Monday, August 20, 2012

My Indie Monday (1)

MY INDIE MONDAY is a meme all about Independent and Self Published Authors. Who they are. Where to find them. Why you should read them.

My Indie Monday is hosted by Me, My Shelf and I!

Hey Y'all!

Today I have the pleasure of having Ciye Cho author of the recently released Florence (which I loved! see my glowing review here). I really can't express how good this book is. Whether you love merpeople or not you should read this book. To make it easy for you I have two giveaways listed after the interview. The first is International and it's for an ebook of Florence. This giveaway is being graciously sponsored by the author. But I loved the book so much I wanted to give something myself. Unfortunately, this giveaway is US only. It is for a paperback copy of the book. So here's a little information about Ciye Cho and Florence. Hope you enjoy!

Book Description:

Seventeen-year-old Florence Waverley is out of her depth. Literally. Kidnapped and taken below the waves to the mer world of Niemela, she is the ultimate gift for merman Prince Kiren: a human familiar tied to his side. But nothing is what it seems amid the beauty and danger of a dark ocean.

Every Niemelan has a role to play, from the mermaids who weave towers out of kelp to the warriors who fight sea monsters. But in trying to survive, Florence will end up in the middle of a war between the mer and the Darkness. A conflict that will push her between two brothers: Kiren, the charmer inexplicably drawn to both her and the monsters; and Rolan, the loner who has been pushing her away since the day they met. But in order to take a stand--and find out where she belongs--Florence will have to risk it all: her life, her heart... and her very soul.

Hi Ciye,

Thanks so much for taking a minute to answer some questions for me. There
are so many questions that I want to ask but most of them are spoilery so
I know we can’t have that! I did manage to come up with a few that aren’t
though so let’s get this interrogation, I mean, interview started.

It seems like Florence came along right at the time a million other mermaid
books popped up. Obviously, you were working on it before this became the
new trend so why do you think Mer books have become so popular as of late?

I think it all stems from the fact that merpeople never fail to enchant human beings.
I strongly believe that most people are already fans of mermaids and mermen,
whether they'll admit it or not. Merfolk are mysterious, dangerous, beautiful in
unearthly ways, and often very tragic.

I wrote "Florence" while I was inside a bubble (or rather, an imaginary coral
dome surrounded by deep-sea volcanoes), so I had no idea how many mer books
were out there. But I'd like to think that "Florence" presents a unique take on mer
mythology... something that I hope readers will find vivid, unusual, and wondrous.

Your books have some of the most beautiful/detailed/imaginative
descriptions. How do you come up with them?

I'm a chronic daydreamer. I've spent my life daydreaming about being someone else,
living somewhere far away, and doing something otherworldly... so I guess that's
where my descriptions and ideas come from.

One of the main themes that I took away from Florence was the emphasis on
becoming less materialistic. Do you think the world as a whole has begun to
put too much emphasis on material items? Was this an issue you were trying
to point out or was it accidental?

It was never an intentional message, but I definitely think that mankind has become
far too materialistic. As for "Florence", it seemed natural to make the Niemelans a
non-materialistic culture. (For example, how can they be materialistic when their
kelp towers double as food?) The merfolk in Niemela live in a coral dome at the
bottom of the ocean... so all they have is each other and the corals and animals that
they care for.

Personally, I thought there was a lot of unresolved threads at the ending of
Florence; a war was approaching and one character’s fate was left hanging in
the balance, however, I did see on other peoples blog that they thought things
were somewhat resolved. So just to clear things up…will there be more books?
And if so, how many books will there be and when can we expect book two?

I plan to write another two more. Book two will see Florence Waverley enter the
life path challenges... a decision that will throw her into a deep sea maelstrom of
mystery and danger. There's going to be a lot of adventure and romance. And of
course, some new characters! (I hope to be able to release the second book in October or November 2012.)

What are you working on now?

The sequel to Florence. The working title is "Luminaire"

Avid readers’ favorite books seem to change week to week based on what
they’ve read recently or what kind of mood they are in (at least that’s how I
am) What’s your favorite book right now?

My favorite book right now is actually a graphic novel. Or rather, a series of GNs.
Does that count? It's Neil Gaiman's "Sandman" series. I read them when I was a kid,
and I'm getting lost in them all over again. "Dream" is one of my favorite fictional
characters of all time.

Now, on to the this or that portion of the interview. If at any time you don’t
have a preference you can choose neither.

This or that:

Coke or Pepsi: Neither
Chocolate or Vanilla: Chocolate
Early Bird or Night Owl: Early Bird
Harry Potter or Twilight: Twilight (currently reading Breaking Dawn.)
Answer to Previous or The Hunger Games: The Hunger Games (Team Finnick!)
Vampires or Werewolves: Vampires
Zombies or Unicorns: Unicorns! (Unicorns trump everything... except merpeople)
Twitter or Facebook: Twitter
Ebook or print: Ebook

Now, for the giveaways! Ciye has generously donated a ebook copy of his book, Florence. This giveaway will be International. For my part, I am giving away a print copy of Florence. This giveaway will be U.S. only!

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  1. Great interview, Ashley! And this book sounds awesome--thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  2. Thanks Jamie! The book really is amazing! Good luck! :)


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