Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Interview with Merrie Destefano, author of Fathom

1. If someone looked at your browsing history right now, what kind of things would we find.

I spent most of the day looking up images of classic science fiction movies and books for posts on my Tumblr page. It reminded me how much I love that genre, and have loved it since I was a teenager.

3. Do you have a favorite song, album, or playlist to write to?

I usually like to purchase new music while writing and listen to it exclusively during that project. But one favorite I always go back to is Coldplay. They seem to hit all the right notes for my writing. However, when I was writing FATHOM, my debut YA that just released, I subconsciously put together a playlist of songs that I listened to when I was about 16 (the age of the main character.) I was unknowingly tapping into all the angst and emotions of my teen self to create a believable character. Songs on that list included: Badge by Cream, Rock N Roll Woman by Buffalo Springfield, and Dark-Eyed Woman by Spirit. These are all songs that rip out my heart and leave me breathless, for they conjure so many memories.

6. Do you have any guilty pleasures?

I adore chocolate. And movies. So if I put those together, I’m in heaven. I especially love sci-fi movies.

7. What was your favorite book as a teen?

It’s hard to narrow it down to one book, since I loved so many different authors like Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, Edgar Allan Poe and J.R.R. Tolkien. But if I had to pick one, it would be either The Red Planet by Heinlein or The Hobbit by Tolkien. I loved the world-building in both of those books.

8. If an aspiring writer asked for advice what would you tell them?

Don’t give up. It’s a long road, but as long as you love writing—the actual act of writing—then that passion will be your fuel. Make sure you continue to study the craft, no matter how many books you have published.

Optional questions :)

Favorite Meal:

Almost anything with fish. Fish is my favorite food for either dinner or lunch. It’s been my favorite every since I was a little girl and used to go fishing with my father.

Favorite Drink (alcoholic/non-alcoholic)

Chocolate banana smoothie made with soy milk and blue agave. Yum and double yum!

Sweet or Salty snacks?

Both, please. I used to prefer salty snacks, but lately my sweet tooth has been taking over.

All time favorite movie

Tough question! First one that came to mind was Enemy Mine. It’s quite possibly my all-time favorite movie. Besides the fact that this is a sci-fi classic, this was the first movie I saw where the "romance" was actually a self-sacrificial love that develops between two enemies, trapped on an isolated planet. It spoke to my heart and my soul about how love can transform us and make us more than we are as individuals. The last scene in the movie is incredibly inspirational—it gives me chills every time I watch it.

Best book to movie adaption

Not a movie, but a TV series: Dexter. I’ve never seen the author’s voice or character captured so well. Even though some of the situations have changed, the texture of the books is almost identical.

Worst book to movie adaption

It’s probably no surprise, but my answer is Twilight. In my opinion neither the acting, the directing, the writing or the special effects did do the book justice. All of these factors combined turned the book into an accidental comedy.


Everything is changing . . .

Turning sixteen can be hell, especially if everyone in town thinks your mother killed herself and your sister. All Kira Callahan wants to do is swim, hang out with her best friend, Sean, and ignore the kids who torment her at school. That is, until one day when she gets invited to a party. For three minutes her life is wonderful—she even kisses Sean. Then somebody spikes her drink and some girls from out of town lure her into the ocean and hold her underwater.

Kira soon discovers that the group of wild teenagers who have come to visit Crescent Moon Bay are not as innocent as they seem. In fact, nothing is as it seems—not the mysterious deaths of her sister or her mother, not her heritage, not even her best friend. And everything seems to hinge on the ancient Celtic legends that her mother used to tell her as a child.

With twenty years’ experience in publishing, Merrie Destefano left a 9-to-5 desk job as the editor of Victorian Homes magazine to become a full-time novelist. Her first two novels, Afterlife: The Resurrection Chronicles and Feast: Harvest of Dreams were published by HarperVoyager. Fathom is both her first YA novel and her first indie published novel. When not writing, she loves to camp in the mountains, walk on the beach, watch old movies and listen to alternative music—although rarely all at the same time. Born in the Midwest, she now lives in Southern California with her husband, their two German shepherds and a Siamese cat.

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