by Mia Marshall
5 autographed copies will be given away on Friday, June 14, 2013!
About the Book:
As an elemental, Aidan Brook holds the power of water at her fingertips. A descendant of the earth’s oldest magic, she can cause tides to ebb and flow, put out house fires without calling 911, and give anyone who’s annoying her an impromptu shower.
But even her magic has its limits. After it fails her one terrible night, she hides from the world and everyone she once loved, trying to escape the memories that haunt her. Ten years later, her exile is brought to an abrupt end when her former best friend appears on her front porch. An elemental killer is once again murdering her friends, and she must return to the scene of her own crimes.
Lake Tahoe proves more than she bargained for. Between a sadistic killer, some clever FBI agents, an annoyingly attractive landlord, and way too many new roommates, she has a pretty full plate. Add in a past she’s desperate to escape and her own uncontrollable powers, and Aidan Brook is having a very, very bad month.
Exclusive Interview with the Author!
1) Thinking back to the way beginning, what’s the most important thing you’ve learned as a writer from then to now?
Truly, the one thing I wish I knew ten years ago is that writing isn’t about waiting for inspiration or for the muse to strike or some nonsense like that. It’s about sitting down and meeting that daily word count, no matter what kind of rubbish seems to be falling from your fingers, and trusting that you’re smart enough and critical enough to fix it during editing.
2) Considering a book from the first word you write to the moment you see it on a bookstore shelf, what’s your favorite part of the process? What’s your least favorite?
My favorite is actually the editing. Sure, I love the original process of creation, when I get to watch these unexpected characters and plots fall from my brain onto the page. However, that first draft is also agony, one blank page after another, and the annoying demon Self-Doubt sits on my shoulder the entire time, possibly while wearing an “I’m with Stupid” t-shirt. But the edits, oh, the edits can be a joy, because that’s when everything I do makes the book better. When I’m editing, every day I feel a little more confident about the work and a little more certain about the world I created.
3) What scene or bit of dialogue in the book are you most proud of and why?
I don’t think many readers would pick this one, but my favorite scene is a quiet one between the book’s heroine, Aidan Brook, and her best friend Sera. They’ve been estranged for many years, and in this scene they finally start to reach out to each other and open up a little. I love it because it feels like a place where I challenged myself. My books contain a fair bit of humor and I’m very comfortable with dialogue, but this is a serious scene where the silences and pauses say as much as the words do, and I kind of love it for that.
4) Series like these always fascinate me because I want to know where the author is going and if he/she even knows where they’re going. So do you? Do you have it all plotted out in your head until the end or are you winging it as you go?
I do have a plan! Right now, I have five books roughly outlined, with the first two published. The key word there is “roughly,” because I want to leave room for additional books if I’m so inspired. However, I think it’s very difficult to pull off the never-ending fantasy series, so I definitely have an end game in mind for the Elements series.
5) If you could have one super power what would it be?
Teleportation, without a doubt. Granted, it’s harder to be a quality super-villain without laser eyes or mega-strength, but that’s a sacrifice I’ll make for the ability to travel anywhere in the world at will. I’ve lived a lot places, so my friends are scattered across several states, countries, and continents, and I would love to be able to visit them without a fourteen-hour plane ride. Also, I’d never need to worry about traffic, designated drivers, or car repairs again. Someone else can have invisibility or the power of flight. I’ll take insta-travel, any day.
Hmm… perhaps I should have said I’d control one of the earth’s elements, like my characters do. Can we say that’s my second choice?
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