Sunday, September 23, 2012

Part I Interview with Fiona Paul and Giveaway of Signed Hard back Copy of Venom


Venom (Secrets of the Eternal Rose, #1)
Welcome back, everyone! I'm very excited to introduce another Missourian author, Fiona Paul, who is coming out with her first novel, which I'm sure will be a blockbuster hit, Venom!

Goodreads Book Description:
Cassandra Caravello is one of Renaissance Venice’s lucky elite: with elegant gowns, sparkling jewels, her own lady’s maid, and a wealthy fiancé, she has everything a girl could desire. Yet ever since her parents’ death, Cassandra has felt trapped, alone in a city of water, where the dark and labyrinthine canals whisper of escape.

When Cass stumbles upon a murdered woman—practically in her own backyard—she’s drawn into a dangerous world of courtesans, killers, and secret societies. Soon, she finds herself falling for Falco, a mysterious artist with a mischievous grin... and a spectacular skill for trouble. Can Cassandra find the murderer, before he finds her? And will she stay true to her fiancé, or succumb to her uncontrollable feelings for Falco?

Beauty, love, romance, and mystery weave together in a stunning novel that’s as seductive and surprising as the city of Venice itself.


My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Goodreads review: Venom Review


Blurb about Fiona:  Fiona Paul lives in St. Louis, Missouri where she's managed to persuade prestigious universities to award her degrees in psychology and nursing. Between her studies, she traveled around five continents and spent time living in Thailand and South Korea (which is probably why she finds the idea of wearing shoes in the house a little weird.)


In addition to writing, Fiona is somewhat obsessive about coffee, music, and adventure sports. Her future goals include swimming with great white sharks and writing a whole truckload of novels, not necessarily in that order.
 
 Author Interview Part I.
1. Tell us a little bit about how you were inspired to write YA.
One reason I write YA because it is the genre I most enjoy reading. That's because ANYTHING can happen in a YA book: deaf girls manage rock bands, fat kids threaten to eat themselves to death on the internet, boys with mad cow disease go on mind-bending road trips with hypochondriac dwarves and garden gnomes. You never know what you're getting into when you crack open a YA novel and that is exciting! Also, it's about the stories. The ideas I have just usually happen to be YA concepts (probably because I refuse to grow up and act my age). I have a couple ideas that I started writing as YA books that once I got into them I realized they were adult books. For me it's not a good idea to force a story to be something it's not. Will I write an adult book someday? Almost definitely. Will it be published? I have no idea :) 

2. How has your job as a nurse affected your writing style and content?
 I definitely called on my nursing background to write the chapter epigraphs for Venom (which medical professionals all seem to really like so far) and certain scenes involving corpses and assorted body parts. I have to be careful though, because my tendency is to make things a little too complex or factual in places and sometimes that doesn't make for the best story. If that sounds weird to people reading this, think about hospital shows like House. My understanding of MDs--and please correct me if I am wrong, Dr. Blogger :)--is that they spend more than 50% of their time in front of computers entering orders and reviewing exam results. That's a reality that probably wouldn't make for a very gripping story. 

3. After reading your book, I must visit Venice. From your descriptions, you must have taken a trip. Tell us a little more about your experiences in Venice and your journey in writing about this gorgeous backdrop.
I went to Venice a couple of years ago as part of a package tour that included Croatia, Slovenia, and Italy. I only got to spend a couple of days there, but I was blown away by the fairytale otherworldliness of it all--the twisting alleyways, the tangled network of canals, the gorgeous architecture. Aside from the updated fashions, a visit to Venice really does feel like traveling back in time.

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61 comments:

  1. Thanks for the amazing giveaway and for making it international.
    I would love to visit Egipt. This was my childhood dream :).

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  2. Love the book cover and the interview was great:)

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  3. Egypt would be cool! New York is definitely cool. Thanks for having me on your blog Christina! :)

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  4. Europe and the East Coast are top on my list!

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  5. I've read VENOM and loved it - full of intrigue, and the setting is exquisite. Thanks for the interview!

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  6. I would go to Ireland. I've always wanted to visit their pubs and experience their culture.
    If I could be any animal I would be a horse. They are just so beautiful and majestic and free!

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  7. You have some great giveaways! :)

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  8. Had this on my blog for a list of beautiful covers- it's so awesome! Thanks for doing the giveaway.

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    1. And to answer the question: Sweden, because I recently saw a documentary on it and it looks breathtaking!

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  9. I would love to be a Koala so I can spend most of my day sleeping.

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    1. Right about now sleeping all day sounds PERFECT. I actually got to pet koalas in Australia and the koala keeper said I had to be careful because sometimes they scratch people with their little wolverine claws!

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  10. I'd go to either Japan or New Zealand, they're both so far away from where I live, that I will probably never visit them.

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    1. Been to both places and highly recommend. The Japanese were very kind to me and helped me navigate big, busy Tokyo. And new Zealand...best beaches, hottest guys :)

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  11. I would go to Italy. Whether it's Venice, Florence, Rome or Milan. I just want to go to Italy. :P

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  12. I'd travel to Ireland. I've been there once before but I had a horrible cold the whole time. Ireland just feels magical to me, and I love the accents! x

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  13. I'd love to go anywhere in Europe. One of my dreams is to travel the world so there.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  14. I would like to go to London and Paris. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  15. If I could be an animal I would be a penguin. They're so cute :)

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  16. I would love to tour all of Europe. How awesome would that be?
    As for an animal, I'd be a big jungle cat, strong and flexible :)

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  17. Mmm...this is a toughie. I'd probably say Ireland.
    What animal would I be? Most.definitely a wild. They're pretty and peaceful and let's face it, I'm obsessed with them.

