Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Interview with Diana Peterfreund

Because Diana and I share an editor, I was privileged enough to get an advance copy of FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS several months ago. I didn't know what to expect from it as I started reading, but I was instantly captivated. It's a re-imagined PERSUASION in a dystopian-ish setting, and it is lyrical, heartbreaking, and wonderful. I don't even think I have the words to describe how unique and special this book is. I couldn't finish it fast enough, but I wanted to slow down and just ... savor. Here's a peek:

It's been several generations since a genetic experiment gone wrong caused the Reduction, decimating humanity and giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.

Elliot North has always known her place in this world. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family's estate over love. Since then the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress, and Elliot's estate is foundering, forcing her to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth—an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliot wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she let him go.

But Elliot soon discovers her old friend carries a secret—one that could change their society . . . or bring it to its knees. And again, she's faced with a choice: cling to what she's been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she's ever loved, even if she's lost him forever.

Inspired by Jane Austen's persuasion, For Darkness Shows the Stars is a breathtaking romance about opening your mind to the future and your heart to the one person you know can break it.

Intriguing, yes? As soon as I finished the book, I jumped at the chance to have Diana on the blog. She chose to be interviewed by the inimitable Captain Jack Sparrow. Let's meet today's guests.

Captain Jack Sparrow

Diana Peterfreund

Before we get to the interview, we get to reveal the amazing cupcake (and I do mean amazing!) my hubby made in honor of Diana's book. Elliot's grandfather left her a compass, and it's both important to Elliot's journey (metaphorically and literally) and serves as a motif throughout the book as Elliot and Kai both try to find their bearings in a world that insists on changing beneath their feet. So, my hubby made a compass cupcake for today's interview (And even ensconced it in a midnight sky w/glittering stars). Without further ado, I give you Diana vs. Captain Jack and the compass cupcake.

Compass Cupcake

1. Would you classify yourself as a pirate or a member of Her Majesty’s Royal navy? Why?

Let’s be honest, here. Pirates or privateers, it’s a matter of semantics and whether or not your pirating is royally approved. Captain Wentworth, for instance, made his fortune out of capturing enemy ships and looting them.

2. Are you telling me there's an officially sanctioned pirate in your book? My dear, where have you been all my life? What’s your favorite thing to do in Tortuga?

Eat Tartufo. Mostly for the story.

3. As long as you're willing to share. I’m offering you free passage aboard my ship to anywhere in the world. Where shall we go, love?

New Zealand. I know it’s a long trip, but it’s SO beautiful there. I mean, check out these pictures from my last trip:

4. As I see a notable lack of His Majesty's accursed navy, I will agree to this suggestion. Who is the hero of your story most like: me (savvy, debonair, and unquestionably smooth with the ladies), the insufferably honorable Will Turner, or that deceptive little minx Elizabeth?

Kai’s a little bit Jack and a lot of Elizabeth, and Elliot definitely plays the Will in that relationship.

5. A sanctioned pirate who is a mix of my rather glorious self and that minx Elizabeth? I don't know whether to cultivate his acquaintance or leave for safer waters before the world comes to an end. Rum? Or more rum?

Just rum for me, please. That’ll leave more for you, Jack.

6. Which leads me to the age old question: Why is the rum always gone?

Probably because my husband used it to make Painkillers, which is properly only made with the Official Rum of the British Royal Navy: Pusser’s.

7. A husband, eh? Well, if he absconds will all of the Navy's rum, he's welcome to join my crew. At least until the next port.What’s the most piratish thing you’ve ever done?

Are you kidding? I stole the entire plot and most of the characters for my latest book from Jane Austen. Avast.

8. I am suitably impressed. Are they rules? Or more like guidelines?

Guidelines. There’s no such thing as rules.

9. I think I might be in love. And not just because of your husband's rum. I understand you’re a story-teller. Any undead monkeys in your stories?

Obviously, there should be!

10. A matter of some debate. Any curses? Heartless monsters? Irritating women who insist on taking matters into their own hands?

Especially that last one. In spades!

11. *locks away the rum and keeps a weather eye on his hat* One of my favorite words is “egregious.” Care to share one of yours, love?

I love maelstrom. Also, encrusted.

12. I've seen plenty of encrusted ... things ... in Tortuga, and I'm afraid I cannot share your enthusiasm. Parlay? Or draw your sword?

Sword. It’s probably not good to admit this, but I’m more of a shoot-first kind of gal.

13. I'll be sure to remain on your good side, then. You’ve got a crowd of cursed sailors and a nasty sea monster on your trail. How do you escape?

Pit hem against each other. Cursed sailors are the favorite snack of many of the more common species of leviathan and/or kraken. Everyone knows that.

14. I do admire the way you think. Romantic night in? Or adventure on the high seas?

You’re talking to the girl whose honeymoon was an adventure on the high seas, so I fail to see the distinction.

15. My personal motto is: Take what you want, give nothing back. What’s yours?

“The harder you work, the luckier you get.” Also, “Everything is better with Alan Rickman.”

