Author Interview with Bethany Frenette

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4fdd6f816b124ee595f6fb07a25a134eHi, everyone! Welcome back!

I am so so so so SO SO SO excited to be hosting Bethany Frenette’s newest novel, Burn Bright, as our Book of the Month this February! Last year, I fell in love with Dark Star. Technically, I also fell in love with Burn Bright last year…but I’m very excited for all of you to read it this month! Seriously…this series is amazing. AMAZING. If you like superheroes and awesome as hell heroines…..this series is for you!

 

5626120I’m an author of YA books, a keeper of small cats, a fan of all things geeky, and a lover of the absurd. I was born and raised in the great snowy north of Minnesota, from which I have never yet managed to escape.

In my spare time, I read, play video games, and do everything within my power to annoy my friends. Parlor tricks include making an eerily accurate frog noise and the ability to recite Maurice Sendak’sOutside Over There from memory.

 

Thai or Mexican?
Mexican!
Cats or Dogs?
Cats, definitely.  I like dogs just fine, but I adore cats. (I agree!)
Biggest Quirk?
I’m not sure this counts, but I have this thing where I can’t fall asleep unless something is physically covering my eyes.  Weird, I 3119551know.  But I can’t just pull up the covers, because then I feel like I’m suffocating.  And eyemasks don’t work for some reason.  So I sleep with a blanket covering just my eyes.  It’s pretty strange, I’ll admit.
Biggest Pet Peeve?
People who don’t use their turn signal.  It takes, like, ZERO EFFORT.  It’s a flick of the wrist!  Just use your turn signal, people!  (I have strong feelings about this.) (You would hate me as a driver. LOL)
Celebrity Crush?
This changes by the month.  Sometimes by the week!  But currently we’ll go with Richard Madden from Game of Thrones.  Oh Robb Stark, we miss you.
Favorite superhero?
Batman, hands down.
Favorite TV show?
Of all time?  Probably Battlestar Galactica.  (The newer one.)  Currently airing?  I’m not sure which I’d consider my favorite, but I’m a big fan of Hannibal, The Americans, and… yes, I’m going to say it:  The Vampire Diaries.
Current Favorite song?
“Samson” by Regina Spektor.
Favorite movie?
The Last Unicorn.  I’m not even kidding.
Drink of choice?
Does water count?
3119550Burn Bright is the sequel to Dark Star. Does it take off right after Dark Star? Can readers expect a bunch of superhero goodness?
Burn Bright takes place a couple of months after Dark Star ended.  We’re past the new year, but since it’s Minnesota, still somewhere in the midst of winter.  And there’s definitely a lot of demon-fighting going on!  And not just the Guardians — Audrey gets to get in on the action, as well.
I’ve been dreading asking you this question because a part of me doesn’t even want to know. Is this only going to be a 3 book series? Or is it (hopefully!) going to be longer than that?
Right now, I’ve only got three books planned.  The third book is going to wrap up the storyline for Audrey and her friends — but I won’t rule out ever exploring their world again!  I’ve had a lot of fun with the characters, so who knows?
Can you give us any details on the 3rd book? When can we expect it to be out?
I just finished up revisions on book three, but while I don’t have my exact release date yet, hopefully it won’t be too long.
As for hints — well, here are a few:
1) Audrey’s going to have some huge decisions to make.  (Totally vague, I know, but I don’t want to give too much away.  The end of Burn Bright should give you an idea of what I mean here.)
2)  I had a ridiculous amount of fun writing the villain of the book.  Maybe more fun than I had writing Susannah — and I loved writing her!
3)  You’re going to see some familiar faces!
What was your first reaction when you found out that Disney was going to publish this series?

Rapture!  No, but seriously, I was very giddy.  It was my mother’s birthday, and when I told her she started (delightedly!) saying some words I won’t repeat here.  So the timing was awesome.

What can we expect from Audrey and Leon’s relationship in the 3rd book?
They have things a bit more settled between them, but it’s not going to be all butterflies and rainbows.  Audrey’s been keeping a pretty big secret from Leon, and that’s going to cause issues.  Confession:  I totally cried while writing a couple of their scenes.  But I’ve been known to cry during sappy TV commercials, so take that as you will.
But the bottom line is that they care about each other and they want to protect one another — they just have a bit of learning (and accepting) to do.
If you could cast anyone to play some of the main characters, who would you choose?
I love these questions!  Except the answers totally change all the time.  (Not to mention that actors age much faster than characters, so most of them wouldn’t fit anymore.)  Which means you’re not actually going to get a real answer, sadly!
But I will tell you this.  All you authors out there (published or otherwise):  do not let your parents fancast.  … Or at least don’t let my parents fancast.  It will ruin your life.
Are you currently working on anything else?
I have a few projects I’m planning — though with just finishing up book three’s revisions, nothing major at the moment!
What 2014 debut are you most looking forward to?
My friend Lindsay Smith’s SEKRET is coming out on the first of April (what a great release date, right??) and I’m super excited for that!

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