Saturday, 23 June 2012

Marie Landry interview and giveaway

Today I have author Marie Landry take part in an interview and also a giveaway of her debut book, Sky Blue Days.

About Marie
Marie Landry has always been a daydreamer. She has created imaginary worlds for as long as she can remember, so it only seemed natural that she would become a writer.
With a passion for words that started in early childhood, Marie has written a varied range of works, and has been freelance writing since 2009. She resides in Ontario, Canada, and most days you can find her writing, reading, blogging about writing and reading, listening to U2, or having grand adventures with her two precious nephews.

Find Marie
Website|Facebook Fan Page|Facebook Book Page|Twitter|Blog

Marie's Book

1. I know there are personal reasons for writing Blue Sky Days, was it hard to write the book with the emotions attached to it?
Very. It was actually much harder than I thought it would be. I was young when my dad was diagnosed with leukemia, and only ten when he died, but writing the parts about Nicholas being sick brought me back to those scary, heartbreaking days. I would be writing a scene, and I’d be just bawlingmy eyes out. I’ve read the book a dozen times or more between all the revisions and editing, and I cry every single time.

2. There was a lot of medical things happening in Blue Sky Days, was this information from experience or was some research needed?
A lot of it was from experience, and I asked my mum to fill in a lot of the gaps, too. I also did a bit of research online to make sure I had certain facts straight.

3. Did you have any favourite characters to write?
I honestly loved every single one of my characters -except Emma’s mother, and for those of you who have read the book, you’ll understand why! I had a lot of fun writing Emma, because she changed and grew and learned so much throughout the course of the book. Nicholas and Daisy were fun to writebecause they were both so free-spirited and kind of eccentric. I was able to let my imagination run loose with them.

4.Was there anything you wanted to add in the story that ended up edited out?
No, there wasn’t. I think that’s part of the beauty of self-publishing - not having to make sacrifices to the story for someone else’s vision. 

5. Did you listen to any music while writing, if so what type did you listen to?
I have trouble concentrating on writing if I’m listening to music, so it wasn’t often that I had music on during the actual writing process, but I have music on the rest of the time. Music is a big source of inspiration for me, and when I finished writing the book, I created a playlist (which you can find on my website) of songs that influenced the book in someway. At least half the songs are by U2, my favorite band.

6. Are there any similarities between Emma and yourself, or other people you know?
I put quite a bit of myself into Emma. The things she likes and dislikes, her style, even a bit of her personality. People who know me well will be able to see the similarities. As for the other characters, they were mostly fictional with a few traits from friends and family members thrown in here and there.

7. What has been the best experience so far of having your book published?
Getting feedback from people who have read and enjoyed the book. Publishing a book is like sending your baby out into the world - it’s scary and exciting, and it feels like a huge part of you is being exposed for the entire world to observe, pick apart, and judge. The positive feedback I've received has been really heartwarming, and even the negative feedback -although it hurts at times - has helped me strive to be a better writer.

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  1. Great interview and giveaway, thank you Much Loved Books and Marie :)


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