Please welcome Tellulah Darling to Parajunkee’s View.
Book Name: My Life From Hell (The Blooming Goddess Trilogy Book Three)
Release Date: 03/20/2014
Genre: YA romantic comedy, Greek mythology, Young Adult
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Avid reader, global traveler, tap dancer, and equal opportunity heckler of the world at large. I’m also a former screenwriter who decided to pursue my passions of YA lit and romantic comedies by switching to writing novels. Also, my first kissed sucked so my stories are my way of compensating.
In your own words, tell us a little bit about your book?
My Life From Hell is the final instalment in the journey of Sophie Bloom, teen slacker who gets a kiss from a bad boy at midnight and discovers that she’s Persephone, Goddess of Spring, saviour of humanity in the battle between Zeus and Hades, target numero uno, and totally screwed.
The three books in the series thematically explore Sophie’s journey through power into empowerment. Book one, My Ex From Hell, is all about the idea “emerge.” Sophie learns of her new goddess powers and has her entire reality flipped upside down. My Date From Hell moves into “growth.” Sophie feels like she’s competing with her goddess self and all the expectations and relationship baggage that comprises. Until finally, in My Life From Hell, she enters her “bloom” phase and truly comes into being. It’s my take on girl power. But all kidding aside, I believe empowerment is a really important aspect of adolescence and I wanted to explore it through the twin lenses of literal power and teendom.
Can you tell us about the characters in your book? Who is your favorite?
My main character, Sophie Bloom is my favourite. I love smart, mouthy girls and Sophie is both. Even if she doesn’t give herself enough credit. She’s incredibly loyal, feisty, and has no limits on how hard she’ll fight when she believes in something – or someone.
Her wacky gang is rounded out by her best friend Hannah, the beautiful science geek. And Theo – aka Prometheus, her other best friend and mentor. I find a lot of YA stories have protagonists who have no friends. That’s valid, but my friendship were so important to me at that age, and they are to Sophie as well. She doesn’t hide anything from her friends – for better or for worse.
Of course there is also Kyrillos, Prince of the Underworld and Son of Hades. The bad boy who jumpstarts Sophie’s goddess powers with a mind-blowing kiss and was also, she learns, the great love of Persephone’s life before someone murdered her sixteen years ago. Feeling like you’re in a love triangle with yourself is a wee bit complicated and frustrating.
What makes your book different from other books out there in the same genre?
The humour. First and foremost, this is a romantic comedy that happens to be set against a Greek mythology backdrop.
What led to you going “indie”?
For many years, I was a working screenwriter. That’s an industry that moves very slowly. Once I decided to switch to novel writing, I wanted the ability to connect with readers far more quickly than the traditional model. Indie publishing seemed like a good fit at the time.
Is Writing your full time profession?
No. I also still teach screenwriting at universities and film schools. I may not feel like writing screenplays anymore, but I still love deconstructing them and helping other writers to find story solutions. For me, talking story is fun.
Do you have any quirks or processes that you go through when you write?
The deeper I get into the writing process, the more resentful I become of demands on my time. Like my family having the audacity to want clean clothes, food, that sort of thing. Also, I play many games of online Sudoku with the entirely scientific justification that I am using my critical facilities and therefore, said game will help solve my story problem.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
Neil Gaiman, Karen Marie Moning, Jennifer Crusie, Salinger, Mordecai Richler, Haruki Murakami, David Levithan, Douglas Adams – I’m all over the place.
What are you reading now?
I just finished a re-read of Ender’s Game. Not sure what I’m going to jump to next.
What advice can you give to struggling writers?
Keep reading. Read all kinds of stories. I think that every type of storytelling has something to teach us as authors.
About the book:
To say that Sophie Bloom is at the top of her game with one only week until spring equinox and the final showdown with Zeus and Hades would be, well, lying. The Goddess of Spring feels more like the Goddess of Bzz Thanks For Playing than the savior of humanity. And could her relationships be any more messed up?
Sophie is convinced that things can’t get any worse than crawling back to her mother Demeter and begging for help. But she’s about to find out how very wrong she is.
It’s a race against time for Sophie to implement the big battle strategy in the YA romantic comedy/Greek mythology finale My Life From Hell. Love meets comedy with a whole lot of sass in book three of this teen fantasy romance series. Save herself; save the world. Humanity may be screwed.Find out more about Tellulah Darling and My Life From Hell (The Blooming Goddess Trilogy Book Three) here:
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Sassy girls. Swoony boys. What could go wrong?
1. YA romantic comedy author because her first kiss sucked and she’s compensating.
2. Alter ego of former screenwriter.
3. Sassy minx.
Writes about: where love meets comedy. Awkwardness ensues.
Tellulah Darling is a firm believer that some of the best stories happen when love meets comedy. Which is why she has so much fun writing young adult romantic comedy novels. Her tales span contemporary, teen fantasy romance, and YA Greek mythology, and range from stand alone books to series. For Tellulah, teen romance is the most passionate, intense, and awkward there is – a comedy goldmine. Plus smart, mouthy, teen girls rock.
- 3 epub or mobi copies of each of the books in the trilogy:
- My Ex From Hell
- My Date From Hell
- My Life From Hell
- Companion short story (that comes between Date and Life) A Date of Godlike Proportions
- Open internationally
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