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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A Christmas With… Anna Carey


A Christmas With is almost over, but worry not, there’s fun until the end! I’m really happy to have Anna Carey by my side, author of Eve, to celebrate it’s release =)


1- Eve is your first YA novel, was it a challenge to change from a middle grade audience to an older one?

The two series are very different, but it didn't feel challenge to write for an older audience. I'd had Eve's voice stuck in my head, and when I began the book I just wrote from her perspective and the process felt very natural. The book is actually an incarnation of another book I was working on in graduate school, which was solidly adult.

2- Eve is part of a trilogy, Once is the title of the second book, have you already picked the third book's title? How hard is it for you to choose your book's title?

I'm currently discussing the title of the third book with my editor. I can't reveal it yet, but soon! I can have a hard time picking titles and rely heavily on her opinion. I'm sometimes so close to the book I can't pin point the one message or feeling that the reader will take away from it. That said, the first and third book were much easer to title than the second one.

4- If your book was turned into a movie, which actors would you pick to play your characters?

Ahh yes...fantasy casting! Eve's been optioned for television, and there's a pilot in development. Eve is a genuinely kind person, but grows stronger (and fiercer) over the course of the series. I love Pretty Little Liars, and even though Sasha Pieterse (Ali) is a bit evil in that show, that actress seems to have a mix of sweetness and strength. For Caleb, I keep thinking of Jackson Rathbone from the Twilight movies. If you take off all that vampire makeup and get rid of his red contacts, he definitely has Caleb's look. For full explanations and pictures, check out the official EVE web site: http://theevetrilogy.alloyentertainment.com/anna-carey-fantasy-casts-eve/#1

Now onto some Christmas-y questions!

5- What's your favorite Christmas song?

Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree. Whenever I hear it I think of that scene in Home Alone, when Kevin is pretending to have the party at his house. Growing up, I watched that movie hundreds of times with my brother, so that song always reminds me of him.

6- What is Christmas like in Eve's world?

For those who live in the wild, beyond the City of Sand, Christmas comes and goes like most other days. Presents are scavenged items wrapped in the pages of old books. Holidays bring up pain more than anything else, and remind survivors of the time before the plague, and loved ones they lost. Inside the City of Sand (which you'll learn much more about in Once) Christmas is a celebration, and an opportunity for the new government to show the citizens inside the walls all the City has to offer.


If it got you curious, here’s a bit more about Eve

EveWhere do you go when nowhere is safe?

Sixteen years after a deadly virus wiped out most of Earth’s population, the world is a perilous place. Eighteen-year-old Eve has never been beyond the heavily guarded perimeter of her school, where she and two hundred other orphaned girls have been promised a future as the teachers and artists of the New America. But the night before graduation, Eve learns the shocking truth about her school’s real purpose—and the horrifying fate that awaits her.

Fleeing the only home she’s ever known, Eve sets off on a long, treacherous journey, searching for a place she can survive. Along the way she encounters Arden, her former rival from school, and Caleb, a rough, rebellious boy living in the wild. Separated from men her whole life, Eve has been taught to fear them, but Caleb slowly wins her trust . . . and her heart. He promises to protect her, but when soldiers begin hunting them, Eve must choose between true love and her life.

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Harper Collins would like to offer 1 copy of the book (US only) and Anna is also offering a signed copy (US & Canada only)!

Giveaway Ends January 4th, 2012.

All you have to do is fill the Rafflecopter form below.

The only mandatory entry is to provide your name and email addy =)

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Anna Carey is the author of the forthcoming EVE trilogy, which releases October 4th, 2011. She grew up on Long Island, the daughter of a special education teacher and an astronomer.  Early on she talked of being a painter, district attorney, flutist, physical therapist, or graphic designer, but eventually pursued writing—the one thing that allowed her to be all of the above. She studied Literature and Creative Writing at NYU, and took part in her fair share of snowball fights in Washington Square Park. After college, she worked as an editor in children’s publishing before getting a Masters in Fiction from Brooklyn College. She now lives in Los Angeles, where the apartments are bigger and the weather is sunnier, but she still misses New York.

You can visit Anna here.

More of Anna Carey‘s books:

Sloane Sisters (Sloane Sisters...Survival of the Fiercest (Sloa...Once (Eve, #2)


Tynga is a 32 years old mom of two, from Montreal, working as a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys reading all things Paranormal and photography.

