blo Teens Read and Write: Bree Despain Interview and Nail Polish Giveaway

Monday, March 29, 2010

Bree Despain Interview and Nail Polish Giveaway

Today we're excited to have an interview with Bree Despain, the hot debut author of The Dark Divine (Egmont Publishing).
A prodigal son.
A dangerous love.
A deadly secret . . .
I stood back and watched his movements. Daniel had that way about him that could shut me down in an instant. . . . I kicked the gravel a couple of times and worked up my courage again. “Tell me . . . I mean . . . why did you come back? Why now, after all this time?”
Grace Divine, daughter of the local pastor, always knew something terrible happened the night Daniel Kalbi disappeared—the night she found her brother Jude collapsed on the porch, covered in blood. But she has no idea what a truly monstrous secret that night really held. And when Daniel returns three years later, Grace can no longer deny her attraction to him, despite promising Jude she’ll stay away.
As Grace gets closer to Daniel, her actions stir the ancient evil Daniel unleashed that horrific night. Grace must discover the truth behind Jude and Daniel's dark secret . . . and the cure that can save the ones she loves. But she may have to lay down the ultimate sacrifice to do it_—her soul.

1. The premise of 'love's first kill' is interesting and original. How did you come up with it?
*SPOILER ALERT* I came up with the idea as I was writing and realized that there had to be a cure to the werewolf curse, but it also had to be something hard to do, or require some sort of great sacrifice. I kept thinking about fairytales like Sleeping Beauty and Snow White in which a curse was broken by true love’s first kiss. But how hard is that? So a hot prince has to kiss a beautiful princess, where’s the sacrifice in that? But then it hit me, what if the cure to the curse was true love’s first kill? What if Grace had to kill Daniel in order to break the curse?! I have to admit that the idea scared me at first—but totally gave me chills at the same time.

2. What are at least 3 things we don't know about your characters?
Grace had her first kiss with a boy at art camp when she was 15.
- As a kid, Daniel’s favorite sandwich was ham with hot mustard and pickles—Grace thinks this is disgusting.
- April is the first girl Jude ever took on more than two dates.
3. What are at least 3 things we don't know about you?
- I wasn't allowed to date until I was 16.
- When I was 17 I went to a royal ball in an Austrian palace.
- My husband and I fell in love because of duct tape

4. Any clues as to why the sequel is titled "The Lost Saint"?
There are multiple characters in THE LOST SAINT who have great potential but have lost their way. During the course of the book, some of them will find themselves again, others will not.

5. Other than Daniel, and if you weren't married, blah, blah, blah, what literary love interest wouldn't you mind having?
Ramses Emerson from the Amelia Peabody Series by Elizabeth Peters. He’s hotter than Indiana Jones. (From the books in the series when he’s in his early 20s, not when he’s an obnoxious little kid.)

6. How would you deal with it if your husband was a werewolf - not the bad kind - ?

Get him rabies shots, an extra large flee collar, and an endless supply of new clothes since he’d probably destroy most of his good shirts on a monthly basis. Plus, he’d better take me running sometimes.

7. What have been the biggest differences between writing The Dark Divine and The Lost Saint?
Most definitely time. I worked on TDD for 4 years before I even sold it to my publisher, and there was another year of editing and such before it hit the shelves. TLS will be written, edited, and published in just about 1 year’s time. Phew, talk about a whirl wind!

8. You're running from a hoard of zombies and you trip in your stilettos that you never remember putting on. In front of you is a field of broken glass, how do you proceed?
Stand my ground. Stilettos make great tools for zombie dismemberment.

9. There's a zombie apocalypse, what literary character(s) do you want to have fighting by your side and why?
Buffy in a comic book now, does that make her a literary figure? If so, Buffy. No wait, Spike. Definitely, Spike.

10. What super power would you want to have and why?
 Super strength combined with wicked awesome Kung Fu skills.

11. You awaken in your bedroom alone, your husband is missing and the only other being in the room is the re-animated corpse of Liza Minnelli (even though she's not dead), and all you have is half a jar of pickles (dill) and double sided tape. What do you do?
First break the pickle jar. Then pelt the pickles at Liza’s feet as she approaches—everyone knows that re-animated corpses of non-dead drama queens aren’t very smart, so there’s a 99.5 % chance she’ll slip on one of the pickles and fall. While she’s down, I’d bind her with the double-sided tape and then use the broken glass from the pickle jar to remove her zombie head. (Okay, I just freaked myself out a little bit.)


Thanks so much, Bree! Great answers - you are so funny - and yes, you freaked us out a bit too... But we like that about you! You definitely win for Best Answer to a Zombie Apocalypse Question! What a killer imagination. And we'd love to know the story behind the falling in love over duct tape. Well, perhaps another time.

We loved The Dark Divine (review HERE) and can't wait to read The Lost Saint!

And good news! We have three bottles nail polish in awesome Dark Divine Purple.

To enter, please leave a comment (preferably about why/how you think the purple color will come into play in The Lost Saint) and fill out the form here with your name and address.

 Be sure to follow Bree's blog tour as she heads on over to A Good Addiction tomorrow.

Thanks again, Bree and have fun with the rest of your tour.

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Maria said...

Question number one was really interesting. I had no idea. I was wondering about that too, but forgot it after I read the book. It's a genius idea, I must say. Great and funny interview :D

Angela @ Reading Angels said...

