Author Interview: Katie McGarry

I’m super excited to share with you all my interview with Katie McGarry, author of the amazing novel Pushing the Limits.  I loved, loved, loved Pushing the Limits; I highly recommend it – my fav read of the year so far, and my all time fav contemporary novel.  To read my review, just click here.  A big thank you to Harlequin Teen Australia and Morey Media for the opportunity to interview Katie McGarry. And, of course, a big thank you to Katie McGarry.


Would you tell us a little about yourself?

I’m a stay-at-home mom, a reality TV freak, and a University of Kentucky basketball fan. I’m also a sucker for an amazing love story.

Do you have a favourite place where you like to write?

My front porch swing. I love the feel of the sun on my skin and the creaking sound of the swing. Somehow, those elements help my creativity.

I absolutely loved reading Echo and Noah’s story; one of the many things that I loved so much was how Echo and Noah found strength in each other. What do you feel are the biggest lessons that Echo and Noah learn from each other?

Noah helps Echo with her confidence and she quickly learns how to stand up for herself. Echo helps Noah realize that he can hope for more than living day to day. Together, they teach each other how to trust and love again.

There were so many scenes in Pushing the Limits that I found very moving. Do you have an all time favourite scene, and/or is there a particular line from the novel that is extra special to you?

Echo and Noah playing pool was definitely my favorite to write. I absolutely adore their banter, the sexual tension, and how Echo blows Noah out of the water with her pool playing capabilities. Of course, Noah edges unbelievably close to Echo, places his hands on her body, and…well…you’ll have to read the book to find out what happens next. 🙂

Your next novel, Dare You To, is about Beth (one of Noah’s friends in Pushing the Limits) – is there anything about Beth’s story that you can share with us?

In DARE YOU TO you can expect romance, old wounds resurfacing, humor, action, and a lot of kissing. DARE YOU TO is scheduled to be released in 2013.


I remember the pool scene that Katie is talking about.  That is just one of the many reasons why Pushing the Limits is amazing.  I’m really excited about Dare You To; I can’t wait to read Beth’s story.


Say hello to Katie McGarry:

website ~ facebook ~ twitter ~ goodreads

Noah and Echo have their own twitter accounts; check them out:

Say hello at @EchoEmerson and @HutchinsNoah



No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with “freaky” scars on her arms. Even Echo can’t remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.

But when Noah Hutchins–the smoking hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket–explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo’s world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.

Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she’ll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

On sale now at and in books stores nationally for the RRP AU$19.99.

Rapture by Lauren Kate Blog Tour: Interview with Lauren Kate

Hello everyone. Today, I am very excited to share with you an interview with Lauren Kate, author of the amazing Fallen series. This interview is featured as part of the Australian Rapture blog tour, and Treasured Tales for Young Adults has been given the honour of starting the tour. *exciting* A big thank you to Lauren Kate for the interview and to Random House Australia, especially Dot, for organising the Rapture blog tour.


All the covers of the Fallen novels are so beautiful. Did you have any influence over the designs?

Working with my publisher’s design department to choose the perfect image for each book gave me a very specific kind of perspective. Often after writing the books, I still don’t really know what they’re about. Matching a visual concept to the text helps to connect the mystical gap between the writing of a story and the essence that story evokes when it’s complete. We were very lucky to have enlisted the help of the phenomenally talented Fernanda Brussi Goncalves from Brazil. Her images were the perfect fit for Luce and Daniel’s story.

When writing Rapture did you listen to music for inspiration?

I’m actually listening to a Rapture playlist right now that will be available on It’s got songs from the Magnetic Fields, Lucinda Williams, The Zombies, Fleetwood Mac, Christina Perry, and Gotye to name a few.

Out of all the books in the Fallen series what would be your all-time favourite line?

“Before there was light, there were angels.” I would say more about how much I enjoyed inventing those final scenes in Rapture—but I don’t want to give any spoilers.

Was it a bitter sweet moment when you wrote the final sentence in Rapture, knowing that it was the final book in the Fallen series?

