July 19, 2013

Blog Tour: Indelible by Dawn Metcalf - Interview & Giveaway!

Welcome to our stop on the INDELIBLE blog tour hosted by Kismet Blog Tours.

Today we bring you an interview we recently did with author Dawn Metcalf. Enjoy!

Tell us a little about yourself and your latest/upcoming release.

I am strange and so is my book, Indelible. I am proud of both of us.

When did you realize that you wanted to become a writer? What was the very first thing you ever wrote?

When I could write, age 3-5. The very first thing I wrote were notes to my parents to express how I felt when the words wouldn’t make it out of my mouth. I would scribble notes in crayon, stick them under their door and run away, afraid of standing in the raw emotion of it all. Later I wrote children’s stories and poetry. But the first novel I wrote was a fantasy called “The Eye of the Ancients” which was 365 pages long and took that many days to write! I was 11 years old.

Do you read reviews of your books? What do you do when you read a not-so-nice one?

I do read reviews—masochist that I am—and I know that even not-so-nice ones have a grain of truth to them because it’s how the story resonates (or doesn’t) with a reader. And while I know you can’t please all the people all of the time, I like to hear a different perspective and widen my exposure to who is out there picking up my books (or books like my books). The truth is that it’s frustrating when people misunderstand what I wrote or meant (or, most often, what I thought I wrote/meant) but I can’t do anything about it—even respond or reply or justify myself—because once the book is out there, it’s OUT THERE and has to stand on its own. Everyone has the right to their own beliefs and impressions and I can only try to be truer and more honest to the story and myself.

But I kinda like it when someone says my writing is “unique,” “unusual” or “different” because I like to think I am, too.

How did you come up with the idea of Indelible?

From a rant about how girls are portrayed in young adult literature as needing an older man to show them the way to love. Yyyyyyyeah.

Who is your literary hero?

Oh my gosh, which one?!? I could say Samuel Clemens or Kurt Vonnegut, Spider Robinson or Connie Willis, Neil Gaiman or Laini Taylor, Judy Blume or Phil Foglio…really it depends on what part of the craft we’re talking about.

Do you find it hard to kill off your characters?

No. BWAHAHAHAHAHA! *ahem* Next question.

What's your favorite thing to do when you're not writing?

Karate. Or baking. My life is full of paradoxes.

Describe yourself in 3 words.

Creative, empathic & out-of-the-box.

Do you have a book in your house that's just destroyed because you've read it so much?

Yes. Many. Mindkiller by Spider Robinson, Polymorph by Scott Westerfeld, ElfQuest by Wendy & Richard Pini, The Gandalara Cycle by Randall Garrett and Vicki Ann Heydron and Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman come to mind, I’ve read them so often!

Who do you most admire?

My parents. I know it’s corny, but it’s true. They are astounding, inspiring, respectful, intelligent and creative folks that walk the talk. Watching them grow up together taught me everything about loving life and the people in it.

Did you set yourself some strict rules while writing?

Yes. Sit down, turn off the internal editor, write. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? But, for me, that’s sometimes the hardest thing to do.

If you could bring one of your characters to life, who would it be? And why?

Ooo. Perhaps Invisible Inq because she is just so spunky and sparkly, dangerous and brilliant and I’d like to meet her if only to point her in a direction and watch her wreck havoc, but honestly, the one I’d most like to meet is Graus Claude. He’s amazing.

This is or That

Cat or Dog? Dog. (Oddly enough, I own two cats.)
Ice cream or Sorbet? Ice cream.
Heels or flats? Barefoot!
Knives or sword? Sword. Specifically, broadsword.
Coffee or Tea? Tea. Decaf. Me on caffeine = BAD!
Iced tea or hot tea? Hot!
Snow or rain? Rain.
Movies at home or Movie Theater? At home. (The snacks are better!)
Soda or Juice? Juice, but honestly, I drink water or tea.
Twitter or Facebook? 140 characters or less, baby!
Actual book or eReader? Book. New book smell is an addiction.
Actual book or Audiobook? Actual book unless I’m in the car on a long drive, then audiobook as reading at the wheel would be BAD.
Spring or Summer? Summer.
Fall or winter? Fall.
Long Sleeves or Short Sleeves? Long sleeves. And scarves. And fuzzy fleece…
Young Adult or New Adult? YA All The Way!
Vampires or Werewolves? Hmm. I’d have to say werewolves.
Ghost or Zombies? Ghosts, although I prefer my dead, well, dead.
Action movies or Chick flicks? What are black humor/foreign films?
Horror movies or Mystery movies? Mysteries.

