Indigo Awakening Blog Tour: Q&A with Editor Mary-Theresa Hussey + Giveaway

 

We’re thrilled to have the kick-off post in Harlequin TEEN’s latest blog tour for Indigo Awakening by Jordan Dane, the first book in The Hunted series, which is on sale now. Today we get scoop about the book from a real insider: Jordan Dane’s editor, Mary-Theresa Hussey! Keep reading for a Q&A with Mary-Theresa about the book and her work as an editor, plus a chance to win a copy of Indigo Awakening

Editor bio: Mary-Theresa Hussey is a rarity in publishing, having been with the same house for over twenty years. A strong supporter of genre fiction, she works with Harlequin TEEN authors such as Rachel Vincent, Aimée Carter, Maria V. Snyder and Jordan Dane as well as SF authors Michelle Sagara, C.E. Murphy, Laura Anne Gilman and romance authors like Stella Bagwell, Meredith Fletcher and Addison Fox

 1.)    How did Jordan end up in the hands of an executive editor at Harlequin?

Jordan has a wonderful agent that I’ve worked with before. I know Meredith Bernstein also works with other editors at Harlequin, but I think she knew that I love the evocative writing that captured me from the moment I read the title of In the Arms of Stone Angels. And I’d read some of Jordan’s adult work, so I knew Jordan would be able to keep a tight pace and create interesting stories and characters. Jordan is great to work with—she tries to understand where and why I have concerns and resolves them in a way that’s honest with her world and intentions.

 2.)    What will readers find most intriguing about the world of Indigo and Crystal children in the Hunted series?

I think the most intriguing element is that the potential is really there for this future and change to humanity. It does seem that people are evolving and the possibility that we can expand our mental abilities is just beyond our reach. And I can clearly see how these abilities could be a threat to those who want to keep the status quo—and especially when the connections these teens forge with each other weaken the adults’ power base. Too, the powers and levels of each ability are different, so wondering what mental power you might have and how you’d react to discovering it could lead to fascinating discussions!

 3.)    Which character in Indigo Awakening is your personal favorite and why?

Hmm. I guess I admire Gabe the most. While Rayne is the normal girl, and we appreciate her gradual immersion into this world, I really liked Gabe’s struggle from the start. He wants to be isolated, he wants to protect others by staying away, and yet his caring nature won’t allow Rayne to face this struggle alone. Plus he’s got a cool dog! J

 4.)    What is a typical day in the life of an editor?

The best thing about being an editor is that there is no typical day! Today, for instance, I spoke with some colleagues about upcoming schedules, had a meeting about some digital opportunities, worked on an Art Fact Sheet (a document we use to submit ideas for the cover to the art department), checked on the Harlequin.com website to answer questions for authors, checked on Twitter for a few breaks and to see what else is going on (quiet this time as it’s close to the holidays), finished up a revision letter to send to an author and spent a lot of time reading and answering emails!

Once the business day slows a bit, I’ll read another manuscript that was just submitted to me. Editors need to juggle a number of things—what’s happening with books out this month, dealing with the production process for books out three to five months from now, writing copy for books being published in six months, doing AFS for those scheduled in seven months, editing books due about eight months from now, working on revision letters for things out further, and always searching for new projects so we’ll be able to buy new books and authors and deliver new projects to the readers! Keeping lists is very important as is the ability to move from one thing to another quickly and then pick up the first thing again in a later stage. Each manuscript is touched by many people at the publisher, and our goal is to make sure it’s the best book possible.

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Contest: Want to win a copy of Jordan Dane’s Indigo Awakening? We have one book to give away to a lucky commenter! To enter, leave a comment telling us if YOU would like psychic powers like the characters in the book — and why or why not?

Giveaway closes January 13 at 11:59pm EST. One winner will be selected by random number draw from all eligible comments and announced on January 14. Open to residents of the United States and Canada only. For full official rules, click here.

Update: giveaway is now closed. Please check the comments to see who won!

Learn more about Indigo Awakening and The Hunter series from Harlequin TEEN by following the rest of the blog tour. More prizes await!

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About Indigo Awakening:

Because of what you are, the Believers will hunt you down.

Voices told Lucas Darby to run. Voices no one else can hear. He’s warned his sister not to look for him, but Rayne refuses to let her troubled brother vanish. On her desperate search, she meets Gabriel Stewart, a runaway with mysterious powers and far too many secrets. Rayne can’t explain her crazy need to trust the strange yet compelling boy—even though he scares her.

They discover Lucas is running from the Believers, a fanatical church secretly hunting psychic kids—gifted “Indigo” teens feared to be the next evolution of mankind. Now Rayne’s only hope is Gabe, who is haunted by an awakening power—a force darker than either of them imagine—that could doom them all.

