Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Lesley Livingston's STARLING, Q&A and Giveaway!

I am so excited to have a Q&A today with one of my very favorite authors, Lesley Livingston! (Seriously, if you ever get a chance to spend a bit of time with her, do it! You won't regret it!)

Lesley has a new book out--the first of a new series, yay!--called Starling and I am lucky enough to be one of the stop on her blog tour!

 So let's jump right it!

Hi Lesley! Nice to have you here. What? Oh yes, I am looking lovely today, thanks for noticing. Oh, I look brilliant and thin besides? Your eyes are clearly working very well. But enough about me, for the moment, we're here to talk about you. And your book! 




It's looking quite lovely today too.

So I'm just going to jump right into setting, which most people think is boring, but not when it's New York City. This is your second series set in NYC (which I am completely in support of.) I just wondered if there was a reason you are so drawn to that area. Other than the subway which, in my opinion, is borderline magical.

The subway is a magical mystery tour, isn’t it? I’m always a bit mystified—and pleasantly surprised—when I actually arrive at the destination I intended by that method. It’s all terribly esoteric and (I suspect) involves travel between dimensions.

As for the city? Ah… You know what they say Aprilynne (aside from saying you really are looking quite lovely today—which is true!). “New York, New York…” It really is a hell of a town. Which, for the purposes of this particular series, is enormously useful. With the WONDROUS STRANGE series, during my research phase I would routinely stumble across real, historical details of the city that struck me with wonder and awe. With STARLING, my research filled me with… well, eerie tingles and foreboding (and wonder and awe). The history of the city is crammed with obscure factoids and tangled tales that make it such fertile ground for telling the kind of stories that I do—especially when I manage to unearth (quite literally, in some cases) real historical details that lend themselves nicely to the idea that a kind of arcane mystical “Bermuda Triangle” exists right in the heart of the city! Very handy!


So let's talk about Mason. I actually see a lot of you in her--maybe that's just because I am lucky enough to personally know you. Or maybe I see similarities where they don't actually exist.;) In what ways do you feel similar to Mason and conversely, how are you different?

You must mean my staggering good looks, yes? Why thank you! I do see a slight resemblance… the sparkling blue eyes… um… the… raven hair… the… tall… er… personality! Yes! The tall, plucky, quiet-yet-intuitive, subtle-witted, determined, do-or-die personality. Or maybe it’s just the fact that we both really like to play with swords *evil grin*.


And on to our brave hero. Tell us how hot Fenn is. I mean, tell us what you think makes him a great compliment to Mason.

Oh. Um. Do you mean, like, in Scoville Units?

*waits here while readers unfamiliar with spicy pepper terminology take to the google-nets*…

I’m gonna say “Ghost Chile” hot!

*waits for more google-pedia-ing*…

Now, I might be somewhat biased but, then, I also have an advantage. The Fennrys Wolf tends to hang around in my head a lot so I’m fairly familiar with his hotness factor. But I think the thing that makes him a great match for Mason is, for one thing, he respects her—her skill and her spirit. He also appreciates her dry, quiet sense of humor (it’s a good match with his own) and her willingness to go out on a limb to help a (naked) stranger. Fenn might not remember much about his past, but he does know he’s previously screwed up in the relationship arena—that much he remembers (vaguely)—and he’s determined not to jeapordize his tenuous bond with Mason in the hopes that it could develop into something more. Of course… they both have to stay alive long enough for that to happen…

Norse mythology. It's just an area of mythos that we don't see often in the mainstream. Or if we do, it's been very European-ized, if you know what I mean. So it's fun to see it come to life in Starling. What is it that drew you to the Norse mythology and what is your favorite part of it?

I do know what you mean! And I’m glad you enjoyed STARLING’s take on it! There’s something so intriguing to me about Norse mythology’s cheerful fatalism. It’s the spiritual embodiment of a people that clearly reveled in life and living but lived in a very harsh and unforgiving environment. It’s Life and Death, hand in hand, whistling and skipping along (and hacking the heads off anything in their way!), and it’s bizzarely alluring in that respect. The fact that it celebrates and, at the same time vilifies a guy like Loki—and never really lets you know which one is the real deal—intrigues me. Also, if you’ve ever seen pictures from those Icelandic volcanic eruptions, the ones where the sky is literally exploding with fire, ice, thunderclouds, lightning and the Aurora Borealis all at the same time, you can begin to understand where a lot of the imagery of these tales comes from.

I just spent a few days north of the Arctic Circle here in Canada and the landscape is so evocative. The Northern Lights are bewitching and the sky is full of ravens the size of pterydactyls. It’s easy to begin to grasp the origins of these myths in a place like that. But what was really fun for me was being able to take those primal, muscular tales and transmute them and filter them through the lens of a thoroughly sleek and modern setting like New York City.


And last but not least, and I mean that quite literally--let me take a calming breath first--Lesley, the ending. Seriously? Are you trying to kill me? Do you at least feel bad for torturing me? And, at the very least, can you tell me when the second book will be coming out so I get my hot little hands on it?

