30 Mar 2014

Come and meet the fabulous Veronica Bane

I'm thrilled to have Veronica Bane with me today. She's just one of those gals that you click with, you know?
Anyway, on with the interview...

Can you tell us a little about your latest book?

Miyuki is the sequel to my first book, Mara. Like the first book, it follows a group of young adults who can manipulate different parts of nature. They are still grappling with the responsibility of these powers. While the book still explores all of the different characters from the first book, the focus is on Miyuki, a half-Japanese girl who can wield water.

What inspired you to write it?
I think teenagers in books and films are often given these great powers, and they always seem to rise to the occasion. I wanted to write a story where the characters were flawed and broken; I didn’t want to write about a smooth transition. I wanted to write about how teenagers would really react to powers like these.

If it was made into a movie, who would you like to play the main characters?
Oh, I love this question! At the same time, though, I have no idea how to answer it. I didn’t see actors and actresses when I was writing these characters. Ideally, I would love a cast of unknowns.

Why do you write in this genre?

I wanted to tell a story that appealed to young adults and adults. I wanted to tell a fantasy where the powers were important but secondary to the characters themselves. It was an interesting balancing act.

What made you want to become an author?
I love stories, and I love storytelling. It’s been my dream for as long as I can remember. I can’t imagine a life where I don’t write.

Name one of your all-time favourite books?
The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury is absolutely thrilling. He weaves a story like no one else.

Who, or what, inspires you?
Reading inspires me. Films inspire me. Music inspires me. Friends and family inspire me. In short, life inspires me.

Where is your favourite place to write?
There is a coffee shop in my hometown that is the absolute best. I wrote most of Mara there when I was on vacation. I have tried to find a similar coffeehouse in Los Angeles, but they’re not the same. I’m hopeful, though!

What is your favourite movie that was based on a book?
Jurassic Park. My love for that film knows no bounds. I am obsessed.

Who is your favourite author (s) and why?
I have so many! I love J.K. Rowling, though. She’s my hero.

If you could have a dinner party with any authors from any time in history, who would you choose and why?
Margaret Atwood, Mary Shelley, J.K. Rowling, Ray Bradbury, and Salman Rushdie. It would be amazing. I wouldn’t be able to talk because I would be enamored with them all. I would just sit there eating brie and making them uncomfortable with my awe. I actually have met Salman Rushdie, and it took all of my will not to turn into a puddle.

Tell us a random fact about yourself.
I can do an excellent impression of Stitch from Lilo and Stitch.

Who would play you in the movie about your life?
Someone small and blonde. Also, awkward.

Tell us something interesting about the area where you live.
I live in Los Angeles where there is something interesting everyday. You would think the stories have all been told about this city, but we’re not even close. It’s an adventure.

Book Description: In the town of Jericho, a group of misfit teenagers haunts the underbelly of their society. Armed with the ability to manipulate different parts of nature, these teenagers fight for their right to stay alive. In the months following an attack on their lives, danger still lurks around them. Those behind the original strike have risen from the ashes, and new powers are beginning to reveal themselves. With this mysterious threat imminent, Mara, Miyuki, and the rest of the Unusuals must stand together to fight. However, time is running out for the group, for someone—or something—is hunting them, and this time around, not all of them will survive.

Veronica Bane grew up in San Diego, California and spent her days writing in local coffee shops and at the beach. Her writing was and has always been fed a healthy diet of chai tea lattes and film scores. She studied Creative Writing at Chapman University and now lives in Los Angeles.

Mara on Amazon: http://amzn.com/0615846130

Miyuki on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20557540-miyuki

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