Friday, August 26, 2011

Interview + Giveaway: Elizabeth Miles, author of Fury

Today is a super exciting day for me! Why? Because someone super special is stopping by Bookish to chat with me and answer some bookish questions! Ladies and Gentleman, the fabulous Elizabeth Miles is here to talk to us today! (*standing ovation*) And that's not everything! I will be giving away a copy of her hot debut novel, Fury!

Guys, please give a warm welcome to Elizabeth!

E: Evie
EM: Elizabeth Miles

E: Welcome to Bookish Elizabeth! Thanks so much for joining us today! I can only imagine how insanely busy you must be with the release of your fantastic book and all! Thanks so much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to visit Bookish! Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
EM: I am thrilled to be here — thanks for the invitation! Well, as you know, I'm Elizabeth Miles, the author of Fury, which is the first book in a trilogy. I live in Portland, Maine, in an apartment with my wonderful boyfriend and two wonderful cats. I grew up in New York, and as an only child, books were my constant companions. I studied journalism at Boston University and when I'm not writing about paranormal Greek goddesses, I'm a reporter for a local alternative newspaper in Maine.
E: Who or what inspired you to write "Fury"?
EM: As you and your readers may or may not know, Lauren Oliver and I have been best friends since we were kids. She is obviously a great inspiration and was instrumental to my getting involved in the YA publishing world. That combined with my longstanding fascination with folklore and the horror all came together a little more than a year ago.
E: Do you mind telling us how long did it take for you to write it?
EM: The first draft took me about five months. All told, the complete revision process took about eight or nine.
E: How would you describe the "Fury" series in 5 words?
EM: Scary, creepy, real, sexy, evocative.
E: Greek mythology plays an important role in the story. Is it one of your passions or did you have to spend much time in research?
EM:Honestly, despite the fact that I've always been interested in Greek myth and drama, I didn't know anything about the Furies at first. My ex-boyfriend Will was the first person to explain who they were (appropriately enough). After that, I did research.
E: Your book is full of intriguing and vivid characters, which of them do you feel is most like you? Are any of your characters based on people in your own life?
EM: Thank you - what a great compliment. While Em and I are very different in lots of ways, she is also probably the most like me (except I try to make better decisions!). We're both bookish and, to different degrees, introverts. We share the bad habit of too often letting things happen TO us, rather than seizing the reins of our own lives. Over the course of the Fury series, I think Em will become more proactive -- just as I try to be in my daily life.
E: I would kill to see Fury being made into a movie! If that was to happen and you could pick the cast yourself, who would you chose?
EM: We might have some good news in that category sooner than later...(hint, hint). I think Emma Roberts could pull off Ty. Dakota and Elle Fanning are both really impressive and I would love to see them in the Fury world. Could Emma Watson play Em? What about Chase...Someone hot, but they have to have some mean intelligence behind their eyes. And for JD - it would be so hard. JD is so wonderful. I keep seeing this guy Brett DelBuono - what do you guys think of him for JD?
E:  Where is your favorite place for writing? Do you have any special writing rituals?
EM:  I write in my bed a lot. BUT! My boyfriend is a talented carpenter and he’s in the process of making me a desk out of walnut wood. It is sure to be one of my prized possessions and my new favorite writing space. In terms of rituals, not really. I’m neurotic enough without rituals. :)
E: What advice would you give to aspiring authors who are interested in writing YA novels?
EM: The other day, on Twitter, author Maureen Johnson (The Last Little Blue Envelope, Girl at Sea, Devilish, among others) suggested that people who have limited publishing experience shouldn’t be giving out writing or publishing advice. I tend to agree with her. That said, the one piece of advice that I think applies to everyone, in every field, is: work hard. You know what that means for you. Don’t be insane. Don’t let work consume you. But do what you want to do, and do it often, and try to do it as well as you can.
E: What genres do you like to read in your free time?
EM: All of them. Really, I’m prettty non-discriminating and tend to switch genres frequently.
E: Which of your favorite books would you recommend everybody to read?
EM: I think Ender’s Game, by Orsen Scott Card, is a fun, exciting, accessible read that most people can/will enjoy. Also I liked it so much that I named my cats after the two main characters in that book.
E: What's next in line for you? Are you working on a new book now? When can we expect to see the sequel to Fury?
EM: I am currently revising the sequel of Fury, which is called Envy. It follows some of the same characters from the first book and introduces some new ones. It reaches a whole new level of creepiness!
E: If you could be a Greek goddess, who would you be and why?
EM: Great question. I think I’ll go with Artemis, the Goddess of the Hunt. She was an independent woman and a protector of her kind, who loved the wilderness and had a certain intensity about her.
Random Questions:

- white or dark chocolate? Dark, no doubt.
- coffee or tea? Coffee, and lots of it please.
- guilty pleasure? I’ll give you my top five: sleeping late, Josh Turner, ice cream (like a whole pint), reality TV, and movie theater popcorn. I indulge only one of these one a regular basis (guess which one).
- favorite movie? Of all time? Probably Little Women (the Winona Ryder version), The Sound of Music, The Little Mermaid, or The Wizard of Oz. My movie list is SO girly!!
- ebook or printed copy?  I’ve actually never read an e-book, so I can’t say!

Elizabeth, thank you so much for joining us today!  
I'm looking forward to reading and reviewing your next books!
(DYING to read Envy!!!)

I hope you guys enjoyed the interview, for more information about Elizabeth Miles and her books, please visit his website: Elizabeth Miles or/and read my review of Fury.

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Fury by Elizabeth Miles
Expected publication: August 30th 2011 by Simon Pulse

     Sometimes sorry isn't enough....
It’s winter break in Ascension, Maine. The snow is falling and everything looks pristine and peaceful. But not all is as it seems...
Between cozy traditions and parties with her friends, Emily loves the holidays. And this year’s even better--the guy she’s been into for months is finally noticing her. But Em knows if she starts things with him, there’s no turning back. Because his girlfriend is Em’s best friend.
On the other side of town, Chase is having problems of his own. The stress of his home life is starting to take its toll, and his social life is unraveling. But that’s nothing compared to what’s really haunting him. Chase has done something cruel...something the perfect guy he pretends to be would never do. And it’s only a matter of time before he’s exposed.
In Ascension, mistakes can be deadly. And three girls—three beautiful, mysterious girls—are here to choose who will pay.
Em and Chase have been chosen.

Giveaway Time! 
Thanks to the brilliant people from Simon & Schuster Canada, I have a hardcover copy of Fury for one lucky winner!

Open to Canada
Ends: Wednesday, September 7th

*Mandatory entry: be a GFC follower of my blog and leave a comment with your email address.
*Extra entries: 
+1 Follow me on Twitter @SeoEvie
+5 Follow Elizabeth Miles on Twitter
+5 Follow Elizabeth @Elizabeth Miles
+5 Comment on my Review of Fury
+10 Tweet about this giveaway using @SeoEvie and @MilesBooks!

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About the Author
Evie is the Blogger behind Bookish. She enjoys reading many different genres, especially YA, Paranormal, Contemporary Fiction and Fantasy.
She loves talking to authors and is always happy to welcome them for interviews, and guest posts. She also likes spreading the love for awesome books and  chatting with fellow book-worms.
You can find Evie here: Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Shelfari | The Library Thing


Maidenveil said...

count me in the giveaway! GFC follower here.


+1 - twitter follower (@mrhcontesttweet)
+5 - following Elizabeth on twitter (@mrhcontesttweet)
+5 - following Elizabeth via GFC
+5 - commented on review of Fury

Bree of the Magic Attic said...


+1 - twitter follower (@magicatticbree)
+5 - following Elizabeth on twitter (@magicatticbree)
+5 - following Elizabeth via GFC
+5 - commented on review of Fury

Ricki said...

GFC - rickimc
Twitter - rickimc

debbie said...

This one sounds really good, I would love to read it.
I am a gfc follower

Kathryn Packer Roberts said...

This book sounds great and I LOVE the cover!

+1 Twitter follower (@brykateemma)
+3 Follow Elizabeth on Twitter
+5 follower her blog
+5 commented
+10 Tweeted!/brykateemma

Thanks for the giveaway!

kprwrite at hotmail dot com

poisnivyred said...

thanks for the giveaway! I've been dying to read this book!

+1, +5 I follow you and Elizabeth on twitter @poisnivyred

+10 tweeted the contest!/poisnivyred/status/107101589826846721

+10 I follow you on gfc as Kelsey and follow Elizabeth's blog as poisnivyred

so that makes 26 extra entries :)

poisnivyred AT

maria said...