Oh. Uh… oh yeah. Sorry, Aprilynne. I really really feel… dreadful. For that. Sorry. What? I am not grinning diabolically. It’s… uh… face yoga. All the rage.

Is August 2013 soon enough? How about if I smile charmingly when I say that…? And give you a cookie…
It’s a good cookie…
It’s chocolate…


It had better be one seriously good cookie. Good. Cookie.

While Lesley is off baking the best darn cookie ever, you can win a copy of STARLING!!! Super-duper easy (because I am doing a bunch of traveling and don't have much time, eeep!), please comment with some rendition of "This is my entry for the contest" below. You have until Sunday night at midnight (because that is when i am getting home from Las Vegas, not seriously, it will be about midnight . . .) to enter and I will ship this baby internationally, so it is open to everyone! 

Lesley, is that cookie done yet?

Ciao!

42 comments:

Annie said...

This is my entry for the contest! I really want to read this book! :)

juLie tearjerky said...

Count me in! I want to read this book, too. Thanks! :)

Amber Nicole said...

Thanks for the Q&A and giveaway! (:

AnimeAngel1016(at)yahoo(dot)com

ephrielle said...

Is the cookie included if I win? :) Tis the season to eat lots of cookies.

Kimberly Heindorf said...

This is my entry! :D

Unknown said...

This is my entry!!! :)

poodlefan said...

This is my entry!!!! :)

Giada M. said...

Thank you for the lovely interview and giveaway! :D Please, count me in! :)I would love to win a copy of Starling. It sounds fantastic!

Giada M.

fabgiada (at) gmail (dot) com

Tayler Clements said...

Okay, contest entry coming right up!

WOW!! I have honestly never heard of Lesley Livingston....what have I been missing?? I love Norse mythology! And cookies. It is so awesome tht you get to hold a contest giveaway!! Good luck everyone!

Kris (Imaginary Reads) said...

Thanks for the lovely interview and giveaway. It was a lot of fun to read. This is my entry into the epic contest :)

Nicole Voss said...

Thanks for the Q&A! I'd love to read a copy of Starling!

nvoss4940@llcc.edu

June G said...

Ooh, nice interview! I loved Wonderous Strange and noticed Lesley's penchant for NY. Thanks for addressing that topic. Please count me in the giveaway. Thanks!

Meghan Kirkland said...

Love the interview! I am always on the look out for a new book to read so this is my entry :D

AliSoN LoVes CHocOlaTe <# said...

This is my entry for the contest. :)

Megan said...

This is my entry! smiles[dot]101[at]hotmail[dot]com

Tori-Lee said...

This is my entry!
vlvetterl@yahoo.com
I would love to read this book!

Anonymous said...

This sounds really interesting!

Anonymous said...

That sounds really interesting, I hope I win!

Madi said...

I'm entering! :)

madi-13@live.com

Sarah J. said...

Sounds amazing. I liked her first series and am excited to read her next, so yes, I totally want a copy!

Lucille said...

This is my entry for the contest!

This book sounds amazing! I can't wait to get my hands on this! :D

Geena said...

This contest sounds absolutely amazing! I love books that are entwined with mythology, and detailed reality. It's always so magical, and creative as I am sure the book is!! :) This is my entry!

Here is my e-mail: geenagross19@gmail.com

Julz said...

I would love to read that book!
This is my entry into the contest.

Michelle said...

Awesome interview.....and this is my entry :)

Gisele said...

Count me in pretty pleaseee!

ilepachequin(at)hotmail(dot)com

Laura Duncanson said...

Hah! I got to meet Lesley at Word on the Street in Toronto, she's super! Thanks for the giveaway, would LOVE to win Starling! Am ready Once Every Never right now and am lovin it.
Loie xo

carelaisa said...

hmm... would love to read it!

This is my entry for this lovely contest :)

Jessy said...

Would love to win Starling. Count me in!

Tanja said...

I'd like to win the book! :)

Lauren H. said...

I'm entering the contest!!

Ashley Wyckoff said...

I love it! I want it! This is my entry :)

Heidi LOVES Books said...

So this is my entry for the contest! Can I enter for a delicious cookie too? Can't wait to get my hands on this book! :D

Lyn Merkat said...

Here's my entry. So want to read this series!

Kate M.
-mergekat@charter.net

bigdreamer said...

Well this is exciting!! Count me in - I'm excited :)

Andrea said...

This is my entry! :)

Emily Jane said...

Starling sounds fantastic! This is my entry for the contest!

Caitlin Elise said...

Starling sounds amazing, this is my entry for the contest!

Lexi H. said...

This book sounds awesome! I love mythology! :)

Mindy said...

This sentence is a slightly different rendition of words which might possibly count me in as entering this giveaway :D

Thanks for this interesting post and opportunity! :D

Ana said...

*Insert comment about entering into the book contest here* ;) Starling sounds amazing! I want to read it so bad!

Ariell Larson said...

I'll take a contest entry. Thank you very much!

Rhiannon Rudick said...

Entering for the contest c;