Sunday, July 3, 2011

Interview + Giveaway: Andrea Cremer, author of Nightshade series

I'm very excited to be joined today by Andrea Cremer, author of a phenomenal Nightshade series.

Guys, please give a warm welcome to Andrea!

E: Evie
AC: Andrea Cremer

E: Welcome to Bookish Andrea! Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
AC: Thanks so much for having me! I grew up in a small town in Northern Wisconsin, which means I get restless if there aren’t lots of trees and large bodies of water around. I currently live in Minneapolis. In addition to writing I’m a history professor at Macalester College.
E: Who or what inspired you to write Nightshade?
AC: Calla was the inspiration for Nightshade. I knew she was a girl who was also a wolf. Having always loved the wilderness I wasn’t a fan of traditional werewolf mythology which posits lycanthropy as a disease or curse. I wanted to portray wolves as I’ve always seen them: beautiful, intelligent, graceful, and social. Calla’s character, my love of wolves, and my interest in the history of witchcraft came together to create the world of Nightshade.
E: Do you mind telling us how long did it take for you to write your book?
AC: From first draft to copy edits at Penguin it took about 9 months.
E: How would you describe the “Nightshade” series in 5 words?
AC: Mysterious, addictive, thrilling, seductive, passionate.
E: Your book is full of fantastic and charismatic characters, which of them do you feel is most like you? Are any of your characters based on people in your own life?
AC: I’m going to answer these questions together because the answer is the same. I’m the most like Ansel, Calla’s younger brother. Ansel is the only character based on someone in my life – he is loosely based on my own little brother. My brother and I are very close and a lot alike, so I think I’m like Ansel too: a romantic idealist.
E: I would kill to see Nightshade being made into a movie! If that was to happen and you could pick the cast yourself, who would you chose?
AC: I hope Nightshade will someday be a movie – we’ll have to wait and see. In terms of casting I still haven’t found a perfect Calla, but I think Ben Barnes would be a great Ren and Chace Crawford a fantastic Shay

E: Where is your favorite place for writing? Do you have any special writing rituals?
AC: I can write anywhere as long as I have coffee and my iPod. I create playlists for all of my books, having the right music channels my characters and the settings of my novels.
E: What advice would you give to aspiring authors who are interested in writing YA novels?
ACThe most important thing is to keep writing and know that writing is revising. The more you write the better your craft will become.
E: What genres do you like to read in your free time?
AC: I’ll read almost anything. I tend to read outside of the genre I’m writing in while I’m in the middle of drafting to keep my headspace clear. Fantasy will always be my favorite genre, but I also love horror and science fiction.
E: Which of your favorite books would you recommend everybody to read?
AC: Calla and I share our favorite book: Watership Down by Richard Adams. I also recommend anything by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Margaret Atwood, and Neil Gaiman. I have an unbelievable number of YA authors I’d recommend but to name just a few I read everything written by Libba Bray, John Green, David Levithan, Kiersten White, Brenna Yovanoff, Maggie Stiefvater and so many others!!
E: Do you have any other hobbies that you enjoy?
AC: I love gardening, hanging out with my dogs, playing WoW with my husband.
E: If you could have a paranormal power, what power would you want and why?
AC: Flight – because flying would be soooooo amazing.
Random Questions:

- white or dark chocolate? Dark.
- coffee or tea? Coffee
- favorite fictional character? Severus Snape
- favorite movie? Last of the Mohicans 
- favorite song? Too many!!! I listen to soo much music I could never pick. Some of my favorite bands of the moment are: Yeasayer, Mew, Broken Bells, Shadowplay, R.I.S.E., TV on the Radio, Stars, Low, Metric
- favorite TV show? Of all time: Buffy the Vampire Slayer. On television right now: Tie between Dr. Who, Supernatural, and True Blood
- Team Ren or Team Shay? I’m Team Calla because it’s her choice, not mine
- ebook or printed copy?  Printed copy – I’m one of those “love the smell of pages” people

Andrea, thank you so much for joining us today!  
I'm looking forward to reading and reviewing your next books!

I hope you guys enjoyed the interview, for more information about Andrea Cremer and her books, please visit her website:  Andrea Cremer or/and read my review of Nightshade
Stay tuned for my review of Wolfsbane coming up some time around the release date!

If you're wondering where to get Nightshade, here are the links:

Hardcover, 452 pages
Published October 19th 2010 by Philomel

Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she'll be the mate of alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers.

But when she violates her masters' laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might lose everything— including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?

