Saturday, December 10, 2011

Wander Dust Blog Tour: Interview with Michelle Warren + GIVEAWAY

Michelle Warren is the author of Wander Dust, the first book in The Seraphina Parrish Trilogy. She didn’t travel the road to writer immediately. First, she spent over a decade as professional illustrator and designer. Her artistic creativity combined with her love of science fiction, paranormal, and fantasy led her to write her first YA novel. Michelle loves reading and traveling to places that inspire her to create. She resides in Maryland, in a historic Baltimore row-home, with her wonderful husband.
The cover for Wander Dust is absolutely gorgeous and eye-catching. Did you come up with the design or have a great deal of input in its creation?
     Thank you! Yes, I’m a full-time designer and illustrator, so I designed the cover, book trailer, and all the marketing materials for Wander Dust.
Wow, you've done a spectacular job!

Wander Dust’s description mentions a fantasy world. Would you be able to tell us a bit about it without revealing anything too spoilery?
    Wander Dust is science fiction based story with quite a bit of magical elements. I guess you could call it sci-fantasy. There are fantastic underground lairs, statues that come to life, machines that see the past, machines that steal your dreams, and land that folds over people and catapults them through wormholes. There is quite a lot of imagery to enjoy, wound around an exciting story.
These are just a few of the many reasons people need to read this bookl!
This is your debut book, but have you always been a writer or had the desire to be a writer?
    Writing a novel was never in my life plan. As a child, I rarely ever read without a fight. I have dyslexia and struggled with reading all of my child and teen years. It wasn’t until after college that I discovered that I loved reading.

    Fast forward thirteen years and a thousand novels later, I saw an interview with an author. She mentioned that to escape her everyday world, she would make up stories in her head. This idea fascinated me. I’m sure this is no breakthrough to a writer, but it seemed like a fun idea, a new way to release my creativity. I started playing with some story ideas in my mind. I never intended to do anything but keep them in my head. Occasionally, I would sketch the scenes in a notebook. I did this for almost a year. Not long after, the recession hit my home. With the new stress, I found myself needing even more of an escape, so I started writing. When I wrote, I acted the characters out, sketched the surroundings, and used photos of my previous travels as inspiration.

    Even then, I did not consider publishing. My sister, Tabitha, read the book and loved it. She spent almost a year convincing me to publish.
Yay for encouraging siblings!
We all love a good romance, so I must ask: can you tell us anything about this mysterious, stalker boy? Anything at all? Pretty please?
    Well, I think I should let the readers discover him. I will just say that when you finally get to know the Stalker and the reason for his strange behavior, he becomes very swoon-worthy.
I hope this makes everyone want to run out and read Wander Dust asap :)
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Bakerette said...

Your story sounds a lot like mine. I have dyslexia in my family too. And I always hated reading, on a time table, in school. But I'm finally reading now. Still love the cover. Thanks!

DB Graves said...

Would love the chance to read this! Michelle is terribly sweet, based on the little interaction I've had with her over at Inkpop. Thank you for the giveaway!

razmatazz11 at yahoo dot com

Bakerette said...

Sry forgot my contact info:

Emily C. said...
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Emily C. said...

This book is sooooo good so far! Halfway through and really looking forward to the rest.

Leslie said...

Thanks for the giveaway! It looks like a good book.

Bethie said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I love the trailer. Crossing my fingers on this one.

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

A.J. said...

Awesome giveaway! I really want to read this book. :)


Vivien said...

Thanks for the amazing giveaway! I've been looking forward to this one for months. Everyone seems to love it!

deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

Jessy said...

Wow! Great job on the cover, Michelle. It's very striking.

Findjessyhere at gmail dot com

candice said...

I love that you got to design your own cover. It looks amazing! The sci-fantasy description sounds awesome. Thanks for the giveaway!

candicerjames [at] gmail [dot] com

Michelle @ Book Briefs said...

Thank you so much! this looks awesome


Paige said...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

Tore said...

Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book.

Emily a.k.a WilowRaven : ) said...

This book has not been on my radar...what is wrong with me!
Thanks Nikki :)


TayteH said...

The cover is AMAZING!!! I love it. It's colorful and beautifully designed. Thanks for the giveaway!

Martha Lawson said...

Sounds like a really good book! I'd love to be entered.

old gfc follower

mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

Saiiツ said...

I really want to read this one!!! It's on my wishlist!! Thanks for the giveaway:)I Love the Cover of the book and the Trailer <3


M.A.D. said...

GFC Mary DeBorde [M.A.D.]
zenrei57 (at) hotmail dot com

Thank you for such a sweet giveaway! Wander Dust is new to me, and it's so much fun discovering fresh books & authors :)

Maidenveil said...

I've been looking forward to read Wander Dust. The trailer just made me more excited. Thanks for the giveaway!


Angie said...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway! Looking forward to reading the book! :)

Email: osnapitzAngiex3(AT)aol(DOT)com

Sayomay said...

This has been on my TBR list for 4ever! The necklace is so cute! XD
*crosses fingers*

Brittany C. said...

Thank you for taking the time to participate in the blog tour :)

brittanyrose40 AT yahoo DOT com

Holly said...

Great interview! That's awesome that she designed the cover. It's gorgeous! Thanks for the chance to win!

Mary Huff said...

Thanks for the contest and the interview with Michelle. I love the thought of making up stories to relieve the stress of the day. I think I will try this. Thanks again for the contest.

Candace said...

This does look (love the cover!) and sound amazing! And I love the title ;) Love fantasy!

candace_redinger at yahoo dot com

Joy said...

Beautiful cover! Thanks for the chance to win this book.


Yan said...

Michelle did an amazing job with the cover. Awesome interview!


Kristina's Books & More said...

Awesome interview! Thanks for the chance to win!! :)

aurora M. said...

Sharing some love to let your blog is awesome!
Aurora M.

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