1) Being in the 20+ age group myself, I love love love when YA protagonists are older than the traditional 14-17 range. What made you make that decision?
I think it’s funny how we get caught up on a very narrow definition of “young adult” in YA world, especially when it comes to our protagonists. Part of my decision to make the characters a bit older came from the fact that I think it’s somewhat too ridiculous to believe the young part of young adult ends at 17. Anymore, you’re still in school until you’re 22, not job hunting or not totally independent until your mid-20s in most people’s cases. I set the story up to reflect that. It’s not uncommon to be that person in your early 20s who is at a friend’s wedding and think, “Dude, the last thing I am grown up to do right now is be married,” and that’s Sadie. The best part? Sadie’s 144 when you meet her, and she still feels that way. I guess in some ways, I wanted to show that the 18-25 set is still YA as we often think of it as much as I wanted to show that age is just a number, and even the 150-year-olds can go through the same things.
2) How much research did you do to create this kind of buffet-style cast of paranormal creatures and their powers?
I did a ton of research. For one, every legend, lore, or myth in the story is a real one you can fact-check me on. Some of the crazy lines I draw between different creatures are actually probably related in one way or another. For example, the shapeshifter + witch = vieczy is a real legend, and the legend of how a nosferatu shapeshifter came to be was from a century earlier a country away. I just connected the dots. And as for the powers? I guess they came from everything from the mythological research to the comic book stories I’ve loved all my life.
3) Out all of the various and exotic places seen in the books, have you been to any of them? If not, where would you want to go?
I’ve been to a number of them. I’ve been to all the places mentioned in the US, including having lived in Nashville, Dallas, and spent summers near Pacific Grove where the Winters live. I’ve also been to the area in England mentioned in Point of Origin, as well as Oaxaca. I’m dying to go to the other places I’ve included, though, including Romania, Moscow, and Ephesus. Once I write about a place, I can’t get it out of my head. I’m trying to finagle my way into a trip to one or all of those places.
4) Besides the Salem Witch Trials, are there any historical events that intrigue you?
There are a million! I always say what I love are the “holes” in history, that is the parts that we know a lot about but not everything about. Anytime I read about any historical event, I look for what we don’t know, and then my intrigue starts there.
5) If you could only read four books in an immortal life, which would they be?
The Hummingbird’s Daughter by Luis Alberta Urrea
A tie between either Prep or American Wife, both by Curtis Sittenfeld
Paint it Black by Janet Fitch
And then, in the ultimate move of cheating, I’d bind all of the Harry Potter books into one massive, giant volume and count said giant volume as one book.
6) What would you buy with the money from a red diamond?
I’d probably just make my life a giant expedition in constant world traveling, buying the clothes and things Sadie does, and driving the car Mark does (I desperately want an R8. Anyone want to give me one?), and then write stories about it all.
7) Since Sadie & Co. are Twitter-obsessed, can you describe The Survivors, Point of Origin and the elusive Book 3 in 140 characters each?
For the record, I’m long-winded, so this seems damn near impossible, but here goes.
"The Survivors is power, privilege, loyalty, lies, and the quintessential search for who you are, who you will be, and what you could be."
"Point of Origin is madness, magic, mythology, history, hotness, and one hell of a winter. It’s a puzzle you can’t believe fits together."
To fit with the elusiveness of Elusive Book Three, I’ll go with a question instead of a description:
What if the answers you seek are just a part of you waiting to be found?
Awesome! Thanks, Amanda!
If you enjoyed this, here is the page for the official blog tour.
Tomorrow’s blog stop is at Anna Reads (http://www.annareads.com/) who I’ve had the pleasure of meeting last year and is ridiculously cool.
Amanda’s also on Twitter (@AmandaHavard) and of course, her website: http://amandahavard.com
And then if actually read my brilliant questions above, you’d know that Sadie and friends are on Twitter too! In case you need them, here’s Sadie (@SadiesTravels) and Corrina (@Corrinarina).
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