INDELIBLE Blog Tour: Q&A with Author Dawn Metcalf & Harlequin TEEN Editor Natashya Wilson + Giveaway!


by Dawn Metcalf, author of Indelible (Book 1 of The Twixt series, Harlequin TEEN, on sale July 30th 2013)

I had the honor and thrill to meet my editor, Natashya Wilson, in person in the Harlequin office in New York. She is funny, sunny, insightful and passionate about Paranormal Romance and so I nabbed her to answer a few questions about INDELIBLE.

1) What drew you to INDELIBLE?

When Dawn Metcalf’s agent, Michael Bourret, approached me about Dawn and INDELIBLE, he captured my interest with this line: After seemingly being stabbed in the eye by a strange guy at a club, Joy begins to see some very bizarre things that no one else seems to notice.

I thought, seemingly? Why would anyone try to stab someone in the eye? And what on earth does Joy start to see? I had to read it. Once I began the manuscript, I was immediately captivated by Dawn’s amazingly beautiful writing style. She doesn’t just tell a story, she makes you see and feel it and practically breathe it. I never wanted to leave the increasingly strange and wonderful world of the Twixt, which Dawn makes accessible by anchoring the book in the familiar human world.

2) Who is your favorite character & why?

I can’t choose one. Joy drew me into her journey with her feisty unwillingness to let sadness consume her. Her BFF Monica is one of the best friends I’ve ever read about. Ink—the hero—his evolution from Folk to becoming more human is utterly fascinating—and romantic—and his sister, Inq—well, let’s just say her impishness is in a class all its own. And then there’s Graus Claude…okay, Graus Claude may be just slightly my secret favorite—you have to meet him to see why.

3) People who like THE IRON KING by Julie Kagawa would probably love INDELIBLE because…?

It is a contemporary-feeling fantasy featuring a regular girl with a previously unknown connection to a mysterious world that sweeps her into its magic and danger, revealing strengths she never knew she had and helping her to see that choices made by one person make a difference. It also has a unique and unforgettable romance!

4) Why does this story belong with Harlequin Teen?

It’s a commercial, entertaining YA fantasy told with unique style and voice—on the surface, a compelling story with a good-folk/fairy based world that manages to feel different from any that I’ve read. But it’s more than that—it embraces a wider theme of making choices and the consequences of choice and how the choices we make–not the hardships imposed by others—reveal who we are and who we want to be.

5) What do you love most about Paranormal Fantasy for teens?

Personally, it often features a hero or heroine with a moral compass I admire, and experiencing that MC’s adventure leaves me with a sense that I can be a better person and make a difference in this crazy world.

More generally, I love the creativity and breadth of the books on the shelves today. It’s as if all the authors challenge each other to come up with something evermore outstanding, and they all rise to that challenge.

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Giveaway! We have 1 copy of Indelible available to be won here on Harlequin’s Paranormal Romance Blog! To enter, tell us why YOU love Paranormal/Fantasy YA novels (just like Natashya did in question #5 😉 ) in the comments below!

Giveaway will close at 11:59pm EST on July 14, and 1 winner will be selected by random number draw and announced here on July 15. Open to residents of the United States and Canada only. For full official rules, click here.

UPDATE: The giveaway is now closed. Please check the comments to see who won 🙂

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Follow the rest of the Indelible blog tour with author Dawn Metcalf!

Tuesday, July 11th – Reading Teen
Wednesday, July 10th – Coffee Books and Me
Friday, July 12th – fiktshun
Monday, July 15th – Refracted Lights Reviews
Wednesday, July 17th – Two Chicks on Books
Friday, July 19th – Good Choice Reading

Monday, July 22th – Parajunkee
Wednesday, July 24th – Chapter by Chapter
Friday, July 26th – Rainy Day Ramblings

Be on the lookout for Indelible wherever books are sold July 30!

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13 Responses to INDELIBLE Blog Tour: Q&A with Author Dawn Metcalf & Harlequin TEEN Editor Natashya Wilson + Giveaway!

  1. thanks for the awesome post and giveaway! I love YA UF/fantasy b/c you see the MC grow up… granted it’s among paranormal circumstances, but their journey into adulthood and seeing what the world is really like is enhanced when you add those extra elements.

  2. Breana M.

    What an interesting interview! I like paranormal/fantasy novels because I like seeing the abnormal aspects of the story. I always find books interesting that have elements that wouldn’t be found in everyday life, such as those found in paranormal/fantasy books. Thanks for the chance to win! 🙂

  3. Natasha

    I love that you can get lost in a different kind of world and escape.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  4. I like the different creatures

  5. Annwitch

    I love YA paranormal books because the characters are not always willing to get involved, but end up doing the right thing. They bond together over a common goal. I am so glad this will be a series.

  6. I love paranormal and YA books because I believe that there are things out there that we have been taught not to believe in and that they are fragments of our imagination.

    Thanks for the Giveaway.

  7. I love Paranormal/Fantasy because it lets you escape reality! I mean, I love reading in general, but these two genres just have so much imagination and I can experience things that I never would have thought of on my own!

  8. I love Paranormal/Fantasy YA novels because they are full of possibilities. I have always been mesmerized by magic, the impossible, the supernatural and fantastic. It is a world where I can immerse myself and think what if… Paranormal and fantasy allow me to stretch my imagination and create a world full of wonder. Without imagination, we cannot soar.

  9. I like it because it’s diff and an escape from reality. Very imaginative.

  10. I’ve enjoyed many a YA novel recently. It’s part throwback to my youth, and the story lines get me hooked. Modern YA novels have gotten so much better over the years. I have yet to find an adult paranormal romance involving zombies, so…the YA selections keep me coming back for more!

  11. I love how they can blend our reality with something paranormal. Something I always wished for growing up. It’s like diving into my dreams!

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  12. The giveaway is now closed, thanks to everyone who read the post and entered the contest! The winner by random number draw is…MARIA! Congratulations! Please check your email for a message from me 🙂
    ~Amy from Harlequin

  13. Jaime Lester

    I really enjoyed this interview. It is definitely from a different perspective than I normally see. What drew this book into a publishing house as big as Harper Teen? Very cool to see those questions answered. Why would someone try to stab someone in the EYE? Weird! And then seeing things that no one else can see! Awesome! I can’t wait to read this book!