Tuesday, April 24, 2012

NEW TEASER TRAILER - INTERVIEW & SIGNED INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAYS WITH AUTHOR M.J. HEARLE - WINTER'S SAGA SERIES

I would like to welcome Australian author M.J. Hearle , creator of the Winter's Saga series, to Novels On The Run and thank him for taking the time to answer my questions, and write such wonderful books.

I have this wonderful interview below, but , I also have a couple signed goodies to giveaway. Thankyou to Pan Macmillan , Australia and M.J. Hearle. I will be giving away a signed Winter's Light poster..oooo ..nice!! and a signed paperback copy of Winter's Light....even nicer!!! Lovely keepsakes to treasure.



Hot off the press...so to speak....M.J's Teaser Trailer

He made it himself and what an AWESOME trailer!!

Michelle:   In 10 words or less, what words would you use to describe, Winter’s Shadow and Winter’s Light?

M.J. :

Winter’s Shadow
A paranormal tale of love, death, sacrifice and cats.

Winter’s Light
A perilous journey undertaken to save a soul.


My Review - Winter's Shadow      My Review - Winter's Light

Michelle:   I love to put song vid clips on my interviews that matches the character or characters relationship. It’s, a great way of also hearing new songs and the songs connection to the character through the authors eyes.
Could you please give me a song that represents , Winter, Blake, Sam, Jasmine, Winter's relationship with Blake, Winter's friendship with Sam?

M.J.

Winter
Sia – Breathe Me




Blake
 Pearl Jam – Nothingman’




Sam
The Pixies – Where is My Mind?




Jasmine
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Cheated Hearts

                            

Winter’s relationship with Blake
The Cure – In Between Days



Winter’s friendship with Sam

David Bowie - Changes


Michelle:   After doing my regulation interview Q snooping to make sure I am asking a fresh question to an author, I came across an interview you did at http://fictionalfantasy.com/an-interview-with-mj-hearle/. The question being ‘What was your inspiration for Winter’s Shadow? Your response being:

‘Somewhat appropriately a cemetery was the inspiration behind Winter’s Shadow. I started jogging a few years ago when I noticed my metabolism wasn’t doing a very good job of keeping up with my love of pizza and chocolate. It was either give up the junk food or start exercising, so I began to jog. One day, my route took me through Waverly Cemetery which overlooks Sydney’s Bronte beach. It was just on sunset and I thought I was alone in the cemetery when I noticed a teenage girl taking photographs of the tombstones. As I passed by she took a photograph of me and thus gave the inspiration for the story. I began thinking what would happen if when that girl had her photograph developed there was a hint of something strange in the picture. Something supernatural. Not a ghost or a vampire or a werewolf but something infinitely more terrible and mysterious.’

Could you please finish off this sentence, ‘if I hadn’t gone for that jog and noticed the teenage girl........................’’

M.J.  :  ......... Blake would have been a vampire, Claudette wouldn’t exist, and the Dead Lands would be waiting for another author to discover them.

Michelle:   Could you please give me, if possible, a non spoiler quote from the third book in the Winter Saga series. No names necessary, to tie us over until it is released.

M.J. : Winter paused before the city gates. She could feel the Skivers amassing in the darkness behind her. Hundreds of them, if not thousands.
Sufficiently teased? J
Michelle: Thankyou :)

Michelle:   Could you please give me 5 words that describe each:  Winter’s personality in Winter’s Shadow and where her character’s personality is at in Winter’s Light.

M.J. :  Winter's personality in Winter's Shadow :   Innocent, drawn to mystery .

Winter's personality in Winter's Light :  Broken soul, ready to fight.

Michelle:   Could you please give me 5 words that describe, Sam and Blake :

M.J. :  Sam -  At war with himself

M.J. : Blake - Lost in darkness, seeking light

Michelle:   As the creator of Sam and Blake. If given the choice  would you choose to be a Sam type character or a Blake type character and why?

M.J. :  Blake. I suffer from hermit-like tendencies so shutting myself off in a mansion to listen to music and write all day wouldn’t be terribly disagreeable. Sam is far too active. What with fighting the Demori and all, I can’t imagine he has a lot of down time.

Michelle:  Do you have more fun writing the present day chapters or the past history chapters and why?

M.J. : I enjoyed writing the past history chapters because I didn’t have to worry about any bridging material. I could just jump into Madeleine’s (or Lamara’s) story at a particular dramatic point and then leave again before the events settled down. It was like skipping through someone else’s novel to find the most exciting parts.

Michelle:  I did read in my snooping for fresh questions that you enjoyed writing about Madeleine and Ariman. I think you were right when you said that there was a book in these two characters. Is there any of your characters/couples that you would consider writing a novella/book for?

