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Interview and Giveaway with Lisa McMann

Parajunkee's View is awe of welcoming the illustrious Lisa McMann to the blog in celebration of Paranormal Spring Break. Huge Huge fan...

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Thriller
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Parajunkee's View: Can you tell us a little bit about Cryer’s Cross and what makes it different from the other Young Adult novels in the paranormal genre? Is it a series?

Lisa McMann: Cryer’s Cross is not a series. I’d say it’s different in two ways – first, my main character Kendall just happens to have OCD, and second, because the paranormal element of the book is not one of the main characters, per se.

PJV: Your latest novel, Cryer’s Cross is based in Cryer’s Cross, Montana, how did you choose your location?

LM: I wanted a small town, and I have a friend who grew up in a similar farming community outside of Bozeman, MT, so I used her experiences as a guide when writing.

PJV: You said that your WAKE series is based on a dream, where did you get the idea for Cryer’s Cross?

LM: Also from a dream! But if I tell you the dream, it might spoil the book.

PJV: The thing I really liked about your writing style with the WAKE series was your very to-the-point style of narration. I thought of it as a no frills style that was rather refreshing after being stuck in page after page of description like some novels. Did you work on this style, or is this just your story-teller’s voice?

LM: Mostly it is the voice that comes out, but I’ve also always liked the sparse writing style. If I’m feeling bored while writing something, I know that whatever I’m writing is probably not essential to the story, so I cut it.

PJV: After three books in the WAKE world is it fun to step out of the usual and into another world?

LM: Yes, definitely. As much as I love Janie and Cabel, it was great creating entirely new characters in Cryer’s Cross.

PJV: Is the life of a writer as glamorous as we think? Or are we all sorely

LM: I think it depends on your definition of glamorous, ha ha! Whenever I can get away with it, I sit around in my pajamas all day and write. WhenI tour, it’s early mornings and late nights and a lot of running around on too little sleep. But it’s all very exciting and I love what I do. I feel very lucky to have the opportunity.

PJV: Your next novel is a dystopian. Was it different or more difficult writing in that genre?

LM: Not really. I write the stories that want to be written, if that makes any sense. The Unwanteds was dying to be written and it came out in the way it had to come out, just like the other books.

PJV: With the explosion of eBook sales and eReaders as of late, do you see book sales increasing in the future and does this help you as an author?

LM: I’m very curious to see the results of the past holiday season. As someone with an eReader, I know that I am buying more multiples than ever before. I’ll put a book on my eReader, then when I love it and tell my teens (my kids) that I love it, they want a hard copy (partly because they prefer the physical book, but also because I often travel with the eReader so they don’t have access to it). So that seems highly beneficial to other authors. I’m not sure if other households run the
same way or not, though.

I do think that having an alternative to physical books is a good thing, not a bad one.

PJV: What authors have inspired you in your career? What book do you wish you
would have written?

LM: Roald Dahl, Madeleine L’Engle, Barbara Kingsolver, Chris Crutcher, Robert Cormier, Louisa May Alcott, Alexandre Dumas. I wish I’d written THE POISONWOOD BIBLE.

PJV: What is your best Spring Break memory?

LM: This is kind of pathetic but my spring breaks were pretty much filled with work – odd jobs, working as many hours as I could pick up while all my friends went to Florida. But before I was old enough to get a job, I’d have to say reading books all day with a big bowl of popcorn.

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Enamored Soul said...

OMG, I can't believe you're doing a giveaway for Cryer's Cross! I've been dying to get my hands on this awesome book by this amazingly sweet author. THANK YOU SO MUCH for hosting this amazing giveaway. Thanks a million...really!!!

Email: Enamoredsoul(at)gmail(dot)com
Twitter: @inluvwithbookz

Truly Bookish said...

Great interview and giveaway!

Maria said...

This book sounds really awesome. I have been wanting to read this for some time now. I have heard tons of good things. So thanks for the giveaway count me in.

