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Interview with MaryBeth Mulhall, Author of Tears of a Clown
Today we would like to weclome MaryBeth Mulhall to the blog! She is here to tell us about her new book Tears of a Clown. If this seems like something you would like to read, please use the links at the end to grab a copy or two!
YAPC: How would you describe your book in 20 words or less without using the blurb?
MaryBeth: New girl wears Juggalo clown makeup. Hot guys into her anyway. Popular girls get jealous and mean. Revenge happens.
YAPC: Where would you live if you could live anywhere in the world?
MaryBeth: If I could live anywhere, I would love to live inJapan. The culture and history and architecture just fascinates me.
YAPC: What’s your current guilty pleasure?
MaryBeth: I don’t know that I feel guilty about it, but I’m a recent Whovian (within the past year) and I’m just totally hooked. I guess the real guilty pleasure is Doctor Who t-shirts. I own several and I love when someone realizes what it is about and questions me or gives me that knowing nod. It’s like being a part of a secret club!
YAPC: Did you have support at the beginning and/or during your writing?
MaryBeth: My mom was a big supporter when I started writing as a child, but when I got back into it (when I got serious about it) no one really knew I was doing it until after the fact. I have a lot of post-supporters now though!
YAPC: What do you love about writing?
MaryBeth: I love how a story unfolds and how the characters may run away from me but end up coming back together in the end for a satisfying result. I am typically a shy person and more of an observer than a participator so writing allows me to be a story teller without having to physically speak to others! Hah I swear I’m not that lame, but writing allows me time to think things out and there’s less of a chance of putting my foot in my mouth.
YAPC: Who is your favorite character in your new release?
MaryBeth: Oooh that is a tough one. I love Darcy, the main character. She is so snarky and spunky and even though she gets bullied, she doesn’t let it get her down and she stands up for others who get picked on as well…but then there’s Jazz, who’s got some of the best lines in the book, who keeps it more light hearted but then has her serious moments as well. I’d love to have her as a friend.
YAPC: How did you come up with your premise for your books?
MaryBeth: My book ideas come from all sorts of places: Dreams, conversations, other books gone bad (not that they are necessarily done badly, but if I come across something with an idea I like & I can put my own twist on it, I might go for it!). Sometimes it’s just a random idea that pops into my head and it just grows and takes on a life of its own and if I don’t get it out it will consume me!
YAPC: Which genres do you prefer to read?
MaryBeth: While I tend to read YA stuff almost exclusively, I don’t like to limit myself to only certain genres. It’s more about if the blurb catches my eye. As far as what I tend to not read a lot of? Historical fiction (although I dig time travel books!), Westerns and books with overly religious themes. That’s not to say I won’t read them if they catch my interest, but I don’t seem to actively seek them out.
YAPC: How many books do you read/month?
MaryBeth: I think, as an author, it’s extra important to read a lot, especially in your genre so you know what’s out there, etc. Last year I kept track of everything I read. I was 3 or 4 books short of 200…for the year. Each month is different depending on what else is going on in my life but I’d say probably at least five books a month at a minimum. Not to mention there are so many good books out there, I never run out of material!
YAPC: How important do you find the communication between you and your readers? Do you reply to their messages or read their reviews?
MaryBeth: Communication is important! I need to know if they liked the story or if they had major problems with it. Some people are anti-bad reviews, but if they’re done right, stating what they don’t like rather than just saying “I hated it” we authors can learn from mistakes and perhaps fix issues in future work.
Also, I always try to respond to my readers. They make writing worthwhile. Not to mention I know when an author I enjoy responds to my Tweets or posts, I get all excited. Authors are my rock stars!
YAPC: Where can your fans find you?
MaryBeth: Fans can find me in a couple of places. They can read/follow my blog @:
I’m often on Twitter @MBMulhall (Twitter is probably the best place to get a hold of me)
I have a Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/MBMulhall
An Amazon Author page (also where you can find my books as well as on Barnes & Noble): http://www.amazon.com/MB-Mulhall/e/B006M5JKIU
And there’s my Goodreads profile as well: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5126807.M_B_Mulhall
I’m kind of all over the place!
YAPC: If you could visit any place in the world or a place created by a book, where would you visit?
MaryBeth: Hmm I think I would love to visit Hogwarts…but I’d have to have some kind of magical power. I think I’d be sad just being a Muggle at Hogwarts…
YAPC: What projects are you currently working on right now? Would you mind sharing them with us?
MaryBeth: I have several projects in the works!
I am finishing the sequel to my YA paranormal novel, Near Death. The sequel is called Staying Alive and it follows the characters into college.
I have also been working on a couple of shorts to enter into contests and anthologies so you may see them pop up early next year.
I have a screenplay to edit and several other novels in the middle to finish! I’m a busy writer girl.
YAPC: Is there anything else you’d like to share to your followers and readers?
MaryBeth: I actually have kind of a request for followers and readers. I know everyone’s busy, but if you can, please try to remember to take the time to rate and review what you read, especially if you read books by indie authors. I think reviews go a long way to help spark interest in others and I know we all greatly appreciate your support and your opinions!
About the Author: MB Mulhall is an author and a budding photographer. When she’s not pecking away at her keyboard or looking at the world up close through her lens, she’s got her nose stuck in a book. A Jersey girl, born and bred, she spends much of her time scouring the boardwalks for images to capture and conversations to overhear. MB dreams of filling bookshelves with her own work and of plastering her walls with photographs she’s taken from places around the world.
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Tears of a Clown
*Recommended for older teens age 15+*Some girls wear makeup to enhance their natural beauty.
Some wear it to make themselves look sexy and mature, in the hopes to attract the attention of a paramour.Darcy wears hers as a mask, a deterrent, a tribute of sorts to the musical group who got her through her parents’ messy divorce.When she’s uprooted from her hometown in Detroit and plopped down into rural Georgia, the townsfolk don’t know whether she’s an escapee from the circus or a devil worshiping antichrist looking to kill their pets and corrupt their children.
Much to her surprise, Darcy finds herself in the middle of a bizarre love triangle; the preppy good-looking popular boy that all parents would love on one side, and the bad boy heartthrob that would have fathers sitting on their porches with shotguns and mothers buying chastity belts on the other.
Not surprisingly, Darcy also finds herself the object of cruel jokes, bullying and pies in the face. While she’s trying to stand up for what she believes in and exact revenge on those who treat her and her friends badly, she also has to decide between the two guys vying for her attention.
Will one of them really be able to see beyond the makeup and love her for her? Or will she end up just being a pawn in a long standing rivalry between the boys?