I haven't read this book yet, but I bought it the other day and look forward to getting to it! I love this nail polish though!!!

Don't forget to go enter my CONTEST when you get a chance.

YA Book Queen said...

Wow, great questions! Especially number 1,

Lol, Bree is hilarious. I'd definitely want her around if zombie's took over ;)

Blodeuedd said...

Great interview :)
I have heard about that Ball if it is the one I am thinking of

Tales of Whimsy said...

OMG seriously (seriously) this were freakin' awesome funny questions!
I want to know more about Bree, her hubby, and duct tape.

LOVE what she said about the zombies and stilettos.

LOVE the question about what 3 things we don't know about the characters.

Liza? Trip on pickles. Hysterical!

Tales of Whimsy said...

PS Don't enter me in the nail polish. I have one :)

Aik said...

Love this interview! I think purple color will come into play in The Lost Saint because it's all about purple!

Tales of Whimsy said...

I love this interview so much I linked to it on my blog today :) Happy Monday!

Unknown said...

OMG That was the funniest and quirkiest author interview I have ever read. I love you guys!!!

Unknown said...

LOL What wonderful questions - LOVED - Bree is soo funny what a breath of fresh air...I cant wait to read her next book it sounds amazing!

Mary not so Contrary said...

That was an awesome interview. Great questions. I love the zombie ones. Bree is so nice!!! If you guys ever get a chance to go to one of her book signings you have to go. Shes a total sweetie! I have TDD nail polish on my nails right now. :) Thanks for the great interview!

Lais said...

Wow, what a great interview. The questions were so creative and the answers... hahahaha! Bree is hilarious. Great sense of humor!

Shy said...

*lol* Very interesting interview! Question and answer for #8 is a masterpiece! Thanks fellas. I cannot stop laughing =)

Jennay and Luke the Pup said...

Great the questions. And the answers were so much fun to read. I wonder how her & her husband fell in love because of duct tape *shrugs*

I can't wait to read her books.

bookaholic said...

I loved your questions! :) Lovely interview. Had great fun reading it..

j said...

OMG, I have never laughed so hard reading an author interview! Great questions!

Nikki @ Bookizzle said...

FACT: If there was ever a Zombie Apocalypse I want Bree Despain by my side! A jar of pickles is optional - LOL.

One of the best interviews I've read in awhile. Thanks for sharing!

Kris (Voracious YAppetite) said...

Ahh I totally left a msg earlier but it's not here! Oh, well...just wanted to say that this is the most fun and hilarious interview ever. And it makes me want to read this book, which is sitting patiently on my shelf, just waiting to be paid attention to! The nail polish is lovely, too!

Anonymous said...

I love this interview!
Cause it's PURPLE!!

Anonymous said...

Wow. What a great interview. I can't wait to read TDD. And love the polish color.

doreen lamoureux said...

I think the dark purple means tainted blood in the next book.

dorcontest at gmail dot com

Unknown said...

Wow! Great interview. I loved all the questions asked. I definitely NEED to read this book.

Bree Biesinger Despain said...

Thanks so much for the fun interview! I can not tell you how much I enjoy answering quirky questions. They're so refreshing after answering all the usual ones over and over again.

Love you guys!

You'll have to have me back to tell the duct tape story some time. ;)

Karla said...

I think you guys had some of the best interview questions EVER! I loved this book. :)

Anonymous said...

You guys had great questions! One of the best author interviews I've read! I think the purple is going to have some symbolism to it in the book!

MannaB said...

I haven't had a chance to read TDD yet so I am just guessing when I say that purple is the main character's favorite color.

Melissa (i swim for oceans) said...

Lmao...those questions are too funny! :)

Wings said...

excellent review guys!!!

i still havent read this book yet lol..will have to go and pick a cop up!!!

I love the questions yo come up with! they are soo funny! and going from 4 years to 1 year for writing a book...must have been different!

Justine said...

I've yet to read this I'd have to guess. Maybe...the main character randomly sees purple everywhere and takes it as a sign? LOL! I have no idea.

And I love your interview questions! Bree Despain seems like a funny, awesome author :P Hehe.

Sweets and Hearts said...

Great interview! This was one of my favorite reads this year and I can't wait for the sequel. :) I kept staring at the purple nail polish shade on the cover and have been coveting it ever since. No, really.

Now how does the purple play into it? I really have no idea. It's too pretty to have some sort of evil significance (or is it?). And why nail polish? Perhaps it's a color that werewolves are allergic to or something? Silly theory, I know, but oh well.

Bere said...

Fantastic interview guys! Loved the questions and Bree's
answers were brilliant! I really enjoyed reading the
interview. I haven't read TDD yet, but I am very
excited to start reading it, can't hardly wait.

EVA SB said...

I think the first thing I'd do in a zombie apocalypse is phone Bree Despain - she obviously knows what she's doing and could give some great practical advice.

And I think that the pink/purple polish when painted on your toenails provides some form of protection - the only problem being that you must always wear sandals because if your toes are covered the protection is neutralized.

Misty said...

Liza Minelli!
Dill pickles!
(I got myself in trouble with dill pickles once, but that's a long, inappropriate story)

GREAT interview!

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

TDD was such a good book and I'm really looking forward to TLS.

This has to be one of the best interviews I've ever read. I love your little scenario questions and Bree's answers were amazing!

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