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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Sensational 7 Q & A with Andrea Cremer (Author of Nightshade)!

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

Andrea Cremer spent her childhood daydreaming while roaming the forests and lakeshores of Northern Wisconsin. She now lives in Minnesota, but she thinks of her homeland as the "Canadian Shield" rather than the Midwest.

Andrea has always loved writing and has never stopped writing, but she only recently plunged into the deep end of the pool that is professional writing. When she's not writing, Andrea teaches history at a very nice liberal arts college in St. Paul.

In the little spare time she can find, Andrea stares up at trees, rescues infant rabbits from predatory cats, and invents names for pug puppies with her husband. She has an unfortunate tendency to spill things - white carpets beware!

Her debut novel, NIGHTSHADE, the first of a YA fantasy series, is in stores today!

If you were given a chance to travel back in time, what year or place would you go / Why?
I always have a hard time with this question because I’m a historian and the more I know about the past, the more I think it would be rough living there – particularly as a woman. That being said, my fascination with colonial America means that’s the era I’d pick. But I’d probably be hung as a witch shortly after arriving.

Describe your novel in seven words or less?
Secrets reveal two paths: love or destiny.

Please share with us about your favorite book and fictional crush to date?
My favorite book has been my favorite since I was ten – it’s Richard Adams Watership Down, which is also favorite Calla’s book and one of the few things we have in common.

My fictional crush to date – Nick from Demon’s Lexicon and Demon’s Covenant by Sarah Rees Brennan. Sure he’s a demon, I can’t help myself. I adore him.
If you could be any character in fiction, whom would you be / Why?
I’d love to be Hermione from Harry Potter, because she’s a fantastic witch and so clever!

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play thelead role as you/ Why?
Lauren Ambrose – because I loved her in Six Feet Under and people often tell me I look like her. That makes me happy.

If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be – please explain?
The same as the title of my blog: A Blurred History because I find life to be a whirlwind of a journey, so fast you barely see it passing, but it’s also the mark you leave on the world. Your unique story that no one else is able to create.

How would you describe yourself/life in seven words?
The space between dreams and the waking world.


**Is there any additional info you would like to share with your readers about what’s next for you and your books?**
The Nightshade series has me busy for the next couple of years. Wolfsbane (Nightshade #2) will be published in summer 2011 and Bloodrose (Nightshade #3) in spring 2012. The trilogy will be followed by an as yet untitled prequel in fall 2012. After that I’m not sure, though I do have a steampunk series that I’d love to see on the shelves.

Thanks for stopping by Andrea!

For more information about Andrea Cremer and her books, please visit her website here.


  1. Great interview! I look forward to reading her book. Can't wait to get it in my hands!!

  2. Fun interview. It's always awesome to see a little bit about an author. This book sounds fantastic!

  3. Fantastic interview. Sounds like a great series to read!

  4. Ooh those 7 words are awesome!!! Great interview!

  5. Great interview. I can relate to not wanting to go back into time as a woman and wanting to be Hermione Granger. Sounds like a great series.

  6. I've wanted to read this book for a while now and this interview just kinda cemented that for me! Great interview!

  7. What a great interview
    Well done

  8. great choice for the fictional character that you'd like to be! Can't wait to read these books over the next couple years.

  9. Very good interview. I have to say I have a crush on Nick too:).

  10. Great interview. I love the names of the books in the series - Nightshade, Wolfsbane, and Bloodrose.

  11. Awesome interview!
    I can't wait to read this book.

  12. I love reading Andrea's interviews. :P I'd probably be hung as a witch after arriving in colonial America, also! :P

    And yay, mad props to her for loving Hermione. :D

    Awesome interview <3 Very unique questions. :3

  13. Fantabulous interview :D Ummm I love her, but I'm sorry, Nick is mine :)

  14. What cool questions! Well done! I especially liked the 7 word novel description. I had already made up my mind to read this book but that just reconfirmed my decision!

  15. Great interview! I'd love to be Hermione too! She's my favorite character in the Harry Potter series =)

  16. I loved her answers especially the one about how she'd describe her life in seven words. She sounds so interesting.

  17. What a great lady! I loved all of her answers. My personal favorite has to be what fictional character she would be...I love Hermione Granger.

    I have had Nightshade on my to-read list for awhile now. I would love to win a copy of this book.

  18. I'd be Hermione too! Great answer. ;-)

  19. Great interview! i remember reading Watership Down in the 7th grade oh i hated it! :)

  20. I can't wait to read Nightshade and to see if the cover of Wolfsbane will be as beautiful as Nightshade. Great interview!

  21. I have been looking up everything that I can on Nightshade because before I buy a book like to find out if it is worth my money. And I beleive that it is. So now I Have put it on my wish list. I thank that this was a great interview.

  22. I love interviews with authors! So fun! I can't wait to read Nightshade!

  23. Loved the interview! I'm excited to hear that there will be a few more books after Nightshade! I didn't realize it was going to be a series! I love a good series! I can't handle falling in love with characters, but having to let go of them so soon because there was only one book!

    Thanks for the interview!

  24. I really want to read Nightshade :) Also, her steampunk series! Love steampunk.

  25. Great interview! I loved how you described yourseld "The space between dreams and the waking world." Beautifully written

  26. Loved the description of herself as "The space between dreams and the waking worlds." Eloquent...

  27. Awesome interview, and I loved Andrea's explanation for the title behind her blog.


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