Thursday, August 23, 2012

Inbetween Blog Tour: Playlist, Interview, and Giveaway!

Hey guys. Today we have the Inbetween Blog Tour visiting us!


The Interview

Tara Fuller
This is your future God.
Nickname as a Kid: Okay, this is embarrassing, but I'll tell you. My name is Tara Ann, so of course my nickname was "Tarazann".

Astrological Sign: Aquarius

Coffee or Tea?: Tea

Favorite Video Game: Michael Jackson The Experience  in the Wii

Favorite Color: Red

Last time you got pulled over: Hmmm...I think it was 7 or 8 years ago.

Brand of Shampoo You Use: Herbal Essence

Q: Inbetween is a book that’s very much based on stories, with
Heaven, Hell, and “reincarnation” of sorts playing a part in it.
How much of it did you research, versus the amount of literary
license you took in making it your own?

A: When it came to the "reaper" world I made most of it my own. I didn't rely on mythology for that at all. I wanted to make something unique. I did  however did do a lot of research on poltergeists, hauntings, world war 2 fighter pilots, and house fires.

Q: Speaking of, where did you get the idea for reapers?

A: I got the idea for Inbetween from an Edgar Allen Poe quote.
"The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?"
After I read this, I knew I wanted to write a book where death was a person. Most people fear death more than anything, so I wanted to explore what it would be like for death to be a person, and what would happen if he fell in love.

Q: There’s a certain scene in this book that had me shedding a
few tears. Can you tell us how to go about creating an emotional
scene without making it cheesy, or making me want to stab my

coconuts, crying, onions, smartassery
A slightly related picture! From Roger Hoyt's blog.

A: First of all I think the scene has to come naturally as part of your characters development and growth. I don't think you can set out trying to make the reader cry. There were times while writing the book that I was literally in tears as I wrote. Those were the moments that my characters felt very real for me. Also one way to avoid too much "cheese" is to read it out loud. Then cut anything that made you cringe to say out loud, lol.

Q: Inbetween is such an electric love story. How do you make swoon
worthy characters like Finn? Do you have to research these kinds of

A: I guess I don't, lol. I did lots of research to find out who Finn was as a person. Like the fighter pilot stuff, and his Dad being a farmer. But when it comes to the depth and emotion that went into him, he was just in my head, wanting to get out. The love he felt for Emma felt real for me in the moment.

Q: This book is pretty hilarious at times. Do you gain a sense of
humor like that through experience, or do you just inherit it? (Or
is there something you aren’t telling us?)

A: I'd say I inherited it, lol. My Dad cracks me up and he's always said that I'm way too much like him. He says I've turned being a smart ass into an art. I think a lot of that went into characters like Easton and Cash.

Q: Okay, okay, so you have to answer this question: If you’re in
Hell, and you’re mad at someone, where do you tell them to go?

A: Since Easton is my go-to reaper for Hell, why don't I let him answer for me. Easton?

     Easton: "The Gap."

Thanks so much for the interview Isabelle! 

Tara also sent me her playlist, and I took a listen to all of these and really enjoyed them- I must say she has impeccable taste. For your convenience, I linked to the YouTube videos for them. Just click on the title!

Inbetween (Kissed by Death, #1): Playlist

Iris by: Goo Goo Dolls
[Izzy's note: This is the best song...ever. Seriously. You should also listen to the Sleeping With Sirens cover.]

Into Dust by: Mazzy Star

Gravity by: Sara Bareilles

Impossible by: Anberlin
[Izzy: I fricking LOVE THIS SONG SO HARD.]

Help I’m Alive by: Metric

Girl is on My Mind by: The Black Keys

Get Higher by: Paper Tongues

I Will Follow You into the Dark by: Death Cab for Cutie
[Izzy: Easily my favorite band ever. True story. Listen to their album and you'll agree.]

The Very Thought of You by: Billie Holiday

Northern Wind by: City and Colour
[Izzy: Beautiful. Just... beautiful.] 
In My Veins by: Andrew Belle

By the way, if you like this playlist, you can see it here!

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  1. Lol!! I love that "Go to hell" question! Priceless! *rereads interview* This was totally awesome! And your interview just gave me an idea for your interview Isabelle ;) Hehe. I don't think I have any snark but I think I've accumulated my sarcasm and crazy all by myself O_O At least you have somebody to blame it on Tara. -.-

  2. Loved this interview!!! I cannot wait to read this book. I love the question about the electric love story. I am a love story whore LOL hence the blog name "uponalovestory"

    Sara @ upon a love story

  3. Ooo like the interview and playlist!!

  4. Love the playlist! Death Cab for Cutie is awesome! (and so are The Black Keys) Great questions, too. Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. I love this interview! And I love the author's personality that shone through her answers. As a sometimes trying writer, I totally agree with the cheesy part. Haha.

    This makes me want her book right now! It's a miracle I haven't head of it before!

    Great interview :D

  6. That's a great playlist! Can't wait to read it now! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  7. Sounds like fun! Thanks for the opportunity.