I also Tweeted about it here:!/DarkestWhisper

Annette said...

This is the only book I've ever read on my COMPUTER - I wanted to read it so bad, and Galley Grab doesn't work on a Kindle. Anyway, I'd love to have a copy! Thanks!

Ricki said...

I really want to read this. That cover is rather terrifying.

mpyff said...

Thanks for the interview and giveaway! This book sounds great!! :)

Lisa said...

Thanks for the giveaway.


minhchieu said...

great interview and giveaway! this is a really awesome book i've been wanting! hope i win

Bethie said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I have been really wanting this one!

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

Vidisha said...

great interview and giveaway!!
GFC follower

Adam said...

Have been waiting on this book for a while - thanks for the chance! Please enter me (and I tweeted it as well).


LRAtRandom said...

I would love to be entered!

I tweeted. LRAtRandom

Smash Attack! said...

I'm with Adam. I've been wanting to check this book out for some time now. Thanks for the opp!!

SmashAttackReads at gmail dot com

Judy said...

I have been seeing this book around the blogs and I have already put it down on my list. This really looks good, and I love the cover.


Andrea said...

Sounds like a great book. I've been interested since I saw Lisa McMann on the show "Searching For.." on which she was searching for the childhood friend whose home inspired the setting.

Marce said...

Great to see an interview, well done. I loved the Wake Trilogy and her direct writing style is perfect. I liked Cryers Cross also.

I wish Lisa the best with her continued writng career.

MsInformed said...

I'd love to read this, especially since I love Montana :)


dani_nguyen said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I can't wait to read this.



Amy Carlin said...

I'd love to win Cryer's Cross! I enjoyed Lisa's Wake series.

Amy Carlin

Lucia (iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books) said...

I have heard so many great things about this book! Creepy books just give you the chills. :)

JLynn said...

So excited about another book from this wonderful author!!! <3

Must Love Books said...

I've been wanting to read this book for a long time but I still haven't gotten a copy of it for some odd reason!


Barbara E. said...

I enjoyed the interview and the chance to learn more about Lisa and her writing. Cryer's Cross sounds interesting and I'm going to be checking it out.

Barbed1951 at aol dot com

Tore said...

I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book.

BLHmistress said...

What is interesting the other night I saw Lisa on OWN network - finding people (not sure exactly on the name of the show) but it reminded me just how much I wanted to read her books.


Vivien said...

Please enter me. I would definitely love to win this. I loved her first series.

deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

meggerfly said...

Great interview! I've never read any of here books before but I love the OCD angle.

Carol M said...

This sounds really good! I'd love to read it! Thank you!
mittens0831 at aol dot com

Zombie Girrrl said...

This sounds really good. Thanks for the giveaway!
zombiegirrrl21 at aol

Jaidis said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

JaidisShaw at yahoo dot com

rachel said...

This book sounds amazing! Thank you so much!

Rachel Leigh
TheOneRing111 at gamil dot com

Ronyka7 said...

Thanks for the giveaway.

tweeted -!/Ronyka7/status/51742660167344128

The Rheinlander's said...

Thanks so much for the giveaway!
Following, Tweeted and shared on FB : )

Taffy said...

Thanks for the giveaway!


lady reader said...

Awesome interview Rachel and Lisa! I'm not entering the contest. I have a copy. I actually was able to go to a signing last week and meet Lisa. There is a video interview on my blogs FB page & personal FB if you're interested. :-)

Have a great day!

Minas said...

Thanks for the giveaway!


Minas said...

I tweeted:!/MT0089/status/51804120834777088


Maria (pronounced Mariah) I blame my mother... said...

This book sounds interestingly different! Please include me! What a cover

Thank you!

Maria (pronounced Mariah) I blame my mother... said...

I tweeted:!/Maria_Smith_76/status/51822472206618625

Katie said...

I can't believe you're doing a giveaway for this! I loved it when I read it. Thank you!!


donnas said...

