Thursday Focus with author S.M.Reine & Giveaway~!

Six Moon Summer (Seasons of the Moon, Book 1)
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Rylie's been bitten.

She's changing.

And now she has three months to find a cure before becoming a werewolf... forever.

Rylie Gresham hates everything about summer camp: the food, the fresh air, the dumb activities, and the other girls in her cabin. But the worst part is probably being bitten by a werewolf. Being a teenager is hard enough, but now she's craving raw flesh and struggles with uncontrollable anger. If she doesn't figure out a way to stop the transformation, then at the end of summer, her life is worse than over. She'll be a monster.
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Author-Interview with Sara Reine:

TRB: Sara, you're doing fantastically well with both your debut novella, Six Moon Summer, as well as its sequel, All Hallows' Moon. To what do you attribute to your growing success?

SMR: It’s all about the support of my Twitter friends, book bloggers, and readers. People say that writing is an isolating experience, but I don’t believe that to be true at all. I have found this amazing, supportive group of friends all over the world who not only help me spread the word about my books, but help me write them, too. I couldn’t have finished All Hallows’ Moon without hundreds of people cheering me on when I expressed sentiments of faltering confidence on Twitter, or without the great reviews and recommendations people make on Goodreads. It’s been incredible, and I’m so grateful.

TRB: What made you choose to go Indie? What is your advice to other authors that don't wish to go the “legacy publishing” route?

SMR:Until recently, independent publishing wasn’t a viable business model because there was no good way to distribute your books to a large audience. The internet has revolutionized publishing, though, and now it’s one of the best ways to reach readers. Since I’m a big geek, the technology side of it really appeals to me. Eventually, everybody will be reading books on their cell phone or tablet, and I wanted to be a part of that.

TRB: Where did you get your idea(s) for your novel, Six Moon Summer?

SMR: Ironically – considering I’m now an indie writer – it was a remark from a literary agent on a different werewolf project. She lamented that the idea of a teenage girl as a werewolf was interesting, but she wanted to see the character struggling to control herself around other teenagers. It sparked a whole different story idea, and that has since turned into Six Moon Summer and All Hallows’ Moon.

TRB: What type/style of a writer are you? Seat-of-Your Pants? Outline Queen? Master Plotter?

SMR: I’m a daydreamer. I fantasize all the time, and when enough of my fantasies start orbiting the same characters and situations, I’ll start doodling scenes in notebooks. When I finally get about 50% of the way through a project and lose momentum, I’ll outline the rest of the book and take it from there. I wish I was a master plotter!

TRB: Did you model any characters after real-life people? Is there a character that resonates with you?

SMR: None of my characters are based on anyone I knew in particular, although one could argue that they’re all a lot like me. Writing is very therapeutic. I’m sure a psychiatrist would have a field day extrapolating my life experiences from what I’ve written about!

TRB: What is your hope for readers to experience by reading your novel?

SMR: I want to be the kind of writer you seek out when you’re having a bad day. Or when it’s sunny outside and you want to relax in a lounge chair and “turn off” the outside world for awhile. I hope my books will let people disappear into fantasy for a little while, and my ultimate goal is to write the kind of book that sticks to your ribs and follows you around for a couple days after you finish it.

TRB: Is there a playlist that you listen to that inspires you while you're writing?

SMR: It varies widely from book to book. I have really weird music tastes (think Scandinavian pop music, musicals, 80s hair metal, opera…) so I’ll set my vast music library to random when I write and bounce around between genres until I come across an album that really suits the book. All Hallows’ Moon was written almost entirely to VAST and Bruno Mars.

TRB: Who is your favorite author? Is there a certain genre you read [in] exclusively?

SMR: My favorite author is actually Edgar Allan Poe. Don’t tease me! I love him. There’s a claustrophobia to his writing that’s so pleasantly creepy. But I’m loyal to the entire genre of urban fantasy.

TRB: I adore Poe!

TRB: Are you a DTB (Dead Tree Book) reader, or do you use a dedicated reader? What do you predict for the future of these two formats?

SMR: I’ve been welded to my Kindle since I received one for my 21st birthday. Even though “dead tree books” aren’t going anywhere, they will become much less common, and I think that’s a good thing from an ecological standpoint. I can’t imagine a house without at least a few shelves of books, but it’s better for forests if personal libraries (like mine, which used to take up 2.5 rooms of my old apartment) become obsolete.

 Book 2, All Hallows Moon (Seasons of the Moon)

TRB: Is there a plan for a third installment? What are a few things the reader can expect from book three? I'm also aware that you have a full-length novel in the works, Shattered. What can you tell us about that?

SMR: Those are very loaded questions!

Yes, there’s a plan for a third installment, which is called Long Night Moon. If I can use a geekism, this will be The Empire Strikes Back for the series. It’s going to be intense, moody, and address some huge issues—both fantastical and otherwise. But I promise there will be no Ewoks in the final book (since I have four planned for the entire series).

Shattered is a special in-between project. I usually write series-length stories, so I need to take a breather occasionally to do a standalone and give my brain a rest. The 19 Dragons, my steampunk novella, was one of these in-between projects too. I don’t want to give away too much about Shattered, but it’s kind of a cross between paranormal romance and contemporary raygun gothic. It’s a really fun mashup. Fans of Six Moon Summer will go nuts for it.

Shattered,  Publishing 2012

TRB: How has your experience as an author been different from what you expected?

SMR: Honestly, as a child, I never thought of independently publishing my books. I remember my mother, who is also a writer, on the phone with editors in New York as a child, and that was what I expected it would be like. Instead, my books go straight from my brain and hard drive into the hands of the readers. And because of it, the experience is much more complex. I also have to handle all the editing, the formatting, the design, and the publicity. Writing is only one small part of the process. I never saw that one coming, but I really love it—so much that I hope to launch my own small publishing company soon.

TRB: Lastly, can you quantify the margin of difficulty between writing your novella and that of your longer works that ranged in the 55K word range? Was transitioning between longer works and shorter difficult? What degree of challenge did you face?

SMR: The novella was easy, but intense. It came out of me all at once, which is probably why the story is so bizarre. I completely turned off my mental filter and let the world go crazy on the page. Longer works are harder, in that they take much more dedication, but they’re also kind of easier because I don’t lose myself as much. It’s hard to compare the two experiences. They’re very unique.

 Reine's Steampunk novella, The 19 Dragons

SMR: Thanks so much for having me! Those are some really great interview questions. 

TRB: It was totally my pleasure, Sara! My only regret is I haven't read SMS yet but I KNOW I'll love it!

Author Bio~
SM Reine is an author of dark fantasy for teen and adult audiences. Her most widely known work is "Six Moon Summer," which has been hailed as "fresh and fast-paced" and "captivating." She lives in Nevada with her husband, the Helpful Baby, and too many black animals to count.
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  1. Great interview! I love hearing about Seasons of the Moon. I have both books on my TBR list and so need to get to them right away!

    Thank you for sharing Tamara! :)

  2. Definetely going to check out Six Moon Summer (Seasons of the Moon, Book 1) now. Here's my email for the giveaway:

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  4. Great interview, I'm definitely going to check it out.

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