The Compulsive Reader: Looking Ahead: Eve Marie Mont and A Breath of Eyre!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Looking Ahead: Eve Marie Mont and A Breath of Eyre!

Looking Ahead is a feature in which new upcoming books and their authors are featured! Take a minute to read the interview, get to know them, read about their book(s), and find them on the internet!

It's no secret that I am a Jane Eyre fangirl, so when I saw A Breath of Eyre, I jumped up and down a bit in excitement! Here's the author, Eve Marie Mont:

TCR: Can you describe your book in ten words or less?

EMM: Gothic settings. Stormy weather. Brooding lovers. Dangerous secrets. One destiny.

TCR: What was your reaction when you first saw your cover?

EMM: The first thing that struck me was the model’s eyes—deep brown, direct, and so arresting—like Jane Eyre’s gaze. Add the sumptuous Victorian dress in that lovely violet color, and I was enchanted.

TCR: What has surprised you the most about the publishing process?

EMM: I know others have said the exact opposite, but I think the most surprising aspect for me has been the amount of time everything takes in publishing. Most people have no idea that the debut novel sitting on the shelf at Barnes and Noble most likely had a trajectory that looks a little something like this:

5 years ago: a glimmer in the author’s eye
4 years ago: a messy first draft that needed frequent naps and diaper changes
3 years ago: a hopeful toddler taking its first steps in the world
2 years ago: a crying toddler who’d taken one too many tumbles and rejections
1 year ago: a gleeful child who just got accepted into pre-school but has to agree to a total makeover
Today: a terrified preschooler hoping he doesn’t get beaten up on the playground

TCR: Where can we stay up to date on you and your books?

EMM: My website has the playlist & trailer for A BREATH OF EYRE, a quiz to discover your literary soul mate, and book-related events and news: http://evemariemont.com/. I blog (http://evemariemont.blogspot.com/) and tweet (@evemariemont) when I can, and I love to give away books and swag when possible. I also blog occasionally over at The Nightstand, a group blog for paranormal debut authors. (http://thenightstanddebuts.blogspot.com/) I hope to see you soon!

Thanks so much, Eve! 

For the official summary of A Breath of Eyre, out April 1st, 2012, read below!
"Emma Townsend has always believed in stories—the ones she reads voraciously, and the ones she creates in her head. Perhaps it’s because she feels like an outsider at her exclusive prep school, or because her stepmother doesn’t come close to filling the void left by her mother’s death. And her only romantic prospect—apart from a crush on her English teacher—is Gray Newman, a long-time friend who just adds to Emma’s confusion. But escape soon arrives in an old leather-bound copy of Jane Eyre…

Reading of Jane’s isolation sparks a deep sense of kinship. Then fate takes things a leap further when a lightning storm catapults Emma right into Jane’s body and her nineteenth-century world. As governess at Thornfield, Emma has a sense of belonging she’s never known—and an attraction to the brooding Mr. Rochester. Now, moving between her two realities and uncovering secrets in both, Emma must decide whether her destiny lies in the pages of Jane’s story, or in the unwritten chapters of her own…"
Check out this trailer as well!


Kay said...

First of all, I think the cover on this book is really lovely. Purple is a favorite of mine. Also, I read, reviewed, and enjoyed this author's first book, FREE TO A GOOD HOME. Looking forward to this one and will put it on my wishlist.

Alex (A Girl, Books, OtherThings) said...

I love the idea of this book! and I can't wait to read it!! :)
It sounds so good.

Awesome interview.

Dawn said...

Thanks for this post! I had seen posts of this as a WOW thing, but this has me excited! Going to author's website now!

sunnynikki said...

Jane Eyre was pretty much the only classic novel that I ever actually LOVED. So when you wrote about Jane awhile back I was interested, I read it last week and fell in love with that version of the story. I know I'll have to pick up this one, because I think I now trust your judgment on all things Jane Eyre.