This is my first ever interview, I’m still getting the hang of blog-tour protocol! Please enjoy our chat.Chapter by Chapter hooked me up with this amazing opportunity.
S.D. Grimm is touring over a series of blogs to promote her new book; Summoner.
Summoner by S.D. Grimm
Publication Date: September 4, 2017
Publisher: Entangled TEEN
When Allie’s best friend dares their group to play a game in a cemetery—something she calls “witching”—Allie never expects what it might mean for her. When she plays, she doesn’t just find bodies, she summons their souls. But one soul wants more than Allie is willing to give.
And the boy next door could be the key to saving her.
Cody Burkhart. Straight from Montana, cowboy hat wearing, and smoking hot, he’s just the thing to help Allie become “normal” again after the death of her mother. And as her newly appointed Guardian, he’s also just the thing to help Allie ward off the vengeful spirit who’s after her soul. Except Cody has his own demons to slay that keep him closed off. But as the full moon approaches, so does their only chance to break the curse, and Cody will have to make the biggest sacrifice of all.
Welcome, S.D. Grimm. Thank you for sharing some of your time for a few interview questions!
You’re welcome! Thank you for having me. I’m excited to be here.
1. This book seems very eerie and dark. Did you have a soundtrack/songs that helped you ‘get in the mood’ for writing?
Yes! I actually make a soundtrack for each of my novels. If you don’t mind sharing, I have the actual link to a playlist comprised of songs I listened to while writing the novel. It includes songs by Lifehouse, Of Monsters and Men, and Florence + The Machine, and Imagine Dragons. And even a classic by The Eagles. In fact I’m listening to the very same playlist as I answer your interview questions. Here’s the link!
2. When you were a fellow young adult, were there any books, movies or TV shows that piqued your interest for fantasy?
Yes! And this will really date me … I loved Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Roswell, the Star Wars original Trilogy, Indiana Jones trilogy, Lord of the Rings books and movies, and, of course, Watership Down by Richard Adams.
3. I know when I read, a lot of the time I picture myself as the main protag. As an author, do you ever picture yourself as any of you characters?
Well, I do get into my characters’ heads when I write them, like an actor would for a character they’re playing. I guess I wouldn’t necessarily consider that the same thing, but pretty similar.
4. If suddenly one type of supernatural being was revealed to humans tomorrow, who would you like it to be?
Ever since The Last Unicorn, I really want to believe some wild horses are actually unicorns.
5. Did you have a dream cast for Summoner? If so, who did you picture while writing this book?
Yes! I totally picture my main characters. I don’t always share… because I love my readers to formulate their own ideas. But I’ll tell you guys. Allie looks like Anna Sophia Robb. And Cody? Well, I always picture Zach Roerig.
6. How long was the process of creating this book?
I wrote the first draft fairly fast. It took me eight weeks. I’ve yet to write a rough draft that fast again. Then, the editing phase was off and on for the next three yearswhile I also worked on other projects.
Thank you, S.D. Grimm for visiting my blog! Best of luck with your newest release.
S. D. Grimm’s first love in writing is young adult fantasy and science fiction. She is represented by Julie Gwinn of the Seymour Agency and author of SCARLET MOON. She currently has four books under contract, including the remainder of her YA fantasy series Children of the Blood Moon. When she’s not writing or editing, Sarah enjoys reading (of course!), practicing kickboxing and Brazilian jiu jitsu, training dogs, and binge-watching shows with great characters. Her office is anywhere she can curl up with her laptop and at least one large-sized dog. You can learn more about her upcoming novels at www.sdgrimm.com.