{Blog Tour} Interview: Invisible by Dawn Metcalf

Posted September 17, 2014 by Bee in Blog Tour, Interviews & Guest Posts / 7 Comments

{Blog Tour} Interview: Invisible by Dawn Metcalf

Today on my blog I’m hosting my stop in the Blog Tour for Dawn Metcalf’s Invisible! Last week I reviewed this fantastic book and today I’m interviewing Dawn herself and I’m so honored to have her! You can check out my review of Invisible here and my review of Indelible is over here.

{Blog Tour} Interview: Invisible by Dawn Metcalf

Invisible


by Dawn Metcalf
Series: The Twixt #2
Pages: 380
Published on Sept. 30th 2014
by Harlequin Teen
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Format: eARC
Source: Kismet Book Touring, Netgalley
Amazon | Goodreads

Also by this author: Indelible, Indelible

Some things lie beneath the surface.

Invisible.

With the power to change everything.

Joy Malone wants it all—power, freedom and the boyfriend who loves her. Yet when an unstoppable assassin is hired to kill her, Joy learns that being the girl with the Sight comes with a price that might be too high to pay. Love will be tested, lives will be threatened, and everyone Joy knows and cares about will be affected by her decision to stand by Ink or to leave the Twixt forever.

Her choice is balanced on a scalpel's edge and the consequences will be more life-altering than anyone can guess.

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

5 Stars
Interview

Bieke Hey Dawn! I’m so happy to have you on my blog! Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Dawn Sure! I am a lifelong writer who enjoys late night conversations, elaborate costumes, improvisational creativity and dark chocolate, not necessarily in that order. Originally from a suburb of Chicago, I now live in northern Connecticut among tobacco farms and coyotes. In my spare time, I play board games, design clothespin dolls and train to be a ninja.Sure! I am a lifelong writer who enjoys late night conversations, elaborate costumes, improvisational creativity and dark chocolate, not necessarily in that order. Originally from a suburb of Chicago, I now live in northern Connecticut among tobacco farms and coyotes. In my spare time, I play board games, design clothespin dolls and train to be a ninja.

Bieke When did you start writing? Did you always know you wanted to be a writer?

Dawn Yep. I started writing before I could write—i.e. I made up worlds in my head, poems, songs, stories, anything and then wrote them down; first in Crayola crayons, then with pencils and pens, graduating to an old typewriter and finally composing my first full-length novel on a Commodore 64 computer. (insert old laugh track here) I’ve been doing this a looooooooooong time, but only recently began writing for publication, which is a whole ‘nuther ballgame. I started that in 2005-ish and my first YA novel was published in 2011.

I have two kids, two cats and an adorable husband of 15 years.

Bieke How did your book end up being published by Harlequin TEEN?

Dawn My editor, Natashya Wilson, was intrigued by my take on faerie lore and my magical world that was like-but-not-like Harlequin TEEN’s amazing front-runner, Julie Kagawa’s IRON FEY series. (Truth be told, I think she was intrigued by Ink until she developed a crush on his mentor, Graus Claude!)

Bieke I loved Indelible! It was such a great surprise and surpassed all my expectations. Where did you get the inspiration for the Twixt series?

Dawn I’d probably look to old fairy tales, especially Andrew Lang’s “Color” Fairy Books, which are an enormous collection of tales from all over the world. It is my favorite go-to resource! Otherwise, it’s a mix of rants, movies, graphic novels, favorite fantasies, animation, RPGs and my own imagination.

Bieke The thing I loved most, next to your writing style, was Ink. I fell in love with him immediately. How did he come to life?

Dawn From a rant plus a good dose of literary crush. I adored Peter Pan as a little girl, he had undeniable appeal as a fairy tale boy—wild and bold and innocent and brave. After all the suave immortals sweeping human teens off of their feet, I wanted to read about the wide-eyed wonderment of a boy in love who may be smitten, but was hardly innocent. Ink was just waiting to steal my heart all over again.

Bieke Did you use things from your own life as inspiration for what Joy goes through with her family?

Dawn Actually, no. My family is extraordinarily loving, tight-knit and supportive. My parents met at age 14, married at 21 and will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in the not-too-distant future. I’ve been told that it’s unusual to write stories with two, loving parents but this series was the first time I’ve ever written a “broken family” and it was tough to imagine. Just like I didn’t want to do the usual “immortal guy falls in love with sixteen year old girl and shows her the way to love,” (so I flipped it), I didn’t want to do the usual breakup/divorce story so I flipped that, too. It shook me out of my envelope and I used that shaky, insecure feeling to help me imagine what Joy must have been going through for the past year without her mom.

Bieke The romance is amazing. It builds so slowly, it’s breathtaking and there’s so much chemistry and tension between Joy and Ink! My favorite moment between them is when Ink is just starting to really feel and after he saved Joy he says that he felt her before she called him. I actually used a part of that scene in my review! What was your favorite moment?

Dawn Thank you!

Actually, one of my favorite moments is just after the ear scene—you know the “ear scene”—and both Ink and Joy are stunned to find themselves at that moment where everything that was there when they started has turned inside-out and they’re floored. I’ve had that type of movie-moment in my life and I was really glad to give it to these two characters.

Bieke What were you thinking when you were writing that ending? My heart almost couldn’t take all the feels!

Dawn Mostly I was thinking, *hee hee hee!* because I am a sadistic, mad, evil writer who gleefully churns my characters through the wringer.

Truth be told, I always know how a story will end so I knew what was coming ever since I started writing my first draft. I like to bookend the beginning and ending of a story, they are mirrors of one another, so everyone can see just how much has changed from the beginning of the main character’s journey to the end of who they are now. Since Joy and Ink’s story will be told over several novels, I get to mirror several beginnings and endings over the course of their story.

Bieke Do you have any future projects I should be excited about aside from the other books in the Twixt series?

Dawn I hope so! I am working on two very different YA projects at the moment and have hopes for an adult murder mystery and a middle grade “Dr. Who for Kids.”

Bieke Are there any tips you’d like to share with readers/aspiring authors?

Dawn Read, read, read & write, write, write.
Don’t compare your journey to someone else’s journey—no one’s is ever the same.
P.S. There is no timeline for awesome!

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Follow the tour!

Monday, September 15th – Fiktshun
Wednesday, September 17th – Istyria Book Blog
Friday, September 19th – Refracted Light Reviews

Monday, September 22nd – Books and Things & Harlequin Paranormal Blog
Wednesday, September 24th – A Book and a Latte
Friday, September 26th – Addicted Readers

About Dawn Metcalf

The role of Dawn Metcalf will be played by the tall brunette in the off-the-shoulder, floor-length leather straitjacket. Makeup by Clinique, buckles by Jada Pinkett Smith, hair by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.

I have no good excuse for the way I write. I lived in a normal, loving suburban home, studied hard, went to college, went to graduate school, got married, had babies and settled down in northern Connecticut. Despite this wholesome lifestyle, I’ve been clearly corrupted by fairy tales, puppet visionaries, British humor and graphic novels. As a result, I write dark, quirky and sometimes humorous speculative fiction.

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Bee

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