Huge day today, guys! Sarah Beth Durst, the fantabulous author of Drink Slay Love, Ice and Enchanted Ivy is here with us today! She was awesome enough to take time out of her super busy schedule to answer few of my questions! But wait! That's not everything! Sarah was super generous and provided us with one SIGNED copy of her newest (totally AWESOME) release - Drink Slay Love for one lucky US winner!!! PLUS - Thanks to the wonderful people from Simon and Schuster CA, I have another copy just for my beloved fellow Canadians! HOW AWESOME IS THAT?!
So, sit back, enjoy the interview and don't forget to enter the giveaway!
Guys, please give a warm welcome to Sarah!
SD: Sarah Beth Durst
E: Welcome to Bookish, Sarah! I’m honored and excited to talk to you today! Your newest YA novel, “Drink Slay Love”, is – hands down – the best vampire book ever! Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
SD: *blush* So happy you liked Drink, Slay, Love! And thanks for having me here!About myself... I'm medium height, have blue eyes, and curly hair that could rival a sheep's pelt. I love chocolate, books, and my family (not in that order). I'm a writer, and I've wanted to be a writer since I was ten years old. (Before that, I wanted to be Wonder Woman. Or a prima ballerina. But given that I lack an invisible jet or any trace of coordination, I'm grateful that I changed career goals.)
E: Who or what inspired you to write "Drink, Slay, Love"?
SD: I was thinking about unicorns one day... Yes, I think about unicorns often. And dragons. And talking cats. Don't judge me. Anyway, I was thinking about unicorns, and it suddenly occurred to me, "Unicorns are natural vampire hunters. Look at their horn! Built-in stake!" Drink, Slay, Love grew out of that idea.
E: Do you mind telling us how long did it take for you to write it?
SD: About six months. And it was the best writing experience I've ever had. Usually, my process involves several stretches of feeling doomed-doomed-DOOMED and multiple wrong turns that require course corrections, but with this novel... it flowed smoothly, and I loved it from start to finish. I hope that readers have as much fun reading it as I had writing it!
E: How would you describe the "Drink, Slay, love" in 5 words?
SD:Vampire girl is staked by were-unicorn.Okay, yes, that's six words. But two of them are very little!
E: Pearly is one gorgeous and totally bad-ass character – I love her! Are any of your characters based on people in your own life? Which of them do you think is most like you?
SD: Not intentionally. I'm sure bits of myself and the people in my life seep into the characters, but the thing that made Pearl so fun to write is how NOT like myself she is. She's fearless and fierce... and she also sees humans as food.If I had to choose, I'd say I am most like Bethany, the relentlessly optimistic friend with zero supernatural ability whatsoever. My family is nicer than hers, though. :)
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 “Drink, Slay, Love”
SD: I am working on a standalone YA fantasy called VESSEL. It will be out from Simon & Schuster in fall 2012. I don't have any immediate plans to write a sequel to DRINK, SLAY, LOVE, but I do have to admit that I really miss Pearl...
E: Where is your favorite place for writing? Do you have any special writing rituals?
SD: I always wish I could write in artsy, romantic writerly places like by the beach or at a quirky cafe or in the depths of a library. But the truth is I write best at my own ordinary desk.I don't have any special rituals... except that I think it's important to write every day and not wait for the muse. If you show up at your desk every day and write whether you feel inspired or not, then the muse will wonder what you're doing and come join you.
E: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
SD: Don't give up! The most important trait a writer can possess (more than talent, more than intelligence, more than a sense of humor) is perseverance.
E: What genres do you like to read in your free time?
SD: Fantasy. I adore anything with a kick-butt heroine and a sword/dragon/talking cat/shapeshifter/whatever. I love the sense of optimism and empowerment that you get in a lot of fantasy -- the theme of love can conquer all and the little guy (or girl) can defeat the massive evil if she's smart enough, stubborn enough, and listens to the talking cat.
E: Which of your favorite books would you recommend everybody to read?
SD: I don't think there's one book that's right for everyone. I'm not even sure there's one book that's right for one person at every point in their lives. People read for different reasons at different times. That said, I absolutely adore The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle, the Harry Potter series, and anything by Tamora Pierce.
E: If you could time travel, where would you go first?
I'd love to see a castle in the Middle Ages... except that I'd probably be disappointed not to meet a fire-breathing dragon or a moat monster or a real wizard. And I wouldn't want to be burned at the stake for appearing out of nowhere. And I'd miss indoor plumbing.On second thought, maybe I'd better stay home and read a book instead.
E: If you could have a paranormal power, what power would you want and why?
SD: Telekinesis. It seems so very useful. I could fetch everyone snacks without ever having to leave the conversation.
- white or dark chocolate? milk chocolate- coffee or tea? hot chocolate- favorite character? Silk from the Belgariad- vampires or were-unicorns? were-unicorns (less likely to eat me)- M&Ms or Skittles? M&Ms- guilty pleasure? Fudge- ebook or printed copy? Both!
Sarah, thank you so much for joining us today!
I'm looking forward to reading and reviewing your next books (and the previous ones, too! I am so getting myself a copy of Enchanted Ivy and Ice soon!)
(and I do hope you'll bring Pearly back!!! I miss her, too!)
(and I do hope you'll bring Pearly back!!! I miss her, too!)
I hope you guys enjoyed the interview, for more information about Sarah Beth Durst and her books, please visit her website: Sarah Beth Durst or/and read my review of Drink, Slay, Love.
Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth DurstExpected publication: September 13th 2011 by Margaret K. McElderry
Pearl is a sixteen-year-old vampire... fond of blood, allergic to sunlight, and mostly evil... until the night a sparkly unicorn stabs her through the heart with his horn. Oops.
Her family thinks she was attacked by a vampire hunter (because, obviously, unicorns don't exist), and they're shocked she survived. They're even more shocked when Pearl discovers she can now withstand the sun. But they quickly find a way to make use of her new talent. The Vampire King of New England has chosen Pearl's family to host his feast. If Pearl enrolls in high school, she can make lots of human friends and lure them to the King's feast -- as the entrees.
The only problem? Pearl's starting to feel the twinges of a conscience. How can she serve up her new friends—especially the cute guy who makes her fangs ache—to be slaughtered? Then again, she's definitely dead if she lets down her family. What's a sunlight-loving vamp to do?
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I have TWO copies to giveaway!
One copy was graciously provided by the wonderful author herself. This one will be signed and is for US only.
Second copy was provided by the lovely guys from Simon & Schuster Canada - this one is Canada only.
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About the AuthorEvie 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.