It doesn’t take much, that’s for sure. Once the leaves start changing color, I’m there. I love the weather and the food and the excitement of picking the right presents for my loved ones.
2. Do you let others know you’re in the “holiday mood” (outside of this interview of course)? How? Do you find it ever so slightly influencing your writing even if only in the back of your mind this time of year?
As much as I adore the holidays, I don’t do much decorating and never wear themed clothing, so letting others know I’m in a holiday mood usually boils down to me asking for specific food items and shopping lists.
3. Your forthcoming release, Last Kiss Goodnight, has a lot of seasonally appropriate red on its cover but that couldn’t be further from the story. Why are you drawn to subjects out of this world, paranormal, etc.?
I’m big, big, big on possibilities. Nothing is impossible!
4. Last Kiss Goodnight also stars a deaf girl. Were there any difficulties telling her story?
To be honest, there were all kinds of difficulties with this book. And, actually, the story you read is not the first one I wrote—with good reason. I turned it in and my editor and I agreed I’d missed the potential by miles. So, we plotted a new second half, and I was inspired on every level. I buckled down, and then boom, everything finally flowed.
5. You have an extensive back catalogue of popular novels, many in particular exhibit extensive world-building and intriguing images. Which would you like to see filmed? Any actors in mind? Actresses? Directors?
I’d love to see Last Kiss Goodnight filmed. The magic of the circus, the terrible treatment of the otherworlders locked in those cages, the glitz and glam of the acts in the big red tent, the blossoming love between Solo (the beast) and Vika (the deaf beauty)…yeah, a movie would make me shiver! I’d also love to see Alice in Zombieland filmed. The fight between zombies and slayers (in 3D!) could be amazing! Oh, oh, and Beauty Awakened could be super cool. Those warriors…those wings…yeah. I’m sold.
Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today best selling author of the White Rabbit Chronicles, Otherworld Assassins, Angels of the Dark, Lords of the Underworld, and several of other series. She has written over thirty novels and novellas. Her books have appeared in Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazine, and have been translated in multiple languages.
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Great interview. I can never get too much Gena 😉 She woes such excellent books! As far as holiday spirit, I think the Christmas lights get me in the mood the best.
What gets me in the holiday mood…Tinsel! You can never have enough tinsel in my world lol
Snow & giftwrapping 🙂
Nothing gets me in the holiday mood like Christmas music and snow!
Christmas lights. Not those white lights but fun colorful lights!
Great interview, I haven’t read any of Gena’s books yet. I have a few on my TBR list.
the snow and the christmas light under the snow ^^ all the decoration that makes y eyes shines
thank you a lot for this giveaway
I honestly never get into the “holiday mood.” I don’t celebrate any winter holidays, but I do excited to watch Rudolph every year!
Christmas music and putting up the tree get me “in the mood” Thanks Carin mawmom at gmail dot com
Snow is what gets me in the holiday mood. Beginning around Thanksgiving, I start watching for grey skies and white flurries. It’s not Christmas without shades of white all around!
Christmas music and christmas lights always get me into the holiday mood. But not too early, only after Thanksgiving. If it is too early, it just irrates me. Buying presents and shopping gets me in the mood for the holidays also.
Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.
Christmas movies, just like Love Actually 🙂
Thanks for the giveaway!
Holiday music… Cookies… Food in general… Putting the Christmas Tree up…
I LOVE Gena Showalter! I can’t wait to read this one!!
I’d say what ignites my holiday spirit is putting up our decorations (Pretty much always on the weekend of Thanksgiving)!! I get such a joy from choosing which ornaments (out of the 100s and 100s we have) are going to go on my side of the tree! I usually pick the same ones too since they have become faves!!
I also love making Christmas cookies! We make a variety, and we usually only bake these types for the Christmas holiday!
Many things like the christmas decorations in town and definitely the snow 😀 Even though it’s freaking cold here LOL (-15°C)
Cheesy Christmas movies and old Christmas songs.
Visiting family and putting up decorations 🙂
Hearing Christmas carols on the radio and seeing the big Christmas tree on the ice rink at the huge city mall. 🙂
Music. I know, I know it’s annoying, but I LOVE IT!
Definitely Christmas music!
Decorating the house & Christmas tree certainly help.
thanks for the post and the giveaway! I think I should say the tree, we bought it today and I’m already in the mood. It’s always so nice, it smells so good.
The darkness, the snow and all the commercials, and the feeling when you can sit down in your sofa and just relax when all is over, =) Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Wednesday!
Looking at all the different Christmas decorations around the city has always put me in a holiday mood. I love taking a night drive just to look at all the pretty lights.
I’ve had the LotU series on my TBR list forever. I plan to attack it in 2013. I would also love to read Last Kiss Goodnight.
What gets me in the holiday mood??? Baked goods, hot chocolate, vanilla or other food smelling candles.
Putting up the tree and watching my favorite holiday movies puts me in the holiday mood.
Holiday music always gets me in the holiday mood.
I am with you Gena, as soon as the leaves start to turn I am getting amped up for fall-ing into Christmas. Baking Christmas cookies and listening to Christmas songs is a sure fire way to make me happy and enjoy a wintery Saturday.
I think putting up the tree and listening to Christmas music while I wrap presents.
Putting up the Christmas lights and decorating the tree puts me in the holiday mood!
Awesome interview! 😀 And what gets me in the holiday mood is all the different holiday songs you hear everywhere you go (ex. the mall) and all the fun decorations everyone puts up on houses or where ever. It always cheers me up and gets me hyped for the holidays! 🙂
Thanks for the awesome post! I’d have to say Christmas music! Especially anything by Bing Crosby 🙂
Once I put up my little tree and my outside lights, I’m ready for the holidays – so bring it on. 😀
Christmas shopping and seeing all the gifts start to pile up user the tree as it gets closer to Christmas.
