Today as part of the (fabulous) Eternally Yours / Imortal Beloved blog tour I am delighted to welcome author, Cate Tiernan back to Books 4 Teens to answer a few questions.
So lets get started…
Q&A With Cate Tiernan
First, some questions about Eternally Yours / Immortal Beloved…
1) Can you sum up Eternally Yours in five words?
Hardened, damaged immortal redeems herself.
2) If the Immortal Beloved series was to be turned into a film series who would you want to play the lead characters?
I never know how to answer these! I don’t know all that many young actors. In the past I think I’ve said either Dakota or Elle Fanning for Nastasya, but I honestly don’t know who could play Reyn. Most of my favorite actors would be too old!
3) Which (if any) of the characters in Eternally Yours are most like you / do you wish you could be?
Actually, none of the characters are all that much like me. I would aspire to be more like River, with her patience and generosity.
4) To someone who loved the two previous Immortal Beloved books (meeee!!!) which other YA books would you recommend?
Thank you! Honestly, I haven’t read many other YA books. I’m always afraid that I’ll be too influenced by them. But I read Under the Never Sky, by Veronica Rossi, and liked it. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stievater was very good.
And now some questions on writing…
5) Do you plan your novels in advance, just write them or maybe something in between?
I never just write them. I plan them out with varying degrees of detail. Usually I work from a very detailed outline, about 30-40 pages, with each chapter broken down by scene. But in the writing, it always changes in ways I can’t predict. I recently wrote a book just from a three-page synopses, and I think that was harder in some ways because I had to figure things out as I went.
6) Bit of a change to my usual question here but where do you get your ideas for your novels?
Gosh, from everywhere. Ideas just pop into my head, or I’ll see something or hear something and think, wouldn’t it be interesting if . . .sometimes they just seem to come to me pretty well formed and developed, and then I just write them down.
7) What do you like most about writing?
That I can work at home alone in my bathrobe. But I also appreciate being able to express my ideas and being able to reach other people and make a connection with strangers. It’s fun. It’s creative. I like the opportunity to live in different worlds.
8) Could you describe a typical day / evening (if there is such a thing) in your life?
My life is quite home-centered, which is how I’m most comfortable. In the morning the kids head off to school, and then I putter for a while, do things like answer emails or do housework-type things. Put laundry in. I catch up on the few blogs I follow and see if there’s any outstanding business stuff to take care of. Then I’ll settle down to write. Somewhere in there I have lunch and take the dogs for a walk, then either my husband or I will pick up kids from school. I work more in the afternoon until it’s time to start getting dinner together. I usually don’t work after dinner, unless I’m running late with a book or revision and desperately need to get it done. On the few days I don’t have a book to work on, I catch up on housework.
9) I noticed on your website you ghostwrite, can I ask what type of books you ghostwrite and what you most enjoy about this kind of writing?
I don’t do much ghostwriting these days. It was almost all juvenile books, sometimes series books. It was interesting and sometimes fun, but I do prefer writing all my own books.
10) Are there any more stories in the Immortal Beloved series in the pipeline / can you tell us what you’re working on next?
Right now there are no more books planned in Immortal Beloved, but you never know! Currently I’m working on the first book of a new trilogy, tentatively called These Eyes. It will come out from Simon Pulse either late in 2013 or in 2014. It’s a lot of fun, and has no witches or immortals in it! But still some supernatural elements, of course . . .
Thank you for these questions!
A huge thank you to Cate Tiernan for answering these questions!
About Eternally Yours
At the end of DARKNESS FALLS, the second Immortal Beloved novel, Nastasya has fought back against the dark immortals with her own brand of magick… but can she fight against true love? In the exhilarating finale to the Immortal Beloved trilogy, Nastasya ends a 450-year-old feud and learns what ‘eternally yours’ really means.