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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Blood Entwines by Caroline Healy Blog Tour/Author Interview and Giveaway :)


Blood Entwines by Caroline Healy is a YA Urban Fantasy published by Bloomsbury Publishing (Sparks). The tour runs October 20th- November 16th with reviews, interviews & guest posts. Check out the tour page and schedule.

Blood Entwines cover july 2014
Blood Entwines by Caroline Healy

A dark compelling story of love and its more sinister elements…possession.

 In the aftermath of a blood transfusion that saved her life, Kara feels different. Her senses are stronger ... she can hear whispered comments not meant for her ears ... she can hear the person following her. When Jack, her stalker, reveals himself and insists that Kara has something that belongs to him, she does her best to avoid him. But he’s determined to talk to her, convinced that they’re linked through the blood she received during her transfusion.
Jack is struggling against a dark and dangerous demon. His body is host to the evil power that wants Kara’s blood and will stop at nothing to get it. If Jack is able to gain control he can warn Kara. But which is stronger, the power of the blood they share or the force for evil. How can Kara help save Jack without risking her own life?

About the Author:
Caroline Healy is a writer and community arts facilitator. She recently completed her M.A. in
Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen’s University, Belfast.
She published her first, award winning collection of short stories, entitled A Stitch in Time in August 2012. Her work has been featured in publications such as Wordlegs, The Bohemyth, Prole and the Irish Writers’ Centre Lonely Voice.
She writes literary fiction and young adult fiction, with her Y.A. book Blood Entwines released with Bloomsbury Publishing in August 2014.
Caroline loves drinking tea from mis-matched china, doing yoga, as well as reading, writing, talking and thinking about all things bookish. She also has a penchant for cake and dark chocolate.

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***Author Interview***

What inspired you to write your first book? 
I didn't set out to write a book, I wanted to attempt to write a story and that could have been a short story, a novella, a screenplay. It just so happened, when the idea for Blood Entwines came to me (I had read an article about an organ doner patient taking on some very strange characteristics after his surgery) the novel format suited the story. So I kept writing until I felt that the story had been told to the best of my ability. When I surfaced from the fog of first draft I realised that I had a complete manuscript. The writing process with my first book was a personal challenge to see if I could be disciplined and dedicated to finish the project.

How did you come up with the title? 
I wanted to convey the link between two of the characters and the idea that the bond they share is inescapable. The idea of blood link and blood bound came to mind but eventually I settled on Blood Entwines. It take the project away from the vampire genre as well which is something I was conscious of. 

What book are you reading now? 
I'm reading Paper Town by John Green and The Rosie Project by Graeme C. Simsion. 

What are your current projects? 
I've just finished a stand alone historical, contemporary Y.A. novel. It's a genre mix.

Do you see writing as a career? 
Yes I suppose I do. It involves enough work to constitute a career :) I work in the Arts, specifically with literature so my career revolves around literary projects and writing books. I'm lucky, I get to combine both of these in a mish-mash so that I can pay my bills. 

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? 
Yes, I would do a bit of travel to reading events, I was at the UK YA convention over the summer and have been to Brooklyn to read at the Book Festival there. I hope to go to Bologne next year for the children's book festival. So ya, there is a bit of travel with the book which is fun. 

Who designed the covers? 
The most awesome of graphic designers and coincidentally my fellow Sparkie, Ashley Poston (author of The Sound of Us) designed my cover. 

What was the hardest part of writing your book? 
Getting the first draft onto the page/screen is the hardest. It involves discipline and dedication. It's almost as if the first draft is the foundation and only when this is done can you begin the work. You have no book, no chapters, no dialogue, no scenes until there is something on the page. So for me the first draft is like the pre-cursor to the writing process. When this is done then you can really begin to get crafting. 

Do you have any advice for other writers? 
Be disciplined. Keep going. Keep writing. Keep reading. 

Do you ever experience writer's block? 
Not as of yet (touch wood) but I do get days where writing five hundred words is torture. Those days you feel like giving up but I make myself sit at the computer and I make myself commit until I have something on the page. It is like exercising a muscle and I just try to keep at it till I have something to show. 
I would like to thank Caroline for answering some questions for us all!  Good luck with your book :)


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  1. Wonderful interview! Thank you so much for hosting a tour stop!

  2. I like the premise behind this book. Possession isn't something you come across much anymore, so its interesting to see it back in the limelight. Possession is the one thing I truly FEAR, because I do know it is possible.


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