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I'm tickled pink to have fellow Melange author and one of my best critique partners here for her first interview on Unwritten! Stefanie's debut novel, Hunters, was published this July by Melange Books' Fire & Ice Young Adult imprint. You can find my review of it HERE.
I had the privilege of seeing this novel unfold on one of my favorite writing sites, Critique Circle, where Stefanie, I, and others trade up critiques. I can't recommend the site enough for improving your writing and critiquing skills. If you're a writer of any genre, at any level, I recommend giving it a try.
On with the business of interrogation. Stefanie, for the unfortunate souls who haven't met you yet, tell us where you're from and what you do when you're not writing about quirky paranormal characters.
Thanks to your beautiful Facebook pictures, I know you had a beautiful June wedding (Congratz!!!). How's married life going? Anything about it you didn't expect?
Having experienced this myself, I wonder...has your hubby yet accused you of basing your male characters off him?
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What was the most challenging part of writing Hunters?
Tell our readers a little about your experience on Critique Circle. What are the pros and cons of this online critique website, in your opinion?
Me: I couldn't agree more!
I know this already, but for the sake of the Unwritten fans, what are you working on now, and what can you tell us about it?
Random question comin' at ya: What would your spouse say is your most annoying habit?
Now, Ms. Pristavu, would you mind sharing a short excerpt of your work?
Every step Rachel took along the runway felt heavier than the last. She couldn’t believe she was doing this. Walking obediently between two buffed up Hunters who seemed to live off steroids. Her strength hadn’t fully returned. It was the only reason she wasn’t trying to escape. That and the hope that the Head Hunter hadn’t lied to her. But the closer they got to the small jet waiting next to a metal hangar, the more she doubted it.
Where was Daniel?
Her pace slowed and her breathing hitched. There was no was way she was getting on that plane.
“Come on.” One of the guards nudged her forward.
Rachel dug her heels into the gravel and stood her ground. “I just changed my mind.”
“It’s not up to you.” The other guard wrapped an arm around her waist and hoisted her off the ground. “You’re getting on that plane and going home.”
Rachel kicked him in the shin. The man gasped and dropped her. She sprinted toward the exit, running as fast as her legs could carry her. It still didn’t feel right. The wire fence wasn’t getting closer at the rate she would have liked. There were a good fifty meters left between her and the gate. She forced her muscles to obey, trying to squish the remainder of the tranquilizer effects.
“What are you waiting for? Shoot her!”
A blast sounded behind her. Rachel threw herself forward and rolled on the gravel path. A second shot cut through the silence. She couldn’t believe they missed her twice. She got to her knees and looked over her shoulder. Her breath caught in her throat. Daniel was running toward her, holstering a gun.
“Come on, Rach.” He yanked her up and pushed her toward the exit.
Thank you so much for being here, Stef, and I wish you a ton of sales!!