Monday, September 29, 2014

Blog Tour: Devil's Intern

I'm happy to be hosting today's spot on The Devil's Intern blog tour. Thanks Donna for hanging out with us. Let's started.

1. If you could travel backwards in time, where would you go?
I love British history, so it would be either the time of the Tudor court, or to the time of Queen Victoria. I'm a bit of a monarchist.

2. Would you rather travel backwards or forwards in time?
Definitely back. I don't want to see the future. I don't want to see my past either! I'm going way back to someone else's past.
 Same - I would love to travel back to Renaissance Italy or Jane Austen's era.

3. If you could take one item back/forwards with you, what would it be?
I'd love to travel back in time, and so I'm taking toilet paper! I'm a bit of a princess and definitely couldn't rough it!
 Love this answer! And Yes, that's a great object to bring back

4. Have you ever had a really bad job or interview?
My worst job was washing up in a bakery. I was fourteen years old and washed the kitchen equipment for 8 hours a day. It was awful. The boss was a total creep too. I didn't realize what he was doing at the time was harassment, so as I've grown older and more experienced, I've taken steps to ensure I'm in a position to protect co-workers who are the victims of harassment and bullying. My advice to any teen in that situation is tell someone, preferably a parent. No one should have to suffer in silence. Regardless of age, you deserve to be treated with respect.
 Oh, that's awful!

5. What book are you reading now?
I'm reading Cassandra Clare's MORTAL INSTRUMENTS series. I'm on book 5. I'm also rereading Diana Gabaldon's OUTLANDER series. I reread books a lot, but to be honest I'm just counting down the hours until BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE by Maggie Stiefvater is released. I'm a huge fan.

6. Do you have a favorite book from childhood that influenced your writing?
 The one book that has really stayed with me is THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE. There are parallels between that and THE DEVIL'S INTERN: magical traveling, four main characters, but I've gone to great lengths to ensure no religious allegory, even though my setting is Hell! A great book makes you want to live in its pages, and I definitely checked my grandmother's wardrobe until I was well into my teens for the entrance to Narnia!

7. What's your favorite (or one of your favorite) Harry Potter scenes?
The moment in PRISONER OF AZKABAN when it's revealed that Scabbers is actually Peter Pettigrew! That scene just blew me away. It's my favorite book in the series anyway, but the time-traveling aspect is faultless. And J.K. Rowling's use of foreshadowing is inspirational. 

About the Book:
“How did you die?”

It's the most popular question in Hell, and Mitchell Johnson has been answering it ever since he was hit by a bus at age seventeen and inexplicably ended up in the Underworld. Now Mitchell is The Devil's intern in Hell's accounting office. Lately, he's noticed a disturbing trend: the volume of new arrivals is straining Hell's limited resources. Then Mitchell overhears his boss discussing plans to limit newcomers with a legendary time travel mechanism. With a device like that, Mitchell realizes, he could change history and prevent his own death.

Mitchell's plot goes awry when his three closest friends—Alfarin, the Viking prince; Elinor, from 17th-century London; and Melissa, from 1960s San Francisco—insert themselves into his plans. It soon becomes clear that the fates of all four are entwined in dangerous and unpredictable ways. With unforgettable characters and a thrilling premise, this original novel is by turns funny, poignant, and thought-provoking.

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1 comment:

Unknown said...

I would like to travel backwards into time so I can all the secret of the world.