I follow on GFC! Count me in!

Bookish in a Box said...

I would love to see Emma Watson in a film adaptation of Fury!

I'm a GFC follower.

whatinabox at gmail dot com

+1 Twitter follower of @SeoEvie as @bookishinabox
+5 Twitter follower of Elizabeth Miles as @bookishinabox
+5 Comment on review
+10 Tweet:!/bookishinabox/status/107108708588326912

Unknown said...

Great Interview! I can see Lucas Grabeel from High school Musical being a great JD!

GFC Follower
Following on Twitter: @SeoEvie @MilesBooks
Following @Elizabeth Miles

Arianne Cruz said...

GFC: Arianne Cruz
+1 twitter follower: @ariannecruz07
+10 following elizabeth miles - same info as GFC & Twitter
+10 RT your tweet:!/SeoEvie/status/107087193482342401

thanks for this giveaway and lots of extra entry points!

candice said...

Great interview. I didn't know that Elizabeth was friends with Lauren Oliver. Two great authors!

1 GFC: Candice
+5 Comment on Fury review

candicerjames [at] gmail [dot] com

Nicole said...

Thanks for the great interview and amazing contest! My GFC name is Nicole M.

kristina shields said...

gfc follower: kristina shields (both)

Sky said...

Ah! I want to read this book sooooo bad!

Barbara E. said...

Fury sounds like such a good story, I can't wait to read it. I love the cover, all that red hair is very striking.

Barbed1951 at aol dot com
GFC follower (Barbara E.)

Amber Elise said...

I like this interview! Miles seems like such a cool person! I follow you on twitter, as well as Ms Miles (@dulivre)


StuckInBooks said...


GFC follower StuckInBooks

Follow @SeoEvie and @MilesBooks on twitter @StuckInBooks


Amanda said...

GFC Amanda M.
+1 Twitter follower @Pages_turned
+3 Follow Elizabeth on Twitter
+5 follower her blog
thanks for the giveaway! I Love the cover!

Let's Evaluate said...

Thanks for the chance to win this, I've been wanting to get my hands on this. [:

GFC: Erin

Katie said...

always nice to learn more about authors!

+1 Follow me on Twitter @SeoEvie
+5 Follow Elizabeth Miles on Twitter @MilesBooks
+5 Follow Elizabeth @Elizabeth Miles

(as GirlyKat)
GFC follower - Katie


Bonnie said...

I would love, love, love to win a copy of this book. Evie, I just don't 'get' Twitter but you know I'd be following you if I did! Thank you so much for this giveaway!


Lieder Madchen said...

Loved the interview! Thank you so much for the giveaway, this book looks fantastic!

+1 follow you on Twitter - @LiederMadchen
+5 follow Elizabeth
+5 follow Elizabeth GFC - Lieder Madchen
+5 comment
+10 tweet:!/LiederMadchen/status/107371470157656064


Sierra Cullen.♥ said...

Thanks so much for the chance! I've been dying to read Fury! :D

+1 Follow you on Twitter - @reality_endings
+5 Follow Elizabeth Miles on Twitter - @reality_endings
+5 Follow Elizabeth's blog - GFC: Sierra Cullen.♥
+5 Comment - Yes(:
+10 Tweet -!/reality_endings/status/107446213443457025


samantha35 said...

great giveaway
follow via gfc

Angie said...

Thank you so much for this giveaway!!!

I follow this blog as Angie.

+1 Twitter follower as @darkestbooks.

ajiehuang1997 (at) gmail (dot) com

Kaylene said...
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Kaylene said...

Thanks so much for the giveaway! This book sounds so good!

GFC follower: keeters_16
+1 Follow you on Twitter- @keeters
+5 Follow Elizabeth Miles on twitter- @keeters
+5 Follow Elizabeth's blog- keeters_16
+5 Comment on the review of Fury- Done!


Margaret said...

I'd love to read this one! Love the cover too!

I'm a GFC follower

I commented on the Fury review.


Brenna said...
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Brenna said...

I'm really interested in reading this one :) Thanks!

+1 for Twitter follow: @EverAfterEsther
+5 for twitter follow @Milesbooks
+5 GFC Follow @Elizabeth Miles: Brenna
+5: Review comment
+10 Tweet:!/EverAfterEsther/status/107553168942039040


SpadesHigh said...

