Sunday, January 20, 2013

Tour Kick Off - Meet and Greet - Watcher by Audra Middleton

Date Published: 1/7/2013

War threatens to destroy the world of Anthelion unless the holy man, Goran, can   solve his prophecy riddle. For every clue he finds, another obstacle surfaces.   An orphan girl, Watcher, becomes his responsibility. As if parenthood itself   isn't daunting enough, she keeps a bear for a pet and transforms into her forest   surroundings to avoid socialization. Hope momentarily emerges when Goran finds   Benaiah, the Chosen Son of the prophecy. Only he soon discovers Benaiah is a  social pariah on the verge of embracing darkness.  

When Benaiah and Watcher unexpectedly meet, the two outsiders find in each other a sense of   belonging they've never known. Now their emerging love promises to bring about   the same war Goran is struggling to prevent.

Audra's love of writing began in the third grade, when she was chosen to go to a young author’s conference based on a story, The Dragon Cookie, which she wrote about a giant cookie that comes to life. She continued writing, and was sometimes asked to write stories for friends as birthday gifts.

Audra went to college thinking she would go into journalism, but opted to go into publishing instead, and even took an internship at Yale University Press. Audra married right after college and was unable to find a publishing job where they were living in Seattle. Audra took an office job. After helping put her husband through law school, Audra went back to school and got her teaching degree. Audra enjoyed teaching, but once her oldest was born, she chose to stay home. At the encouragement of friends Audra started writing again, the result being her first novel, Watcher, releasing January 2013.

Audra and her husband with their three boys, now live in a small town in eastern Washington. They have a black Lab named Benji who eats shoes, gophers and packages left on her front porch (thanks Fed-Ex). When Audra is not chauffeuring and refereeing her children, she writes, dabbles in on-line shopping and plays Texas Hold ‘Em with her friends.

Reading Addiction Blog Tours MEET and GREET
#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?
            I’d love for writing to be my full-time career someday, but at this point in my life it is a part-time thing.  I have three busy boys to take care of, and so they come first.  But writing is definitely more than a hobby for me.  It’s no longer just about writing down my daydreams.  I decided sharing my writing is more fun than writing in a vacuum, so now I have to be mindful of deadlines and think about marketing.  I spend a good deal of time working on my ‘on-line presence,’ in addition to completing writing projects.

#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?
             Writing is fun and easy when scenes play out in your head like a movie and all you have to do is write it all down before you forget.  Unfortunately, not every chapter came to me that way, and I had to work for each sentence on some of my set up chapters and battle scenes.  It was challenging, but once the bones were there the hard part was over.

#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family?
            I was fortunate enough to have many people outside of my family help me out with my writing.  I had a circle of friends who suffered through my very first drafts, offering suggestions and a lot of encouragement.  At a certain point I joined an on-line writer’s workshop, and there I found many fellow writers who helped me improve my writing (and grow thicker skin).  And last, but not least, my editors and mentors at Champagne Books were a pleasure to work with and helped produce a final product of which I am proud.

#4 – What is next for your writing?
            I’m hoping to publish the quirky little paranormal thriller I just finished, and I’m working on a sequel to Watcher.  I also have a romantic comedy in the works.  The ideas keep coming; I’m just trying to keep up.

#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading?
            I do love reading, to the point where I get completely consumed by the books I read.  This can be problematic when you’ve got three active boys to keep track of, so I don’t get to read as much as I’d like.  Right now I am reading the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan to my boys.  We’re all enjoying the action, humor, and the Greek mythology.  We have an Usborne book on Greek mythology that we refer to as we read, looking up the original myths about each new mythical character Riordan introduces.  It’s entertaining and educational at the same time.

This or That?

#1 - iPod or Mp3?

#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla?

#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries?
            Everything is better fried.

#4 – Comedy or Drama?

#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks?
            Nicholas Sparks.

#6 – Fantasy or Reality?
            Fantasy, of course.

#7 – Call or Text?

#8 – Public School or Home School?
            Public worked for me.

#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate

#10 – eBook or Paperback?
            eBooks - they reduce clutter.


Follow Along With This Tour! 

January 21 - Marked by Books - Review/Interview
January 22 - Mom with a Kindle - Interview/PROMO
January 23 - A Dream Within a Dream - Interview/PROMO
January 24 - MyReading Addiction - Review
January 25 - Wintry Words - Interview/PROMO
January 26 - Love in a Book - Interview/PROMO
January 27 - My Cozie Corner- Review/Interview
January 28 - Lovely Reads - Interview/PROMO
January 29 - Intriguing Reads - PROMO
January 30 - Stressed Rach - Review/Interview
January 31 - Emily's Bookshelf- Review
February 1 - Brooke Blogs - Interview/PROMO
February 2 - Say it with Books - Review

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