Monday, January 16, 2012

Party Time with author Laura Bradley Rede!!! ~Interview & Giveaway~

Today is a Federal Holiday!! What better way to celebrate than having an Interview & Giveaway as a treat!! I had the pleasure of interviewing author Laura Bradley Rede on her new novel Darkride! I personally loved it!!
Welcome and thank you for doing this interview! As always I love to know a little about the authors, so can you please tell us a little about yourself?  

I grew up as the oldest of nine kids in a little town in Maine. Now I live in Minneapolis with my partner and our three kids. I’m a major animal lover (we have a great dane, a blind dachshund and a little flock of city chickens) and a huge fan of all things paranormal. I always say that I take care of lively children and write about deadly creatures.

For those who have not had the pleasure of reading your book Darkride, can you tell us a little about it?

It’s a YA paranormal romance from the points of view of three very different people: a teenage monster hunter who has been turned into a werewolf, a vampire prince who is trying to regain his immortality, and a sixteen year old girl who doesn’t believe in werewolves or vampires – or true love – until she experiences it for herself.

In your book, the main Characters so through so much pain and struggle and this is only the beginnings!!Can we expect Cicely to have a happy ending??

I am a big believer in happy endings – or, if not neatly tied-up and happy, at least hopeful! Cicely may go through some hard stuff but I know she will be stronger for it and I know that in the end she will get her birthday wish.

How was the writing process? Are you a visual writer or the characters 'speak' to you?

I’m a very visual person. Pretty much every square inch of my house is covered in art! I get a lot of inspiration from pictures and I tend to see stories as pictures in my head. Although I would have to say that dialogue is my favorite thing to write, so in that sense I guess I hear voices in my head, too!

Like all great stories, some characters must meet their end in order for it to be the catalyst for something bigger. Did you know that there were going to be character deaths before writing the book??

When I started writing Darkride, I didn’t know for sure that characters would die, and in fact it took me a little while to come to terms with that. But, like you say, sometimes you need to let a character go in order for the other characters to step up and grow. My mother passed away when I was nineteen – just a few years older than my characters – so I really identify with the pain of losing someone at that age and how that can change you.

The book contains a BIG love triangle!!! I was just wondering if you knew who Cicely will end up with and will it shock fans??

I have ideas about how the love triangle will end, but I haven’t made a final decision. I’m trying to leave it open and see how things evolve as the story goes on. I do know that Cicely will find love, but as far as with whom… the answer may shock me as much as it shocks readers!

Writing one POV can is usually hard for some authors. Darkride has three, Luke the Vamp, Cicely and Ander the werewolf. Was it difficult to separate each voice or did they cooperate??

Luckily, the characters cooperated! It helps that they are very different from each other. Luke is two centuries old and he has lived all over the world, so his voice tends to be a lot more formal and cultured, while Ander is much more of a regular guy and doesn’t take himself as seriously. Cicely’s voice is closest to my own, so writing her chapters came pretty easily. For me, the fun of writing from three points of view was trying to make each voice distinct.

What are 3 words you would use to describe Cicley?

Cicely is practical, smart and loyal.

Did you know you always wanted to be a writer??

Yes! I’ve dreamed of being a writer ever since I was in fifth grade. I’ve written lyrics and theater pieces and short stories, but Darkride is my first novel.

Any new projects up on the horizon??

Right now I’m working hard on Crossfire, the sequel to Darkride, and I’m excited about where the story is going. I’ve also written a few chapters of a YA fantasy that I would love to get back to soon!

Who has been your best or favorite character to write and why?

I think I have the most fun writing Emmie. She’s a southern belle, but she’s also tough – she has to be, working with vampires the way she does! Emmie provides a lot of the comedy in the book but she also has her own sort of wisdom, and she’s very positive, which was a refreshing change from the darker moments of the book.

A la twitter style.. using only 140 characters, describe Darkride!!

“Cicely doesn’t believe in werewolves or vampires. She doesn’t even believe in true love. But sometimes, on a full moon, people change.”

Who is your favorite Paranormal Romance Author? Any specific books or series?

I love Maggie Stiefvater’s Wolves of Mercy Falls series and Daniel Waters’ Generation Dead books. Recently I fell in love with Laini Taylor’s The Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and Holly Black’s novel White Cat completely blew me away! I’m also a major Twilight fan!

What is you favorite drink or food to have at a Party?!?!   

Vegan chocolate cupcakes!
Once again, Thank you Laura for doing this interview!!  

** GIVEAWAY TIME!! Laura will be giving away FIVE ebooks of her novel Darkride!! To enter just fill out the rafflecopter form blow by posting a comment! There are extra entries so check it out!! ENDS SAT. 21 @ 11:59!!***


Laura Bradley Rede


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  1. this book sounds amazing, thank you for the chance to win it :)

  2. What a great interview! I was the oldest of 5 kids, so I know how much responsibility goes along with that role. And I LOVE Dachshunds - I can't live without mine =D

    I'd love to know if you were a daydreamer in school, Laura, and if it got you into trouble. Both of my boys write fantasy stories and were always in trouble in school for being daydreamers, lol!

    Thank you so much for the awesome giveaway! The book sounds wonderful, and I'm a Gemini - always torn between vamps and werewolves, so this book will give me a fix for both halves of me to be happy!

    Gena Robertson

  3. The book sounds good, and I like the cover. Thanks for the interview!

  4. Thanks for the chance at what looks and sounds to be a great book! Love the interview! :)

  5. I love interviews. It's so nice to get insight from authors and makes you feel like you really know them. Thanks for the interview.

  6. GREAT interview and giveaway...FAB cover too! This sounds like a really good read. You are a new author to me...Nice to meet you, Laura...and I look forward to reading your book! :)

  7. Love the cover. The book sounds like an awesome read. Thank you for the interview.

  8. This book sounds awesome and it is definitely going on my to read list! :)

  9. Thank you all for the kind comments! Darkride is my first novel and I really appreciate the encouragement! Gena, we oldest kids of big families have to stick together, lol! And, to answer your question, I was definitely a daydreamer in school. The fact that your boys can get lost in the world inside their heads may turn out to be a good thing if they decide to stick with their writing. I certainly hope they do!
    Again, thanks to all of you for reading :)

  10. Oh this book looks FANTASTIC! I've never read any of your books and this would be a great opportunity to introduce me to your writing. I'm an avid reader and reviewer and devour books daily. Thank you so much for your generosity and this wonderful giveaway!! :D

  11. This book looks great! Thanks for the giveaway!


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