Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Q&A with YA author Eve Marie Mont & Win A BREATH OF EYRE


Today, I’d like to welcome Eve Marie Mont, the author of an interesting new YA release, which brings the classic story of Jane Eyre into the modern realm. It comes out today (3/27) from Kensington Teen and is the first book in a new Unbound series. Eve lives in the Philadelphia area, where she teaches high school English and creative writing. You can find out more about her on her website.

Want a copy of A Breath of Eyre for yourself? (I do!) This is an international contest. Read on...

ABOUT A BREATH OF EYRE  Emma Townsend has always believed in stories—the ones she reads voraciously, and the ones she creates in her head. Perhaps it’s because she feels like an outsider at her exclusive prep school, or because her stepmother doesn’t come close to filling the void left by her mother’s death. And her only romantic prospect—apart from a crush on her English teacher—is Gray Newman, a long-time friend who just adds to Emma’s confusion. But escape soon arrives in an old leather-bound copy of Jane Eyre. Reading of Jane’s isolation sparks a deep sense of kinship. Then fate takes things a leap further when a lightning storm catapults Emma right into Jane’s body and her nineteenth-century world. As governess at Thornfield, Emma has a sense of belonging she’s never known—and an attraction to the brooding Mr. Rochester. Now, moving between her two realities and uncovering secrets in both, Emma must decide whether her destiny lies in the pages of Jane’s story, or in the unwritten chapters of her own…

Now, let’s hear from Eve. Welcome!

Give us the “elevator pitch” for A Breath of Eyre:
A 21st century girl gets transported into Jane Eyre and must decide whether her destiny lies in the pages of Jane’s story or in the unwritten chapters of her own.

What was your inspiration for the book? Are you a big Jane Eyre fan?  
I’ve had the idea for A Breath of Eyre rattling around in my head for years, long before literary retellings became a hot trend. Ever since I read Jane Eyre in eleventh grade, it has remained a favorite, one I return to again and again and that never loses its fascination for me. I’ve never found another story with such a restrained yet passionate romance. And Jane is the ultimate heroine: strong, intelligent, moral, and unafraid to speak her mind. I knew I wanted my protagonist, Emma, to step into her shoes as she awakens to first love and discovers her own strength of character.

Favorite scene in your book:
I think it would be the waterfall scene. It wasn’t in my original manuscript, but it came to me one night and resolved so many issues I was struggling with. Now I can’t imagine the book without it.

Hardest scene to write:
Probably the scene when Emma first wakes up in Jane Eyre. I wanted to make it fantastical yet believable. It was also important for Emma not to accept her strange fate too quickly. I rewrote this chapter many times.

What’s on your nightstand or top of your TBR pile?
Kenneth Oppel’s This Dark Endeavor. I’ve always loved Frankenstein, and the idea of a literary prequel that explains young Victor’s fascination with cheating death sounds amazing.

Favorite book when you were a child:
Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden, which taught me the power of character, setting, and simple storytelling.

Your five favorite authors:
I’m going to be a bit all over the place here, but throughout my life, these authors have figured more prominently on my bookshelves than any others: Dr. Seuss, Shakespeare, Kurt Vonnegut, Jane Austen, and Emily Dickinson.

Book you've faked reading:
Moby Dick in college, although I did go back and read it as an adult, and I really enjoyed it.

Book you're an evangelist for:
The Sky is Everywhere. Jandy Nelson writes gorgeous prose and even lovelier poetry. I’m quite in awe of her talent. And I’m a little in love with Joe Fontaine.

Book you've bought for the cover:
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. That cover is so lush and mysterious, it’s irresistible.

Book that changed your life:
Well, since my young adult debut is based on it, I’d have to go with Jane Eyre! Plus, after all these years, it’s still in my top ten.

Favorite line from a book:
“A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.”--Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan

Book you most want to read again for the first time:
Probably Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. It was spare, haunting, surprising, and oddly beautiful the first time around.

Most horrifying moment while reading a book:
The basement scene of The Road.

Favorite book about books or writing:
Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird, as it gave me permission to write a crappy first draft. Without this advice, I would still be staring at that imperfect first page.

What’s next?
I’ve just finished a draft of A Touch of Scarlet, the sequel to A Breath of Eyre. As its title suggests, it is loosely based on The Scarlet Letter and has my protagonist, Emma, doing a lot of growing up as she navigates her way through secrets and scandal. Book 3 is inspired by The Phantom of the Opera and will take place in Paris; I’m hoping to work in a research trip for this one!

Many thanks, Eve! I was so excited to see her favorite childhood book was the same as mind, Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden. I read that book over and over as a kid, and now that I’m thinking about it, have an urge to dig up a copy and read it again. What was your favorite book as a kid? You know the drill to win a copy of A Touch of Eyre. One entry for comment, another for blog follow, a third for a Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, and a fourth for a Tweet or Retweet. Be sure to include your email. Now...Go forth and comment!

27 comments:

  1. I heard about this book a while ago and it looks great :O) I can't wait to read it!
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  2. I love the premise of this book. Time travel AND Jane Eyre? Wow :)

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  3. I love the premise. I can't wait to read Breath of Eyre! Thanks for the giveaway.
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  4. My favorite book as a kid was all of Poe's works:) I really LOVE creepy!!

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  8. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  9. I really enjoyed the Ramona series by Beverly Cleary when I was a child.

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  10. I'm super excited about this book! (Especially the mentioned sequels!)

    One of my favorite books as a kid was The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.

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  11. Very nice interview. I liked Tom Sawyer as a kid.

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    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  12. My favorite book was Charlotte's Web.

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  13. I love Jane Eyre - one of my favorites growing up! But as a kid, I loved Anne of Green Gables and the Lionness Quartet by Tamora Pierce!

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  14. I loved to read the original Winnie the Pooh, and also Alice in Wonderland!

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  15. My favourite book was Matilda by Roald Dahl.

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  16. I loved Enid Blyton books as a kid. There was 1 particular series that I recall with much fondness The Faraway Tree or something.

    Jane Eyre was such a good book! Probably influenced my preference for dark, brooding heroes.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  17. Thanks for the interview, that was interesting. Still, I have a little trouble with a young girl ending up in a woman's body and in love with dark Mr. Rochester.

    My favourite childrens books are written by Thea Beckman (Dutch author), I still read them every now and then.

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  18. sounds great, want to win it :)

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  19. I loved the Nancy Drew books as a kid. This book sounds awesome.

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  20. I had a couple of favorite books as a kid, though the one I kept re-reading was The Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne. It had made a huge impression on me.

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  21. Jane Eyre is one of my favorite classic so I'm curious to see a modern take of it. Many of my childhood favorite books still remain my favorites now. That's a great thing that they can endure the times. One of them is Little House on the Prairie.

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  22. Loved Jane Eyre, but I'd say my longest relationship with a classic book was Little Women. :)

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  23. A Little Princess was my fav!

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  24. never read jane eyre before, but loved to try this one

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  25. this book sounds really great and loved Jane Eyre


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  26. I loved Stephen King's books when I was a kid. I guess I liked to be a little scared at times. ;)

    Thanks for the giveaway! I'd love to win A Breath of Eyre!

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