Giveaway Time! 
Interested in winning a copy of Nightshade + Wolfsbane?? I'm buying!

Open to International (as long as Book Depository ships to you!)
Ends: Saturday, July 30th 

*Mandatory entry: be a GFC follower of my blog and fill out the form below
*Extra entries: 
+1 Follow me on Twitter @SeoEvie
+10 Add my blog button to your blog
+5 Follow Andrea on Twitter @andreacremer
+5 Tweet: I want to win a copy of Nightshade and Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer @SeoEvie from Bookish Blog (International)
+5 Leave some love in the comment

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


Clarissa P (Clary) said...

Oh wow!!! Great Interview! =D
And Thank you so much for the giveaway!! This is great!

Neliss "Nellie" Screamers said...

Cool interview and giveaway.:) I loved Nightshade, but I had it only from library... I'd like to have it and I'm sooo excited on Wolfsbane. :3

Bekka said...

Great interview! I'd love to read Nightshade, but I haven't been able to get my hands on a copy of it. I love the idea of a girl who's first a wolf, and then a human. It's so different, especially in a genre where werewolf bad-boys dominate!

Stormy said...

I love Nightshade! :) It's perfect book and characters are different like others! I really didn't like werewolves in my past, but after this book I fell in love with them! :) Thank you for great interview, thank you for giveaway!

Birgit said...

Thanks not only for the lovely interview but also for the giveaway! I only stumbled over this series through the wishlist of another book blogger, then I read so much about these books that inevitably they had to go on my wishlist too *keeping fingers crossed*.

Deea said...

I love the interview! Makes me wanna read Nightshade right away!:D I've heard so many great things about this series... Thanks for the opportunity!

Maidenveil said...

I really enjoyed Nightshade and can't wait for Wolfsbane!

Evie said...

What a great interview!
Thanks a lot for this amazing giveaway and have a nice week!

Andie said...

Thank you so much for the giveaway!!
I thought the interview was pretty good. It kept my attention and I didn't stop reading until I got to the end and in my case that's very rare :)

Tiffany said...

Snape is one of my favorite characters to :)

I'm suprised she relates to Ansel the most--I thought it would be Calla.

I can't wait for Wolfsbane and I really hope Calla ends up with Ren!

Eleonora said...

This is amazing, thanks for the giveaway!

GABY said...

Hi! Thanks for the interview! I really want to know who is Calla going to choose! (I'm Team Ren at the moment).

Lissa said...

Although I'm Team Ren, I admire Andrea's view on the subject lol. It technically IS Calla's choice, right?

Thanks for the giveaway and awesome interview!

StuckInBooks said...

Andrea - I just love Nightshade and can't wait for Wolfsbane. I like your picks for actors to play Ren and Shay. And speaking of those guys, I'm team Ren!

Dinky said...

Great interview!!! I realy want read these books. Thanks for the giveaway :)

DJL said...

I've heard so many good things about this series, I'm not sure why it's taken me so long to check it out! :) And yay! She loves Watership Down, too! Now I definitely want to read Nightshade. :) Thank you for the giveaway!


Addictedtolife said...

Thank you for the interview! I love pretty much all the the authors as Andrea.

Tamara said...

Love the giveaway! :D
I can't wait to read the books.
The intwrview was awesome :)

Mimi Valentine said...

Wow, what an awesome interview! :) I love Andrea's books and I'm honestly super excited to read Wolfsbane! I'm not so sure about the actor choice for Ren, but I love the idea of Chace Crawford being Shay!

And I love that Andrea picked Team Calla over either of the boys -- because she's completely right when she says it's Calla's choice. :) Still, I'm more of a Calla + Ren shipper! x)

Thanks so much for the giveaway! :)

Barbara E. said...

I enjoyed the interview, it was fun learning more about Andrea and her books. I've been intrigued by Nightshade but haven't had a chance to read it. I love werewolf stories and I'm always looking for new books featuring them.

Nikki said...

Wow this is a GREAT giveaway! Thanks for having it! I did all the things I could for all the entries allowed:)

Hikablack said...

Ahh, I've been wanting to read Nightshade *nods* My wallet just didn't want me to... Yay for giveaways (;

Lieder Madchen said...

Great interview! I would love to read this book. :)

bookfreak15 said...

Ahhhhhh! I loved this interview. I would really love to read Wolfsbane! :D

dani_nguyen said...

Thanks for the giveaway! Loved Nightshade & can't wait for Wolfsbane!

Lisa said...

