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Friday, June 3, 2011

Author Interview: Derrolyn Anderson

 So, Guys, I’m super excited to introduce you to Derrolyn Anderson,  author of Between The Land and The Sea, it’s sequel The Moon and The Tide, and book three, (which isn’t out yet, but I cannot wait for) The Fate of The Muse.
Hello readers! I’m a first time author working on the third installment of “Marina’s Tales”, a four to five part YA series. I’m an artist, a mom, an animal lover and a small business entrepreneur. Writing this series has been one of the hardest and most rewarding things I’ve ever done!
R: What inspired you to write Between The Land and The Sea?
I was a real bookworm as a kid, but I’d gotten away from reading novels when I started picking up my daughter’s books. The Harry Potter and Twilight series started me to wondering if I could write a YA book. What a humbling learning experience it’s been! I’ve definitely caught the writing bug now, and I plan on keeping at it as long as I can manage to stay inspired.


R: What is Between The Land And The Sea about?
I started writing with the intention of making a stand-alone romantic supernatural suspense story (that’s a mouthful!) about first love, but it started to take on a life of it’s own once I got to know the characters. The second book gets a little darker, with more of an over-arching conspiracy unfolding.


R: Who is your favorite character to write, and why?
I’m having a blast writing Shayla’s dialogue right now, but I do love Cruz too... and Evie.

R: Who was the most challenging character to write?
Probably Cruz, because I don’t know if he’s really coming across the way I see him.

R: What made you want to write about mermaids?
When I decided to set my story in Aptos, (my former home) it just seemed like the perfect way to tie the old cement ship into the story. I took many spooky, foggy walks out onto it, and tried to write it just the way I remember it. It’s funny, because I started writing it in the spring of 2010, and now it seems like mermaids are suddenly popping up everywhere in books and movies! I think their time has come.

R: What is your favorite book?
That would be impossible for me to say, like picking my favorite cat! They all bring something different to the table, and I suppose it’s what you’re in the mood for at any given time.


R: What other hobbies do you have, other than writing?
I love painting, sculpting, beading and making art in general. I could easily spend all day, every day messing around in my garden. It’s funny though, since I started writing these books everything else started to get sadly neglected. Last fall, tomatos and peppers went tragically unpicked, and more than one art-show deadline came and went! You don’t want to see my laundry room.

R: If you had a superpower what would it be? Also, what is your favorite mythical creature?
Could I fly and breathe underwater? Mind reading or immortality would be nice too... or really insane martial art skills. I’ll have to get back to you on that one!
As far as mythical creatures, I gotta go with the mermaids right now! I’ve always loved Pegasus and Jackalopes though.


R: Five things about yourself?
1. I’m the mother of three teenage daughters, two of whom are twins. The three of them are the smartest and most beautiful girls in the world.
2. I’m a chili-head. The spicier the better.
3. I type with one finger. Really pathetic.
4. I’m a cat and a dog person. I simply don’t understand how you could be either/or.
5. I like to jog listening to loud rock music. How can you not run with the Ramones and the Clash blasting in your ears?
R: Anything else I forgot to ask?
I don’t think so!


R: Thanks for visiting! 
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Yay! I'm so glad I got to have Derrolyn visit. And if you haven't read her book, you should! My review is posted below, you can check it out if you want to know more, and below are the links to amazon and goodreads.



2 Comments:

Kreag the Book Loving Writer

Great interview Riley! I think I am going to check out Between the Land and the Sea soon!

Riley

Yay! You should. I love, love, loved it, and Derrolyn's great.

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