AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Featuring Adult Author Tiffany McDaniel!

Hey Book Nerds and welcome back to my blog! I am super excited for this post and am thrilled to share it with all of you! I was recently contacted by adult author, Tiffany McDaniel to do an author interview and promote her book. And I definitely couldn’t resist! Her book sounds phenomenal and she is such a sweet author. So now without further ado, let’s get straight into this interview!

Q: How did you get into writing?
Tiffany: Writing is the earliest thing I remember doing as a child without being told to do so. It was something I was drawn to do, an urge to write stories, read stories, and to live with stories. As a child, I started out writing poetry, short stories, and plays. I began the novelist’s journey at eighteen when I wrote my first novel

Q: Have you always been a reader? Did reading influence your love for writing?
Tiffany: I was introduced to reading just about from birth by my mother who would read nightly to me, as she did to my sisters as well.  Reading was something that was established in my house as being important and meaningful to one’s evolution and education.  Every night I would go into my closet where the books were kept and choose a large stack for my mother to read to me.  When I was old enough to read myself I gravitated toward the R.L. Stine Goosebumps and Fear Street series during my coming-of-age.  To answer the second part of your question, I wouldn’t say reading influenced my writing.  Writing was and has always been an innate desire.  For me, reading falls second to writing.

Q: Tell us a bit about your book. Genre, characters, plot, etc.
Tiffany:
The Summer that Melted Everything is literary fiction, and could also be considered Midwest Literature.  The story is about an eighty-four-year-old man named Fielding Bliss, who is looking back on his life during one summer in 1984 when he was thirteen-years-old and his father invited the devil to their small town called Breathed, Ohio.  Who answers the invitation ends up being a boy in overalls and bruises.  This boy’s arrival comes the first day of a hell-hot heat-wave that carries through the entire course of the summer.  This is not just a story about the heat, but a story of everything that melted in that heat.  Family, friendships, innocence, and even lives. 

Q: Do you listen to music when you write? If so, do you have any favorite songs/playlists?
Tiffany: While I do have a suggested playlist of songs for the book that I give to book clubs, I don’t listen to music with lyrics as I’m writing because I find the lyrics compete with the words in my head.  When I do listen to music while I’m writing it’s instrumental and nothing upbeat, but really music that would make you want to paint the walls black. 

Q: Have you written any other books? Do you plan to?
Tiffany:
I do have eight completed novels.  I wrote my first novel when I was eighteen.  I wouldn’t get a publishing contract until I was twenty-nine for The Summer that Melted Everything, which is my first published novel but my fifth or sixth novel written.  For me it was an eleven year journey to publication full of rejection and perseverance.  Publishing for the most part has been an uphill battle.  That’s why I tell those who are aspiring for publication not to give up.  It’s not something that happens overnight.  It’s something you must work hard for.  I hope to have my other eight novels published, but really that’s up to the publisher and up to the book sales of The Summer that Melted Everything.  Readers really do determine an author’s career, which is why it’s so important for readers to begin that word-of-mouth and help to make sure an author continues to get published, because without reader support it can be harder for an author to convince the publisher to take on another book from them.   

Q: What do you like to do in your free time? (when you’re not writing)
Tiffany:
I love the outdoors so I enjoy spending time with nature and doing things such as gardening.  I also enjoy baking and cooking.  Art is a big part of my life and I like to work with all kinds of mediums from pastels and charcoals to paint and pencil.  I also love film and anything to do with archaeology and the various sciences and studies of the universe.

Q: What are some of your favorite books?
Tiffany:
Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury, We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson, The Secret History by Donna Tartt, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.  I also read lots of poetry.  The poet, James Wright, is one of my favorite poets.  His verse can hang the stars.

Displaying author image for TSTME.jpgAnd that’s it for the interview! It was super fun and I really hope you enjoyed it! Now, I have a bit of information about Tiffany to share with all of you!

An Ohio native, Tiffany McDaniel’s writing is inspired by the rolling hills and buckeye woods of the land she knows.  She is also a poet, playwright, screenwriter, and artist.  She is the winner of the Not-the-Booker Prize for her debut novel, The Summer that Melted Everything, which was a Goodreads Choice Award double nominee. 

Website link: CLICK HERE

About Her Book:

Fielding Bliss has never forgotten the summer of 1984: the year a heat wave scorched Breathed, Ohio. The year he became friends with the devil.

Sal seems to appear out of nowhere – a bruised and tattered thirteen-year-old boy claiming to be the devil himself answering an invitation. Fielding Bliss, the son of a local prosecutor, brings him home where he’s welcomed into the Bliss family, assuming he’s a runaway from a nearby farm town.

When word spreads that the devil has come to Breathed, not everyone is happy to welcome this self-proclaimed fallen angel. Murmurs follow him and tensions rise, along with the temperature as an unbearable heat wave rolls into town right along with him. As strange accidents start to occur, riled by the feverish heat, some in the town start to believe that Sal is exactly who he claims to be. While the Bliss family wrestle with their own personal demons, a fanatic drives the town to the brink of a catastrophe that will change this sleepy Ohio backwater forever.

