Monday, November 9, 2009

Interview with Bree Despain

author of the upcoming YA novel
The Dark Divine
(December 22, 2009)


Grace Divine, daughter of the local pastor, always knew something terrible happened the night Daniel Kalbi disappeared—the night she found her brother Jude collapsed on the porch, covered in blood. But she has no idea what a truly monstrous secret that night really held. And when Daniel returns three years later, Grace can no longer deny her attraction to him, despite promising Jude she’ll stay away.

As Grace gets closer to Daniel, her actions stir the ancient evil Daniel unleashed that horrific night. Grace must discover the truth behind Jude and Daniel's dark secret . . . and the cure that can save the ones she loves. But she may have to lay down the ultimate sacrifice to do it—her soul.

Here's the INTERVIEW:

How did your experience working with underprivileged kids doing theater influence your writing?

Great question. Writing plays in Philadelphia was what made me realize that writing made me happy, and that it was what I wanted to do for my career. It also showed me that writing for kids and teenagers was a lot of fun, that it was where my voice was, and that the audience themselves were pretty awesome.

You mention a car accident in your bio. How did this affect you as a writer?

This was another life changing moment for me. I had decided a few years before the accident that I wanted to be a writer, but I hadn’t accomplished a whole lot. I had let life take over as I was working full time and had just become a new mother. But when I woke up in the hospital, I realized that if I had died, my two regrets would be that I would not be with my family anymore, and that I had not seriously pursued my dream of becoming a published author. I shared this with my husband, and the next day he brought home a used laptop and told me I had better start writing. I still look back at that moment, trying not to forget the lessons I learned from that experience. It reminded me that passion should always be a part of your life and that you should never let the day-to-day get in the way of pursuing your dreams.

What is your favorite thing about being a writer? Least favorite?

The best is when I get in a really good groove and the ideas just flow. The story just comes and I get really excited about the characters and what is happening. The high from feeling inspired is incredible. On the flip side, my least favorite part is when I get completely blocked. It is a hard, lonely, and frustrating place to be when the ideas just won’t come. The trick is to just keep writing, though….whichever way the coin lands.

BREE DESPAIN was interviewed by READING ROCKS on NOVEMBER 8th, 2009

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