Thursday, November 29, 2012

Blog Tour Author Interview & Excerpt: Reckoning by Molly Hall


Today we're excited to have Molly Hall stopping by to answer our questions and share an excerpt with us. There's also a giveaway so make sure to scroll to the bottom to enter to win a signed copy of reckoning! Here's a synopsis of her book Reckoning:

They say the truth can set you free. I found out it can kill you."


Seventeen-year-old Kat Matheson has never revealed the dark secret that sets her apart from everyone else: She can see and hear the dead. Until now, she has been able to ignore the strange apparitions and whispering voices. But it may not be that simple anymore. Haunted by eerie visions and increasingly frightening nightmares, Kat begins to fear she may be the target of a dark and ominous force from beyond the grave. Complicating matters is the arrival of her new neighbor, a young man she instinctively distrusts but is inexplicably drawn to. Gorgeous and mysterious, he seems to hold a disturbing knowledge of her long-held secrets.


As she desperately tries to maintain control, events take an unexpected and violent turn. Discovering that nothing is what it seems and that her psychic abilities may involve far more than just communing with the dead, Kat may be forced to confront her worst fears and the powerful curse that controls her destiny.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I’ve spent most of my life in Colorado and currently live just outside of Denver. I write my books on a laptop perched atop a rather creaky desk, surrounded by two crazy and loving cats. I love to travel and have visited 27 of the 50 states, as well as Canada, Ireland and England.

I spent entirely too many years in the gray dullness of the corporate world, imagining exciting adventures as I punched numbers on a keyboard. During that time, I worked on a degree in English Literature, and wrote for pleasure sporadically. Two years ago, I finally decided to really make the effort and Reckoning was born.

Music is a huge part of my life and plays a big role in the creation of my books. Although I listen to everything from Johann Sebastian Bach and Dvorak, to Glen Miller and Bobby Darin, to Rihanna and Nox Arcana, as well as movie and video game soundtracks, there are two bands whose music is practically my lifeblood: Daughtry and Linkin Park. I will listen to or see them live anytime, anywhere.

I’m a fan of British television, Doctor Who (favorite doctor? David Tennant. Let the debate begin!), The Vampire Diaries, Japanese animé, Ghost Hunters, MI-5 and Eureka. And anything featuring James McAvoy.

When I’m not reading and writing, you can find me listening to music, practicing yoga, working on my very inadequate French, playing piano, enjoying a lovely glass of red wine or champagne, or looking for inspiring landscapes to photograph.

What inspired you to write Reckoning?

Reckoning is the result of a lot of the things that I'm interested in, specifically, the paranormal and fantasy. I just had the idea of taking a young woman and putting her in a place where these things are very real, then taking her on a journey of discovery about not only herself, but also the alternate worlds that surround her. Throw in some action/adventure, a little romance, along with joy and heartbreak, and it makes for a very exciting tale.

What do you find to be the most rewarding part of writing?

For me, the most rewarding part of writing is receiving feedback from readers, and those moments when you realize you've really connected with someone. Every character I write is essentially a part of me, and I am living the story as I write it. To have someone else get swept up in that story as well is an awesome feeling.

Any advice for aspiring authors?

Read, read and read! And then read some more. Nothing can help you write better than reading. And reading a variety of different things and genres (fiction, non-fiction, biography, travelogue, newspapers, etc., etc.). And keep writing, every day. Writing is like a muscle - the more you use it, the stronger it gets. Perseverance is key. Believe in yourself and don't give up.

What's your favorite line from Reckoning and why?

I need you to understand. You and I are connected in a way far more powerful than you can imagine.
(Sorry. That's actually two lines.)

I really like this line because, in many ways, it brings the whole story together and sets up what is to come in future books.

Excerpt from Reckoning:

I step into the pool of light beneath the streetlamp, anxious to leave the darkness behind. Suddenly, the light flickers, an odd sizzling sound emanating from the globes. I stop and stare, watching as several sparks shoot out the sides. The bird, the largest crow I have ever seen, swoops down from the trees, one shining, jet black eye looking directly at me. Sound disappears and time seems to fold in on itself, slowing to half-speed. The same weightless feeling I’d experienced at school creeps over me, and I tense, fighting off the panic. 
I stare at the bird, watching it descend lower and lower. It’s wings beat once, moving slowly down and back up again. Sparks continue to jet from the streetlamp, each brightly pointed flash of light spewing out in a torpid, glowing trail, before dropping slowly and silently to the ground. The bird is nearly on top of me. It sweeps past, close enough that I can feel the rush of air beneath its wings, gently lifting my hair. Then it arcs upward, higher and higher, before turning and diving back toward me again, it’s beak open in a silent cry.

About the Author:

I’ve spent most of my life in Colorado and currently live just outside of Denver. I write my books on a laptop perched atop a rather creaky desk, surrounded by two crazy and loving cats. I love to travel and have visited 27 of the 50 states, as well as Canada, Ireland and England. And there are still a lot of places I want to go.

I spent entirely too many years in the gray dullness of the corporate world, imagining something more exciting as I punched numbers on a keyboard. During that time, I worked on a degree in English Literature, but never quite managed to complete it. Mostly because I was too busy reading and creating fantasy worlds in my head. It’s actually my love of reading and imagining that led me to take up writing full time. I thought I should finally give all the characters in my head a voice.

Music is a huge part of my life and plays a big role in the creation of my books. Although I listen to everything from Johann Sebastian Bach and Dvorak, to Glen Miller and Bobby Darin, to Rihanna and Nox Arcana, as well as movie and video game soundtracks, there are two bands whose music is practically my lifeblood: Daughtry and Linkin Park. I will listen to or see them live anytime, anywhere.

I’m a fan of British television, Doctor Who (favorite doctor? David Tennant. Let the debate begin!), The Vampire Diaries, Japanese animé, Ghost Hunters, MI-5 and Eureka. And anything featuring James McAvoy. And I probably would never be able to unwind without That 70′s Show.

When I’m not reading and writing, you'll probably find me listening to music, practicing yoga, working on my very inadequate French, playing piano, enjoying a lovely glass of red wine or champagne, or looking for inspiring landscapes to photograph.


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7 comments:

  1. Sounds interesting -- thanks for the review!

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  2. Thanks for this amazing giveaway! This book sounds great and I would love to win it!

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  3. Thank you, Jesse and your team at Pretty In Fiction for featuring my book on your blog! It is greatly appreciated!

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  4. Great interview, will have to add this TBR list. Love the cover also.

    Katie ~ Turner’s Antics

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  5. OMG! I love basically everything you love!! Kudos to that!

    This sounds really interesting. I definitely need to check this one out.

    -Angie @YA Novelties

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  6. I don't think I would like to have Kat's visions - too disturbing.
    It sounds like a great story though, and I'd love to read it.
    Bonnie Hilligoss/bonhill@speakeasy.net

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