Day 6 – 26th September
It’s Friday and Day 6 Falling for Autumn 2.0 Read-a-Thon!! I hope you had fun with yesterday’s Cover Puzzle Challenge and I hope it was too hard for you to guess.
How has been your week so far? You can let me know by leaving a link to your Day 5 progress on the little blue box (no, it’s not the TARDIS):
Interview with Jenny Adams Perinovic:
I so super happy to have Jenny Adams Perinovic (author of A Magic Dark & Bright) with us today. I you haven’t read her book yet I recommend you to do so because it’s a really good book.
She’ll be answering a few questions that I hope you guys will enjoy. Also, there’s a giveaway at the end of this interview so don’t forget to check that out.
- What inspired you or what is the story behind “A Magic Dark & Bright”?
Would you believe it started as a homework assignment? I completed a few courses towards my MA in Fiction at Johns Hopkins, and one of my first assignments was a short piece that told the story of a character from another character’s point of view. The first line came to me right away: Halfway through November, Charlie stopped coming to school. By the end of the assignment, I knew three things: the story was set in the mountains where I grew up, Charlie and Amelia had done a Bad Thing, and I could keep going in Amelia’s voice forever. SO MUCH has changed since then (including that first line!) but Charlie, Amelia, and Asylum have always been there.
- One of the things I really enjoyed was the magic and everything related to curses and ghosts. How was the researching process to make Asylum such a historical and magical place?
I LOVE RESEARCH. I’m in school to be a librarian now, so it’s definitely one of the things I enjoy most about writing books with a historical setting. For this book specifically, I read first-hand accounts of the French refugees who settled in Azilum (the original settlement that I turned into Asylum) and histories of that part of Pennsylvania. I pored over the original surveyor’s map from 1783. I also did a lot of research on European and Caribbean witchcraft traditions, too! And then I got to use bits and pieces of what I learned to form the bones of this story. And of course, I made a ton of stuff up–that’s the best part about writing paranormal stories!
- I am very curious about the title since I adored it. How did you come up with it?
It’s an allusion to a sonnet by Lord Byron–in fact, it’s mentioned in the book. 😉
“SHE walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies,
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meets in her aspect and her eyes;
Thus mellow’d to that tender light
Which Heaven to gaudy day denies.
One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impair’d the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress
Or softly lightens o’er her face,
where thoughts serenely sweet express
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.
And on that cheek and o’er that brow
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent, –
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent.
- How was the process of publishing your book?
In a word, it was empowering. I chose to publish A Magic Dark and Bright myself after facing positive rejections at every turn. So many people loved it, but felt that paranormal was too much of a hard sell. After some soul-searching, I decided that going indie was the way to go! And after talking to some like-minded (and incredibly talented) friends, AMD&B became the first title published by Bookish Group Press, which is what we call an “indie collective press”–that is, a small press made up of indie authors. So while AMD&B is technically self-published, I’ve never felt like I was on my own. It’s been really rewarding, and I’ve loved every minute of it!
- What advices would you give to someone who wants to publish a book?
Don’t give up…but don’t be unrealistic, either. It’s going to be a lot of work no matter which path you choose, and so much of it is out of your control, whether you’re indie or traditionally published. Believe in yourself, believe in your book, and keep writing.
- I love the cover of AMD&B. It’s gorgeous and fits the tone of the book rather well. I know you designed it and I’m curious to know about its process.
Thank you! I actually co-designed it with the lovely Serena Lawless. As soon as I saw the image, I knew it was THE ONE. And then it was a matter of going back and forth until we got the type just right.
- Now, I think everyone is extremely curious to know more about AMD&B 2 and upcoming projects. Can you give us an insight of what to expect in the future?
AMD&B 2 is coming along slowly. I’m not a very fast writer, and the last six months have been full of major life changes, so I’m not exactly where I’d thought I would be right now. But that’s okay! I want to make sure that I give my readers a book they’re going to love…and I like to think they’ll forgive me if it takes a bit longer than expected. 🙂
I’m also working on a historical romance set in the circus, and an adult contemporary romance novel.
- And the last question, this is simply for fun, if AMD&B were to become a movie (or TV-series) who would like to play your characters?
Oh gosh, this is always SO HARD. This changes all the time–sometimes I’ll be watching a show and jump up and say, “That’s Charlie!” My current favorites are:
Charlie: Josh O’Connor
Amelia: Dianna Agron
And I realize that they’re both entirely too old to be Charlie and Amelia, but hey. We’re dreaming, right?
Thank you so much Jenny for your answers and for being a guest on my read-a-thon. And can I just say that Josh O’Connor is simply PERFECT for Charlie?! I can definitely see him as Charlie 🙂
And yes, we’re dreaming but I’m still hoping for an adaptation 😉
Also, that new romance set in a circus?! I so want it right now 😀
Also, if you guys haven’t check out this book, you have an opportunity to be introduced to Asylum by entering the giveaway happening right now…
Jenny Adams Perinovic was super kind and she’s providing a giveaway alongside her interview. One lucky winner will win a ebook ccopy of A Magic Dark & Bright and be introduced to this amazing story. The giveaway is International and it’ll end on October 10th.
*PARTICIPANTS OF THIS READ-A-THON ONLY*
Tomorrow’s the last day but there’s still a lot more to come. I know that Michelle @The Writing Hufflepuff has something quite amazing waiting for you 😉