Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Interview & Giveaway: Ilana Waters

   Ilana Waters is a freelance writer who lives in New Jersey. When not creating content for websites, she can be found working on novels and short stories—as well as nibbling string cheese. She once pet-sat an electric eel, and enjoys walking in circles around the park for no particular reason.
   Her first book—The Adventures of Stanley Delacourt: Book I of Hartlandia—is a middle-grade fantasy. It is available at Amazon, Barnesandnoble, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords. Ilana is currently writing Book II of the Hartlandia trilogy, due out in 2013.

Favorite reads?
   YA and MG fantasy, mostly. Right now I’m working my way through the cannons of Philip Pullman and Roald Dahl.

Inspirations for the book?
   The usual: I dreamed it. Seriously, isn’t there another way we authors can come up with book ideas nowadays? :-D

Did you know you wanted to be an author when you were little?
   Definitely—since I was at least six. Then I tried to be someone else for twenty-five years. Thank
goodness that failed—now I can get back to being a writer!

Any Pet Peeves?
   People who complain constantly about their pet peeves. ;-)

Chocolate or Peanut Butter?
   Forcing me to make such a decision would be just plain cruel.

The weirdest thing you've ever done?
   Um, can I plead the Fifth on that one?

Is there a soundtrack to the book/Favorite music?
   I listen to what I call “weird New Age music” when I write. It’s enough to fill the silence, but not enough to distract me. Since my novel (The Adventures of Stanley Delacourt: Book I of Hartlandia) contains fairies, there was some fairy music going on as well. Pagan, folk, and medieval tunes, etc. Fairies just love that stuff.

Do you need anything to write?
   A work ethic. But since I sort of lack that, peace and quiet will do.

How long do you write on any average day?
   Oh dear—not nearly as long as I procrastinate!

Give us the number one reason to read your book.
   Well, the water bill is coming due, and I really need to pay that sucker . . . kidding! Because I think it’s a fun and exciting mix-up of periods, themes, characters, and adventures that readers have never seen before!

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         Ten-year-old Stanley Delacourt loves his quiet life in the peaceful village of Meadowwood. At least, he does until his best friend is killed. Then the town library—where Stanley lives and works—is burned to the ground. The individuals responsible for both tragedies are a nasty group of soldiers. They work for the kingdom’s new leader: Christopher Siren.
          No one understands the rules Siren’s creating. They don’t know why breaking them means death, or why the leader is so keen to destroy books. And no one can figure out where the former queen and king disappeared to—or if they’ll ever return.
          With the grown-ups too fearful to take action, Stanley vows to confront Siren. He plans to get answers and demand justice. Little does he know that his journey will involve sword-wielding knights, kidnapper fairies, and dark magic.
         Stanley has only two allies back home. One is an intimidated witch named Meredith. The other is a young apothecary called Sophie—who may have enchantment problems of her own. Can they help him discover the reason behind Siren’s crimes and end this terrible reign? Or is Stanley set to become
the next victim in the tyrant’s evil plot?
         If you enjoy the fantasy works of Rick Riordan, Lemony Snicket, or Philip Pullman, then explore the world of Stanley Delacourt today!

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for having me on the blog, and for hosting the giveaway!