Mundie Moms

Friday, June 22, 2012

Clockwork Princess Snippet

Cassie posted a lovely new CP2 teaser today:

Tessa put a hand against the wall as she made her way numbly down the stairs. What had she almost done? What had she nearly told Will? 

*sigh* For the love of everything that's Infernal Devices, please Tessa TELL US! lol I might be a little impatient to find out. 

Author Interview: Kathleen Peacock

I'm really excited about today's interview with debut author Kathleen Peacock. Kathleen is the author of Hemlock (you can read my review here), which was released in May by Katherine Tegen Books/Harper Teen. Hemlock is the first in it's series, and it's a fantastic paranormal read. Before I introduce you to Kathleen, here's a little bit about her book:

Mackenzie and Amy were best friends. Until Amy was brutally murdered.

Since then, Mac's life has been turned upside down. She is being haunted by Amy in her dreams, and an extremist group called the Trackers has come to Mac's hometown of Hemlock to hunt down Amy's killer:

A white werewolf.

Lupine syndrome—also known as the werewolf virus—is on the rise across the country. Many of the infected try to hide their symptoms, but bloodlust is not easy to control.

Wanting desperately to put an end to her nightmares, Mac decides to investigate Amy's murder herself. She discovers secrets lurking in the shadows of Hemlock, secrets about Amy's boyfriend, Jason, her good pal Kyle, and especially her late best friend. Mac is thrown into a maelstrom of violence and betrayal that puts her life at risk.

Kathleen Peacock's thrilling novel is the first in the Hemlock trilogy, a spellbinding urban fantasy series filled with provocative questions about prejudice, trust, lies, and love. -quoted from Harper Teen

Hi Kathleen! Thank you for stopping by Mundie Moms today. What's one thing you learned about yourself in writing Hemlock?

Thank you for having me! One thing? Yikes! I think it confirmed that I really am as stubborn and bullheaded as I’ve occasionally been accused of being. There were a hundred times when it would have been easier to just put the book away and channel my energy into something else (Lacrosse? Baking? World Domination? Cosplay?) but I just. couldn’t. walk. away. 

You have a fabulous group of characters in Hemlock. Which of your characters is most like you and which one surprised you in terms of how they grew and changed over the course of writing Hemlock?

Thank you! Honestly, I think I’m most like Riley Parker. Don’t remember Riley? He’s the kid who sits in the back of chemistry and is too shy to talk to anyone and ends up getting Tased. If Hemlock were Star Trek, Riley would be wearing a red shirt.

I’m going to cheat and choose two: Kyle and Mac. There was very little romance in the early drafts of Hemlock. One evening, I was revising a scene when all of a sudden they started making out. I kept trying to push them back to their individual corners but they refused. Everything had to be reworked because of that one kiss.

The romance, action, werewolf lore and twists in this book are fabulous. What was your favorite element to create/write?

I like writing the action scenes and werewolf transformations the most. I tend to swing to the An American Werewolf in London school of thought when it comes to the actual mechanics of shifting. I think the actual act of changing would hurt like hell and changing back would be more embarrassing than satisfying. I recently read a review that said there was nothing romantic about being a werewolf in Hemlock and my first thought was “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!”

If you could pick 1 of your favorite fictional characters to write into Hemlock, who would you choose and why?

Jazz from I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga. He’s already worried about being one of the monsters and is so awesomely complex.

I'm a huge wolf fan, loved your story's wolf lore. What are some of your favorite YA werewolf books?

I’m going to go classic and say Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause—partly because I like it and partly because I haven’t read very many YA werewolf books. 

I’m really self-conscious. For sanity’s sake, I decided to avoid other YA books where werewolves were the main supernatural creature until after Hemlock is done. It’s been really hard. As soon as book three goes to copyedits, I’m locking myself in a room with Shiver.

If you could take a writing trip to anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

Stratford, Ontario. Just so that I could pretend my life was an episode of Slings & Arrows. Also, it’s close enough to one of my best friends that I could hang out but not so close that I could avoid work by constantly hanging out on her couch.

Speed Round Questions:

- Warm weather or cold weather? Warm.
- Watching a sporting event or shopping? Shopping.
- Pack backing trip to Europe or Caribbean cruise? Option C?
- Early mornings or late nights? Late nights. Always.
- Dance party or karaoke party? Dance party.


Thank you Kathleen for taking time to visit with me today! 

You can visit Kathleen on: her Website | her BlogTwitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Purchase Hemlock from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

Happy Friday!

I know this has nothing to do with books, but you can't help but laugh at this clip. Here's to a fabulous Friday Napoleon Dynamite style!!