Thursday, 29 November 2012

Author Interview with Laura Bickle and Giveaway of The Hallowed Ones (Book lover's Holiday Hop)



Laura Bickle’s professional background is in criminal justice and library science, and when she’s not patrolling the stacks at the public library she’s dreaming up stories about the monsters under the stairs (she also writes contemporary fantasy novels under the name Alayna Williams). Laura lives in Ohio with her husband and five mostly-reformed feral cats. THE HALLOWED ONES is her first young adult novel. 








Hey everyone! Today Laura Bickle, the author of The Hallowed Ones, a new, enticing and a tiny bit spooky YA novel (XD) is stopping at my blog for an interview and giveaway! Thanks so much for being here Laura, and I hope you'll enjoy the interview. I've read The Hallowed Ones a while ago around Halloween and I must say, it was a pretty good Halloween Read! My review will be coming very shortly. Laura is also giving away a copy of The Hallowed Ones. This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL(Yay!) as long as Book Depository ships to you. Thank you so much for this generous donation Laura! Now, let's get on to the fun part:


1. How did you come up with the idea to write The Hallowed Ones?

I live not too far from a large Amish settlement. When I was a child, my parents would take me to visit, and I was fascinated by a world very different than the one I lived in. I’d see Amish girls my age over the fence and wonder what their lives were like.

Some of that curiosity lingered, and I always wanted to revisit it in a story. It popped back into my head when I was writing about a catastrophic contagion. Considering all the incredible self-sufficiency they apply in their everyday lives, it seemed to me that the Amish would be uniquely well-equipped to survive a large-scale disaster.

2. Who was your favourite character to write about in this book and why?

Katie is my favorite. Katie was an interesting character to write because she's very strong in a quiet, enduring kind of way. She struggles to develop her own moral compass, independent of her parents and community. That requires a great deal of fortitude, just as much fortitude as dealing with the evil creatures in her world.

3. Does Katie or any of the characters in The Hallowed Ones resemble/reflect you in anyway? If so, how?

I think that there’s always a little bit of me in every heroine I write. Katie is a quiet observer of people, like I am. But she’s much stronger and more centered than I am. More grounded.

4. What is your favourite genre of books to read?

Definitely fantasy, in all its flavors. I love the whole speculative aspect of it, all the “What if?” questions that the genre allows us to explore.

5. If you had to stay in a dark room with one type of monster, which one would you least want to be stuck with?

Hm. I think I’d least like to be stuck with a vampire.

6. If there's one place in the world you could choose to live in, where would it be and why?

I’d like to live someplace with more forest. Someplace I can hear wind in trees and crickets at night. There’s just something very soothing to me about that.

7. What do you think is important for a young adult book?

I think it’s important for the reader to be able to imagine herself in the protagonist’s shoes – no matter how unusual or different her life may be from the reader’s.

8. If you can choose to be any one character, who would you be and what book are they from?

My all-time favorite book is Robin McKinley’s THE HERO AND THE CROWN. I read it when I was a pre-teen, and fell in love with fantasy ever after. It was the first book I’d read that had a female protagonist, Aerin, who slew her own dragons.

9. What is the most interesting thing you have learnt from writing this series?

In addition to visiting the Amish settlement near my home, I did a good deal of reading as I researched THE HALLOWED ONES. There are a lot of great books out there that look at the Plain way of life from a sociological perspective. National Geographic has also done a number of very good documentaries about the Amish.

I’m really fascinated by the idea of separateness from the outside world in Amish culture. It’s very interesting to me to see what kinds of connections are allowed and which are discouraged. Commerce with the outside world, in many ways, is permitted. Other connections, such as telephone lines and electrical wires attached to the home, are not.  

10. What are the top three country you would love to take an extended vacation in?

I’d love to vacation in Australia, New Zealand, or Japan.

11. Now, I know lots of us are excited about Book 2 The Outside. How far are you from finishing it and could you at least drop a tiny hint to us about a little something in the book?

Thanks so much! The first book left us with something of a cliffhanger, yes….but the second book will deal with how Katie deals with the devastated world beyond her community. Katie’s story comes full circle in THE OUTSIDE.  


Alrighty, onto the giveaway! I'm giving away a paperback copy of The Hallowed Ones (The Hallowed Ones #1) donated by Laura. This giveaway is also part of the Book Lover's Holiday Hop hosted by Kathy from I am a Reader, Not a Writer and Maryann from Chapter by Chapter. To hop to other blogs in this hop, find the list here. This giveaway is international, so anyone can enter! (As long as The Book Depository ships to you) The winner must reply within 48 hours after I've contacted him/her, otherwise a new winner will be selected. I do retain the right to disqualify any entries that are unfit. Anyway, other than that, GOOD LUCK!

The Hallowed Ones


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41 comments:

  1. I've read and really loved The Hallowed Ones. It was super scary, but I think the scariest book I've read is This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers.

    Jesse @ Pretty in Fiction

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    1. Thanks so much, Jesse! I really appreciate it! :-)

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  2. Thanks so much for interviewing me today, Angela! :-D

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    1. You're very welcome Laura! Thank you for taking the time to stop here and for the awesome giveaway! :D Yeah, I've got a lot going on this Summer. You're so nice and it's wonderful talking to you! *hugs back* :)

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  3. No, I haven't read it yet, but I'm dying to! Love the cover. The scariest book I've read is The Shining by Stephen King.

