Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Blog Tour! The Soul Thief by Majanka Verstraete + Interview & Dream Cast

The Soul Thief (Angel of Death #1)
Behind 218 Pages
Released: 11 November 2014
Genre: Paranormal
Publisher: Booktrope
Buy Me: Amazon
At the Other End:
When sixteen-year-old Riley is injured in a car crash and sees a girl stealing a boy’s soul, she’s convinced she’s hallucinating. But when she sees the same girl at the hospital later, she knows she wasn’t dreaming. That’s when Riley learns her secret heritage and who she really is: a halfling Angel of Death.

Riley must come to terms with her new reality and supernatural abilities, but before she can do this, girls her age start dying in mysterious circumstances. It’s up to Riley to figure out why, what the innocent victims have in common, and what she can do to stop them.

“Let’s vote,” the man who’d touched me proposed. “Who is in favor of executing the Halfling?”

That was the moment when it actually fully hit me. They might execute me. Kill me. My knees gave way and if Diane hadn’t grabbed my arm just then, I would’ve fallen. “Stand up straight,” she hissed at me. “You’re an Angel, not a coward.”

So I did, even though exhaustion swept over me as if I’d worked for seven days in a row without any sleep. Sweat dripped down my forehead and a fever wrapped itself around me.

A lot of Council members raised their hands at the giant’s question. I started hyperventilating. “That’s more than half.” I gripped Diane’s arm with all my strength. If I hurt her, she didn’t let it show. A light blush rose on her cheeks though and she bit her lip as if she felt guilty but wanted to act tough.
“It has been decided,” the leader-guy said. “She shall be executed.” Before I had time to faint, scream, or do something else dramatic, the silver-haired woman rose from her seat. Her hood slipped off,
and my breath got stuck in my throat.

She had the kind of face painters would dream to eternalize on canvas. From the color of her hair, I’d anticipated her being old, but she appeared in her twenties. Large, silver eyes stared at me. Her skin was the color of porcelain, without any blemish, as if she was made of wax. “I, Seraphyn,” she said, “call in my veto.”
Majanka Verstraete begged her Mom to teach her how to read while she was still in kindergarten. By the time she finished fifth grade, she had read through the entire children’s section of her hometown library.

She wrote her first story when she was seven years old, and hasn’t stopped writing since. With an imagination that never sleeps, and hundreds of possible book characters screaming for her attention, writing is more than a passion for her.

She writes about all things supernatural for children of all ages. She’s tried to write contemporary novels before, but something paranormal always manages to crawl in.
Majanka is currently studying for her Master of Laws degree, and hopes one day to be able to combine her passions for law and writing. When she’s not writing, reading or studying, she likes watching “The Vampire Diaries” and “Game of Thrones,” spending time with her friends, or playing “World of Warcraft.”
Find Majanka:
Website  |  Goodreads  |  Twitter

1. Where have we seen you before? (previous projects/works)
I’ve written a children’s picture book series called “Valentina’s Spooky Adventures”, with three books in the series out now, and more hopefully in the future. I’ve also written a lower grade chapter book series called “Weirdville”, which has four books out now, and two more to come in December 2014. My debut young adult novel, a dark fantasy called “Fractured”, and the first book in the Mirrorland series, released last year. The sequel, “Reflected” will be released in summer 2015. “The Soul Thief” is the first book in my brand new YA paranormal series, the Angel of Death series.

2. What goes through your mind after your novel has been on sale for the first week?
It’s scary. Whenever I notice a new review, my heart skips a beat, and I pray to God the review will be positive.

3. What inspired you to write this novel?
The novel is entirely inspired by the main character, Riley. She popped in my mind one day, and I liked her right away. She had spark and attitude, and she had so many stories to tell. So I wanted to craft a world around her, and the other characters appeared almost right away. It was also inspired by my desire to write something different. Usually, in YA, it’s all about the romance, and it takes up a large part of the book. One could even go as far as to say the hero/heroine is in part defined by the romance. I kept on looking for a book where the main character could stand on their own, without the romantic interest, and had trouble finding any, so I decided to write one. I hope I succeeded!

