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Jun 19, 2013

Author Interview + Giveaway: Eyre House by Caitlin Greer

Eyre HouseTitle: Eyre House
Author: Caitlin Greer
Publisher: Self-published
Release date: July 9, 2013

When eighteen-year-old orphan Evan Richardson signed up to work at Eyre House, on the sleepy tourist getaway of Edisto Island, SC, he never expected to find himself dodging ghosts. But Eyre House seems to have more than its fair share of things that go bump in the night, and most of them seem to surround his employer’s daughter.

Back from her freshman year of college, Ginny Eyre is dangerous from word one. She’s a bad girl with ghosts of her own, and trouble seems to follow her everywhere she goes. But living or dead, trouble isn’t just stalking Ginny. When her ex-boyfriend is found murdered in the pool, Evan knows he’s got two choices – figure out what’s going on, or become the next ghost to haunt Ginny Eyre.

About the author:

Cait writes YA and NA stories that range from sci-fi and fantasy (because she loves making worlds and things up), to contemporary (because she kind of sort of fell into it and discovered she’s not half bad). Her best friends growing up were the combined works of Robin McKinley, Madeline L'Engle, Anne McCaffrey, Andre Norton, and too many others to mention.

She drives a Jeep, loves the outdoors, takes pictures of everything she can, and writes obsessively. A martial artist and a former teacher, Cait is owned by two cats who started out incredibly small, and are now incredibly huge.

She currently live in Utah, but Virginia will always be home.

Connect with Caitlin Greer: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Welcome to Books Over Boys, Cait! First off, tell us a little about yourself and your upcoming release, Eyre House.

Thanks, Momo! I’m really excited to be here. Let’s see, I’m in my 30s, I’ve been creating stories and worlds for as long as I can remember, and I grew up in Virginia. I’ve done a lot, and taught a lot (sailing, martial arts, algebra…), but writing is probably my favorite.

Eyre House, which is my first book, takes everything I love about classic literature and the South, and mixes them together from the POV of a hot boy who rides a rebuilt classic motorcycle. It’s a retelling of Jane Eyre, with gender swapping and a modern plot. I love it.

Q. What about writing captivates you the most?

Oh, that’s such a loaded question! I love everything about writing, even the stuff I complain about. But it’s the creation of new worlds, I think, that really captivates me. Imagining a place like the Eyre House Bed & Breakfast, set in our world, or a brand new world with its own rules and people, it just thrills me to no end.

Plus the kissing. I love writing the kissing.

[BOB: That's sorta awesome because I love reading the kissing scenes -- theydabest.]

Q. Did Eyre House originally begin as a New Adult or…? What made you decide to dub it as New Adult?

Eyre House started as Young Adult, actually. When I started writing it, the publishing world was still really arguing over the validity of NA, and I hadn’t really thought about it. But when I decided to self pub, a good friend suggested I tweak it up to NA, and it worked beautifully. I loved the story before, but it really came into its own as a New Adult story.

Q. What do you find to be the hardest part of writing?

Hardest? Sometimes, just finding the time and energy. Getting the images and ideas in my head onto the page. Sometimes it’s avoiding all the distractions around me (yes, internet, I’m talking to you).

Q. Do you have any must-haves while you are writing?

Something to drink, whatever it is. And a footstool!

Q. What were some pros and cons of self-publishing that you experienced?

Well, for pros, having total control over my cover and how everything looked, and when it went out, were two major points. I’m very hands-on, and I’ve loved all the nitty-gritty bits. I even designed the back cover. The big con though, is that I’m a huge introvert. The publicity stuff is really hard for me. And while I’d still have a lot of that to do if I’d published traditionally, dealing with it all on my own has been tough.

Q. Describe Eyre House in one sentence.

One sentence, yikes! Ok. Eyre House is a Southern Gothic retelling of Jane Eyre, complete with ghost stories, secret passages, and tattoos.

[BOB: And tattoos. I love that. If ghost stories and secret passages didn't sell it to me, tattoos definitely did!]

Q. For those who are unfamiliar with Ginny, how would you introduce her?

Oh, Ginny. Ginny’s damaged. She’s a twin, but her brother died in an accident when they were kids. Worse, she watched it happen. She’s a strong girl, but she has some real intimacy issues because of her brother’s death. Ginny’s a real firecracker, and more than a handful for Evan. She’s a true catalyst.

Q. What’s your favorite thing about Evan?

His tattoo. I’m not kidding. I love Evan, but his tat…mmm. I’m a sucker for tats, even though a have none. I find few things hotter than a well-done tattoo.

[BOB: Mmm, I've definitely got to see this tattoo of his. Like, for true. ;p]

Q. How much of the characters are based on your traits or someone you know personally?

None of them. I’d be lying if I said none of my characters shared things with me—I don’t think any author can write a character without adding a little part of themselves. But nobody is intentionally based on anybody I know.

Q. If you could pick a soundtrack to match your main character’s life, what would it be?

Funny thing, that… I actually have a playlist I built for Eyre House on Spotify. I think I shared it on the YAMisfits.

Q. Can you share anything about what you’re currently working on or what’s next?

*rubs hands together gleefully* I have so many things I’m working on. There are two more reduxes, one a Contemporary, and one a Sci-Fi time-travel, a YA Urban Fantasy, a Fantasy series, and even a NA companion to Eyre House. Yes, that’s Ben’s story! But as for what’s next, I think there’s some post-apocalyptic paranormal in my publishing future. It’s the first in a trilogy, and all I will say is gargoyles are hot. ;)

[BOB: Wow, you're a busy lady! And gargoyles -- can you get that out, STAT?! ;p]

Thank you so much!

Thank you, Momo! It’s been a blast!

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  1. One entry per household.
  2. There will be one winner.
  3. You must be 16 years or older.
  4. Giveaway is open to the U.S. ONLY.
  5. Contest ends on Friday, June 21st, 2013.
  6. Winner will be chosen by Random.org through Rafflecopter.
  7. Winner will have 48 hours after notification to respond.
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1 comment:

  1. Oh I love NA books and this sounds fantastic. Great interview!


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