Saturday, May 12, 2012
Interview & Review: D.L. Snow author of Siren's Song
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Today I would love to welcome author D.L Snow to my blog. Let's begin with a little blurb about yourself....
My name is D.L. Snow and I love writing stories that have mythological elements and bringing those elements to life. After spending my younger days wandering aimlessly from one adventure to another, I now have a pretty stable, somewhat sensible life living in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains with my two spirited children, two poorly-trained dogs, two insufferable cats and one patient husband.
Who or what inspired you to become a writer?
Oh, good question. I think most writers are inspired because they are readers and my grandmother was definitely the one who inspired me to read. She was a kindred spirit and I remember she always treated me like I was a person, not just a child. As for writing, I have notebooks filled with plays, stories and really bad poetry that go back decades! However, I was inspired to write full time when I became a mother and I finished my first manuscript when my girls were just babies (during naptime). I figured, hey, if I can write a book in one hour a day, maybe I really can be a writer!
How long did it take you to write Siren’s Song?
This book is a novella and it took me about two months to write it and revise it and another few weeks to revise it.
While writing how many times do you go back and rewrite a plot?
I am definitely a rewriter. I constantly revise as I write. This book, Siren’s Song, originally had a heroine who was in her late teens. I totally changed her; who she is what she does and what her issues are. The first chapter of this book is completely different than my original manuscript.
You run into a bookstore, where do you go first?
I do a lap! Clockwise! It doesn’t matter what’s there, I look at all the tables from romance, to YA to fantasy and biographies and books on the occult. I LOVE books. All books.
How many books in a month do you tend to read?
I typically read anywhere from five to ten books a month. Of course, it depends on the length of the book. I’ve been reading George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones series and they are long, but wonderful.
In all the books you've read. Who is your most favorite character and why?
Oh, seriously? I can’t choose an all-time favorite. But I would say one of my most recent favorites is Lisbeth Salander from Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series. I love her because she is so different from any heroine I’ve ever read. She’s independent and feisty (which I always love) but she’s also a little bit crazy, super smart and a societal outcast. The best thing about her is she is not your typical heroine.
State 5 random facts about yourself.
* I think I was Cleopatra in a past life.
* When I die I want ‘Into the Mystic’ by Van Morrison to be played at my funeral.
* My children truly believe I can talk to animals...
* I love power tools (and that is not a reference to something naughty). I think all women should own power tools.
* I have a passion for old stuff, old books, old photos, old buildings, ancient ruins… it’s because there are so many untold stories hidden inside.
Your favorite Genre?
I actually don’t have a favorite genre, I just have current obsessions. For a while it was historical, then paranormal. I’ve been known to go on literary fiction kicks. Right now it’s fantasy
What are you currently reading?
I’m currently reading the Game of Thrones Series by George R.R. Martin. I’m on book three and it’s so good. So, if you’ll excuse me…
What is the best book you've read?
Gosh, I can’t think of one definitively ‘best’ book. I have lots that I love, though. I think the books that ‘informed’ me the most and have stayed with me are some I read when I was young. In no particular order, they include: Anne of Green Gables, Valley of the Horses, A Knight in Shining Armor, Pride and Prejudice, To Kill a Mockingbird…the list goes on…
Any new projects coming up?
Yes! Tons! I have a new series called The Odessa Chronicles. It’s a post-apocalyptic series set three hundred years in the future. I also have just released a three part fairy tales series (a fantastic retelling of Robin Hood where Little John is a woman in disguise) called Thief of Hearts. It’s fun and romantic and I mean, c’mon, who doesn’t love Robin Hood?
Here’s your chance to market your book. Describe it. And why readers should pick it up?
I don’t know about you, but I love time travel stories. Maybe it goes back to my love of old things and the stories hidden there. I think time travel creates so many opportunities for conflict and the setting then becomes a character. I’ve been fascinated by the possibility of time travel ever since reading books like A Knight In Shining Armor and seeing movies like Terminator and back to the future (and countless others since!).
What if it’s possible? Where would I go?
Siren’s Song is a time travel story. It’s about a woman named Joss Jones who is a famous pop star. After her mother’s untimely death, Joss wants nothing more than to live a normal life. When her grandmother dies and leaves Joss her house in Bandit Creek, Joss finds Bandit Creek anything but normal. To start with, she’s harassed by the resident ghost who drags her back in time to Bandit Creek 1899.
Has she gone crazy or is this old mining town, full of saloons, gambling, whoring and fortune seekers her new reality? It feels real enough as does the ghost who brought her here. His name is Morgan Hawes and he is very much alive.
Is Morgan the key to Joss finding her way home or is Joss stuck for the rest of her life as the Siren of Bandit Creek?
First off I want to say that I love the cover...
I really enjoyed reading Siren's Song. It's a short book perfect to read on a lazy afternoon, or while in the airport or during a commute. It's also the kind of book you begin reading, and have a hard time putting down, because it sucks you in from the very begining. Siren's Song is about a woman who time travels back into 1899. She finds herself in a town long forgotten, but just when she feels she's all alone, she meets someone who looks very familiar...
D.L. Snow did an excellent job with this book. Her writing will keep the reader on their toes with the twist and turns in the story...that will keep you wanting more. I don't want to give the story away, but I will say you wont be disappointed with this time travel romance story. The characters are very likeable and the writing will take you back into time. I recommend this book to anyone who like Time Travel Romance and Mystery. I look forward to reading more of D.L Snow and the Bandit Creek Series.
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