I've heard so many great things about this series!
Also I've seen the new cover of Nightshade at Barnes and Nobles! Ahhh their both so pretty!:D


The Story Queen said...

I liked her answer for Team Ren or Team Shay :) It should totally be Calla's choice (EVEN IF SHE SHOULD PICK REN JUST SAYING). Haha, seriously though, I want her to make a choice because that's what she wants.

Thanks for the interview and giveaway! You are so generous.

Tasnim said...

this is such a great giveaway and thanks for making it international!!! I'm totally team Ren!!!

twitter - @star_light91

Tasnim x

Let's Evaluate said...

WOW! Thanks for the chance to win these, I've been thinking about getting into this series for awhile now. And thanks for the interview as well, love reading about successful writers.

Erin @ Let's Evaluate

Trista Siegel said...

I love the Nightshade cover! Definitely one of my favorite covers.

Jadey! said...

I've been wanting to read this book for ages, thanks for the giveaway. :)

Andrea seems so lovely!

Spav said...

Great interview. I can totally see Chace Crawford as Shay.

*Astrid A.* said...

Thank you for this giveaway!

I want to read this series so much...!! =)

Astrid A.

Carla said...

Thanks for the giveaway.

GFC follower - Carla
Twitter follower - C_cass189


cjmfnobrega AT gmail DOT com

Molli @ Once Upon a Prologue said...

Wow, great questions and interview! I am so psyched about your give-away, too! :D

Kristin Aragon said...

I just finished reading Nightshade on e-book! I loved it! Andrea Cremer is such a terrific writer! I really enjoyed reading your interview with her!

SweetShenanigans said...

This just happens to be at the top of my want list! Thanks for making my day :)

The Novel Nymph said...

Thanks for the wicked giveaway!!

marybelle said...

Sending some love!!! I would absolutely love to win a copy of "Nightshade" & "Wolfsbane".


darkangel_1988 said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Twitter Follower - @darkangel231988
Added your blog button to my blog -
Tweeted -!/darkangel231988/status/87755734019866624
Following Andrea on Twitter - @darkangel231988


Andrea said...

Thanks for the giveaway!
I think Andrea is an amazing writer, I can't. Wait to read all her books!

Chey said...

Lovely interview and thank you for the giveaway!

It seems as though Andrea and my best friend would get along, seeing as she just about passes out at any mention of Severus Snape! lol!

Funny thing- my top favorite shows are Buffy, Supernatural, and True Blood as well! Knowing that she loves them just as much makes me happy. :)

Baggins said...

Fantastic interview! Andrea may be my new favourite person - I love Snape, and her taste in TV shows rocks! :-D

Thanks for sharing and for the great giveaway!

janhvi said...

what a great giveaway!!i would love to win nightshade and wolfsbane!!

thanks for the giveaway!!

JK17 said...

Great Interview! I also love coffee!


Lyddz said...

Great interview! I share a lot of favorite authors with you! I read Libba Bray's Going Bovine and since then I'm addicted to her books!

April X said...

Great interview, Ben Barnes would make an awesome Ren ;) Thank you for such a generous giveaway Evie! Superduper excited for Wolfsbane!

Wolfluvr420 said...

Great interview! Thank you so much for the awesome giveaway!
wolfluvr420 at yahoo dot com

Holly said...

Great interview! I haven't read this series yet, but it sounds really good! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

TheJay2xA said...

Old GFC follower via Jayjay

Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!! would love to read this!

+1 Twitter follower via TheJay2xA
+10 Blog button on blog:
+5 Tweet!/TheJay2xA/status/87900003166720000
+5 followed Andrea via TheJay2xA
+5 Comment

Total of 26!

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Kelsa P. said...

Amazing interview with one of my favorite YA authors! Thank you for the outstanding giveaway! *crosses fingers arms and legs for luck*

Ronyka7 said...

Loved the interview. Is fun and is freat to know a little more about the author.

thanks for the giveaway.

Saiiツ said...

Great Interview!! Thanks for the Giveaway:)
I Follow you and Andrea Cremer on Twitter [@saii15]
I tweeted;!/Saii15/status/87977316961099776


Kah_cherub said...

What beautiful covers! Haven't read those yet, but would love to. :)

Follow you on twitter and tweeted:

thanks for the giveaway! :)

kah_cherub at hotmail dot com

The Lovely Getaway said...

leaving some thank you love! awesome giveaway :) here's to hoping *crosses fingers*

Thanks again :)

Bonnie said...

