Tuesday 10 November 2015

Blog Tour Interview - Heartbound by P.I. Alltraine

Author: P.I. Alltraine
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Pages: 177
Genre: YA fantasy romance

Book Description:
Petyr has never found it necessary to consider the humans as anything more than distant, inferior beings–until now. They are the cause of the fatal disease that has plagued his realm, taking the lives of too many of his kind. As a future leader of a realm in peril, Petyr must find a way to resist and cure the affliction. He must enter the unfamiliar realm, appear to be an ordinary eighteen-year-old human, observe, and learn.

However, things don't exactly go according to plan. Instead of embarking single-mindedly on his sober mission, Petyr meets an 18-year-old girl who does things to his emotions that he can't quite fathom or control. Petyr is falling in love, and he almost forgets the gravity his choices have on his entire world. Despite the risk it poses to his life and hers, he wants to know her, and he wants her to know him–and his world.

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Author Interview

1. What inspired you to want to become a writer?
Writing is something I always knew I could do. When I was at school, some of my friends could sing, some could draw… I could write. I was the editor in chief of the school paper so I edited and wrote news articles, I wrote many of the school plays I performed in, I entered poetry writing competitions and performed spoken word poetry, I wrote the speeches I delivered in oratorical competitions, declamation, debates, etc. At the time, I thought I was doing so many different things, but looking back, everything I chose to do involved writing. When I was writing Heartbound, there were times when I didn’t agree with my characters’ actions, but I couldn’t change anything because it wasn’t my decision anymore. That’s when I realised what being a writer truly meant. Everyone can write a story, but to create a world with a life of its own, that takes a writer.

2. Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
I get messages on my Facebook author page from people who have read the book and just fell in love with it, the characters, the world… Knowing that someone else has enjoyed the world I created and connected with the characters is just priceless.

3. If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why?
Paradise Lost by John Milton. It’s one of the books that had a massive impact on my perspective as a writer and as a person. The sublimity and the epic heroism in a figure I grew up seeing as one-dimensional villain was very enlightening. It was empowering to see how Milton took something a lot of people considered sacred, especially at the time, and manipulated it with such grace, such skill.

4. If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
Having the ability to teleport would be incredible! I would love to pop over to somewhere exotic and sunny, chill by the beach for a couple of hours, and be back home in time for Tea.

5. Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Whilst Heartbound takes you to a different world, it also allows you to see our world from a different perspective and realise just how complex and incredible it is to be human. 

6. Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I’m working on three novels at the moment, but my priority is Heartless, the second book in the Heart Series (sequel to ‘Heartbound’). I’m also working on some Poetry (Spoken Word). I’m building a collection that will hopefully be ready for publication by next year. There’s a video performance available for Unmoving, and a few more from the collection should be up soon.

7. Do you write as you go or do you have the book planned before you start the first draft?
I usually have an outline of the narrative, the bigger picture if you like, but I don’t plan the small details. I have fun discovering those as I write the chapters.

8. What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?
So many, but “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” by George R. R. Martin is pretty high up on the list. I’ve read all of the “A Song of Ice and Fire” books, so it’ll be very interesting to see what it was like a century before “A Game of Thrones”. I bet Aegon Targaryen is an awesome character! 

9. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
I love to travel, so I’ve seen many incredible places in the world, but Philippines is still on top of my list. I just love the stunning places, the food, and of course, the people!

10. Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
There are pieces of myself in each character, but I think Petyr is the closest in terms of how pragmatic he is and how he seems to see the most rational solutions but not always the most obvious (most of my friends will definitely recognise that trait). Also, since I moved from the Philippines to England, I was definitely able to draw from my own experiences when writing about Petyr’ s struggle to adapt to his new environment, fit in, and find a sense of belongingness in an unfamiliar world.

About the Author
P.I. Alltraine is an award winning poet and author. She has won several international poetry competitions, and her poems have been published in separate anthologies.

She teaches English Language and Literature in London. She earned her degree in BA English from Queen Mary University of London, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and Master’s in Teaching at the UCL Institute of Education, University of London.

Before moving to London, she lived in the Philippines where she was ensconced in the rich culture encrusted with dark myths and enchanted tales. She draws inspiration from these in her writing. Although she has lived indifferent places and experienced different cultures, she always enjoyed the constancy of writing in her life. Her favourite authors include John Milton, Virginia Woolf and James Joyce.

Her latest book is the YA fantasy romance, Heartbound.

For More Information
•    Visit P.I. Alltraine’s website.
•    Connect with P.I. on Facebook and Twitter.
•    Find out more about P.I. at Goodreads.
•    Contact P.I.

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