Saturday, May 05, 2012

Interview and Giveaway: The Lure of Shapinsay by Krista Holle

Hi amazing people! Like I told you yesterday, today I have the super amazing Krista Holle, author of The Lure of Shapinsay, in Catch the Lune! Krista's debut novel, The Lure of Shapinsay, is a touching and romantic story about selkie. It is a book that I had pleasure reading it, and I know that you're going to love this book too! You can read my review of this book here. Done reading the review? Now you can proceed to the interview, watch the beautiful trailer, and participate in the amazing giveaway! ♥

The Interview
Welcome to my blog, Krista! I'm so ecstatic to have you in my blog! Please tell us a bit about yourself. 

Thanks, Hilda! I’m married with four awesome daughters. There’s also a neurotic cat in the picture who compulsively steals the family’s socks. I’m also a critical care nurse, but my passion is writing. I love collecting seashells, reading, and watching movies, but I’d rather write than just about anything. Like the cat, it’s a compulsion for me and the reason I’ve dubbed myself “one sick cookie.” 

Where and how did you get the muse to write The Lure of Shapinsay? 

I was first exposed to selkies with the release of the movie The Secret of Roan Inish back in 1994. Then again with the children’s picture book The Seal Prince. For those who aren’t familiar with selkies, they’re beautiful seal men and women from the coasts of Scotland and Ireland. The men are notorious for magically luring women to their deaths beneath the sea. 

In the story, Kait falls in love to a selkie man to the point that she’s willing to sacrifice anything to be with him. Would you follow her act if you were her? 

You must understand that Kait was under the influence of the “Lure” and incapable of acting rationally. So yes, if I encountered a beautiful selkie man, I’d lose my head too. Hopefully I’d live to tell the tale, but if not I’d have a glorious death. 

In The Lure of Shapinsay, the characters are speaking in Irish slang (well, I think they speak in Irish slang. I’m sorry if I’m wrong! :) ). How did you learn about the old slang? 

The dialect is actually an old mixture of Scottish and Norse—the real dialect of the Scottish Orkney islands. I wanted my story to have an authentic feel so I researched Orcaidian stories actually told in the old dialect. 

What do you think would be the best theme song for The Lure of Shapinsay? 

I love Brandon Flower’s “Crossfire”. It tells of a relationship caught between heaven and hell. This is Kait and Eamon’s relationship. There’s a sweetness at being together, but the odds of a land/sea relationship working are pretty slim. It’s agonizing at the same time. 

Brandon Flower - "Crossfire" 

Watching your dress as you turn down the lights
I forget all about the storm outside
Dark clouds roll their way over town
Heartache and pain came a-pouring down like hail, sleet and rain, yeah
They're handing it out

And we're caught up in the crossfire of Heaven and Hell
And we're searching for shelter

Lay your body down

Imagination-escape round!
If you were a Greek Goddess, who do you think you would be? 

I’d be Daphne so the beautiful Apollo would only have eyes for me. 

If you could have a relationship with paranormal creature (like vampire, werewolf, or selkie men!), what creature would you most likely to have relationship with? 

Selkies of course! All three creatures have the potential to kill you, so if I’m going to die, I want to have a smile on my face. 

You constantly had dreams about a guy you have no idea whom, and then one day you suddenly bumped into him. What do you think he would say to you? 

“You’re going to think this is crazy, but I just saw a portrait of a woman from the 18th century and you look exactly like her!” 

Which one do you prefer: instant love or instant hate? 

I adore love stories, so it would have to be instant love. I’m a romantic at heart. 

Thank you for answering the question amazingly, Krista! Not that I expected less from you! ;) I think it's very interesting that Krista chooses Daphne - we all know that it's a sad love story! To add sprinkles of awesomeness to this interview, here is the book trailer for The Lure of Shapinsay! :)

The Trailer

A little bit about Krista:
Krista has been writing since she was nine-years-old when she scribbled out her first adolescent work entitled Merish, the completely illogical but heartfelt story of a girl who was part mermaid, part fish. As a young mother, Krista added to her repertoire some middle grade readers and picture books she’s wary of mentioning.

In 2004, Krista began an intensive four year period working part-time as a critical care nurse while homeschooling her four children. During this hectic time, courses of writing were taught and learned, and rules of syntax were scolded to memory. Ironically this period of study equipped Krista with the tools she needed to enter the next phase of her writing experience. Now equipped with the mysteries of the comma, Krista was ready to tackle a much bigger project—a full fledged novel.

