Read on to see Andrea tell us something you've never heard about Calla, how she feels on completing the Trilogy, and cement my love of her by admitting her Joss Whedon and Neil Gaiman fandom!
Can you tell us about the Nightshade trilogy in your words? I’m thinking, Nightshade: For Dummies!Nightshade is the story of Calla – a seventeen-year-old girl who is also a wolf. Calla and her pack are fighting on the front lines of a centuries-old war between two powerful factions of witches. Set in present-day Colorado, Nightshade is filled with mystery and romance as Calla searches for the truth in a world full of lies where her fate hangs in the balance.
With the final page closed on the Calla’s story, how do you feel? Has the story all played out how you planned in the beginning? Is there anything that’s broken your heart, you’re particularly proud of, or looking back that you’d change?It’s a bittersweet experience to complete a trilogy, but the story took shape as I’d always hoped and I don’t have any regrets about it and I wouldn’t change anything.
Was there any one scene or chapter in Bloodrose you particularly loved writing?I love writing scenes that feature Ethan and Sabine, there’s something particularly delightful in writing characters so at odds yet so drawn to one another.
There’s been a lot of talk about two smoking hot boys, the girl torn between them, and her ‘choice’. Keeping it spoiler free, but was the ending of Bloodrose planned from the beginning? Did you always know who Calla would choose?For me it was never about Calla choosing Ren or Shay it was about deciding how she wanted to live her life and who would be there for her after she’d found the path she wanted to follow. I knew how Bloodrose would end when I started writing Nightshade and that ending didn’t change at all.
You’re stuck on a desert island (don’t worry, we won’t leave you there). If you had to be stranded with any one of Nightshade’s characters, who would you choose?Adne – since she could weave a door to get us out of there!
Can you tell us something about Calla that no-one else knows? Her favorite song/colour/food? Is she a leftie or a rightie? Does she harbor a hidden desire to run away and become a Broadway star, or does she always tie her right shoe-lace first? Anything at all!Calla is right-handed, and she’s jealous of Sabine’s singing voice.
You write about a girl who turns into a wolf. If you could turn into any animal, what would it be?A falcon. I’d love to be able to fly.
What are some of your favourite books? Favorite authors? A little bird told me you’re a Neil Gaiman fan (and a Joss Whedon fan! I kind of have a girl crush on you!)...I’m a huge Joss Whedon and Neil Gaiman fan, also Terry Pratchett and Kurt Vonnegut. Some of my favorite books are Marion Zimmer Bradley’s FIREBRAND and Margaret Atwood’s THE HANDMAID’S TALE.
Can you tell us anything about what you're working on at the moment?I’ve just finished up RISE the follow up to RIFT. These two novels reveal the origins of the Witches’ War in medieval Europe.
Rapid Fire Round!
- Superpower? Pre-cognition
- Kryptonite? Early mornings
- Sun or Snow? Sun
- Tea or Coffee? Coffee
- Paperback/Hardcover/eReader? Hardcover and paperback
- Star Wars or Star Trek? Star Wars
- Bad Boys or Good Boys? Good Boys (She said Good Boys! I love her even more!)
- Harry Potter or Twilight? Harry Potter
- Morning or Night Person? Night
- Last song you listened to? Neon Indian “Polish Girl”
Want More? Plus, a GIVEAWAY!You still want more? Head over to Tales of the Inner Book Fanatic for an interview with Ren and Shay, Novels On The Run to see Andrea talk about the boys of Nightshade, and Eleusinian Mysteries of Reading, where she tells diabolical vegan-goddess/evil-overlord, Brodie, about how she grew up with wolves!
Oh, and a giveaway! Thanks once again to Hachette Australia, you could win a copy of every book in the Nightshade Trilogy. Excited? Are you crazy? YES. Say yes! Head over to these fabulous blogs for chances to win: