Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Author Interview: Marie Symeou

This week, we have fantasy and YA author Marie Symeou!

Her books:
FROZEN IN TIME (historical fantasy/vampire romance)
AGE OF DREAMS (coming of age/YA)

You can find her on her:

Fill in the blanks: [My book above] is like [book/movie/TV show] meets [a different book/movie/TV show].
Frozen In Time by Marie Symeou is like Interview With The Vampire meets The Odyssey.

What's the first sentence of this book?
Philip could not believe his eyes.

How has your writing changed since you first started writing?
I'm sure it has improved a lot. I also think I write faster now as I'm gaining more confidence.

Which book of yours did you have the most fun writing? Why?
Age of Dreams because I let myself dream of what it's like to be really famous and it was a nostalgic trip back to the 80s for me. It was also the first novel I actually completed.

What's the last book you read? What did you think of it?
Casper the Commuting Cat: The True Story of the Cat Who Rode the Bus and Stole Our Hearts by Susan Finden

It's a memoir about an amazing cat from England who liked to travel on the bus every day and brightened up people's lives as he did so. He became famous all over the world.

Through very strange circumstances, a mad scientist is exiling you to the world of one of your books. Which world do you choose and why?
Frozen In Time. It would be fun to go back to ancient Greece and see what it was really like. Plus there are so many interesting characters I'd love to meet.

The world's scientists have just released the first time machine, and you've been chosen to get a free ride (with assurance that you'll be able to come back, of course ;). To when do you go and why?
Either Italy during the Renaissance to meet some great artists or England during the Regency period where I hope to meet some of the my favourite Romantic poets like Byron and Shelley.

Okay, now you get to travel to the country of your choice for one week with any fictional character of your choice (not your own). Who do you choose, where do you go, and why?
Eric from True Blood. Sweden (because it's my favorite country)

If you weren't writing, what would you be doing with your time instead?
Well I like to sing so I would probably concentrate more on that and write more songs. I also love animals (especially cats) and would love to be a cat behaviourist or animal communicator.

What do you want readers to come away with after reading your books?
I hope they enjoyed escaping into the worlds I have created and have fallen in love with my main characters, or at least related to them in some way. I also hope to have left them longing to read the sequel!

Thank you, Marie, for participating!


  1. Great interview, Marie and Emily. I really enjoyed the questions and the answers were fun as well.

    Both books sound really wonderful.

  2. Thanks for the interview, Emily. It was fun to do.
    Glad you enjoyed it, Angela.