Thursday, August 25, 2011

A Bookanista Interview With The Amazing Michelle Zink (and a giveaway)

I'm so excited for today. I have known Michelle Zink online since her first book, PROPHESY OF THE SISTERS, was released. I've always been impressed with her demeanor online and her amazing personality. Let me tell you, the more I get to know her, the more amazing I find her to be. More than once I have told myself that she is exactly the kind of author I want to be when I become more well known.

Before I get to my interview with Michelle, and the AMAZING GIVEAWAY, let's see what my other Bookanista buddies are up to:

Elana Johnson revels in WRITE YOUR BOOK NOW
Lisa and Laura Roecker is gaga for IMAGINARY GIRLS
Shannon Messenger catches THE ELEVENTH PLAGUE with a giveaway
Megan Miranda is transfixed by BETWEEN
Shana Silver delves into THE UNBECOMING OF MYRA DYER
Corrine Jackson celebrates her "Blogiversary" with YA Authors sharing Lessons Learned
Stasia Ward Kehoe falls for the cover of THE FOX INHERITANCE

On to my Bookanista Interview with MICHELLE ZINK in celebration of the release of Circle of Fire.
First, some deets about her new book:

Release Date: August 3, 2011

Basic Blurb: (from Amazon):
With time dwindling but her will to end the Prophecy stronger than ever, Lia sets out on a journey to find the remaining keys, locate the missing pages of the Prophecy, and convince her sister Alice to help--or risk her life trying. Lia has her beloved Dimitri by her side, but Alice has James, the man who once loved her sister--and maybe still does. James doesn't know the truth about either sister, or the prophecy that divides them. And Alice intends to keep it that way. 
There are some secrets sisters aren't meant to share. Because when they do, it destroys them. This stunning conclusion to Michelle Zink's Prophecy of the Sisters trilogy will make saying good-bye bittersweet for readers.
And now - my interview with Michelle. Make sure to catch the end for your chance to win a fabulous prize pack.

CF: Tell me a little about Circle of Fire.
MZ: I love this book so much. It's the perfect conclusion to the story, completing Lia's journey from naive teenage girl to strong, powerful young woman. We get more backstory on Alice, a glimpse at Lia's darker side, a resolution to the James quandary, and a lot of sexy time with Dimitri. ;) 
CF: How do you feel about ending this trilogy? Are there any characters you're sad to leave?
MZ: I'm sad to leave all of them! It's so bittersweet. These characters have been a part of my life since 2006. They literally changed my life. I think they'll always live in my heart.
CF: What's next for you?
MZ: I always have soooo many writing projects going. I'm working on a very cool YA book that will be released in 2013 as well as some other super secret projects that I can't talk about. I'm working on a thriller that I hope will be my debut into the adult market, a script with my son, Kenneth, and am contemplating the possibility of writing a companion series to Prophecy. This is a three book year for me - meaning when it's all said and done, I'll have written three full-length books in one calendar year.
CF: One piece of advice for aspiring writers?
MZ: Spend at least 90% of your time reading and writing. Talking about writing online isn't the same as writing. You have to write - A LOT - to get published. 

CF: What do you think about the future of publishing?
MZ: I think it's a really exciting time. Yes, it's sad, too. Seeing brick and mortar stores close literally makes my heart hurt. But change comes to us in this life whether we want it or not. The only thing to do is try and shape that change in a positive manner by being part of it. I'm really hoping we'll get to a point where the relationship between the digital publishing world and the traditional publishing world isn't so adversarial. I believe it CAN work together. I buy WAY more paper books now that I have an ereader, because I'm more willing to give an author I don't know about a shot in the cheaper, digital format. Then I'll go out and buy the paper books, too, to add to my library if I like them enough. I'd love to see us come to a place where buying a paper book is like buying the Blu-Ray version of a DVD. It would be awesome to buy a paper book and get a download code for the e-copy, too. I'd pay more to get both in one shot, and I think people would then be incented to continue buying paper books even if they had ereaders. Why buy the digital copy and THEN go buy the paper copy for your library if you can get BOTH, maybe with bonus content, for a few dollars more?

CF: How do you balance the noise online - you know, the never-ending cylce of fb, twitter, google+ and other distractions?
MZ: I'm not going to lie. It's HARD. As a single mother to four teenagers, I really, really struggle just balancing LIFE with writing. Throw in the increasingly rigorous demands of promoting oneself online - something that seems even more prevalent in the YA market - and it's just exhausting. I try to place my focus on the writing the vast majority of the time, but I know around release time I'll be chained to my computer for at least two weeks before and two weeks after. That's just the way it is with interviews and giveaways and stuff. The rest of the time I manage to keep my time online to a minimum by just checking in with Twitter once a day (or sometimes once every few days) and posting to my blog regularly. The last part is easy, because I focus all my energy on connecting directly with my readers and not "selling" them 24/7. To do that, I have regular features like Mystery Monday (in which I post a link to a video or news article about a recent discovery or mystery), Song of the Week (readers share songs they love that week and I pick one to post), Thursday Night Write (readers post excerpts of their own writing for comment by others), and a Friday Poll (sometimes it's silly like which kind of ice cream is your favorite and sometimes it's about politics, parents, etc.). Having regular features geared to my audience make updating my blog fun and easy. I am on Facebook quite a bit, but it's a good investment because my kids are there and this is where most of my "average" (i.e. non-blogging) readers hang out online. I just have to be careful not to get sucked in and cut myself off if I do! 

See why I think Michelle is so fabulous! To add to the fabulousity, Michelle has offered up an AMAZING prize pack to one lucky commenter. The prize pack includes:
  • Signed Copy of CIRCLE OF FIRE
  • A CIRCLE OF FIRE spiral notebook 
  • Wristbands for all three books in the Sisters of the Prophesy series 

Entering is easy - just complete the entry form below. Want more chances to win? Help to spread the word.
Contest ends, Sunday, August 28.



Thanks for entering! What are you reading now???


  1. Thank you both for the interview and giveaway!

    I just bought the first two books because I'd heard they were good and the story is intriguing. But, confession time, it was mostly because I LOVE the covers. So I made the impulsive decision to just buy. Can't wait to read them! :D

  2. Thanks for the great post!
    I spread here

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  3. I tweeted here:!/ali_cross/status/106917866858749952

    And I'm reading VARIANT by Rob Wells :D


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