Welcome to Day 4 of Best I've Read 2010! Today we are starting your off the event with an interview from the fabulous and fun Laura Kreitzer. Plus, we are offering you a chance to win an ARC of her book Shadow of the Sun.
We hope you enjoy the interview and please read below for more info on how to enter the giveaway. Happy Day 4!
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BCM: What kind of research did you need to do for the places you included in Shadow of the Sun?
LK: I did very little research for the locations in Shadow of the Sun. Mainly I looked at maps and some of it was from knowledge I already had. Some of the actual places in the book don’t exist, of course. But the cities are all real.
BCM: Do you believe in angels?
LK: I’m not a religious person, so I don’t believe in the biblical version of angels, but in a metaphorical sense I do believe that there are angelic-like people out there.
BCM: What do you teach at Western Kentucky University?
LK: I did not teach at WKU. I worked in a laboratory as a Senior Lab & Field Technician and did environmental work, mainly with water. I wrote reports and worked with the government on tracing underground water and caves via dye tracing (put dye in one location and sample the water using charcoal receptors at other locations to find where it went). I even went to China, to the Southwest University in Chongqing (BeiBei District), to set up the first dye trace laboratory in all of China where I trained students and professors how to use the equipment.
I mainly did lab and field work, made maps, and wrote lengthy reports for companies and government officials. Though I enjoyed the kind of environmental work I did, my passion for writing was more important to me.
BCM: If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?
LK: A resort with a beach and people who will come and do what I want with a ring of a bell. Preferably near the equator somewhere. J Hehe.
BCM: Are you a fan of Ebooks, or do you prefer to have an actual copy in your hands when you read?
LK: I like ebooks just as well as physical books. The only reason I like physical books is because I can put them on my shelf and admire them. And . . . sniff them. Hahah! I love the smell of books. My office smells like a library. It’s fantastic!
BCM: What's the best part about writing fiction?
LK: I can make up anything I want and it wouldn’t be wrong or “impossible.” You create whatever world you want, and you can change it with the backspace button and a new idea. There is no research that I *must* partake in. If the world only had 4,000 people in it and they all spoke Yiddish, no one could tell me it’s wrong.
It’s . . . like I’m God! (And the diabolical laughing ensues!)
Thank you for the fun interview, Laura!
About Shadow of the Sun:
Shadow of the Sun by Laura Kreitzer
Publication Date: February 22, 2010
The Story: Gabriella's past is a mystery, but that never stopped her from achieving her goals. As a supernatural specialist, and far more intelligent than anyone her age, she has always been ignored by her peers. Because of the isolation she has always felt, she put her life and soul into her job. Being a supernatural specialist hasn't given her the divine intervention she always longed for, until one day a shipment arrives from Italy containing three dead bodies with an uncanny ability to regenerate. Gabriella is frightened and intrigued, but not as scared as she becomes when a dark creature attacks her.
As the bodies come back to life, the plot takes an unexpected twist that you won't see coming. The supernatural world only begins to unfold before her as angels appear, her dreams start to haunt her, and the very past she has forgotten comes back with startling clarity. Romance blooms, escape plans are made, an assassin is out to kill her, and death is only around the corner. But what is more terrifying than all of it is the fact she is the chosen one, the Illuminator, the one who will save them all.
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