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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Interview with Kirsten Miller + Giveaway

Describe your book in five words or less.

True love & evil never die.

Or . . .

Sinister, sexy, and strange.


How did the idea for The Eternal Ones come to you?


I’ve always been interested in the stories of children who “remember” past lives. The kids are usually quite small when they start talking about a previous existence, (far too young to have broken into the patchouli), and the details they offer are often quite remarkable. (How they died, who they’d married, where they’d buried their savings. No joke.) Anyone who’s interested in this phenomenon should Google a kid named James Leininger. He’s probably the most famous example in America.

One day I started to wonder: What if one of these kids happened to live in a super-conservative town? How would her memories be interpreted by her family? Then, I had a vision of a very small girl surrounded by her dolls. Her father is secretly observing her while she talks to her toys. At first he thinks she’s playing. But eventually it starts to dawn on him: The conversation she’s having isn’t a fantasy. The little girl is remembering a conversation from a previous life.


What kind of research, if any, did you do for The Eternal Ones?


Well, as I mentioned earlier, I’ve always interested in reincarnation, so I’ve read quite a bit on the subject over the years. But right before I started writing, I picked up a fascinating book called Old Souls by a journalist named Tom Shroder. Then I read 20 Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation by Ian Stevenson, the western world’s leading authority on the subject of reincarnation. I gotta say, the book offers some pretty compelling evidence that some of us visit earth more than once.


What's it like hearing that readers are eagerly awaiting your book's release date?


Flattering and nerve-wracking! It’s an unusual book, to say the least, and I hope everyone likes reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!


Do you have a favorite theme or genre that you like to write about? Is there a genre that you'll probably stay away from and why?

I would LOVE to write a good horror story/book. I think it’s very difficult to write something truly scary, and I’m dying to have a go at it.

You know, two years ago I would have sworn I’d never write a romance, and just look at me now. (Some call The Eternal Ones a romance. I think of it as thriller/romance.) So to avoid making a liar out of myself, I’ll keep all of my options open!


What's next for you?

I just finished the sequel to The Eternal Ones. Once that’s gone under the editing knife, I’ll be completing Kiki Strike #3 (The Darkness Dwellers). And then I shall drop dead of exhaustion. Or party for an entire month. One of the two.



Thank you Kirsten for answering all of my questions. Make sure you check out my review of Kirsten's book The Eternal Ones.

Also, Kirsten has a great website for The Eternal Ones, a site for the secret society in the novel Ouroboros Society, and you can also preorder the book on Amazon!

Not convinced yet? Watch the book trailer below. :)



Now, onto the giveaway!

Thanks to Penguin, I am giving away one of the Penguin Big 5 box set, which includes these ARCs:
The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller
The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
Matched by Ally Condie
Sapphique by Catherine Fisher

Learn more about the Big 5 box set at Breathless Reads.

Rules:
1. Open to US residents only. (Please no PO boxes)
2. Fill out the FORM below
3. Contest ends Wednesday, August 11th at 11:59 CST.



25 comments:

  1. I really liked where THE ETERNAL ONES ended. It felt done. That said, I am excited about a sequel. I'd love to find out more about some of Haven and Iain's past lives. So fascinating!

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  2. Lovely selection but sad it with shipping restrictions!!!! I know the cost of postage is so very high so quite understandable.

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  3. the book sounds great and the contest sound great to.so of course I entered it.
    sasluvbooks(at)yahoo.com

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  4. I really enjoyed this interview! I too am interested in past lives and reincarnation. I wrote down that boy's name so I can look it up later. When Kirsten was talking about the little girl talking to her dolls and her dad realizes she is having conversations from a past life, it got me thinking. I wonder if the same can be said about children who have imaginary friends? I had one when I was little...probably between ages 3 and 5. Then I started thinking that maybe the fact that I believe in past lives and reincarnation is because I had an imaginary friend who was from a past life and I am reincarnated. Pretty wild, huh? It's definitely something to think about and perhaps research further. Anyway, done rambling! Thanks for the inspiring interview and for the giveaway. =O)

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  5. In the words of Bill Murray from his "What About Bob" : I Want, I WAnT! I NeEd, I NEeD!! Gimme, gImME!

    lol, I've been after these 5 for a while and its driven just about as crazy as Bob in that movie :P

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  6. I love Kirsten Miller! One of my favorite authors. :)

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  7. I've seriously been wanting to read The Eternal Ones since I first heard of it. Out of the five this is the one I'm most looking forward to. The whole idea of reincarnation sounds really interesting. Thank you so much for the giveaway.

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  8. I am between books right now, and I just posted a question on my FB page whether I should read The Eternal Ones next. Your interview just bumped it up! I'll be reading this next, so thank you!

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  9. I am between books right now, and I just posted a question on my FB page whether I should read The Eternal Ones next. Your interview just bumped it up! I'll be reading this next, so thank you!

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  10. This book was amazing - I cant WAIT for more...EAK that's soo exciting it's on the "cutting block" :) Great interview and wonderful contest! :D

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  11. Great interview! The Eternal Ones sounds interesting, plus it sounds like a fascinating read. Thanks for the awesome contest.

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  12. I've been wanting to read every last one of these!

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  13. I want to read all of these - great contest, thanks!

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  14. Hi Kirsten, I really enjoyed your interview. Like you, I have always been interested in reincarnation. I know I am going to love your book. Thanks for stopping by to chat.

    Awesome contest and if I should win I can remove all these books from my wish list. lol

    Thanks for hosting this great contest and the opportunity to enter.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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  15. Enjoyed the Interview :)!

    The Eternal Ones (and the rest of the 5 for that matter) sounds awesome. I really liked the trailer.

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

    Pam S
    pams00@aol.com

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  16. I really want all those books!! Great giveaway and interview! I loved the way you described your book in 5 words or less. Does '&' not count then?? LOL.

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  17. Nice interivew, I just finished The Eternal Ones and loved it. Can't wait for book 2.

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  18. Sounds like a great book. Awesome contest!

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  19. I think it would be great if she wrote a horror book, a good one is hard to find.

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  20. Great giveaway thank you so much for the chance alot of great books :)

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  21. I want to read all of these! Thanks.

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