The actual ending of the series is so right for the characters that I actually found it really satisfying to compose. There were moments earlier on in the book when I wept—a first for me. I know there will be moments in the future when I miss some of the characters—not Luce and Daniel, I don’t think (we really said goodbye to each other on the best terms). But for now, I’m looking toward the future, toward new characters and new worlds and new love stories.

How would you describe the Fallen series in one sentence?

This is the hardest question you can ever ask a novelist. We’re not known for our glibness…that’s why we write 400+ page stories. I do really like the last line included in the Australian trailer for Rapture: “When the world ends, trust your love, trust love, love.”


I hope you enjoyed the interview. Are you looking forward to reading Rapture? Do you have a theory as to how the series will end?


Rapture blog tour dates:

12th June:

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Check out this amazing trailer for Rapture here.

Enjoy the tour. 😀

(Blogoversary Celebration) Author Interview: Jill Hathaway

Hi everyone. I hope you all enjoyed Treasured Tales for Young Adults‘ blogoversary celebration. A huge thank you to all the authors who participated. To close the celebration, Jill Hathaway, author of Slide, has stopped by the blog with an interview. Thank you for the interview Jill. 😀


Hi Jill, Thank you for visiting Treasured Tales for Young Adults, to help celebrate its one year blogoversary.

Would you tell us a little about yourself?

I’m a high school English teacher, mother, and recovering World of Warcraft addict.

Do you have a favourite time of day when you prefer to write?

Mornings are good for me. I usually go to the library and crank out a few thousand words before lunch.

Who are some of your favourite authors, and have you had the opportunity to meet any of them?

A couple of my favorite authors are Stephen King and Donna Tartt. I’ve never met either of them.

What was your favourite novel as a child, and has it inspired or influenced the way your write?

I remember really liking Remember Me by Christopher Pike. Maybe it did influence me because people have compared SLIDE to Pike’s stories.

If you could choose any author to collaborate on a novel with, who would you choose and why?

Megan Miranda, because she’s my brain twin.

What do you find to be the hardest and most rewarding parts of being an author?

Revision is both the hardest and most rewarding part of writing. Oh, but you said being an author. I’d say finding time for social networking on top of writing is difficult. But it’s so rewarding to hear from someone who has read and enjoyed SLIDE.

When writing a novel, do you outline the entire plot first, or do you like to let the characters guide you?

I used to be a pantser, but I’m slooooowly becoming a bit of an outliner.

When you think of your novel, Slide, what is the first word that comes to mind?


How would you describe Vee (the main character in Slide) in five words or less?

Cynical, pink, protective, strong, smart

What are you working on at the moment, and is there anything about it that you can share with us?

I just finished revising IMPOSTOR, SLIDE’s sequel, which will be out next spring! Vee is freaked out when she realizes someone else has been sliding into her and possibly trying to frame her for a serious crime.

Thank you for the interview Jill.


Doesn’t Imposter, the sequel to Slide, sound intriguing? Have you read Slide?


More information about Slide and author Jill Hathaway:

goodreads ~ website ~ blog 


Author bio (from Goodreads) –

Jill Hathaway lives in the Des Moines area with her husband and young daughter. Having earned her BA in English Education from the University of Northern Iowa and her MA in Literature from Iowa State University, she teaches high school English and dual credit courses for Des Moines Area Community College.

(Blogoversary Celebration) Author Interview: Joann I. Martin Sowles

Hi everyone. Today, Joann I. Martin Sowles, author of The Brookehaven Vampires series, has stopped by the blog with an interview. Welcome to Treasured Tales Joann; and thank you for the interview. 😀


Hi Joann, Thank you for visiting Treasured Tales for Young Adults, to help celebrate its one year blogoversary.

Would you tell us a little about yourself?

I am married and a stay at home, homeschooling mom of two and I am also the author of the Brookehaven Vampires series. Some of my favorite things include vampires, Mickey Mouse, the color purple, and Dragons.

Do you have a favourite place where you like to write?

Well, we recently moved and I now have my own office. I love it in there! It is so nice to finally have a private space to write and call my own. Before that I would hide out in the corner of my bedroom in a recliner and try to get some writing done. Now I can actually sit at my desk to write and I can leave notes all over the room. I am way more productive. 😀

If you were given the ability to step inside the world of any novel for an entire day, which novel would you choose and why?

