Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Guest post by Kerry Schafer + Giveaway

Today I am happy to introduce you to Kerry Schafer who stops by today to tell you a bit about her debut novel, Between, an amazing looking and sounding, exciting urban fantasy story (seriously that cover is one of the bests I have seen)! So please give Kerry a warm welcome, read on and you could even win a copy of Between!

Reading, Writing, and The Other
by Kerry Schafer

Someone asked me the other day, "Do you only read Fantasy? Is that all you write? Isn't it hard to make up things like that?"

The short answers are – no, no, and no.

Let me explain.

My reading tastes are eclectic and I will read anything set in front of me, including ingredients on the cereal box and those little papers that come with medications from the pharmacy. You know the ones – folded by tiny and agile fingers into an origami that requires finesse and dexterity to unfold, covered in columns of words that sort of resemble English in places. (Over the years I've noticed that the actual printing on these inserts, and on the cereal boxes, has gotten increasingly more minute and deciphering them requires a pair of reading glasses. I blame the economy.)

But I digress.

I seem to go through phases with reading. At the end of high school I was on a Victorian kick – Dickens and Austen and Brontë. This was followed by a fantasy binge. European classics. Young Adult. I also often read by author. If I happen across a book I love, I'm likely to read everything that author ever wrote. My favorite genres at the moment tend to be thrillers, mysteries, and good old fashioned fantasies. I was honestly a little shocked to discover I'd written an Urban Fantasy, and had to run out and read a bunch of books in the genre to understand what I'd fallen into!

When I first started to write Between, which was called Swimming North at the time, I was planning to stay straight. I would write something that played with reality, but from the perspective of mental illness and altered perception. No fantasy worlds. No magical realism.

As it turns out, this is the hardest thing in the world for me to do. My mind wants to play with the other, to dip into all the possibilities of the unknown. So I was writing along and all of a sudden there was this wooden box, and inside it were these crystal spheres, and in each sphere was another reality.

But this was supposed to be a reality based tale. Magic marbles had no place here. So I tried deleting the box and the spheres. If you read Between, or even look at that awesome dragon on the cover, you'll see that I was not successful in my endeavor to squelch them. The book knew what it wanted to be, and in the end I agreed to listen. This led, in the end, to a world where dragons and magic and dreams all became real.

Kerry Schafer was born and raised in Canada, moved back and forth across the border several times, and finally settled on a compromise. She now lives in Washington state, but within an hour’s drive of her home and native land. Her childhood book collection traveled with her through all of those moves, and although she now owns a Kindle she continues to acquire books and bookshelves. During her lifetime, Kerry has worked as a lumber piler, an OB nurse, a secretary, and a substitute teacher, among other things. No matter where she lives or what she is doing, she finds a way to create writing time. Currently she balances writing and family with her work as a mental health counselor.

Connect with Kerry at her website - blog - Twitter - Facebook - Goodreads

Book #1 in The Between series

Maylor can’t sleep. Maybe it’s because she just broke up with her boyfriend and moved to a new town, or it could be the stress of her new job at the hospital. But perhaps it’s because her dreams have started to bleed through into her waking hours.

All of her life Vivian has rejected her mother’s insane ramblings about Dreamworlds for concrete science and fact, until an emergency room patient ranting about dragons spontaneously combusts before her eyes—forcing Viv to consider the idea that her visions of mythical beasts might be real.

And when a chance encounter leads her to a man she knows only from her dreams, Vivian finds herself falling into a world that seems strange and familiar all at once—a world where the line between dream and reality is hard to determine, and hard to control...


One lucky commenter will win a paperback copy of Between by Kerry Schafer!

All you need to do is leave a comment and tell us do you read fantasy/urban fantasy books? Why do you/don't you? What do you like/dislike about the genre and these stories?

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 15 February 2013!

Good luck!

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