Thanks again Anthea, for this interview! She's also hosting a givewaway for an e-copy of her novel Feyland: The Dark Realm to one lucky winner, so thank you for that, too! :)
Let's say welcome to Anthea!
Thanks, Satu, for having me as your guest at Mind Reading! I’m excited to be here, answering your questions and sharing a bit about my brand-new YA fantasy book.
First of all, could you tell something about yourself?
I’m short, live in the Pacific NW of the US with my small-but-good family, play the Irish Fiddle, and have loved reading fantasy for as long as I can remember.
Your new book, Feyland: The Dark Realm, came out few days ago, could
you tell something about it?
Feyland mixes high-tech gaming with the treacherous realm of Faerie, and features two teen gamers—Jennet and Tam—who have to overcome their differences and work together to save one another, and ultimately the mortal world, too.
You've written historical romance earlier, what made you write YA Fantasy?
I’ve always read fantasy. Once I realized I could write and sell a book, writing the genre I loved best was a natural next step. I still write romance—and enjoy it a lot!—but fantasy is where my true heart is.
Are you currently working with a new book and will that be about the
Yes, I’m working on the sequel! Titled Feyland: The Bright Court, it will be out in spring of 2012. I’m very excited to keep telling Jennet and Tam’s story—there are lots of new adventures in store.
I'm quite sure you're a gamer, am I right? :)
Is it that obvious? lol
What kind of games do you play? Name your favorite(s)?
I’ve been playing World of Warcraft for a few years now—that’s really my game of choice. I can beat the pants off of most people in Boggle, and I play Just Dance with my daughter. First Person shooters spike my adrenaline too much, and I always go off the track in Kart racing, so I tend to stick more with the fantasy-based MMOs.
The class of your choice (IRL and if you were in Feyland)?
Ooh, good question. Healer of any kind—but in Feyland I’d want a character that could do some serious damage. Probably a caster or ranged dps. I’m more like Jennet than Tam in that regard.
Ever visited (or even heard about) Finland?
I’ve never visited, but I read the Moomintroll books when I was younger. I also know a woman from Finland—our daughters go to school together. I’d love to visit some day!
Weapon of your choice (can be anything from throwing stars to mage's staff)?
Magic wands have always appealed to me. Mad barehanded ninja skills would be nice, too.
Favorite thing to do when you have some spare time?
Read! And then write.
What's the latest book you've read and how did you like it?
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi. I loved the first half of this book—his worldbuilding is just incredible—and enjoyed the second half.
Free word, anything you would like to say to my readers?
Never give up on your dreams, no matter how far-fetched they might seem.
I’d be delighted to answer any questions people leave in the comments, and thanks again to Satu for the interview!
Thanks again Anthea! :)
Feyland in Amazon
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Feyland in Goodreads
Anthea's YA fantasy homepage
Anthea's Historical Romance homepage
And now, the giveaway!
Giveaway is international!
One lucky winner will win a copy of Feyland: The Dark Realm in any digital format the winner prefers!
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Contest ends Jan 8th 2012