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Interview with Dianne K Salerni, author of the series "Eight Day" + GIVEAWAY

UPDATE: July has passed and we are heading on to the lovely month of August! Hope that everybody is excited!

I have randomly picked the winner (each number coresponded for every commenter, in the order of the date on which they posted) for this giveaway and he is.... Hanelore!! Congrats!! I will send you and e-mail and then the author will contact you and send you the prize!!

More contests will be available when the time comes so keep an eye open! Thank you to all those who entered the giveaway!!



Hello dear readers!

How are you enjoying July so far? I am finally enjoying my summer's vacantion and I will try and post more often from now on.

Author Dianne Salerni was really kind and accepted to answer some of my questions and she is also giving away a free e-book of her book The Eight Day! If you want to be a winner, leave a comment below and tell me what are your plans for july, august or sepetember or say something about the book! :D

GIVEAWAY ENDS ON July 31st. There will be one winner.
OPEN INTERNATIONALLY


1. Hi Dianne! Thank you for accepting this interview! How about telling the readers some things about you?

Thank you for having me, Simona!

Until last week, I was a full time elementary school teacher and a part-time writer. But now, after 25 years of teaching, I am retiring to spend more time with my family and my writing. I’m very excited about the change!

I have two teenage daughters, a wonderful husband, and a goofy dog. We live near Philadelphia, and we enjoy skiing and traveling to new places. Last summer we took the girls on their first trip to Europe, where we visited London, Cardiff, and Paris.

2. What is your book “The Eighth Day” about? Tell us a few interesting words about it.

Ever since Jax Aubrey’s father died and left him in the hands of a clueless 18 year old guardian, his life has been like a cold burrito: lame, unappetizing, and pitiful. Then Jax discovers an eighth day of the week hidden between Wednesday and Thursday -- its origin rooted in Arthurian legends. When he meets Evangeline, a mysterious girl who exists only on that secret day, things start looking up, and it’s a shame Jax can’t tell his classmates about the massive coolness they’re missing out on.
But the eighth day is full of dangerous people who plan on using Evangeline to wipe the other seven days of the week off the face of the earth. Suddenly it’s not so cool when Jax is the only person standing in their way.

Synopsis:
In this riveting fantasy adventure, thirteen-year-old Jax Aubrey discovers a secret eighth day with roots tracing back to Arthurian legend. Fans of Percy Jackson will devour this first book in a new series that combines exciting magic and pulse-pounding suspense.

When Jax wakes up to a world without any people in it, he assumes it's the zombie apocalypse. But when he runs into his eighteen-year-old guardian, Riley Pendare, he learns that he's really in the eighth day—an extra day sandwiched between Wednesday and Thursday. Some people—like Jax and Riley—are Transitioners, able to live in all eight days, while others, including Evangeline, the elusive teenage girl who's been hiding in the house next door, exist only on this special day.

And there's a reason Evangeline's hiding. She is a descendant of the powerful wizard Merlin, and there is a group of people who wish to use her in order to destroy the normal seven-day world and all who live in it. Torn between protecting his new friend and saving the entire human race from complete destruction, Jax is faced with an impossible choice. Even with an eighth day, time is running out.

3. When did the idea of the book come to your mind? Did anyone influence you?

The idea came from a family joke. Whenever my daughters pestered my husband about when they were going to get to do something, he would tease them and say, “You can do it on Grunsday!” They would groan, because he wasn’t giving them a real answer. But one day I wondered, “What if there really was a Grunsday, but only a few people knew about it?”

My family answered, “Mom, you have to write about that!”

4. The cover of the book looks really awesome! How was it born?

The cover was designed by Mike Heath, a digital artist who does work for HarperCollins. The Eighth Day cover represents my main character, Jax, getting sidetracked from his regular life to explore this mysterious day when most people on earth are missing.

Then, when I saw the cover for the second book, The Inquisitor’s Mark, I thought it was even more amazing! I asked if Mike would share his artistic process for the cover reveal and he did – along with preliminary sketches. You can find Mike’s explanation and the early sketches here: http://project-middle-grade-mayhem.blogspot.com/2014/06/family-ties-can-be-deadly-inquisitors.html

5. Which are your dearest characters from your book? Do you have any character that you do not like?

I only have daughters, so after writing all these books about Jax Aubrey, I feel like Jax is my son! I also have a soft spot for his guardian, Riley, even though Jax and Riley get off to a rocky start at the beginning of The Eighth Day. I can’t say there’s any character I did not like – even the evil ones were fun to write.

No, wait – I take that back. I didn’t like the spoiled, popular girl who’s mean to Jax in school because he had the courage to ask her out.

6. Do you have in mind a playlist for your book series “Eighth Day”?

I don’t usually write to music. However, while I was writing the first draft of The Eighth Day, Lonely Boy by the Black Keys was very popular, and it always made me think of Jax’s tattooed, motorcycle riding guardian, Riley.

7. Make a top 5 with books that you really loved and name a book that you did not like.

Five books that I’ve read in the past year and loved are: The Beyonders series by Brandon Mull, Legasea by Krystalyn Drown, West of Paradise by Marcy Hatch, Soul Cutter by Lexa Cain, and The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen.

I can think of two books that received a lot of hype and build-up before their release because they were supposed to be so amazing – but I felt both of them fell flat after the beginning chapters. It was like the publishers thought the unique premise would be enough to sell these books and they didn’t help the authors make the whole book as good as the cool idea itself. But I don’t want to name the books.


8. Where do you usually like to write your works?

I write on a laptop, so I carry it with me everywhere. Since I’ve retired from teaching, I have been working on a little office in the basement where I can write every day. (But we have family visiting and staying in our basement this week, so I haven’t had the chance to try it out yet!)

Right now, I’m answering these interview questions on my patio next to my goldfish pond. There is a little waterfall that provides background noise. This is one of my favorite places to write!


9. What country/countries would you like your books to be popular in?

I think every writer has a dream of their book being translated into many languages and being popular all over the world! So, I’d say everywhere!

I think the one country I’m worried about is Great Britain. That’s where all the King Arthur legends come from, and I wonder if readers there will like how I’ve changed the legends for my book. I hope they do.

10. Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions! As an ending, you can say anything that comes to your mind to the readers of this blog.

Simona, I just want to thank you again for inviting me to visit your blog!

HarperCollins has given me a code that can be used to claim a free e-book of The Eighth Day from their site. If any reader of Secrets of Books would like a chance to read a digital copy on their computer, phone, or e-reader, they can leave a comment, and Simona can randomly pick a winner and let me know!


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About the Author
DIANNE K. SALERNI is a fifth grade teacher by day and a writer by night. She's the author of YA historical novels, We Hear the Dead (Sourcebooks) and The Caged Graves (Clarion/HMH), and a forthcoming MG fantasy series, The Eighth Day (HarperCollins 2014).

The Caged Graves is a Junior Library Guild Selection, and We Hear the Dead was the inspiration for a 10 minute short film, The Spirit Game, which premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. http://vimeo.com/64738099

In her spare time, Dianne is prone to hanging around creepy cemeteries and climbing 2000 year-old pyramids in the name of book research.

 
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