M.J. :  Funny you should ask that as I’m currently about ten thousand words into a novella told from Claudette’s (Blake’s sister) perspective. I’m planning on releasing the novel as a digital only download for e-readers. Claudette’s a character that seems to have caught readers imagination so I’m grateful for the opportunity to explore a bit of her history. Especially as we only catch glimpses of her in Winter’s Shadow and Winter’s Light. As for Madeleine and Ariman, I definitely have more material which I suspect will pop up in the third novel. Ariman in particular fascinates me.

Ooo my psychic powers have kicked in again....

Michelle:   Thinking big here, I saw that you had an earlier interest in film making, what movie Director/s or should I be saying Producer/s do you think could bring to life your books.
(I separate both books as the same director/producer isn’t always used on sequels due to the storyline.)

M.J. : Winter’s Shadow I’m a bit of a dreamer (no surprise) and often I’ll entertain myself with fantasies about the Winter Tales blowing up to a Twilight or Hunger Games level. If this ever happened, Hollywood would probably come a calling. It would be easy to take a big cheque and relinquish the rights to the story but as you’ve mentioned I come from a filmmaking background so I think I’d probably do something crazy like insist on directing the film version myself. If someone’s going to screw up my book I’d rather it be me.

M.J. : Winter’s Light Having directed the first book I’d relinquish the reins for the sequel and adopt a creative producer role. Kind of like George Lucas did with Empire Strikes Back. I think Sofia Coppola could do a good directing job. She’s an unconventional choice but I think she’d nail the melancholy feel of the book. If she wasn’t available I’d probably go to Alfonso Cuarón. I love his version of Great Expectations. Not to mention Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Michelle:   A fun question. Is there anything you do special on the day when a book of yours is released onto the shelves in stores?

M.J. : I don’t, and I should. You’ve inspired me to create a tradition. On May 1st (when Winter’s Light is available) I think I’ll mark the occasion by doing something I’ve never done before. Maybe eat a meal I’ve never tried before, go rock-climbing, or take a yoga class.

Michelle:   Thankyou M.J. for answering my questions, much appreciated and we at Novels On The Run wish you all the success with your books:D

M.J. : My pleasure, thank you for your questions. They were very creative and I had a lot of fun answering them.


Michelle















You can catch up with M.J here:

FACEBOOK - Winter's Light

GIVEAWAY TIME
WOO HOOT!!
This is International and Aussie giveaways.

PRIZES

Aussie Division Only








1 x signed paperback copy of Winter's Light
&
1 x signed Winter's Light poster

2 Prizes = 2 winners
Australian addresses only

Yay! Today 8th I got the items back from WA, they did a wee tour:D
Now the signed book has a sticker on the front, winner please peel off carefully.

INTERNATIONAL DIVISION ONLY
( This is just for anybody not an Aussie)



HERE ARE THE PRINTS SIGNED !
WINTER'S SHADOW 1ST PRIZE
WINTER'S LIGHT 2ND PRIZE

NOW I JUST GOT CONFIRMATION FROM M.J HIMSELF
I AM ADDING AN INTERNATIONAL DIVISION

YAYAYAY!!

I DIDN'T WANT YOU TO MISS OUT.
 ONCE I SEND PRINTS TO M.J. , HE WILL KINDLY SIGN 2 PRINTS FOR THIS GIVEAWAY.
LUCKY INTERNATIONAL READERS!!

BIG THANKYOU TO M.J. FOR THIS LAST MINUTE REQUEST BY MYSELF....CHEEKY AREN'T I?


PRIZES

2 Signed by M.J. Hearle
 6" x 8" Prints of Winter's Shadow & Winter's Light
2 Prizes = 2 winners












Entry Requirements:

Please be GFC follower - Leave GFC name.

Leave a comment -
What part of interview did you like the best?

Leave email details so winners can be contacted.
Please state if you are an Aussie, most important!

+1 Extra entry for retweeting this posting -
please leave link in comments

Random Org to choose winners

GIVEAWAY STARTS NOW!

ENDS 22ND MAY 2012
MIDNIGHT
OZ TIME

GOOD LUCK!!!

Michelle


20 comments:

  1. Great interview! I loved all the songs!
    He got inspired by a cementery??? I'm not surprised I used to live near one, and I always thought it was really interesting!
    And I love his resolution to maje his own movie adaptation...
    GFC follower (as ruth benitez) - international
    Kisses
    RUty

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  2. Thanks for the interview, Michelle. Your questions were some of the most interesting and creative I've ever been asked. Can't wait to read the next post.

