Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Victoria Rebels Blog Tour: Interview with Carolyn Meyer + GIVEAWAY

This amazing tour is hosted by the awesome Gabrielle from The Mod Podge Bookshelf, and I'm super excited to be a part of it! Here's some info on the book, Victoria Rebels.

Goodreads rating: 3.51
Hardcover, 265 pages
Published January 1st, 2013 by Paula Wiseman Books

Queen Victoria’s personal journals inform this captivating first-person account of one of history’s most prominent female leaders.

Queen Victoria most certainly left a legacy—under her rule as the longest reigning female monarch in history, the British Empire was greatly expanded and significant industrial, cultural, political, scientific, and military changes occurred within the United Kingdom. To be a young woman in a time when few other females held positions of power was to lead in a remarkable age—and because Queen Victoria kept personal journals, this historical novel from award-winning author Carolyn Meyer shares authentic emotional insight along with accurate information, weaving a true story of intrigue and romance.

Carolyn Meyer

Carolyn Meyer is as versatile a writer as you will find. Along with historical fiction and realistic novels for young adults she has written nonfiction for young adults and books for younger readers on topics as diverse as the Amish, the Irish, Japanese, Yup'ik Eskimos, a rock band, rock tumbling, bread baking, and coconuts. And ten of her books have been chosen as Best Books for Young Adults by the American Library Association. In her most recent historical novels she has dealt with the young lives of Mary Tudor, Princess Elizabeth, Anastasia, and Isabel of Castilla, Spain.

What was your favorite character to write in Victoria Rebels?
I have a fondness for villains--don't we all?--and Sir John Conroy certainly fits that description: handsome, charming, power-hungry, manipulative! But I was also very fond of Victoria's older half-sister, Fidi, and I wish I could have kept her around for more of the story.
Do you have any writing quirks?
Nothing that I consider a quirk, but my husband might not see it that way. I'm well organized, and if there are newspapers strewn around the living room and dirty dishes in the sink, I can't concentrate, even though my office is at the opposite end of the apartment. My husband considers this a quirk.
What was the hardest part about writing Victoria Rebels?
The hardest part of writing any of my novels has been getting in touch with the feelings of the main character and finding ways to express those emotions clearly, without getting sloppy. I detest the "hot tears" style of writing and avoid it every way I can. Victoria was a very emotional girl but she was not allowed to express her feelings, and I had to figure out how to show that.
What kind of research did you do for Victoria Rebels?
I always start with a visit to the library--public and university--and find good biographies. When I had a clear idea of the main events in Victoria's life, I began looking for the details of dress, food, music, entertainment, and so on, that bring the era as well as the characters to life. Most importantly, I read various versions of her daily journal to get an idea of how she spoke and of her style of writing with lots of capital letters and underlining.
If you could do anything differently with Victoria Rebels, what would it be?
I haven't had time yet to suffer "writer's remorse." I'm pleased with the way the book turned out.
Favorite book that you've read so far this year?
I read all kinds of things, so I don't have favorites. I enjoyed Geraldine Brooks's CALEB'S CROSSING. She is a superb writer of historical fiction.
Would you rather have the ability to read minds or be invisible?
Being a writer gives me both abilities. I'm called upon to read the minds of the characters I'm writing about, and I'm always a fly-on-the-wall when I create scenes in their lives.
Are you a morning or a night person?
Morning, definitely. Don't even try to talk to me after 9 pm.
What's your favorite love story ever?
My own, but it's not for publication.

Thanks so much for the great interview, Carolyn! I haven't read the book yet (I haven't gotten my copy yet!), but it sounds really interesting and I can't wait to read it!

Check out the rest of the tour stops:

February 18th Guest blog @ Inside the Mind of a Bibliophile
February 19th Interview @ WhoRu Blog
February 20th Interview @ The Reader's Antidote
February 21st Guest Blog @ Fantasy's Ink
February 22nd Character Interview with John Conroy @ Pages From My Thoughts
February 25th Guest Blog @ Bibliophilia, Please!
February 26th Guest Blog @ Books Beside My Bed
February 27th Top Ten: The Victorian Age @ Moosubi Reads
February 28th Interview @ Beauty But A Funny Girl
March 1st Character Interview with Fidi @ Bookcase to Heaven
March 4th Interview @ Gobs and Gobs of Books
March 5th Guest Blog @ A Dream Within A Dream
March 6th Character Interview With Prince Albert @ I Am A Reader, Not A Writer
March 7th Guest Blog @ Stiletto Storytime
March 8th Interview @ Emily's Crammed Bookshelf
March 11th Interview @ Movies In My Head
March 12th Top Ten: Victoria's Favorites @ Curling Up With A Good Book
March 13th Character Interview With Victoria @ The Mod Podge Bookshelf

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