebar: http://crystalreviews.blogspot.com/

bridget3420 August 7, 2009 at 10:29 PM  

I would like to enter.

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Blogged

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throuthehaze August 8, 2009 at 2:21 AM  

count me in please!
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Marjorie August 8, 2009 at 10:30 AM  

I am a subscriber and would love to win this book.


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Shawna August 8, 2009 at 7:44 PM  

Shawna Lewis
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Thanks for having this wonderful book giveaway I have wanted to read this book for awhile now!!!!!

WilowRaven August 9, 2009 at 12:26 PM  

Would love this book :)

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WilowRaven August 9, 2009 at 12:27 PM  

I'm a follower

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Sidebar on my blog

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Thanks!

robin_titan August 9, 2009 at 6:48 PM  

It sounds great and very ..magical hehe :)

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Belinda M August 11, 2009 at 10:59 PM  

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Hailey,  August 12, 2009 at 9:47 PM  

This sounds like an awesome book! Please enter me.

+1 For being a follower.

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Hailey,  August 12, 2009 at 9:48 PM  

+1 For being a follower.

(Forgot they had to be seperated LOL)

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Anonymous,  August 13, 2009 at 1:32 AM  

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Count me in I do want to read this book it looks wonderful I really like the cover colors.

Shawna August 13, 2009 at 1:32 AM  

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I am a follower of your blog

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I am a follower of your neat blog.

gaby317 August 14, 2009 at 1:22 AM  

please count me in. this looks fun!

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+1 I follow
+1 I enjoyed the interview and particularly liked how she described her writing process. How she allows herself to write badly in the first draft to get everything down and then fixes and tightens in subsequent drafts.

thanks so much for the entry!

Belladonna1975 August 19, 2009 at 11:40 PM  

i would love to win this book

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Froggy August 20, 2009 at 1:41 PM  

I am a follower of your blog

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Froggy August 20, 2009 at 1:41 PM  

I added a link on my sidebar here

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Paradox August 20, 2009 at 8:57 PM  

I've been wanting to read this book for what seems like forever (months)!

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Paradox August 20, 2009 at 8:58 PM  

I'm already a follower.

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Michelle August 24, 2009 at 12:41 PM  

Victoria Hanley is an amazing author and a wonderfully free spirit. I cannot wait to read Violet Wings!

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