Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Interview and giveaway with S.M. Reine - author of Six Moon Summer

Today, I am sincerely glad to welcome a debuting author of the book Six Moon Summer, S.M. Reine.

Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome S.M. Reine!

S.M. Reine was so kind and agreed to give us an interview and also give away one of her new book - Six Moon Summer, which is coming out in couple of days - 29th of April. You can find my review of the book here: Review of Six Moon Summer.

The interview is in four sections. First section is about S.M. Reine, second section is about Six Moon Summer, writing it, about characters etc, third part is about her favorites and last part is just for fun.

Part I – SM Reine

I: When I first realized, that you are going to publish a book, my first thought was: so young and already writing books! Have you had similar reactions from your readers, reviewers and supporters?

I’ve been writing for a very long time despite my age. I tried to publish my first book when I was eleven -- twelve years ago now! -- and that surprised a lot of people. I did a book report on one of my own novels once, much to the amusement of my teachers. I’m getting old enough now that it seems to surprise fewer people, though.

I: Please describe yourself with few sentences. Who are you?

I’m a writer/geek/mom with way too many cats and a love of baking cookies. I’m silly and weird and very shy in person, which is probably why I do so much better on the Internet. I’ve been writing fantasy for years and hope to keep doing so until the day I die.

I: What inspired you to want to become writer?

My mother stayed home with my sisters and me when we were little, and she occupied the time by writing. I remember sitting with her while she chatted with New York editors on the phone. I knew that I wanted to be just like her and immediately began writing, too.

I: What are the advantages and disadvantages of being a debut novel writer?

Nobody knows your name yet, so you don’t have any kind of built-in fan base or reputation to fall back upon. On the other hand, you don’t have a bad reputation, either! There’s a lot of opportunity to make a positive impression if you’re willing to work for it.

I: Who did you want to become when you were a kid? What did you dream about?

I’ve always wanted to write, but I also wanted to be an astronaut, an archaeologist, and an artist, in that order. I dreamed of dinosaurs and ancient Egypt and flying away to Neverland.

I: What brought you to writing? When did the idea of writing a book formed?

I wrote my first book in sixth grade when I finally grew enough patience to dedicate myself to a novel-length project. I was really into “The Wheel of Time” and “Sailor Moon,” so the product was kind of like a shameful mishmash of the two. 100,000 words isn’t bad for a sixth grader, though!

I: Why did you decide to write a YA book?

I’ve loved YA for years and never grew out of it. I hope I never do! YA fiction is awesome. Since it’s what I like to read, it’s what I like to write, too.

I: Do you have any plans for future to write adult books?

I’m actually looking at releasing a steampunk novella at the end of June that’s oriented toward adults, although it could have YA crossover appeal. I’m also thinking of publishing an adult urban fantasy series once I finish Six Moon Summer and its sequels.

I: What do you do when you are not reading and writing and blogging? Do you have any hobbies?

Nope. Haha, just kidding! I love movies and TV shows, so I watch a lot of Netflix, and I like to play Scrabble with my husband. Since I just had a baby, though, I’m not allowed to have any hobbies that don’t involve holding him anymore. ;)

Part II – Six Moon Summer

I: Tell us about your new book Six Moon Summer? What is it about?

Six Moon Summer is about a girl who gets mauled by a monster and starts transforming into the thing that attacked her.

I: How long did it take to write Six Moon Summer? Did you have any writing blocks where you felt that writing process was not moving ahead?

It actually only took about a month to write. The editing process took longer because I had to clean up my messy writing! I think I stalled for a couple days in there, but it mostly came out in one big rush.

I: When I read your book, I loved the surrounding you created for the plot – summer camp. Have you ever been to summer camps?

Thank you! I went to Girl Scout camp twice when I was a child, but it wasn’t nearly as exciting as the summer camp in Six Moon Summer. We didn’t get to ride horses, much less get attacked by werewolves.

I: Which character in the book is closest to you as a person?

Cassidy, who is Rylie’s friend. I used to be that weird kid who drew all over her arms in high school. It drove my parents nuts!

I: Which character did you struggle with?

I had a hard time getting to know Seth. I’m still not sure I pinned him down. He’s a charming guy, but so mysterious. Rylie and I don’t know much about him.

I: I personally could relate to several characters in the Six Moon Summer. Are any your characters based off real people?

No, I never write characters based on people I know. It seems like a good way to lose friends if you kill off their characters! I let them grow organically out of the needs of the plot.

I: When can we read the second book of the series?

I’m hoping to release it in October this year, but I’ll announce an official release date later in the summer.

I: How many books do you plan to write in the series?

There will be four-- one for each season. Since this was summer, the next will be autumn, and then I’ll do winter and spring after that. I don’t have titles yet, unfortunately. I’m really bad with titles.

Part III – 10 favorites

I: Who is your favorite author?

Stephen King! He’s wonderfully creepy, and most of his books take place in Maine, where I’ve never been. It sounds like a magical fantasyland to me.

I: What is your favorite book?

It’s definitely Peter Pan. I loved the story as a child, and the themes of growing up and responsibility resonate with me more as I get older.

I: What is your favorite blog you follow?

Ooh, I could never pick out of all the amazing book blogs I read. I’m going to have to say Cute Overload! I spend so much time reading and writing about monsters that I love to get a cute break once in awhile.

I: What is your favorite song?

“Bittersweet Symphony” by the Verve. Can you have a favorite emotion? Because if you can, bittersweetness is definitely mine, and the song captures it perfectly.

I: What is your favorite season?

Autumn. Summer is relentlessly hot where I live, so the first breaths of cool air are a relief. And it’s harvest time, too, so I get to cook the best food!

I: What is your favorite food?

All of it! I love to eat. :)

I: What is your favorite car?

I drive a Prius because I’m a big hippie, but when I win the lottery, I would love a Tesla Roadster. Gorgeous car, totally electric.

I: What is your favorite color?

I think red is my favorite color. I look good in red clothing!

I: What is your favorite movie?

As I mentioned before, I adore movies, so I couldn’t possibly pick one above the rest. I am extremely fond of Darren Aronofsky’s “The Fountain,” though, because Rachel Weisz is gorgeous and the story is so bittersweet. (There it is again!)

I: What is your favorite time of the day?

Morning, just before sunrise, when everything is quiet and still.

I: What is your favorite weather?

Rain! I live in the desert. It only rains a couple days a year, and when it does, everything goes cool and the air smells like damp sagebrush. It’s incredible.

Part IV

I: What did you know about Estonia before I found your blog? :)

Honestly, nothing at all! I envisioned it as some tiny country near Russia, and then I looked it up and realized I was completely wrong. I’ve always been horrible at geography. I’m sorry! Forgive me!

(Sara, you were almost right! Estonia is a tiny spot on the map next to Russia! :) )

Thank you so much for answering all my questions! It is really appreciated and I had a lot of fun doing that together with you! It was a pleasure!

Six Moon Summer giveaway!

And now... (Drum roll!!!) Sara has been so kind to give one Six Moon Summer book for giveaway for our readers. The giveaway is international.

To participate in the giveaway, please enter the form below. The contest ends on the 1st of May and the winner will be announced on the 2nd of May.

Good luck!


  1. Nice long interview and giveaway :)

  2. Thank you Cean!
    I like asking questions and when I've given a chance from authors, I'm not holding back.

    Thanks for coming by!