Our interview today is with Aris Whittier, author of Across Eternity. Read to the very end to find out how you can win a copy of the e-book!
Genre: Romance, YA-Child Crossover
Recommended Age: Adult & 15+: Teen Who Want To Move On From YA Romance
Author's Blog: http://awhittier.blogspot.com/
Pub Date: 3/2011 ( electronic) 7/2011 (paperback)
Across Eternity Book Description:
Born a genius; education, wealth, and prestige came easy to Logan Richards. Actually, there wasn’t much that Logan couldn’t learn or acquire. However, he knew there was more to life than money and power. Logan was determined to find the woman who he'd dreamed of his entire life and know what it was like to love her before he died.
Amber Lewis, a waitress for a five-star restaurant in Dana Point, California, was overworked, stressed, and wary of life since her sister, Heather, had passed away. Then, one evening while working, she fell hopelessly in love with Logan Richards, a chivalrous man who felt deeply familiar.
For Amber, it was the beginning of a voyage of self-discovery and renewal. For Logan, it was the completion of life. For each of them it was the deepest sort of love.
Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Across-Eternity-ebook/dp/B004RVB2EG/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1310910862&sr=1-1
Aris Whittier Author Bio:
Aris Whittier is a romance writer. She writes suspense, contemporary, and commercial woman's fiction. Her debut novel, Fatal Embrace is a romantic suspense that was featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine as a Red-Hot Read. Foolish Notions is a contemporary romance that has just a touch a mystery too. Across Eternity is a beautiful love story that transcends time. Visit Aris Whittier at: awhittier.blogspot.com
Aris Whittier Author Interview:
Jennifer Walker: Where can we find out more about you and buy your book?
Aris Whittier: You can get a glimpse of my crazy life by visiting my blog at: http://awhittier.blogspot.com/. You can buy any of my books at Amazon, B&N, and almost all independent bookstores.
Jennifer Walker: Tell us about your book.
Aris Whittier: Across Eternity is a beautiful love story that tells of love that transcends time. It will pull at your heart. It is set in the small coastal city of Dana Point, in Southern California.
Jennifer Walker: What inspired it?
Aris Whittier: Across Eternity was inspired by a dream. I dreamt the entire book one night and sprung out of bed at about 3:00 in the morning, scrambled into my office and immediately began writing—I didn’t want to forget it! Across Eternity is an amazing love story and I hope it makes the reader think and question certain aspect about life, love, and ourselves. And most importantly what do you believe in and is your Logan out there somewhere?
Jennifer Walker: Tell us about your previous work.
Aris Whittier: I have two other romance novels out. Fatal Embrace (Fatal Embrace was featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine as a Red-Hot read) and Foolish Notions. I have also written a humorous compilation called, The Truth About Being A Bass Fisherman’s Wife.
Jennifer Walker: What other projects do you have coming up?
Aris Whittier: I’m just finishing up SECRETS. SECRETS is a romantic suspense, whose heroine, Ashley Dawson, is a crime writer who has the ability to see spirits. Its hero, Nathaniel Marshall is a hardnosed architect with a long, dark past. A tight web of doubt, uncertainty, and affection is weaved when Nathaniel’s dead wife comes to Ashley in a vision. Throw a stalker turned serial killer in the mix and a crazy cat named Voodoo and the pages keep turning.
Jennifer Walker: Who is your favorite author of all time, and why?
Aris Whittier: Hands down Judith McNaught. She is why I write romance.
Jennifer Walker: When did you know you would be a writer?
Aris Whittier: I never aspired to be a writer. However, I’ve always loved to read and write. Growing up, I would read anything from Readers Digest to Stephen King. When I was younger, I used to love to tell stories…my mom called them lies…but I considered it creative story telling… LOL. When I was 16 I pick up my first romance book (Once and Always by Judith McNaught) and I fell in love with the genre. When I was in college I wrote my first romance novel and it was then that I knew I wanted to be a writer.
Jennifer Walker: Is there anything you find particularly challenging when you’re writing?
Aris Whittier: I write in spurts and that is very frustrating. Sometimes I’ll write dozens of pages in a day and other times I can barely get a paragraph written.
Jennifer Walker: Do you write full-time?
Aris Whittier: That depends by what you mean by full time. I don’t sit at my computer and writer for a certain amount of time each day. I’m a mom, with two kids, so they come first. But I do like to try and write one book every year or so.
Jennifer Walker: Any advice to aspiring writers?
Aris Whittier: My advice is to never give up. And write about what you love. Oh, and develop a very thick skin because you’re going to need it. Everything will be judged and nitpicked—your writing, your plot, your characters, your query, your book cover…get used to it. Some of the criticism will be worthy and some of it not. You’ll know what to take in and what to just let roll off. Trust your instincts!
Thanks to Aris for stopping by! To win a free copy of the e-book of Across Eternity, leave a comment and I will draw a random winner from the comments! Make your comment by midnight on Sunday, September 11th, and the winner will be announced on Monday.