Saturday, December 22, 2012

Interview & Giveaway with Diana Pharaoh Francis

Today, I am happy to be interviewing Diana Pharaoh Francis author of the Horngate Witches series. Her latest installment is called Blood Winter and releases on December 26, 2012. It will be the last book of the series and I have a copy of the book to giveaway! (See Rafflecopter below to enter!)

GR - Hi Diana! Thanks for joining me! First question, when did you begin writing?

I didn’t start writing fiction until I was in college. It wasn’t til then that it occurred to me that I actually could write down some of the stories I’d been spinning in my head.

GR - What brought you to the paranormal genre with your series Horngate Witches?

I love paranormal fiction. Anything fantasy really. I have always loved the idea of magic in our world. What’s better than walking into a little shop and back out into a new world. Or opening a book and finding answers to every question. Or walking into a wardrobe and out into Narnia? Or crashing through the wall of a train station and climbing aboard a train to Hogwarts. I wanted experience magic in the real world. But of course, my world is always violent and a struggle between good and evil, gray and grayer.

3. If you could be any paranormal character or have any one supernatural talent, what would it be? Why?

Paranormal characters are usually in trouble too much to be one of them. I mean, they seriously suffer and bleed too much. I wouldn’t want to be one. I mean, sometimes, when they are kicking ass and taking names, but not so much when they are broken and close to death. So I’ll go with a supernatural talent. But what to choose? My kids have been watching Avatar and bending elements would be awfully cool. But then so would being able to heal. Or talk to animals. But in the end, I think I’d like to be able to cast spells. Be a witch.

4. Tell readers why they will enjoy Blood Winter.

It’s a fabulous adventure with lots of magic, violence, snark, romance, wonderful heroes and unexpected twists. It’s also the finale of the series and I think it ends with quite the bang. I love this book.

5. Can you tell readers how many books you are currently contracted for?

In the Horngate series, this is it. For Crosspointe, we’re working out finishing it with a publisher. After that, I’m in the wind and getting to play a bit.

6. What is your favorite comfort food(s)?

Pizza. And this custard/bread pudding combo that my mom used to make when I was a kid. It’s amazing. It’s a custard with a bread pudding top crust. I also have a love for spiced chai, so when I can’t have food, I opt for chai.

7. What is your favorite place(s) to write?

My desk. I can close the door and turn up the music and all my research books are there. I don’t do well writing in public places, and elsewhere in the house, it’s hard to escape distraction.

8. If there was that one person you would love to meet, who is it and why?

Oh there are so many! But I’ll be a fangirl. And I’ll cheat. It would be a tie between Nathan Fillion and Robert Downey Jr. Both seem so funny and down to earth. I’d probably break a rib laughing.

9. Favorite movie of all time?

Pride and Prejudice. The Colin Firth version. Though I do love Keira Nightly in that version.

10. Favorite actor/actress?

Hmmm. I’m going with Morgan Freeman. Oh wait. Tommy Lee Jones. No, Morgan Freeman. No . . . I just can’t decide!

11. What is your favorite TV Show?

Just at the moment, I would say Leverage. Though I’m a fan of Grimm, Haven, Castle, and Criminal Minds.

12. What other genres do you enjoy reading?

I like regency romance, mystery, thriller, and some literary fiction. I also like to read historical nonfiction.

GR - Thank you so much Diana for joining me today! I appreciate the fact that you took time out of your busy schedule in order to sit for a few questions!

Thanks so much for having me today!.  Now, everyone, what superpower would you want? 

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  1. it's a new discovery for me so i will have to start the series it seem to be a wonderful one ( hope the giveaway is international ^^ it wasn't specified)

    happy holidays

  2. Totally worth buying! Best series out there (both of them). Canot recommend Di's books enough!

  3. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to reading more.

  4. I also like the idea of magic in the world and that's what I enjoy so much about paranormal stories.

  5. I enjoyed the previous books in the series and I'm curious as to what's next.

  6. I love this series. The worldbuilding is so good and I love Max. She goes through so much to protect her friends and family. I would love to have the power to heal.