Sunday, 22 September 2013

An Interview with Donna Augustine + Giveaway

Today I'm interviewing Donna Augustine, author of the Alchemy series, which is a very cool Urban Fantasy series I've been told. I have the books high on my TBR pile.

Welcome to Pearls Cast Before A McPig, Donna.
Could you tell a bit about yourself for those people who don’t know you yet?

I'm internally shy but outwardly friendly. I love science, fantasy, romance and mystery. I think because of this, I have a hard time staying completely true to one genre when writing. I'm the absolute worst at talking about myself.

Could you tell a bit about your books?

I'd consider my Keeper books primarily urban fantasy but with a slow moving romantic subplot throughout the series. This is a spoiler but a happy ending is a slam dunk with me. It might take several books to get it but I like everything to work out in the end.

Have you ever used people you know as characters in your books?

I haven't used actual people but I will use interesting facets of their personality. I did model Abby in Keepers and Killers after my sister's dog who hates being groomed.

If you could meet any characters in your book, who would it be and why?

Cormac. He might be morally challenged but he's very sexy. I'd also like to meet Burrom but for very different reasons. He's got a very interesting story and lots of secrets.

If you could, would you change places with any of your characters?

Never! They've got a rough road ahead of them. The series is going to progress into post apocalyptic and I don't even camp well.

Where can you be found when you’re not at your desk writing?

Lately, I don't think I'm ever not writing. I even write on vacation. If I'm not writing, I'm daydreaming about what I'm going to write.

What did you do to celebrate the release of your first book?

I went out to dinner and then started The Keepers the next day. I had started to think of it about halfway through Obsidian Souls and it plagued my brain.

What authors have been an influence to you? And have you read any books lately that you want to share with us or have you been too busy with writing to read?

There's been a lot of influences but my biggest would be Karen Moning. I just love the way she writes. Almost ever line is packed with the flavor of the characters. I've recently discovered Anne Bishop's Written in Red which was a really fantastic read. If you like post apocalyptic, I'd also recommend Susan Ee's Angelfall.

Are there zombies or pigs in any of your books or will there be any in future books?

There aren't zombies but I do have a creature coming out soon that might pass for a distant cousin.

About The Keepers:

Two days ago, Jo Davids was a waitress by night and a college kid by day, with the unnerving problem of things floating around her.

One day ago, Jo's sexy boss, Cormac, noticed her for all the wrong reasons when she witnessed a man transform into a monster in the basement of his casino.

Today, Cormac ordered her shot. If he's real lucky, she won't die. Because if she does, all hope is lost.

Buy from Amazon here.



Donna kindly offered a digital copy of The Keepers and some bookmarks (see picture) for 2 readers of my blog.

The winners are Mary P. and Michelle W.

2 winners will be picked at random on October 13th.
Open internationally to everyone who's legally allowed to enter this giveaway.


Don't forget to leave a comment:
I decided to have an event wide giveaway on my blog for commenters.

At the end of this event I'll pick one commenter on any author post of this event at random and that person will win a book of his/her choice as long as bookdepository ships to where you live, you're legally allowed to enter, and the book costs no more than 10$

And drop by Between Dreams and Reality as well for more great author posts.


Unknown said...

awesome! sounds like an interesting book

Sharon Stogner said...

LOVE these books!! First time I have seen a pic of you :) you need to put it on your website. thanks for the interview. (don't enter me in the contest)

erin said...

thanks for sharing! Sounds awesome!

Katie Dalton said...

LOVE the bookmarks Donna! One awesome lady and some fantastic books! I hope everyone checks them out. :)

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Mary Preston said...

I don't think I'd change places with any of your characters either. I'm looking forward to catching up on your books.