Sunday, September 26, 2010

Blog Tour: Andrea Cremer Interview & Giveaway!


1. How did the title Nightshade come to be? Was it ever titled something else?

Nightshade was always one of the wolf pack names, but my manuscript was originally titled GUARDIAN. My editor and I decided we wanted a title that was more evocative and Nightshade was the winner!


2. In what ways do you relate to Calla?

We both have a younger brother, we’re addicted to black coffee, and we have the same favorite book (Watership Down). The similarities end there though. I’m a dreamer and idealist where as Calla is pragmatic and cautious.


3. Your characters have very unique names: Calla, Ren, Shay- how did you come up with them?

I’ve always been fascinated by names, particularly their origin and meanings. I spend a lot of time thinking of character names. Calla’s name evokes her physical persona – white blond hair and golden eyes as well as her struggle for independence. She wants to be a warrior and not the delicate flower she’s name for. Renier and Seamus are tied into their heritage (French and Irish) as well as the meaning of the names themselves.


4. What’s next for you writing wise?

Nightshade is a trilogy with book 2, Wolfsbane, coming out next July and book 3, Bloodrose, in spring 2012. In fall 2012 a companion novel to Nightshade will be published. I’ve also started a steampunk series about a group of refugees on the outskirts of 19th century New York. In this world the American Revolution failed and the Western World is dominated by the powerful Machineworks of the ever-expanding British Empire. I love this series and I hope to see it on the shelf someday, but for now Nightshade is keeping me very busy. Good thing I love it!


5. If you could befriend Calla with any other YA character who would it be and why?

I’d want her to be friends with Katniss Everdeen from Hunger Games. They’d both understand what it’s like to fight for the people you love and why you take risks and break the rules when those people are in danger. They’re also both good in the outdoors and they’re survivors.

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Thanks so much, Andrea!

Click here to visit Andrea's website.

Thanks to The Teen {Book} Scene for sponsoring the tour!

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32 comments:

  1. Great interview. Shorty and easy to read, I love it. Thank you for sharing and the contest as well!

    I cannot wait to read this book!

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  2. Nice interview! I keep hearing how great this book. Definitely going to have to check it out!

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  3. Great questions! Loved the interview and excited to read this book!

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  4. Great interview! It made me really interested to read this book.

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  5. I enjoyed the interview and I'm very interested in reading the book. I'm glad to hear it's a trilogy, I like connected books.

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  6. Great interview! I like the name question! I too, love names! Thanks for the giveaway and interview!

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  7. It's really cool that she put so much thought into her characters' names. I'm also interested in the Steampunk novels. Very cool!

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  8. Blargh I wanna read this so badly!!!! I thought the name thing was interesting :)

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  9. I loved Nightshade! I'm super excited about the rest of the series.

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  10. Lovely interview Kel, can't wait to read this one!

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  11. What a great interview! I love Andrea. She always has fantastic answers. :)

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  12. Awesome interview! Awesome giveaway!

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  13. I can't wait to read this series, and I'm really happy to hear that it is a trilogy! Also, the steampunk idea sounds awesome! :)

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  14. Great interview. I want this book so bad it isn't even funny. LOL. Can't wait for it to release!

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  15. Thanks for the interview and giveaway. I want to read this book.

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  16. Great interview! I'm really looking forward to reading this. :)
    Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

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  17. Great interview! I can't wait to read this book :)

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  18. I can't wait to read this book! I enjoyed the interview. Watership Down is one of my favorite books!

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  19. I loved the interview and can't wait to read the book!

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

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  20. The upcoming steampunk series sounds like fun!

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  21. This review is awesome!! I haven't read the book, but if Andrea thinks Calla and Katniss have anything in common, I think I'm going to love Calla. The significance of the character names is a nice touch as well. I think names can be so important in a story, so it's cool to see that Andrea paid so much attention to them.

    Thanks for the interview and for the giveaway :D

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  22. Thanks for the interview! I absolutely can't wait for this book! The story sounds awesome and the cover is absolutely gorgeous!

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  23. between this series and the steampunk series, i'm going to be a busy little reader! thank you so much for the giveaway!

    k_sunshine1977 at yahoo dot com

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  24. I like that Andrea's character names have something to do with the characters themselves. I like name origins, too. And I'm excited to read this if she thinks Calla would be friends with Katniss! Thanks for the interview! :)

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  25. I love finding out the origins and meanings of names too! Andrea sounds like a cool person!

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  26. Loved the short, sweet, and simple review! I can't wait for this book to come out.

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  27. While I want to read her Nightshade series, I'm really looking forward to the steampunk series she mentioned. So many books to look forward to.

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  28. I've been having so much fun with the Shay promotion that I can't wait to get into the books!

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  29. Hi Andrea I must confess I have't kept up with Shay - he seems to have enough smart folks helping him though -- I did my piece though. Your steampunk series sounds great - especially that it is American - most I have seen is British. It will be interesting to see how you deconstruct the influence of the US up until that time. How deep will you take it?

    Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust
    email: steph@fangswandsandfairydust.com
    twitter: @fangswandsfairy

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  30. Hi Andrea I must confess I have't kept up with Shay - he seems to have enough smart folks helping him though -- I did my piece though. Your steampunk series sounds great - especially that it is American - most I have seen is British. It will be interesting to see how you deconstruct the influence of the US up until that time. How deep will you take it?

    Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust
    email: steph@fangswandsandfairydust.com
    twitter: @fangswandsfairy

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  31. Great interview! I'm glad I'm not the only one who is fascinated by names and their origins too.

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