Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Mine to Spell Blog Tour and Interview with Janeal Falor

Title: Mine to Spell (Mine #2)
Author: Janeal Falor
Publish Date: May 5, 2014
Genre: YA Fantasy


Cynthia has always hidden from her father’s hexes behind her older sister. When her family gains independence unheard of for women, she’s relieved that her days of harsh punishments are over. But as her seventeenth birthday approaches—the typical age to be sold to a new master—death threats endanger her sisters. She now faces two options: run or meet society’s expectations.

For once, Cynthia isn’t going to let her older sister shield her from the problem. She’s going to prove to herself, her sisters, and society that her family isn’t a threat to their traditions. She willingly chooses to be purchased by a new master. A bold step that takes her somewhere she never thought she would go and to a man she might possibly fall in love with. With his help, she may just find a way to save her sisters while discovering how to stand up for herself. If she lives long enough.

Note: From May 5th- May 10th, you can get YOU ARE MINE for only $0.99 and MINE TO TARNISH free! (Which is a super good deal.)

Amazon US - http://amzn.com/B00CLXC07A
Amazon UK -  http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00CLXC07A

1Try to describe your novels in no more than one sentence each. (I know, this can be terribly difficult.)

JF: Mine to Tarnish – Katherine would rather face death—or worse—than marry her new owner.
You Are Mine – Serena knows she will always be owned BUT
Mine to Spell – To save her family, Cynthia will do choose the one thing she despises most: a new owner.

2How did you initially come up with the idea of the You Are Mine series? Did it just come to you?

JF: I'd been in a mood to read a lot of marriage of convenience/arranged marriage-type books and then I thought: What if these girls weren't being sold off for money? What if they were being sold for something they had that was of great value, but something they couldn't control. Something like… Magic! And BAM! You Are Mine was born.
3How long does it normally take for you to write a novel? Do you generally plan a lot ahead of time or just see where your writing goes?

JF: Usually it takes about 6-9 months, though Mine to Spell took over a year. I generally plan things out fairly well but I'm very flexible to where the story goes. I find if I don't know where I'm going, it's hard to get there, but at the same time a lot of new ideas come when writing and I am open to them.

4What was it like to transition from Serena’s voice to Cynthia’s between book one and book two?

JF: In some ways it was easy, they are sisters after all so they share a lot of similarities. At the same time, they have a lot of differences. I think the biggest thing that helped was about a four month gap from when I finished writing You Are Mine until I began Mine to Spell.

5If any one character from anything you wrote could come alive in person, and you could have a conversation with them, which character would you choose?

JF: Katherine for sure. I think she's fascinating in so many different ways. It'd be awesome to not just talk with her but to hang out with her on a regular basis.

6If you had the ability to cast spells, what is the first spell that you’d be dying to try?

JF: Avada kedavra on all the bugs in my house.

Really though, a cleaning spell. Occasionally, I really enjoy cleaning but most the time it's a terrible nuisance that gets in the way of writing and play time.

7If you found yourself in the world of Mine to Spell, what would you do first?

JF: Depending on my mood, either run from all the warlocks or punch them in the face.

8What scene(s) of Mine to Spell were the most fun to write? The most difficult?

JF:The first kiss scene was a blast to write. I had so much fun with it. The hardest scene was the rest of the book. Seriously, for some reason it was a big struggle but I'm very pleased with the end result.

9Although these kinds of questions are awfully overdone, I will ask anyway: If either You Are Mine or Mine to Spell (or both) were to receive a film adaptation, do you have any ideas of a dream cast?

JF: Truth, I'm horrible at keeping up with actors and actresses. I do think I'd mostly want those actors and actresses that no one has heard of but are unbelievably talented. You know, since we're dreaming anyway.

1What is your go-to movie to watch? Go-to book to read?

JF: Stardust. Love that movie. But it is the only example of a movie which I like better than the book.

Book is a tougher one. I don't usually reread books. Probably the one I've gone back to most is A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle.

1Have you always wanted to be a writer? If not, when did you first hold an interest in writing?

JF: I've been writing for as long as I can remember. I wasn't always convinced I wanted to be a writer though. I was *cough*am*cough* terrible at spelling and grammar but I figured spelling and grammar I can work on and utilize the amazing talent of others. The stories in my head could only be told by me.

1Are there any authors or particular novels that inspire you, or have inspired your own writing?

JF: I think the books that have inspired me the most are Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradury and The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom.

1When not writing or reading, what do you enjoy doing?

JF: Gardening, which I'm terrible at but is very soothing. Fencing, which I'm better at but is not as soothing. More like invigorating and glee-making.

1What projects are you currently working on? Can readers expect to see more of Serena and Cynthia in the future?

JF: Serena and Cynthia will definitely be around in the future. There are two more books in the series I'm working on where they will both play a part. I'm also working on a YA Utopian/Fantasy mashup. It's a duology I'm hoping will be complete sometime in the next year or so.

1Lastly, what advice would you give to aspiring writers or those who are considering publishing a novel of their own?

JF: Keep at it. The Mine Series are not the first books I've written, far from it. Find a muse or a cheerleader to help you stick with it.  Writing is hard work, and it is tempting to quit when the going gets tough. You need someone who can keep you going.

Amazon best-selling author Janeal Falor lives in Utah with her husband and three children. In her non-writing time she teaches her kids to make silly faces, cooks whatever strikes her fancy, and attempts to cultivate a garden even when half the things she plants die. When it's time for a break she can be found taking a scenic drive with her family, fencing, or drinking hot chocolate.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks again for helping with the tour, Justine! And derp! Just realized I never finished describing You Are Mine in one sentence. It really is super hard, lol.