Thanks for hosting this giveaway!! =)
Have a safe and GREAT weekend!

GFC Follower: SpadesHighReads
TValeros18 AT gmail DOT com

+1 Twitter Follower: @SpadesHigh
+5 Twitter @MilesBooks Follower: @SpadesHigh
+5 Elizabeth Miles Blog Follower: SpadesHighReads
+5 Comment on Review of Fury: SpadesHighReads
+10 Tweet:!/SpadesHigh/status/107559528916189184


Erinberry said...

I'd love to read this. Thanks for the giveaway!
GFC name: Erinberry
+1 follow on twitter(@Erinberry12)
+5 follow @MilesBooks
+5 follow Elizabeth
+10 tweet:!/Erinberry12/status/107577921371242496

erinberry12 at charter dot net

Michelle said...

chelle 2006 @ aol .com

+1 follow you on twitter
+5 follow elizabeth
+5 follow elizabeth miles

Thank you so much!


Munnaza said...

Thank you so much for this giveaway! I'd love to enter.
1 - Following you on GFC as infalliblyyours / Munnaza

+1 - Following you on twitter as yoursinfallibly
+5 - Following MilesBooks as yoursinfallibly
+5 - Following Elizabeth Miles on GFC as infalliblyyours / Munnaza
+5 - Commented on your Fury review here:
+10 - Tweeted this here:!/yoursinfallibly/status/108121076554407936

Total Entries: 27

Lori M. Lee said...

Thanks so much for the awesome giveaway!

+1 Follow on Twitter as @LoriMLee
+5 Follow Elizabeth Miles on Twitter
+5 Follow Elizabeth
+5 Comment on Review of Fury (same name)
+10 Tweet about this giveaway -!/LoriMLee/status/108539421149773824

leemai82 at gmail dot com


Momo (Books Over Boys) said...

I am a GFC follower of your blog and Elizabeth's: Momo (Books Over Boys)

I follow you and Elizabeth on twitter: BooksOverBoys

Thanks for the giveaway!


Denise Z said...

I have been stalking this book and so want to read it :) I think the cover is lovely and the subject matter intriguing. Thank you for sharing the interview with us today and for the lovely giveaway opportunity.


+1 follow on twitter as ZDz59001
+5 follow Elizabeth Miles on twitter.
+5 follow Elizabeth
+5 comment on review of Fury
+10 tweeted about giveaway
GFC - Denise Zaky

Shae Carcar said...

YAY thank you for the giveaway. I'm not much into greek mythology but this book seems so awesome! P.S. I love Little women too! :)

Kereesa said...

Wow, Greek mythology is definitely popular lately. Fury sounds like a fun time!
I follow and commented! :D

Kereesa said...

oops, forgot to leave email: and I follow you on twitter: @KereesaReads

Sydney said...

GFC: Sydney Meve

Thanks for the awesome giveaway! Been dying to read this!

Boriquaz said...

gfc- boriquaz thanks for the giveaway i love the five word description of this book. thanks

Chen Yan Chang said...

Awesome giveaway! I really want to read FURY!

GFC: cyc

jadedlittlegirlx AT gmail DOT com

+1 Twitter @nodizzies
+5 GFC on Elizabeth Miles’ Blog: cyc
+5 Comment on Review of FURY
+10 Tweet:!/nodizzies/status/111255075497848832

SweetShenanigans said...

GFC follower
girl23rocks at hotmail dot com

+1 Follow me on Twitter @SeoEvie (@Alliegal101)
+5 Follow Elizabeth Miles on Twitter @MilesBooks (@Alliegal101)
+5 Follow Elizabeth @Elizabeth Miles as Sweetshenanignas
+5 Comment on my Review of Fury as Sweetshenanigans
+10 Tweet:!/Alliegal101/status/111266790507687937


donnas said...

Thanks for the chance!

+1 Follow me on Twitter @SeoEvie - @donnas1
+5 Follow Elizabeth Miles on Twitter @MilesBooks
+5 Follow Elizabeth @Elizabeth Miles

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Chrisbails said...

Great author interview. Love the cover of this book. Big fan of Josh Turner also. Saw him in concert this summer and Scotty McCreedy came out and sang with him.

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