Monday, December 21, 2009

Interview and Giveaway: Bree Despain


I am pleased today to welcome Bree Despain who's debut novel The Dark Divine hits bookstores tomorrow. 

1. Could you please start by telling us about your debut novel, The Dark Divine?

BD: The Dark Divine is a modern retelling of the parable of the prodigal son with a paranormal romance twist. It’s about a brother, a sister, their mysterious former best friend who returns to town after a three year disappearance—and the secrets he brings back with him.

2. A strong heroine makes a story worth reading. Could you describe your heroine, Grace Divine, in 5 words?
BD: Grace is: compassionate, strong-willed, loving, determined, and artistic.
3. Will The Dark Divine be a stand alone novel or will there be another book? Are you working on any other projects you would like to share with us?
BD: There will be at least one sequel. I am currently working on that now. The story may potentially lead to a third book.

4. You once wrote and directed plays for inner city children. Did this experience help you as a novelist?
BD: Absolutely. This experience is what made me realize that writing was what I wanted to do with my life. It also helped renew my passion for the young adult audience.


5. There has been so much buzz of the cover of The Dark Divine and the purple nail polish. Did you have any creative input regarding the cover?
BD: When my editor asked me if I had any “thoughts” for the cover, I sent him a two and a half page letter about what I wanted (and did not want). I was hoping for a cover that conveyed the tone and mood of the story more so than a literal depiction of the characters or an event from the book. I know the publisher worked very hard at coming up with this cover and I couldn’t be more pleased. Again, it is not a literal depiction of anything from the book. It is more an abstract interpretation of the mood of the book. However, the final version of the book has more to do with the cover than the ARC (i.e. the purple wrap and toenails have significance). Making custom Dark Divine nail polish was an idea that I came up with after seeing the cover—and I was ecstatic when my publisher jumped on it and helped make it happen.

6. Lastly, what is your favorite way to unwind after a hard day of writing? Any guilty pleasures?
Long, hot, bubble baths and lots ofd ark chocolate.

Bree, thank you for visiting with us today!  Congratulations on your debut novel. 

Click here to order The Dark Divine from Amazon.

To learn more about Bree and The Dark Divine, visit her website, follower her on twitter, or become a fan on facebook.

Contest Time:
Bree has donated a bunch of swag for me to share with you.  To enter, simply leave a comment below about the interview or The Dark Divine.  I will select 4 lucky winners to receive some SWAG BABY!  The giveaway will go until December 30th.  Good luck!

71 comments:

Tamsyn said...

Congratulations on your debut release! I really enjoyed the interview. Absolutely love the cover! That was a great idea to create DD purple nail polish.
Congrats again and Merry Christmas!

Leslie said...

This looks so good! I really want to read it.

Precious said...

Yay! I'm excited for The Dark Divine tomorrow, which is technically 30 minutes away!
I loved how she used the parable of the prodigal son and injected a modern approach and paranormal twist.
TDD is definitely a must-read!
Happy holidays!

precious_shusky@yahoo.com

cbprice said...

This makes me want purple nail polish and to read the book! Well-done!

elaing8 said...

I've been reading so much about this book,I look forward to reading it

Patty said...

I looove that she has used very classic elements and made a very modern tale. Plus, I want that polish! I look forward to reading this.

Icejewel said...

Nice interview :)
I like it when The heroine is not dumb :) looking forward to read the book.
Will now start hunting for a purple nail paint to apply :)

Please enter me if the contest is International.

fredamans said...

I would love to read The Dark Divine. I love those dark stories, and this one is no exception, it looks fantastic!

Happy holidays!

freda.mans[at]sympatico.ca

Jenn (Books At Midnight) said...

Great interview! I haven't had a bubble bath in a looong time, but it sounds relaxing. And I can't wait for TDD tomorrow (already pre-ordered) because... is there a specific reason why? All-around awesome. ;)

Becky said...

Super interesting interview. So many bloggers have TDD in their mailbox this week so I'm really looking forward to reading lots of reviews.

Maria said...

Great Interview!:)

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RKCharron said...

Hi :)
Thank you for the interview with Bree and thank you to Bree for sharing.
YAY for Bree writing a sequel to Dark Divine.
Merry Christmas,
RKCharron

RaĆ­la said...

Hum. I've heard good things about this book. Thinking about if I should read it. Congrats to Bree.

raila.soares(at)gmail.com

Robolobolyn's Universe of Books said...

