Thursday, October 30, 2014

Interview: Dorianna by Catherine Stine

by Catherine Stine

Genre: YA paranormal/horror

Publisher: Evernight Teen

Date of Publication: October 24, 2014

Word Count: 91K

Cover Artist: Sour Cherry Designs

Book Description:

Internet followers, beauty, power. It all sounded good.

Until it transformed into a terrifying reality Dorianna couldn’t stop

Dorianna is a dark twist for the Internet generation on A Picture of Dorian Gray.

When her father is jailed, her mother ships lonely, plain Dorianna to her aunt’s. There, Dorianna yearns to build a new identity, but the popular Lacey bullies her—mostly for getting attention from her ex, Ander.

Ander takes Dorianna to Coney Island where Wilson, a videographer, creates a stunning compilation of her. She dreams of being an online sensation, as she’s never even had a birthday party, and vows she’d give anything to go viral. Wilson claims he’s the Prince of Darkness and warns her the pledge has downsides.

Dorianna thinks he’s joking. She has no idea of how dire the consequences might be.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.

Dorianna speaks to the hunger for online followers in all of us—that psychological hole that can never be filled up through followers alone.

What was one of your favorite children's books?

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare was a gem. Even as a kid I loved witches, and this book made me forevermore empathic of, and fascinated by all things witchy.

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?

It would be wonderful to fly! I love speeding along, in a motorboat, or train, but wow, powered by wings?! Heck yah. No more traffic jams either.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.

I love connecting with readers, at book fairs, conventions, schools, or bookstores, even chatting online at launch parties. Readers inspire me to keep writing.

What book are you reading now?

Just finished Midnight Witch by Paula Brackston. She’s impeccable about her historic research, and this one had a wonderful main character. I’ve been on a witch novel binge because I’m working on a witch novel!

Favorite food?

Almonds, kale, frozen yogurt. I know, weird.

What’s your favorite season/weather?

Fall! I adore Halloween, and the ramp-up to it. I love chilly weather, picking apples, Ginger Snap cookies, wearing ankle boots and fancy scarves.

Beach or Pool?

Beach, for sure! Two of my novels are set in beach towns. A good amount of Dorianna takes place in Coney Island. My novel in progress takes place in Asbury Park. The ocean is my goddess, and I worship it. Love everything about it: the waves, the sandy beach, the boardwalks, skeezy boardwalk amusement parks, hotdogs and soft-serve ice cream cones, The Mermaid Parade.

What is one book everyone should read?

Ack! There are soooo many good ones! If you want to write, read Stephen King’s On Writing. If you want to escape fully into a novel? The Passage by Justin Cronin 

About the Author:

Catherine Stine’s novels span the range from science fiction to paranormal to contemporary. Her futuristic thriller, Fireseed One won finalist spots in YA and Sci-Fi in the 2013 USA News International Book Awards and an Indie Reader Approved notable seal. Its companion novel, Ruby’s Fire was a finalist in the 2014 Next Generation Indie Awards. Her paranormal YA, Dorianna launches with Evernight Teen in October. She also writes new adult fiction as Kitsy Clare. Her new adult Art of Love series includes Model Position and Private Internship. She loves all things spooky, exotic and edgy, including travel to unusual locations. She also loves hearing from readers.

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Meradeth Houston said...

Wonderful interview! And I have to say that a flying ability would be the best--no more driving, or traffic, and just think of all the cool places to go! :)

Catherine Stine said...

Love your blog banner! So much fun. Thanks, Catherine