I think I’d choose Harry Potter. I’d love to see and be a part of Hogwarts, wander Diagon Alley, Hogsmeade and see all the wonderful people and creatures of the Harry Potter world.

Which supernatural creature and/or myth do you find the most intriguing?

Oh, there are just so many that fascinate me! I’d have to say my number one is Dragons, followed closely by vampires.

How would you finish this sentence: Writing a novel…is a lot of work but one of the most rewarding things I have ever accomplished.

Joann, I have some Brookehaven Vampires related questions for you:

How would you describe Laney in one sentence?

Laney, as a character: Laney is strong and independent, looking for her place in the world.

Laney, the book: A glimpse of the beginning of what is to be an amazing love story.

What would you say are Laney and Oliver’s strengths and weaknesses?

I think that they are each other’s strength and weakness.

When you think of Julz, what is the first word that comes to mind?


How many books will there be in The Brookehaven Vampires series?

I do not have a set number of books for the series or to tell Laney’s story. I have found that the more I write the longer Laney & Oliver’s story gets. I also plan to write Oliver’s version of the story along with several of the other Characters’ stories as well.

One final question:

What are you working on at the moment, and is there anything about it you can share with us?

At the moment I am working on book 3. Unfortunately, there is not much I can share at this time. I can tell you that we will get to see the Brookehaven world from the eyes of another character and that book 3 will be released sometime this year (2012).

Thank you for the interview Joann.

Thank you & Happy Blogoversary!

I’d also like to thank all who have stopped by and taken the time read this interview. I invite all of you to visit my website where you can read the first 3 chapters of both Laney & Darkness.

Much Love,
Joann I. Martin Sowles


I can’t wait for book 3 in The Brookehaven Vampires series. I wonder which other character we are going to see the Brookehaven world through? Any ideas? Really excited about seeing the story from Oliver’s pov too.


More information about The Brookehaven Vampires and Joann I. Martin Sowles:

goodreads ~ twitter ~ facebook ~ website


(Blogoversary Celebration) Author Interview: Aimee Agresti

Hi everyone. *waves hello* There are only a few days of the blogoversary celebration left to go. I hope you have enjoyed celebrating Treasured Tales for Young Adults‘ one year blogoversary. Today, Aimee Agresti, author of Illuminate (Gilded Wings #1) has stopped by Treasured Tales for an interview. Thank you Aimee. 😀


Hi Aimee, Thank you for visiting Treasured Tales for Young Adults, to help celebrate its one year blogoversary.

Would you tell us a little about yourself?

Happy Blogoversary! Thanks so much for having me! Let’s see, where to begin? Well, ILLUMINATE is my first novel but I’ve been an entertainment magazine writer for years. Most recently I was a staff writer at Us Weekly, which was tons of fun! I’ll always be a celebrity gossip junkie at heart!

Do you have a favourite place where you like to write?

I live in DC where museum-hopping is my favorite pastime so I absolutely love writing at the Portrait Gallery. There’s a gorgeous courtyard there where I’ve been known to spend hours on end writing, sipping mochas and people-watching! I wrote a lot of ILLUMINATE there.

What was your favourite novel as a child, and has it inspired or influenced the way you write?

That’s such a great question! I had so many favorites: “Little Women,” “Alice in Wonderland,” the entire “Nancy Drew” series—I read all of those over and over. I always loved stories with strong heroines and adventurous girls. (I basically wanted to grow up to be a mix of Jo March and Nancy Drew!) When I sat down to write ILLUMINATE, it was important to me to create the kind of heroine I would have loved when I was a teen.

When writing a novel, do you outline the entire plot before beginning, or do you like to let the characters guide you?

I’m an outlining fiend! I need to have a clear map of where the story is going before I sit down to write, so I spend an incredible amount of time outlining. But there are definitely moments when I’m writing and a great idea occurs to me and I need to veer off from my plan a bit. Sometimes the best twists come out of the blue like that!

Which of your characters in Illuminate, intrigues you the most?

