Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Book Tour: Super Dark by Tanith Morse Interview

Genre: Paranormal Romance 
Publisher: Little Willow
Number of pages: 256
Word Count: 83,000 Words
Cover Artist: Tanith Morse

Book Description:
For fans of Stephenie Meyer comes a chilling love story that will have you hooked from the very first page. Super Dark is a tale of passion, guilt and redemption with a whopping, knock-you-to-your-knees twist!

Darkness stalks seventeen-year-old Sam Harper. Ten years ago on Halloween night, grotesque creatures snatched her best friend Elliot and Sam narrowly escaped with her life. Now a decade on, the police investigation has ground to a halt and Elliot's whereabouts remains a mystery.

Traumatized by her ordeal, Sam finds it hard to make friends. She is mistrustful of authority and changed schools more times than she cares to remember. To her, the world is cruel and unforgiving.

Then she meets the enigmatic Lee Weaver. With his gorgeous face and magnetic presence, he turns heads wherever he goes. Sam has never wanted anyone as much as she wants Lee, but there are things about the alluring stranger that don't add up, leading Sam to ask unsettling questions about her past. Soon she discovers the boy of her dreams is keeping a terrible secret: one that threatens to destroy everything Sam holds dear.
Super Dark is a seductive love story that will keep you guessing right until the final page.

  1. Where did you get the idea for the novel?
I came up with the story about two years ago. There was an article in the newspaper about a little girl who was snatched by a midwife and taken to live in with a strange family for years before being reunited with her parents. I was fascinated and wanted to explore the impact that sort of tragedy would have on a family. The whole trilogy took me about eight months to write. I did a lot of planning beforehand so the story had been swimming around in my head for about a year before I actually started writing it. I’ve always wanted to do a trilogy and experiment with different genres and saw this as the perfect opportunity. I wrote book one as an urban thriller, book two as a gothic romance and book three as a Roman noir. All the same characters feature in each book, but you will probably notice a change of tone within the stories—something I did on purpose to ramp up the tension.

  1. Your title. Who came up with it? Did you ever change your title?
Originally, I wanted to call the story Bonded, but I squashed that idea after I checked on Amazon and saw about seven other stories with that title. Not long afterwards, I came up with Super Dark, a slang term meaning ‘to possess dark gothic qualities.’ This perfectly describes the stories I write.

  1. Which came first, the title or the novel? 
The novel.

  1. Since becoming a writer, what’s the most exciting thing to ever happen to you?
Every time I get an email from a fan telling me they enjoyed my work, it’s the best feeling in the world. Whether you’re read by one or one million, there’s no better feeling for a writer than to be told someone enjoyed your story. I don’t think I’ll ever get bored of that.
  1. What book are you currently reading or what was the last book you read?
I just finished reading 11/22/63 by Stephen King and can tell you that after more than thirty years, that man is still on top of his game. I literally lost sleep reading that book. The level of detail was astounding … all that historical research must have taken years and yet the ideas are still so fresh and unique. Definitely one of the best books I’ve ever read.
  1. What was your first book that you ever wrote (very first one you wrote, not published)?
It was called Teddy Monkey and it was about creatures in a magic jungle.

  1. What is your writing process?
I spend a lot of time planning the story first. Including edits, it took me about three months to write Super Dark 1. I don’t usually write so fast but the story had been simmering in my mind for a while, so when I started writing it was just a case of downloading what was already in my head. Also, when I get passionate about my characters I literally write every spare second I have. That helps things to move faster too.

  1. Who are your favorite authors of all time?
I love the classics like Sherlock Holmes and Wuthering Heights, but I am also a bit partial to hard-boiled detective novels from the 1940s. People like Raymond Chandler and James M Cain. Most recently, I really enjoyed reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett. That book was truly inspiring.

  1. At a book signing, do you just sign your name or do you write a note? How do you come up with stuff to say? 
My stories are only available as ebooks so I haven’t done a signing yet.

  1. What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I’m a big fan of Frank Sinatra.

  1. How do you react to a bad review?
Bad reviews can actually be a good thing. As long as the criticism is constructive, a bad review can often help a writer improve their craft. I don’t get upset about bad reviews because every writer gets them. Not everyone is going to like your story - that’s life, but hey, even Charles Dickens has bad reviews on Amazon.      
  1. How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
I had a cup of tea and a Mars bar.

About the Author:
Tanith Morse grew up in Wandsworth, south London. From a young age she developed a great love of horror films and gothic romances. Her favorite director is Tim Burton and her favorite authors include Charlotte Bronte, Stephenie Meyer and Suzanne Collins. When she isn’t writing, Tanith enjoys directing short films for the festival circuit and looking after her cat, Mambo. An avid tea drinker, Tanith can be found hanging out in cozy London cafes in search of new brews to tease her taste buds. Super Dark is her first YA novel.

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