Thursday, November 7, 2013

Interview with Monica MacDonald, author of Rook on tour with Candace's Book Blog

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Rook by Monica MacDonald
Could you be the monster to save who you love?

Two women, separated by generations, must leave what they know to start a new life. Seventeen-year-old Kate's senior year is ruined when she's moved from the only home she's ever known. After an isolating month alone in her apartment, school starts, but neither her classmates nor her teacher are who they seem. Kali, a single mother living in the nineteenth century wilds of Montana, is stalked by a malicious past. She fights to keep her daughter safe while her freedom is threatened by her less than benevolent benefactor. Both find love, and with it hope, but that is quickly ripped away as one woman must learn the lessons of the other -- before it's too late to save either.

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Monica is here!! :-D  Please welcome her... and her four adorable friends!!! Colorimetry!!

How did the idea for your book come to you?

One day, I was driving down the road, thinking about reincarnation. Don’t ask me why – I’ve got no idea how I went down that particular rabbit hole. I was wondering how it could possibly work when, as you look back at the population history of the planet, you went from relatively few people to somewhere in the neighborhood of eight billion.  So, if there was reincarnation, that must mean that people must be reincarnating at a faster and faster rate – and then it hit me. Could people reincarnate in the same family multiple times? What would that mean for their timelines? Would they do that in groups, never separating from the same people? What if there was a way around the process, since, as the theory goes, you’re only in a life to learn a set of things, and you reincarnate to enlightenment.  How could you beat the system and just do that in one life?

Oh... my!!  And then you add tension and a deadline?!  Lol.  Do you have a favorite scene?

I really like the end.  I spent three hundred pages getting to that point, and when there’s finally that a-ha! moment where the two storylines are clearly connected, it’s a giant release for me. I can finally tell that secret I’ve been hiding all along.

Wha-?  What secret?!  Oh... You're horrible. I'm sorry... um, maddening. 'Read the book', then?!

Share something personal! What book are you reading now? Favorite dish? Do you have pets? Share something personal! What book are you reading now? Favorite dish? Do you have pets?

Reading? Recently, I have had a near obsession with the White Queen, by Philippa Gregory. If what I’ve been told is correct, my family on my grandmother’s side goes back to her. When the show came out, I immediately fell in love with the story line, and have since devoured almost the entire thing this month. I especially like the rumored witchcraft element to that story. My people have always like to do things a little off the beaten path, so I wouldn’t be surprised if that belief really was true to life way back when.

Favorite dish? I love cheese, and once spent two weeks in Amman, Jordan eating nothing but that.  The Middle East really loves their cheeses (jibna!).  American grocery stores have dinky little five by eight sections of refrigeration devoted to cheese.  In Jordan, a strip running the length of the entire store will be filled with every kind of cheese you could imagine. And it’s cheap!

Pets? I have four dogs. Polly and Charlotte are old labs that we’ve had since puppies.  Gilly is a dachshund that was horribly abused and found refuge with us last year. Our big spotted cow (Great Dane) passed away this last July.  Our hearts were broken for months, but last week finally got a new Dane puppy – Frankie.

I love cheese, too! This interview is pretty cliff-hang-er-y, if you ask me. *hand on hip* At least... at least you shared some pictures of your pets.  Thx, Monica!  And thanks for stopping by today to make me want to read your book!! Lol.


Monica MacDonald is a married graduate student with three boys. Utah is home right now, but the need to wander has extended beyond the fantasy world of writing and into real life. She's lived all around the US and even into the Middle East. The world is really a small place, only made bigger through imagination.

Find the author: Website/Blog | Facebook | Twitter | GoodReads 

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