CAN'T WAIT for Dark Divine!!! :) I'm hearing such great things about it! :)

Oh, and is this contest open to Canadians? *crosses fingers*

Robbyn :)
robolobolyn03(at)gmail(dot)com

Natasha (Wicked Lil Pixie) said...

Great interview Ellie! And congrats on the release Bree, I've heard great things about the book.

Milka said...

I really enjoyed this interview. I've been reading such a good things about the Dark Divine and I really want to read it.
Congrats on the debut novel Bree and happy Holidays!

milkavainamo[at]lyseo[dot]edu[dot]ouka[dot]fi

Just_Me37 said...

This book looks great. Hello, Christmas money :)

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Book Snob said...

That was a great interview. I'm really looking forward to reading this book. It's one of the most anticipated YA novels of the season. Merry Christmas!

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Adriana said...

I've been looking forward to The Dark Divine for quite some time now. I'm excited it's finally coming out.

loreleimarsh said...

I'm very pleased that she worked with inner city kids. That doesn't happen as often as it should.
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Justine said...

I love a romantic twist so I'll definitely make sure to read The Dark Divine. I also do love the cover and I've always wondered what the significance of the whole purple wrap and toenails. I like the purple mail polish ;)

justeena_25(at)yahoo(dot)ca

Alessandra said...

I look forward to reading this book, too. I would also love to win some swag, especially if that includes the purple nail polish!

Alessandra
outofblue1(at)gmail(dot)com

Anya said...

Please enter me if this is internatioanl. I cant wait to read this book! And I love Bree's interviews about TDD!
Its deffinetely a must-read and I cant wait till tomorrow;)

Anja_Kapllani@web.de

Star Shadow said...

This book truly sounds amazing, I can not wait to read it...Thanks Bree for swagging us out.... Happy Holidays

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Natalie (Mindful Musings) said...

Ooo...I didn't know there was going to be a sequel! I haven't gotten to read The Dark Divine, but I've heard nothing but good things about it! Thanks for the contest guys!

n_monzyk_27@yahoo.com

thetruebookaddict said...

I am really looking forward to this book! And congrats to Bree on her debut...such an accomplishment!

miller4plusmore(at)bellsouth(dot)net

CallMeKayla said...

I LOVE the cover!! (Yes, I'm a cover fiend)
Bree- Congrads on the book!

kaylajohnson3969@sbcglobal.net

Bethie said...

Thanks for the giveaway! Great interview. A bubble bath and some dark chocolate sounds divine!

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

Julie said...

I've been itching to get this book. It just sounds so good! The cover is gorgeous too.

Julie
breakingdownslowly@gmail.com

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Congrats Bree and what a nice interview. :)

-Lauren
lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

YA Vampire Books said...

The Dark Divine sounds like a great book. I've read the first chapters - and I love the book so far! So I'm glad to hear that there will be at least one sequel to TDD

sara
sosarora_11(at)hotmail(dot)com

Jen said...

Ohh, this looks like a really great book. I can't wait to pick it up. And the nail polish is my favorite color, I've got to get me some of that. =3

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stacy stew said...

I love the feminine cover. Pretty in purple.

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skyla11377 said...

Hey Bree This Interview Rocks. Congratulations On Your Debut Book Release. The Dark Divine Sounds Awesome. I Would Love To Be Considered For The Giveaway.

skyla11377(At)AOL(Dot)Com

justpeachy36 said...

justpeachy36@yahoo.com

Please enter me in the giveaway. Looks like such a great book, love to get some goodies...

Kristen said...

Fantastic interview! I absolutely loved this book and would love some fun swag!

dragonzgoil at gmail dot com

Llehn said...

I'd love to play please!

lesly7ch(at)yahoo(dot)com

Martha Lawson said...

The Dark Devine sounds absolutely wonderful!! Congratulations. The interview was very informative and really made me want to read this book.

mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

InABox said...

I love this interview. The "abstract interpretation" of the book as purple and gauzy is a fantastic way to capture the feel of the novel.

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van_pham said...

Great interview! Please enter me in the giveaway :)


littopandaxpress(at)yahoo(dot)com

WilowRaven said...

I have to say, I don't like the color purple BUT I absolutely love this cover! I can't wait to read it!
Thanks for a great interview.

WilowRaven[at]yahoo[dot]com

Lindsay's Photographys said...

I would LOVE to win this!!
I am so am going to buy this book!
Thankyou!! :D:D:D

-Lindsay

lindsay15photo@gmail.com

heatherzilla said...