Great contest. Thanks for the chance! I loved her Wake series.

bacchus76 at myself dot com

donnas said...

tweet -!/DonnaS1/status/51863759530110976

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Mona said...

I've heard so much about this book and can't wait to read it. I love the fact that it's not part of a series but a stand-alone.

Chi Kittie said...

Thank you ever so much for this awesome giveaway. I have been so wanting to read this book for a while now. I hope to win so I can. =D




Kelly said...

I have heard so many good things about this book! Would love to win it!!

linda2060 said...

I can't wait to read Cryer's Cross! It's been on my TBR list for a while and I dying to get my hands on the book. I hope I win *crosses my fingers*.
lindadao2060 at yahoo dot com

Cici said...

Great interview! Great giveaway too! I totally agree about the ereader and buying duplicate books. I can't just hand my kids a copy of a book because I am usually on to a new one, so I usually end up buying the hard copy. Not very beneficial to me, but yay for book sales! I think it is awesome that book ideas come from dreams! Although, one can begin to think that you are gifted to have such an imagination OR man, that subconscious is whack :) (please note humor there) ;) Nonetheless, great interview!!


Katy said...

Great interview! and thanks for the giveaway!

Cialina at said...

Fantastic interview! I love hearing how authors come up with their stories.


Elizabeth said...

Havent read any of her books but I hope to win.

Riv Re said...

This book looks really, really, cool. Cover=amazing. Interesting interview, too! Thanks for the giveaway!

Michelle said...

Looks like something I would like!


latishajean said...

What a great giveaway thank you so much can't wait to read this book! I love the wake books have all of them! Thanks for the chance at this one :)

latishajean said...

Tweeted too!/latishajean/status/52165941978603520

Me My Shelf And I said...

This is great! Thanks so much for hosting!

(PS how do you number your comments!?)

find me over at

Thanks again!

Lauren said...

Great giveaway!

Shannon the BookStalker said...

This is one of those books that I can't wait to read! I think it sounds so amazing and no amount of mixed reviews will have me feeling otherwise! Thanks so much for the giveaway!




Lexie@BookBug said...

Thanks for another great giveaway! I tweeted at!/LexieBookBug/status/52206037658382336
lexie.bookbug at gmail dot com

TheJay2xA said...

I honestly want to read this one! heard lot of things about this book... very interesting! thanks for the giveaway!

email: fallendream03(at)gmail(dot)com

Aanchal @ Book Flame said...

Great interview and thanks for the giveaway!

Tara said...

Love that the main character has OCD! I have heard such great things about this book! Can't wait to read it!

TaraTagli at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I would love to win this book.

Jessy said...

That sounds a lot like my spring break too. Anytime I can curl up with a book is a vacation.


findjessyhere at gmail dot com

Amosette said...

This book sounds awesome a perfect book to curl up and read during spring break!
thanks julie

Amosette said...

I also tweeted!/officiallyjewel/status/52818520475570176.

thanks julie

kristina shields said...

Great giveaway! I would love to win this book!

nfmgirl said...

This sounds great! Please count me in. Thank you!


nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

Stephanie M. Lorée said...

My critique partner raves about Ms. McMann's books. I'd love to try them out myself.

stephanie AT stephaniemloree DOT com

Julie S said...

This sounds like a really good read!


Pam S said...

This sounds like a great book - really liked the premise.

pams00 @

Pam S said...!/pams00/status/54371974834683904

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Linda said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Linda @ Most Important Letter

Linda said...

My tweet!!/MostImportantL/status/54727603541643264

Linda @ Most Important Letter

Jolene Allcock and Family said...

OMG, I would love love love to win this!! Thanks so much for the chance, crossing fingers!!!


Jolene Allcock and Family said...

I tweeted!/joleneallcock/status/55735779183443968


Elie said...

i have not read this yet, though I heard it is creepy!! Thanks for the giveaway.

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