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Take Five: Juliet Marillier on her latest novel, Dreamer’s Pool + GIVEAWAY

Cover art: Arantza Sestayo

We’re so glad to have Juliet Marillier with us today to tell us a bit about her latest novel, Dreamer’s Pool — the first book in a new series for adult readers.

Juliet is also happy to be able to offer three codes for audiobook downloads of Dreamer’s Pool from (This is an international offer; no restrictions.) To enter, just leave a comment on this post. Winners will be chosen in one week. Good luck!

Q: What’s the premise of Dreamer’s Pool?

JM: […]

Take Five: John Vorhaus on his latest novel, Poole’s Paradise

We’re thrilled to have John Vorhaus with us today to tell us a bit about his latest novel, Poole’s Paradise!

Q: Please describe your book in 104 words or less.

JV: POOLE’S PARADISE tells the story of earnest young Alexander Poole and his imperfect search for purpose. As a college sophomore in a small New England town in 1974, Poole craves purpose. He doesn’t know what it is or where to find it, but he’s determined to get him some. Unfortunately, his […]

Take Five: The Caller by Juliet Marillier

U.S. cover for The Caller

Congratulations to WU contributor Juliet Marillier on the upcoming U.S. release (Sept. 9th) of her latest novel, The Caller! We’re happy she’s with us today to answer a few questions in a WU Take Five interview.

We’re also pleased to tell you that Juliet will be giving away a hard-back copy of The Caller to a randomly chosen commenter for this post, to be shipped later in September to anywhere in the world.

Without further ado, our […]

Take 5: Barbara O’Neal and THE ALL YOU CAN DREAM BUFFET

Our own Barbara O’Neal is with us today; she’s the author of over forty novels, and has won 7 RITA awards from Romance Writers of America and was admitted to the Hall of Fame in 2012. Her latest, THE ALL YOU CAN DREAM BUFFET (Bantam) was released on March 4, 2014. Her new novel of food, friendship, and the freedom to grow your dreams brings together four very different women longing to savor the true taste of happiness.

TAKE 5: Barbara O’Neal and THE ALL […]

Take Five: Erika Robuck on Fallen Beauty

Erika Robuck, long-time contributor to Writer Unboxed, recently released her fourth novel Fallen Beauty. Erika also writes about and reviews historical fiction at her blog, Muse. We’re very pleased to have her here today to tell us more about her newest novel!


Q: What’s the premise of your new book?

ER: In Fallen Beauty a poor, small town seamstress, ostracized for her past, is commissioned to create a reading tour wardrobe for the scandalous poet, Edna St. Vincent Millay. […]

A Moment of Explosive Change

Years ago, I participated in a sub-one-act play writing competition, where the name of the game was to generate real drama, story and characters within a run-time of no more than ten minutes. I’ll spare you the suspense – I didn’t win, although if you ask me The Unbearable Lightness of Being Mr. Wacky was some kind of wonderful, but whatever. The guidelines they gave for the contest were brief but effective: Look for a moment of explosive change. Don’t […]

Take Five: Allison Winn Scotch and The Theory of Opposites

Allison Winn Scotch’s latest book–The Theory of Opposites–just released, and as likely know it’s a big departure for her as this is her first foray into self-publishing. If you missed her post with us last week, check it out here, and then come back. Today, we’re with Allison to talk more about the book itself. Read on!

Q: What’s the premise of The Theory of Opposites?

Like a lot of my books, it explores the notion of living our best lives, of taking […]

Take Five: Sophie Masson on Moonlight and Ashes, and Scarlet in the Snow

Longtime WU contributor Sophie Masson recently released not just one but two books–Moonlight and Ashes, and Scarlet in the Snow! We’re so pleased she’s with us today to tell us more about them in a brief Take Five interview.

Q: Tell us a little about these two new books. How are they similar—and different? 

SM: Both of these books are what I’ve dubbed ‘fairytale thrillers’–that is, they are each based on classic fairytales: Moonlight and Ashes on the Grimm version of Cinderella (Aschenputtel) […]

Take Five with Meg Rosoff

October 3rd marks the publication date for Printz Award winner Meg Rosoff’s newest release, Picture Me Gone, in the U.S. The book, “about the relationship between parents and children, love and loss,” has recently been been longlisted for The National Book Award! (Go, Meg!)

We’re so pleased Meg is with us today to tell us more about it in this Take Five interview.

Q: What’s the premise of your new book?

Meg: An English father and his daughter fly to NY state to […]

The “Get Read” Conference

If you’re a writer focused on not just getting published or selling a book, but actually ensuring those books get read, we’re here to introduce a conference that promises to do exactly that. Get Read: Marketing Strategies for Writers takes place completely online on November 13th and 14th. We’re thrilled that Dan Blank, master of ceremonies, is here with us today to tell us more about the event.

Q: Let’s say we meet up in an elevator–me, the writer with Discovery issues. […]

Take Five: Juliet Marillier and Raven Flight (Plus: Giveaway!)

We’re thrilled to introduce you to WU contributor Juliet Marillier‘s newest book today, Raven Flight–the second book in her three-book Shadowfell series for young adults. If you’ve never read one of Juliet’s books, please do yourself a favor and pick up one or half a dozen of them ASAP. Juliet is a master wordsmith and world-builder, with characters you come to understand intimately and plots you’ll care about.

We’re also glad to announce that Juliet will be giving one signed copy of Raven […]

TAKE 5: Lydia Sharp and MISMATCHED

We are thrilled that our own WU contributor Lydia Sharp is with us today—her posts are always funny, insightful, and full of both help and hope. Her latest book, MISMATCHED, was released on May 24. This is her second novella; she is also the author of TWIN SENSE, a YA contemporary novella, which was published in November 2012.

This is Lydia’s first foray into adult fantasy, and she’s said that this book has been extremely personal to her; in her words, […]