Monday, June 13, 2011

Interview with Keary Taylor + Eden Give-Away (SIGNED)

Today I have the awesome opportunity to interview with the amazing author, and my great friend, Keary Taylor.

Keary is an indie author, living on a small island in Washington state, and raising two adorable little kiddos when not furiously typing away.  Her Fall of Angels series, Branded and Forsaken, is one amazing read.  Vindicated, book three in the series, is currently in the works and I must say, I am on edge waiting to read it!  But we aren't here today to talk about that series.

Keary has recently finished her first YA Dystopian: Eden.  And guess what!  It is now published and out for sale.  Before I ramble any more about Eden, I want you to get to know Keary a bit better.  Then keep reading... there will be a Kindle Give-Away for a digital SIGNED copy of Eden, waiting for you at the end!

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* Why hello there Keary! How are you doing today? 

     Pretty fantastic! Thanks for asking ;)


* Tell us a little more about yourself. 

     I’m just a girl who grew up in Utah, the oldest of 5 girls, no brothers. When I was young I always loved to write but thought I’d go into the more “sensible” career of being a nurse. And then marriage and motherhood came up and now I get to live my dream and have an adorable family.


* Eden is the fourth book you have finished writing in only three years. You must have some crazy writing schedule to keep up with your life.
How do you do it?

     Haha! It’s not easy. I wake up at about 5:45 most mornings and work until the kids wake up, then take advantage of nap-time, and if I’ve still got any energy at the end of the day, work some more after the kids are in bed.


* Wow, work work work!  So: Plotter or Pantser?

     Both I guess. I almost always know how my books are going to end before I know how they will begin. I write out a few general ideas before I start on a project but I usually can’t figure out much till I’m actually typing out words.


* What sparked the idea for Eden and its robotic take over? 

     This is going to sound kinda nerdy I guess. I was watching Star Wars 3 with my husband last summer and there was this shot of Anakin with his new mechanical hand and I thought “How cool would that be if he’d grown that hand himself?” Guess I have an overactive imagination ‘cause Eden just started evolving!


* Hey, we all appreciate your overactive imagination!  This is, in fact, your first dystopian novel. Do you think there may be more from you in the future? 

     I love dystopian but I think this will probably be my one and only. I feel like I can only end the world once. I want to branch out too, try new genres as well.


* Thank you for only ending the world once.  The Fall of Angels series is Indie, and Eden is yet another independently published book.  You seem to be doing quite well in the Indie world I must say.
Any advice for others who are about to venture into it? 


     This is going to be HARD. Don’t think otherwise. Be prepared to sweat blood for every dollar you earn. And stick with it. Things might not happen for a while. Branded took over a year before it did much of anything but it was so worth the wait!


* Great advice!  So, tell us, what made you decide to go Indie with Eden? 

     I did send out a few query letters but it was kind of a half-hearted attempt. I didn’t like the uncertainty. And things had been going so well with Branded and Forsaken. And honestly I like having so much control. I enjoy the process of publishing.


* Speaking of control and power:  Eve, your leading lady, is quite something. Is there any trait in her that you see in yourself? Is there a trait of hers you wish you could steal? 

     We’re both stubborn and tend to think we’re right. We both have strong family loyalty (even if it’s not blood related family). I wish I had her physical strength, lol. She’s such a kick-butt girl!


* Would you spoil us and share a quote or snippet? Pretty please? 

     “At one time this was a part of something, belonging to some state or city. None of that mattered anymore. Once the infection got you nothing mattered anymore, except for turning the rest of us into nothing too.”

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Isn't Keary just great?  It is hard to believe she is only 23 years old, with all of these books already under her belt.  And she is just getting started.  I can't wait to see what she creates next.  Thank you for the interview Keary!

Now, on to Eden!

