When we hear the word “revel” we may think of finding enjoyment from the simplest pleasures. Like curling up by a fire with our favorite novel, for example. Some may even think of being in the company of friends and family, enjoying a celebratory atmosphere. For author Maurissa Guibord, Revel is the title of her latest young adult novel and it may have a little more to do with monsters and mystery! Enjoy our interview with Maurissa as she dishes about life with two finished novels and what readers can expect from Revel.
The biggest change in my life since WARPED would be the friendships I’ve made with other writers. Published, pre-published, on-line and face-to-face, they are huge blessing in my life! I can’t stress enough how much relationships like these improve the lonely life of a writer! But the other big change is the learning that’s taken place. In some ways, getting a book published has shown me how much I don’t know about writing. Weird right? Conferences, online critique sharing, reading manuscripts for others- these have all helped my writing tremendously. Having two novels now, with REVEL coming out soon, it’s amazing to me and I hope that I keep making readers happy with the stories I tell. And I definitely feel like I’m still learning.
Why did you decide to write for teens?
Reading had a huge impact on me when I was a teen- books became a lifetime source of wonder and comfort to me at that age. I guess that’s why I chose to write for young adults. I’m writing the stories that would have appealed to me then. And they still do now!
You’ve been praised for your skill in writing fantasy and mystery. Did you ever consider writing a different genre?
Not a different genre, but I’ve definitely thought about writing mysteries for adults. I would love to someday write a classic whodunit!
Can you tell us about Revel and what readers can expect from your sophomore novel?
Revel is about a girl coming to an isolated island community off the coast of Maine. It’s about handsome lobstermen, secret island ceremonies, mysterious fogs, sea creatures and transformations. I hope readers enjoy the dangers and surprises of Trespass Island.
Between Delia, Sean and Jax, who was your favorite character to create?
I would have to say Sean Gunn, but I don’t want to give anything away about the story. Let’s just say Sean has a true heart and he goes through hell!
Revel’s plot is centered on a mysterious island off the coast of Maine. How much reality did you mix with fantasy within the setting?
The inspiration for Trespass Island came from a real place. Peaks Island is not far from Portland, Maine. It’s easily reached by a twenty minute ferry ride and yet, when I visited there for the first time I was struck by how removed from the “real” world it seemed. The people who live there year round have challenges that are unique to island living. I just took some of those features and amplified them. A lot. And added monsters!
If you had to choose just one line from Revel to convince someone to read it which one would it be, and why?
This is a line from a poem I wrote- which became a song that the islanders have adopted as a sort of anthem for their community. I think it gives a flavor of the mystery and danger that surrounds the island.
The compass swings from north to south with Trespass on the lee,
But a Trespass sailor never drowns; he’s only lost at sea.
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Before beginning her writing career Maurissa Guibord worked slinging pizzas, alphabetizing things and practicing medicine. Now she writes teen fiction for people who love the same kind of stories she does: mysterious, romantic and with a touch of humor. Her short mystery fiction, published in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine has been nominated for the Agatha Award. She lives on the coast of Maine with her mysterious cat, romantic husband and three kids who make her laugh. Her debut novel, Warped, will be published in early 2011 by Delacorte Press.