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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Sensational 7 Q & A with Elizabeth C. Bunce (Author of StarCrossed)!

Have you ever wanted to know what it would be like to hang out with your favorite author(s)? In an attempt to get a better understanding of authors, my Sensational Seven Q & A takes a closer or more personal look at these authors to give you a glimpse of the personalities behind the writing of your favorite books.

“Talent alone cannot make a writer. There must be a man behind the book; a personality which, by birth and quality, is pledged to the doctrines there set forth, and which exists to see and state things so, and not otherwise.” By Ralph Waldo Emerson

Elizabeth C. Bunce won the William C. Morris YA Debut Award and an ALA Notable citation for her novel A Curse Dark as Gold. She lives near Kansas City, Missouri, and maintains a web presence at

STARCROSSED hits shelves October 1, 2010

If you were given a chance to travel back in time, what year or place would you go / Why?
I never know how to answer this! The most ordinary and mundane things come to mind: 1991 to see "Dead Again" for the first time in the theater, or 2001 to relive the puppyhood of my dogs, which passed far too quickly! A more exciting and intellectual answer would probably be "The ancient civilizations of Greece, Egypt, or the Maya." But if I truly had the opportunity, I think I would dip back to February of 2008, when my first book came out, and enjoy it more, instead of being kind of overwhelmed by the whole experience. Happily, I'm getting a chance for that with StarCrossed!

Describe your novel in seven words or less?
Kick-@ss girl thief fantasy espionage adventure.

Please share with us about your favorite book and fictional crush to date?
My favorite book in all the world is Peter S. Beagle's amazing ghost story TAMSIN. The book has everything: pitch-perfect voice, a setting you want to retire in, an undercurrent of rising creepiness... all wrapped together in a marvelous human drama with absolutely unforgettable characters. But my fictional crush would have to be Howl, from HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE. Sigh, sigh, sigh.

If you could be any character in fiction, whom would you be / Why?
I was never interested at the characters who were already written; I always wanted to be someone new in that world. The secret daughter of Storm Shadow from "GI Joe." The secret daughter of Evil Magician Trent from the Xanth novels by Piers Anthony. (Um, do we see a theme developing?) But if I had to pick somebody, probably Tracy Whitney, the glamorous cat burglar-con artist main character of Sidney Sheldon's If Tomorrow Comes (which my parents let me read at probably far too young an age!).

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play thelead role as you/ Why?
People tell me all the time (unsolicited and apparently entirely without collusion!) that I look like Anne Hathaway. I don't see it, myself, but I'm terribly flattered! Whoever they cast, I hope they give her a cool costume, tall boots, and a sword.

If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be – please explain?
Heroine Addict. I'm sure I'm going to regret writing that, but I love the pun, and it's so true! I have always craved stories about strong girls and women, and I always secretly think any story, film, or TV show could be improved by having a female in the lead. (I should point out that I firmly believe heroism comes in all forms, and it doesn't always have to involve a sword. Which is one reason I feature some of my favorite books with all kinds of brave girls and heroines on my website... and also why my own books have heroines just as likely to wield needles or pens as swords.)

How would you describe yourself/life in seven words?
Never has time to take a vacation. No, wait: Author, historical costumer, needlewoman, and dog mom.


**Is there any additional info you would like to share with your readers about what’s next for you and your books?**
I am getting ready to wrap up revisions on the sequel to StarCrossed, Liar's Moon, and I am so excited by how it's turning out. It's going to be awesome. My first novel, A Curse Dark as Gold, was just released in an e-book edition, and comes out in audio next month. I can't wait to listen to actress Charlotte Parry read my Charlotte's words aloud! Lastly, come visit my brand-new website at!

Thanks for stopping by Elizabeth!

For more information about Elizabeth Bunce and her books, please visit her website here.


  1. Great interview Elizabeth. I love that you'd go back to enjoy your debut book coming out. I met your awesome editor Cheryl Klein at a SCBWI conference.

    Good luck with your book. It sounds great.

  2. She does have a bit of an Anne Hathaway look to her. I think it's her overall face shape. Star Crossed sounds neat!

  3. Sounds great, thanks! for sharing.

  4. Thank you for this great interview! Howl from HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE is definitely one of my top crushes, too. He's so swoon-worthy.

  5. lol Howl's Moving Castle for the win! I love that book (and movie).

    and w00t sequel to Starcrossed XD


  6. How cool that a Charlotte is reading a book about a Charlotte (says another Charlotte!)

  7. Anne Hathaway kind of looks like the girl on the cover... well at least I think so.(:

  8. Loved "A Curse Dark as Gold" and so looking forward to "Starcrossed!"

    Great interview—and you can add me to the list of people-who-crush-on-Howl. :-)

  9. I've had the misfortune of mispronouncing heroine a few times. It does make a good pun, though! xD

    Thanks for the interview!
    I'm exciting for the upcoming projects you mentioned!

  10. "Kick-@ss girl thief fantasy espionage adventure."
    Sounds like a good book to me!!!

    "Heroine Addict."
    lol That shocked me at first until I realized that it was a pun!

    Great interview! I enjoyed it! Star Crossed looks really good!

  11. Such a great interview. "Kick-@ss girl thief fantasy espionage adventure" Love it. I thought I really wanted to read this before, now I gotta read this!


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