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28 Responses to Indigo Awakening Blog Tour: Q&A with Editor Mary-Theresa Hussey + Giveaway

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  2. I came across this book for the first time today over at Naomis Paranormal Palace and then saw this post on twitter and had to hop over. I think the series sounds awesome and full of imaginative potential. I would love to have psychic abilities, especially if there was someway to use them for good. How rewarding to be able to step out of the norm and be exceptional even with the possible dangers that may come along with these gifts. Looking forward to the read and definitely on the wishlist.

  3. I’d like psychic powers to find out what’s happening in the future.

  4. I would totally want to be a part of this book. I like the idea of having psychic powers even if theres bad guys after me and I run into a runnaway with his own secrets

  5. Breana M,

    I’d love to have psychic powers, i.e. psychokinesis, but I honestly probably wouldn’t do very much with it. Having that kind of power would make moving heavy objects easier. Thanks for the chance to win. :)

  6. This book sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing! I don’t know if I’d want that kind of power. Seems like it would be more trouble than it would be worth!

  7. I think it would be kind of interesting to be psychic because then I would be able to prevent some events or at least change them in a way.

    Thanks for the chance and good luck everyone!

  8. I would love to have psychic powers. Telekinesis is one i would love to have! because moving things with my mind is just to awesome! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  9. Krysten M

    Hmm.. I think telekinesis would be the best! Although I’d probably just use it to mess with people ;)

  10. ReggienLim

    I would love to have psychic powers! Unless the Believers would keep hunting me down :(

  11. I would love to have psychic power and use it to help people. I think have telekinesis power and to see the future would help a lot but I do need to remember even have these wonderful psychic abilities, I can’t save everyone.

  12. So fun to read all your comments. The absolute last psychic power I’d want to have is the ability to read someone’s mind. Yikes. That would freak me out, especially if I couldn’t shut out the chatter.

    I would love to teleport. Avoiding airports, no gas expense, & a cheap vacation–what is NOT to love.

    Good luck, everyone. Happy 2013!

    Jordan Dane

  13. I would love psychic powers!
    Being able to teleport would be the best!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  14. alicia marie

    I’d love to have psychic powers! I would love to be able to teleport. To be able to go most anywhere without a lot of travel time would be pretty awesome. And think of all the money I’d save on gas : )

  15. I’d love to have them!!! Granted it would be a lot to take in, but I could handle it.

    @deadtossedwaves

  16. I would definitely want to have psychic powers! Think of all the stuff you could do! And you could help people – which is an awesome bonus. Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. I would love psychic powers and I am looking forward to reading Indigo Awakening. The books sounds so good.

  18. Cordelia Fitzgerald

    I wouldn’t like psychic powers b/c I already 2nd guess myself too much!

  19. Tanya Prophet

    I would LOVE to have psychic powers! That would be an awesome gift to have, to know things others don’t. And to possible be able to help people withmy gift would make it even better.

    Thank you for the chance to win this awesome book that I’ve been waiting to come out this year.

  20. I would love to have psychic powers, especially the ability to teleport. I would visit places all over the world that I have only read about.

  21. Readsalot81

    Hmmmm.. While psychic powers would be tempting, I don’t think I’d honestly want them. *G* If I’m being truthful, my head is pretty cluttered with enough stuff, I’m not sure I could handle other peoples’ voices so to speak ;)

  22. I have to say I have always wanted to be able to read minds. This would have really come in handy when dating because guys are such enigmas. Plus I’d like to know what my dogs are thinking.

    Heather

  23. becca Fowler

    Thanks for the giveaway! I’m not sure I’d want psychic powers though. they’d probably get me into trouble lol

    Beccaboo97200 at att dot net

  24. The giveaway is now closed and the lucky winner of INDIGO AWAKENING is… Readsalot81! Congrats, please check your email for a message from me :)
    ~Amy from Harlequin

  25. I wouldn’t want the power to see the future as it would become impossible to live in the present because I would constantly worry about what was coming next.

  26. I think it’d be awesome to have psychic powers, so YES! I would love to have them. Although, now that I think about it, it’s kind of a double-edged sword: it could both be a gift and a curse. People might think one with psychic powers is a freak– while psychic powers could be useful is some situations, people fear the unknown. Sigh. Still, I still think it’d be awesome.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  27. Idk! I would be its psychic powers! U can read anyone’s mind! I would def come in handy one day! But then again I could read everyone’s mind including boys having graphic daydreams, dogs wanting food, and many other traumatizing/ annoying experiences.

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