Spotlight & Giveaway with Bethany Griffin

Posted November 13, 2012 by sarah in Uncategorized / 9 Comments

Bethany Griffin 

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I loved this book!  It was so interesting and held my attention through the whole thing!  I’m so glad Lisa kept telling me to read it and when this opportunity came along, I knew I was meant to read it!

Book Overview: Everything is in ruins. A devastating plague has decimated the population, and those who are left live in fear of catching it as the city crumbles around them. So what does Araby Worth have to live for? Nights in the Debauchery Club, beautiful dresses, glittery makeup . . . and tantalizing ways to forget it all. But in the depths of the club—in the depths of her own despair—Araby will find more than oblivion. She will find Will, the terribly handsome proprietor of the club, and Elliott, the wickedly smart aristocrat. Neither is what he seems. Both have secrets. Everyone does. And Araby may find not just something to live for, but something to fight for—no matter what it costs her.

This is the second book and it is due out April 23, 2013.  I can’t wait to see where the story goes next!

This is a novella for the Trilogy.  It is due out  February 26, 2013.  I’m going to assume you need to read it before you read Dance of the Red Death.

I haven’t had the chance to read this book yet.  But it is on my TBR List. 

Book Overview: PARKER PRESCOTT IS an ice princess. Cold, aloof, a snob. At least, that’s what everyone says on Marion Hennessey’s blog. And everyone reads Marion Hennessey’s blog.

Parker Prescott is a middle child. She’s the good one, the dependable one, the one her parents trust. Well . . . she used to be.
Parker Prescott’s parents want her to break up with her boyfriend. But she already did, two weeks ago. And then she realized it was a mistake. He came over. He had the handcuffs in his pocket. Everything went downhill from there. Sort of.
Parker Prescott’s world is changing and she no longer knows who she is. Does anyone?

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Bethany Griffin Interview

there was one thing you could change about Masque of the Red Death what would
it be?

I wish that the second book could’ve been
written before this one was revised, just because that seems so organized, not
only knowing the main things that will happen but everything, and being
prepared for it…but that wasn’t at all possible, and that level of
organization never seems to work out for me, despite my best intentions. I
understand people being frustrated by the end, but I sort of love it and can’t
think of any better or different way to end the book.

Do you have a play list while writing? If so can you tell me a few songs on
have a soundtrack for thinking about the book? I don’t do music while I’m
writing because it distracts me. Plain Song by The Cure, Roads by Portishead,
Something I Can Never Have by NIN (particularly the pared down version from the
Still album) The Beginning is the End is the Beginning by the Smashing

What country has your favorite book cover of the Masque of the Red Death?
I really like all the covers, but I still
really love my US cover from Greenwillow, and since I’ve seen the cover for
Dance of the Red Death (to be revealed soon, I hope! I know how beautifully the
compliment one another. I’m very excited about all the covers, each time I sell
foreign rights that’s the first thing I say, ooh, another cover!

How many countries is your book available in?
now just the US and the UK, but it will be out in Germany, France, Poland, and
Indonesia soon!

there was a movie made who would you want to play Araby, Will, Elliott &
This is a question I’m really bad at, because
the way I create characters doesn’t usually start with physical characteristics
and because any actors I picked when I was writing the book in 2011 would
already possibly be too old! If you’d rather ask another question, go for it,
because I have no good answers!

thought I loved Will but then he turned Araby in and I wanted to cry for her.
How were your emotions while writing that scene?
Well, I was a lot less surprised than the
readers. Don’t stop loving Will! The scene I struggled with was the one before
he turned her in, the hot air balloon scene, because I wanted that scene to be
heartbreaking because of what happens next. If you go back to that scene,
you’ll see that he’s preparing her for what is going to happen, and that he
almost tells her, he’s getting ready to tell her when the fireworks start. Poor
Will. Poor Araby.

know the second book is due out in 2013 and the third book in 2014. Are there
plans for more books and/or Novellas?
Dance of the Red Death is actually the final book in the series, the 2014 book
will be something different and undecided. There will be a short story/novella
(10k words aprox) in February, called Glitter and Doom. It’s from April’s point
of view. It’s easy to assume Masque is a trilogy because A) It was a three book
deal and B) Everything is. But…it isn’t!

you could interview any author who would it be?

I think my answer to this is always Stephen King, I love his books, and he’s so
interesting and honest and knowledgeable about things and I’d just love to ask
him questions.

do your students think about you being a published author?
are a lot less impressed than people who are immersed in the book world might
think. Some of them think it’s pretty cool, particularly the ones who get it,
but a lot of times I see a lot more excitement when I visit another school than
I do in my own classroom. Which is fine because I don’t ever want it to get in
the way of my teaching. 🙂

What do you like to do in your spare time?

spare time? As a full time teacher and writer, I don’t have much. I spend way
too much time online, though not in really public venues like twitter and
facebook, more on message boards and stuff, and I love to read, and hike, and
listen to music. I like movies, too. I really like sleeping, even though I keep
telling myself if I could cut out sleep I could write more books.

place to travel?
Anyplace where there are castles. My husband
says we saw every castle in Germany, and last summer I revisited England and
then went to Scotland for the first time. I loved Edinburgh so much I’m already
planning to return. I really also want to do the Eastern Europe Vampire/Dracula
tour in the next few years.

loved the picture of you in your Halloween costume from 2009. What do you plan
on dressing up as this year?
2009 Harry Potter? Last year I did generic classic star trek costume…this
year I plan to go pretty all out, I’m co-hosting a Poe-inspired Masked ball
with Nevermore/Enshadowed author Kelly Creagh in our hometown (Louisville KY)
and then coming out to the Vegas Valley Festival where I’m doing the Steam-punk
ball…I’m very excited about a costume, but haven’t actually planned anything

else we should know about you?
I really like calico cats, but please don’t
leave any extras that you have at my house. I have 4 tortoise-shell or calico
cats. My favorite color is green.

This is Bethany and myself at the Vegas Valley Book Festival.  November 3rd, 2012
 Giveaway Time…

We would like to thank Barnes & Noble for donating the books for this giveaway!  You can register to win a hardcover autograph copy of Masque of the Red Death OR a paperback autograph copy of Handcuffs.  Please see below for giveaway.


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