Monday, April 16, 2012

Class of 2k12 Interview with Eve Marie Mont, Author of A Breath of Eyre

Throughout the year I'll be bringing you some interviews with the authors over at the Class of 2K12! I hope you will enjoy getting to know these authors and thoughts on their books better. Today I'm bringing you an interview with Eve Marie Mont. Her book, A Breath of Eyre, is out now!

If you had to describe your book in one word what would it be?

How did you react when you saw the cover of your book?
The first thing that struck me was the model’s eyes—deep, brown, and so direct—just like Jane Eyre’s gaze. Then add a sumptuous Victorian dress in that beautiful dusky purple color? I was enchanted.

Who is your ideal reader?
I think A Breath of Eyre would appeal to readers who like their books a little bit Gothic, a little bit literary, and a lot romantic with a dash of magical realism thrown in. I’d recommend it to fans of A Great and Terrible Beauty, Nevermore, and, of course, Jane Eyre.

Why do you write for young people?
In some ways, I still feel like a teenager—insecure and hopeful and edgy and excited— sometimes all within the same day. I teach high school English, and the teens I meet so seldom resemble the teens portrayed in the media; these kids are smart, talented, compassionate, and complex. And as jaded as they may seem, they see the world with a sense of newness and possibility that’s inspiring. That’s why I love writing for young people—anything seems possible.

What was your favorite book as a young person?
My favorite childhood book was The Secret Garden. I love Burnett’s moody descriptions of the moors, the Gothic house Mary gets banished to, the garden that transforms from an overgrown reminder of loss to a healing place of love. The characterizations are so lovingly rendered.

What’s the last book you read?
I am devouring the Hex Hall series, having just finished the sequel, Demonglass. Now I, along with some rabid fans on GoodReads, are awaiting the final installment, Spell Bound, which promises to be another wild ride. Rachel Hawkins is a master at building tension and suspense, but she also has the rare ability to make you laugh out loud. Her books are like Harry Potter meets Bridget Jones’ Diary—pure fun from beginning to end.

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure food?
Trader Joe’s dark chocolate & sea salt caramels

What are you working on next?
I am working on the sequel to A Breath of Eyre called A Touch of Scarlet, in which Emma dreams herself into The Scarlet Letter and becomes increasingly torn between remaining the good girl she’s always been and becoming the rebellious woman she longs to be.

About A Breath of Eyre: Emma Townsend has always believed in stories—the ones she reads voraciously, and the ones she creates in her head. Perhaps it’s because she feels like an outsider at her exclusive prep school, or because her stepmother doesn’t come close to filling the void left by her mother’s death. And her only romantic prospect—apart from a crush on her English teacher—is Gray Newman, a long-time friend who just adds to Emma’s confusion. But escape soon arrives in an old leather-bound copy of Jane Eyre…

Reading of Jane’s isolation sparks a deep sense of kinship. Then fate takes things a leap further when a lightning storm catapults Emma right into Jane’s body and her nineteenth-century world. As governess at Thornfield, Emma has a sense of belonging she’s never known—and an attraction to the brooding Mr. Rochester. Now, moving between her two realities and uncovering secrets in both, Emma must decide whether her destiny lies in the pages of Jane’s story, or in the unwritten chapters of her own…

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