Mittwoch, 2. August 2017

Marci Lyn Curtis: Interview + Giveaway

"Perfect people, perfect characters, are so lackluster to me. I like flaws. They’re what make us unique." - Marci Lyn Curtis

In July I got a message from Marci who wanted to thank me for being "sweet and supportive" by sending me a signed book or bookmark. Kind as I am I asked her politely for two signed paperbacks of her book "The One Thing" and an interview. And she said yes ^^. If you are interested in my opinion: My book review of "The One Thing" in German. It is definitively not one of my best reviews - it's full of fangirling... 

The warm up:

Coffee or tea?
Both, actually! Is that weird? That’s probably a little weird. Generally, I drink a cup of coffee first thing in the morning, and then herbal tea and green tea after that.

Paperback or hardback?
At the risk of sounding like a total flake and saying “both” again, I’m saying both. Ha! Here’s the thing, though: I love paperbacks because they’re easy to store and/or carry around, but hardbacks are so beautiful.

Day or night?
I’m one of those Annoying Morning People. Seriously. You’d hate to live in the same house as me. I get up with the chickens—generally around 4:30 in the morning, and even earlier if I have a deadline. So by six o’clock at night, I have maybe one brain cell left and can hardly function.

Winter or summer?
Summer! I grew up in California, so I’m a complete wimp when it comes to cold weather (That’s my excuse, anyway).

Movie or series?
Ooooo…series, because I get rather attached to characters and love having them come back into my life again and again, like old friends.

The “About Marci” part:

Which Hogwarts House do you belong in?
I’m a Ravenclaw, through and through. (Cue all the nerd emojis.)

What’s your favorite Disney movie and why?
Oh...that’s a hard one. I adored Finding Nemo. I’m not sure why, but I think it has something to do with Ellen DeGeneres, who plays Dory. She’s just so beautifully authentic and kind.

What’s your favorite place on earth?
The top of Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii. The stars up there are INSANE. It’s the most magical place in existence.

Why do you write?
Usually I write to get characters out of my head. I know, I know…that sounds weird, but right after a basic premise comes to me, an entire cast of loud, obnoxious characters lands in my brain, and the only way to peace is to write their story.

Some good book recommendations, please!
Oh boy. There are so many beautiful books out there! I adore anything and everything written by Jandy Nelson, Sarah Dessen, Matthew Quick, Huntley Fitzpatrick, and Stephanie Perkins.

About “The One Thing” and writing:

Why do you write Young Adult?
Everything is so fierce in young-adult fiction. Teens fall harder, love bigger, and hurt deeper than adults generally give them credit for—so being a voice for them is an honor.

What do you like the most about Maggie?
Her imperfections! Perfect people, perfect characters, are so lackluster to me. I like flaws. They’re what make us unique.
That being said, Maggie is…rather unique.

What do you personally learned from writing “The One Thing”?
Well, I learned that I’m a writer. 
Initially I wrote The One Thing for myself, just to get the story out of my head. When I was finished, I was shocked that it actually resembled a book, so I gave it to a couple friends and asked their opinion. They were very enthusiastic and encouraged me to pitch it to agents.

Why do you wanted to share your story about Maggie with us?
Mostly, I wanted people to know, understand, and feel this particular line from The One Thing: “After all, circumstances don’t change us. They reveal us.”

What are your three best advices for aspiring writers?    
Write about the things that are important to you.
Write to share a version of yourself with yourself.
Write without thinking about how readers might perceive you.
(I know you only asked for 3 things, but I’m giving you 4 because I’m a Ravenclaw and thus an overachiever.) Read everything you can get your hands on.

Do we get a sneak-peek of your next book “The Leading Edge of Now”? Maybe the opening line? ^^
The opening line consists of three words: “Here I am.”
How’s that for secrecy?! I’ll be able to share more on The Leading Edge of Now very soon, so stay tuned!

Thank you so much, Hanna, for this fantastic interview!

Now, the giveaway:
First winner
-a signed paperback of "The One Thing"
Second and third winner
-signed bookmark
-card with a little message ;-)

-must be 16+ or parents have agreed to enter this
-must live in Europe
-only one entry per person
-I don't assume liability for loss or damage by sending it through the mail.
-ends 15/8/2017 at 11.59 pm
-I will announce the winners at 17/8/2017, the winners has to send me (isana.nadeya[at] an e-mail with their mailing address. If  one of the winners doesn't get in touch with me within a week, I will choose another winner.

To enter, please answer this question in the comments:
What's your favourite place on earth?

1 Kommentar:

  1. Huhu! :)

    Ich möchte gerne mitmachen und mein Glück versuchen, denn ich lese unheimlich gerne im Original und habe das Buch sogar auf meiner Wunschliste. Wie toll, dass du die Autorin interviewen durftest! Ich fand die dadurch entstandenen Einblicke wirklich schön zu lesen. :)

    Aber nun zur Frage: My favourite place on earth must be beside my boyfriend and Family members. No matter where we are it always feels like home with them. <3

    Liebste Grüße
    Nina von BookBlossom


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