Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Author Spotlight: Genevieve Graham author of Under the Same Sky + a Giveaway!

Genevieve GrahamBooks

*Under the Same Sky

Purchase: Amazon

Genevieve Graham is an Editor and a Historical Fiction author whose debut novel Under the Same Sky his shelves on January 3rd 2012.

First off, Thank you for stopping by!

Thank YOU! I’m so glad to be here with you, Cathy. Now let’s keep these questions easy ...

Tell us 5 random things about yourself

Oh, there you go, asking a toughie. Hmm. Let’s see:
1) I’m scared of heights, which is weird. I never used to be.
2) I used to play oboe and went to Juilliard for my Masters (but I didn’t stay).
3) My favourite sound in the world is my daughters laughing together.
4) I’m a Cinnamon Dolce Latte (Starbucks) addict.
5) I can’t make tears. It’s a medical thing, the same disease Venus Williams has.

What is 'A Day in the life' of Genevieve Graham like?

I’m the luckiest girl in the world, other than the fact that I get up at 5:45am every day to get my daughters onto the 7am school bus. After that, life’s awesome. I get to type. I light a bunch of candles, pour myself a cuppa tea (usually chamomile), wait for the dog to curl up on his bed on the floor beside me, then I hit the keyboard. If I’m not writing, I’m editing, since I have my own editing business. It’s a really interesting line of work, editing other people’s novels. I have read so many different styles and genres I doubt anyone could surprise me anymore. I love being at my keyboard and often forget lunch, dinner, appointments … I also teach piano to a dozen kids around my small town.

I also … um … easily get sidetracked by social media, meaning facebook. I haven’t allowed myself to do much on Twitter lately because I know I’d be absolutely swallowed up by it.

Under the Same Sky is your debut novel. How did you feel when you learned it was going to be published? Disbelief. Terrified. Slightly nauseous, then OVER THE MOON happy!

I loved the character Maggie! How was it writing her and getting inside her head?

Maggie was the first character to ever invite me into her mind, and it was a thrilling experience. It really was as if we shared thoughts, as if she existed in real life and was part of me. Like how she communicates with Andrew, actually.
But she’s tougher than I am. Unafraid and a go-getter. She inspired me a little, I think.

How did the story of Under the Same Sky come to be? Did the characters come first or the idea for the story?

Under the Same SkyI write characters, settings, and dialogue as it rolls through my head. Sometimes I’ll go on and on for pages, typing out everything I sense. I have to stop and remind myself that there needs to be a plot in the story. Plots are harder for me, and I think that’s because I’m a disorganized person. The colours and textures of characters are almost tangible to me, but to set down a plot is more technical. I’m learning how to do that better nowadays.

Did you come across any challenges while writing?

Like I said, plot can trip me up. I do a lot of research for my books, so that can get burdensome, but I really enjoy researching. Sometimes I am tempted to include too much of that research, but I’ve learned how to temper that. The stories have to be written as if I’m there, not as if I’ve researched how to be there.

Do you have any writing must haves? (i.e. music, food, etc)

I can’t work with any kind of noise, so my husband built me my own little office in our house! I almost always burn candles (except in summer!) and I like to have herbal tea at my side. Except if there’s an option of a Cinnamon Dolce Latte. That would always take priority.

When you are not writing, what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

We are a family that enjoys movies. We also have fun playing with our dog … and our chickens. Yup. You know, a year ago I don’t think I could ever imagined saying that. We bought half a dozen exotic chickens, and I can’t believe how entertaining they are to watch!

Finish this sentence: "I can't live without..."?

… my family. That’s easy.

Are you working on anything now? If so, can you share a little bit about it?

Book #2, “Sound of the Heart” is complete and will be in stores May 1 (or you can preorder now online). I’ve written a third, but Penguin hasn’t looked at it yet. Just last week an idea for a fourth in the series popped into my head but I haven’t gotten too serious about it yet. I’m working on another historical fiction, written in WW1 time, focusing on a small town fisherman (from my little town out here in Nova Scotia). I’m trying a YA, and I have an old chick lit I’d like to rework ... I always have something on the go. I love writing!

With 2012 just beginning, what books are you looking forward to reading this year?

I just finished “The Hunger Games” series (my 11 yr old wouldn’t leave me alone until I read it), “The Help”, two of Joanna Bourne’s books, “The Scottish Prisoner” by Diana Gabaldon ... what’s next? First on my list is “Colorado Dawn” by Kaki Warner. After that, well, I’ve been getting a few leads over on Goodreads. I mostly look for Historical Fiction and the ones I’m hearing about are authors I don’t know like Susanna Kearsley, Stephen Lawhead, and I really want to read “Discovery of Witches” by Deborah Harkness. I’m open to suggestions!

Thank you Genevieve, it is a pleasure having you at The Crazy Bookworm!

Thanks for having me, Cathy!

I have one finished paperback copy of Under the Same Sky to giveaway.

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1 comment:

  1. so sad it's only US and Canada, I really would like this book


    great interview


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