October 27, 2016

Interview around the Globe with Aurora Whittet

Lauren Carr Interview
Let welcome to our latest and newest member to our list of authors. Let welcome Aurora Whittet to Nighttime Reading Center. She here on a book tour. She is stopping by here on October 27, 2016. I work with +Laura Fabiani iRead Book Tours and I happy learn about her book and giveaway.

I got the chance to read her books "The Murders at Astaire Castle". I enjoy both books. I would suggest that you read my review for "Bloodmark", "Bloodrealm" and "Bloodmoon". You got a chance to win a  - Prizes: 5 winners will each get a Prize package that contains:

- 1 signed hardcover copy of Bloodmark (book 1)
- Bloodmark Saga Temporary Tattoos (set of 3)
- Bloodmark Saga Bookmark

Open to USA only. Ends Dec 17.
Enter her giveaway Bloodmark Trilogy Giveaway

Let read her Bio and then go to her interview. #Interviews, #Interviewsaroundtheglobe, #NRC, #Giveaways #bookreview,  #bloodmark, #paranormalromance, #giveaway, @AuroraWhittet and @iReadBookTours

Author Heather Siegel at Nighttime Reading Center
Aurora Whittet started out as a wild red-haired girl in Minnesota dreaming up stories for her friends to read. Mama’s Knight: A Cancer Story of Love is just the latest in a string of acclaimed works. Her first official writing endeavor became The Bloodmark Saga, featuring a werewolf princess-turned-ruler who falls in love with a human boy. Her first novel in the Bloodmark Saga, Bloodmark, came out in 2013, followed by Bloodrealms in 2014 and the final book Bloodmoon in 2016.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram
Nighttime Reading Center Interview, Author Interview
1 Describe your book in 20 words or less.
The Bloodmark Saga is a fantasy romance that combines Celtic mythology, werewolves and love.
2 Where or how did you come up with the idea for your story?
I had a dream of Ashling in a scene in the last book, Bloodmoon. I saw her, I heard her words, and I knew who she was at the end. I had to tell her story. So I began my research and character development to find out who she was and what she had to go through to get to that moment that I saw.
3 How important are names to you in your book(s)? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you use any resources in assisting you to choose the names ?
The names took a lot of time to find just the right ones to match the characters personalities and nationalities. The name meanings did play a part in their selection a lot of the time too. I use a lot of baby name books as part of my research, as well as mythology.
4 Which of your characters (in this book) is your favorite and Why?
That’s like picking a favorite child. It’s just not right. But if I were to pick one other than the main character Ashling, I would choose Baran Killian. He is an unexpected character that is strong and kind. He grows as a person and gives Ashling the freedom to make her own choices. In my mind when I wrote him I always saw actor Sam Elliot, the perfect rugged protector.
5 Was there a certain scene in this book that was harder for you to write than others?
In the third book there is a heart breaking scene that I attempted to write differently many times before I finally had to face the truth and watch a character die before my eyes. I cried so hard writing that scene.
6 If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?
I don’t have an idea for the main characters, I assume they would be some amazing new talent, but a few of the others I have in my mind. I always saw Queen Nessa as Nicole Kidman, Baran Killian as Sam Elliot, Mother Rhea as Maggie Smith, and King Pørr Boru as Brendan Gleeson.
7 What was your favorite part to write and why?
I love writing scenes and creating the world in which the characters live. I am so intrigued by mixing real places with mythological places and making the scene so real it almost becomes a character itself.
8 Just as your book(s) inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write?
I adore J.R.R. Tolkien, Jane Austen, AVI, and J.K. Rowling.
9 What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?
Never stop writing, dreaming and being part of the worlds you create. Use beta readers that are your demographic and if one of five says something you can take it or leave it, but if three or more say it, you better listen. Take classes through your literary organizations, like loft.org. I teach there and love giving back.
10 Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?
I read the reviews sometimes, curiosity killed the cat they say. I have gotten bad reviews and that’s totally okay. I don’t respond. Everyone is entitled an opinion. I only get involved if someone attacks another reader on a social channel of mine. I don’t allow bullying in my world. As for advice, if you get a bad review, sit yourself down have yourself a nice cry while you eat icecream and then go for a walk and move on.
11 What are you working on now? What is your next project?
I just published Mama’s Knight: A Cancer Story of Love, a children’s book for moms with cancer. That is pretty exciting for me, you can check it out at themamavillage.com. I am also working on a new YA novel publishing in late 2017 and another children’s book.
12 Bonus Question: Characters often find themselves in situations they aren't sure they can get themselves out of. When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?
I lost my mom to cancer three years ago and that broke my heart. No matter how dark, bad, serious or terrible the situation you still have to keep moving forward. Even if you have to crawl through the mud, just don’t stop there in the mud, keep going. I took my dark sadness and transformed it into a children’s book to help little ones through the tough and confusing times of having mom go through treatments. So I would say try to do good, volunteer, exercise and meditate. That is the only way I know to survive bad things that happen in life.

Thank you for stopping by Nighttime Reading Center, Aurora Whittet. I have come to enjoy your book about Ashing Boru. It sure got me wanting more.

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