Monday, March 3, 2014

Blog Tour (Interview & Giveaway): Sing Sweet Nightingale by Erica Cameron

Sing Sweet Nightingale Tour Schedule

Welcome to my stop on the Sing Sweet Nightinggale Blog Tour, brought to you by Rockstar Book Tours. Today I will be featuring an interview with Erica Cameron about her writing, and there will be a tour-wide giveaway at the end of the post!

Title: Sing Sweet Nightingale (The Dream War Saga #1)
Erica Snyder
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Tour Organizer: Rockstar Book Tours
Release Date: March 4, 2014

Mariella Teagen hasn't spoken a word in four years.

She pledged her voice to Orane, the man she loves—someone she only sees in her dreams. Each night, she escapes to Paradise, the world Orane created for her, and she sings for him. Mariella never believed she could stay in Paradise longer than a night, but two weeks before her eighteenth birthday, Orane hints that she may be able to stay forever.

Hudson Vincent made a pledge to never fight again.

Calease, the creature who created his dream world, swore that giving up violence would protect Hudson. But when his vow caused the death of his little brother, Hudson turned his grief on Calease and destroyed the dream world. The battle left him with new abilities and disturbing visions of a silent girl in grave danger—Mariella.

Now, Hudson is fighting to save Mariella's life while she fights to give it away. And he must find a way to show her Orane’s true intentions before she is lost to Paradise forever.

Author Interview

1. Please tell us a little bit about Sing Sweet Nightingale in your own words but with a Twitter twist – 140 characters or less.

A girl who made a vow of silence and a boy with more scars than he can count. The dreamworld that ties them together may destroy them both.

2. What was the most fun part about writing Sing Sweet Nightingale?

The first draft of the novel was an intensive, immersive, invigorating rush. Almost 107,000 words in six weeks. It poured out and simultaneously dug into my mind so deep that I was having dreams about my characters. That sounds cool until you realize that I was writing a book about demons that invade your dreams. It got to be just a tad unsettling. ;)

Looking back, that version of the book was really bad. But I have to say, writing it was hella fun.

3. What is your favorite distraction that you indulge in whenever you are writing?

I tend to need a little bit of distraction and noise while I’m writing. Not enough to pull me away from my work, just something to block out. Often I use somewhere public like Starbucks or Panera to write, but for some reason while I was writing the first draft of Sing, I worked at home and had action or disaster movies playing on loop in the background. And it was a really strange mix of movies, too. I remember playing Avengers, Die Hard (all of them), Super 8, The Day After Tomorrow, 2012, The Core, Battle: Los Angeles, Godzilla (the 1998 Matthew Broderick one), Independence Day, Volcano, Eagle Eye, I, Robot, and a few other ones that were thrown in at random intervals. More than half of these don’t even fall on my favorite movies ever list, but at this point I’ve probably seen them all more times than I should publicly admit… Other than that first draft, I’ve tried to avoid letting myself have too many distractions around while I’m writing. I have to make the most of the writing time I have!

4. Which books or authors would you say have affected or inspired you the most?

While my list of favorite books and authors is so long it’s better not to get me started on it, there are really two authors I can credit with my serious desire to write my own books. Tamora Pierce is first. I fell in love with her Tortall world when I was in middle school and have been reading her books ever since. She’s the first author I remember consciously trying to emulate. In high school, I started a fantasy book which was basically thinly disguised Tamora Pierce fanfiction even though I had no idea what fanfiction was. Years later, my sister gave me Twilight for my birthday. I got involved in the fandom and started writing actual fanfiction (because I knew what it was this time around). Even though I was taking writing classes in college, it wasn’t school that made me decide I wanted to write. It was how much fun I was having with fanfiction and the comments and reactions I’d get from readers when I posted chapters online. While a lot of authors have influenced my writing (some of them in ways I probably don’t even recognize), Pierce and Meyer undoubtedly played the largest part in my decision to make this my career.

5. What are you currently reading?

Right now, I’m working my way through the books of some of my fellow debut authors from the OneFour Kid Lit group! Recently I’ve read Vivi Barnes’ Olivia Twisted, John Dixon’s Phoenix Island, Whitney Miller’s The Violet Hour, and Louise Galveston’s By the Grace of Todd. It’s amazing how talented the debut authors are this year! It’s exciting just to be part of a group this cool. ;)

Thanks so much for stopping by, Erica!

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About the Author

Photo by Lani Woodland
Erica Cameron knew that writing was her passion when she turned a picture book into a mystery novella as a teen. That piece wasn’t her best work, but it got her an A. After college, she used her degree in Psychology and Creative Writing to shape a story about a dreamworld. Then a chance encounter at a rooftop party in Tribeca made her dream career a reality.

Erica is many things but most notably the following: writer, reader, editor, dancer, choreographer, singer, lover of musical theater, movie obsessed, sucker for romance, Florida resident, and quasi-recluse. She loves the beach but hates the heat, has equal passion for the art of Salvador Dali and Venetian Carnival masks, has a penchant for unique jewelry and sun/moon d├ęcor pieces, and a desire to travel the entire world on a cruise ship. Or a private yacht. You know, whatever works.

Her debut novel Sing Sweet Nightingale releases March 4, 2014 from Spencer Hill Press. It is the first book in The Dream War Saga.

Erica is represented by Danielle Chiotti at Upstart Crow Literary. However, for subrights inquiries on Sing Sweet Nightingale, contact Rebecca Mancini at Rights Mix. Regarding publicity for The Dream War Saga, contact Cindy Thomas at cthomas {@} spencerhillcontemporary {.} com.

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Blog Tour Giveaway

There is a tourwide giveaway for two (2) finished copies of the book, plus a grand prize basket!

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  1. Congratulations to Erica Cameron on your impending release! I look forward to reading your debut and wish you every future success.

    1. Thank you very much!! It's going to be such an exciting year! :D

  2. Sing Sweet Nightingale sounds like a great book! I can't wait to read it. Happy almost book birthday to Erica! :D

    1. Thank you!! I hope you enjoy it!! :) :) :)

  3. This book looks and sounds great and congrats to Erica for her debut book! thanks for the giveaway!

    1. No problem! I know I always love the chance to win things, so I'm glad to be able to give something away! :D

      Thank you!

  4. That was an awesome interview. Sounds like a great book!

    1. Thank you! Hopefully you'll still think it's a great book once you read it! ;)

  5. I am so happy to hear an author openly admit her Twilight love!! Too often do people slam the series that millions fell in love with!! The book sounds AMAZING and is beautiful as well!!

    1. I will very gladly openly admit that I was one of the original Twilight FANATICS! I practically lived on the Lexicon in the early days of it's lifecycle. ;)

      I hope you enjoy SING when you read it!

  6. I can't wait to read the book!!! I love the cover!! Thanks for the giveaway!

    1. :D Thank you! And of course! The grand prize pack should be pretty cool!

  7. Sounds like a good series! Thanks for the giveaway.

  8. Sounds like an amazing read!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  9. Great interview. I like the 140 characters or less twist!

    1. That was a hard one to manage, but it turned out well! Thanks for reading! :D

  10. sounds like a fun on thanks for the giveaway! - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  11. congratulation on ur upcoming release i look forward to reading it :)

  12. Love the cover, it's awesome. Using background noise is how I study but I like to play musicals in the back. Phantom of the Opera and High School Musical are my favorites to play.

  13. Thanks for the great interview! I'm definitely going to have to read this one : )

  14. Love the interview. I can't wait to read this book!

  15. Great interview! Can't wait to read the book even more now. :D


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