Are you kidding me? Fantastic giveaway, thank you so much for hosting it! I am dying to read both of these books! *pick me pick me please!!!* :)

Bonnie @ HandsAndHome

kristina shields said...

AWESOME giveaway!!! I can't wait to read Wolfsbane. I loved the first one and the sequel sounds just as great!

aparajita said...

Wow thanx for a chance to win this....

luv u
Aparajita Basu (

Victoria said...

Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.


Jazmin said...

this is amazing! I had an interview with her on my blog last month and aren't they fun with her?! anyways this contest/giveaway is epic!

teepee said...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway :)))

usagi, said...

Definitely loving her choice for Shay and Ren! And I cannot wait for the new book. Salivating here, seriously!

Cathy said...

Thanks so much for the contest! I've read tons of great reviews about these books. I really hope I could win those :)) *fingers crossed*

Shit of Life ;X said...

another beautiful giveaway!I love your blog because you give us this posibility!
Thank you!

Seesen said...

If Chace Crawford was Shay, I might have to switch team Ren to team Shay :D Well, probably not even they but I would be tempted ;)

Giada M said...

Thank you for the interview and giveaway! I have read so many good reviews of this series that I can't wait to get my hands on it. >_<

mendy said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I really need to read this series.

Maria (pronounced Mariah) said...

I haven't read these yet but they are at the top of my TBR list!

Thanks for the chance!


Ange said...

Great interview!! Thanks for the chance to win these awesome books!!!
Ange @ the Moonlight Reader

Sierra Cullen.♥ said...

Thanks for the chance! I am currently reading Nightshade right now and I can tell from that I'm going to really want to read Wolfsbane. :)

Twitter Follower - @sierrabellaaa


Lissyta said...

Awesome giveaway! thanks!


Maurielle said...
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Victorique said...

Nice interview. Thanks for the giveaway

therainhouse said...

I am Team Shay!

andrea said...

thanks for the interview! I haven't gotten around to reading Nightshade yet, but I've heard it's great :) (and she's an Andrea like me, so I'm probably going to read it just because of that :P)

anyway, thanks for the giveaway as well :)

-andrea b

Hayley said...

Yay can't wait!! I love this series and cannot wait until wolfsbane comes out. :D I really wish they didnt cahnge the covers though :/

Asenath said...

Wow, I cannot believe she went from first draft to copy edits in 9 months. That's so fast! Unless it was first draft *with the editor* to copy edits, but still. She's fast!

Mia said...

Great Interview! I can't wait to read Wolfsbane, I loved Nightshade :)

AgnesPink said...

Amazing Interview!
Thanks for the giveaway!

Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

Awesome interview. I love this series.


alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

Ems said...

Another awesome giveaway! I'm currently reading Nightshade and LOVING it! So well done!

If Ben Barnes plays Ren, I will personally show up on set to make sure he does the role justice. :P

what...more books said...

thank you for the great giveaway and awesome interview with Andrea. i would love to get my hands on these books. thansk

therainhouse said...

I love her answer to the Team Ren/Shay question..

Ben Barnes as Ren is hot! Although I worry that he's getting older and older. Isn't he 29 or 30 now?

Destiny said...

They sound awesome!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

Cassia said...

Great interview, thank you for it. I am really looking forward to read Andrea Cremer´s second book. I didn´t like werewolves in the past, but I like them in this series. And Andrea Cremer seems to be really nice person. Thank you for the giveaway too. :)

kristina shields said...

giving lots of love! can't wait to read the next two books in this awesome series!

Diana said...

Love the interview!! I'd go for Team Calla too.. I can't decide between Ren & Shay!! xD
Also thanks for the giveaway!! I don't have a copy of Nightshade so I'd love to have it, and to read Wolfsbane too! :P
Thanks, thanks!!


latishajean said...

What a great interview looking forward to reading wolfsbane! Thanks for the great giveaway!
I also tweeted too!/latishajean/status/91298480433270784

elaing8 said...
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elaing8 said...

Great interview.I have this series n my TBR list.
here is my tweet link

Cait said...

awesome interview and thanks so much for the giveaway XD

Kristin Aragon said...

I loved, absolutely loved this interview! I cannot wait to read Wolfsbane!!!

majoy said...

I enjoy reading the interview!! Looking forward to read this book..:)

mimz said...

Thank you for the wonderful giveaway! Sending lots of love your way :)

Krystal said...

