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Interview with Brodi Ashton, author of <em>Everneath</em>
We're thrilled to have the fabulous and funny Brodi Ashton in the pub today!
Her book Everneath (B+B/HarperCollins) was just released in stores this week and it's one of our favorites.
Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath. Now she’s returned—to her old life, her family, her boyfriend—before she’s banished back to the underworld . . . this time forever. She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can’t find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.
Nikki longs to spend these precious months forgetting the Everneath and trying to reconnect with her boyfriend, Jack, the person most devastated by her disappearance—and the one person she loves more than anything. But there’s just one problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who enticed her to the Everneath in the first place, has followed Nikki home. Cole wants to take over the throne in the underworld and is convinced Nikki is the key to making it happen. And he’ll do whatever it takes to bring her back, this time as his queen.
As Nikki’s time on the Surface draws to a close and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she is forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole’s queen.
Everneath is a captivating story of love, loss, and immortality from debut author Brodi Ashton.
1. Now tell us, Brodi: which one of your characters would you most want to kiss?
Ack! I would say Jack, but then I'd feel a little too much like a cougar. So I will go with the Professor.
2. Hahaha, cougar...you're more moral than us, I suppose (we all picked underage characters—OOPS!). Let's say you were transported into your book—which scene would you most want to reenact?
That's exactly how I write books, by the way. I act out the scenes in my head. I live there. But the scene I'd most want to reenact is a scene at the very end (or the beginning, when you think about the timeline) where Jack stops Nikki in the hallway at school and confronts her about her feelings for him.
3. Oooh, sounds romantic and delicious!! So, you act out scenes...what’s a typical writing day for you then?
Get up, make tea, take it to my study to write. Take a break for lunch. Possibly shower, but probably not. Write some more.
4. Sounds about like the rest of us. Workworkwork!! When you do take breaks, we assume you read. ;) What are you reading now?
Since I'm in the middle of revisions, I'm avoiding outside reading right now, but the last book I finished was Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. Loved it.
5. We loved that too! So...let's a hot guy wants you to be his queen, and all you have to do is leave everything behind. What do you say?
Um... thanks, hot guy, but no thanks. I have kids, so that sort of changes everything.
6. Kids, schmids. ;) Okay, fantasy #2: If you could spend a night at the pub with any 3 authors (alive or dead) who would it be and why?
Louisa May Alcott, so I could confront her about how Laurie should've ended up with Jo and not Amy, because Amy is a brat.
Cormac McCarthy, so I could ask him how he developed his writing style, and could he please teach me.
And Abraham Lincoln. Because he's always who I'd invite to the "Three dead guys and you" luncheon.
7. Nice mash up! Can we come along?? But wait--Pub Brawl!!!!! What weapon are you wielding?
Brass Knuckles, with the words "Ever Yours" spelled out. Then people would read them, and be all, "Ever yours? What a sissy girl!" right before they lost an eye. Know what I mean?
Thanks so much for having me!! And to all you readers: If haven't read Jodi's Incarnate, you have to, because it is incredible. :)
Aw thanks, Brodi! We really appreciate your time and wish you all the best with Everneath!
Now, to celebrate Brodi's lovely interview and the release of her even more fabulous debut, Everneath, we're giving away a copy! (A copy that just might be signed... ;))
All you have to do is leave a comment, telling us what YOU'D do if you were given a shot as a hot king's (or queen's!) bride (question #5). Then, fill out the form below! The contest is opening internationally, and we'll contact the winner a week from now!
BRODI ASHTON received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Utah and a master’s degree in international relations from the London School of Economics. Brodi has an active following on her blog, which can be found at www.brodiashton.blogspot.com. She lives in Utah with her family. Everneath is her debut novel.