Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Interview With Dawn Metcalf

I met Dawn Metcalf on Twitter a while ago, and noticed right away that she was rather a big fan of Captain Jack. NOT as big a fan as me, you understand. I still get dibs. But still, she is a fan. So, when her debut novel came out, I offered her the opportunity to go toe to toe with the Captain himself. She accepted in less than two seconds. Her novel, LUMINOUS, is being heralded as a stunning debut, rich and vivid, with a plot unlike any you've seen in the realm of YA paranormals. Here's a peek:

When sixteen-year old Consuela Chavez discovers that she can remove her skin, revealing a lustrous mother-of-pearl skeleton, she slips into a parallel world known as the Flow; a place inhabited by archetypal teens with extraordinary abilities. Crafting skins out of anything – air, water, feathers, fire – she is compelled to save ordinary people from dying before their time. Yet now someone is murdering her new friends, one by one, and Consuela finds herself the focus of an intricate plot to end the Flow forever when all she really wants is to get back home, alive.

Intriguing, yes? Let's meet our guests for today.

Captain Jack Sparrow

Dawn Metcalf

Now that you know who's who, lets dive into the interview and reveal the gorgeous cupcake my hubby made in honor of Dawn's book. Because one of the skins Consuela can use in the Flow is a skin of butterflies (note the gorgeous cover), my hubby made a beautiful butterfly cupcake for Dawn. Without further ado, I give you the cupcake and Dawn's interview with the legendary Captain Jack.

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

I confess that it's hard to imagine myself as a member of Her Majesty's Royal navy--or any military organization--as I have a nasty tendency to question authority. However, I prefer order over chaos, law over anarchy, and a spot of good, clean fun...which often requires civilized things like baths and soap.

Either way, if it involves ordering around strapping seamen while wearing a fabulous hat, count me in!

2. Baths? Soap? You may be a tad too civilized for my taste, dear. What’s your favorite thing to do in Tortuga?

Sunbathe on the beach atop an exotic rug from the East stretched over a mountain of stolen booty. Preferably male.

3. You may sunbathe over any stolen booty you like, as long as it isn't mine. I’m offering you free passage aboard my ship to anywhere in the world. Where shall we go, love?

I've always wanted to return to Italy and Greek Isles! Warm sun, hot sands, and more good food than a body can why not lie down?

4. Now you're speaking my language. You and I may have more in common than I thought. 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?

No one is like you, Mr. Sparrow. The most savvy and debonair of my characters is Tender, although I'd seriously question his ability to woo. The honorable bungler would most likely be Wish, good heart that he is, and Consuela, our heroine, is none of these things, so I guess that deceptive little minx would be the author, me. *cocks eyebrow* *cocks pistol*

5. You're a devilish little thing, aren't you? *cocks own pistol* Mine is bigger. Rum? Or more rum?

I prefer to indulge in other vices. More for you!

6. You'll be hearing no argument out of me! I'm always a tad short of rum. Which leads me to the age old question: Why is the rum always gone?

I suspect Book Faeries. Instead of flittering around helpfully finishing my books while I sleep, they seem to be suspiciously absent. I'd look for tiny, ink-stained footprints and errant pencil shavings in the hold if I were you.

7. *peers closely at you* Darling, with a story like that, I feel positive you know there whereabouts of my missing rum. What’s the most piratish thing you’ve ever done?

I hit, kick, punch, and throw fighting men around regularly and with deadly intent for fun and profit, swords optional. (Quite optional as I still sport a crescent-shaped broadsword scar to this day.)

8. I see I'm going to have to keep you on my good side. Are they rules? Or more like guidelines?

You can always tell when they are rules: guidelines don't make that satisfactory cracking noise when you break them.

9. We understand each other completely. I understand you’re a story-teller. Any undead monkeys in your stories?

Alas, no. The stains are a bear to get out of the floorboards. And then there's the smell...

10. Isn't that the truth? Any curses? Heartless monsters? Irritating women who insist on taking matters into their own hands?

Yes, Yes, and most certainly Yes! That is if you mean swearing, murderous psychopaths, and my main character, Consuela. In fact, I think that describes all my favorite stories...not to mention my diaries.

11. How ... delightful. I believe I'll just ... clean my sword. *draws sword just in case* One of my favorite words is “egregious.” Care to share one of yours, love?

Taboo. It's not only a wonderful idea fairly begging for corruption, but it's awfully fun to say!

12. I believe anything that corrupts you should have the decency to be fun to say, don't you? Parlay? Or draw your sword?

Parlay. I always try to talk it out, speaking calmly, and in a soft voice. This requires the other person draw close enough to hear you, putting them conveniently within sword's reach. Problem solved.

13. *continues cleaning sword* I can hear you well enough from here, thank you very much. You’ve got a crowd of cursed sailors and a nasty sea monster on your trail. How do you escape?

Start throwing things overboard: excess ballast, insufferably honorable crew members, cursed sailors, corsets, you name it. If that fails to work, bribes of chocolate often suffice. And if *that* tactic fails, nuke 'em from orbit--it's the only way to be sure.

14. We'll start by throwing your corset overboard, shall we? Romantic night in? Or adventure on the high seas?

A romantic night in IS an adventure! They don't call it the "little death" for nothing.

15. Especially when behaving like a pirate. My personal motto is: Take what you want, give nothing back. What’s yours?

"Why be normal when you can be remembered?"

Thank you, Dawn, for such an entertaining interview! To learn more about Dawn, visit her site. To purchase Luminous, go here. Of course, the fun isn't over yet! Dawn is giving away a signed copy of LUMINOUS to one lucky commenter. To enter, simply fill out the form below. The contest is open for North America and I will accept entries until Monday, July 18th at 8 pm Central Time. Good luck!


  1. Jenny S. Morris says..
    Love the cover of the book, it sounds fascinating. As always the interview was hilarious!!

  2. The premise sounds really intriguing.

  3. Fun interview. Dawn, I've heard such great things about your book and how unique it is. Congrats and can't wait to read it.

  4. <3 everything about this.

    (PS: CJ, be warned! Dawn's a ninja, and she's on my side!)

  5. Great interview! I love you motto!

  6. Hi Dawn :)

    Thank you for the fun interview.

    All the best,


  7. Thanks for the awesome interview! I really looking forward to reading Luminous.

  8. I think your definition of the difference between rules and guidelines has just become a favorite quote of mine. And if my curiosity wasn't piqued by the description of LUMINOUS, your interview definitely has made me want to read your book.

    You took on Captain Jack like a seasoned pro.

  9. LOVE the cover and concept Dawn - unique!! Terrific interview ladies ... and Cap'n

  10. The premise does sound intriguing. And I agree with everyone else that the cover art is stunning.


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