Friday, March 30, 2012

Everblossom: A Short Story and Poetry Anthology by Larissa Hinton : Interview & Excerpt

An anthology that will quench your thirst for more than the ordinary.
Everblossom is a journey through poems and short stories that may seem ordinary on the surface but dig a little deeper and the world not only shifts. It changes.

From the author who brought you Iwishacana/Acanawishi, she now brings you a dash of everything from dark fantasy to the paranormal to even romance. So prepare yourself to delve into the three stages of the flower from bud to blossom then back to seed, you'll go through them all with a whole new perspective on what it all truly means.



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Forget 
Jia woke up and looked at the crystal ball sparkling in the morning glow seeping through the gauzy white curtains. She knew she should have thrown the stupid thing away, but it kept whispering sweet nothings in her ear. Darn crystal ball.
A knock echoed across her pink little pony room.
“Yes?”
“Breakfast is ready,” Mother said, her voice muffled.
“I’ll be down in a sec.”
 As her mother's flat feet stomped down the small steps, Jia slipped on some flannel pants and a Hello Kitty t-shirt. When Jia walked down the glossy laminate wood floors, silence answered her from the kitchen. The hairs on the back of her neck tingled in psychic wonder and yet intuition failed her.
The television.
Jia walked up to it and put her ear to it.
“It’s broken,” a voice whispered.
Jia whipped around. Nobody was there. She frowned and pushed the on button. He was right though; it didn’t work.
“We’re in here, Jia,” her mother said in her usual sing song voice. Within minutes, Jia found her.
Her face froze. “What happened?”
Jia shrugged. “Nothing.” She put on a weak smile. Her face muscles tensed in effort of putting on a happy face. Literally. “Breakfast smells great.” She grabbed some pancakes and some boiled eggs. She heard padded feet coming closer to the kitchen. Jia didn’t even have to look up to know who it was: Tojo.
Her silky black hair caught in two tight pig tails bobbed up and down as she grabbed the plate with her pail little hands. “Where’s Daddy?”
Jia and her mother looked at the head of the table, the chair covered in a thin layer of dust. Mom mumbled, “He’s on a business trip.”
Tojo looked from Jia to mother then sat at the table and nibbled on her pancakes. She took a deep breath and filled in the silence with her endless chatter. Jia didn’t hear any of it, her voice sounding like one big, high-pitched blur. She kept looking at her younger sister, with her high cheeks and big eyes, which made her yearn for the younger years. Where everything was simple and yet so important at the same time.
Except for her own childhood. Nothing seemed to have changed since her father died three years ago. The emotions came rushing back as the vision laid before her with such stunning clarity. She knew he would die on December 23, 2004, yet there was absolutely nothing she could do about it. The vision was clear, and fate was already decided. He had to die.
She tried to suppress the memory but it flooded back. Her mother’s pale face. She shook her head. Jia screaming at her mother to listen to her, that it was the truth. She failed to listen. It happened. He died. At the funeral, her mother slapped her and called her a demon. Everything fled into darkness. Everlasting darkness.
Jia looked up at the food then walked away from the table. Her mother watched her walk away. Her food cooling on the plastic plate. Jia slammed the door shut and curled herself into a ball, willing herself to forget, to always forget. Forget. Forget. Forget . . .







How did you start your writing career?



I started my career with writing at the ripe age of 12. At first, I wrote poems because of my lovely English teacher decided that we should write poems and from then on, I fell in love with poetry. The writing bug really bit me a year later when the movie of Nickelodeon movie, Clock Stoppers came out. I thought the movie was going to be horrible, so I decided that I would write a novel that would be better than the movie. Needless to say, my book wasn't as good as the move but I didn't care. I love writing and nothing else mattered. Thus my obsession with writing begun.


Where do you dream of traveling to and why?



I dream of travelling to Russia since I love the Russian culture and I speak Russian. :)


Tell us about your current release.


Everblossom: A Short Story and Poetry Anthology is is a collection of short stories and poems that explore the three stages of a flower that correlates to the human different stages of life but with a paranormal and fantasy twist. Here's more information about it in the blurb: 

An anthology that will quench your thirst for more than the ordinary.


Everblossom is a journey through poems and short stories that may seem ordinary on the surface but dig a little deeper and the world not only shifts . . . It changes.



The author who brought you Iwishacana/Acanawishi, now brings you a dash of everything from dark fantasy to the paranormal to romance. So prepare yourself to delve into the three stages of the flower from bud to blossom then back to seed; you'll go through them all with a whole new perspective on what it all truly means.


Tell us about your next release.



My next release is Angel Diaries: Volume One. It's a paranormal romance that features Lindsey Wings. Lindsey's life couldn't have been any more ordinary. So, she had two guys fighting over her, a psychic friend and a school dominated by Goths but, other than that, life was good. That is until horrible nightmare start about her mother being ripped apart by a monster, changing her life from the inside out. Literally. Her whole world was full of lies. She's not human. She's an Angel.



That's the basic premise for my next release. Hopefully I will release it late April but more than likely it will be available in May.


What is the easiest part of writing your books? What is the hardest part of writing your books?



The easiest thing about writing is coming up with the ideas. I come up with new ideas practically every day I take a step outside. Now the hardest part about writing is putting your idea on paper and making it come across right. Especially for a novel. It's a long journey from the first page until the last and to make sure it's projecting the idea from cover to cover from word to word is the most difficult part. As a writer, you have to be consistent, persistent, and have excellent time management to be able to complete a novel with style, grace and be sane. Seriously. Ask some writers if they haven't pulled their hair out over a story that just wouldn't translate from their brain onto the paper right. Ah, the makings of a novel.



Do you listen to music while writing? If so what?



Actually, I don't listen to music when I write. The reason I don't listen to music is because it distracts me from writing. My favorite genre is electronic dance. So every time I listen to it (especially Cascada or Rhianna's Please Don't Stop the Music) I want to dance instead of write. So it's more of a hindrance instead of a help. 


Do you have any suggestions for beginning writers? If so, what are they?



I have plenty of advice for beginning writers! They can check out these links on my blog here:













But overall, I'd say keep writing and keep reading. Do your research. Do not limit yourself with traditional publishing or self publishing. It is possible to do both.



Describe what it’s like to be an author in three words.



Unique. Traumatic. Therapy.


Do you have a Website or Blog?



Absolutely! Here's my blog: http://teacherwritebookaholicohmy.blogspot.com/



Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

To my readers, I have to say you are the driving force behind my writing. You are the people I am so grateful for and I hope that you will find time to read my books and love them just as much as I do. And if you do love them to pieces, then please express and share your love in reviewing my books online! That is all the thanks I need at the end of the day. 





Hello, my name is Larissa Hinton. I'm a grad student at Hampton University and hopefully by next year, I'll be a full time secondary English teacher. In the morning, I'll be a teacher but at night I'll become an author. Is the reference not working for you?

Anyway, most of the fiction I write really comes from a life of reading of what I love to read. Some of it, comes from a dark place which I never knew existed until college. Ah, gotta love college. Always discovering new sides of yourself.

If you want to know more about me and my sarcasm, you can just check out my blog (http://teacherwritebookaholicohmy.blogspot.com/) and click on FAQ's. Thanks for reading my super short bio! :)

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3 comments:

kimba88 said...

Great interview and both books sound interesting!

Larissa said...

Thanks for featuring me and my book! Can't thank you enough! :)

IMAGINE said...

Interesting read. Thank you