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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Ask me Questions for my Annotated ARC

Okay, so I've got one ARC of Masque of the Red Death left, and I'm going to use it to practice annotation. As an English major (more than a few years ago) I'm quite familiar with annotation, I even read some annotated Poe as I prepared to write Masque. But the real inspiration for creating an annotated version came from the fabulous Hannah Moskowitz, who has given away annotated copies of many of her books.  I asked Hannah what she did, exactly, for her annotated versions and she said,  basically I just write stuff
about the process of writing this scene, if it's from a newer draft,
if it's changed a lot. I circle lines tat are allusions to other
things and write what they are. I say which chapters are my favorite
and which are my least favorites.


I LOVE that idea, and also love the idea of anyone being interested enough in my books and my process and the writing process to care about it. I'm going to do an annotated version of the final copy of the book (I just saw the book jacket this week, and let me say that it is STUNNING). And if you are looking for  something stunning, do check out my interactive book cover, along with a contest for a signed ARC over at The Story Siren 

But for practice, I'm going to annotate my last ARC, and I'll give it away over on YA Fusion next Sunday, March 25. 

This week, I'm collecting questions for the annotation. What do people want to know? This can be a general question that you would like to ask any author, or a  specific question question for me, or for Masque. If you will comment that you have a spoilerific question, and then email me, I'll try to email you and answer your question! It'll give me a chance to practice answer these types of questions. 




One out of every 10 commenters will get one of my beautiful leather bracelets, with quotes from Masque. The black leather bracelets have been mailed, so you can have a choice. I also have a few white leather ones that no one has even seen yet. Exciting! 




I look forward to digging into the ARC with my special writing pen, and getting some insightful questions! 

I'm also so excited, April is so very close! 


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31 Comments:

Blogger LoriMarie LaSpada said...

I'm always looking for new YA to read. Congrats on the release. As soon as I get my hands on this book I'll def read it and add it to my goodreads reviews. Good luck!

March 18, 2012 at 7:05 AM  
Blogger lostnthestacks said...

Question: If all of your characters were real, who would your best friend be?

lostnthestacks(at)yahoo(dot)com

March 18, 2012 at 7:16 AM  
Blogger Forever Lost in Books said...

What music where you listening to while writing a certain scene?

foreverlostinbooks(at)gmail(dot)com

March 18, 2012 at 7:53 AM  
Blogger Passionate Bookworm said...

Is there a specific Poe poem that inspired you the most or really has a part in The Masque of the Red Death?

michellejoy07(at)hotmail(dot)com

March 18, 2012 at 2:23 PM  
Blogger Jaskirat@SeeitORreadit said...

Ohhhhhh wow what a great giveaway and what a fabulous idea! Ummmm I guess some questions could be:

-Which scene was hardest for you to write?
-Did you use an specific special devices in the story (foreshadowing, imagery, etc)?
- Which scene really stands out to you?
- What do you do while writing (eat, listen to music,etc)?
- What do you hope readers will gain from reading this book?

Thanks for the giveway :-)

seeitorreadit@gmail.com

March 18, 2012 at 2:25 PM  
Blogger Stephanie W said...

What scene did you have the most trouble writing and why?

Stephaniecwilkes [at] gmail [dot] com

March 18, 2012 at 2:25 PM  
Blogger bethany griffin said...

Oh, good questions, keep them coming!

March 18, 2012 at 2:27 PM  
Blogger Passionate Bookworm said...

"Nights in the Debauchery Club, beautiful dresses, glittery make-up . . . and tantalizing ways to forget it all." Are you yourself a bit of a girly girl? or are writing characters that are your way of living vicariously through them? ;)

March 18, 2012 at 2:31 PM  
Blogger Anna said...

How about...what parts play a big role in the next book? Those are always good to know, cause then you can try to figure out some of the next book. haha.

peachandblue2(at)aol(dot)com

March 18, 2012 at 2:33 PM  
Blogger Passionate Bookworm said...

Do you secretly hope your readers will run out and start reading Edgar Allen Poe after finishing your book?

michellejoy07(at)hotmail(dot)com

March 18, 2012 at 2:37 PM  
OpenID whatthecatread said...

Do you have plans of taking on other Edgar Allen Poe stories for your writing? What made you choose Masque of the Red Death out of all of his poems and stories?

March 18, 2012 at 2:44 PM  
OpenID whatthecatread said...

Forgot to put email address: Ldyskyfire (at) hotmail (dot) com. Sorry got distracted by the weather outside. =^-^=

March 18, 2012 at 2:45 PM  
Blogger ame1184 said...

oooh awesome giveaway! i need one of those to add to my bracelet obsession!!!

what were you doing when the idea for this book came to you?
which part of the book came to you first?
what is your favorite line/quote from the book?
is there anything you feel like you just HAVE to do while writing?

ok i'm stopping now! thanks for the giveaway : )
ame1184 at gmail dot com

March 18, 2012 at 2:51 PM  
Blogger beneaththecover said...