After the kids were enrolled in public school in 2009, it occurred to Krista that there is an insatiable audience of women and girls who want to read books filled with stories about true love. Convinced that there was an unfulfilled audience waiting for what Krista loves to write—romance, she sat down in the family’s dungeon, a.k.a. the basement, and began to furiously type. In no time, her first novel was drying on crisp white paper.

Krista currently resides in Midlothian, Virginia with her husband, four daughters, and an eccentric cat with an attachment to the family’s socks. She continues to write obsessively every chance she can get.

Grab your copy of The Lure of Shapinsay! 
Ever since Kait Swanney could remember, the old crones of the village have been warning her to stay away from the selkies. They claim that like sirens of old, the seal men creep from the inky waters, shed their skins, and entice women to their deaths beneath the North Sea. But avoiding an encounter becomes impossible when Kait is spotted at the water’s edge, moments after the murder of a half-selkie infant.

Unexpectedly, Kait is awoken by a beautiful, selkie man seeking revenge. After she declares her innocence, the intruder darts into the night, but not before inadvertently bewitching her with an overpowering lure.

Kait obsesses over a reunion deep beneath the bay and risks her own life to be reunited with her selkie. But when she lands the dangerous lover, the chaos that follows leaves Kait little time to wonder—is it love setting her on fire or has she simply been lured?

The Giveaway
Giveaway time! YAY!! One (1) lucky person will receive this amazing pack consisting of:

 T-shirt, bookmark, bookplate, and ebook of The Lure of Shapinsay!

Giveaway opens INTERNATIONAL whatever part of the world you are! Many thanks to  Krista who provides this awesome prize! Winners will be notified via email, and all the entries are accepted before May 27.  Good luck guys! ♥ :)

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  1. Good Interview,I never heard about this book.
    Looks great.

    Mariana - World of Tori Vega.

  2. Nice interview! I see Krista knew the legend, too :) And Daphne! Great pick, although if it came down to me I wouldn't know which to choose... Scottish dialect? Wow, I'm actually curious about it.

    Thanks for the giveaway, Hilda! Overall it seems like a nice book <3

  3. Wow, I love this interview SO MUCH, Hilda! Not only did you came up with AMAZING questions, I loved reading Krista's answers too!

    I need to read this book SOON! ;)

    Awesome interview, Hilda! <3

  4. Brilliant interview guys! I'm glad you mentioned Crossfire - I adore that song! The research that went into the language sounds really interesting and I can't wait to read this book myself. :)

  5. Awesome interview, you two! I LOVED the questions and Krista's answers :) Made me want to read this book even more! It was amazing how much research went into the dialect and I'm curious to learn more about selkie lore!

    And thanks for the amazing giveaway as well, Hilda! :D <33

  6. It seems like an amazing book.Cant wait to read it.

  7. The shirt is very cute! And I get that selkies are terribly beings, but can I help it if they sound sort of... enticing in a way? I've never read a book about selkie lore so this sounds sooo freaking intriguing!

    Shae @ Understanding Shae's Story

  8. The shirts is so cute! :) Thank you for this lovely giveaway!

  9. I love that t-shirt! I read your book and thought it was great and the ending was the best!

  10. Great interview! Love the shirt :)

  11. Hey... I JUST FINISHED THIS BOOK TWO HOURS AGO!!! Seriously loved it!! Wow! What a great post!!

  12. Great Interview! sounds like a good book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. I've never read a book about selkies so this will be new territory for me! Interested to find out what selkies are all about! :)

  14. Sorry, missed the box! Tweet is here -!/bookworm_sarah/status/203052460351307777

  15. hello Krista, nice to know you!
    Greetings from Indonesia :)

  16. Krista - This book looks great! I haven't seen too many books about selkies so I am looking forward to reading this one!

  17. Thank you for the giveaway! The book sounds amazing. I haven't read anything with selkies and but I would love to.
    Miltiadou Kristia

  18. Thank you for sharing about yourself & your work - I'll have to add this to my tbr pile.

  19. This book has been on my to-read list for too long.

    Now that I know a bit more about the author & the book, I'm even more eager to read the book!! Guess I have to rig the rafflecopter ;)

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  21. Hi Hilda...
    Nice Interview there ...
    nice to know her book will be on my to-read list after this.. ^^
    I love the book Cover by the way.. :)

    Thank's for this Giveaway.. and making it International..
    Happy to know you... I'm from Indonesia too.. xD



  22. I've never heard of this book before I somehow stumbled across this giveaway and now I am definitely determined to read it!


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