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Friday, March 30, 2012

Video Interview + Giveaway with Hiromi Goto, author of Half World and Darkest Light


I'm extremely honored and delighted to be joined today by the phenomenal Hiromi Goto, author of beautifully written and gorgeously imagined Ya fantasy books, Half World and Darkest Light.

I had the pleasure of reviewing both books on my blog just a couple of days ago, so be sure to check out my review posts to see just how absolutely amazed I was by Hiromi's imagination and writing skills!

You can find them here:
~Half World review
~Darkest Light review

About Hiromi Goto:

Hiromi’s first novel, Chorus of Mushrooms (1994), received the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book in the Caribbean and Canada region and was co-winner of the Canada-Japan Book Award. Her short stories and poetry have been widely published in literary journals and anthologies. Her second novel, The Kappa Child (2001), was a finalist for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Regional Book, and was awarded the James Tiptree Jr. Memorial Award. Her first children’s novel, The Water of Possibility, was also published that year. Hopeful Monsters, a collection of short stories, was released in 2004. Her YA/Crossover novel, Half World (2009), was long-listed for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and received the 2010 Sunburst Award and the Carl Brandon Society Parallax Award. Her long poem, co-written with David Bateman, came out in Fall 2009. Wait Until Late Afternoon is her first book-length poetry publication. Darkest Light, companion book to Half World, will be released in 2012 with Penguin Canada. 
 (source: Goodreads) 


Enjoy the Video Interview!!!





Hiromi, thank you so much for the wonderful video interview! I had a BLAST putting it together and I think it turned out beautiful! 
Looking forward to reading your next book!

For more information about Hiromi Goto and her books please visit her website: HERE

GIVEAWAY!!!

I am giving away a copy of HALF WORLD and DARKEST LIGHT!
To be entered into the draw you need to be 13 years old or older and follow my blog.
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25 comments:

Krista said...

Thses books look really cool! And I love the cover!

Lilly @ (LillysBookIsland) said...

WOW! Great interview ,,, I will make sure to check these book later :D

PuttPutt1198Eve said...

The author said that the interconnectedness that once existed among the worlds of flesh, spirit and purgatory is what she explores in her books. She said that at one time people could travel among these three. Her books explore this abililty and the fact that people can no longer do it. The interview revealed a very interesting person!

Lori M. Lee said...

Those covers alone would have made me want to read her books, but wow, all the history and lore that went into the ideas is fascinating. I love books that explore Eastern mythology.

Carl said...

I really like the concept of the three worlds that were once joined together resulting in world harmony. It's not actually that far-out a concept if you think of how differently people would act on a daily basis if they spent more time thinking about their spiritual selves rather than the need to earn money to buy food to support their human bodies. Deep, huh? Thanks!

Amy said...

What a great interview. I want to read the books even more now after watching that. I love her thought process. She is a very interesting person.

marybelle said...

I have to make sure my son reads this post too. He's a massive fan. I think it's the world outside my reckoning that appeals to me.

SusieBookworm (Susanna) said...

Thanks for the giveaway and interview! The books seem almost to have a metaphysical point, with the way she explained her inspiration. Impressive that Gaiman and de Lint gave quotes!

SpadesHighReads said...

It's great the Hiromi wasn't too scared to not be able to finish her novels. They sound so very spooky, creepy, but interesting! they remind me so much of the foreign movie RECYCLED, and I loved that movie and I am eager to have a chance in delving into her books. I have always be infatuated in exploring the concept of purgatory and reading stories about it (Dantes inferno).. and her idea of the 3 worlds is just.... I dont know if theres even a word for it. and I do agree. our world even until this day is still violent, but Im really glad we're not in the era of medieval times. Ive watched history channel and man oh man lol.... great interview Evie!!

x) Ruty said...

I loved the idea that she's trying to find an explanation of why there's so much violence in our history!
Something I always wonder myself too!
Great Interview!
Kisses

Tore said...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway. I would love to read both books. They sound very good. Tore923@aol.com

Christina said...

So cool. I love hearing authors talk about where they got their ideas. The realms thing is super neat. She's doing something really interesting and philosophical, and I want to read these books!

Savanna Loren said...

These books sound like great reads. Definitely going on my TBR list.

nat said...

Thanks so much for the chance. I cant see the interview from my phone but Ill check it out when Im on the computer, the books sound really good though :)

Carissa St. Amand said...

I've heard quite a bit about these novels, but haven't really checked them out. The idea of three realms intrigues me, and I really like how the author focuses on the darker sides to our history.

Thanks for a great interview! (and giveaway!!)

SweetShenanigans said...

Loved the interview and have a great feeling about this book :)

Hushed Paradox said...

I have a feeling these books are very unique! Great interview.

Evie said...

I really liked the words that she used to describe the series. And now I'm really intrigued and curious to read those books! They look really intense.
Thanks a lot for the interview and for the giveaway :)

ElleChanter said...

Nice interview, can't wait to see what the books are like, they look very different in a good way!

Anubha said...

Loved the interview... :)
After hearing about these books, the three worlds I want to read them now...
Thank you very much for this giveaway... :D

FireStarBooks said...

I chat with Hiromi last time on Razorbill and she was a sweetheart! I reallllly love the premise of the book! I really hope I can win :)

roro said...

Thanks for the giveaway and interview!

Cathie said...

This looks like something I could really get my fiance into!!!!!

GABY said...

I was always curious about these books but now I really want them. I'm interested in the different 'worlds'.

Stephanie Verhaegen said...

Loved the interview! The books look very nice. Gotta check them out sometime. :)

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