Wednesday, 23 May 2012

BLOG TOUR!! Firefly Beach by Meira Pentermann


At the Other End:

When Beth LaMonte rents a cottage on the coast of Maine, she wishes only to withdraw and paint. A mysterious ball of light disturbs her peace and leads her to a secret beach where she finds the diary of a girl who disappeared in 1975. Now Beth is on a mission, not only to bury her own past, but to put to rest the spirit of Firefly Beach.


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Author Bio...

PhotobucketOn slow, snowy days in her Colorado home, Meira Pentermann enjoys cozying up on the couch with a novel. Naturally, snow is not a requirement; neither is the couch. In fact, she sees no reason not to indulge in reading three-hundred-and-sixty-five days a year. Apocalyptic science fiction, mysteries, and young adult titles top her Kindle list, but legal thrillers and chik-lit make an appearance now and then.

When not absorbed in writing or reading, Meira enjoys life’s little moments with her family – the love and devotion of her black lab, the quiet wisdom of her artistic twenty-one-year-old, the trials and triumphs of her petite sixth grader, and the unlimited encouragement offered by her Dutch husband.

Meira strives to write stories that deliver the unexpected. She prefers down-to-earth characters that look and behave like regular folks. The prom queen and Adonis take a backseat to reclusive, soul-searching heroines and quirky, introverted gentlemen. 

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Take A Seat. Get Strapped In. Let's Go For A Ride:

1. Where have we seen you before? (previous projects/works)
The first edition of FIREFLY BEACH was released in 2009 through Lyrical Press. Last year I published NINE-TENTHS, a dystopian science fiction. Other writers may know me from the AbsoluteWrite forums where I have participated in the query letter critique thread off and on since 2007.

2. What goes through your mind after your novel has been on sale for the first week?
Interesting question. I think the first twenty-four hours are the most nerve-racking. After that, I find peace in the idea that the book has launched. Obsessing over one more edit is no longer an option. It is kind of a relief, actually. I can finally move on to promotional activities and new writing endeavors. 

3. What inspired you to write this novel?
FIREFLY BEACH developed in stages before it took off in my brain and wouldn’t leave me alone. I first envisioned the firefly in 2004 when my husband and I were on a retreat. We participated in a relaxation seminar. The instructor asked us to imagine a very safe and quiet space – a room, a meadow, whatever came to mind. I pictured a small beach secluded by high cliffs. But, honestly, relaxation exercises and I do not do well together. Thoughts run around in my brain in spite of my efforts to quiet them. Shortly after arriving at my special beach, a firefly joined me dancing around the cliff. Then a diary and the idea that it belonged to a long-lost girl.

That concept drifted to the back of my mind while I worked on another manuscript from 2004 through 2007. As soon as I declared that manuscript finished, the firefly returned to me, flooding me with ideas. I could not write them down fast enough. I realized that Beth’s story was far more compelling than the words I labored over for three years. At that moment, the old manuscript found its way to a shelf in the back of my closet, and I passionately dove into FIREFLY BEACH. 

4. What do you think about when getting/seeing negative reviews?
Negative reviews can be painful; there’s no doubt about it. Nevertheless, many people have come to me – emailed me, called me – saying they were in love with the story, that it overpowered them, and that they missed the characters when they were finished. Not everyone is going to like a book, but the people who loved the story so passionately remind me of how rewarding writing can be. 

5. How long was the writing/planning process?
Writing the first draft of FIREFLY BEACH took about a year, but the three years I devoted to my first manuscript were an invaluable learning experience. During that time, I worked with editors and produced numerous drafts - polishing my writing and editing skills in the process. As far as planning, the story developed on its own with manic periods of note taking as ideas came to me. I did keep a “continuity of facts” spreadsheet, where I created birthdays and childhoods for the characters. Much of this information never made it into the story, but it provided a history from which I could draw personality quirks and passions. It also kept me on my toes in regards to age differences and personal backgrounds.

6. What was your reaction to the cover art when you saw it for the first time? Did you have any ideas from the days of writing/inspiration?
The current cover was painted by a friend of the family. I “commissioned” it from her in 2007 and had it framed. It hangs in my office, and it is a continual reminder of my early aspirations for FIREFLY BEACH. I absolutely love this painting, so I was delighted to use it for the second edition of FIREFLY BEACH. The first edition had an attractive cover, but it did not really fit the story. 

