Hi everyone! Today I have Janeal Falor over, author of YOU ARE MINE, for a quick little interview about her book and herself. If you didn’t see my review last week, you can check out my 5 star review of YOU ARE MINE here! This book completely surprised me and ended up being a fantastic story.
Before we get to the interview, here’s a little information about the book. Janeal has been gracious enough to let me host a giveaway of a free ebook copy for one of you! Details are at the bottom of this post 🙂
You Are Mine by Janeal Falor
Released: May 6, 2013
Series: Mine #1
Then her ownership is won by a barbarian from another country. With the uncertainty that comes from belonging to a new warlock, Serena questions if being tarnished is really worse than being owned by a barbarian, and tempts fate by breaking the rules. When he looks the other way instead of punishing her, she discovers a new world. The more she ventures into the forbidden, the more she learns of love and a freedom just out of reach. Serena longs for both. But in a society where women are only ever property, hoping for more could be deadly.
1. For those new to your book, can you give us a quick pitch of what YOU ARE MINE is all about?
It’s been described as a YA version of THE HANDMAID’S TALE by Margaret Atwood with magic.
And for those who are unfamiliar with THE HANDMAID’S TALE: In a world where woman are only useful for the magic in their blood, Serena knows she will always be owned. Yet despite society’s expectations, she longs for more.
2. Women have zero place in society–apart from producing children–in the world of YOU ARE MINE. The men, especially Serena’s father, are fond of punishment to their wife and children. Was it hard creating a place that has women and children so far down on the totem pole? What message were you hoping to give readers who experience this treatment right along with Serena?
At first the story came very naturally, but the more I grew to realize how harsh the men were, the more emotionally taxing it was to write. It was extremely difficult to place myself in Serena’s head, especially when punishments were doled out. I often needed to do something light and cheery after working on those scenes.
Honestly when I wrote it, I didn’t think about giving readers a message. I was simply telling Serena’s story. Though the intention wasn’t there then, I do hope that readers realize that despite horrid circumstances we sometimes find ourselves in, that we can still follow our feelings and work toward what we feel is right.
3. If you lived in Chardonia, would you be as brave as Serena and take all the risks she does, especially going against the traditional clothing expected of non-tarnished women?
I’d like to think I would be brave enough, but would I really? No clue.
Sometimes I’m really good at standing up for things I think are right, but there are still moments which, sadly, I don’t. Not only is it sometimes difficult, but I’m not even faced with the kind of punishments Serena is. I hope I would be brave enough. The traditional engagement dress, though I’d be fighting pretty hard not to have to wear that thing.
4. You left us with a bright and hopeful ending. What can we expect in the next book, MINE TO SPELL?
Dark gloominess. Ha! Really though, some things will get darker but there will be more growth and hope. That story is about Serena’s sister Cynthia, and the next place she takes Chardonia makes me fantastically giddy.
And since that was all very vague here are some more specific extras: More romance and kissing, but still a side plot. There will be more action scenes than were in YOU ARE MINE. Plus, there will be more world-building with insights about magic and other countries.
5. Since we are getting close to Halloween, what is your all-time favorite witch movie?
Hocus Pocus or The Witches. Old-school favorites. Neither are very scary because I’m a big ol’ hide-under-my-covers wimp.
6. In your biography it says that you “cook whatever strikes your fancy.” What’s your favorite meal to cook?
It’s difficult to pick just one but some of my favorite things to cook are treats. And yes, I totally eat these as ‘meals’. Cookies, brownies, caramel rice crispies, etc. Treats not only make for happy taste buds, but also bring a smile.
Thank you so much for taking the time out to answer my questions, Janeal! 🙂
Janeal Falor lives in Utah where she’s finally managed to live in the same house for more than five years without moving. In her spare time she reads books like they’re nuts covered in caramel and chocolate, cooks whatever strikes her fancy, and enjoys the outdoors. Her husband and three children try to keep up with her overactive imagination. Usually they settle for having dinner on the table, even if she’s still going on about the voices in her head.
Janeal is giving away ONE ebook copy of YOU ARE MINE! Here are the rules:
- One (1) winner
- Open INTERNATIONALLY
- Formats available: mobi, epub, pdf
- Ends: November 10 at midnight
- Winner will be sent an email and has 48 hours to respond