Thursday, August 25, 2011
Paranormal Guest Author: Elizabeth Miles (Fury)
Please welcome today's paranormal guest author Elizabeth Miles! Elizabeth is the author of Fury.
EJ: When did you begin writing?
Elizabeth: I have always written. As a child, I wrote fiction and non-fiction and what would now be considered “fan fiction” — stories that continued or expanded on the trajectories of well-loved (by me) characters like Laura from the Little House on the Prairie series. In college, I majored in print journalism and I started working for an alt-weekly newspaper after I graduated. That’s still my day job: narrative journalism with an alternative spin. I started writing fiction again in 2010, at the urging of my longtime friend and fellow YA author Lauren Oliver (Before I Fall, Delirium), who was instrumental in helping Fury become a reality.
EJ: What brought you to the paranormal genre?
Elizabeth: I love realistic fiction, but I appreciate the freedom that paranormal provides. Incorporating paranormal elements into a contemporary tale, which is what I feel I did with Fury, gave me the opportunity to heighten certain scenarios, to give (creepy) life to esoteric emotions, to attach real danger to typically cerebral concerns. It allowed me to explore the concept of vengeance from an amplified perspective. Not to mention, it’s fun — both to read and to write. And I like creepy things.
EJ: If you could be any paranormal or have any one supernatural talent, what would it be? Why?
Elizabeth: I used to hem and haw over this question — invisibility? teleportation? mind-reading? All of those options sounded cool but none them really inspired me. Then, the other day, I was watching Enchanted, gleefully smiling during the singing/dancing scene in Central Park (“That’s How You Know”), and my boyfriend said, “This would be your superpower — the ability to turn normal situations into big musical scenes.” And he’s dead right! Brilliant! I would be the Musical Theater Mage, transforming quotidian life into sweeping, powerful production numbers.
EJ: Tell us why readers will enjoy your new release.
Elizabeth: Fury is both scary and sexy, and its characters are real, flawed, and interesting. The idea of karma, the question of whether or not revenge is actually sweet — these are concepts we grapple with daily (whether or not we want to admit that is a different story). Fury offers a fresh, exciting take on paranormal YA lit.
EJ: If your book(s) were being made into a movie, who would you cast for the leading roles? Why?
Elizabeth: I don’t want to say too much about this because I don’t want to influence the way readers imagine the characters in their heads. That said, I really enjoy Elle Fanning (she was so good in Super 8 and Somewhere!) and I would be honored to have her portray a character in the Fury series.
Fury (Fury, #1) by Elizabeth Miles
Sometimes sorry isn't enough....
It’s winter break in Ascension, Maine. The snow is falling and everything looks pristine and peaceful. But not all is as it seems...
Between cozy traditions and parties with her friends, Emily loves the holidays. And this year’s even better--the guy she’s been into for months is finally noticing her. But Em knows if she starts things with him, there’s no turning back. Because his girlfriend is Em’s best friend.
On the other side of town, Chase is having problems of his own. The stress of his home life is starting to take its toll, and his social life is unraveling. But that’s nothing compared to what’s really haunting him. Chase has done something cruel...something the perfect guy he pretends to be would never do. And it’s only a matter of time before he’s exposed.
In Ascension, mistakes can be deadly. And three girls—three beautiful, mysterious girls—are here to choose who will pay.
Em and Chase have been chosen.
Thank you Elizabeth for joining us here today at From the Shadows!
To learn more about Elizabeth and her books, please visit her website.