Thursday, October 13, 2011

Remembrance Review, author interview and giveaway!!!

I have lusted after this book since I heard the inspiration behind the novel and then the cover was revealed. I was given a wonderful opportunity to read and review this novel by the lovely Michelle Madow who has graciously allowed me to interview her for Chasing Empty Pavements. First though I will let Goodreads give you a general overview of Remembrance:  

New Hampshire high school junior Lizzie Davenport has been reincarnated from Regency Era, England ... but she doesn't know it yet.

Then Drew Carmichael transfers into Lizzie's school at the beginning of the year, and she feels a connection to him, almost like she knows him. She can't stop thinking about him, but whenever she tries talking with him about the mysteries behind her feelings, he makes it clear that he wants nothing to do with her. Reaching him is even more difficult because she has a boyfriend, Jeremy, who has started to become full of himself after being elected co-captain of the varsity soccer team, and her flirtatious best friend Chelsea starts dating Drew soon after his arrival. So why can't she seem to get him out of her mind?

Even though Lizzie knows she should let go of her fascination with Drew, the pair of them soon find that fighting fate isn't going to be easy.

First of all, how GORGEOUS is that cover?! Even if I wouldn't have known that Taylor Swift was the inspiration for this novel, I would have totally guessed that was her on the cover. The cover is just stunning. It totally sets the tone for the entire novel. From the first chapter, I love how if your an uber big Taylor Swift nerd, you will see bits and pieces of her songs weaved in throughout the novel. I'm not sure if Michelle did this knowingly or subconsciously...but only the super fans will notice and I thought it added a great element to the novel.  Lizzie, the main character is a lovely young lady and I think my favorite thing about her is that she stands her ground against her boyfriend and then ex-boyfriend Jeremy and she even puts Drew in his place when he gets a little abrasive. This love story is one that will resonate with many teenagers and romantic-at-hearts. The idea that love is transcends time is a very lovely theory and I recommend this novel to anybody who loves Taylor Swift, love stories and being fearless in the face of love :)

And now for the interview with Michelle Madow:

When did you first start writing?

I’ve loved writing for my whole life—I was that kid in second grade who would write long stories during free-write journal day—but I started writing for the goal of publication in the fall of 2009. I had just finished sharing the first chapter of Remembrance with my Intro to Creative Writing class, and my classmates and teacher were so encouraging that I decided to give it a try. So I tried, and I’m so happy to be able to share my book with everyone now!

Did you always know you wanted to write a novel? Especially a love story?

I’ve always known that I loved writing and storytelling, but it was during that semester that I took Intro to Creative Writing that I set a goal to become a novelist. Writing a love story seemed the natural path for me, because the stories I create in my mind all involve love at some point :)

It is very evident in the novel that Taylor Swift's music and videos inspired this story...what was it exactly that inspired you to tell Lizzie's story?

After I saw the music video, Lizzie and her story came alive for me, and I felt a pull to write it down. Also, my friends were interested in the story as well, so I knew that was a good start!

Who designed your cover and did you fall in love with it when you saw the finished product?

I designed the cover myself. I found the image on a stock photo website, and knew I had to use it for the cover of Remembrance. It was so perfect—a blonde girl with curly hair in a gold mask—and the moment I saw it I knew it should be the cover. I’m definitely happy with how it turned out, especially since the fans have been giving me such great feedback on it!  

Was there any research involved when you began writing Remembrance?

So much! I wanted to make sure I got all the historical details accurate, so I researched Regency Era clothing, customs, activities women did then, jewelry, etc. Also, all of the objects described in the book are real things I found online (like the music box and first edition of Pride and Prejudice.)

Do you believe that love has the ability to transcend time? Possibly reincarnation?

It isn’t something I believe is possible in real life, but it is fun to create stories about!

Now for some fun questions:

Do you have the pleasure of writing for your day job or are you a slave to the working world like many of us are?

I’m currently a student, but I hope that after I graduate I’ll be able to be a full-time writer!

What is your favorite season and why?

I’ve lived in Florida for the past few years, so my definitions of “seasons” are different than most other people in the country! My favorite one is spring though (which in Florida is Feb-April), because it’s the perfect weather to go outside without it being ridiculously hot and humid.

What book are you reading right now? Any good suggestions for our readers?

I’m currently reading Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, and am loving it! Some of my favorite books recently that I recommend are Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa, and Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. Loved them!

Thank you so much for interviewing me on your blog!

Thank you Michelle for not only allowing me to read and review your book but for also taking the time to do this interview!!

Do you want to win your very own copy of Remembrance? Well you are in luck!!! ENTER to win a copy of Remembrance!


Alexa said...

Great interview! And the book's cover truly is fabulous. I really can't wait to read this one!