Normally my fave Christmas movies do it for me. I always love watching Rudolph and Frosty from my childhood and can’t forget How The Grinch Stole Christmas. CLASSICS.
Decorating! The day after Thanksgiving I have all my Christmas decorations out and ready to go up 🙂
Black Friday 🙂 I love saving money on great sales so I can buy more! This also lets me buy more donation gifts for Toys For Tots at my work. If I can pick up 4 gifts for the price of one normally priced gift, I feel wonderful!!! I dont have a lot of money, so Black Friday sales help me give more to my family, friends & charities 🙂
Q: What gets you in the holiday mood?
A: Christmas music! 🙂
Hey Gena, that looks like a really good read!!! I am putting it on my to read list!
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Love the cover…As soon as I see Christmas stuff going up I’m in the mood…we get out all our Christmas stuff put on music and have hot cocoa and get down to buisnes…its an all day thing. Once the house is decorated evryday is like christmas in our house 🙂 Love this time of year.
Listening to Christmas songs of course! 🙂
seeting the lights go up and listening to xmas music.
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Smells of cinnamon, hot cocoa, cookies and Christmas trees! Thanks for the contest. Looking forward to reading your newest book. I have really enjoyed all the others you have written. Merry Christmas!
I think it has to be Eggnog Lattes and Christmas lights 🙂 Thank you for the fun!
@Underworld Love Addiction Xmas lights are by far my fav decoration!
@Jet I like the way you think. LOL
@Mosolyka We’re supposed to get 12cm of snow early next week. I can’t wait!
@Annmarie Xmas tunes are a great way to amp up the holiday cheer.
@Amber I @ Awesomesauce What do you have against while lights!? 😛
@miki I agree, great answer!
@Angie F Rudolph is AWESOME!! 🙂
@Carin Putting up the tree is step one for me.
@Diana Neal I start my “snow dance” in early December usually.
@Chrisbails Starting to early kills it for me. December 1st is where I draw the line.
@Evie There’s always something fun on TV during the holidays.
@Lisa Richards I’m surprised by how many people actually LIKE snow!
@Bookish Brunette Mmm, food. I love pigging out during the holidays.
@Jessica@a GREAT read Xmas cookies are so yummy. You’re making me hungry.
@Jenni C Yeah… we were recently hit with a cold snap too. Ooh well. It comes with the territory!
@whitewolfreads It wouldn’t be Xmas without all the cheese LOL
@Julie S Visiting family can be great or really, really bad. LOL It can go either way for me…
@DJL I wish #1 enjoyed skating. I haven’t been in soooo long.
@Reading Mind / The Loyal Book Haha Oooh, so you’re one of those people! 😉
Wrapping the presents does it for me!
@Leannessf You can’t go wrong with Xmas tunes!
@Mary Preston Most definitely! 🙂
@Melliane I’d love to have a real tree but I’ve heard so many horror stories…
@Linda LOL Some of the Xmas commercials are very cute. I agree with you there!
@Crystal Yesterday I had an hour to kill after work so that’s what I did; just drove around and looked at all the pretty lights.
@Jennifer TheBookNympho Chocolate is the BOMB!!
@Susan That’ll do it every time!
@Jennifer Bielman Me too, that is until I’ve heard the same song 20 times in the same day… Haha
@Lexi H Fall is a little early for me to get in the mood. For me it’s the first snowfall.
@sheryl I’m a horrible gift wrapper. LOL My family can always pick out the ones that are from me.
@laceyblossom You and me both!
@MåїÐÂ»-(¯`v´¯)-» I’d love to take the credit for these questions but it was all Josh.
@erin Bing Crosby rocks!!
@Barbara E. Hehe you sound like you’re on the offensive! :p
@*yadkny* You’re brave! I can’t stand the Xmas crowds. I do more and more of my shopping online every year.
@megblod We don’t put our gifts under the tree ’till the day of cuz the dog would eat them. LOL
@Chrystal I love the old school movies from my childhood. I never get sick of them.
@Stephanie G US Thanksgiving is later than ours so it’s more practical for you guys. October is WAY too early. LOL
@redzsm I look forward to boxing day every year (the equivalent of your Black Friday).
@Cherry Mischievous You’re not alone!
@Steelerlady2379 I LOVE the cover and want to read it based on that alone!
@Tanya1224 This is true. 🙂
@winnie I second that!
Like Gena, it doesn’t take much for me. The changing weather, music, lights and decorations, wrapping presents, etc.
@Pamk I think all of the pretty lights are one of my fav things about the holidays.
@Liz S. Cinnamon smells divine!
@Denise Z Aah so you’re an eggnog drinker! You drink yours with a splash of booze I hope! 😉
@Unknown Fun times! 🙂
Watching all the holiday cartoon specials.
Our Elf reappearing helps get me in the spirit.
Drinking Baileys while wrapping presents 🙂
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Houses lit up at night when Im driving home from work.
Cooking for the holidays and holiday themed tv episodes get me in the Christmas mood.
Decorating my house and start baking some christmas goodies! They always put me into a festive mood 🙂
When we finally get our tree & start decorating the house. We’ll play music, fight over ornaments, tease one another. It’s really a great day.
Baking! Always baking!
Baking gingerbread 🙂
Rudolph red nosed reindeer
Awesome post thank you! Songs and movies get me in the holiday mood 😀
Decorating the house for Christmas always gets me in the holiday mood!
Happy Holidays & thanks for the amazing giveaway!
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Christmas decor and lights get me in the holiday mood. Also children and people who are noticeably happier. 🙂