Sunday, October 10, 2010

Interview with Andrea Cremer

I am trying to start an Author Interview Monday (and yet I posted on Sunday, lol)- hopefully I can keep this going for a bit!

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer 
--Can you give us a brief description of Nightshade in your own words?           

Nightshade is Calla's story and she was the inspiration for the book. I tend to write from characters and Calla was floating around in my head for a week or two before I started putting her story onto the page. I knew she was a girl who was also a wolf. I knew she was strong, but also in serious trouble. I couldn't figure out how someone so powerful could be in that sort of a fix. That's where Nightshade's world emerged it was all about building a history and society that explained Calla's predicament.

--How did you get the idea for the story? Did you do much research for your book?

Like I said earlier, Calla started it all. The world of Nightshade came as I tried to figure out how someone like Calla, a girl who I knew was incredibly powerful, could be afraid and angry. What was controlling her? Why would she be fighting against her own destiny? I realized that she was facing off with something even more powerful than herself. That’s where my background as a historian came in. I teach early modern history (1500-1800) – a period of immense, violent change in human societies. This is the time of witchhunts, religious warfare, colonization, the Inquistion; all types of cataclysmic social transformation that turned the lives across the globe upside down. The more I thought about Calla I thought about the ways in which wolf warriors and witches could have intertwined lives.  The mythology in Nightshade is a blend of history and lore plus new twists I imagined along the way.

--Which character would you most/least like to have dinner with?
Most: Mason because he’s sweet and funny – hanging out with him would be a blast. Least: Efron Bane, but at least the dinner would likely be at a swanky restaurant. He’s loaded.

--Can you give us any teasers from the sequel? What about tentative dates for release?
I can’t give teasers as I have a strict no spoilers rule, but I’m happy to share the release dates. Wolfsbane (Nightshade #2) will be published in July 2011. Bloodrose (Nightshade #3) is scheduled for spring 2012.

--What are some of your favorite books? Do you still have much time to read?

I love books and yes I read all the time. My all-time favorite book is Watership Down – that’s one of the few things Calla and I have in common. Other writes who had a major impact on my life are Marion Zimmer Bradley, Barbara Kingsolver, Margaret Atwood, and Neil Gaiman. Current authors I think are fabulous include Libba Bray, David Levithan, John Green, Maggie Stiefvater, Cassandra Clare and that’s just to name a few. There are so many fantastic writers!

--If a fairy godmother told you your life could be like a favorite book for 24 hours, which book would you pick and why?
Harry Potter for sure - I’d love to be a young witch hanging out on Diagon Alley.

--Do you need anything to write (music, coffee, etc)? Are there any songs on the Nightshade "playlist-" songs that inspired you or that were playing while you wrote?
You named both: music and coffee! I create playlists for all my books and keep a French Press coffee pot ready at all times. A few of my favorites from the Nightshade playlist are Sea Wolf, Big Pink, Bat for Lashes, and TV on the Radio.

--If you could have any superpower what would you choose?

--Besides writing, what do you like to do in your free time?
I have two dogs, a border collie and a pug, and we spend lots of time together. My husband and I play quite a bit of World of Warcraft. I also like getting to the gym and doing yoga.

--Is there anything else you want to add or say to your readers?
Thank you so much for reading Nightshade; I’m so excited you’re joining Calla and her pack on their journey!

Andrea Andrea Cremer's site here 



  1. OMG! She mentioned both Barbara Kingsolver and Margaret Atwood! They are both not only favorites but geniuses too!!AWESOME!Libba Bray is my favorite YA author too.


  2. I'd choose Harry Potter, too. :):)

  3. Wow, she loves the same kind of music I do! Bat for Lashes? Amazing! I love Andrea!

    I'm so excited to read Nightshade! The Shay Doran videos have got me so obsessed with a book I haven't even read yet! I don't think that's happened before LOL!

    As for Harry Potter, I think that's everyones choice, isn't it? I'd love to hang around in Diagon Alley - but being in Hogwarts (in a common room or class to be exact) would be better for me! I'm a Ravenclaw all the way!

    Thank you for hosting this competition!

  4. Flying would be sooo awesome! I think that's what I would want as well!!


  5. I think its sweet that you play World of Warcraft with your husband. A bit nerdy, but I'm not judging. I also love Cassandra Clare and Maggie Stiefvater they are such good authors.

  6. This was I believe by far one of the books that I am most dying to get. I loved the interview. Thanks for you time.

    Ashley's Bookshelf

  7. I have been really looking forward to this book coming out. I've read such great reviews and interviews. Its like being teased :) Can't wait!!

    romancebookjunkiesdanielle at yahoo dot com

  8. I have wanted the book strictly because of the hairc olor of the cover model, Calla. I think omnipotence would be a good super power -- it pretty much covers everything.Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust
    twitter: @fangswandsfairy

  9. I really think I would want to live within the Harry Potter world also...LOL. I'm also a huge fan of Maggie Stiefvater. This was a great interview. Thanks for holding the contest also.

  10. Whaaaat? She plays WoW? Not that is something that caught me off guard! :P

    I totally agree with her on her Harry Potter answer! I'd want that to be a book I could live in 24/7; I wouldn't want to come back! :P We could hang out in Diagon Alley together, haha. She also has awesome tastes in authors and music. I'm in love. :D

    Awesome interview!


  11. Congrats! You won an award at my blog!

  12. I loved that she mentioned Bat for Lashes! Great taste in music :) I'm even more excited to read this now.


  13. Love the interview :) Love Andrea! Love how she loves Neil Gaiman! Hehee can't wait to read Nightshade!

  14. I love those questions and answers - especially the one about the fairy god-mother. I've been thinking all morning about what answer I'd give if asked this. Also some great novels and authors, I have a copy of Watership Down on our book shelves but have never read it.

  15. I loved the interview and the book sounds amazing. Thanks for your time.


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