blo Teens Read and Write: Author Interview & Giveaway: Mary Lindsey - SHATTERED SOULS

Friday, October 14, 2011

Author Interview & Giveaway: Mary Lindsey - SHATTERED SOULS

Please welcome debut author of SHATTERED SOULS, the lovely Mary Lindsey who has joined us for an interview and then added a fantastic giveaway. But more on that later. We met Mary before she was a best-selling author, so we are thrilled for her success and honored that she is visiting here today. Now read on for the awesome that is Mary!

1) If you were Lenzi's mom and knew about her power to talk to and help lost souls, how would you handle it and what advice would you give her? 
Being a mother of teens, this is a hard question because I want what is best for them and I have a strong desire to keep them safe. What would I do? I’d do whatever It takes to facilitate her success as a Speaker. It’s a calling much higher than school or homework, right? My advice would be what my dad told me my entire life before he died: “There is nothing you cannot do if you really want it. Just be sure you want something worth doing.”

2) What's your favorite line and/or scene from SHATTERED SOULS? One of my favorite lines: “Should I shake his hand or kiss him goodnight on the cheek? Maybe I should just act like Spook and lick his face.” (Spook is Alden’s dog.)

My favorite scene is the one in which they soul-share for the first time. Although it is very different now, it was the first scene I wrote. 

3) If you had Lenzi's power, what "lost soul" (real historical figure, or fictional character) would you want to help? 
Edgar Allan Poe. My current project is based on his poem, “Annabel Lee,” and has entailed a lot of research including several biographies on Poe’s life. He would be the perfect candidate for an intercession. 

4) Forbidden romance is a key element in Shattered Souls. Who are your favorite forbidden romance literary couples? Romeo and Juliet, Catherine and Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights, and my all-time favorite forbidden romance couple, Meghann and Father Ralph de Bricassart from The Thornbirds.

5) You're trapped and alone in your river house on the island when the zombie apocalypse hits. The monsters emerge from the water and surround the house. You desperately search for a weapon but find only a Pillsbury dough container with a Post-It note that says "Open me if you want to live!" Screaming in terror, you bravely slam it on the corner of the table. POP! Materializing from a doughy purple mist are Mark Twain and Edgar Allan Poe who explain that instead of fighting to a bloody death, you can vaporize the zombies and save the world by collaborating on a YA novel. What is the title and tag line for the book you three come up with? 


I (Mary) will award a choice of ARCs to a commenter who leaves a tag line for this book. The winner may choose from Legend, by Marie Lu or Tempest by Julie Cross. 

I can’t wait to see what folks come up with! Thanks for having me on your blog today. 

Oh, Mary you are generous, and fiendishly clever! All right everyone, kick that left-brain into gear and jump start those creative juices!
 Leave your tag line for Mary's title and your email address in the comments. Deadline is Oct 31. 
We're chomping at the bit to see your imagination at work!  

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And for more information on her and SHATTERED SOULS visit:

author: Mary Lindsey
pub: Dec 8, 2011

Lenzi hears voices and has visions - gravestones, floods, a boy with steel gray eyes. Her boyfriend, Zak, can't help, and everything keeps getting louder and more intense. Then Lenzi meets Alden, the boy from her dreams, who reveals that she's a reincarnated Speaker - someone who can talk to and help lost souls - and that he has been her Protector for centuries.
Now Lenzi must choose between her life with Zak and the life she is destined to lead with Alden. But time is running out: a malevolent spirit is out to destroy Lenzi, and he will kill her if she doesn't make a decision soon.


Bidisha said...

Tag line: Making jumping fashionable since 1920.

LadyVampire2u said...

My tag line is: "A Rafting Down the River Nevermore title"

LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

Reading said...

Tag line: Jump right in.

Lizzi0915 at aol dot com

Lena1xoxo said...

Jumping houses with Usher has never been so fun!

lol, thanks for the giveaway!

*crosses fingers and hopes*


Tales of Whimsy said...

Forbidden romance is so alluring :) Great interview!
(not an entry)

Tore923 said...

I really want to read this book. Please enter me in contest.

Lolawid said...

We're not just talking great frog legs here.

widsfam7 @ digis dot net

Sayomay said...

This book looks awesome! XD

Blodeuedd said...

Like always the last question is awesome :)

Finn, Lenore and I

Who boring ain't I

Jen said...

Tag line:

"Celebrate frog times.

Come on."

almostgrownupblog [at] gmail [dot] com

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

First love that favorite line. What can I say? I have dogs. LOL

Tag line:
"Froggy's HERE!"

Well, there was a curse in the Shining too! LOL

books (dot) things (at) yahoo (dot) com

April X said...

Rap it or ribbit?

Yeah, I don't know. But thanks for the giveaway! :) Fun interview!

Unknown said...

I'm not entering the giveaway, but I love the sound of Shattered Souls. This was an exciting interview, and the premise for the giveaway is so unique! Great post!

BBurton said...

Tag Line: Jump into the house of Usher and don't go green.

I know, lame right? But as my grandma always says "Nothing ventured nothing gained" and "If there's a chance then why not try?"
*Crosses Fingers and throws a penny in the sink like a wishing well*

Katie said...
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Katie said...

Tag line: "To love or turn away, what will she choose?"

katie_tp AT yahoo DOT com

Mary Preston said...

"Collaborate or die!"


Vivien said...

"Will she kiss the prince?"

deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

sounds so spooky!! and good!

(not an entry :))

Diana said...

"This ain't no ordinary frog"

:)haha! thanks so much!

Aik said...

This frog hates dogs!

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Sarah said...

"Dan'l Webster, meet the Ushers."

How would a frog take to meeting such creepy characters like Roderick and Madeline? Bet he'd jump to the nearest window!

Great interview! I love that Mary would like to help out Edgar Allan Poe if she could. He died such a mysterious death.

Sarah Lim
two_of_hearts_101 at yahoo dot com

sablelexi said...

Tag Line: Lost Friends, Tall Tales, and a Killer House. You'll never Escape now.

jlynettes @ hotmail . com

Unknown said...

Tom Sawyer reborn, Mystery investigated by Dupin.

OK, so it is more of a headline than a tagline. :)


Jessy said...

Taking leaps since the 1890's

Findjessyhere at gmail dot com

A Canadian Girl said...

Oh wow, what a clever giveaway! Too bad I'm not that creative; my tagline would probably be something lame like Ribbit.

LoriStrongin said...

Ooh, tough question! How about A Cask of Amontillado in King Arthur's Court: The epic tale of a king, a keg, and a time traveling killer.



A Raven named Finn from King Arthur's Court quotes to the Zombies' Shattered Souls-Nevermore!

I know. It really sucks! But I tried!



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