Monday, May 16, 2011
Guest Author Interview: Josephine Angelini
Please welcome today's paranormal guest author Josephine Angelini! Josephine is the author of Starcrossed.
EJ: When did you begin writing?
Josephine: I’ve always written. My sister Mary Francis gave me a “Writer’s Journal” for my tenth birthday and I started writing in it pretty much every day after that. But I didn’t get serious about writing as a career until about 7 or 8 years ago. Before then it never occurred to me that I could go from journal writing (which is intensely private) to writing for (gulp!) an audience.
Again, it was a gift that egged me on. My then-boyfriend-now-husband gave me my first laptop and told me what I could never see for myself—that I was a writer. I guess my sister Mary Francis was on to something.
EJ: What brought you to the paranormal genre?
Josephine: I’ve always been a massive sci-fi and fantasy geek. It started with E.T. and Star Wars when I was a little kid, and grew from there. I read the Darkover series by Marion Zimmer Bradley and the Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne McCaffery when I was a ‘tween and got addicted to world building. Someday, I hope to build one of my own, but for now, paranormal is the perfect place for me—one foot in this world, one foot in another.
EJ: If you could be any paranormal or have any one supernatural talent, what would it be? Why?
Josephine: I usually say “flying”, but today I think I’m going to go with “teleportation”. See, it’s cold out, so I don’t actually want to fly to the grocery store. I want to teleport there.
EJ: Tell us why readers will enjoy your new release.
Josephine: Starcrossed is filled with action and drama. There are plot twists and betrayals that will keep you guessing until the end. But at the very heart, this is a love story-- and not just any kind of love. The love that Helen and Lucas share is truly epic. Who doesn’t want that?
EJ: If your book(s) were being made into a movie, who would you cast for the leading roles? Why?
Josephine: I get asked this question a lot and I honestly have no answer for it! I think this has to be because Helen and Lucas are so clear in my head that I can’t imagine anyone but them playing them!
Starcrossed (Starcrossed, #1) by Josephine Angelini.
How do you defy destiny?
Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it's getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she's haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they're destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history. As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart.
Thank you Josephine for joining us here today at From the Shadows!
To learn more about Josephine Angelini and her books, please visit her website.