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    1. Hi M.J,

      Awwww..thanks *blushes*. Thankyou for having fun with my q's. Loved your music choices. Some I have heard of, I am of The Cure vintage and some I had not. Love hearing new music to my ears:D

      :D:D

      Michelle

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  3. Great interview. I always thought M.J. Hearle was a woman. Umm sorry M.J. I shouldn't have assumed that!
    gfc kalasyn
    Aussie
    kalasyn@hotmail.com

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  4. My favourite part of the interview was when MJ. told us about his inspiration for the novel; it's crazy to think a whole novel series started from a single moment.
    GFC follower: rachchan2006
    An Aussie follower!
    rachchan2006@yahoo.com.au

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  5. the books sounds really interesting, i m also intruged to read them since i love me some good paranormal romance book and i like reading new undiscovered books like a pretty gem *.*
    i liked the part were he was asked what he does when his books are released and he answered honestly!! it was a bit funny and hi5 the author for his honesty :D
    thanks MJ for this geneores giveaway!!
    gfc: passant
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    contact email: passantelashram@yahoo.com

    a proud aussie :D

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  6. YAY thank you so much for the great interview and awesome giveaway :) !! I've been wanting to read Winter series for a very long time but for some reason I still havent picked up a copy of Winter's Shadow ! I absolutely love these 2 covers : sooo gorgeous !! My favourite part of the interview was actually the songs MJ chose to represent his characters because some are among my favourite songs ever : I love Where's my mind and this makes me really excited about meeting Sam :) !! Breathe Me is an amazing song as well .. Cant wait to meet Winter too ... and Blake !!!
    My GFC name is ninie2310
    I also follow Novels on the Run with my email address which is : ninie2310@hotmail.fr
    I tweeted about the giveaway : https://twitter.com/#!/Elostarbucks/status/194848081710292992 !! Thank you so much for this great opportunity , I'm French so that makes me an international follower :) !! Thank youu soooo much Michelle and thanks to MJ who is being very generous !!!

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  7. GFC sian barnett
    I loved the songs :)
    The books sound fab!!
    s.barnett87@live.co.uk

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  8. I've been hanging out to read M.J's novel.

    Loved the story about the girl taking pics of the tombstones.

    I'm an Aussie !!

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  9. Oh my goodness, I LOVE this: "A paranormal tale of love, death, sacrifice and cats." AND CATS! It's such a Terry Pratchett type thing to say...

    errr... Ummm... I'm... OK, so serious? I didn't know MJ was a guy until right now >____<

    *hides*

    FABULOUS interview/songs/post/giveaway, you guys! ♥

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  10. I loved reading about the inspiration - the jog through the cemetery & the girl taking photographs.

    GFC: Mary Preston

    AUSTRALIA

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  11. Thanks for the interview and giveaway! :D
    What a gorgeous trailer, and oh I'm excited to read the second book!

    Following GFC as commenter.
    Australia

    cc932005 at hotmail dot com

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  12. Thank you for the Giveaway. Great Interview. Looks amazing!
    GFC: Kris Mathewson
    International

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  13. the best part was the teaser for the next book! i'm international :) I'm a gfc follower!

    inthehammockblog at gmail dot com

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  14. Hi everyone,

    I finally got the signed book and poster in the mail via WA. I am just waiting on the signed prints from MJ himself. I am extending giveaway to 22nd MAY so more can enter. I hope to have images of prints up soon:D

    Michelle

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  15. I always love interviews. Its allows you to get inside the authors head and learn where they are coming from. So I love All of it. Thanks so much both of you


    Australia
    megzie22 at gmail dot com

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  16. I love the trailer the most. It gives this really eerie feeling and it's intriguing. Though, I also like the songs and the rest of the interview. It's interesting and I'd like to read this book when I see the chance! :D

    https://twitter.com/#!/xteeluong/status/204907502847012864
    Aussie! GFC: Teresa
    treechanie(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  17. Hi Everyone,

    I have the winners!!

    Congratulations to:

    Teresa - Signed Book
    Marybelle - Signed Poster

    Sian - Signed Print Winter's Light
    Kris - Signed Print Winter's Shadow

    I shall email you all now:D

    Thankyou to everybody who entered:D

    Michelle

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  18. Kris I have no way of contacting you. If I don't hear from you in 48 hours I will have to redraw, sorry. I checked your blog but you have no contact info, I searched twitter too.

    Thanks:D

    MIchelle

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  19. Ok I am redrawing for the final INTL prize.

    Winter's Shadow Print.

    Elodie you have been chosen for this print, I am emailing you now:D

    Michelle

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