Tuesday, April 8, 2014

PUYB Virtual Book Club Chats with YA Paranormal Author Genevieve Crownson #YA #paranormal

Genevieve Crownson graduated from the College of Charleston with a Bachelors of Science degree. A love of writing led her to pen her debut novel, The Soul of the Sun. This is book one in her highly anticipated trilogy, The Argos Dynasty. She currently lives in beautiful Charleston, SC with her family and beloved four-legged friends.

You can find her at www.genevievecrownson.com

About the Book:

“The hands of time turn on the face of the sun. Only you can move them. If the Watcher controls the hands of the clock he can go anywhere, past or future– and destroy our planet.”

Since the days of ancient Greece, the Argos dynasty has kept a secret, a mystery passed down through their descendants from generation to generation, in the hopes that the forces of good can stop the evil destruction of planet Earth.

Margaret Ingall is harboring that secret. Time is running out for the descendants of the Argos. They know a great healer and time traveler will be born of their blood. But the only person that knows whom they will call “the soul of the sun” is Margaret’s sister, Abigail. Before she can reveal the healer’s identity, disaster strikes…

Evil stalks them, watching and waiting to find out which member of her family has the ultimate power. Is it Margaret’s own child? Or her beloved granddaughter? Or even herself? Their only clue is a powerful protective amulet that will lead them all in a cat-and-mouse game to discover secrets as ancient as time.

If the Watcher discovers the truth before they do, all will be lost.

Fate, time and love weave together in their struggle to fulfill their destiny. Will Margaret’s fears sabotage her family’s protection? Can the healer accept her gifts in time? And once the soul of the sun is finally revealed, will it be too late?

Her power is incredible. The sacrifices required of her are immense.

Will it be enough to stop the Watcher?

Thanks for joining the book club today, Genevieve.  YA paranormals are one of my favorite genres.  Why did you decide to jump into that particular pond?

 Genevieve: I didn’t really set out to write one particular genre. I have vivid dreams that come to me while I sleep. When I wake up, no matter what time it is, I write down every detail. These dreams are the foundation of my books. The story always finds me; I don’t have to chase it down and try to write one particular genre. Once the novel is finished I have the decision to make of what genre it belongs in.

I love to find out what an author does to research her book.  What kind of research did you have to do to write The Soul of the Sun?

Genevieve: I had to do quite a bit of research to write the back story of Margaret’s days as a young woman. I delved into the WWII period and found out what it was like to live in that time in the United States. I researched what was making the headlines and incorporated in into the novel. It was an important time in history and Margaret’s life was definitely affected by it in many ways. I also researched what they would wear and all the little details like that. It was interesting and fun to research. I even listened to time appropriate music when writing certain sections of Margaret’s life just so that I could completely immerse myself in that era.

Would you like to tell us a little bit about your main characters?

Genevieve:  My two main characters are Margaret and Emma.  The story begins with Margaret, when as a young woman she encounters great loss, and discovers some things about herself that scare her. But through every tragedy she becomes stronger and learns to face everything head on. She has a fearless quality about her that I admire. Emma, her granddaughter, doesn’t want to accept who she is and rejects her gifts. Her mind struggles with this, and she leans on Margaret perhaps a little too much. She puts everything in danger because she can’t believe in herself. It isn’t until she develops courage that things begin to turn around for her.

Of all the characters, who is your favorite and why?

Genevieve:  It’s hard to choose, but I would have to say that Margaret is my favorite, mainly because I put a small piece of my Grandmother in her. My grandma has this unique quality that makes you feel you are important, and puts you at ease. Margaret is very much like that. And for fun I gave Margaret the quirk of always wearing red lipstick wherever she went, just as my Grandma does. She always says, “Never leave the house without a little bit of color.”

All books of fiction have a pivotal point in their books that makes readers keep reading.  What’s yours?

Genevieve:  The moment when Margaret realizes nothing is as it seems and the events that lead to tragedy change her—not just mentally but physically as well. In that instant she realizes that perhaps there is more to her life story.  This is when the magic begins to reveal itself.

What are other projects you are working on right now?

Genevieve:  The Soul of the Sun is book one in the Argos Dynasty trilogy, so currently I am working on book two and three of the series. Book two is called The Power of Alchemy and has a targeted date to be out by the end of the year. You can take a sneak peak at the cover on my website, www.genevievecrownson.com. You can also sign up to be on my VIP list to be the first to know when book two comes out and have a chance to win books and prizes.

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