I am so excited to be hosting Diana Pharaoh Francis here on my blog for her tour in celebration of her newest series Bitter Night. I have read this book and I have to say it's absolutely amazing. I read it straight through in one sitting and was riveted by everything that is going on in this story. Here is a bit more information about the book.
The ancient Guardians of the earth are preparing to unleash widespread destruction on the mortal world, and they want the witches to help them. If the witches refuse, their covens will be destroyed, including Horngate, the place Max has grudgingly come to think of as home. Max thinks she can find a way to help Horngate stand against the Guardians, but doing so will mean forging dangerous alliances — including one with a rival witch’s Shadowblade, who is as drawn to Max as she is to him — and standing with the witch she despises. Max will have to choose between the old life she still dreams of and the warrior she has become, and take her place on the side of right — if she survives long enough to figure out which side that is….
You can find my review of this book right here on my blog.
(BBB) Ms. Francis, it is a complete honor to have you here at my blog today, I am still in shock when I get emails from amazing famous authors such as yourself. I truly appreciate you taking time to answer some questions about yourself and your books.
(DPF) Hi everyone and thanks for letting me come play in your sandbox!
(BBB)What made you interested in writing ?
(DPF) I’ve always loved reading it. I consider books like The and The Narnia books urban fantasy to some extent as well as a vast many others. I dabbled in writing it with short stories, some of which are up on my website. Feel free to go have a look. Anyhow, some ideas for novel length urban fantasies have been churning in my head for awhile, and Bitter Night brought them together.
(BBB) Do you have a favorite food?
(DPF) Chocolate. But if you want a real food, I’d say pizza. No wait, fresh garlic bread! No wait! (I love food).
(BBB) What is your favorite book you have written?
(DPF) Bitter Night, probably is my favorite, with The Cipher coming in a close second.
(BBB) What is your favorite book to read, ever?
(DPF) You know, I don’t think I have one. I love . I know I’ve returned to read her many times. But I have a lot of old book friends that I love.
(BBB) Did you have any inspiration for your characters from people you know?
(DPF) Certainly. Writers snatch inspiration and ideas from everything around them, and people are no exceptions. That doesn’t mean I write particular people into a book—I don’t want to hurt feelings or antagonize people. But I do like to draw on real people all around me.
(BBB) If you weren't a writer what would you be?
(DPF) My other job is an English professor. But I think if I wasn’t a writer, I think I would be a break baker and own a Great Harvest somewhere.
(BBB) Who is your favorite character from Bitter Night?
(DPF) It’s Max. She’s so contradictory and conflicted. Plus she’s got attitude. But then so do a lot of the characters and I am quite fond of many of them. Not that that stops me from putting them through terrible torture . . .
(BBB) What is your favorite scene from Bitter Night? Favorite scene to write or to read?
(DPF) That’s really a tough one. I really like the scene with Scooter. I also like the scene in the car when she’s injured and is about to pass out. That was a lot of fun. And then the conversation in the Garbage Pit with Oz. That was a lot of fun.
(BBB) Do you have any writing rituals? (like having to listen to music, certain times, etc)
(DPF) I will frequently listen to music to put myself in the mood of the scene, but noise or lack thereof doesn’t bother me. Mostly I have to sit and work. I have a tendency to check email and waste time for awhile before I get started. Wish I could stop doing that. I will reread the work from the day before to get back into the flow, and then jump in. I prefer these days to work mornings, though I don’t often get the chance because of my day job.
(BBB) What is your favorite movie?
(DPF) I love with Colin Firth. I can watch it over and over. I love period movies in general, to be honest. But as with books, I have a lot of movie loves and depending on my mood, I’ll dig them out and watch them. I’m a huge fan of the Babylon 5 series, Firefly, and Blood Ties (why did they cancel that show?)
(DPF) Thanks again for having me today. I appreciate you taking the time to visit with me. I hope you if you get a chance to read my books, that you enjoy.
If you want to try out any of my books, you can read chapters and free short stories on my website: www.dianapfrancis.com
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