Compulsion by Martina Boone.
Release Date: 28/10/14 by Simon Pulse.
Goodreads Synopsis: Three plantations. Two wishes. One ancient curse.
All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lives with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead – a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.
Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who knows what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family’s twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.
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Author Interview with Martina Boone:
Q: Tell Book Geek readers a little about yourself.
MB: Five things. 1) I’m from Prague. 2) I’m a reader. 3) I’m crazy about horses. 4) I’m essentially tone deaf, and 5) I’m actually pretty shy, so I babble as a defence mechanism. I plan to outgrow that someday. But then I’ve been planning to do that for more years than I want to mention, so I’m pretty sure it’s not going to happen.
Q: What’s your favourite movie?
MB: The Shawshank Redemption tied with the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice. And no, I don’t just love that for the Colin Firth in a wet shirt scene. (Really, I swear).
Q: If you could have one superpower, what would you want it to be?
MB: Invisibility. I think it would be super handy – actually, I know it would be because I’ve got a book half-written that kind of deals with that. Sort of. But not in an X-Men way.
Q: What are you currently reading?
MB: By the time I answer that, I will be on to something different. I mostly read YA to keep up with what’s out there and to make sure that AdventuresInYAPublishing.com stays relevant. But I read a ton of non-fiction for research, and adult fiction too, and news, and blogs, and poetry. I’m always reading.
Q: Which authors do you most look up to?
MB: The writers who make me want to slow down to savour every word, to think about a new idea or a new way of looking at an old idea. The writers who make me put together two thoughts in a way that I suddenly see a hundred connections and feel like I’ve learned something I don’t know how I ever lived without knowing.
Q: When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
MB: I’ve always been a reader and a dreamer, and I’ve always loved to write, but my family are all physicists and mathematicians and scientists. So writing was kind of a waste-of-time activity and I was encouraged to think about a job that actually, you know, paid. I tried very hard to get published in book form when my son was born, and nearly made it, and then I made the mistake of giving up. I started a business, and between that and my family, I was literally working 18 hours a day and had no time to write, so I put off my dream. If I can pass along one piece of advice to writers – heck to humans regardless of what they want to do: don’t put off your dreams. Go balls to the wall. Try. You may fail; but at least you won’t always wonder, what if?
Q: What’s the hardest criticism you’ve ever heard as a writer?
MB: I tend to overwrite because I don’ trust myself, and I’m wordy – I mean word-vomit wordy. But I can deal with that kind of criticism. The thing I hate hearing is, “I didn’t connect to the character”. Because that’s not about me. That’s like having someone bully my child because I fell down on my parenting skills. The absolute worst criticism of all is no criticism, because I can’t fix what I don’t know is wrong. I actually love revising, as long as I know why something needs to be changed, so I can learn and grow as a writer.
Q: What do you love most about Young Adult lit?
MB: I love that young adult literature is brave. There aren’t any topics that can’t be addressed, genres that can’t be twisted or bent, rules that can’t be broken. Sure, there are always going to be people who don’t want their kinds reading things that someone has written, and that breaks my heart. But young adult literature shapes the future by shaping young minds, and the more we encourage young adults to read, think, and most importantly, to put themselves into the shoes of others and feel for, and with, someone else, the brighter the future will be. My favourite thing about young adult literature is that it build empathy, and I think that’s something we badly need.
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