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Monday, April 8, 2013

Feature Week: Midnight Fire Series by Kaitlyn Davis - Interview and Giveaway

I'm very excited to be bringing you a week of posts about the Midnight Fire series by Kaitlyn Davis. First up, an interview with Kaitlyn!

Hi Kaitlyn! Welcome to Phantasmic Reads :)

So...Buffy is a big influence for you?

YES! Buffy the Vampire Slayer is my favorite TV show of all time. Obviously, Buffy is a kick-butt heroine, but there is so much more to that show--forbidden love, deep friendships, world-ending action, laugh-out-loud jokes. Buffy taught me that you can laugh and save the world at the same time--that genre lines were made to be blurred.

Do you love Angel as much?
Hm...tough call! I think as a TV show, something was lacking--they took too much of the humor away (I need me some Xander!). But as a character, Angel is fantastic! And he was the first Hollywood crush that I remember having :)

Any other favorite shows and/or movies?
I love the 90s! Dawson’s Creek and Friends round out my top three favorite television shows of all time! Add in some Sex in the City, The Vampire Diaries, Game of Thrones, and Homeland, and I am good to go!

Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?
Anywhere and everywhere! Starbucks and my couch are probably the top two, but I also frequent the library, parks, and occasionally my desk :) Normally, I like to write in the afternoon, but if I’m on a roll I’ll keep going until I fall asleep mid-sentence!

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
This is totally bizarre, but I wrote every chapter of the Midnight Fire Series to be just about seven pages single-spaced! It started as a way to make sure I was using enough vivid detail, but then it just became normal. I don’t think I’ll repeat that technique ever again, but for these books it worked!

What are your pet peeves?
Really quiet, repetitive noises! Leaky faucets may be my downfall...

What's your guilty pleasure?
Reality television! It is not uncommon for me to marathon-binge on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills or The Voice.

Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
I love photography! I actually designed the covers myself :) I also semi-play the Ukulele, but I want to take lessons to improve a bit.

Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?
EBooks! I love traveling with an entire library on my person at all times! But if it is a book I love, one I know I’ll read a dozen times, I’ll splurge and buy it as a hardcover.

What are you currently reading, or what did you recently finish?
The Clockwork Princess ! I can’t wait to find out what happens between Tessa, Will and Jem--I am SO Team Will!

Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point?
No point... unless my mother is coming for a visit!

Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
A little bit of both! There are no scenes or characters completely based on real life events/people, but I’ll steal some character traits here and some sayings there.

Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
So tough! I definitely fell in love with my two leading men, but I have to say my main character Kira has got to be my favorite! She is thrown so many curve balls and her life is turned completely upside down, but she manages to keep it together and persevere. I love a girl who can kick some ass and doesn’t let the boys fight her battles!

How about your least favorite character?  What makes them less appealing to you?
Ooh, that one makes an appearance in the later books so I don’t want to give anything away. But you’ll probably know when you read it!

What are some of your favorite books? Do you still have much time to read?
Definitely not as much time as I would like, but I do squeeze it in whenever I can! Some of my favorite authors are JK Rowling, Cassie Clare, Richelle Mead, Robert Jordan, Tamora Pierce, Lynne Ewing and more!

If a fairy godmother told you could be put into the world of your favorite book for 24 hours, which book would you pick and why?
I want to go to Hogwarts!! I want a wand to choose me, I want to play Quidditch, I want to step on platform 9 ¾, I want my own owl and I want magic! :) Obviously, that would be Harry Potter!

If you could have dinner with any three authors, who would you choose and why?
Tolkien to learn the intricacies of world building, Cassie Clare to learn how to break my readers’ hearts (and put them back together again!), and Shakespeare because damn he had a way with words.

Do you ever write in your PJ’s?
As often as possible...

Do you have any pets?  
I WANT A DOG!!! Sorry, huge puppy lover! I can’t wait until I can afford one!

Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
Write the story that speaks to you--the one that latches on and consumes your thoughts until putting it on paper is only way to stop thinking about it!

Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
Thank you!!

Have you ever gone out in public with your shirt on backwards, or your slippers on, and when realizing it, just said screw it?
Oh yes! Proudly :)

Speed Round:

The Twitter version: tell us about your book in 140 characters or less:
Heart-pumping action. Heart-stopping romance. Characters you’ll fall in love with. Scenes to keep you reading until dawn.#MidnightFireSeries

Pen or pencil?
Fine-point sharpie!
Milk, white, or dark chocolate?
Milk... yum...
Dogs or cats?
Pie or cake?
Cake :)
Plotter or pantser?
Total plotter.
Coffee or tea?
Coffee... lots and lots of coffee...
If you could have any superpower what would you choose?

Thanks for letting us get to know more about you, Kaitlyn!

Kaitlyn Davis graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. in Writing Seminars. She's been writing ever since she picked up her first crayon and is overjoyed to finally share her work with the world. She currently lives in New York City and dreams of having a cockapoo puppy of her own.
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There is a tour-wide giveaway for an ebook set of the entire Midnight Fire series (four books) to three different winners! Fill out the Rafflecopter below, and good luck!

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  1. This series looks great...I have the first on my Kindle, but finishing up something else before starting it...can't wait! Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. i would love to read the books the series looks so great

  3. hope you get your cockapoo soon! we just adopted a pembrooke welsh corgi. his name is wizard and we love him to pieces. thank you for sharing your book! looking forward to reading. :)

    jukyjoauka at aol dot com

  4. It's wonderful to see that your influences and favorite shows all feature women/girls with strong personalities. I have a fifteen year old who struggles daily with her looks, her depression, her height, her love life, school. Life is tough for kids and reading books about young women who throw their hands up in defeat doesn't help young women like my daughter. So thank you for that:)


  5. Great giveaway! This series looks great!

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  6. I love these covers and the books sound awesome!!


  7. I love Buffy too! I have all the DVDs, and graphic novels!! I would love to read your book, it sounds amazing. :)


  8. Looks like a really good series. Thanks for the giveaway.

  9. Hi Reanna! Thank you so much for joining my blog tour--I'm so excited about an entire week of features! I can't wait to see what the rest of the posts have in store since this interview was so much fun!

    For everyone who commented or is interested in my series, thank you! Ignite is FREE wherever books are sold, so you can start reading it now :)

  10. I miss the 90s! Sniff sniff, haha! Thanks so much for sharing the awesome interview and for doing the giveaway! :)

    Florentine @ Readiculously Peachy

  11. This looks like a great series. I think I've only watched The Buffy movie that preceded the series. Thanks for having the giveaway.


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