Thursday, August 23, 2012

Authors Are Rockstars Tour: Cara Lynn Shultz (Interview + Giveaway)

I'm so excited to have author Cara Lynn Shultz stop by on this stop of the Authors Are Rockstars tour hosted by Fiktshun and Two Chicks on Books.

Cara Lynn Shultz is the author of the Spellbound series and I'm a huge fan of Cara and this series! I just love these books and Cara's writing. The plot is exciting and easy to lose yourself in. Spellbound and Spellcaster definitely sent me on a roller coaster of emotions and I'm pretty attached to these characters. I have even reread both books several times now. One of the many reasons why I love Cara's writing is because I'm a person who loves a book even more if the setting is set up really well. While reading both books, I could easily picture myself walking down the streets of New York alongside the characters. Also I love that Cara posts a playlist to go along with both books. I'm a big music person and love a book even more if I can have a good soundtrack to go along with it.
Cara has kindly taken the time to answer a few questions:

1.) What inspired you to first write Spellbound?
   When I first graduated from college, I used to email stories to my friend Vanessa, who would print them out to read on the subway ride home. A few years ago, she was cleaning out her closet and found a stack of the print-outs tucked away in an old purse. She gave them to me—it had been years since I’d read these stories—and I was inspired to start writing again. Those little stories were the start of Brendan and Emma, only back then, Emma was named Claire, and they were both college students.

2.) How did you come up with the title for Spellbound and Spellcaster?
   Originally I wanted to name my book Enchanted, but Disney had released a movie with the same name. I went with Spellbound because Brendan and Emma are bound by a spell. Spellcaster just seemed a natural fit for the second title, since Emma comes into her powers more and it kept the whole “spell” theme going.

3.) I love the various places in NYC that Brendan and Emma find themselves in so is there one place in particular that has been your favorite setting in the series to write?
   Absolutely! Belvedere Castle is one of my favorite places in the entire city. When I was in high school, there wasn’t a fence around the rocks—you could walk right out to the edge of the cliff. At the end of my junior year, some friends and I picked up Chinese takeout and ate it right on the rocks at sunset. I remember thinking that it was such a cool moment, something I’d remember forever. I didn’t know at the time I’d use it as the basis for a key scene in my novel, though!
4.) Music plays an important part in this story so what would say would be Emma and Brendan's favorite song?
   It depends where in the story we’re placing the song, but I feel like All Time Low’s “Time Bomb” is a pretty good theme song for their relationship.

5.) What is your all-time top favorite book?
   This is a tough one. It depends what kind of mood I’m in. If I’m feeling introspective and hating phonies, Catcher in the Rye. If I want to reread the first book to ever make me cry big, fat tears that stained the pages, Trinity by Leon Uris. If I want to stay up all night terrified, World War Z. If I’m feeling sentimental and romantic, Pride and Prejudice.
6.) Can you share anything about what you are currently working on?
   Nothing’s been finalized yet so I’m hesitant to say anything too specific, sorry! I can say that it is YA, though.
Thanks for having me be a part of your tour!

Thank you Cara for taking the time to answer the questions. Also thank you Fiktshun and Two Chicks on Books for hosting this tour! I strongly recommend reading Spellbound and Spellcaster!

Harlequin Teen has generously donated one copy of either Spellbound or Spellcaster for the giveaway. One winner can choose either a copy of Spellbound (the first book in the series) or Spellcaster. This giveaway is open to US and Canada residents only who are 13 or older. To enter just fill out the rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

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  1. I love this series and the author's writing too! The books are magical. And I do think I need to do a re-read of both back-to-back!

    And I totally agree with you that she set up the story really well so that I, too, pictured myself in NYC with Emma and Brendan.

    This was such a delightful and wonderful interview! Thank you so much for being a part of this tour.

    And thank you for hosting this seriously awesome author whose next book I can't wait to read!

  2. I also love Cara! She is such a cool person when you meet her too! As a bookseller, I keep meaning to suggest to her that if she writes another book in the series it needs to continue going alphabetically, the b for bound and c for caster make it easy to put her books in order on the shelves even without a number on them for customers who haven't read them yet, or for the other booksellers I work with who haven't read them either. Cara stopped by my blog earlier this week to help me celebrate my 3rd Blogoversary, and I'm giving away a copy of Spellbound as part of it, so hopefully all your visitors will go enter HERE so they can have another chance to win the book! Great interview! Loved your questions!

    1. Thanks Lisa! I never even thought about that with the book series in alphabetical order but it makes sense.

  3. Awesome interview! I loved getting to know a bit more about Cara and her series. I've read both books and thought they were so incredibly sweet. I just adore Brendan and Emma.

    Thanks so much for being a part of the tour!


    1. Thank you for hosting this tour Patricia! I loved being a part of it! :)

  4. I have been so excited to read this series, but have yet to borrow a copy from the library. Great post and thank you for the giveaway! :)

    -New follower :)

    1. Thanks Chrystal! Hope you enjoy the series and thank you to Harlequin Teen for donating the book for the giveaway :)


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