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    1. Thanks, Ash! The cover artist is Shane Rebenschied, and the full wraparound cover image is here: http://blot.com/post/20865515379/the-hallowed-ones

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  4. Christina K. in the rafflecopter

    Haven't read it but it sounds awesome!

    I loved Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake:)

    Thank you:

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    1. Ooh, I haven't read Anna Dressed in Blood yet! I've got to put that one on my list...

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  5. sorry, i haven't read the hollowed ones...but i'd love to ;0
    the scariest book that i've read is UNDEAD by kirsty mckay..
    thx 4 the giveaway :)

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    1. I should add that one to my TBR list, too!

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  6. I haven't read the Hallowed Ones but I've heard it's awesome. I don't usually read scary books, maybe Anna Dressed in Blood but I didn't find it super scary. lol

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  7. I haven't read the Hallowed Ones yet, but it looks interesting! I don't usually read horror novels, so I hope it won't be too scary for me~ hehe :D

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  8. I haven't read the book yet. The scariest book 'ive read was Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. :)

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  9. Looking forward to read your review Angela... I have this on my TBR list and it's coming up soon.

    Rave @ Ravenousbiblioworm.wordpress.com

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  10. No, I haven't read it yet, but I'm dying to! Love the cover. The scariest book I've read is The Shining by Stephen King.

    parisfan_ca@yahoo.com

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  11. I haven't read it, but it looks really good! I don't usually read horror (I tend to prefer horror movies, especially Korean ones), so I'm not sure what the scariest book I've read was.

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  12. No I haven't read The Hallowed Ones, but I rally want to!! The scariest book was some horror I read long time ago. But I don't remember the title.
    Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  13. Thanks for the opportunity to enter the giveaway. I have read and enjoyed Laura's adult books so am very interested to read her young adult work.

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  14. No, I haven`t read The Hallowed Ones, but I`m looking forward to read it.
    Since I`m also a fan of horror genre, there are not many books that I see very scary, lol. But I guess I`ll go with Misery by Stephen King, I was afraid of the main (bad) character.
    Thanks!

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  15. Ahhh, great interview :D Not entering for the paperback, since I own two myself, plus the ARC (A) hih :D Cannot wait to re-read this amazing book. <3 I loved The Hallowed Ones so much :) Thank you for this amazing post :D
    Thank you for commenting on my Top Ten. <3
    Love, Carina @ Carina's Books

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    1. Aww, thanks Carina! Wow, you're a lucky girl, 2 copies? *sigh* I wish I did too. I really enjoyed it too and I'm glad you loved it. I've still yet to post my review, I'm running so much behind on my blog review posts... just started my Summer job haha :D

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  16. I haven't read this book yet. The scariest was The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova.

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  17. I haven't read it yet! The scariest book ive read was misery by stephen king! it gave me nightmares!

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  18. no i havent
    phantoms by dean koontz dont go by the movie that sucked the book is so much better
    kaholgate at ymail dot com

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  19. I haven't read it yet! The scariest book is It or The Shining by Stephen King. Both books scared me to death! Thanks for the giveaway! I'm listed as April B. in the rafflecopter.

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  20. Haven't read The Hallowed Ones. The scariest book I've read is And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

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  21. I have never read the book and I haven't found any book that I consider it as the scariest book. But I'd love to read one

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  22. i havent read it and the scariest book i've ever read is orient express by agatha christie

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  23. I haven't read it. Scariest book? It wasn't exactly scary but there was some creeptacular stuff in. Edgar Allan Poe stories. :)

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    1. Ah, yes, Edgar Allan Poe stories are a bit creepy aren't they? Had to read quite a few of the stories for school last year and they were so weird! Not that they aren't well-written (they were really good) but just creepy :P

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  24. I have not read this one yet, but the exorcist traumatized me for years. It was the only book I ever threw away.

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  25. I haven't read Hallowed, I would love to read it.

    Scariest book for me is The Stand by Stephen King. I read it when I was fairly young and I remember almost not finishing it because I was too scared to touch the book! Lol

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  26. I haven't read it yet, but it is definitely on my TBR. Mr. King is the scariest, but Kendare Blake and Gretchen McNeil are pretty great at the scary stuff, too. I love a good scare!

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  27. Carrie by Stephen King is the scariest book read, and no I haven't read Hallowed Ones, but am really looking forward to it.

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  28. I haven't read this yet but would love to! The scariest book I've read would have to be It by Stephen King. It was terrifying! Thanks!

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  29. I haven't read it yet but I'd love to :) The scariest book I ever read was the machine gunners by robert westall :)

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  30. I haven't read it yet (but will hope so)
    The scariest was IT by Stephen King - that time I was younger maybe at the end of elementary so after this I was scared soooo many things mainly clowns and the darkness under my bed!

    thank You!

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  31. Haven't read it yet but I really want to, it sounds awesome! The scariest book I've read...it's got to be a Stephen King book but which ones scarier...I'll go with It and Pet Sematary. ;) Thanks for the great giveaway! And Happy Holidays!

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  32. I haven't read it. My scariest books I've read are those by Stepgen King

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