Saturday, August 13, 2011

Book Review: Airborne + Author Interview!

Avery knew she had a knack for attracting trouble, but even she is shocked when a six-foot-something harpie shows up on her doorstep. Coping with the existence of a mythological race? Okay. Unwittingly finding herself in the middle of a vicious harpie conflict? A little less okay. Having to rely on an arrogant harpie boy who gets under her skin? Now that is something Avery isn't sure she can handle.

Goodreads: 5/5 stars

I’ll be the first to admit I’ve never read, or ever heard about, a book concerning harpies. Constance brings a new creature to the paranormal/mythological table, and she isn’t afraid to throw you in with them. Airborne is a fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat supernatural thriller with a lot of action and a budding romance.

Avery is thrust into the world of harpies after she cuts her hand on what she thought was a seashell. As it turns out, the “seashell” wasn’t a seashell at all; it was an amulet from the harpy king himself. The magic inside the amulet leaked into Avery and now others are after her. But with a little help from Mason, son of the harpy king, she’ll have to protect the magic inside of her until they figure out how to release it. A way that doesn’t involve death.


How much of the book is realistic?
Airborne is rooted in 99.9% rooted in reality. It was set in Alaska following a normal seventeen-year-old going through high school. The places are real, the world is real, but the harpies…not so real. I enjoy writing this way because it’s easier for everyone to relate and be that protagonist.

Do you have a specific writing style?
Probably the most notable thing about my writing style is the constant world building. I strive to set the scene while keeping the action moving quickly. It really allows you to slip into a book if you can feel yourself in the shoes in the cold rain on the treacherous cliff…

What are your current projects?
I’m working on a number of things. I’m beginning on the third book in the Airborne Saga to have it out by 2012. I’m working on a project called TGM focusing around witches in another urban fantasy. I have a project coming up with the proceeds going to charity called Girl Eternal.

Do you have any advice for other writers?
Don’t take it all too seriously. The writing world is a professional one, of that I have no doubt, but that doesn’t mean you should be stiff about everything that happens. Learn to laugh at the little things like the bad reviews. It’ll make life much easier and happier. After all, you likely went into writing because you love it, not to be a business manager.

Quick! Randomness:

Skittles or Starburst?

Chocolate or coffee?

Favorite movie?

Favorite song at the moment?
I’m having a disturbing attachment to “Snuff” by Slipknot. Fits one of my characters.

What are you currently reading?
I’m currently reading an ARC Metamorphoses by Devon Ashley, part of the Immortal Archives.

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