I have been looking forward to this book after seeing it online. I love the cover and I think that is so cool that there will be a Dark Divine nail polish.

heatherzilla(at)care2(dot)com

Bunny B said...

Great interview! Congrats on your debut!! It's today!!! WOot!

Stephanie said...

Congratulations on your debut novel, what an accomplishment! And I love the cover. I am going to the bookstore today and I will look for it.

Andrea said...

I love the cover and the purple nail polish. It will be interesting to see the significance.

Kristi said...

Awesome cover and how wonderful to hear that a debut author was asked for input on it!

Jessy said...

I just love the cover on this. I think this was my most anticipated release of all 2009. I can't wait to pick it up today.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Oh my. I would love to win this. Please consider me.
suitejuju(at)gmail(dot)com

Thanks for the great interview :)

adiba said...

awsome interview. her answers give a better view of the book. love the cover, the purple against the black is strikingly beautiful.

everlove14@hotmail.com

lovely miss lucy(: said...

I loved your interview! :)

Enter me for the giveaway please!

Thanks,

Lucy
email. delightfulreviews[at]gmail[dot]com

Kimberly H. said...

Wonderful Interview! I can't wait to read this book, it looks so good!



simmietaye @ hotmail.com

vvb32 reads said...

wow! nail polish with a book tie-in cool!
i'll go for some swag.
vvb32 at yahoo.com

btw: you've been awarded
http://vvb32reads.blogspot.com/2009/12/ohh-la-la-award.html

The Book Vixen said...

Happy Book Birthday Bree!! I can't wait to get this book. I've seen nothing but great reviews :D

thebookvixen at gmail dot com

LunaMoth said...

informative interview!
i to love to wind down with chocolate (and a book!) lol

trancespiderx@gmail(dot)com

Holz said...

the book sounds awesome and the cover art matches it. The paranormal is a fav genre of mine so especially looking forward to it. Thanks for the interview, gotta love a bubble bath!

holz_twilight@msn.com

JG said...

Custom Dark Divine nail polish? Sounds great!

Thanks!

theintrovertedreader[at]gmail[dot]com

FrankSandy said...

I'm glad the heroine is not a dumb broad. walkerd@primus.ca

dsandyboy said...

Great interview. Nice way to relax at the end of the day, too.

dsandyboy@gmail.com

misskallie2000 said...

Great interview. Congrats on your new book. I have to read The Dark Divine. Got my interest.


misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Laurie, Meghan and Caitlin said...

Congratulations! What a great cover! I loved the book. It was nice to see a strong female main character after some other books I've read. I also enjoyed the relationship between grace and Daniel. I'm glad there is a sequel (and a third would be even better).

ck.twilighter said...

Wow... a sequel.... I am so excited!!=)

honu_369@yahoo.com

angel13js said...

I've heard so many great things about this book, it seems breathtaking.I really want to read it,I just fell in love with the synopsis and the cover is like wow!!( that nail polish rocks XD).
It's a good thing that Grace is a stong and determined character,and not a plain,weak one.
I'm also really glad that there's going to be at least one sequel because it's always great to see how the characters develop through the story.
Thanks to you and Bree for doing this giveaway =)

angel13js@gmail.com
p.s.I tried to comment earlier and it wasn't working I think, so I'm sorry if a posted my comment a lot of times lol

Ivana said...

Hi, Elie!

That was a great interview. There is so much buzz about this book lately, it's hitting the top of my wishlist. And the nail polish is one of the best promo ideas I've ever seen! I'd be thrilled to win this!

Thank you!

ivanaquick at gmail.com

Margia said...

This sounds like a fascinating book. Not my usual genre, but I'm always up for something new. I see the author likes dark chocolate..me too!
mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

Margie said...

This sounds like a fascinating book. Not my usual genre, but I'm always up for something new. I see the author likes dark chocolate..me too!
mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

Linda Henderson said...

I enjoyed your interview and I am very interested in reading your book.

seriousreader at live dot com

lag123 said...

I have heard a LOT about this book and would love to read it. Thanks for having this giveaway!

lag110@mchsi.com

Amanda Leigh said...

I can't wait to read this book, and would love to win this contest!
mandan513(at)hotmail(dot)com

Nickie said...

The Dark Divine is actually already on my "to read" list! I love the cover, which is what origionally attracted me to this book. I'm really looking forward to reading it!

Lynette said...

This is on my TBR pile for next week. I can't wait. It looks really good. :)

 
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