I’m calling this day Mary Weber Monday. I got dibs on it. Nobody can take that from me—unless you already had that idea. Nope the hashtag is mines. Boom. Anyhow I’m so excited for this 5 quick questions because Mary Weber, Author of the exciting and breathtaking debut YA novel Storm Siren stopped by and spend a little time over here with me at Creatyvebooks. I’m the luckiest person in the world. Creatyvebooks was just started over a month ago and I had the opportunity to interview with two authors. One being Corinne Davis the author of Dreamwalkers (Check out Dare to Dream for more info) and now Mary Weber of Storm Siren *runs around yelling at the top of lungs in excitement* Yes I’m fangirling like crazy. I never though in my wildest dream I would get this opportunity. So I have to say thank you Mary Weber you are the best and are truly amazing.
5 QUICK QUESTIONS
1. I know that you’ve been asked this question a lot but I have to ask. How did the story of Nymia and Storm Siren come about? Was it a dream? A thought? Or a light bulb moment that said I need to tell this story?
Eep! Thanks for inviting me here!! And oh man, I always hear of writers having awesome dreams spawn their stories and I’m still waiting for that to happen (preferably with Peeta or Gale in it, ha!). In this case, I was researching Joan of Arc (because she’s flipping amazing) and came across this old poem called “St. Patrick’s Breastplate,” wherein Patrick is basically calling forth the Elements to use as a shield. Which is very cool and old-skool superhero of him. From there the story was influenced by my love for all things fantasy, comic books, and Last Airbender.
2.Did you grow up reading a lot of comic books or watched television shows based on comics? Because when I first laid eyes on the Storm Siren cover I thought of Storm from the X-men.
It DOES look like Storm, right?!! Although, (not even lying) I actually didn’t catch that until my brother pointed it out one day – I think I was just too excited that the book had a real cover!! And regarding my growing up years – I was always fascinated by comics but tended to read more straight fantasy. As far as TV shows go, well… 21 Jump Street was my obsession. My brother and I would watch it every day after school! It wasn’t until my dating years that my future-husband got me fully addicted to all things superpower-ish.
3. I know this is a fictional story but you do hit on some real world heavy issues such as self-hate and cutting. For those who have read the book knows why Nymia does and feel this way but did you have a hard time with making a choice to put something of this magnitude and deep within Storm Siren?
I love that you asked this question – thank you. And my honest answer is both yes and no. It was definitely by far the most difficult part of the story to write. They are such heavy issues and I felt very strongly that if I was going to include them, I wanted to do so in a way that was authentic as well as respectful and honoring. At the same time, because I work with teens and see daily what they face, I felt absolutely passionate about including those struggles. I wanted to do so through Nym, but also show the power that friendship, support, and embracing of one’s own internal strength can have in overcoming those challenges.
In the back of Storm Siren, there’s a list of reader questions and the final one addresses the issue of self harm as well as offers a resource. I hope the dear-hearts who are fighting this battle take advantage of it. And I hope they know that my own heart is cheering them on to freedom. Because I believe they are already-powerful, beautiful individuals who can, and will, succeed.
4. Okay time for something light and fluffy. What is your favorite 80’s song to sing at the top of your lungs? Mine is A-ha’s Take On Me lol.
AHHH!!! LOVE that song!! And I have two favorites which I regularly sing in the kitchen to my
mortified super-thrilled children – Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” and Def Leppard’s “Love Bites.”
5.Last and final question. When can we expect for the second book in the Storm Siren Trilogy to come out? I mean that cliffhanger was a killer.
*laughs* I suppose my offer to sing for you as penance isn’t the most appeasing, ha! Okay, so book 2 (Siren’s Fury) comes out June 2, 2015! And there are creepy things afoot. ;0)
THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME!!!!!!
To all my followers I hope you had as much fun as I did with this interview. Mary Weber’s Storm Siren is available on Amazon.com, B&N, or your local bookstore.
(Provided by Goodreads)
“I raise my chin as the buyers stare. Yes. Look. You don’t want me. Because, eventually, accidentally, I will destroy you.”
In a world at war, a slave girl’s lethal curse could become one kingdom’s weapon of salvation. If the curse—and the girl—can be controlled.
As a slave in the war-weary kingdom of Faelen, seventeen-year-old Nym isn’t merely devoid of rights, her Elemental kind are only born male and always killed at birth — meaning, she shouldn’t even exist.
Standing on the auction block beneath smoke-drenched mountains, Nym faces her fifteenth sell. But when her hood is removed and her storm-summoning killing curse revealed, Nym is snatched up by a court advisor and given a choice: be trained as the weapon Faelen needs to win the war, or be killed.
Choosing the former, Nym is unleashed into a world of politics, bizarre parties, and rumors of an evil more sinister than she’s being prepared to fight . . . not to mention the handsome trainer whose dark secrets lie behind a mysterious ability to calm every lightning strike she summons.
But what if she doesn’t want to be the weapon they’ve all been waiting for?
Set in a beautifully eclectic world of suspicion, super abilities, and monsters, Storm Siren is a story of power. And whoever controls that power will win.
Don’t Forget to add Siren’s Fury to your Want to Read list over at Goodreads.
About the Author
(provided by mchristineweber.com)
M. Christine Weber is a ridiculously uncoordinated girl plotting to take over make-believe worlds through books, handstands, and imaginary throwing knives. She lives on the breathtaking California coast with her three homeschooled children and an engineering husband who looks strikingly similar to Wolverine.