Friday, June 3, 2011

Interview with Author Lisa Bergren and a GIVEAWAY!

I recently reviewed here on my blog the first two books in the River of Time Series by Lisa Bergren.  I loved them and I'll tell you why.  They were well written, fast paced and had everything I look for in a great book.  Action, romance, history and strong characters.  What I loved even more was that once I was finished with these books, I was able to hand them right off to my 13 year old daughter with no worries.  Lots of times I read books and really enjoy them but I don't let her read them because they contain something inappropriate for a young teenage reader.  I love that this is a series I can share with her.



Lisa has graciously agreed to do a short interview with me and then give you all a chance to win her newest book, Cascade, which was just released this week.  How happy is that?!  Well, it sure makes me happy!  I love giving away books!  Here we go...


Welcome Lisa.  I'm so glad you are here.


 I love to travel.  I haven't been many places but I dream of going all over this earth.  I know you love to travel too.  Where is the most memorable place you have been?
Is it a cop-out to say Italy? Truly. Been three times and can't WAIT to return. (I'm heading there in October with Daughter #2.) But Israel and Egypt were equally memorable.


 You have written many different kinds of books.  Fiction, non-fiction, children's books...  Have you always wanted to be a writer?  Which genre do you love writing the best?
Wow, I'm ADORING YA. Never even considered it until my daughters were teens (they're now 16 and 13). But I love this age for a heroine--all of life, poised, ready, before you... And yes, I think I always wanted to be a writer. But I didn't dare to think it was truly possible. It wasn't until my 5th or 6th book was out that I could utter the words, "I'm a writer." "Author" seemed too pretentious!

 You mention on your website that one of your daughters was a reluctant reader and that you wrote the River of Time Series for her.  Did she have any input in your stories and characters?
She didn't have any input up front, but she had plenty, once the book was written. She was my first reader, telling me if I was off on how teens said things, thought, etc. And when she loved it, I knew I was onto something special.


 I was impressed with the amount of research you did for these books.  Do you enjoy that part of writing?
I really do love research. Historical fact always brings up unique turning points for my plot.


 What made you choose the fourteenth century as the time period for your books?
Pre-Renaissance, Pre-Reformation...it was an innocent, but powerful age of change, potential. I think it's a perfect setting for a "coming of age" series for two young women.


 What are you working on now?
A trilogy on a group of young people, children of the copper kings, setting out on the Grand Tour of Europe in 1914. I'm loving it, too...The first, TO HAVE AND TO HOLD, comes out Summer 2012.


Thank you, Lisa for taking time to answer some questions!


Now on to the giveaway!  Here's what you need to do.  Watch the following trailer for Cascade and leave a comment here telling us what you liked about it.  Don't forget to include your email address so I can get in touch with you if you win.  If you want an extra entry, comment on either review I wrote for Waterfall or Cascade and leave another, separate comment letting me know where you commented.  Giveaway ends Friday, June 17th.




You can find Lisa at the following places:

http://www.LisaBergren.com (author web site)
http://www.theworldiscalling.com (the Bergrens’ travel web site)
Facebook: “Lisa Tawn Bergren” and “River of Time Series
Twitter: @LisaTBergren

36 comments:

  1. Thanks for the interview, Aimee! You're awesome. Off to tell others about your contest...

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  2. I really enjoyed all of it. It gives us enough of a sneak peak to want to check it out! I'm really excited for this series.
    follower

    Vivien
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  3. +1 commented on Waterfall review

    Vivien
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  4. Wow! Thank you for the interview and the giveaway, Aimee and Lisa!

    The Trailer is awesome. The music is so relaxing and so nice, that I've already play it 4 times, and now 5... One of the best trailers I ever see...

    idroskicinia at aol dot com

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  5. That has got to be one of the best book trailers I have seen! Everything was great; the music, the intricate flower patterns in the back, even the models.... this series looks kick ass and I cant WAIT to get my hands on book one! Thanks for hosting this giveaway :) please count me in!

    Diana
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  6. Ps. I just commented on your WATERFALL review via The Lovely Getaway :) thanks again!

    Diana
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  7. My favorite part of that trailer was easily the music. It was gorgeous and was nicely in sync with the images in the trailer.

    Survivorluvr33@hotmail.com

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  8. The music was definitely my favourite thing too. It set the mood perfectly, along with the background patterns that formed behind the words and images. It really gave the sense of the historical setting.

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  9. The first thing came to my mind when I watch the trailer was the backsound! It is amazing! the second one is the green flowery pattern. Those are great! :)

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  10. I have commented on your Waterfall review :)

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  11. I have left a comment on your Cascade review

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  12. I enjoyed the imagery and music in the trailer. thanks for the giveaway
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  13. I loved the beautiful background music of the book trailer! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    Sophia L.
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  14. I commented on the Waterfall review!

    Sophia L.
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  15. I really liked the whole trailer, but especially the music. It was lovely and went perfectly with the images. :)
    This series looks wonderful!

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  16. I just commented on Waterfall. :)

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  17. The trailer was good and I usually don't care for them. I really liked the flowers they gave it a kind of Celtic feel. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Margaret
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  18. I commented on Waterfall.

    Margaret
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  19. I love this author and would love to read and win this novel. Thank you so much for having this contest!!! edysicecreamlover18ATgmailDOTcom

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  20. commented on the waterfall review

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  21. commented on the Cascade review

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  22. Wow, that's one of the best book trailers I've seen! I liked how professional it looked, and I loved the images of the two girls. Most of all, I loved that it made me want to read the book! I'm intrigued now.

    It was great to meet you today in Kiersten White's line at the Festival of Books, Aimee! I'm glad I found your blog.

    shallee.mcarthur at gmail dot com

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  23. I though the trailer was visually quite beautiful and the music complimented the graphics very well. I loved the interview and I am no longer lukewarm about reading this series since I have been reading about book 3 in the series and enjoying the interviews with the author. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win this giveaway and sharing with us readers. I am a new follower and found your site today over on Pure Imagination. I also posted a comment over on your review of Waterfall.

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  24. great giveaway
    follow via gfc
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    the music rocks for this!

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  25. The music was good. My favorite part though was the slick animated graphic that draws itself in the background. Nice!

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    Thanks for the preview!

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  26. Great interview :)
    GFC Follower - ThatGirl-xox

    I really like the graphics used - the intricate floral pattern going on :P It fit in well with the theme and was really pretty :)

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  27. Wow, this trailer is gorgeous. I love the repeating pattern of the flower.

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  28. I love how atmospheric the trailer is!

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  29. I like the flower,

    it;s like a logo or something

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    am a follower via GFC

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    regards,

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  30. I love the haunting melody featured in the trailer. The whole trailer is lovely.

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  31. I liked the music, it really fit.
    Thanks for the giveaway! I can't wait to start the series!

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  32. I made a comment on your review of Waterfall.

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  33. I passed by this book once and I don't want to do it again, it looks more and more interesting.

    Some of the transitions in the video were done very nicely and that stuck out with me - I know, technical but true.

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  34. I loved the music for it!
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  35. I made commented on your review of Waterfall.

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  36. I really enjoyed the music and just the relaxing feel to the video. Made me want to read it!

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