Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Virtual Tour of Stolen by Catherine Stovall - Interview and giveaway

Welcome to my stop at the Virtual Tour of Stolen written by Catherine Stovall! This stop will include information about Stolen, little bit information about the author, interview with Catherine Stovall and last but not least also giveaway.




Summary from Goodreads:

Jenda and Soborgne are best friends and everything they do, they do together. Unfortunately, this time the girls may be joined at the hip in a far more horrible way: by death.



The girls are kidnapped and held captive by Belle and Matteo, two vampires with a plan. Belle, a sociopath in life and death, is searching for an heir to her reign as the only vampire to hold the secret to surviving the sun. Matteo is a lost soul who would give anything to be loved and to see the light of day. As the four characters’ worlds collide, blood is spilled, lives are lost, and rules are broken.


Disappointment in love and life bring out the worst in humans but, with vampires, it leads to a chilling tale of romance and terror.

Stolen is available at:
The Untreed Reads Store
amazon.com
Barnes and Noble

Author Bio:

This is what Catherine writes about herself on her webpage:

Biography ~ I find those stuffy third person biographies to be a little old fashioned and out of date. So, we are going to do this one my way. Here's all the normal day to day things you may or may not want to know about me.



Born— September 22
Where—Orange County, FL
Family— 3 older sisters, an older brother, and a little sister.
Married—Yes
Kids— 3 (Tre, Alyssa, and Rhea)
Pets— Rocky (terrier mix rescue) and Sophie (my evil cat). I'm also a huge fan of reptiles but I just don't have the time right now to have all the ones I want.
Jobs— paper girl, waitress, cook, gas station attendant, office assistant, call center customer service agent, pet store owner, department store manager, loss prevention manager, author. There are probably more but I think that is sufficient for now.
Geography— I have lived in Florida, Missouri, and Alabama. I have been everywhere on the east coast but the Southern States just feel more like home.
Books I love and authors I can't live without - "War and Peace", "The Iron Dragon's Daughter", "Wuthering Heights", anything by Anne Rice, " Zoya", and "Dracula". Charles Dickens, Anne Rice, Anne Rule, Dean Koontz, and Stephen King.
Hobbies - Painting (I'm not that great), sketching, horse back riding, photography, listening to music, and just spending time with my friends and family.
Favorite Painters - Christy Weber (check her out on Facebook), M.C. Escher, and Van Gogh
Favorite Bands - I live for music so this is ever changing for me. I love all music so I will just shush and give ya a the play list at the bottom so you can see for yourself.


Five things you may not know about me—


1.I love reptiles. I have had almost every type of non-venomous snake and lizard known to man at one point in time in my life. My favorite was my 10 foot Columbian Red Tail Boa Constrictor named Scar. He passed several years ago and I have not owned another Boa since.


2.I am terrified of clowns and spiders. You won't find me writing a book like "IT".


3.I am an adrenaline junky. I love to do LEGAL exciting things just so that my heart will dang near beat out of my chest. Hence my three year stint as a Loss Prevention Manager.


4.My biggest goal in life is to be able to take care of my huge family. Especially my parents who need a new house.


5.As a child I wanted to be a criminal psychologist. I am completely fascinated with the minds of psychopaths and I always studied psychology and criminology even before I was in high school.


You can find Catherine here:
http://www.catherinestovall.webs.com/
http://www.facebook.com/groups/133686233308403/





Catherine agreed to give an interview to Me and Reading, which is really appreciated!

First section is about Catherine, second section is about Stolen, writing it, about characters etc, third part is about her favorites.


Part I

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

CS: I am a mom above all things. My three wonderful children are my world. Beyond that, I am never positive who I am. I am always changing and growing. I have eclectic tastes in everything in life. I try to experience as much of the world as I can.

MR: What inspired you to want to become writer?

CS: I don’t think it was a decision, I need to write. Its what keeps me going.

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

CS: I was very determined at an early age to become a criminal psychologist. I was always fascinated by the minds of the most wicked people. Second to that, I wanted to be an artist. I love to draw but my talent was mediocre at best. I use to dream of running away to New York to live in a loft and draw.

MR: What brought you to writing?

CS: I learned to write at the age of four. From the beginning, I wrote crazy little poems all the time. As I grew older, my mother encouraged me to write more and my love for writing grew to be a huge part of my life but only as a way to express myself privately. It wasn’t until October of 2010 that I chose to go professional.

MR: What do you do when you are not writing?

CS: I work full time as an Office Manager and hang out with my husband, children, and friends.

MR: Do you have any hobbies?

CS: I read, draw, do photography, and generally thrill seek.

MR: What is the most difficult aspect of being a writer for you?

CS: Time management is definitely my biggest issue. With all that I do, sometimes I feel so overwhelmed.

MR: If you wouldn’t be a writer, what would you be and do?

CS: I guess I would do what I did before this last year. I have challenged myself with new and sometimes dangerous careers. These include pet store owner where I often played with large alligators, pythons, and lizards, catching shoplifters as a Loss Prevention Manager, and even repossessing cars.

MR: Who or what is your Muse?

CS: My muse is my music and music is my life. I cannot sing or play a single instrument but music for me is a necessity. I take my inspiration from everything around me but music holds a special place in my heart.

MR: Did you ever experience writer’s block when the writing process just wasn’t moving ahead?

CS: I did experience writers block on a few occasions. Sometimes I would just work on another piece for a while and then go back. If that did not work then I would walk away for a few days and forbid the subject of writing, my novels, or characters. By the time I came back to it, I was dying to get to work.



Part II

Let’s talk about Stolen!

MR: What went through your mind when the Stolen was published?