I love them all, they’re all my babies! But if I had to choose, I would say Haven because the book is really about her evolution. She may start out a little unsure of herself but she becomes a force to be reckoned with, which I love.

What do you love the most about the main character, Haven?

I love that she’s so analytical and introspective and she can’t seem to turn that off, even though she’d sometimes like to. She’s always thinking, thinking, thinking, taking note of everything going on around her, but it’s that kind of focus that helps her unlock the secrets of what’s really going on at the Lexington Hotel!

How would you describe Lance and Dante, each in five words or less?

Five words or less, wow! Well, Dante is the ultimate best friend. And Lance is that guy who surprises you.

When you think of Lucian, what is the first word that comes to mind?

Oooh, how about: smokeshow!

Are there any particular songs that you feel suit or express a certain scene in your novel, Illuminate?

I like to think of Ellie Goulding’s “Lights” as the book’s theme song. I didn’t discover that song until long after I’d finished writing, but her voice is so ethereal and the lyrics are just perfect. I love it! But I actually cooked up a whole soundtrack for the book, you can check it out here!

What are you currently working on, and is there anything about it you can share with us?

I’ve been busy polishing up the sequel to ILLUMINATE! In Book Two of the Gilded Wings trilogy, the gang heads to New Orleans to battle a new pack of devils. But I’ll tell you this much: you haven’t seen the last of Lucian!

Thank you for the interview Aimee.

Thank YOU so much!


Doesn’t the Portrait Gallery, where Aimee wrote a lot of Illuminate, sound lovely?

Have you read Illuminate? Are you looking forward to the sequel?


Check out Aimee’s guest post about Lucian.

More information about the Gilded Wings Trilogy and Aimee Agresti:

goodreads ~ website ~ twitter ~ blog ~ facebook

(Blogoversary Celebration) Author Interview: Willow Cross

Hi everyone. I hope that you are enjoying the blogoversary celebrations. Today, Willow Cross has stopped by with an interview. Willow is the author of the amazing Dark Gifts series.


Hi Willow, Thank you for visiting Treasured Tales for Young Adults, to help celebrate its one year blogoversary.

Thank you for having me!!

Would you tell us a little about yourself?

There’s not a whole lot to tell. I’m a wife, mother, and grandmother. I grew up on a farm in Indiana and moved to Arkansas 8 years ago. I have a penchant for chocolate and spend most of my time at home.

Do you have a favourite time of day when your prefer to write?

I prefer to writing in the morning just after the coffee has kicked in.

If you could invite three authors to a dinner party, who would you choose and why?

Hmm. That’s tough! Probably Robert Heinlein, JR Tolkein, and Anne McCaffrey. (But only if they were coming as living breathing people. LOL)

You have been given the ability to step inside the world of any novel for an entire day – which novel would you choose, and why?

Harry Potter. I didn’t even need to think about it. LOL What an amazing, magical world to live in!!!!

What are you reading at the moment?

Right now I’m reading The Birth of Jaiden by Jennifer Wright.

How would you finish this sentence: Being an author is…the most frustrating, wonderful, fun, stressful, fabulous, tiresome, exhilarating, terrifying job I could have chosen. LOL

What qualities to Michael and Liz (the two main characters in Birthright) bring out in each other?

Liz brings out a tenderness in Michael that he didn’t know existed. She’s also taught him to love. In turn, Michael has taught Liz how to be a survivor. His training has helped her to channel the darker parts of her new being into something productive.

How would you describe Jason, Sarah, Shad and Ashley (characters from the novel Inheritance), each in five words or less?

Jason: Loyal, protective, honest, haunted, and heroic.

Sarah: Loyal, intelligent, guarded, loving, quick to laugh.

Shad: Obedient, strong sense of family, ruthless, determined, judgemental.

Ashley: Open, loyal, loving, compassionate, dependable.

Which character in the Dark Gifts series intrigues you the most?

Probably Jenna. I’m dying to know what the fates have in store for her. Her true destiny has yet to be revealed, and quite honestly, even I don’t know where she’s going. 😉

What are you working on at the moment, and is there anything about it you can share with us?

