Thursday, June 28, 2012

Interview with Krista Holle author of The Lure of Shapinsay

The Lure of Shapinsay by Krista Holle
Ever since Kait Swanney could remember, the old crones of the village have been warning her to stay away from the selkies. They claim that like sirens of old, the seal men creep from the inky waters, shed their skins, and entice women to their deaths beneath the North Sea. But avoiding an encounter becomes impossible when Kait is spotted at the water’s edge, moments after the murder of a half-selkie infant. Kait is woken unexpectedly by a beautiful selkie man seeking revenge. After she declares her innocence, the intruder darts into the night, but not before inadvertently bewitching her with an overpowering lure. She obsesses over a reunion deep beneath the bay and risks her own life to be reunited with her selkie. But when she lands the dangerous lover, the chaos that follows leaves Kait little time to wonder—is it love setting her on fire or has she simply been lured?

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Our Interview:
--The Twitter version: tell us about your book in 140 characters or less.  When Kait is lured by a seal man, she’ll risk more than a broken heart to be with him—she’ll risk her life.  Sexy!
--How did you get the idea for the story? I fell in love with the legends through the child’s picture book The Seal Prince and then again through the 1994 movie The Secret of Roan Inish.   I little bit of research sealed the deal for me.  The selkie males are notorious for luring women to their deaths beneath the sea.
--Which character would you most/least like to have dinner with?  My husband might not like to hear this, but I’d love to have dinner with Eamon, the very naughty selkie who’s repulsed by everything on land.  On second thought, he might be leading me to my death by the second course.  A beautiful way to die.

--What are some of your favorite books? Do you still have much time to read?  Twilight will always hold a special place in my heart.  I only read about a book a month because the stories in my head are too darn addicting.  I also love Tracy Chevalier’s books, especially The Girl with a Pearl Earring.
--Do you have any other works in progress? Any teasers or release dates?  The Wind Whisperer is the first in a series and will be released later this summer.  It’s about a young Native American girl with the ability to “hear” the spirits of the wind.  While her tribe’s at war with a brother tribe, Anaii inconveniently falls in love with the enemy.  It’s basically a yummy love triangle that takes place before the arrival of the first white man.  It’s filled with intrigue, kidnappings, murder, and battles.  The guys will like this one too. 

--If a fairy godmother told you your life could be like a favorite book for 24 hours, which book would you pick and why?  I love historical books, so I might become Elizabeth Bennett in Pride in Prejudice.  That way I could wear gorgeous dresses, go to balls, and fall in love with the wonderful Mr. Darcy

--Do you need anything to write (music, coffee, etc)? Are there any songs on your playlist- songs that inspired you or that were playing while you wrote?  I need tomb like silence.  My husband recently bought me some silencing headphones so I can block out the family and be more dysfunctional as a mother than ever. 

--If you could have any superpower what would you choose?  It would be cool if I create fire with my thoughts like Enna in Enna Burning.  So much power!

--Besides writing, what do you like to do in your free time?  I love to do anything outdoors!  I have an obsession with the beach.  I collect seashells and would spend my life snorkeling and sea combing if I could.

--Is there anything else you want to add or say to your readers?  The Lure of Shapinsay has cross-over appeal to the young adult audience.  If you like impossible love stories, this is the summer read for you.

Lightning round: this or that?
Vanilla or chocolate? Chocolate
Edward or Jacob? Edward
Hockey or soccer? Soccer
Ebook or paper? Both
Salty or sweet? Salty
Beach or mountains? Beach
Phone call or email? E-mail
Early bird or night owl? Night owl
Dog or cat? Dog
Messy or neat? Messy
Ninjas or pirates? Pirate

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  1. Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to read this book.

  2. I just loved the interview! I like how Krysta described Eamon! :] "Eamon, the very naughty selkie who’s repulsed by everything on land."
    Just gotta read this book!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Super cool shirts and giveaway. I do hope I'd win. :3

  4. Ooo! I like the seal skin on the cover! Thanks for the giveaway! <3 :D

  5. I am intrigued by the idea of the seal prince, I have never heard of that story before. It is neat to find out that this was her inspiration for The Lure. This book has been on my TBR list for awhile, so I hope I win! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  6. Cool swag to go along with the ebook! Thanks!

  7. I do love this premise, I don't think I have read anything regarding Selkies . Plus I do love impossible love stories.

    I love the beach too, though its been too long since I have been to one.

  8. This book sounds really good. I have read about many shapeshifters, but never a Selkie. I think I will read it for that reason alone. :)

  9. Thanks for the chance. I love the sound of this and have had my eye on it for a while. Im the same and hate noise or music when Im reading or writing!!

  10. I really want to read this book because of the boy on the Civer.. hahha.. He's so cute... xD

    Thank's for the Giveaway...

  11. Really enjoyed the interview. Would love to make fire with just a thought. Would have come in handy this winter when I was trying to get our fireplace going :)


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