Monday, October 11, 2010

Author Spotlight: Ednah Walters & Giveaway

Please Welcome Ednah Walters 
Author of Awakened!

1) Could you tell us a bit about yourself?

 Ednah: I hate talking about myself (sigh). I grew up in a large family, five brothers and two sisters, in a rural environment. With no access to a library, I grew up reading the bible, hence my…*clears throat*…obsession with angels/demons/Nephilim. But I didn’t show interest in writing about them until after I finished college and decided to be a stay-at-home mom. I now live in a picturesque valley with my husband of nearly twenty years, our five kids and two cats.

2) What was the inspiration for writing Awakened?

 Ednah: I love to read about other cultures, so one day while reading about special weapons around the world, I came across an article on kris dagger (or keris dagger). Wow, the legend of this weapon blew me away. Kris daggers are believed to have been forged from a stone from the heavens and ore from earth. And they are believed to be vessels of spirits, good or bad, and can protect the owner. Soon I asked myself, who could have created such a weapon? From the list of the fallen angels, I chose Azazel, the fallen angel who taught humans the art of weapon-making. The back story fell into place after that. Soon, I was visualizing who the wielder of such a weapon could be. I wanted the story to take place in a different world, but after writing the first draft, I realized making it take place on earth made it far more compelling. Sorry for the long-winded explanation.

3) Were there any personal experiences that went in to writing Awakened?

Ednah: I was an awkward teen, tall and gangly. Even one of my brothers nicknamed me little giraffe. I wanted to write about a girl who didn’t really fit in, but finds the strength from within to rise to a challenge.

4) Was Lil and Bran characters based on anyone or were they purely made up character?

Ednah:  I have teenage daughters and from some of their friends, I caught glimpses of Bran and Lil. The rest is fictitious.

5) What was your inspiration in the cover art for Awakened?

 Ednah: Oh man, where to begin. I watch Supernatural. I mean, I looove Dean and Sammy. And when my editor asked me what I had in mind for the cover, I said I need a character with Sammy’s body and Dean’s smile. How crazy is that? They tried.

6) How many books do you plan on having in The Guardian Legacy series?

Ednah: I already plotted book two and three of the series, focusing on Lil and Bran. I have story ideas for the remaining four trainees, too. So if things go according to plans, I’m talking about seven books.

7) What do you plan on doing in the future?

 Ednah: I’d love to write an adult paranormal romance series using people from the world I created in Awakened. I’d love to see some older Guardians, demons, or even better, the Outcasts, fall for human women. I see it as history of the fallen repeating itself.

8) What are you reading right now?

 Ednah: The Hunger Games…it is slow going though because I’m working on Betrayed and when I write, I try not to read. I bought the three books, my son hijacked them for a while, but he finally finished the Hunger Games.

9) Who are a few of your favorite authors?

 Ednah: Cassandra Clare and J.R. Ward (I’d be a proud shellan to a hellren)

10) If you could jump into any book and live in that world, which would you choose?

Ednah:  Awakened. I get to be immortal and have powers, and never have to worry about money. Of course, the flipside is you spend years hunting down demons.

11) What is your favorite writing music?

Ednah:  I love to write to music. When I wrote Awakened, I listened to Evanescence a lot, especially Bring Me Back to Life and Immortal.

Check out my review for Awakened HERE!

Because I loved this book so much,
I thought I would give one away!
So to win a copy of Awakened and a signed bookmark, Just fill out this FORM!

Open Internationally!
Giveaway ends Oct 22
Good Luck!

Edit: Contest closed!


Anonymous said...

Love the cover :) Thanks for a chance to win!

Anonymous said...

I love Dead and Sammy too!:D Love the cover! Cassie Clare is an awesome author too! Great interview and thanks for the contest! I'm looking forward to this book!

Misha said...

I love the song Bring me to life!Evanescence is my favorite too!

Kai Agito said...

oh, I loved this book! I so adore Bran! (and I'd love to win a copy too ^^) so happy that it'll have sequels or else I'll die, it was so good.

Fi-chan said...

OH WOW. SEVEN BOOKS!!! *eyes wide open* anyway, keris / kris is very important / symbolic in my country and it's history, or just one, whichever. Never heard of the legend though, they probably focused too much on the hero and the hero using keris and never tell us about the legend, pfft!

oh and thank you for the giveaway :D

Unknown said...

Thanks for another amazing giveaway!I have my eye set on that book for some time!

Reading Lassie said...

Oh YAY! There would be SEVEN books!

Jeremy said...

Great Interview! I really enjoyed the music video.

Theresa said...

Great interview! 7 Books? Yay! I love a good long series! The Legend of the keris dagger sounds really interesting. I've never heard of it until now...Awakened sounds like a good book!

Nathalanes Place said...

Wow I'm impressed by how she found out who and how the humans were taught to make weapons, and then how she got the idea for her book. ingenious idea.
Great book.

Jessy said...

I read some really great reviews for Awakened and am adding it to my TBR right now. Thanks for the interview!

VickyTinky said...

I love Supernatural too! I really want to read Awakened! I have read some really goo reviews about it!

Karielle Stephanie said...

Thanks for the fun interview! I would love to read this one :)


Unknown said...

Thanks for the brief view into your book-world :0)
I think it's gonna be a fun read!

Bella said...

Great interview!

Maidenveil said...

awesome interview! :)

Natalie @ Book Lovers Life said...

Awesome interview thanks.

Judit said...

I've recently became addicted to angel books so this one didn't escape my attention. Great interview, I love idea of 7 books waiting for me to read in the furute:)

RJ said...

Love the contest! Thanks so much!!

Unknown said...

Great Review! New follower here. I want this book so bad! It is going to be GREAT! Thanks for the chance to win!!

Unknown said...

I love that you're a fan of Supernatural! That's a big hit with us paranormal readers. :-)

whitewolfreads said...

I love Evanescence! Awesome interview, I can't wait to read this!

Tawni said...

This books looks really awesome! I really like the cover!!

Anonymous said...

I love Supernatural too! Great interview and thank you for the giveaway.

Amber said...

Thanks for the interview. The origin story to this novel is really cool and I love the cover story. I listen to music when I write too and Evanescence is one of my favorite bands.

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