Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Angelnots by Elise Pehrson Interview and Giveaway

The Angelnots

The Unknown

Book One

Elise Pehrson

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Publisher: Soul Fire Press

Date of Publication: March 26, 2015

ISBN: 1938985672


Number of pages: 246

Word Count: 62,900

Cover Artist: Neil Noah

Book Description:

Anyone around the snug village of Bizi-Herri might pass it by upon first glance. However, this quaint hometown of Olivia and Alazné Zubiondo is far from ordinary, and one day, they find out why first-hand.

When a curse afflicts Alazné, Olivia must find a way to stop it. As she searches for answers, more problems surface and she finds herself uncovering secrets kept hidden away from the world—secrets meant to come out by nature but were concealed by man. Now, Olivia must figure out how to save her sister, her people and the dimensions intertwined with her fate.

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About the Author:

Author Elise Pehrson is an award-winning writer, editor, publisher and journalist. She has interviewed stars from popular television shows and movies, such as The Walking Dead, Arrow, and Napoleon Dynamite. She enjoys reading, writing and spending time with her family.

Where are you from? I was born in Massachusetts but lived most of my life in Boise, Idaho.
Tell us your latest news? I’m working on the sequel to my book, The Angelnots, currently and am really excited for what it has in store.
When and why did you begin writing? I’ve been writing my entire life. For as long as I can remember, my imagination has been an enormous part of my life. And imagination is where it all starts. I remember winning a poetry contest when I was seven years old, and I wrote my first novel at age eleven. Writing has always been a part of me; it’s helped me vent and express myself at times, and other times it’s helped me share my thoughts and feelings to people who can relate. It’s an outlet I can rely on time and time again.
When did you first consider yourself a writer? When I wrote my first novel at age eleven. After that, my parents put me in private one-on-one writing classes while I was homeschooled through junior high.
What inspired you to write your first book? My passion for books and my wild imagination.
Do you have a specific writing style? I do, but it depends on what I’m writing. For instance, my young adult fantasy writing style is much different than my contemporary fiction and creative non-fiction writing styles.
How did you come up with the title? When I came up with this book’s premise, I was listening to music and imagining a story where the people were angels, of sorts, and were cursed. When this curse was in its full effect, this sort of angel would split in two: his/her “evil” side and his/her essentially “good” side. They weren’t quite angels, and really they weren’t angels at all, but when their curse afflicted them, they would sprout wings. So, I thought it would be a good idea for these people to have long called themselves Angelnots. The book is titled after this group of people.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? There are a few messages, some of which are: it’s tough for everyone to grow up and no matter who you are or what your background is, we are all the same at heart; the mind holds so much more beauty than the outward appearance ever could, so it’s important to nourish it and pay more attention to it than your outward appearance; never give up on family; no one is all good or all evil—we are who we choose to be and what we choose to do in life.
How much of the book is realistic? The characters, although magical, are just like you and me. We all have to grow up and go out of our comfort zones in order to be an adult and do what needs to be done. We all fall in love, and we all have trials in life that we’d like to forget and shut out, but we must keep going and use these experiences as stepping stones in making us better people. In that sense, the characters are realistic. The world is a fantasy world, and I would say that out of this entire series, this book contains the most elements of fantasy.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? Not really. The characters are all rooted in people and characteristics of people I’ve met and know, as well as myself.
What books have most influenced your life most? As a fantasy author, I would say the Harry Potter series and Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? In this genre, J.K. Rowling.
What book are you reading now? I’m reading Fangirl and Outlander.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Yes! I just read The Night Circus and loved it, so I would say Erin Morgenstern.
What are your current projects? I’m currently working on the sequel to The Angelnots as well as a new adult contemporary fiction book that I’ve been working on for a few years (it’s very close to my heart and has become so dear to me that I’m having a hard time setting it free, haha).

What would you like my readers to know? I am very much looking forward to your feedback! I would love to engage with you about the book, so feel free to send me any questions or comments on Facebook ( or Twitter (@epehrson). I’m looking forward to talking with you!

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