Tuesday, December 20, 2011
The Ninth Day of Christmas with Sara Reine
SM Reine is a writer and graphic designer obsessed with werewolves, the occult, and collecting swords. Her YA fantasy series, Seasons of the Moon, has been praised as "fresh and fast-paced" and "captivating." Sara spins tales of dark fantasy to escape the drudgery of the desert, where she lives with her husband, the Helpful Baby, and a small army of black animals.
Hot Cocoa or Apple Cider?
I love both. Here's the thing, though: Hot cocoa is a little too rich for me, so I only ever drink it mixed in my coffee. It's AMAZING like that. I'll have apple cider straight, with whole sticks of cinnamon in them.
Favorite holiday story?
You know that one with Kris Kringle? The stop-action one? That's my absolute favorite! I love all of the stop-action Christmas stories, though, with the exception of the one that has the little donkey. Spoiler! The mommy dies in that one. It's traumatizing.
Favorite holiday movie?
The Santa Claus. It's one of those movies that makes me feel wistful for the days when I believed in Santa. (I would totally bump him off and take his sleigh, by the way.)
Best gift received for the holidays?
My favorite book is Peter Pan. My sister had a hardback copy with these gorgeous illustrations when we were kids, and I must have read that book a thousand times. When I grew up and moved out, she gave me that book for Christmas. You don't get better presents than that.
Favorite holiday song?
I like Carol of the Bells. It sounds so menacing!
If you could choose any book to be made into a movie, which would you choose and why?
My wish in this is coming true. Ender's Game is in the casting stage, last I heard! They have to be really careful to do this properly, though, or I'm going to be seriously disappointed. It's an incredible book.
Any new projects you’d like to tell your readers about?
Well, I'm currently working on a lot of different things. The second editions of Six Moon Summer and All Hallows' Moon are coming out with new scenes in January, for instance, and then Long Night Moon (which is the third book in that series) will be coming out in the spring. I've also got a couple little sneaky YA projects in the works, but I don't want to spill on those yet!
Is writing your only career now, or is it something you do on the side?
This is kind of a funny question. It's not my only career, but it's not something I do on the side, either. I devote a good forty hours a week to writing, editing, publishing, and marketing on top of my normal forty hour a week job. I don't have hobbies anymore! I'm always doing something.
Do you like to decorate for the holidays?
My husband would laugh at this question. I decorate for Christmas in September! Yeah, I'm one of those people.
If you could go anywhere and anytime to celebrate the holidays, where would you go?
I would love to celebrate the holidays in 19th century France. But who wouldn't? ;)
Are there any special holiday traditions for your family?
We aren't a spiritual family, so our traditions are focused around spending time together and eating a lot of food. There's really nothing better than getting to be with loved ones during the holidays.
What is your favorite thing to treat yourself with during the holidays?
Books! I have to give myself strict book-buying budgets most of the year, or else I'll literally get more books than I can read in a lifetime. But I really loosen up during the holidays and go nuts. I try to get myself a whole year's worth of reading!
PS - Don't forget to check out Pawing Through Books & Alaskan Book Cafe to see what authors they are featuring today! Also, check out the main post HERE for links to the grand prize giveaways! Also, make sure you check out the previous days for other guest posts/interviews and giveaways!