I’ve got the wonderful Martina Boone on the blog today for an interview as part of her blog tour. And you can also enter to win before you go! 😉 First, let’s see what her book is all about:
Series: The Heirs of Watson Island #1
Publication date: October 28th 2014
by Simon Pulse
Three plantations. Two wishes. One ancient curse.
All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lives with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead--a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.
Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who knows what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family's twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.
Interview with Martina Boone
I actually met you at BEA where I got a signed copy of your book so I’m excited to be a part of your blog tour! 🙂
YAY! Thank you so much for being willing to host me. I’m excited to have that personal connection, because this whole process all kind of scary and exciting! : ) I’m thrilled to be here with you and your readers though, and I love the questions you sent!
Let’s start with how the idea for Compulsion came to you?
I wrote a short story about a plantation and two sisters who were separated by a father and an accident. The characters wouldn’t let me go, and then I dreamed about a ball of fire drifting through the woods each night and setting a river on fire. I couldn’t stop thinking about that image and what it meant. Who was doing it and why? The answer came when I researched the history of the Charleston, SC area, and that’s when I knew I had to write the book.
“Highly atmospheric” is something I’ve seen in many reviews for Compulsion so far, what’s your secret to creating such a vivid setting?
The mysteries at Watson Island all stem from the setting in one way or another, so it was really important to me that the plantation and the whole island became a character in the book. I can see the place so clearly that i feel like I’ve lived there myself.
What were your biggest challenges in writing Compulsion?
There are so many things going on. There are mysteries on three different timelines, not to mention the romance; the paranormal elements and the development of the setting, atmosphere, and history; Barrie’s coming of age and family story; the awakening of Pru and Watson’s Landing . . . that kind of layering requires a very specific kind of pacing, but at the same time I wanted to have it accessible.
If you had a do-over, would you tackle anything differently?
I stopped writing for twenty years after a set-back. I had a legitimate reason—raising kids, starting a business—but really, i could have done more if I’d had the courage and the drive. I regret not pushing myself to keep going.
If I were to ask you for the perfect snacks to go along with your book once I sit down and read it, what would you send me?
A chocolate whoopie pie! : )
What’s on your winter to-be-read list?
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
The Young Elites by Jandy Nelson
Clariel by Garth Nix
This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
About the Author
Martina Boone writes contemporary fantasy set in the kinds of magical places she would love to visit. She is the founder of YASeriesInsiders.com and AdventuresinYAPublishing.com, a two-time Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers blog. If you like romance steeped in mystery, mayhem, Spanish moss, and a bit of magic, she hopes you’ll look forward to meeting Barrie, Eight, Cassie, Pru, Seven and the other characters of Watson Island.
This post is part of the Compulsion blog tour.
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Thanks to Martina and Rockstar Book Tours, you can enter to win some fab prizes! Up for grabs:
(1) $100 Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Book Depository Gift Card. International.
(1) Prize pack with 10 books! SWEET EVIL, DEATH SWORN, MADMAN’S DAUGHTER, ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD,ECHOES OF US, A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU,THE BODY FINDER, THE TAKING, and STONE COLD TOUCH. US Only.
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