Thursday, September 15, 2011

Interview with Debut Author Elizabeth Miles

Fury (The Fury Trilogy #1)Elizabeth Miles

Books -
Fury (Simon Pulse, August 30th, 2011)

Sometimes sorry isn't enough....

It’s winter break in Ascension, Maine. The snow is falling and everything looks pristine and peaceful. But not all is as it seems...

Between cozy traditions and parties with her friends, Emily loves the holidays. And this year’s even better--the guy she’s been into for months is finally noticing her. But Em knows if she starts things with him, there’s no turning back. Because his girlfriend is Em’s best friend.

On the other side of town, Chase is having problems of his own. The stress of his home life is starting to take its toll, and his social life is unraveling. But that’s nothing compared to what’s really haunting him. Chase has done something cruel...something the perfect guy he pretends to be would never do. And it’s only a matter of time before he’s exposed.

In Ascension, mistakes can be deadly. And three girls—three beautiful, mysterious girls—are here to choose who will pay.

Em and Chase have been chosen.
Elizabeth  Miles
Elizabeth Miles grew up in Chappaqua, New York, not far from New York City. She graduated from Boston University in 2004, and has worked ever since as a journalist for an alternative newsweekly. She has been honored by the New England Press Association and the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies. Elizabeth serves on the board of trustees of Portland Players, a community theater and second home. She loves pizza; she can often be found running around on stage while scantily clad; and a cold winter night in Maine is one of the creepiest and most beautiful things she can think of. Fury is her first novel.

So, let's start with the cover of your debut novel, FURY, don't you just LOVE it? Did you get any input about it, or did you choose from two pictures, or did your publisher just make it, because its so great!

I sure do *love* the cover of Fury - it's just so eye-catching and beautiful, and the way the fire wraps around to the back of the book is awesome. I didn't have a lot of say in the cover image - I left that to the people who know what they're doing, i.e. the editors and designers at Simon Pulse. Apparently there was a lot of behind-the-scenes back and forth about the Fury cover. I'm hoping to get the inside scoop and report back on my blog (

How long did it take you to write the first draft of FURY?

All told, it took me about six months to write the first draft, and another three to go through a few rounds of revisions.

Did you do a lot of heavy outlining for FURY before writing it?

I work with the fantastically talented folks at Paper Lantern Lit (a literary development company co-founded by Lauren Oliver) to craft detailed outlines before I start writing the book. Working off such an outline is tremendously helpful.

What was the hardest part about writing FURY?

I'm a journalist by trade, and writing fiction was new to me. I'm used to being as concise as possible. It was fun to learn to linger in certain scenes, to really explore them and give them depth. I think I'm much more comfortable with that now, as I work on the sequel (Envy). 

What was your favorite part about writing FURY?

It's hard to choose just one! I loved writing the scary scenes, seeing how far I could push them. My goal was to give myself goosebumps. I also loved writing Chase's character - writing from the male perspective was an interesting challenge! And of course, I'm really enjoying meeting new readers, talking to bloggers about my book and fiction in general, and learning more about my craft.

What does it feel like to know your book is on the shelves for everyone to read?

These are words that come to mind: Surreal. Nerve-wracking. Thrilling. Scary. Relief. Anticipation. Pride. Lucky. All of the above, and in some overwhelming moments, all at the same time.


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