Monday, 24 October 2011

Interview with Emma Raveling: Author of 'Whirl'

As part of the 'Whirl' book blog tour hosted by The Bookish Snob Promotions, the lovely Emma Raveling has stopped by to answer some questions. You can find my review and links to where to purchase the book here.


 Describe ‘Whirl’ in three words.
Elementals. Dark. Kickass.
Tell us a little bit about the inspiration behind ‘Whirl’.
Whirl was inspired by a piece of classical music. The French composer Maurice Ravel composed a work for solo piano called Gaspard de la Nuit. This music was based upon a series of poems by Aloysius Bertrand.

The first movement of Ravel’s work, entitled Ondine, is based upon the poem of the same name by Bertrand. This poem serves as the epigraph in Whirl. Based upon an old French myth, the poem tells the story of Ondine, a water nymph who sings to a mortal man, attempting to lure him to her. He rejects her love and pleas to join her in ruling the water world. Rejected and heartbroken, Ondine fades away, disappearing beneath the waves.

I highly recommend readers of Whirl to listen to Ravel’s Ondine. The intricate music is haunting, dark, romantic, and exciting. These were all qualities that influenced Whirl and the Ondine Quartet series.

 When did you first realise you wanted to be a writer?
I began writing stories as a child, so I’ve always had a vague, far-off dream of becoming a published writer. Life ultimately took me down a different career path, but the dream remained.
Last year, I did NaNoWriMo for the first time just for fun. I simply wanted to get into the habit of writing daily. Once I completed it, I couldn’t stop. That was when I really realized that I wanted to be a writer and write every single day.
In January 2011, one of my new year’s resolutions was to publish my first book. No more excuses. The idea for the Ondine Quartet series came to me at the end of that month, and I immediately began to work on Whirl.
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I’m an avid reader. Besides books, I also enjoy watching movies, Japanese TV shows (j-dorama), and going to museums and classical music concerts. I love to train my dog and spend time outside with her. Food is another passion of mine, so I spend quite a bit of time per week trying out new recipes and exploring new restaurants with my husband. I also practice vipassana meditation daily.
What is the hardest part about writing?
Writing requires total and absolute concentration for me. I shut my home office door, turn off the phone, and I can’t listen to music or other people talking. Because it requires so much concentration, I’m constantly surprised by how physically and mentally exhausted I get, especially after an intense writing session. It really does take everything out of me.
If you could have any actors, model etc in the world to play your characters in a tv show, who would you pick and why?
This is difficult! Since I don’t really watch television, my picks are mainly movie actors. All of these choices are based on looks alone, and my image of my characters may not be the same for all readers!
- Kendra: Lily Collins, with lighter, honey-brown hair.
- Chloe: Elle Fanning
- Aubrey: Emma Stone (with short hair)
- Tristan: Ben Barnes (but more bulked up)
- Julian: Ian Somerhalder
- Ryder: Alex Pettyfer
- Marcella: Marion Cotillard
- Gabriel: Mehcad Brooks
- Naida: Jody Foster
- Rhian: Helen Mirren

I love your choices! What do you guys think?

About Emma Raveling
Emma Raveling is a fantasy author who leads a slightly eccentric life traveling throughout the world with her accommodating husband and charming, neurotic dog.
Hopelessly addicted to coffee and diet coke, she has a strange love of spreadsheets and organizational tools because they give her the illusion that she is somehow in control of the chaos that is her life. A dedicated practitioner of vipassana meditation, Emma loves to cook and often spends time scouring the Internet for new recipes. She adores beautiful art such as painting and sculpture, classical music, lyrical writing, and great graphic design.
Whirl is her debut book. She is currently busy at work writing Billow, the second installment of the Ondine Quartet series.


  Here's your chance to win an e-copy of 'Whirl' as Emma Raveling has kindly agreed to giveaway one copy to one of you lucky followers!

To enter:

- You MUST be a follower of my blog
- Leave a comment on this post with your e-mail address

And that's it, easy peasy lemon squeezy. Competition will close at 6pm UK time on the 31st October.

Next stop, tomorrow, on the tour is The Bookish Snob


AngelGoneMad said...

Hi Folks,

Sorry for the formatting of this post but no matter how hard I was trying with wouldn't co-operate. This is the best that I could get the post to come out like.

Naomi aka Supernatural Bookworm

Emma said...

Hi Naomi,

Thank you so much for having me on your blog and for being a stop on this tour! I think the formatting on the post looks great - thanks so much for providing your readers with information on Whirl!

Good luck to everyone on the giveaway!

- Emma

Snooki Spunk said...

Oh, Supernatural one...would you be interested in reading an erotic comedy written by the author of the forthcoming The Yummy, Crusty Englishman?

Please say yes.

Krysykat said...

Great interview!