Thank you, Diana, for such an entertaining interview! To learn more about Diana, visit her site. To purchase your copy of FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS (and you really, really should) head to Indie Bound, Barnes & Noble, or Amazon.

The fun isn't over yet, though! Diana is giving away a copy of FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS to one lucky reader. The contest is international and is open until 8 p.m. central time Wednesday, June 19th. To enter, simply fill out the following form. Good luck to you and happy reading!


  1. Undead monkeys! Horrors! That's almost as unnerving as undead kittens. OMG! I have to write that one down.

  2. That cupcake! Looks amazing!!!! And I couldn't help laughing as I read the interview. Cant wait to read the book!!!!

  3. Holy schmancy cupcakes Batman! I couldn't eat it. It's just too pretty.

    I seriously can't wait to read this book. Jane Austen + dystopian? ::explodes in joy::

  4. That cupcake is a work of art!!! I need to make one for myself. It just looks too yummy. The premise for this sounds bloody brilliant!

  5. Thank you so much for having me, CJ. That cupcake is DIVINE. I wish I could see it in person!

  6. Great interview, Jack! And what an awesome cupcake. I'm so impressed! Does it point to what you want most? (I guess it would point to itself, huh?)

  7. That cupcake is so cute!!! I love Jack Sparrow!!! And you went to New Zealand! I am so envious. New Zealand is definitely one of the many places I want to go once I finish school for good (Engineers without Borders!!!). OMG I love you answer to the question "Why is the rum always gone?"!!! Go Painkillers lol!!! Congrats on your new release, Diana! It looks amazing :)

    Alyssa Susanna

  8. Love the Persuasion story and can't wait to see it retold!

  9. Love the personal motto! :-) Also, cant wait to read this book! I love Jane Austen and I've heard awesome things!

  10. I can't wait to read this, it sounds amazing! And the cover... <3 :D


  11. I can't even believe that is a cupcake! It is fantastic. The best one yet. Great interview!

  12. I wanted to read this book before reading Diana's interview, but now it's become a NEED. I desperately need to read this book if the interview is any indication of how awesome Diana is!

    Also, cupcakes are from heaven. Therefore, I am forced to conclude that your husband is also from heaven and should be making cupcakes for the masses. Truth.

  13. That cupcake is awesome! If my hubby had his way our honeymoon would have been a high sea adventure, he had to settle for just the beach. cant wait to read the book!

  14. I always love these Interviews ^_^. I knew very little about this book before stopping by here and I am happy to say I did.

  15. I was already super excited about your book, and this just made me a million times more so! What an awesome interview! And love your photos from New Zealand - it's somewhere I've always wanted to go. :)

  16. That cupcake is STELLAR!! :)

    Great interview ladies. The blurb sounded awesome, the interview iced the cupcake for me - I need to read this!

  17. great interview
    awesome cupcake

  18. That's the coolest cupcake ever! Also, love the bit about "egregious." LOL!

  19. Hahaha, "what's the most piratey thing you've ever done?" "stole pretty much the entire plot from Jane Austen." Aye, that be very piratey, m'lady. Now onto the rum!

  20. These interviews are my favorite! I would never think to go to New Zealand, but it looks beautiful. I'll have to add it to my list of 5 million other places I'd like to visit. Thanks for the giveaway! Can't wait to read For Darkness Shows the Stars.

  21. New Zealand looks gorgeous! I would love to go there someday.

    I LOVE your motto, “Everything is better with Alan Rickman.” LOL And I totally agree!

    Thanks for the great interview and giveaway! It gave me lots of laughs. :)

  22. Those are beautiful pictures! I want to visit. I'm not familiar with the motto but I like it a lot :)

  23. Thanks for the interview. Heard so many great things about your book I cannot wait to buy it for my high school library and pass it onto my students in the fall!

  24. I definitely do love the way Diana thinks. :D She is so awesome.

  25. Cool interview, but Alan Rickman is overrated :P

    1. You've obviously never seen him in Sense and Sensibility!

    2. Or Die Hard or, my personal fave, Truly Madly Deeply.

  26. What awesome cupcakes, and New Zealand looks absolutely amazing!
    Is it just me, or does one of the clouds over the mountain look a little bit like a bird?
    Anyway, I'm super-excited about reading For Darkness Shows the Stars AND I just finished watching Pirate's of the Carribean On Stranger Tides, so I'm in a very pirate-y mood :D

  27. I haven't been on your blog in FOREVER and I just loved reading Diana's interview with Jack Sparrow. I NEED FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS NOW SO BAD!! Also, your husband has MAD cupcake skillz. :)

  28. nice interview and lovely pic :)

  29. Wonderful interview! Thank you so much for sharing.

  30. HOLY. This sounds amazing! I NEED!
    and CJ REDWINE? Woman, you rock my world! :)
    I so wish I get to meet you! LOVED THE INTERVIEW! :D

  31. I've heard so many great things about this book I want to read it!!!!!

  32. Awesome cupcake and pics! Thanks for the fun interview, now I need to read Darkness even more!


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