Who is your favorite character ? Why?
How did you come up with the idea for this book?


beneaththecover@hotmail.com

March 18, 2012 at 2:54 PM  
Blogger beneaththecover said...

Who is your favorite character ? Why?
How did you come up with the idea for this book?


beneaththecover@hotmail.com

March 18, 2012 at 2:54 PM  
Blogger FBF said...

Do you always write every scene in order, or do you write the most important scenes first?

March 18, 2012 at 5:11 PM  
Blogger FBF said...

Er, and my e-mail is ruya_ht (at) yahoo (dot) com

March 18, 2012 at 5:12 PM  
Blogger Vivien said...

Did you have to add/cut a character in the middle of the novel? Who is the most frustrating character to write? Did you have to do any research? Would you want a movie made out of your book?

Vivien
deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

March 19, 2012 at 6:57 AM  
Blogger BookyBri said...

Hello! Here is my question!

If you could tell a person one thing about your book, what would it be?

Also, what was your writing process like? Did you write everything and then edit? Or did you edit as you wrote? Do you think one way is better than another? (Sorry for these last questions. I am an aspiring author, so I was just curious to learn your style! ><)

Thanks for the awesome giveaway, and good luck to all! :)

e-mail: dukiebri44[at]gmail[dot]com

March 19, 2012 at 7:04 AM  
Blogger Lindsay said...

I was recently at an author event... she said that all of her books start at the first line. Once she has that, she can then begin her writing process. How do you start your writing process?

Thanks!
Lindsay @ Turning the Pages
lindsay(at)turningthepages(dot)ca

March 19, 2012 at 7:07 AM  
Blogger MTouet said...

Wow, those are some amazing giveaways.

Did you read Poe in high school or in college?

Poe's story is very vivid and creepy, especially the end, I can't wait to read your story!!

Maria Touet, Librarian
mtouet@popejohnhs.org

March 19, 2012 at 7:36 AM  
Blogger Lori T. said...

Hi Bethany!
"And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all."
In your book, will you have your own versions of the blue, purple, green, orange, white, violet, and black rooms? How about some sort of ominous ebony clock?
Will you be going to see THE RAVEN? what do you think about the handsome John Cusack as the troubled Edgar Allan Poe?
Thanks so much Bethany!!
lori (dot) tincher (at) Hotmail (dot) com

March 19, 2012 at 9:47 AM  
Blogger Lori T. said...

Hi Bethany!
"And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all."
In your book, will you have your own versions of the blue, purple, green, orange, white, violet, and black rooms? How about some sort of ominous ebony clock?
Will you be going to see THE RAVEN? what do you think about the handsome John Cusack as the troubled Edgar Allan Poe?
Thanks so much Bethany!!
lori (dot) tincher (at) Hotmail (dot) com

March 19, 2012 at 9:47 AM  
Blogger Sophia said...

Wow, thanks for the opportunity, Bethany! I'm so excited for your book!

Questions:
Describe your book in three words?
Which character do you relate to the most?
If your book wasn't based on Masque of the Red Death, what other Poe work would you have based it on?

Thank you!

Sophia
mashimaro401[at]yahoo[dot]com

March 19, 2012 at 6:09 PM  
Blogger Danielle B said...

Was there one line in the book that you thought of before any others? Or one scene?

March 20, 2012 at 7:28 AM  
Blogger Angie said...

What difficulties did you have writing Masque that never came up with Handcuffs?

This is an awesome idea!! Crossing my fingers.

Angie
adktd2bks@yahoo.com

March 20, 2012 at 7:34 AM  
Blogger _annabelleh_ said...

If this is international I would love to enter.

My question is Where was your favpurite place you went while writing this book? did it have any effect on how you wrote?

Annabelle(DOT)hammond(AT)hotmail(DOT)co(DOT)uk

March 20, 2012 at 8:41 AM  
Blogger Valia Lind said...

What was one scene/part of the book was like "wow" during writing? :-)

valialind(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

March 20, 2012 at 9:00 AM  
Blogger Two Chicks On Books said...

This is definitely on my TBR pile. Can't wait to read it.

Q: What character did you connect with most of all if any?

-Patricia

March 20, 2012 at 1:43 PM  
Blogger bethany griffin said...

I've sent one winner an email, will email the others this afternoon, sorry life got crazy, some great questions here, for both the ARC and for me to answer in a later blog post! woo blog ideas to make me less boring!

March 21, 2012 at 7:02 AM  
Blogger Babel said...

I would like to know how and why certain chapters or scenes or dialogues are related to Poe and his influence on your writing. Wonderful idea, this one :-).
Thanks!

March 31, 2012 at 10:16 AM  

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