Alright(:. Here's the interview..
1. What was your favorite chapter in Destined (or part) to write and why?
I’m not sure I can pick just one! I love the moment between Desi and Aaron, near the beginning when they’re remembering the past. And . . . other stuff I don’t want to spoil for those who haven’t read it yet!
I also really enjoyed writing the ending—it was very satisfying. J
2. What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?
It’s interesting how just the tone a person takes in their review can completely change the way the criticism is received. I had two early reviewers of Become hate the book. Both were people I knew. But while the one tempered her critique with kindness toward me as a person and funny pictures to illustrate her distaste, the other just . . . slammed me. She was so unkind in the way she criticized me that it really hurt. Both reviewers said pretty much the same thing, but in entirely different ways. While the first made me laugh and shrug my shoulders because hey, not everyone’s gonna love your story, the second felt like a slug to the gut. I felt cut down by her words so much that even now, remembering her review, I hurt inside. I think it’s the difference between being pragmatic in your review, the “hey, this story wasn’t for me”, and the need to lash out personally and not know when to stop—the “this book sucked, the writing sucked and what in the world made this author think she should ever tell this story?”
3. What has been the best compliment?
The best compliment (and answer to that terrible early reviewer) is that I have ZERO one-star (or two!) reviews on Amazon for both Become and Desolate. Most people love them. So there, nasty reviewer!
But my favorite comments have come through my Facebook page and are almost all the same—they tell me they found Become for free on Amazon and read it, loved it, downloaded Desolate, loved it too, and now can’t wait for Destined. THEY get it and so yay! I’m doing something right after all!
Thanks for the great questions Marissa! And thank you for hosting the tour today!
Great answers! Thanks for letting me host you today! (: And yeah, it's always great when people understand. Oh, and you're sooo right, it's in the way they say it. (;
*There were more questions, but I made a mistake and didn't send it correctly. ):*
Thanks everyone for stopping by today!