Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Meradeth Houston - Colors Like Memories - Author Interview & Giveaway

Author Interview

1. How did you come up with the title?
I love a good title and know how much weight they can carry, so I spent a lot of time coming up with "Colors Like Memories". It went through a lot of really lousy titles along the way :) The final version came from a Jorge Borges essay that I was reading with this amazing passage right at the end with a phrase similar to Colors Like Memories. When I read it, I knew it was the title I had to use!

2. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Totally: that things happen for a reason. Sometimes it's really hard to understand what that reason might be, or how it will fit into the long run, but I do think there is purpose in a lot of our actions. This is one of those things I'm always trying to remember myself, which might explain why it made it into my writing :)

3. How much of the book is realistic?
Honestly, not much! I mean, the friendships, historical settings, and grief are as realistic as I could make them, but most of the story, and obviously the Sary, are products of my imagination.

4. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
I might add in some more descriptions of the characters. I keep hearing from readers that they want to know what they "look" like more. Personally, I like to imagine characters in my head more than being told, but I might add in more detail in that department!

5. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Revisions. Seriously, this book went through enough revisions and re-writes that I probably could have written several other books just with the chunks that were cut. It was pretty daunting at times, I'll admit!

6. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
This may sound a little cliche, but "don't give up" is one of the main things that came from my writing Colors. There were certainly plenty of times I wanted to, but it was a real exercise in tenacity, haha!

7. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Reading. It's as simple as that. I loved reading, and one day it just kind of struck me that I could write stories with all my favorite bits in them if I wanted to. 

8. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Madeline L'Engle has been my favorite for a long time, though there are a hundred others I deeply admire. But A Wrinkle in Time just stands alone on books that forever captivate me--and who can't love Meg?

9. Tell us your latest news.
I just sold my second book: The Chemistry of Fate! It's a companion book to Colors, same world, different characters. It's due to be released April of 2013.

10. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Um, other than please buy my book? :) (Hehe, couldn't resist!) Okay, honestly, I would say, I hope you love reading as much as I do, and if you get a chance to check out Colors, I'll love ya forever!

About the Book

Julia has a secret: she killed the guy she loved. It was an accident—sort of.

Julia is a Sary, the soul of a child who died before taking her first breath. Without this 'breath of life' she and others like her must help those on the verge of suicide. It's a job Julia used to enjoy, until the accident that claimed her boyfriend’s life—an accident she knows was her fault. If living with the guilt weren't enough, she's now assigned to help a girl dealing with the loss of her mother, something Julia's not exactly the best role model for. If she can't figure out a way to help her, Julia's going to lose her position in the Sary, something she swore to her boyfriend would never happen.

Price/Format: $5.95, ebook
Pages: 192
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
Release Date: May 11, 2012
Buy Links: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, MuseItUp

About the Author

Meradeth’s never been a big fan of talking about herself, but if you really want to know, here are some random tidbits about her:

- She’s a Northern California girl. This generally means she talks too fast and use "like" a lot.

- When she’s not writing, she’s sequencing dead people’s DNA. For fun!

- She’s been writing since she was 11 years old. It's her hobby, her passion, and she’s so happy to get to share her work!

- If she could have a super-power, it would totally be flying. Which is a little strange, because she’s terrified of heights.

Links to connect with Meradeth:
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