Jan 12, 2012

Blog Tour: Clare C. Marshall - Within

Today I have Clare C. Marshall on the blog doing a get-to-know-you author interview for the blog tour for her novel, Within! I've had a chance to read it, and it's definitely a different story than all the stuff that's out there right now. Check it out! And also check out her fun interview below :o)

Clare C. Marshall - Within

• Pub Date: November 13, 2011
• Publisher: Faery Ink Press
• Format: ebook/paperback, 192 pages
• Age Range: 17+

Trinity Hartell’s life changed after the accident. Left with irreversible brain damage, she becomes a burden to her mother, a cause for heartbreak for her boyfriend Zack, and a flattened obstacle for her best friend, Ellie.

But then she starts writing. Perhaps it’s a coincidence that the psychotic, murdering protagonist of her novel bears a striking similarity to the charming Wiley Dalton, a mayoral candidate in the upcoming election.

Or, perhaps not...

Mickey: Welcome, Clare Marshall! Glad to have you on the blog today! Please introduce yourself.
Clare: Hi Mickey! Well, I’m 23, and I’m from rural Nova Scotia. I’m a stereotypical Bluenoser (affectionate term for Nova Scotian): I play the fiddle and the bodhrán (Celtic drum) and I step-dance. Besides that, I have a combined honours degree in journalism and psychology, and a post-grad certificate in publishing. I’m a freelance editor and a self-published author.

Mickey: Let's stay out of the book world today and get to know you a little better. First question: What's your favorite band/song?
Clare: I enjoy all kinds of music, so it’s hard to pick a favourite! I grew up listening pretty much solely to folk and Celtic music, so I’d have to say that Stan Rogers is my favourite. For the uninitiated, he’s famous for singing about aspects of Canadian history and also the daily strife of the working man—he also had a beautiful baritone voice. His words were poetry. He died in a plane crash in 1983 when he was only 40-something, but his songs are just as true today as they were when he wrote them. My favourites are “Forty-Five Years” (best love song ever written) and “The Idiot” (because it’s about young Maritimers like me going out west to find work—which is very common today!) He also wrote the only song I know of about writer’s block, called “Song of the Candle.” *rushes off to listen to all of Stan Rogers’ songs!*

Mickey: Have you ever gone bungee jumping? Sky diving?
Clare: Nope, but I’d love to!

Mickey: If you weren't a writer, what else might you do for a living?
Clare: I’d probably be a full-time musician. I’ve been playing the fiddle since I was eight years old. My sister and I have played at a variety of community events, fundraisers, nursing homes, weddings and funerals. We even got to play with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band once when they were in Halifax. But, I have to say that I really enjoy busking the most. I try and busk every summer wherever I am. Not only do I make a killing, but there’s something about performing without a stage that is very raw.

Mickey: What movie could you recite for us right now?
Clare: Hmm. There’s a cartoon version of the Nutcracker has the voice talents of Megan Follows and Kiefer Sutherland. I’ve seen that movie a thousand times, and I’ve never been able to find a DVD version. Favourite quote is when the Mouse King says: “Today, king of mice. Tonight, king of dolls. Tomorrow…KING OF EVERYTHING!”

Mickey: Do you have any hidden, secret talents?
Clare: Most of my talents are public, I’m afraid ;) But I can touch my tongue to my nose! I suppose that counts. I’ve also been known to sing, on occasion.

Mickey: Name some of your favorite guilty pleasures.
Clare: The Sims 2. I have about 4 GB worth of mods for that game that the community has made. I like reading stories that people make up with their Sims on different forums, and doing challenges. My drive to play the game comes and goes, but I don’t think I’ll ever not want to play it. I’ve also been known to enjoy certain reality TV shows such as Restaurant Impossible and Extreme Couponing.

Mickey: If you could change your name to anything, what would you change it to?
Clare: Hmm, good question! I actually like my name, but people spell it wrong all the time. When I was younger, though, I used to wish my name was Clarabella, Clarabelle or Clara and then Clare could be my nickname. Now I can’t imagine changing it!

Mickey: What are some of your biggest pet peeves?
Clare: When people chew their food loudly right next to me in an otherwise quiet room. It really grosses me out for some reason.

Mickey: Is there anything you collect?
Clare: Books! :o) I don’t have enough shelves so a lot of them are in boxes. I also have a small hat collection, because I manage to look good in most hats.

Mickey: Would you rather go back in time or check out the future?
Clare: Go back in time. I’d tell my younger self not to care what other people think as much. And I’d spend some time playing with my cats Lucy and Nala. We had to put Lucy to sleep a few years ago because she was in the advanced stages of cancer, about two years later a coyote got Nala (we think). :o(

Mickey: Thanks so much for being on the blog today for your book tour! Any parting words?
Clare: Whenever you see an artist peddling their wares, whether it’s a busker on the street, an artist selling his or her paintings or jewellery, or an indie author on the internet—if you like what you see, toss them a few dollars. You will be making their dreams a reality.

Feel free to throw your money at me here.
Or, if you have a Kindle, here.
If you like print books, here.
Or, if you have a lot of money, you can hire me (and my partner, David) for all your publishing needs here.

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