Y’all don’t you just love it when you read a book that makes you want to gush and gush and THEN you get the opportunity to pick the author’s brain about it? Seriously, that’s like dreams coming true for me.
PLUS OMG YOU GUYS! Today is the RELEASE DAY HOLLAAAAA for Masque Of The Red Death by Bethany Griffin. Bethany has graciously dropped by to answer a few BURNING questions I had!
1.One thing that struck me while reading Masque of the Red Death was the lush style of writing. Which writers have influenced you?
Oh wow, so many writers. I love Anne Rice, and I’m not sure if my writing is lush, but if so, she influenced me a lot. Growing up I read a lot of semi-modern gothic literature by authors like Victoria Holt, and lots of fantasy (my favorite fantasy authors are Guy Gavriel Kay and Jacqueline Carey).
2. Much of Masque centers around a horrific plague that reminds one of The Black Death during the Medieval period. Did you do any research on plagues while writing? What was the most interesting thing you came across?
Okay, well I love the middle ages and the Bubonic Plague, the Doomsday Book by Connie Willis is one of my all time favorite books, but I have to admit I didn’t do a lot of research for Masque, I read up on the awful symptoms that Poe described for his plague, tried to make the initial plague awful and different, and went from there.
3. If you had to pick a theme song for Masque, what would it be?
Machine Gun by Portishead.
4. What are a few YA books you’ve read and enjoyed recently?
I loved Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood, Black Heart by Holly Black (and the rest of the books in that series), Oh, I really liked Invisible Sun by David Macinnis Gill.
F’realz, Bethany has GREAT TASTE in YA books AND music.
And okay, because I was in L-O-V-E with Masque of The Red Death, I kind of want you all to fall in L-O-V-E with it too and OMG OPPORTUNITY! So, here’s the deal. Leave a comment on this post with a great YA book you’ve read lately and I will choose a winner on April 30th for my ARC. Oh, and of course this business is open INTERNATIONALLY, y’all.
Can’t get enough of Masque and Bethany?