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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Blog Tour/Interview - SuperGirls by Mav Skye (#giveaway $35 GC)

  Interview with Mav Skye





Supergirls
by Mav Skye


BLURB 

Sisters Jenn and May have finally found their golden ticket out of the slums. Pervy sugar daddy, Frederick Bells, promises to be an easy score with a big payoff—millions are hidden within his mansion.

The plan is simple: tie up the pig, steal his cash, and skip town. But fate has a different plan, including a villain with a wicked imagination. The sisters resort to playing their childhood game SUPERGIRLS to battle their fears in Bell’s den of horrors.

Will the SUPERGIRLS find their prize or will their heads join the pile behind the black cellar door?

Interview

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
The land of make believe was an escape from my troubled life as a kid. It’s a joy that I can enter at will. I was singing stories before I was writing or reading them. However, I didn’t seriously start writing until a few years back and even then, it was something fun that I was good at it. Today, I’ve decided I want to make this my career, so down the rabbit hole we go.

What books/authors have influenced your writing?
I feel like I should have an absolute favorite, but I can never choose between John Steinbeck or Shirley Jackson. King or Koontz. Patricia Highsmith or Flannery O’Conner. Christopher Pike or Madeleine L’Engle. Edgar Allen Poe or EF Benson. HP Lovecraft or Rudyard Kipling. Robert O’Brian or Charles Dickens. The Grimm brothers or Aesop. Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde were both game changers for me. There’s so many more. It’s like asking me which kid is my favorite. It’s impossible to choose.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I hadn’t realized this until after I wrote the story, but the theme of Supergirls comes from a childhood experience. I once jumped off our second story balcony. No one was chasing me and I wasn’t pushed. I did it I thought if I stretched out my arms and took that leap of faith, I’d start flying like Supergirl. I wasn’t sure where the cape would come from; maybe it would spring out of my shoulders like wings. I was only five years old, low on hope, and desperate to try anything.

When I hit the grass, I didn’t break any bones, but my dreams shattered. I wasn’t Supergirl, and I never would be. I couldn’t rescue the world. Hell, I couldn’t even rescue myself. I had been through more than a rough spell of abuse at the hands of people who should loved me. I think this knowledge, all of it, hurt my heart more than the ground had hurt my head. I’m pretty sure I had a concussion that day. I remember laying there looking up at the clouds, feeling sad, insignificant. I wanted to believe that hurt I had endured was for some purpose…just like in my favorite comic books and movies.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?
I think wrangling the sisters’ relationship for the ultimate impact on the reader was the hardest part. I wanted you to see both of their prospectives. I wanted the reader to fall in love with May, to love her as much as Jenn loved her. I also want the reader to understand Jenn’s reckless determination. I want the reader to see that there are always choices, though the choices are never, ever as white and black as most of us were raised to believe.
The ending was also very difficult.  I wanted the rise and fall of the climax to be just right, but I would get caught up in the emotion of the scene and it was hard to look at  it through logical lenses.

While you were writing, did you ever feel as if you were one of the characters? and if so, which one and why...
Since the story is written present tense first person, I was writing very intimately from older sister, Jenn’s point of view. I explored my own conscience and moral compass through Jenn. I have had readers very, very upset with Jenn and her choices, as they should be. I still hope that in the end they forgive her. It gives me hope that I can forgive myself.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
The world isn’t black and white.
Love will take you the extra mile, but it doesn’t overcome all like Disney would have you believe.
Imagination is like money; it can be used for good or evil.
Erotica doesn’t always involve sex.
And most importantly, if a mounted Moose Head starts whistling at you, get the fuck out of there!

Are you working on any current projects?
There’s a wicked little horror romance I’m hoping to release in the fall called Wanted: Single Rose. It’s my first full-length novel and has one kick ass femme fatale fox I’m quite excited about.

I've also written a sequel to Supergirls called, Night without Stars. I can't give away too much, but I will say this-- the darkness we discover in the first book plunges even deeper in the second. I disturbed myself quite a bit writing it! I hope 

EXCERPT

A narrow door with a brass knob catches my eye. It blends into the wall. “The closet,” I whisper.

We both walk to it, look at each other. I open the door. It is dark. A lone pull string hangs from a bulb. It tick-tocks back and forth like a grandfather clock tongue. I watch it a second, willing it to stop ticking, but it moves anyway in its own ghostly rhythm. I hesitate. Do I really want to see? Not just inside the closet, but see our lives clearly: May and mine, always looking for the next 7-11 job to get screwed at, flip a trick to pay rent, grab a buck burger for dinner, never having a real boyfriend, the weight of paying for May’s meds. What is the price for a dream, for peace? Our mother’s price (her face appears in my mind, navy blue eyes and a pale pretty mouth, a scar the shape of a kiss on her cheek) was running away. The price, I know, is always hefty and… complete. What would my price be?

The string tick-tocks on.

“Maybe we should just leave,” whispers May.

Her statement reflects my thoughts, but in her voicing it out loud, I feel angry. Running away. It’s what we’ve always done, what our mother did. We aren’t going back to that life. No way.

Tonight everything is going to change.

“Not without the money,” I say, and grab the string.



AUTHOR Bio and Links:


When Mav Skye isn't turning innocent characters into axe murderers, refinishing old furniture, chasing around her spring ducklings, or reading the latest horror novel, she's editing at the almighty Pulp Metal Magazine.

She adores puppies, pirates, skulls, red hots, Tarantino movies and yes, Godzilla.

Especially Godzilla.

She is the author of Supergirls and The Undistilled Sky. Look for her wicked horror romance, Wanted:Single Rose, this fall and the second book in the Supergirls series, Night without Stars, early 2015.

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