Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Sonnet O’Dell
Your Name or Pen Name you use: Sonnet O’Dell
Title of the book you are promoting: Maternal Bones – A Cassandra Farbanks novel #7
Link to purchase your Book: Not available yet-Coming in November!
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Welcome SO…I, LH have some questions for you 😉
LH: I wanted to be a ballerina, race car driver and a private detective when I was little. What did you want to be when you grew up?
SO: A vampire or a werewolf, it was a toss-up. Sadly childhood dreams do not always come true.
LH: I didn’t really have a literary influence, I just decided one day to start writing. Who influenced you in your writing career?
SO: I think everything I read influences me a little but mostly I too just picked up a pen and wrote a story. I got my first rejection letter from a publisher aged ten.
LH: I self published all of my books and was then “discovered” by a publisher. Are you an Indie or published author?
SO: I’m never sure how to answer this. I’ve never self-published (mainly due to a lack of know how) and I do have a publisher but I’m not a house hold name or anything so.
LH: This is easy for me…I’d invite Johnny Depp and I would not discuss movies! Who would you invite to dinner, living or dead, and what one topic would you NOT discuss with them?
SO: I’d invite Gerard Butler over and not discuss P.S I Love You.
LH: I personally think that there is way too much sex and violence everywhere in society these days and it’s everywhere but that Hollywood is one of the biggest contributors. Do you think that society as a whole is subjected to too much sex and violence and are you concerned about it? Ever feel conflicted and if so, why?
SO: Sex and Violence are just another part of the world we live in. Media has cashed in because either can excite people. I’m sure if watching paint dry excited people we’d see a lot of that too. Its kinda just something you have to deal with.
LH: I’m a huge softy and by no means a beauty queen… lol but, I truly would want world peace in the blink of an eye if I could make it happen…If you could change one thing in the world, in the blink of an eye, what would it be?
SO: Famine. There is absolutely no reason to my mind why we really can’t feed the world. That is what I would change.
LH: With the traditional bookstore becoming obsolete and everyone turning to buying books online, I don’t buy the hype that “the cover is everything”. How important do you think book covers are now that almost all shopping is done online?
SO: I’ve always been attracted to something unfamiliar by its cover. I tend to buy things by the same sort of authors otherwise. The cover draws you in but its often the blurb on the back that makes me buy – or in the case of online, further down the page, which spoils that whole flipping it over to see what’s underneath magic of books.
LH: I can remember wanting to write as a kid. I got a really late start! Have you always wanted to write and when did you start?
SO: As I mentioned before I got my first rejection letter when I was ten. I wrote a ten page story – I don’t remember what about now – and sent it to the address on the inside of one of the books I liked to read. The letter I got back was really encouraging even though it said no.
LH: I love to see if I can see myself in a character. What interests you most about a story?
SO: I like relationships. The two and fro between a man and a woman who don’t want to admit that they are attracted to each other.
LH: For me, I just get hit with this whole movie in my head and start writing. How do you come up with your stories?
SO: My stories often hit my brain like lightening. I’ll be doing something else and then suddenly this idea will come and I’m dropping everything to find a pen and write it down.
LH: I can’t tell you or I’d have to…lol Are you working on anything now?
SO: Several things. Nothing definite that I can share here.
LH: I’m working on #6…3 are published and the other 3 are due out this year… How many books have you written? How many have been published?
SO: Oh my let me think. I have ten published and three on the schedule to be published. I’ve written a couple of others that will never see the light of day – mainly because I don’t think they’re good enough.
LH: I write for fun I don’t even dream of riches…Do you write for fun or money?
SO: I write because I have stories that I want to tell and the characters in them will not leave me alone till I do. Some money doesn’t hurt.
LH: Some of my family members had a bit of a problem with me writing my first book “A Beautiful Liar” because the character Maggie West is basically me…to a point 😉 They had a problem with the genre and me “putting it all out there” so to speak so I took a pen name. They eventually came around as I have never cared who knows who I am what I’ve done or what they think of me. I’ve never wanted to be famous, just infamous! What has been your biggest problem when it comes to family or friends when writing?
SO: I’ve really had no problem with my family when it comes to my writing. My dad has some trouble dealing with his daughter writing romance.
LH: I have never experienced writers block…I have experienced writers “don’t want to”… Have you ever experienced writers block and if so, how did you overcome it?
SO: I have long periods of time where my brain just stomps its foot like a five year old and says “don’t wanna.” I just have to be patient and wait, it eventually throws something at me and I have to be ready to catch it.
LH: I get asked all the time “Do you have any advice for new writers?”… Do you?
SO: Write what you know. Draft and re-draft and don’t give up.
LH: I would not change one thing in my life as I would not be me if I did… If you could go back in time and change one thing in your life, what would it be?
SO: I used to think there were things I would change. Maybe not go out with some of the asses I did but not really anything about myself.
LH: If I could go back in time and tell someone something, I’d go back and tell the founding fathers they were doing a few things wrong…If you could go back in time and tell someone something, who would you tell and what would you tell them?
SO: I go back and tell JFK to duck.
LH: I would freak out if someone contacted me and said they wanted to make one of my books or my series of book into a movie as I am really very shy in person and I’d probably go into hiding. I don’t think I could handle it. How would you handle it? Who would be the first person you told?
SO: I think I would be very suspicious and would have to be positive it was genuine before I told anyone. Then I would tell my mother.
Thanks for that fun and informative interview SO…Now… for the fun stuff!
Favorite Beverage? Peach Ice Tea
Exercise or Bubble Bath? Bubble Bath
Favorite Color? Green
Take out or Dine in? Take Out
Camping or Hotel? Hotel
Sports or Chocolate? Chocolate
Dogs or Cats? Cats
Favorite Food? Enchilada’s
Favorite Song? Changes frequently but at the moment its Heart Attack by Demi Levato
Favorite Movie? Labyrinth
Favorite Car? Mine
Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 Definitely Both
And now for the essay part of the interview 😉
LH: If you could go anywhere for a week, with anyone you wanted and no one would ever find out about it…where would you go, what would you do and who would you take?
SO: A cabin in the woods on Vancouver Island and Gerard Butler. I can’t discuss what we would do incase my dad reads this. Let’s say roast hot dogs and make smores.
Thank you for spending this time with us today. Make sure to pick up a copy of Sonnet O’Dell’s
Maternal Bones – A Cassandra Farbanks novel #7