Dec 13, 2014

Sassy's X-Mas Bash - Meradeth Houston! Interview & Giveaway!


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Title: Surrender the Sky
Author: Meradeth Houston
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Release Date: May 1st, 2014
Publisher:  MuseItUp Publishing

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Gabby lives by two unbreakable rules: don’t expose her kind, the Sary, and don’t fall in love—too bad some rules are made to be broken.

When Gabby’s most difficult charge accidentally shoots her in front of a class full of students, the event exposes her carefully hidden identity. She shifts from looking like a normal teen to her secret Sary form, revealing her wings and the existence of her kind—immortals who try to keep people from committing suicide. Her incident attracts the attention of the next leader of the Sary, Jassen, who offers her an impossible bargain: she can keep her wings if she makes amends with those who know the truth.

Things get more complicated when a rebel Sary, intent on exposing them to the world, starts interfering with Gabby’s work. And there’s no denying her attraction to Jassen, who is torn between his duties and his heart. With threats at every turn and her immortality on the line, Gabby has to find a way to save the Sary or surrender the sky forever. 

Hi Meradeth! Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today! Let’s begin, shall we? 

Thanks so much for hosting me! 


#1. How did you get started writing?

I started writing when I was pretty young, mainly because I was reading some books that I loved and was struck by the though that instead of being disappointed by not finding other books in the genre, I could try my hand at my own. Cheap and easy entertainment ;) I didn’t start thinking about publication until much, much later—but that’s a whole other story!

#2. What is your writing day like? 

I work full time (or really, more than full time) as a professor, so my writing days are few and far between. Mostly I have a writing hour, or few minutes . But during the summer, if I’m lucky, I get full days to head to my favorite cafĂ© (or Starbucks—it depends on which has seats near a window), and settle in with tea, a cookie, my headphones, and my laptop. That’s heaven!

#3. How do you brainstorm ideas? 

Ideas tend to hit me out of the blue from just about anywhere. I keep a list on my phone so I jot something down really quick. From there, I might hand-write a few pages of notes before I dig into a new project.

#4. What is your favorite thing about the holidays? 

Seeing family is wonderful, but also getting to sleep in! Seriously . I’m not a morning person and hate going to bed early, so being able to stay up as late as I want working on whatever I want is just lovely. 

#5. What advice would you give to new writers?

This is a hard question, really. Part of me is all “be really positive and inspirational!” and the other part is “I wish someone had been more honest with me when I first started”—especially with the reality of how many books you’ll sell, etc. But, to balance them as best I can: Write as much as you can! And be sure to learn how to finish projects . It’s really an awesome business, filled with wonderful people.

#6. Do you have any upcoming projects you'd like your readers to know about?

I just released my fourth novel, An Absence of Light, and sold my fifth, Travelers, which will be released by Bookfish Books next year. Both are lots of fun (I think, at least, but I’m probably biased!). 


Meradeth's never been a big fan of talking about herself, but if you really want to know, here are some random tidbits about her: 

>She's a Northern California girl. And now is braving the cold winters in Montana.

>When she's not writing, she's sequencing dead people's DNA. For fun!

>She’s also an anthropology professor and loves getting people interested in studying humans.

 >If she could have a super-power, it would totally be flying. Which is a little strange, because she's terrified of heights.



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Happy reading!


4 comments :

  1. Thanks so much for hosting me!! I'll spread the word some more tomorrow, when more people are up and about :)

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    1. Thank you for being apart of this! :) Great, thank you so much! :) Happy holidays!

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  2. loved reading this! and Meradeth enjoy your holiday break! :)

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