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35 People left their mark' :

  1. Anna, what similarities do you have with Eve?
    Merry Christmas and Happy 2012 to you all!

  2. I really like the sounds of this book! Going on the list.

  3. Eve's world sounds scary but exciting! I like that she's young which is both a challenge but can also give a fresh take on her situation.

  4. Great interview, Eve has been on my list since it came out! I love post-apocalyptic/dystopian novels and this one sounds like it has such a fresh premise and now I can't wait for Once as well.

  5. I like the sound of this book!

  6. I love Rockin Around the Christmas Tree,too. Ever since we did it in grade school one year for the winter concert.

  7. I am dying to read this book! I love the cover and the synopsis sounds amazing!!

  8. I've been hearing so many great things about this title! Congrats on your success, Anna!

  9. This book is on my TBR list. It sounds really interesting. I love the song Rockin Around the Christmas Tree too. It's a fun song.

  10. I would love to read this one! Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. What a hauntingly beautiful cover! It really makes you wonder what's going on inside the book!

  12. I really want to read Eve!! :) Thanks for the giveaway!! And thanks to Anna for doing this! :)

  13. I would love to read this book - cont me in
    I am a follower

  14. I love that song. I just the radio play it more during the Christmas season. :D

  15. Eve lives in one tough world. Its sad she was taught to fear men but I'm very happy that she gets to know and trust Caleb. Sadly I haven't read this book yet but I'm dying to. Thank you for the giveaway.

  16. I'm really excited to read this book! It sounds like such a great dystopian.

    Thanks for the giveaway, Anna!

  17. OOOOH... this book sounds fantastic! I've really been getting into the dystopic/apocalyptic genre and this sound right up my alley!!!

    Thanks for a wonderful post and giveaway!

    GFC: erin

  18. I love the cover of the book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  19. I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. Tore923@aol.com

  20. I haven't read Eve yet, but am desperate to! It also has one of my favorite covers of 2011. I can't wait to finally sit down and read it, I hear so many awesome things about it. Thank you for the opportunity to win a signed copy- awesome!

  21. I love your Christmas interviews, they're always so much fun! Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree is also my favorite Christmas song! And I'm dying to read Eve! I actually won a copy on another blog many, many months ago but never received it, so I'm extra glad you're having this giveaway so I have another chance to win one!!

  22. I love the Eve book, it reminds me of this old book that I had to read in class. It was so cool, I read summeries of each chapter (shhh wasn't suppose to do that xD)) but now I'm so interested in your book I really want to read it and find out what happens to Eve and Caleb!
    Thanks for the great giveaway!!!

    GFC: red_tigergirl2
    email: red_tigergirl2 (at) hotmail DOT COM

  23. I read Eve and I can't wait to read Once! Did you find it harder to write the sequel or was Eve harder?

    oreo_93 at hotmail dot com

  24. I just discovered dystopian as a genre this year and this sounds great! I love the cover of Eve. Thank you for the giveaway!

    GFC: ML

  25. As a fan of Dystopian novels, I have been pining for this novel ever since I found out about it! :D Awesome giveaway for an awesome book!

  26. Been wanting to read this book for a long time. Thanks for the giveaway.

    Hope everyone has a great NYE!!!

  27. I am a big dystopia fan and have been wanting to read this book. Looks great and i love the cover!

    jennifer k

  28. Eve sounds exciting. I'm very curious to learn about what the school's purpose is and of course, about Eve's journey to get away.

    Thanks for this opportunity!


  29. I'm really enjoying the dystopia novels that having been coming out lately. The world that's being created is amazing. Thanks for the give away Anna! I can't wait to read the book.

    Stephanie Eckstein
    GFC follower stephjx, email subscriber eckstein 99, FB follower

  30. I LOVE the cover for you book and the summary sounds so good. I've so many great things about Eve - can't wait to give it a try! :)

  31. This sounds like a great book. Anna is a new author for me and would love to win and read this book. Thanks for the chance to win. Adding to my must read list.

  32. Great interview. Read this book and LOVED it! So excited that its going to be a tv series. Eeek!

  33. this book is so different then others out there! thx for the giveaway and i can't wait to read it