March 18, 2010

Interview with Bree Despain (+ Contest)

Yay! As of yesterday, I am twenty-one years old.

Today's guest is Bree Despain, author of THE DARK DIVINE, which I reviewed in January. This is a stop on The Dark Divine blog tour, so be sure to stop by Parajunkee tomorrow for even more deets on Bree and her impressive debut. The Utah-based author recently revealed the title of the sequel: THE LOST SAINT. I'm already excited about the book and the first one has barely been released!


1. What is the strangest thing that happened at a book signing?

The first thing that comes to mind was when a group of fans brought a life-size cardboard cutout of Taylor Lautner to one of my readings and dressed him a feather boa and a purple “Team Daniel” shirt. Except, the person who made the shirt accidentally wrote “Team David” on it, and everyone in the audience was up in arms about it, shouting, “Who’s David?” She quickly fixed the sign on the shirt, and the Team Daniel Jacob became a crowd favorite for posing for pictures with.

2. What is the most exciting thing that happened to you since THE DARK DIVINE was published?

My launch party was something that I’ve fantasized about for the last 10 years, and surprisingly, it turned out even better than I had imagined. I was truly blown away by how many people came, and I got all choked up while giving my book talk. People were so nice and wonderful and made me feel like a rock star for an afternoon.

3. What 2010 releases are you excited about?

HEX HALL by Rachel Hawkins (This book will be my reward when I finishing writing my sequel.)

CRESCENDO by Becca Fitzpatrick

MOCKINGJAY by Suzanne Collins (Want this one like RIGHT NOW!)

THE SCORCH TRIALS by James Dashner

THE CLOCKWORK THREE by Mathew Kirby (I’ve already read this one because Matt is a good friend, but I can’t wait to own my very own hardcopy in October.)

[Ed: Read my reviews of HEX HALL (and enter the contest ending tomorrow), HUSH HUSH, and CATCHING FIRE.]

4. What are some unsung YA books that you like?

THE WAY HE LIVED by Emily Wing Smith (Excellent writing and explores some tough issues.)

THIS IS WHAT I DID by Ann Dee Ellis (This book haunted me for days after I read it.)

5. Do you have a playlist for The Dark Divine?

Yes! I actually think of it as more of a soundtrack because I arranged all the songs in order to reflect the progression of the mood of the book. You can find it here.

Book Cover

6. What aspects of your life most affected your novel?

The novel was inspired by three different guy friends who disappeared from my life at different times. In fact, “guys who disappear” is kind of a theme with me. The main inspiration from the book came when I was thinking about the time one of these guys suddenly reappeared at my school for a couple of hours and then vanished again. I always wondered what had happened to him and why he seemed so messed up and troubled. TDD is kind of an exploration of what might have happened if he hadn’t disappeared a second time.

7. If you weren't writing, what would you be doing?

I have a secret desire (okay, it’s not that big of an actual secret) to be an Egyptologist. I someday dream of getting to participate in a dig over there. It’s totally on my “bucket list.”

8. Who do you find inspiring, in your personal life or as a writer?

As a writer, I find Virginia Euwer Wolff to be inspiring. I met her at a time in my life when I was struggling with my confidence as a writer and whether or not I would ever be published. She told me that she went through the same doubts and discouragements in her life, and then she also told me that I was too good of a writer to ever settle for anything less than reaching my dream of becoming a nationally published author.

In my personal life, I find my hubby to be a huge inspiration. He’s hard working and extremely supportive. He always believes in me—even in the moments when I don’t believe in myself.



I have three bottles of THE DARK DIVINE purple nail polish to giveaway. One bottle will be an instant win - the first person to post a comment with their e-mail address gets it. The second two winners will be announced on March 31.

To win, leave a comment answering one of the questions I asked Bree. For a bonus entry, post/tweet/etc. about the contest.


  1. I loved this book and could put it down once I started. It will be torture to wait for the sequel. Other books i am dying to read this year? Mockingjay by suzanne collins and Paranormalcy by kristen white!


  2. haha I meant couldn't!

  3. I'm dying to get my hands on Mockingjay too!

    I linked this on the Contests & Giveaways section on my sidebar


  4. I'm looking forward to reading Crescendo!

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  5. great interview and congrats on turning 21! Do you happen to know if "The Scorch Trials" is the sequel to "The Maze Runner?" If so, I can't wait to get my hands on that one!!!

  6. Congrats on turning 21! Happy Birthday. Thanks for the interview.

    Jessica- Yes, The Scorch Trials is the sequel to Maze Runner. I'm excited for that one.

  7. Oooo yay I can't wait to read Mockingjay either or The Scorch Trials. The 2010 releases I am most excited about though are The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong and Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead!!

  8. Playlist?

  9. Great interview! I love Bree and The Dark Divine! Loved reading her answers to these.

  10. I really enjoyed this book and recommended to many of the library workers.

    I love good book suggestions so I am going to investigate the suggestions Bree Despain made in your blog. (BTW I can't wait for the Mockingjay book either)

    PS where can the nail polish be purchased?

  11. I am so eager to read this book! Hoping I can get to it before my 17year old daughter grabs it.

    Great contest!

    outofthemist @ gmail .com (remove spaces)

  12. My Tweet:

    outofthemist @ gmail .com (remove spaces)

  13. haha! I was at that book signing with the Taylor Lautner cutout and it was AWESOME!!

  14. I couldn't put this book down and read it down. I look forward to reading Bree's book suggestions.

    Thanks for the give away!

  15. I blogged about it - does that count as a tweet? I am twitterless.

  16. The 2010 release I'm most excited about is definitely Mockingjay, I'm even thinking about pre-ordering it, which I've never done for a book before.

    I tweeted

    ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

  17. What 2010 releases are you excited about?

    Mockingjay (Hunger Games, #3) by Suzanne Collins
    Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse, #10)
    by Charlaine Harris

    Thanks for the giveaway! :D


  18. I hope that blogging counts since I don't do twitter.


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