Welcome back to another Sunday Interview! I know it’s been a couple of weeks since I posted one but, today, I am very excited to introduce Elizabeth Arroyo who has just had her first book published! (Hooray! Whoot! Whoot!) You may recall, I included an excerpt from her book in one of my Scary October posts, so I agreed to be a part of her blog tour. Please take a moment to learn more about her and her teen novel, ‘The Second Sign’.
Hi, Elizabeth! Welcome to my blog!
Thanks for hosting me!
Would you please tell my readers a bit about yourself?
I love watching action flicks, dancing with my daughter, and reading.
How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing since I was fourteen. But started seriously writing for publication in 2008.
It must be very exciting to have your first book published! Would you please describe how that process was for you?
‘The Second Sign’ is my fourth full manuscript, the third I pitched for publication. One stayed under my bed. I first tested the waters for The Second Sign with agent judged contests and got pretty good results. Because the book included angels and demons—elements already saturating the market—I was advised to pitch it to a smaller press publisher. Sapphire Star Publishing was actually the first and only small press publisher I queried. Yay!
Back in October, I posted a synopsis and an excerpt of your YA novel, ‘The Second Sign’, which seems to be a classic tale of good versus evil. Why did you choose the theme of demons and angels as opposed to any other adversaries, such as vampires and humans?
I wanted to delve into the darker side of the balance between good and evil. Not everything is set in stone and in ‘The Second Sign’ that balance is somewhat tipped. Free-will is an important factor. I chose demons because they scare me and I wanted to write something scary.
From the synopsis, it sounds like there might be a bit of a romance in your story, as well as the heart-stopping adventure. How do you deal with the subject of romance in a YA novel?
I’m a romantic nut. I love reading romance, especially when it’s surrounded by high tension and conflict. In YA, romance is all about drama, it’s all about the moment. And lots of flirting. The romance in ‘The Second Sign’ is focused on the visceral attraction of both main characters and questions the purpose of love.
Getting back to the process of writing The Second Sign, how did you approach the writing of your novel? Was it a result of something like the current NaNoWriMo craze? Do you plot out your stories or write bit-by-bit as the muse whispers in your ear?
I wrote the first draft of ‘The Second Sign’ in one month, though I’ve never delved into NaNo. I don’t think I’d do well under that kind of pressure. I usually write the inciting incident as the muse injects it into my brain. Then I pause and begin to write a loose outline of the major character arcs and relevant acts of the story and move forward from there.
The subject of your story seems rather dark. Do you inject any humorous scenes or conversations to break things up a bit?
It is dark. Hope becomes the balance of the story. As our main characters begin to unravel the mystery of the plot (external conflict) and their subsequent reactions (internal conflict) the reader gets a glimpse of hope that love is truly stronger than hate. Then, of course, everything gets pulled out from under your nose at the end. But I won’t go there.
The cover for ‘The Second Sign’ is truly beautiful. Who is responsible for the creation of your cover and what kind of input did you have in the process?
Sapphire Star Publishing involved me in every step of the design. They gave me options for the scenery, model, even the font and allowed me to pick and choose what I felt best represented the book. Then they put it all together. It is an awesome cover. I love it.
Are there any social media sites you’d like to share with us?
I can be found at:
Watch the trailer at http://youtu.be/omcmt6q8PIw
That is a cool trailer!
Thanks for joining us, today, Elizabeth and good luck with your blog tour. 🙂
Here’s the blurb for the book:
THE SECOND SIGN
Dark YA Paranormal Romance
Sapphire Star Publishing
Bred to believe in the war between angels and demons, Gabby has come to the conclusion that love is responsible for war, jealousy, and all the other deadly sins she can think of. So when she’s exiled to the middle of nowhere for getting kicked out of her fifth school for fighting, she doesn’t expect to meet Jake. Much less fall in love. But Jake is quickly drawn to the eerie beauty of her violet eyes while Gabby is unsettled by their undeniable connection.
When a demon guardian comes to collect her soul, she refuses to give it up. She’s not a demon. She can’t be. Her father and twin brother are angels. The demon gives Gabby twenty-four hours to decide her allegiance, and then starts killing her short list of friends, leaving a message behind: She is the Second Sign.
As Gabby and Jake begin to unravel the mystery behind the Second Sign, she learns Jake may be the key to saving her soul. But it means a sacrifice has to be made that will change their lives forever.
Here’s where you can find a copy of ‘The Second Sign’:
Elizabeth also is holding a raffle, so if you’d like to win a copy of her book, here’s where you should go: