Monday, June 24, 2013

Interview with Janeal Falor ~ Giveaway ~

Today I'd like to welcome Janeal Falor to Pure Jonel.
Let's find out some more about her!

Q ~ Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I'm really shy. Doing all this book stuff has really pushed me out of that comfort zone, lol. But once you get to know me I talk. A lot. I also like to cook, eat, and be outside. I especially like when I get to do these things with my family.

Q ~ Sleep in or get up early?
What is the 'early' you speak of?

Q ~ What is your biggest pet peve?
When people chew with their mouth open. *shudders*

Q ~ If you could have coffee (or tea) with any author who would it be and what would you ask them?
I'd have hot chocolate with Rae Carson. I love her Girl of Fire and Series, and I'm so excited for the last one to come out. I'd ask all about her books and characters. They are incredible and the world she has created has an amazing amount of depth. Seriously, if you haven't read them yet, you should.

Q ~ What is your favourite genre to read?
Young Adult, anything speculative. Whether it's a touch of magic realism or full on fantasy, I like being transported to a world with things can't happen in real life. And it always have to have romance. Love me a good love story!

Q ~ Ebooks, paperbacks, or hardcovers?
All are both great in their own ways. I love being able to take a tons of books with me easily. But I also find it easier to navigate print copies. Also, the whole 'there's just something about a print book' thing really applies, though I'm still trying to figure out why exactly...

Q ~ How did you begin writing? Was there a single catalyst or a series of events?
I've been writing since I was a kid. The first time I got serious about it was after I had an amazing dream. There were elves and pirates and magic and so much awesomeness. I knew I wanted to share it with others. That was the beginning of a long, hard journey that lead me here.

Q ~ Who are your biggest supporters?
#1 – My husband. He is fantastic.
My sister, Karen C. Eddington, is great at supporting and encouraging me. Loralie Hall and RaeChell Garret are also incredible. So much so that you should go follow these two ladies on twitter right now. Their names and books are going to be big some day.

Q ~ When you write, do you lay out a solid outline before beginning, or start writing and iron out the kinks later?
Both. I'm weird. I write beginning to end, but in such a way that it's more like a massive 30k word outline. Except it reads more like a short story than an outline and it's easier to work out the kinks than writing the full thing.

Q ~ What inspired you to write ‘You are Mine?’
I had been reading a lot of marriage of convenience/marrying for money type of books. And then I thought: What if girls weren't married off for money, but for something they had? Something they couldn't control. Something of great value. Like...Magic!   ~  And thus, You Are Mine was hatched.

Q ~ Do you have a favourite character in the novel? Is this person based on someone, or multiple someones, in your life?
It's so hard to pick a favorite character. I start thinking I know who and then I think, but what about this one? If I had to pick I'd probably say Katherine. I really like how she handles life after everything she's been through. She's not based off of anyone, though I do know a lot of great, strong people who have probably influenced my development of her in general.

An extra tidbit for you about Katherine: Her name was Charlotte up until I was almost ready to publish. I still see the name Katherine and go 'Who the heck is that and what is she doing in my book?' Followed by, 'Oh, Charlotte. Derp.'

Q ~ What’s up next for you? Can you tell us a bit about the sequel?
Along with the Mine series I'm also working on a stand alone YA Fantasy, Ever Darkening. The idea of it scares the pants of me to pull off, but it is one of my all time favorites. Crossing my fingers (and toes and arms and legs) that I can pull it off.

I'm trying to get it and Mine #2, Mine to Spell, out as quickly as I can. Mine to Spell is from Cynthia's perspective, a sister to Serena, the main character in You Are Mine. Her voice as been loud and insistent ever since I finished Serena's book, so I'm very happy to finally be working on it.

Q ~ What’s one piece of advice you would like to give those who’d like to start writing professionally?
Write a ton, read a ton, and learn to use criticism to make your books better.

And now, enter to win an ecopy of You Are Mine by Janeal Falor.
Entries close at 11:59pm on June 26th.
The winner will be notified on June 27th.
Good Luck to all!

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