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~Alaina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elementals Release Blitz: Q&A with author Michelle Madow || January 29

Hello everybody! Recently, I received the amazing opportunity to do a Q&A with the author of The Secret Diamond sisters, Michelle Madow. I read the series back in the summer and fell in love. But, Michelle recently came back with more books, releasing the first in a series, Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows earlier this week. I was able to get and eARC of Elementals back in December and I’ve got to say, it’s incredible.

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About the Book:

Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows is the first in Michelle’s new series, Elementals. It is said that if you’ve read either the Percy Jackson series or The Secret Circle, you will love it. But, you do not have to read those series to love the book.

When Nicole Cassidy moves from sunny Georgia to gloomy New England, the last thing she expects is to learn that her homeroom is a cover for a secret coven of witches. Even more surprisingly … she’s apparently a witch herself. Despite doubts about her newfound abilities, Nicole is welcomed into this ancient circle of witches and is bedazzled by their powers–and, to her dismay, by Blake–the school’s notorious bad-boy.

Girls who get close to Blake wind up hurt. His girlfriend Danielle will do anything to keep them away, even if she must resort to using dark magic. But the chemistry between Blake and Nicole is undeniable, and despite wanting to protect Nicole from Danielle’s wrath, he finds it impossible to keep his distance.

When the Olympian Comet shoots through the sky for the first time in three thousand years, Nicole, Blake, Danielle, and two others in their homeroom are gifted with mysterious powers over the elements. But the comet has another effect–it opens the portal to the prison world that has contained the Titans for centuries. After an ancient monster escapes and attacks Nicole and Blake, it’s up to them and the others to follow the clues from a cryptic prophecy so that they can save their town … and possibly the world.


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Q&A:

I was so excited to be able to get the opportunity to interview Michelle Madow. Well actually, I was ecstatic. Michelle has been one of my favorite authors since I started reading. She is an inspiration to me and I’m so happy I was able to do an interview with her.

Me: What is expected to be a part of the Elementals series?

Michelle: Magic, adventure and a bit of romance 🙂

Me: What was your favorite book to write?

Michelle: That’s such a hard question, because I love all of my books for different reasons! But I just finished writing Book 2 of the Elementals series – called The Blood of the Hydra – and I had a blast writing it. All I can say about it is that this series will get more and more adventurous as it continues!

Me: Why did you want to become a writer?

Michelle: I’ve always loved writing – creative stories has been something that my brain has done naturally since before I can even remember. I’ve written for fun since second grade, but it wasn’t until I took an Intro to Creative Writing class in my junior year of College that I ever seriously showed anyone my writing. Because writing had always been something I enjoyed, but I didn’t think anyone else would be interested in my stories, and I  even doubted my own ability to write an entire novel. But my teacher and classmates loved the work I handed in for that class, and said that I absolutely needed to try. So I did, and I completed the draft of my first book by the end of my junior year.

Me: Which series do you prefer? the Secret Diamond Sisters or Elementals?

Michelle: I can’t pick one because they’re both so different! One of my favorite things about the YA genre is that there are books for every mood. As a reader, I read everything from paranormal to contemporary to science fiction, and everything in between. so as a writer, it’s fun for me to write books that are different for each other. But it really is impossible for me to pick a favorite!

Me: What other series than Percy Jackson would Elementals relate to?

Michelle: Definitely The secret Circle, because of the witchcraft. Some people have told me that it slightly has Harry Potter vibes, but that’s the BIGGEST compliment ever, because I’m a huge Harry Potter fan and could never compare myself to the genius of JK Rowling!

Me: What is it like knowing that you have books selling on bookshelves around the world?

Michelle: It’s incredibly amazing. For my whole life, I’ve loved going to bookstores – I could sit there for an hour in front of the shelves, reading the descriptions of each book, deciding which ones I wanted to take home with me and lose myself in. So knowing that there are people out there who are doing that with my books is one of the most rewarding feelings ever.


Giveaway!

Michelle is hosting a giveaway for the chance to win a Kindle Fire 7″! To enter click HERE.


About Michelle:

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Michelle Madow has always loved writing stories, but the possibility of being an author used to feel more like a dream than a reality. She didn’t share her stories with anyone until her junior year of college, when she signed up for an Intro to Creative Writing course. Her teacher and classmates read the first chapter of a book idea she had, and they loved it so much that they told her she had to finish the book so they could find out what happened next. By the end of the school year, Michelle finished that book, which would later be published as her first novel.

Michelle grew up in Baltimore, and now lives in Boca Raton, Florida, where she writes books for young adults. Some of her favorite things are: reading, pizza, traveling, shopping, time travel, Broadway musicals, and spending time with friends and family. Michelle has toured across America to promote her books and to encourage high school students to embrace reading and writing. Someday, she hopes to travel the world for a year on a cruise ship.

Connect with Michelle: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads


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Thank you so much to Cameron Yeager for helping me complete my biggest dream EVER! It was such an amazing opportunity to interview Michelle and I hope that I can do it again in the future. Also, thank you to Danielle Barclay! She helped me out when none of my information for this interview was coming. Cameron and Danielle are amazing people and I hope to work with them again for future projects with Michelle.

Happy Reading!

~Alaina