4. What do you think about when getting/seeing negative reviews?
Well, reviews are for readers. I would never comment on a negative review. If that’s the reviewer’s opinion, then that’s his/her opinion, and everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Of course I’d be lying if I said it doesn’t hurt. It does. Writing is like taking a piece of your soul and putting it in a book. When someone doesn’t like your work and is negative about it, it hurts, but you have to remember that it’s not something personal, they’re not attacking you – they just didn’t like your book.

5. How long was the writing/planning process?
I started writing this book back in 2012. I finished the first draft in about a month (more than half of it in a few days, actually) but then I struggled with it for a while. I liked the plot and characters, but the writing needed work. After spending a few more years working on my craft, I turned to it again at the start of 2014. I rewrote it from start to finish, and then edited it during the summer holiday, and then submitted it to a publisher. So the planning took a lot of time, and I left several months in between in which I didn’t even think about the book, but the actual writing time was about three to four months.

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 cover artist and I worked on the cover together. I told her what I wanted on the cover, and she opened up photoshop and started working, sharing her screen with me so I could watch her work and give feedback. It was an amazing experience – my best to date – and the cover turned out exactly like I imagined. I already had a clear idea of what I wanted, and then the talented cover artist, Rachel Milzer, made it happen.

7. Any plans for future writing projects? Any being worked on now?
I have so many plans it’s scary! I’m working on my NaNoWriMo project at the moment, which is a new adult paranormal romance called “Ghostslayer”. I’ve just reached 30k words, and I estimate the final project will be 70-75k words. I’m also editing another YA paranormal book I wrote back in 2012 (it’s more of a rewrite at this point). Then I’m also waiting on edits for my two chapter books releasing in December, and for my other YA book, “Reflected” releasing next year. I should have edits for that soon too. Of course I’m also working on the sequel to “The Soul Thief”, which will be called “Demonic Pact”. I’m still outlining at the moment, but I hope to get started on that in December.

8. Top 5 books

  • In The Forests of the Night by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
  • Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
  • The Witching Hour by Anne Rice
  • Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

9. What book/s from other authors do you wish you had written?
The Harry Potter series, of course! And the Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare. Oh, and the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. Probably more, if I think about it longer. There are so many talented authors out there.

10. Why read your novel?

Because it’s different from what you’d expect in YA. Reading the synopsis, you might expect just another YA romance story, but it’s not like that at all. It features a strong heroine, a person who’d do anything for her friends, and a fun cast of secondary characters. 

Taylor Momsen as Riley 

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Taylor Momsen would be great at playing Riley – I’m sure of that after seeing her performance on Gossip Girl. They have the same build and hair color, although Riley rarely uses make-up, and Taylor usually does. But that’s easily fixed. 

Toby Regbo as Leander

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons
When I had to write down the character description for Leander, I actually looked up a picture of Toby Regbo and described him. So Leander’s looks are inspired by this actor! Then who better to play Leander than the actor who inspired his looks? 

Caitlin Stasey as Katie

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Caitlin Stasey looks just like I imagined Katie to look, and she’s great at playing characters who have the same bubbly personality as Katie has. In the TV series “Reign”, she plays a young woman named Kenna, who’s flirty and outgoing, and she does a great job at it. Katie has the same personality traits, so I’m sure she’d be great at it. 

Claire Holt as Michelle

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Claire Holt looks just like Michelle, except her hair needs to be curly, but that’s easily fixed! This young actress did a great job in her role as a vampire in “The Vampires Diaries”, and I’m impressed with her talent, so I’d love it if she could play in the movie for The Angel of Death series. 

Zach Roerig as Craig

When I thought about who I wanted to play Craig, then I instantly thought about Matt from “The Vampire Diaries”, a character portrayed by Zach Roerig. I think this actor would do a great job playing Craig. 

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