Monday, October 1, 2012

Urban Fantasy Q&A and Giveaway

We're pleased to welcome Emily Goodwin into the Salon for the last stop on her tour. She's answering some questions for us and giving away an e-copy of her new release, Contagious. Please leave a comment to enter (be sure to include an email address) and we'll pick a winner after midnight on Tuesday, October 2nd.

How did you start your writing career?

I had always written stories in my head but never actually wrote them down on paper. I’m not really sure why. I think a big part of it was fear of failure. Over the years, I started writing short fan-fic stories but never—ever—let anyone read them. Then, one day I got of my psychology of personality class early and had time to kill before my next class. I went to the computer lab and just started writing Unbound. Once I started, I couldn’t stop.

Who is your favorite character from your books?

That’s hard to answer. Each character brings something different to the table and are fun writing about in their own ways. I usually feel attached to the characters in the current novel I’m writing. So, since I just finished Reaper, I feel like Anora is my favorite. But once I start writing The Truth is Contagious, Orissa will be my favorite again.

What is your current release?

Reaper, book two in The Guardian Legacies series, will be out on Halloween. It follows Anora’s life as a witch and shows that having magical powers doesn’t mean things come easily for her. It was a lot of fun to write; I enjoyed having an established relationship between Anora and her boyfriend, Ethan. This book is a lot darker and scarier than Unbound; I got creeped out more than once while writing it.
What is your next release?

I just started working on The Truth is Contagious, the final book in The Contagium Trilogy. I have two chapters done already. As long as my school load doesn’t pile up (I’m a full-time nursing student), I should hopefully get it done by the end of the year.

Do you do you research for your books?

Yes, I do a ton! Along with nursing, I have a degree in psychology, so I have a strong background in wanting things to have solid research and evidence. I write a lot of strange, random emails to people asking the ‘why and how’s of certain things that appear in the book, I probably bugged the crap out of my friend who lives in California while writing Beyond the Sea. I had her take a million pictures to send to me so I could visualize the setting of where Melia and Peter lived. I even spent time at a wound clinic, learning about different flesh eating viruses so my zombies would be as close to ‘medically possible’ as they could be.

What book are you reading now? 

I’ve been trying to find the time to finish Ever Shade by Alexia Purdy for a while now. It’s a really good book (and I recommend it!) but it’s hard to find time to read between school and writing.

Thank you so much for allowing me to be a guest on your blog! :)

Book #1 in The Contagium Trilogy
Emily Goodwin

Genre: Occult horror/zombie

Number of pages: Approx 340
Word Count: Approx 120,000

Cover Artist: SweetDreams

Book Description: 

“I wasn’t afraid of death. If I died, it would be over. My worst fear wasn’t of dying, it was of living. Living, while everyone around me had their flesh savagely torn from their bodies to be shoved into the festering and ever-hungry mouths of zombies. It terrified me, right down to my very core, to be alive while the rest of the world was dead."

In the midst of the Second Great Depression, twenty-five year old Orissa Penwell doesn't think things can get any worse. She couldn't be more wrong. A virus breaks out across the country, leaving the infected crazed, aggressive and very hungry.

Orissa will do anything-no matter if it's right or wrong- to save the ones she loves. But when she discovers that most of the world is infected or dead, she must decide if those lives are worth saving at all.

Author Bio:

Emily Goodwin resides in Indiana, where she lives with her husband and many four legged children, including their much loved German Shepherd named Vader. Accused of being a day dreamer, Emily began writing at an early age, making use of her active imagination. She has a degree in psychology and is currently working on her second degree in nursing. Emily likes anything paranormal, 80's rock, going on crazy adventures with her friends, making (and wearing) costumes, Renaissance Fairs, and is an animal rights activist.

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