Thursday, June 9, 2011

Author Interview: Myra McEntire, author of Hourglass

I'd like to welcome Myra McEntire and thank her for taking time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions. Hourglass will be released on June 14, 2011, and you'll definitely want to put this one on your list.

Tell us what inspired you to write Hourglass. How did you come up with all those supernatural abilities and get them to all seem so real? Do you have one of these abilities?

I really just wrote the first five pages for a writer’s group exercise and then when I was done I wanted to know what else happened! I WISH I had one of these abilities! I did a lot of research on different abilities that you’d find in a traditional paranormal/sci-fi book and then tried to relate them all to time in some way.

How long did it take you to write?

Total, about a year and a half. That was from very beginning to revised finished product.

Tell us about your writing habits. When do you write? Where? Do you have any special rituals that you follow to help the writing process?

I usually write either in my office or in my bedroom, and because I’m also a stay-at-home mom, I write whenever I can! My husband is great about occupying our boys!

How did you celebrate when you found out Hourglass was going to be published?

CAKE. And Italian food!

Do you have any hints or suggestions for aspiring writers wishing to be published?

Read, read, read. Read some more. And again. Read.

What were some of your favorite books when you were a kid? How about young adult novels?

I loved THE WIZARD OF OZ, and Trixie Belden mysteries. As far as young adult, I love everything I read!

I know you are writing more Hourglass books. Can you tell us anything about what’s coming up? When can we expect the next installment? Will Emerson and Michael both be in the next book? How many books will there be in the series?

I’ve sold two books to Egmont, and I have a third plotted, as well as one spin off. We’ll see what happens. Everyone from the gang will be in every book. You know. Unless I kill off someone.

When you are not writing, what do you like to do?

COOK! And unfortunately, EAT! I’m going to start running – and I’m not a very good runner – so we’ll see how that goes!

Feel free to add any additional comments!

I can’t think of any! THANK YOU!

Read my review of Hourglass.

Visit Myra's blog.

Myra McEntire knows the words to every R and B hit of the last decade, but since she lives in the country music capital of America where her lyrical talents go sadly unappreciated, she chose to channel her mad word skills into creating sultry Southern timeslip novels. 

But if you catch her at a signing, she can probably be convinced to rap with you anyway.

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  1. I LOVED this book! Thanks so much for a great book and a fun interview. Everyone needs to read Myra's book!
    Mary @ Book Swarm

  2. Great interview! I can't wait to read Hourglass. I used to love The Wizard of Oz too! :)

  3. I definitely love the comment about READING if you want to get published. I feel like I can always tell when the author hasn't read (at least a little bit) in the genre they're writing.

    I can't wait for 'Hourglass'!! =)

  4. I also love her advice about how reading is the best way to learn to write. In that case, I might actually be doing well at learning the craft! ;) Great interview, and I can't wait to read Hourglass. Love books with paranormal abilities.


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