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Author Interview: Envy by Elizabeth Miles

Please join us in welcoming author Elizabeth Miles here today to Dark Faerie Tales. The second novel in her Fury Trilogy young adult fantasy seriesEnvy, was released last week. You can read an excerpt from the book here

About Elizabeth:

Elizabeth Miles grew up in Chappaqua, New York, not far from New York City. She graduated cum laude from Boston University in 2004, worked for several years at the Boston Phoenix, and now writes for the Portland Phoenix, an alternative weekly newspaper. She has won several awards from the New England Press Association and was nominated for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies Award. Elizabeth serves on the board of trustees of Portland Players, a community theater and second home. She loves pizza; she can often be found running around on stage while scantily clad; and a cold winter night in Maine is one of the creepiest and most beautiful things she can think of. Fury is Elizabeth’s first novel.

You can visit Elizabeth around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

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Welcome Elizabeth!

DFT: Could you start things off by telling us a little about Envy?

Elizabeth: ENVY is the sequel to my debut novel, FURY — a creepy, dark, suspenseful read about teenagers whose mistakes are punished by vengeful forces called the Furies. Book Two follows the same core group of characters — Em, Gabby, JD — while introducing a few new ones. We learn more about who the Furies are, why they are in Ascension, Maine, and (hopefully) how to get rid of them.

DFT: Could you tell us about your main characters in Envy?

Elizabeth: As with FURY, this story is told from alternating points of view: there’s Em, the popular girl with some dark secrets who was targeted in Book One; and Skylar, a new girl in town who is painfully insecure and incurs the wrath of the Furies on her own. There are some terrific supporting characters as well — Drea, an outcast who helps Em fight the Furies; Gabby, Em’s bubbly bestie; JD, who is Em’s true love; and Crow, a bad boy whose motives remain ambiguous.

DFT: Describe your main characters is 3 words.

Elizabeth: EM: Thoughtful, thoughtless, fierce
SKYLAR: Insecure, ambitious, damaged

DFT: Who is your favorite character in this book and why?

Elizabeth: I love Drea. I love how sarcastic and strong she is, and I love that she’s willing to team up with Em, despite their differences. I also love how she doesn’t give a crap about social hierarchies.

DFT: Do you have a favorite scene or line in Envy?

Elizabeth: Ooooh, tough one! I have to say that the final showdown at the end of the book is intense, fun to read, and was fun to write. I also really like the scene where Skylar meets Meg — a Fury — for the first time. You want to scream at her to run in the other direction!

DFT: How much research went into creating this series?

Elizabeth: Aside from reading up on the mythology of the Furies (and some related myths that I tried to weave in throughout the book), this isn’t a research-heavy series.

DFT: What is your favorite part about writing this series?

Elizabeth: I enjoy the challenge of writing scary scenes, and it’s incredibly gratifying when people tell me that they felt frightened while reading the books. Novels don’t have the benefit of an eerie soundtrack, and so I have to find ways to evoke that “what’s around the corner” feeling through my prose.

DFT: Do you have a particular writing process or ritual?

Elizabeth: Does “consume a pint of Ben & Jerry’s while working under tight deadlines” count as a ritual? :)

DFT: What influences and inspirations (both literary and non-literary) do you draw from while writing?

Elizabeth: I definitely mine my own history and experiences to make sure I’m staying emotionally honest — even in (or maybe especially in) a paranormal series, you have to stay *real* to make sure readers can relate to the characters’ words and actions. I also find inspiration in nature; the outside world definitely sets a mood in FURY and ENVY. In terms of literary influences, those are vast, but I will say that I read a lot of Stephen King, who truly is the master of suspense and horror.

DFT: Which genre do you prefer to read? Do you have any favorite authors or series?

Elizabeth: I genre-hop to the extreme. I read YA and adult, and I don’t discriminate between sci-fi, paranormal, contemporary, literary, commercial, whatever. One of my favorite authors is Lauren Oliver, who you may know is also one of my best friends. I think she is a magical spinner of words.

DFT: What can you tell us about any other projects you are working on?

Elizabeth: Well, Lauren and I wrote a joint entry for the Dear Teen Me anthology that’s coming out this fall from Zest Books. I’m always working on news stories and essays at my day job (I work at a newspaper in Portland, Maine). I’m finishing up Book Three of the Fury trilogy — ETERNITY. And I’m juggling several projects with my theater company, Lorem Ipsum. I’m never bored!

DFT: If you could be a paranormal creature, what would you be and why?

Elizabeth: I would be some sort of shapeshifter so that I could experience many different abilities and forms.

DFT: What is your favorite faery tale? Why?

Elizabeth: The Little Mermaid. The original tale is creepy and mournful (which I love). The Disney version is beautiful and vibrant (which I also love).

DFT: I want to thank you for taking the time to answer these questions.

Elizabeth: I want to thank YOU for asking them!


Available September 4, 2012 from Simon Pulse

About this Book:

The Furies are back in the second book of a chilling paranormal trilogy where revenge rules the day—and “sorry” isn’t going to cut it. Spring is coming, and the ice is slowly melting in Ascension…revealing the secrets buried beneath.

Emily Winters knows the Furies have roots in Ascension, Maine—but she’s about to discover that they’re deeper than she ever imagined. With the help of her new friend Drea, she vows to dig them out. But it’s hard to focus when she’s desperate to make up with JD, and to figure out why Crow, a mysterious Ascension High dropout, seems to be shadowing her.

Meanwhile, new girl Skylar McVoy is determined to leave her own dark past behind. So she’s thrilled when popular Gabby takes her under her wing, and the stunning and sophisticated Meg offers to give her a major makeover. But everyone knows what happens to the vainest girl of all…

It’s tempting to be naughty. But beware: the Furies are always watching, and their power grows stronger by the day.

Click HERE to read an excerpt

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