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  18. Top of my list would be Europe!! As for an animal? I'd be a jaguar. I just love their movements.

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  19. I'd go to London or Scotland, I really want to see castles :)

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    1. And I'd be a tiger, because they are gorgeous and very powerful.

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  20. I would do back to Halstatt Austria - so beautiful and peaceful!

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  21. I would be my cat, who leads a luxurious and spoiled life, haha.

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  22. Ohhhh....very interesting and out the box kind of questions! I LIKE IT! LOL ;p Okay, so...I would pick Ireland because I am in LOVE with that place! I love the culture, the history, the beautiful scenery...everything about it. So, it is my dream to explore Ireland! :D

    As for the animal....I would become a White Tiger because not only are they gorgeous but tigers are becoming extinct...so with me in the picture..there would be one more added to the world count! LOL ;p

    Thanks for the amazing Giveaways! :)

    ~ Maida @ Literary Love Affair

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  23. Loved the interview :).

    Place I'd love to go - Ireland! Love everything about it.

    Animal - Wolf. They are so majestic and I could so rule a pack as a female alpha lol.

    Thanks for the chance to win :)

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  24. great interview and awesome give a ways! good luck on this event!

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  25. I would cruise the Mediterranean. I can afford the Carribean, which is my favorite, but I fell like the Med is the same only on the other side of the world. Any animal? Panther. Good luck trying to catch me. lol Thanks for the giveaway.

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  26. The interview was awesome! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  27. This caught my eye due to the Venice location - what a unique place. Was there in high school, never have come close to getting back. (However, one place outside of north america I really want to visit is Australia.)

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  28. Since I`m from Europe, I`d probably go somewhere out of Europe.I`ve always been inspired by Anne Rice so I`d probably choose to visit New Orleans :)

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  29. I would go to Japan because I love Anime and Manga and I would love to see where it all started! Thanks for the great giveaway!!

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  30. I would go to either Japan (I also like manga abut anime not so much.)or China (I'm Chinese (born in America) and have only been there once when I was 5.)

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  31. i want to go to new zealand....or maybe texas...to see some cowboys ;p

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  32. I would go to Harry Potter World. ;)

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    1. OMG. It is almost impossible that I have not been there yet. I'm waiting for the crowds to die down. 2025 maybe?

      And *SQUEE* I just heard the next JK Rowling book will be for kids . my inner child cannot wait.

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  33. I would love to go to Italy. My brother in law and his family live there, I get really jealous of all their beautiful facebook pics :)

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  34. I would go to Germany because I have been there in the past and just really love the culture and people.

    peter

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  35. If you could travel anywhere and money was not an issue, where would you go and why?

    I would go to the moon and back because floating in a spaceship and jumping on the moon would be awesome!!!

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  36. There's a lot of countries I want to visit but I always dreamed to go to Canada. I truly don't know why... but their mentality, landscapes etc always attract me! I would go to Ireland, too, because I love their culture :)

    Thanks for the interview and the giveaway!

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    1. Ahh, as a Canadian, I'm loving that answer.

      And I have a secret to share with you: Contrary to popular belief, we don't ride polar bears to work/school. We have caribous for that. Shh . . . It's classified information ;)

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  37. There is a cruise ship that takes about a year to go all around the world. You basically rent a condo on it and stop in sea ports all over. I think that would be what I would do if money were no object just because I want to go and see everything I couldn't just pick one place to visit!

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  38. I would love to go to Egypt because I find the history really interesting. Thanks for the giveaway!!!

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  39. I'd go to basically anywhere in Italy. I love Italian food, and the music and art! Plus, I'd like to go to just see the canals of Venice. And the Colosseum in Rome. Where bloody gladiators fought. (No, not really, but hey, it's history.)

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  40. Thanks for this giveaway!
    If I could go anywhere in the world I'd like to go to Australia. I've always wanted to see Ayers Rock.

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  41. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    My choice would be Antarctica! I've always wanted to go there!

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  42. Since I'm from Europe and had a chance to visit a lot of European countries, if the money wasn't an issue, I would probably choose Japan or India 'cause it's always nice to learn about other people culture and customs. Thanks for an awesome giveaway!

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  43. I went to Venice last summer (I'm Italian and I live just 4/5 hours from this city) :D It's really a beautiful place! I hope you will visit it someday ^_^
    I'd really like to go in Japan if I could. Maybe in the future I will :)

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  44. Paris!
    I always dream of seeing the Eiffel Tower and strolling on Champs-Élysées :)

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  45. Moscow, I want to see The Red Square ^^

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  46. I would go to Egypt because I think it is fun of history and I want to go I an pyramid!!!

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  47. I would love to go to the US! I have always had a feeling about it being a place where I was supposed to be. I think my soul mate is there LOL. I don't know why!

    Megan McDade

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  48. If I could I would go to Paris. I've always wanted to go to the Eiffel Tower

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  49. I wouldn't go anywhere. My favorite place in the world is at home with my family.

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  50. I think if I could visit anywhere it would be Russia. After reading books that were based in Russia and looking at travel sites I just really want to go. The country is absolutely beautiful.

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  51. I would totes go to New Zealand! SO beautiful!!

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    1. AGREE. The men and the scenery :) New Zealand and Thailand are my two most favorite places.

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