I would love to win this novel, I've been dying to read them but my library doesn't have them yet. I tweeted @you too :)

Anna said...

awesome interview loved Nightshade when I read it now u giving me the chance to own it and reread it over and over again plus wolfsbane. Thanks So Very Much

Chen Yan Chang said...

Awesome giveaway! I still haven't read Nightshade so it would be awesome to win it :)!/nodizzies/status/92396501397020672

Llehn said...

Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!

Blacky said...

Thank you for this amazing giveaway and nice interview.I hope this time win because i really want to read Nighshade!<3

Jeanne said...

Thank you so much for the chance to win and for great interview!

~Sara @ Just Another Story said...

Hi Evie! I also love finding fellow Canadian bloggers! I love your blog! Thanks for the giveaway. I loved nightshade and am totally Team Ren. Haha.

melannie (: said...

I've been meaning to read this sries forever! just hadn't had the $$$$ ):

hopefully I'll win (:

Maryann Nixon said...

I've heard a lot about this and can't wait to read the series!
Amazing giveaway, thank you for the chance!


SpadesHigh said...

Hi Evie!!! Hope all is well today! how's everything going with the whole moving thingy??? Hope you get you chance to get to move to US =D that would be so awesome!! If you wouldnt mind, update me on Twitter - I swear im not stalking, UNLESS you want me to LoL
Showing you some ❤❤❤❤❤❤ in Mr comment box ^_^
Thanks for hosting this giveaway!! Team Ren!!!

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Loony Linh said...

Love Andrea Cremer! She is such a great author, hopefully I will get to read Wolfsbane soon^^


Brooke said...

I love the nightshade series!! So excited for Wolfsbane!

A Canadian Girl said...

I started watching Supernatural this month and really like it too. I'm also a dark chocolate and printed copy girl.

Thanks for the giveaway. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a Calla-Ren pairing.

lindseybousfield said...

These books are amazing! I can't wait for the last!

Phanee said...

Great interview Evie! I've heard so much about Nightshade and Wolfsbane since I started blogging, it's starting to get to me that I haven't read them yet! :P

And yay for Andrea liking dark chocolate and Snape!!!

Megan @Reading Away The Days said...

Thank you so much for this awesome giveaway. I so want to read Nightshade been on my to read list for a while and to top it of with the next book would be awesome :) x

Suz said...

Thanks for this amazing giveaway! I have been wanting to read both of these books and keep seeing many great reviews - yours included of course! I am a new follower on GFC as Suz and I would love to win!

susanw28 (at) mindspring (dot) com

SkretulAngie said...

What a great interview!
Thanks a lot for this amazing giveaway and have a nice week!

Sarah said...

....oooh I really enjoy her picks to play the boys.

Michaela xD said...

I can't wait to read Nightshade, it sounds so fantastic :)) thanks for the giveaway :D

JessicaLLWright said...

This is a brillaint giveaway! I borrowed Nightshade from my library and loved it could not wait to read it again and read the next novel :D
Awesome interview. I have to agree though paper backs are so much better the e books I think, you get more into the story that way.
I've done every thing on the list and you can check :D ( 26 entries :)


Ren said...

Thanks to make it international. I always want to read Nightshade and Wolfsbane, but just don't have a time.
And one of the hero name is like my name, hmmm ... ;)

sawamura_foxman AT yahoo DOT com

Carina L. Tai said...

Great interview! The questions were very creative! I've heard so much about these two books, but haven't had the chance to read them yet! Thanks for the giveaway!

-Carina L. Tai

marian said...

Great interview! I love this series!!! Can't wait to read wolfsbane!! Team Ren!!!

Rachel said...

Awesome giveaway! I loves Nightshade and can't wait for Wolfsbane.

~evening-green~ said...

thank you for the interview and giveaway!

My Life With Books - Jennifer K Jovus said...

sweet review and giveaway! I tweeted here!/jenniferkjovus/status/97063333810798592
Jennifer K jovus
kjovus at gmail dot com

medinahusa said...

Great interview! I have not read the series yet, and have totally been wanting to but haven't gotten to it! Awesome giveaway!

Abby said...

Read a lot of great reviews about the books so would LOVE to get my hands on them too!

Thanks so much for giving them away!

Here's the tweet anyway!/darkmotives/status/97215564895879168

reviewsbyabby at gmail dot com

Blacky said...

Great interview!I added the series on my "to read" list ,but i didn't have the chance to read it.

TayteH said...

I totally agree. Chase Crawford would make a great Shay. :D Thanks for the interview. it was great!

Shahnila Shafiq said...

Thankyou for the giveaway and great interview :D

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