Friday, December 28, 2012

Noah Murphy - Ethereal Girls - Author Interview & Giveaway

Author Interview

1. How did you come up with the title?
The title comes from the name of the team, and also refers to the ethereal plane, another plane of reality. Reality in Ethereal Girls is split distinctly in two: Psychic Plane, ones of concrete objects, and the Ethereal Plane, one of spirits.

2. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Heroism comes in all shapes and sizes. The book idea came about from the fact that male heroes can look however they want, but female heroes have to all be tall, thin and big-busted. Take The Hulk: huge, green and looks like he overdid the steroids. She-hulk looks like a green supermodel in most of the drawings of her. In some ways, Ethereal Girl's main character Liza is what She-hulk should look like, but doesn't because she has to be sexy.

3. How much of the book is realistic?
Many of the locations in the book, even if they had their names changed are very true to real locations. There's an important scene in the book that occurs at an elite girl's school named The Haddock School. It is based on a real elite girl's school located where I placed Haddock . When writing the scene, I had the map of the real school open for reference.

4. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
Flesh out a few of the side characters, but there's always a sequel for that.

5. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
I detest long flowery descriptions of everything taking up pages and pages, but if I leave description or exposition out, it leaves the work shallow and sparse. The challenge is balancing action with description.

6. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
There’s nothing wrong with using convention. My first series, K23 Detectives, didn’t sell very well in part because I tried to write with particular methodology, namely using unconventional plot structures and cutting out all the filler. So when setting out to write Ethereal Girls, I used a conventional structure and it worked beautifully, hitting novella length and my strongest work to date.

7. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Because I have all these stories in my head playing 24/7 and they need to come out somehow.

8. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I mostly read nonfiction because I use it to provide inspiration for my books. It’s hard to narrow down. If I had to come up with list of recent books, it would be, in no particular order:

1. Physics of the Impossible by Michu Kaku
2. Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer
3. Female Chauvinist Pigs by Ariel Levy
4. Of Parrots and People by Mira Tweti
5. Packaging boyhood by Sharon Lamb, Lyn Mikel Brown and Mark Tappa

9. Tell us your latest news.
I'm currently working on revising and expanding my first book, A Clear and Feathered Danger.

10. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you for reading!

About the Book

The Axe of Boren falls into the hands of teenage Liza while she is driving home from cheerleading practice, transforming her into a muscle-bound warrior. At the same time, her best friend Macie is twisted into a psychopathic murderer by one of the Axe’s counterparts, the corrupted Sword of Boren, and goes on a gruesome killing spree.

But just as Liza and Macie are headed for battle, an evil spirit unleashes cannibalistic zombies on Washington, D.C. In order to defeat the spirit, Liza must ally with three odd girls: a wraith-like Phoenix from the ghetto, a slithering “Lamia” named Jonola, and Meadow, a reincarnated goddess who may know far more about the mystical weapons than she lets on. But even with her new friends, Liza faces a near impossible task. Macie is obsessed with destroying her regardless of the devastation unfolding around them…

Everyone can relate to the anxiety of being different. Ethereal Girls vividly illustrates young women can be powerful and unconventional. QVC watching aliens, ancient snake people and a host of quirky originals keep you on an exciting and action packed ride.

Prices/Formats: $10.99 paperback, $2.99 ebook
Pages: 278
Genre: Young Adult/Science Fiction
Publisher: self-published
Release Date: October 21, 2012
Buy Link: Kindle, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, Drive Thru Fiction

About the Author

Noah Murphy grew up in Montgomery County, Maryland which features prominently in his writing. After graduating from Goucher College with a double major in philosophy and religion, he began a pet sitting service. In his spare time Noah volunteers at a not for profit parrot rescue. His love of animals provides inspiration for many of the anthropomorphic characters in his books.

Part of the generation just before autism awareness began, Noah was diagnosed at age 26. For him, a later diagnoses was a hidden blessing. Shares Noah, “Being forced to be “normal” gave me the skills and knowledge to publish and run a business.” How does autism affect his writing? “It unhinges my mind, allowing me to approach situations and characters in strange ways, and seriously enough to make it work: like the nerdy aliens who show up towards the end of Ethereal Girls in the USS Enterprise-D, which works better in the book than it sounds.”, explained Noah.

An avid writer and blogger, Noah Murphy is the author of the K23 Detective Series and his latest young adult superhero novel, Ethereal Girls, was released October 2012. He enjoys sharing his opinions on life, literature and popular culture with his 19,000 followers on Twitter and at The Murphyverse.

Links to connect with Noah:
Web Site/Blog

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