CS: I was in total shock when I was first accepted by a publisher. I expected so much more rejection and possibly years of effort. Then the day that Stolen became available, I cried. All I could think was, “I did it! Omg…I actually did it.”

MR: How do you write?

CS: I do little to no preparation.

MR: Do you sketch a plot first, create characters first and then starting to write?

CS: Sometimes I will do a very light outline but as my characters develop they tend to take over and do whatever it is they want.

MR: What do you think is the most important thing while writing?

CS: Keeping an open mind is the most important thing. You have to be willing to let go of your own preconceptions and fears. If you can’t step out of the box then you are going to miss out on a lot of good stories.

MR: Where did you get the idea for Stolen from? How was the book born? ?

CS: I have a twelve year old daughter, Alyssa, and a thirteen year old sister, Samantha, who are both very into vampires. As I read the modern vampire novels, I began to think about things they would prefer to read. I wanted to give them more age appropriate material but still let the dark mystery of the original vampire shine through. The more I thought about it the more the idea intrigued me and so I began the story.

MR: Which character do you love most in your book? Which character in Stolen can you mostly relate to?

CS: Oh, this is a tough one. They each are very much loved but if I have to pick a favorite, it would be Belle. Her horribly twisted intentions and butterscotch voice are just a combination for disaster. I have a fondness for the bad guys in books and movies. As far as relating to the characters, I think Soborgne is a little more like me than the rest of the characters, minus the growing up super rich part. She’s just so ready to take on the world.

MR: I’m aware that Stolen is pure fiction, but I’d still like to ask: are any of the characters inspired by real persons? Do you base your fiction on some experiences you have had and people you have met?

CS: Actually, Belle is loosely based on a notorious Norwegian Black Widow who came to America and slaughtered many people. A lot of my fiction finds its basis in reality. I think that connection is what makes for a good story.

MR: Stolen is the first book in the series. How many books have you planned to the series?

CS: Currently, there are three books planned for the Requiem of Humanity series. The working titles for book one and two are Reborn and Requiem. More books may come later but I just haven’t decided yet. Its hard to let go of the characters once you have been so focused on them for so long.

MR: What was the best summer read for you this summer? Why?

CS: I took the time to reread an old favorite. I love the Iron Dragon’s Daughter by Michael Swanwick. It is a wonderful book. Reading it takes me back to when I was fifteen and my sister gave me the book for my birthday. That was a very tough year in my life and that single gift meant so much to me.

MR: I must ask you about new book to be published. What will it be about? Anything you can tell us already?

CS: I am working on several projects. It’s a joke amongst people who know me that I suffer from writing ADD because I am constantly working on three or four novels at once. Outside of the Requiem of Humanity Series, I am focusing the most on a fantasy novel about a young girl and her journey to another world to save the Sidhe family she never knew about.

Part III – Favorites

Who is your favorite author? Anne Rice. Her works are positively captivating, no matter what the topic.
What is your favorite book or series? My favorite series is The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice and my favorite book is Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.
What is your favorite book blog you follow? I have so many of them that I don’t think I could fairly choose a favorite.
What is your favorite song? Again, there is no way I could choose just one. Right now, I have two that I listen to constantly. Someone Like You by Adele and D.I.R.T.N.A.P. by Grilldozer (completely undiscovered but amazing local metal band).
What is your favorite season? I love autumn, the beauty of the changing leaves and getting to where hoodies everyday is the best.
What is your favorite food? I could live off cottage cheese and tomatoes or cheese.
What is your favorite car? Mercedes SL550, which is mentioned in Stolen on several occasions. In fact, the initial description of the Mercedes was so detailed I had to edit out three paragraphs.
What is your favorite color? My favorite color is definitely red!
What is your favorite movie? Oh all this having to pick just one is so hard! One of my favorites is
What is your favorite time of the day? Anytime that I can find to plug in my iPod and write.
What is your favorite weather? Sunny but cool. I despise gray rainy days or freezing cold.


Thank you so much Catherine for taking your time to answering my questions!


And now... to the giveaway!


The author has been so kind to let Me and Reading organize a giveaway!!
One person will win an ecopy of Stolen.
Giveaway details:
Giveaway runs from 18-24 October.
You need to be follower of Me and Reading.
Leave a comment with your email address and follower name and that's it!
Winner will be announced on the 25rd or 26th of October.
Good luck and start commenting to win!

Next stop is at Fangtastic Books already tomorrow on the 19th of October. Have fun!

Happy reading!



11 comments:

  1. leaving a comment lol. great intrview

    rogcaprino at hotmail dot com

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  2. Thanks.
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  3. Thanks for this giveaway and interview! I look forward to reading Stolen!
    Nikki Oz GFC follower
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  4. thanks for the giveaway!

    Zoey
    (GFC: Zoey)

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  5. I'm terrified of spiders AND reptiles!! Shiver!! Your book sounds awesome, Catherine - thanks for giving me the chance to win a copy:)
    GFC follower: Julie Witt
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  6. the book sounds really promising. i like it a lot.
    thanks for the giveaway.

    GFC: Yto
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  7. Great interview! Thanks for the chance to win. the books sounds great

    GFC - iarvd
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  8. Thanks for the giveaway!
    GFC: Leigh Ann
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  9. Hey Everyone,
    All I can say is WoW! This has been the best response so far on the tour and I can't thank you guys enough for the great comments and for participating in the giveaway. I hope all of you will come join me on the fanpage and/or webpage as well. Also, a special thanks to Inga for having me. This interview was so much fun.
    Catherine

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  10. This looks like a great book! Thank you for introducing me to Catherine. Also, thank you for the giveaway!

    jbronderblogs at aol dot com

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  11. This sounds like a very interesting book. I love reading about vampires. Thanks for the chance to win.

    GFC- Alison Fees
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