Eve Marie Mont Interview and Give@way

I am so thrilled today to have Eve Marie Mont on today. I'm really excited about the release of her novel, A Breath of Eyre.

What inspired you to write A Breath of Eyre?

Ever since I first read Jane Eyre in eleventh grade, it has remained my favorite book, one I return to again and again and that never loses its fascination for me. I’ve never found another story with such a restrained yet passionate romance. And Jane is the ultimate heroine: strong, intelligent, moral, and unafraid to speak her mind. I knew I wanted my protagonist, Emma, to step into her shoes as she awakens to first love and discovers her own strength of character. Thornfield and the rugged moors beyond provide the perfect backdrop, and then, of course, there’s Rochester—need I say more? Besides, who wouldn’t want to get lost, literally, in her favorite book?

Why do you write young adult literature?

In some ways, I still feel like a teenager—insecure and hopeful and edgy and excited—sometimes all within the same day. I teach high school English, and the teens I meet so seldom resemble the teens portrayed in the media; these kids are smart, talented, compassionate, and complex. And as jaded as they may seem, they see the world with a sense of newness and possibility that’s inspiring.

What was your favorite book as a young person?

My favorite childhood book was The Secret Garden. I love Burnett’s moody descriptions of the moors, the Gothic house Mary gets banished to, the garden that transforms from an overgrown reminder of loss to a healing place of love. The character growth is slow and subtle and well earned, and the ending is suitably happy!

As a writer, who are your main influences?

As you might have guessed, Charlotte Brontë is a huge influence, but my favorites as a kid were Frances Hodgson Burnett and C. S. Lewis. As a teenager, I devoured Daphne DuMaurier, Mary Stewart, and Lois Duncan!

What have you read recently and loved?

I adored Jandy Nelson’s The Sky is Everywhere—so sad and funny and beautiful. For imagination and voice, I’d recommend Kelly Creagh, Lesley Livingston, and Libba Bray. And I want to live in the contemporary worlds created by Jenny Han, Cynthia Hand, and Stephanie Perkins!

Do you listen to music while you write? If so, what artists/bands do you like to listen to?

I usually can’t write with music playing, but I’ll often play a song to get me inspired and tease out the ideas while the music’s on, then shut it off so I can do the actual writing. But the song will still be echoing in my head, and it definitely helps me set the right tone and mood for a scene. Those are the chapters that tend to be the most cinematic, which I love! For A Breath of Eyre, the bands that were most influential were Coldplay, Thirteen Senses, Barcelona, and Embrace. Embrace’s “Gravity” became sort of the unofficial love theme of the book. You can listen to the playlist on my website.

Can you share anything about the next two books in the series?

I can tell you that Book 2 is loosely based on The Scarlet Letter and has my protagonist, Emma, doing a lot of growing up as she navigates her way through secrets and scandal. Book 3 is inspired by The Phantom of the Opera and will take place in Paris; it’s definitely going to be the most dark and thrilling book of the series!

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Kensington Publishing Corp. has generously offered to giveaway a copy of A Breath of Eyre. To enter you must fill out the form below. This giveaway is for US/Canada addresses only. You must be at least 13 years old to enter.

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  1. This is a book my daughter would like, so I have to enter it and try to win it for her. Thank you for hosting this giveaway.

  2. I'm so looking forward to reading this! I'd be thrilled to win - thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Hi,Thanks for the Interview, I would love to win this Book for my Daughter and I of course would read it too. Please add me to your Contest.


  4. Thank you so much! I can't tell you how excited I am about this one.


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