Mountain views or Ocean views? Ocean! Because that means there is a BEACH!


About Indelible...

A young girl’s life is forever changed when she is marked by a mysterious fae boy and drawn into the fantastical and dangerous world of the Twixt in INDELIBLE, the first book in the stunningly powerful The Twixt fantasy series by Dawn Metcalf.

Some things are permanent. Indelible. And they cannot be changed back. Joy Malone learns this the night she sees a stranger with all-black eyes across a crowded room—right before the mystery boy tries to cut out her eye.

Instead, the wound accidentally marks her as property of Indelible Ink, and this dangerous mistake thrusts Joy into an incomprehensible world—a world of monsters at the window, glowing girls on the doorstep and a life that will never be the same.

Now Joy must pretend to be Ink’s chosen one—his helper, his love, his somethingfor the foreseeable future and failure to be convincing means a painful death for them both. Swept into a world of monsters, illusion, immortal honor and revenge, Joy discovers that sometimes there are no mistakes.

Metcalf’s unique style and distinct voice add layers to a complex plot and create a fascinating romance that readers will find unforgettable.

INDELIBLE will be available wherever books are sold and at Harlequin.com.


The role of Dawn Metcalf will be played by the tall brunette in the off-the-shoulder, floor-length leather straitjacket. Makeup by Clinique, buckles by Jada Pinkett Smith, hair by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.

I have no good excuse for the way I write. I lived in a normal, loving suburban home, studied hard, went to college, went to graduate school, got married, had babies and settled down in northern Connecticut. Despite this wholesome lifestyle, I’ve been clearly corrupted by fairy tales, puppet visionaries, British humor and graphic novels. As a result, I write dark, quirky and sometimes humorous speculative fiction.


Follow the tour:

Tuesday, July 11th - Reading Teen
Wednesday, July 10th - Coffee Books and Me 
Friday, July 12th - fiktshun

Monday, July 15th - Refracted Lights Reviews

Wednesday, July 17th - Two Chicks on Books
Friday, July 19th - Good Choice Reading

Monday, July 22th - Parajunkee

Wednesday, July 24th - Chapter by Chapter
Friday, July 26th - Rainy Day Ramblings


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  1. Do you find it hard to kill off your characters?

    No. BWAHAHAHAHAHA! *ahem* Next question.


    I was once at a high school, reading a book, and a kid asked me how my book was. I think I freaked him out a little because my response was something like "great! The author's not afraid to ruin their characters' lives."


  2. Thanks for the opportunity to win! I'm looking forward to reading this.

  3. I agree with barefoot!! And even socks. I'm not a huge shoe person... :) Flip flops or sneakers would be my shoe of choice. :) Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. Great Interview! Dawn's after my heart with the this or that answers particularly the new book smell addiction. I'm totally a new book smell junkie.

  5. Wow- Dawn sounds like my kind of writer! Indelible sounds deliciously dark and dangerous (and THANK YOU for killing one of the worst YA tropes that exists....yay!).
    Now I want to go read everything she's written....

  6. This books sounds so awesome I can not wait to read it.

  7. I've been dying to get my hands on this book I can't wait for it to come out! thank you so much for this awesome givaway!

  8. This sounds like a nice twist on the fae world!

  9. thanks for the fun interview and congrats to Dawn on the new release!

  10. Can't wait for the release date of the book. Indelible sounds different from the other fae books. Thanks for the interview and this great giveaway.

  11. Ooh!! So happy to see this interview and giveaway! I've been waiting for this book for what feels like FOREVER! I almost can't believe it's only like 10 days to publication! The early reviews I've read are all great, and I can't wait to see for myself.

    Dawn sounds like an absolute hoot, I bet she'd be so much fun to hang out with :) When I started reading her bio and got to the last word in the first sentence I just busted out laughing! Great sense of humor. Thanks again!!

  12. Awesome interview. Thanks for taking the time to post and double thanks for offering the awesome prize pack!

    You all rock!


  13. I can't wait to read this book! So excited! If I don't snag a copy through the tour I am definitely buying it for my Kindle :)

  14. Intriguing storyline with paranormal element in it. And seeing your recommendation to fans of Jace… It really raises my interest in the book! Thanks for sharing your review. :)


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