Saturday, June 25, 2011

Blog tour with Teresa Frohock, author of Miserere!

I'm incredibly excited to welcome author Teresa Frohock to my blog today! Her debut novel, Miserere: An Autumn Tale, will be available on July 5th, 2011 (which is very soon--mark your calenders!). Teresa has kindly stopped by to answer the one question I had for her and I must say, she had an excellent response. Keep reading to find out what it was :)

BIO: Raised in a small town, Teresa Frohock learned to escape to other worlds through the fiction collection of her local library. She eventually moved away from Reidsville and lived in Virginia and South Carolina before returning to North Carolina, where she currently resides with her husband and daughter.

Teresa has long been accused of telling stories, which is a southern colloquialism for lying. Miserere: An Autumn Tale is her debut novel.

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 "What has been your greatest non-literary accomplishment?"

Hi, Sandy, thanks for having me here.

I’m not sure if it’s my greatest accomplishment, but I’m very proud of the fact that I completed two years of college level Spanish and passed with very high grades. That doesn’t seem like much, but I have a profound hearing loss. I can hear sounds, but I have to read lips in order to understand speech.

On bad days when my tinnitus is in high gear, I can barely understand English. I learned how to read lips in Spanish, which is hard, because there is very little lip movement with Spanish. I have a difficult time following native speakers; they speak very fast and often don’t enunciate the same as people who are speaking Spanish as a second language.

I have a much easier time reading in Spanish. While I am nowhere near bilingual, I can read enough Spanish to get the gist of an article or blurb. I try very hard to keep read Spanish once a week so I don’t forget the vocabulary. It’s a beautiful language.

I think this was such a great question. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our writing, we forget the other things that fill in our lives. I like to hear about other people too, so if you’re comfortable, tell Sandy and me a little about YOUR greatest non-literary accomplishment.

The next interview in the blog tour will be at Sarah’s Random Musings where I’ll be talking about the fantasy novels that inspired me. I hope you’ll join me there. (I certainly will!)

Learning another language is a HUGE accomplishment! Especially Spanish---I'm a native speaker and I still get confused with the grammar. Anyway, thank you, Teresa, for taking the time to answer my question. :) Now for some info about Miserere...

Exiled exorcist Lucian Negru deserted his lover in Hell in exchange for saving his sister Catarina's soul, but Catarina doesn't want salvation. She wants Lucian to help her fulfill her dark covenant with the Fallen Angels by using his power to open the Hell Gates. Catarina intends to lead the Fallen’s hordes out of Hell and into the parallel dimension of Woerld, Heaven’s frontline of defense between Earth and Hell.

When Lucian refuses to help his sister, she imprisons and cripples him, but Lucian learns that Rachael, the lover he betrayed and abandoned in Hell, is dying from a demonic possession. Determined to rescue Rachael from the demon he unleashed on her soul, Lucian flees his sister, but Catarina's wrath isn’t so easy to escape. In the end, she will force him once more to choose between losing Rachael or opening the Hell Gates so the Fallen's hordes may overrun Earth, their last obstacle before reaching Heaven's Gates. [synopsis]

Epic book trailer:

The one word I keep coming back to whenever I think of this book is badass. That cover, that book trailer, that synopsis...tell me that doesn't have you curious! I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of this book! And if you're interested, the publisher has the first four chapters of the book available for reading.

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