Monday, June 30, 2014

Author Interview & Giveaway: The Star Catcher by Stephanie Keyes

The Star Catcher
A Star Child Novel
Stephanie Keyes

Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
Publishing Date: October 20, 2013 

About the Book:
Magick and destiny intertwine as he fights to save his kingdom and the goddess he loves. Her kiss…the feel of her skin…the beat of her heart…For seventeen-year-old Kellen St. James, each memory is marred by a single sentence on a lone strip of paper. Cali has been taken… Armed with an amulet that channels the ultimate power of Faerie, Kellen searches for his love. However, control of the amulet’s energy comes with a price, and Kellen soon learns that Cali’s captor has plans for the stone. With the threat of the Star Catcher’s evil looming above Kellen and his kingdom, he’ll have to free the Heart of Faerie and break the curse the binds the Children of Danu to the darkness. But before that, he has to find his real father, the king. No pressure, right? Kellen and Cali will battle bewitched armies and unknown foes as they fight to stay together. Will Kellen embrace his immortal destiny? Or will his world, and the man he is fated to become, be destroyed by The Star Catcher?
Quotes about Star Catcher:
“Imaginative and fast-paced. Couldn’t put it down!”—EG Foley, New York Times bestselling author of The Gryphon Chronicles
“Magnificent—Keyes imagination is on fire!”—Linn B. Halton, author Never Alone

PRFL would like to extend a very warm welcome to Stephanie Keyes, author of The Star Catcher. Stephanie, to begin, can you tell us where you're from, and where/whom did your love for writing come from?
I am from the Steel City--Pittsburgh, PA! I couldn’t tell you where my love of writing came from. There are no writers anywhere in my family tree. I’m kind of the odd gal out. 

Can you say that your journey to publication was difficult? If so, what were the hardest moments to get through? 
Compared to other writers out there? It was a six-year process before my first book, The Star Child, was published. However, I know other writers, brilliant writers, who spent decades just writing their books and they still aren’t published. So I can’t say it was difficult with that in mind. The hardest moment, of course, is sending your work out to an agent or Publisher. It’s your baby and you love it. Having to let go like that is necessary, but brutal.

How do you overcome I-suck-at-this, that little voice in your head that tells you your writing isn’t good enough? S
o that’s part of my process. I get an idea, I get excited, I write, then I go through the “I SUCK!” dilemma at least five more times. I get over it though, because I know deep down that my story deserves a chance to be read. I’m also really masochistic. If something is difficult/scary I keep pushing ahead because I know it’ll probably make me better. We all have those moments, but what defines us is when we push through them.

What is your dream vacation? 
I would love to go on a tour of Europe: France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria… Okay, I have to stop now, I’m getting too excited about this vacation and I’m not even taking it.

Describe your writing style in five words. 
Literary Magical Action-Packed Romantic Intense

What movies are you currently excited to see?

What are you currently reading? 
Endure by Carrie Jones

If you weren’t a writer, what other careers would you pursue? Graphic Design
If you could create a holiday of your own, what would it be called?
International Have An Awesome Attitude Day!

For people who haven’t read your novel, how would you summarize the plot? 
Since this is book three here’s an overview. Geeky brain-fest of a guy, Kellen St, James, is haunted by a girl, Calienta, whom he thinks isn’t real. When it turns out she’s not only real but tells him he has to save the world from darkness, he has to save the world using only his guts. But his methods piss of a bunch of Celtic faeries, the Children of Danu, and they go after him and a power they think he has. When it turns out Kellen is destined to be the master of that power, he must use it to save Calienta and stop the Star Catcher, from stealing power from all the stars in the sky.

What are two of your pet-peeves? 
Rudeness. Entitlement.

To you, what makes a good story? 
A great adventure and a great romance.

What usually turns you off about a story? 
Whiny peoplewho don’t take action to resolve their own undesirable circumstances.

If you could collaborate with any author, who would you choose? 
Cate Tiernan

What is on your nightstand? 
A picture of my dad, a baby monitor, a lamp, my stereo dock for my phone, and my kindle!

What is your favorite book?
The Book of Dreams, by OR Melling

I would like to do a special giveaway on this day, since it’s my birthday. J I’ll award one signed copy of The Star Catcher to someone the blogger picks.

Wonderful! Thank you so much for joining us today, Stephanie. We really enjoyed the visit. Good luck and great sales with The Star Catcher

About the Author:
Stephanie Keyes is the author of the YA Fantasy series, The Star Child, which currently includes The Star Child, After Faerie, The Fallen Stars, and the soon to-be-released finale, The Star Catcher (November 2013), all from by Inkspell Publishing. Mrs. Keyes is hard at work on a new YA Paranormal Romance.
Mrs. Keyes holds an undergraduate degree in Business and Management Information Systems from Robert Morris University and a M.Ed. from Duquesne University. She is a member of the Society For Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), as well as a featured author in the global group of writers, Love a Happy
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1-Signed Copy of The Star Catcher
1-Star Child Series Swag Pack