Sep 26, 2011

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Paula Morris Interview and Giveaway

Author of DARK SOULS, is stopping by the blog today for an interview. Thanks for answering my questions, Paula!

1. What got you interested in writing?
Reading. I loved reading stories, and escaping through books to other places and times. Soon I wanted to try my hand at writing my own.

2. What is your favorite place to write?

I write wherever I can. At my little desk in our spare room, looking out over Glasgow. In the reading room of the British Library in London (if I’m researching-as-I-write, which is usually the case.) In airport lounges, more often than I’d like. I wrote most of my second novel at a café selling bubble tea. I’ve written sitting at other people’s dining room tables – three at least – in the US and New Zealand. On a deck in Tulum in Mexico: that was DARK SOULS, and I had to write long-hand in a notebook, because I didn’t take my laptop.

3. What is your favorite YA novel?
Probably How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff. And though it’s not strictly speaking a YA book, I love The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾

4. What is your writing schedule?
I don’t really have one. I just try to write when I can make the time. I’m not very good at writing in the morning – too many other things competing for my time and attention, especially work-related emails. I’m more of an afternoon-into-evening writer. If I have a deadline, though, I write all the time.

5. What is your favorite genre to read?
I’m not sure if I think about genres. A lot of the books I read are realist fiction, I guess.

6. Describe Dark Souls in three words.
Mystery. Secrets. Ghosts.

7. Do any of your characters resemble people you know? Or even yourself?
My protagonists are often much braver than I am, and much less lazy. Some of my friends would LIKE to make thinly veiled appearances in my books, but I resist this. They’re too silly. They’d be implausible as characters. I think of my characters as people with their own things going on, rather than shadows of the living.

8. Do you have any plans for a sequel to Dark Souls?

I’d quite like to do one, actually. There’s a hint in the novel’s epilogue of where that might be set … But first I have to finish the sequel to RUINED!

Dark Paula Morris Interview and Giveaway

Dark Souls by Paula Morris
August 1, 2011

Miranda Tennant arrives in York with a terrible, tragic secret. She is eager to lose herself amid the quaint cobblestones, hoping she won’t run into the countless ghosts who supposedly roam the city. . . .

Then she meets Nick, an intense, dark-eyed boy who knows all of York’s hidden places and histories. Miranda wonders if Nick is falling for her, but she is distracted by another boy — one even more handsome and mysterious than Nick. He lives in the house across from Miranda and seems desperate to send her some sort of message. Could this boy be one of York’s haunted souls?

Soon, Miranda realizes that something dangerous — and deadly — is being planned. And she may have to face the darkest part of herself in order to unravel the mystery — and find redemption.

Paula Morris and her publisher Scholastic have generously offered up a finished copy of DARK SOULS for one lucky U.S. reader. All you have to do is leave a comment with a way to contact you to enter. The only rule is that this giveaway is U.S. only. This giveaway will go from today until October 3 at 12:01 am.

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  1. Thanks for the giveaway! This books sounds great!


  2. I would love to read it, it sounds really good.

  3. Ha! The answer to number 2 made me think of something along the lines of Dr. Seuss. "I write here and there, I write in the air." How awesome is it that Paula has happened upon so many wonderful places to write? I loved visiting the British Library in London.

    Thanks so much for the interview and giveaway!

    missie at

  4. I'm really excited to read this one! I can't believe she wrote it long hand though, that's really impressive! I'm sure it took her a while to then type it all up:)

    Don't enter me, I have a copy of this one!

  5. Count me in please!

    -Britt T.

  6. Loretta @ Between The Pages says:

    I would LOVE to win :)
    Contact me at: Lorettadavis (at) suddenlink (dot) net
    Or @Loretta_Lynn86

  7. Carrie at In the Hammock Blog says:

    Yay! I loved her previous book, Ruined, so I can't wait to read this! Thank you!

    inthehammockblog at gmail dot com

  8. Thank you for hosting this giveaway.

    jlynettes @ hotmail . com

  9. Haha, I think YA characters in general are significantly less lazy than real teens. They do all kinds of stuff! :P Great interview, Bailey; thanks! :)

  10. Great interview. I am really looking forward to reading this. Thanks for sharing!!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  11. Kristin Aragon says:

    I loved Ruined and Dark Souls looks just as entrancing. Great interview.


  12. Michelle @ Book Briefs says:

    Thank you so much! I would love to read this book!

    chelle2006 @

    Im a GFC follower and an email subscriber :)


  13. Sniffly Kitty says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. Amber Elise says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    amber.hrkns at gmail dot com

  15. HeatherK.Photos says:

    This looks like an amazing book!

  16. Kailia Sage says:

    I would love to read this book! Great interview too! I like knowing more about an author!

    twilightforever.edward at gmail dot com

  17. Mary @ BookSwarm says:

    DARK SOULS sounds like a pretty cool read. And I'd gladly switch places with Paula so I could hang out in Glasgow! Great interview.

  18. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

  19. Great interview. I've heard so many great things about this book. Thanks for hosting!

  20. The book sounds interesting. Thank you for the interview.
    melorabrock {at} gmail {dot} com

  21. StuckInBooks says:

    Nice – I've wanted this one ever since I saw the cover. Thanks for the chance to win it.


  22. ahh sound like such a good book!

  23. I'd love to read this. Thanks for the giveaway!

    erinberry12 at charter dot net

  24. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    bwithbite (at) gmail (dot) com

  25. Jenelle R. says:

    Thanks so much for this awesome giveaway!


  26. Lisa Richards/alterlisa says:

    This sounds like an awesome read. Thanks so much.


    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  27. Thank you so much! I would love to read this book!

  28. michaela says:

    this book is terrible she saw be burned for this book ok and everybody who says it good is dumb

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