Monday, December 21, 2015

Winter Showcase - Marilyn Almodovar

Today I'm excited to bring you Marilyn Almodovar! Keep her name in your head, because December 25th her next novel, Alternate, is going to be available for purchase!

1) What is your favorite part of winter/the holidays?
I used to love winter because of the cold weather. Since moving to Florida I miss the snow terribly. Even though London wasn’t really covered in snow that often. However, I still love the holidays because I get to spend time with my family and friends. We sing, we decorate the tree, we get our menorah out, and we celebrate Chrismukkah. It’s nice to tell my kids about our Ancestors and how they ended up in Puerto Rico from different parts in Europe.

2) What is your least favorite part of the winter/holidays?
Cleaning after big meals. Though I have to admit I get my best ideas whilst doing the dishes. That’s how I started to think about Declan, one of the characters in Chronicles of the Interred. I was bored, hot, as it was in the 80s on Christmas day, and I was daydreaming about snow. And he just popped into my mind.

3) Name one great book you've read this year.
The book’s not out yet. Always room for cupcakes by Bethany Lopez, I beta read for her and fell in love with the characters.
(Again with this book!)

4) What is your favorite character from another author's book?
This is hard. I’ll name my top three favorites in no particular order, Harry Potter, Ponyboy , and John Thornton.

5) What is your favorite character from one of your own books?
I don’t like to play favorites but I have a soft spot for Aaron.

6) What do you enjoy doing other than writing?
Spending time with my family, reading, watching TV, and listening to music.

7) You have just received 1 million dollars, but you have to spend it in 24 hours. What do you do?
I would move the family back to England, buy houses for my mother and my auntie and my family so we can live nearby. I would also donate money to a few charities that I support.

8) What is your favorite genre to read (and why)?
I don’t have a favorite genre. Usually I pick up a book and if the blurb intrigues me, I buy the book.

9) What is your favorite genre to write (and why)? 
Young Adult. It’s a great age range, characters are having their first kisses, first time falling in love, first time driving, etc. It’s always fresh, and there are so many different ways to tell those stories, I find it fascinating.

10) If you couldn't be a writer, what would you be?
I would go back to Theater, to acting.  That was my first love for a long time, and it’s actually the subject I majored in, Theater, and also French.

Author Bio
Born in Arizona, Marilyn became a voracious reader at an early age. Since then you can always find her with her head stuck behind a book. She’s also a keen gamer and all around geek, so watch out if you enjoy Supernatural, Sherlock, or Doctor Who, she’ll probably won’t shut up.

Marilyn Almodóvar is the YA Author of the Time Traveling series, Chronicles of the Interred. Interred (2013), Fissure (2014) Alternate (2015). She’s also written a Romance book about bullfighting in Spanish under the name FP Alamo, in honor of her grandparents, Felipa & Pedro, called Corazón, Muleta y Estoque.

You can find Marilyn on Facebook or Twitter @LynAlmodovar!

Time has never been an issue for Baxter Jacobs, but then she never knew she had the ability to Bend it. 

As her sixteenth birthday approaches, Baxter inherits a pendant that will change her life. Connected to the pendant is a dark and mysterious young man named Declan Ashdown. Trapped in a Time loop for the past 122 years, Declan needs Baxter’s help to escape. The only problem is, she has no idea how to do it. 

To acquire the power she needs to free him, she’ll become one of the Interred, those whose Magical abilities emerge as they come of age. When she does, she’ll discover that Declan isn’t the only one interested in the fact that she’s a Time Bender. 

As the Interment arrives, Baxter knows this will be no Sweet Sixteen. A vengeful relative and the ruthless Council are determined to control her. Declan’s powerful and charming descendant, Jack Ashdown, claims he can save her. She’ll soon have to decide who she can trust, and how to master her new abilities before Time runs out.