Monday, 24 August 2015

Australian Blog Tour: Crystal Kingdom by Amanda Hocking Interview + Bookmarks + Wallpapers

Crystal Kingdom (Kanin #3)
Behind 300 Pages
Released: 1 August 2015
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Publisher: PanMacmillan Australia
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At the Other End:
With help from the Trylle clan, Bryn tries to clear her name and discover who was really responsible for the Kanin King's murder.

Then, while she's still trying to make sense of it all, Ridley tracks her down while she's on the run for a crime she didn't commit. He refuses to abandon her, so she finally decides that she wants to be with him and that they do belong together. Together, they return to the Kanin capital and rally other trackers and the King's Guard to defend their kingdom from the villain within. But in the process, Bryn learns a startling truth about her former enemy. Brynn's loyalty is still to her kingdom, but will she be rewarded with a place in the royal guard -- and who will ultimately win her heart?

Wallpapers for the rest of the series:

Amanda Hocking lives in Minnesota and had never sold a single book before 15 April 2010. She will shortly sell her millionth. Her books have been a self-publishing phenomenon - according to the Observer, Amanda is the most spectacular example of an author striking gold through ebooks. In her own words, Amanda is an Obsessive Tweeter. John Hughes mourner. Unicorn enthusiast. Red Bull addict. Muppets activist. Fraggin Aardvarks guitarist. Author of the USA Today bestselling books the Trylle Trilogy.

Find Amanda:

Website  |  Twitter  |   Series Website  |  Facebook  |  Instagram

1. Where have we seen you before? (previous projects/works)
The Trylle Trilogy is my most popular series, but I’ve also written the Watersong series, the Hollows, and My Blood Approves. All of them are young adult paranormal romance.

2. What goes through your mind after your novel has been on sale for the first week?
I’m basically frantic. The first week a book is out, I’m losing my mind because people are actually reading and reviews are starting to come in. It’s so terrifying because this precious thing you’ve slaved over and loved is now free in the world, and there’s nothing you can do. It has to stand on its own two feet.

3. What inspired you to write this novel?

The Kanin Chronicles is a spinoff of the Trylle series, so it’s based on the world that I’d already created. But with the Trylle series, I felt there was so much more of the world that I wanted to explore and show readers. 

The Trylle series was told by an outsider who discovers she’s a princess, so with the Kanin, I wanted to the do the opposite. Bryn was born into the world, and she’s got a lowly job and heritage, and she’s trying to work her way up, so she’s tough as nails.
Crystal Kingdom is the final book in the trilogy, and I really wanted it be darker than my other books, with the risks being greater.

4. What do you think about when getting/seeing negative reviews?

It hurts at first, always. Whether the criticism is founded or not, or articulate and polite or nasty and short. There’s always a pain at hearing this thing you loved and worked so hard on isn’t making people happy, the way you intended it to.

But then I reminded myself that reviews are subjective, and great books have terrible reviews (and vice versa), and that I shouldn’t take it personally. I also listen to Fall Out Boy’s “I Don’t Care” really loudly if I’ve read a particularly scathing review.

5. How long was the writing/planning process?
The planning process really varies. It can take anywhere from a few weeks to a couple years for me to get my notes in order and my outline written out. Once the outline is written and I’m ready to go, books usually take around three months to get a rough draft finished before sending it off for edits.

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?
Sometimes I have clear visions about what I want for the covers, but with the Kanin Chronicles, I really had no ideas. My publisher came up with it and sent me over the mock covers, and I absolutely loved them.

7. Any plans for future writing projects? Any being worked on now?
I have a standalone novel called Freeks due out next year, and I’m working on it now. It’s paranormal young adult, and it’s set in the 1980s. I pitched it as Pretty in Pink meets The Lost Boys but without the vampires, and it’s been a lot of fun to work on.

8. Top 5 books

  • Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
  • Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers
  • Tithe by Holly Black
  • Jaws by Peter Benchley

9. What book/s from other authors do you wish you had written?
Most books I read, honestly. But I would say anything by Courtney Summers. Her books are so good, and her heroines are funny and smart, but I’ve never been brave enough to write a main character as acerbic and sharp-tongued as she does.

10. Why read your novel?

If you’re looking for a fun escape into a fantasy world that isn’t that different from our own, with a bit romance and a lot of danger thrown in, then I think you might enjoy my books.

·         Saturday, August 1 - Diva Booknerd - Review and Q&A
·         Sunday, August 2 - Book Nerd Reviews - Review and Giveaway
·         Monday, August 3 - Butterfly Elephant – Review
·         Tuesday, August 4 - Confessions from Romaholics – Review
·         Wednesday, August 5 - SassyBookLovers - Review, Q&A & Giveaway
·         Thursday, August 6 – Fictional Thoughts - Review and Q&A
·         Friday, August 7Behind the Pages - Review
·         Saturday, August 8 Words Read and Written - Q&A
·         Monday, August 10 - Aussie Bookworm - Review and Q&A
·         Tuesday, August 11 – Gobblefunked – Review and Q&A
·         Thursday, August 13 The Rest Is Still Unwritten – Review
·         Friday, August 14 The Rest Is Still Unwritten - Q&A
·         Saturday, August 15 – Fangirl World – Review
·         Sunday, August 16 - The Cosy Dragon – Q&A
·         Tuesday, August 18 Mystical World of Books - Review and Q&A
·         Thursday, August 20 Novels on the Run – Review
·         Saturday, August 22 - #LoveBooks - Review and Q&A
·         Sunday, August 23 The Cosy Dragon - Review
·         Monday, August 24 Behind the Pages - Q&A
·         Wednesday, August 26 YA Book Addict - Review
·         Thursday, August 27 - Read Between the Lines - Review
·         Saturday, August 29 - Book Nerdigans - Review and Q&A
·         Monday, August 31 Oops I Read a Book Again - Review and Q&A 

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