Well, we’ve made it! This week marks the conclusion of the first 9 week run of the Carnival. Sad it’s over? Don’t be. This is not the end for us Indie Carnies. So check back in for more Carnival fun soon!
This week’s main attraction:
The awesome Patti Larsen!
Our spectacularly gigantic YA INDIE CARNIVAL GIVEAWAY!
So first up, this week we got to ask one fellow Carnie five questions and I had the privilege of interviewing, Patti Larsen. She is the author of many short stories and the recently released Run and Hide, the first two books in her Hunted Series. So check ’em out!
1. When beginning a story, do you find you begin with an idea, a scene or a character? Or does it differ each time?
It is completely different each time. I’ve had moments where a title has popped into my head with no clue what it means. Other times, I see short films that repeat over and over until I go and write them down. I’ve even had characters wake me up in the middle of the night and force me to get out of bed and go write down what they are saying before they will let me sleep. I make sure to pay attention every time, and have even honed the skill of asking for inspiration. It’s amazing what an hour of sitting quietly can do for me. I’ll often come away with more than I bargained for. At this point, I have enough ideas to fill the next two and a half years of writing. It’s awesome!
2. You have a background in theatre, how do you find this influences your writing, if at all?
My improv training definitely has an influence. The most important rule in improv is to say yes no matter what happens–to accept what you’ve been offered. I’ve gotten so used to accepting what comes in regards to my creativity that I’m sure I have all those years of improv to thank for it. And that’s really what it’s about. Saying yes.
3. Ok, so I have to ask–and you probably get this a lot–but being from PEI, are you a fan of L.M. Montgomery and her red-headed Anne with an “E?”
Oh dear. Well, I’m not a hard core fan, but that darling girl with the red braids has done some great things for our Island so we try not to complain too much. I spent eight years in my late teens and twenties working the front of house at the Confederation Centre of the Arts where the musical plays, so you can imagine how sick I am of her, even after all this time (something over 300 shows I watched… oy!). Still, I admire L.M. Montgomery. She was another woman writer who refused to take no for an answer.
4. What was your favorite book as a child?
I grew up in a household of hard core science fiction and fantasy fanatics, so I didn’t have much exposure to traditional kids books. My dad read me The Lord of the Rings when I was six, so that gives you some idea… I guess I’d have to say The Hobbit. Even though it gave me nightmares, I know it sparked my creativity.
5. How did you come up with the idea for your latest book, Run?
It came in one of those mind movies I mentioned. Reid, the main character, runs in the dark, feet pounding down a hard-packed trail. He pauses for a moment, breath just visible in a puff of while as he looks around, terrified. Off in the distance, something howls. Reid runs on.
Still gives me shivers.
Thank you Patti! I loved reading your answers and learning more about what influences and inspires you as a creative person. I also grew up with The Hobbit being read aloud to me and it was definitely a story that’s shaped my love of reading as an adult. As a random side note, I’ve also seen “The Musical.” Who knows, maybe you were working at the Confederation Centre when I saw the show! One of those weird “small world” moments. Thanks again for sharing a little bit about you!
And now for our super-awesome, gigantic, amazing, fantabulous
YA INDIE CARNIVAL GIVEAWAY!
(for people over 13, internationally)
Winners announced Sept. 16 at the next YA Indie Carnival.
1. Just comment (incl. your email address) on any Carnival Q & A post ALL DAY TODAY
2. AND tweet the carnival with the hashtag #yaindiecarnival to win ebooks from the carnival authors.
Sample tweet below (if you’re lazy like me and want to copy and paste!) lol
Check out the YA INDIE CARNIVAL all day today to win amazing Indie reads from fabulous Indie authors! http://refractedlightreviews.com/?p=1921 #yaindiecarnival
If you haven’t had a chance to read anything by my fellow carnies, well now, here’s your chance:
Kindle copy of The Understorey by Fisher Amelie
Kindle digitally-signed edition of Winnemucca by Laura A. H. Elliott and a Winnemucca signed Coffee Mug.
Kindle copy of Breathe by Abbi Glines along with an autographed canvas Breathe tote.
Kindle copy of Solstice by PJ Hoover
Kindle copy of Between by Cyndi Tefft
Kindle copy of PineLight by Jillian Peery
Kindle copy of Filter by Gwenn Wright
Kindle copy of Eternal Eden by Nicole Williams
Kindle copy of Fallen Eden by Nicole Williams
Kindle copy of Soul Quest by Amy Maurer Jones
Kindle copy of Run and Hide by Patti Larsen (YA thrillers, 1 and 2 in a series of 4)
Kindle copy of Fractured by Cheri Schmidt
Kindle copy of Warriors of the Cross by T.R. Graves
Kindle copy of Diary of a Duct Tape Zombie, Bees of St. John, Mushrooms, Whistles, and Beergarden by Rachel Coles
Check out the Q&A’s at the other stops on the YA Indie Carnival Tour:
- Fisher Amelie (Author of The Understorey)
- Allie Burke (Author of The Enchanters series)
- Heather Cashman (Author of Perception)
- Courtney Cole (Author of The Bloodstone Saga, Princess & Guardian)
- Rachel Coles (Author of Diary of a Duct Tape Zombie and other stories)
- Laura Elliott (Author of Winnemucca)
- Wren Emerson (Author of I Wish…)
- T. R. Graves (Author of The Warrior series)
- P.J. Hoover (Author of Solstice)
- Amy Maurer Jones (Author of The Soul Quest Trilogy)
- Alicia McCalla (Author of the upcoming debut novel Breaking Free)
- Tiffany King (Author of Meant To Be and its soon-to-be-released sequel Forgotten Souls)
- Patti Larsen (Author of the short story, Henry and the newly released Run)
- Michelle Leighton (Author of the Blood Like Poison series, The Reaping, Wiccan, Caterpillar, and the upcoming Madly series)
- Cheri Schmidt (Author of the Fateful series and Fair Maiden)
- Dani Snell (You are here. Book Blogger)
- Cidney Swanson (Author of Rippler)
- Cyndi Tefft (Author of Between)
- Nicole Williams (Author of Eternal Eden and the much anticipated sequel, Fallen Eden)