Here is the synopsis, for those of you who do not stalk Keary's books already:


Eve knew the stories of the Fall, of a time before she wandered into the colony of Eden, unable to recall anything but her name. She’s seen the aftermath of the technology that infused human DNA with cybernetic matter, able to grow new organs and limbs, how it evolved out of control. The machine took over and the soul vanished. A world quickly losing its humanity isn’t just a story to her though. At eighteen, this world is Eve’s reality. In their Fallen world, love feels like a selfish luxury, but not understanding what it is makes it difficult to choose between West, who makes her feel alive but keeps too many secrets, and Avian, who has always been there for her, but is seven years her senior. The technology wants to spread and it won’t stop until there is no new flesh to assimilate. With only two percent of the human population left, mankind is on the brink of extinction. While fighting to keep Eden alive, Eve will discover that being human is about what you will do for those you love, not what your insides may be made of. And even if it gets you killed, love is always what separates them from the Fallen.

Eden is now available for sale at these locations:

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Want a chance to win a Kindle version SIGNED copy of Eden?
You read it right.  I upped it from a Kindle copy to a signed paperback!
You know you want it.
Here is your chance!
Here is how to enter:
  • Leave a comment (with your email address) 
  • Follow me, of course

Want extra entries?  You can gain one extra entry for each item below, just post the link(s) in a comment:
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Blog about Keary's book and/or this Give-Away
  • Show Keary some love by following her on her blog and/or Facebook


I will announce the winner in one week, June 20th.  Spread the word!
And congrats again, Keary, on finishing yet one more amazing novel!

16 comments:

kandra said...

Wahoo! First comment! :)
kandraconary@yahoo.com (Follower)

kandra said...

Posted it to my facebook!
http://www.facebook.com/kconary

-E- said...

i'm just commenting, not entering the contest.

Jenni Merritt said...

Kandra, I am just letting you know to check my other post today. The contest has now been upped to a signed copy!

-E- Thanks for the comment. :)

Noelli Spanelli said...

my email: ur.bloody.valentine@hotmail.com

tweeted:
http://twitter.com/#!/bookgiveaways_

liked Keary's fb page:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Keary-Taylor/179991705378833?sk=wall

and followed Keary's blog
http://kearytaylor.blogspot.com/

Thanks for the heads up Jenni:)

Nicolas said...

I would love a copy, I am reading it right now on my tablet but I would love a shiney paper copy.
sushisanjuan@gmail.com

Taylor said...

Hey jenni! email 9which you already have) is tjasperson@hotmail.com

I posted it on my fb, added her fb and to my blog following =)

Kimmel Tippets said...

Like -E- I'm also just commenting. I have a pretty copy on it's way to me right now, so I don't want to take away from everyone else's chances to win, but great interview!

Kelley said...

Whoo! This sounds awesome. :) I follow through GoogleReader, is that okay?

alleviating(at)gmail.com

Jenni Merritt said...

Kelley - I usually prefer actual followers, just so that I can see that you do stalk me already. (I can't see who has subscribed via Reader... that I know of.) But this time it will be ok. Thanks for entering!

Jamie Manning said...

I SOOO wanna win that signed copy (yay!!) That is one of the best covers I've ever seen! Thanks for the great giveaway...I tweeted!!

http://twitter.com/jmanni32/status/80636092692439040

jmanni32@yahoo.com

Matt said...

I've been very excited about Eden. It sounds a lot more sci-fi than Keary's other works, and I'm excited to see how she fits with the genre!

Tweeted @depth84
Facebooked @www.facebook.com/matt.barrington
Followed Keary and status

Really looking forward to following you Jenni!

Grawrock88 said...

Oooh, this is exciting. Thanks for the chance Jenni. =)

kushkapa@hotmail.com

And I'm already a follower. =)

Grawrock88 said...

Oh, I also posted about it on Facebook and am now a follower of Keary's blog.

~Valen~ said...

Another signed copy chance?!? defo!!

I of course follow Ms. Taylor!

http://kearytaylor.blogspot.com/

I've already posted two blog posts a few days ago about Keary and Eden!

http://thereadersheartstring.blogspot.com/2011/06/keary-taylors-eden-giveaway.html


http://thereadersheartstring.blogspot.com/2011/06/keary-taylors-eden-out-today.html

areadersheartstring@yahoo.com

areadersheartstring at yahoo dot com

fingers always crossed!

kristina shields said...

great contest!

spicedice45@gmail.com

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