Title: Queen of Someday
Series: Stolen Empire #1
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication Date: October 7th, 2014
Genres & Themes: YA, Historical Fiction, Romance, Forbidden Love.
Before she can become the greatest empress in history, fifteen-year-old Sophie will have to survive her social-climbing mother’s quest to put her on the throne of Russia—at any cost.
Imperial Court holds dangers like nothing Sophie has ever faced before. In the heart of St. Petersburg, surviving means navigating the political, romantic, and religious demands of the bitter Empress Elizabeth and her handsome, but sadistic nephew, Peter. Determined to save her impoverished family—and herself—Sophie vows to do whatever is necessary to thrive in her new surroundings. But an attempt on her life and an unexpected attraction threatens to derail her plans…
In a battle for the soul of a nation, will love or destiny reign supreme?
To start off, is there something that would be interesting we knew about you? Something maybe a few people know…? *suggestive eyebrows*
Let’s see, I am a HUGE nerd hoarder. My office is full of sonic screwdrivers, lightsabers, and other toys my kids aren’t allowed to play with. And when you walk through the door, it makes the swoosh noise from Star Trek thanks to a motion activated sound system.
Also, I have been removed from the White House 3 times. (Grew up near DC and went on field trips there ALL THE TIME. Plus, I get bored easily, which is a great combo for troublemaking.)
Aside from writing and probably taking care of your kids, what are your occupations?
Professional shanker and Queen of the nerds.
Did you always think you were going to become a writer?
I wanted to get paid to read, so I think this is the next best thing. I think I wanted to be a marine biologist for a while, but apparently I get seasick. It’s important to know your limitations, lol.
Who are the three authors that inspire you the most and why them?
Jen Armentrout is constantly humbling me with her story skills (which are mad, mad skills) and her speed at producing books. Also, Carlyle Labuschagne who manages to somehow be a killer author and the nicest person you will ever meet in real life, and Chelsea Fine who can write a scene that rips your heart out, then smile at you until you forgive her for it (she also had the COOLEST shoes).
A funny story you would like to share we us all? ^_^
I was at NYCC promoting my novel Extracted, and while I was there, I totally touched John Barrowman’s butt. It was fabulous. One of the highlights of my life.
Do you feel like, when you’re creating a character, you’re putting a bit of yourself inside each one of them?
Most of the time, at least the main character has a bit of me. But sometimes a character is so polar opposite from me, it is hard to write. I have to really get into their head and figure them out. Sophie was like that. I, personally, should never be asked to make good life choices, like ever, but she is very level headed and responsible. I kind of envy her that.
So we all agree the cover of Queen of Someday is a stunning one…Who on earth had the idea and what do YOU think of it?
Mayra at Strong Image Editing did the cover. It was her first and only attempt. I’m very used to going back and forth a bit with the cover designers, but she just nailed it first try. I opened the file and just cried and said, “that’s MY cover.” I could NOT be happier. She’s amazing. She asked me what feel I was looking for and I said, I want something classic, but still modern. And that’s exactly what she delivered.
Dream cast for Sophie and Sergei? And why would they be the perfect choice?
Sergei would be Colin O’Donahue, no question. Sophie is a bit tougher. I see her more as Maiara Walsh. And let’s not forget Logan Lerman as Alexander.
If you had the chance to meet your FAVORITE book character, who would it be and what would you ask him/her/it?
That’s a really tough one. I’m going to go with Will Herondale from the Infernal Devices. And I’d just make out with him for a while.
Which genre is your favorite to write about? And what themes do you usually try to include in your stories because they’re important for you? Ex: friendship, family, true love,…
I love writing YA, because it’s so fun to write about love and loss as experienced for the first time. As far as themes, I don’t think there are many. I think each story is very unique.
Insta-love or insta-hate?
YA or Adult?
Milk chocolate or dark chocolate?
Summer or winter?
2000 or 1850?
Series or standalone?
J.K. Rowling or Suzanne Collins?
Ebook or hardcopy?
Immortality or mortality?
Vampires or Werevolves?
Anything you would like to add?
Thanks so much for having me!!
Interview by Hit or Miss Books.