Hi everyone, today I’ll be interviewing Anne Greenwood about her novel, Lies Beneath. Stick around for a swag pack giveaway later!
Describe Lies Beneath in one sentence.
Merman Calder White and his mermaid sisters plan to kill the man they blame for their mother's death, but when Calder falls in love with their target's daughter, all hell breaks loose.
What or who inspired you to write Lies Beneath?
Lake Superior. It's an amazing place: ancient, freezing cold, clear, and deep. You just know there are tons of mysteries waiting to be discovered.
What are the themes tackled in your novel?
The Art of Forgiveness. I've always been amazed by people who are victimized, then forgive their attacker. Forgivenes is something people preach, but have a much harder time actually putting into practice.
What is the best thing someone said about your novel?
People love the water references, so I hear: "This going to make a huge splash!" a lot. I hope they're right!
Did you ever base any of your characters on real persons?
One of the characters is described as looking like one of my kids, but personality wise it's not her at all, so I'd say no--none of them are based on real people.
Can you give us one line from your novel that you find important, striking or unforgettable?
Hmmm....the whole book went through a lot of revisions, but the first line of Chapter One never changed. Not once. It's the line I woke up with in my head, and kept writing from there. It goes:
"I hadn't killed anyone all winter, and I have to say I felt pretty good about that."
Giveaway: Lies Beneath Swag Pack
Calder White lives in the cold, clear waters of Lake Superior, the only brother in a family of murderous mermaids. To survive, Calder and his sisters prey on humans, killing them to absorb their energy. But this summer the underwater clan targets Jason Hancock out of pure revenge. They blame Hancock for their mother's death and have been waiting a long time for him to return to his family's homestead on the lake. Hancock has a fear of water, so to lure him in, Calder sets out to seduce Hancock's daughter, Lily. Easy enough—especially as Calder has lots of practice using his irresistable good looks and charm on ususpecting girls. Only this time Calder screws everything up: he falls for Lily—just as Lily starts to suspect that there's more to the monsters-in-the-lake legends than she ever imagined. And just as his sisters are losing patience with him.
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She is represented by Jacquie Flynn of Joëlle Delbourgo Associates, Inc., and her debut novel, LIES BENEATH, will be published by Random House (Delacorte Press) in the summer of 2012 (Francoise Bui, editor). Mondadori will publish the novel in Italian. She is also a guest blogger on Writer Unboxed and a regular blogger on The Nightstand: For Books Both Sinister and Strange and BookEndBabes.
She lives in Minnesota with her amazingly patient husband and their three above-average children.
Come back the day after tomorrow for a character interview with Finn Belastra and an international giveaway of a signed Born Wicked + swag!