I had a chat with Alyssa about her writing and the series and she will be dropping by today to answer your questions. Alyssa has also kindly offered to give away three (3) copies of Atlantis Redeemed to some lucky commenters.
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SFG: Atlantis Redeemed is the fifth book in your Warriors of Poseidon series and was just released. Please give us an overview of the series so far and tell us what we can expect in Redeemed?
Brennan stars in Atlantis Redeemed. More than 2,000 years ago, Poseidon cursed Brennan to live with no emotion. But the curse was far twistier than merely that—and the twists all come into play when he meets Tiernan, a human who is as beautiful as she is determined to discover the truth about a group of mad scientists who are conducting torturous experiments on shape-shifters. Did I mention she can tell when people lie to her? It makes for a very interesting relationship . . .
SFG: Can the books be read standalone or should they be read in order?
They can absolutely be read standalone. Each book is whole in itself. Of course, if you like Atlantis Redeemed, it would be great fun to go back and read all of the books from the beginning!
SFG: What do you say to men to encourage them to read your books?
LOL. I don’t know that I’ve ever tried to encourage anybody to read my books, man or woman. Seems presumptuous! But I do have lots of male readers (including you! Thanks! That review comparing parts of Atlantis Unleashed to a great Tarzan movie made my day.) One friend reported that a male bookseller literally took another romance novel out of her hands in the store and gave her Atlantis Redeemed. “This is better,” he said. “It’s not just about the love stuff.” Which cracks me up. I do love a good swordfight! But there is definitely a very emotional love story in Atlantis Redeemed.
SFG: You’ve hit the NYT bestseller list with both Atlantis Unleashed and Atlantis Unmasked. How did that feel? Do you approach new projects differently as a result?
And Atlantis Redeemed! It’s very exciting. It’s a very prestigious list to hit in the publishing industry, so there were tons of congratulations and well-wishes. My agent sent me a case of champagne! Actually, it made me feel a little more pressure to be sure the books are the best that can be, but since I’ve always worked hard toward that goal, it didn’t change that much.
SFG: Alyssa Day is your pen name for your paranormal romance books but you have written a number of books under your real name of Alesia Holliday. Tell us something about the “other” you and do you have one book in particular that is special to you?
My Alesia Holliday books are comedies, and my most special book is my non-fiction, E-MAIL TO THE FRONT, my true story of what it’s like to be a military family when one spouse goes to war. I’ve received thousands of letters from military families thanking me for that book—for letting them know they’re not alone in having a hard time.
SFG: I understand you are making a big move – to Japan! How will that affect your writing? Do you think you might use it to your advantage in a future story?
I’ll definitely set a book in Japan! But NOT at the Pokemon theme park, as my children are suggesting.
SFG: You’ve said you like to research lost civilizations. What is the most interesting thing you have discovered about Atlantis in your investigations?
The many, many different places explorers have guessed, over the centuries, that it’s actually located. I have my own theories . . .
SFG:. What future projects are you working on or considering?
I have an urban fantasy series debuting in 2011. I can’t talk about it yet, but I’m so excited about it!
SFG: The urban fantasy and paranormal genres are booming. What are your thoughts on the future of the genres?
I was thinking about this yesterday when someone on a writing loop said “paranormal are so over.” I was reading a book of Scottish fairy tales at the time, and realized that the idea of something “more” than we can see and know in broad daylight has always fascinated us—and I think always will.
SFG: If you could have lunch and a conversation with any author, living or dead, who would it be and why?
Harper Lee. I’d love to ask her WHY she only wrote one book. Was TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD so incredible that she had a massive case of second book syndrome and couldn’t find a way to another? With such a blazing talent, I wish the world had seen more of her work.
SFG: Being the SciFiGuy, I need to ask – what is your favourite SFF movie and book?
Should I admit I’ve seen the new Star Trek movie 6 times? Or that I think I’ve read ever Asimov novel ever written? Or that I spent part of my childhood wondering if a planet with giant sand worms really existed?
SFG: Tell us three things about yourself that nobody else knows (until now of course).
Ha! Nice try. How about three things not many people know?
- I have a passionate, virulent hatred of mayonnaise.
- I adopt rescued pug dogs (everybody knows) and when we quit with all the Navy moves, already, I plan to adopt at least half a dozen and my house will be a pug ranch! (Not even my husband knows this one. Heh.)
- For years, I had my kids convinced I was a werewolf.
When 2,000 years of lost emotion hit you all at once—do you fall in love or die?
Warriors of Poseidon Series:
- Atlantis Rising (2007)
- Wild Hearts in Atlantis from Wild Thing anthology (2007)
- Atlantis Awakening (2007)
- Shifter’s Lady from Shifter anthology (2008)
- Atlantis Unleashed (2009)
- Atlantis Unmasked (2009)
- Atlantis Redeemed (March 2, 2010)
- Atlantis Betrayed (September 7, 2010)
- Three copies of Atlantis Redeemed to giveaway courtesy of Alyssa Day, names to be drawn randomly.
- Leave a comment or question for Alyssa. For fun tell us - Do you believe Atlantis was real?
- Open internationally.
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- Giveaway open until Midnight, March 29, 2010 EST.