7. Any plans for future writing projects? Any being worked on now?
I am currently working on a grade 3-6 novel called SARAH AND THE MAGIC MAYONNAISE JAR. This story offers further proof of my genre-commitment-phobia. I can’t seem to help myself. The novel should be available by the end of 2012. I am working with an outstanding new illustrator, Rachel Loftus, and I am excited to bring my daughter’s favorite story to life. 

8. Top 5 books

This is always a difficult question. My opinion changes time and again. I’ll call them out randomly and from different genres:
  • DELIRIUM by Lauren Oliver
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • FEAR NO EVIL by Natan Sharansky
  • HAMLET by William Shakespeare
  • THE GOLDEN COMPASS trilogy by Philip Pullman

9.  Recommended books:
THE WEIRD SISTERS by Eleanor Brown and ON THE ISLAND by Tracey Garvis-Graves.

10.  Why read your novel?
Okay, lol. Putting me on the spot. Here we go: Readers who like mysteries will enjoy FIREFLY BEACH. It is a light read with peculiar characters and unexpected plot twists. It is a perfect beach read for the summer ;)

Thank you for your time. I enjoyed this interview very much!


What Authors Really Crave?

Years of writing, researching and editing seem to fly by. Dozens of red pencils have been reduced to shavings and eraser dust. Eyes remain dry and red after hours spent in front of the computer. Body and brain have succumbed to exhaustion. But when an author sees her words, all cozied up in their beautiful cover, she knows every minute was worth it, and she anticipates the day it will go online with joy and trepidation.

As the day of publication draws near, what do authors dream about?
  • Depositing a large royalty check? (I could live with that.)
  • Chatting about her novel with a famous talk show host? (Could be fun.)
  • Sipping Pina Coladas while watching her title climb the NY Times Best Seller list? (Si. Uno mas, por favor.)
  • Perhaps gathering with friends and family at a book signing in a local hotspot? (Definitely sounds cozy.)

All of these activities have one thing in common; they relate to or inspire the most important ingredient of all. This ingredient is implied by a royalty check. It is documented on the NY Times best seller list. And at the local bookstore, it is brought face to face. 

After all is said and done, the thing an author craves most is. . . readers. Strip away all the fluff and what is left behind is the most precious gem of all - someone who loves your novel! Nothing else can compare. I would trade a million unread books sold in a popular book-buying-frenzy for a hundred happy readers. 

That's what it's all about. Writing for any other reason is a waste of life's precious moments.

~ Meira Pentermann


Want MORE of the Tour? Check out these stops:  

May 14 - Fall N2 Books - Excerpt/Giveaway
May 15 - Bernadette Marie - Interview/Giveaway
May 16 - VVB Reads - Review/Giveaway
May 17 - Where Fantasy and Love Take Flight - Guest Post/Giveaway
May 18 - Trisha's Book Reviews - Review/Interview/Giveaway
May 21 - LovLivLife Reviews - Giveaway/Guest Post/Excerpt
May 23 - Behind A Million and One Pages - Giveaway/Guest Post/Interview ( <-- You Are Here)
May 24 - Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf - Guest Post/Giveaway
May 25 - Tea Day Dreams - Review/Giveaway/Excerpt
May 28 - Reviewed By Mom - Review/Giveaway
May 29 - Love to Read Romance - Giveawat/Excerpt
May 30 - Sarah Ballance - Interview
May 31 - Willing to See Less - Review/Giveaway
June 1 - My Book Addiction - Review/Interview
June 4 - Book Lovin Mama's - Review/Giveaway
June 5 - Snag a Bargain - Review/Giveaway
June 6 - Silver's Reviews - Review
June 7 -Bunny's Review - Review/Guest Post
 June 8 - Cozie Corner- Review/Giveaway

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  1. Nice post, nice blog. NEW FOLLOWER.

    The book is incredible...I couldn't put it down.

    Loved it. This book would make a great movie.

    My post for the blog tour is for June 6...can't wait to post it.


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