[Blog Tour] Interview with S.D. Grimm, Author of Summoner!


Summoner by S.D. Grimm
Publication Date: September 4, 2017
Publisher: Entangled TEEN 


When Allie’s best friend dares their group to play a game in a cemetery—something she calls “witching”—Allie never expects what it might mean for her. When she plays, she doesn’t just find bodies, she summons their souls. But one soul wants more than Allie is willing to give.
And the boy next door could be the key to saving her.
Cody Burkhart. Straight from Montana, cowboy hat wearing, and smoking hot, he’s just the thing to help Allie become “normal” again after the death of her mother. And as her newly appointed Guardian, he’s also just the thing to help Allie ward off the vengeful spirit who’s after her soul. Except Cody has his own demons to slay that keep him closed off. But as the full moon approaches, so does their only chance to break the curse, and Cody will have to make the biggest sacrifice of all.



INTERVIEW:

1) What inspired you to write this book? 
Well, I went witching in a cemetery—the very same dare that gets the main character in trouble in Summoner. It was creepy and surreal, and I wanted to write about it. So I did. 

2) Which character was the hardest to write? Easiest? 
The hardest was the ghost. She’s one-track minded. And that’s hard for me because motivations in life are usually driven by more than one source. Figuring out what ghosts in my novel are like and how they emote was different, but fun. The easiest character for me to write was Allie, because she’s so much like someone I know. Shhhhh. 

3) Do you listen to music while writing? 
YES! Music tempos and moods and even song meanings can really add to a scene while I’m writing.  In fact, I have a playlist of my top picks of the songs I listened to while writing this.  https://open.spotify.com/user/cellardoor94/playlist/2MjjBC0vuOoz89qo4smEuq

4) Who is your favorite character in this book? Least?
My favorite? Cody. Oh my gosh, I love him. My least favorite? Gosh, I don’t really know. I mean it’s easy to hate villains, but in this case, I see a little of where she was coming from, so while I suppose she is my least favorite, she was really intriguing to write. 

5) Any tips for writers? 
Never give up. And, because I’m a card carrying geek: something Shiro says to Keith in Voltron (the new Netflix version) really hits home. He says “patience yields focus.” And he’s right. Write on.

Author Bio: 
S. D. Grimm’s first love in writing is young adult fantasy and science fiction. She is represented by Julie Gwinn of the Seymour Agency and author of SCARLET MOON. She currently has four books under contract, including the remainder of her YA fantasy series Children of the Blood Moon. When she’s not writing or editing, Sarah enjoys reading (of course!), practicing kickboxing and Brazilian jiu jitsu, training dogs, and binge-watching shows with great characters. Her office is anywhere she can curl up with her laptop and at least one large-sized dog. You can learn more about her upcoming novels at www.sdgrimm.com.




Giveaway Details:

Summoner Prize Pack including:
* A velvet bookmark
* Keychain
* Charm
* A journal based on the one Allie’s mom gave her
* Allie’s salsa recipe
* A $20 Amazon gift card
(US Only)









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