I am working on a few short companion stories for Birthright and Inheritance as well as Oceans of Red volume three. As soon as I finish those, I’ll be digging back into Legacy again.

Thank you for the interview Willow.

Thank you for having me!!! I thoroughly enjoyed it!!! 😀


Have you read any of Willow’s novels? If so, which is your favourite?


More information about Willow Cross and her novels:

goodreads ~ facebook ~ website ~ blog


(Blogoversary Celebration) Author Interview: Eve Marie Mont

Today, Eve Marie Mont, author of A Breath of Eyre, has stopped by Treasured Tales for Young Adults as part of the blogoversary celebration. I’m so excited to share with you my interview with Eve.


Hi Eve, Thank you for visiting Treasured Tales For Young Adults to help celebrate its one year blogoversary.

Would you tell us a little about yourself?

I’m an English teacher and writer who loves shelter dogs, Doctor Who, nineteenth century novels, good manners, and grass or sand between my toes.

Do you have a favourite time of day when you prefer to write?

Since I teach full-time, I usually write on weekends and during the summer. My most productive hours are between 11 and 3. I like to write when the sun’s out.

What was your favourite novel as a child, and has it inspired or influenced the way your write?

The Secret Garden. I adore everything about this book, from the vivid settings to the dynamic characters to the positive messages about love, nature, and friendship. There is no lovelier sentiment than Mary’s at the end of the novel: “The secret garden is always open now. Open, and awake, and alive. If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.”

How important is it to you that classics such as Jane Eyre, are not forgotten?

As an English teacher, I’d love for each generation to experience the classics and to interpret them anew from their unique viewpoint. But it’s tough to entice kids to read book over a century old in which the writing may be denser, the pacing slower, and the messages altogether more subtle. But literature reflects both its immediate context and what came before; by reading great literature, children can study humanity’s evolution and understand where the thoughts and ideas of their own age stem from. And there is so much joy and insight to be gained from digging into this treasure trove; the universal pleasures of good storytelling don’t ever change.

What do you think it was about Mr Rochester that attracted Jane Eyre to him, and is it those same characteristics that draw Emma (the main character in A Breath of Eyre) to him?

I think girls are always drawn to the mysterious bad boy who hides a vulnerable side. When Jane first meets Rochester, she finds him gruff and dismissive and a bit condescending. But as she digs beneath the surface, she uncovers his humor and his compassion, and also the wounds he tries to hide beneath a sheen of bravado. With her kind heart, Jane wants to tend to these wounds. At first, Emma is attracted to those same qualities, but as she gets to know Rochester and his secrets, she begins to give up her desire for an unattainable hero and open her eyes to the real love that may be standing right in front of her.

What qualities does Mr Rochester bring out in Emma, and how do these differ from the qualities that Gray Newman (a friend of Emma’s) brings out in her?

With Rochester, Emma sometimes finds herself mimicking Jane’s actions and leading a rather passive existence. But as the novel progresses, she slowly finds her own voice and realizes that Gray may be a better choice for her. While Gray shares Rochester’s brooding hero status, he helps Emma clarify what she wants and who she is going to be. Once Emma starts believing in her own strength, she takes more decisive action to help her friends and to bring about her own happiness.

How would you describe Emma and Gray, each in one sentence?

Emma is a shy but strong, kind-hearted dreamer who seeks solace on books. Gray is a former party boy turned loner, haunted by his past and striving to become a better man.

Is there anything you can share with us about A Touch of Scarlet, the sequel to A Breath of Eyre?

In A Touch of Scarlet, Emma finds herself drawn to the woods behind her campus, where the 17th century is alive and well. Moved by the tragic plight of a woman scorned by society, Emma tries to help Hester Prynne and her daughter, only to find that secrets and scandal follow her back to her own time as well. Each time Emma returns from Hester’s world, she is increasingly torn between remaining the good girl she’s always been and becoming the rebellious woman she longs to be.

Thank you for the interview Eve.


Have you read A Breath of Eyre? Isn’t the cover just gorgeous?

Are you looking forward to the sequel, A Touch of Scarlet?


More information about A Breath of Eyre and Eve Marie Mont:

goodreads ~ website ~ twitter ~ blog