Dreamless: Interview with Josephine Angelini


Reading Lark is excited to be part of the Dreamless Blog Tour. We'd like to welcome Josephine Angelini to the Nest today. She stopped by to answer a few questions. Also, don't forget that Josephine is also offering readers a chance to win a Kindle with a Starcrossed or Dreamless skin so be sure to check out the giveaway information and blog tour schedule for more great Dreamless features.

You can read my review of Starcrossed here.
You can read my review of Dreamless here.

Andrea @ Reading Lark: I love the whole concept of Scions. What sparked this idea? 

Josephine: Necessity! In the “falling out of the sky” scene between Helen and Lucas in the first book, I just couldn’t picture Lucas calling himself a demigod out loud without sounding like a giant tool. Seriously, could you date a guy that called himself a demigod? I couldn’t. So, I had to come up with a less-loaded name for my heroes, and since I thought the word “scion” fit their description pretty perfectly. And it has a nice ring to it. 

Andrea @ Reading Lark: If Lucas' house was burning down and he could only take three things from his room, what would he take? 

Josephine: He’d take the last obol (which he keeps near him or on him at all times), his father’s watch (which he keeps on his bedside table and wears every day even though no one needs a watch anymore. It’s a Delos boy thing) and his cell phone. Lucas is a practical guy, and not really prone to sentimentality, so if you were expecting me to say “a lock of Helen’s hair” or some nonsense like that, forget it. 

Andrea @ Reading Lark: Helen is one of my favorite YA heroines. Where did the inspiration for her creation come from? 

Josephine: I have no idea. Honestly, when I developed Helen’s character I though a lot more about what she does, what she needs to do, and how her character needs to change to rise and meet all the challenges she faces than I did about labeling her as one kind of person or another from start to finish. I guess what I’m saying is that I sort of let the story build her for me, and I tried to let the things that happen to her over the course of the series shape and change her. Helen evolves more than any other character in my books. 

Andrea @ Reading Lark: If you were a Scion, what would your special ability be? 

Josephine: Napping. Just kidding. I’m actually a rotten sleeper. I think I’d love to be able to do what Morpheus does, even though he doesn’t have any Scions. (That I’ve written about yet. Wink.) I’d love to send people dreams. 

Andrea @ Reading Lark: Can the Delos clan adopt me? *giggle* All joking aside, last and final question, What is your favorite bird? This one is a Reading Lark author interview tradition. 

Josephine: I’ve always had a thing for hummingbirds. They are just too cool. Either hummingbirds or ostriches. You can ride an ostrich, you know. I go very small or very big on my bird choices.

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    1. Thanks Jen! Glad you enjoyed it. :)

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  2. Amazing interview! And I'd love to ride an ostrich, haha.

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    1. I think I might enjoy an ostrich ride as well, LOL.

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    1. I love this series, Shauna. I would recommend giving them a try.

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  4. Great interview! I loved finding out a bit of the character development of Helen, and its way cool to find out that Josie and I have the same Favorite bird!

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    1. Which of the birds is your favorite? The hummingbird or the ostrich?

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  5. love the interview! I found that Morpheus became one of my favorite characters in this book :) he's cool.

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    1. Morpheus is one of my favorites as well. I also love how descriptive the book is about his world. It sounds like a place I'd love to visit.

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  6. Awesome interview!! Dreamless was amazing!! Can't believe we have to wait a whole year for Goddess!!

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    1. Waiting for the next book in a series is so painful!

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  7. Awesome! But question...when you say (At participating ebook store links, you can purchase Dreamless for $0.99)!!, where do you mean? I can't find it.

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    1. I know it was on Amazon and Barnes & Noble for sure. Here is a link to the deal at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Starcrossed-with-Bonus-Material-ebook/dp/B007XIC1MW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1338408621&sr=8-1

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  8. Always enjoy Josephines interviews....Just got my copy of DREAMLESS cannot wait to dive in..I love hummingbirds too...

    StephAnnee
    lucasaaron_5297##at##yahoo$dot$com

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    1. Hummingbirds are awesome creatures. They have always fascinated me as well. Thanks for stopping by the nest.

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  9. Thank you for your great interview Andrea and for being on the tour!

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    1. Thanks for having me! I LOVE this series and Josephine is awesome too. :)

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  10. Helen is a very intriguing character. It was really interesting to see how she was developed.

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    1. Helen is one of my favorite YA characters. She is so complex and interesting.

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  11. "Starcrossed" is one of my MOST favorite YA series. I especially love stories rife with Greek mythology, so this is right up my alley. I love that Josephine Angelini has put SO much thought into her characters, what they say, how they say it, and how all of that makes them look (re: Scion v. Demigod). I also love that despite the fact that some of the characters are gods, demigods, or descendents of such... they are still all rooted in practicality. Pragmatic characters are RELATABLE characters, and she's got that science down to a T! I love Helen, but Lucas Delos is my personal favorite. I'd give an ARM, and a LEG, and a KIDNEY, and an EYE to be adopted by the Delos clan, but then again...I don't want to be Lucas' "sister"...bwahahaha

    Thank you for being part of this amazing blog tour.

    Name: Hira Hasnain
    Email: Enamoredsoul(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. Great Interview! I loved all the questions and getting to know this amazing Author! The hummingbird is also one of my favorite birds! Thanks for such great questions!

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  13. Hi! Awesome interview! I haven't read this series yet, but I can't wait to get my hands on it! (:

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  14. I believe I posted a comment before, but it may not have showed up. But I absolutely love how Josephine Angelini puts so much effort into building her character - what they do, what they say, how they say it (re: Demigods v. Scions). I also like that her characters are rooted in practicality... practical characters are BELIEVABLE characters! :) Thank you for the personalized questions...rather than those that simply ask what the favorite color of an author is! Excellent interview...

    Thank you for your generosity, and for participating in this blog tour!

    Name: Hira Hasnain
    Email: Enamoredsoul(at)gmail(dot)com

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  15. Great interview! I love seeing Helen develop as a character. She is so natural.

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  16. Lol, ostrich...*sigh* I love reading these interviews, Josephine is a great person, and her books are amazing. The way she is able to develop so many characters, not just her primary ones, but the secondary and tertiary characters, reminds me a lot of Dickens.

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  17. I read Starcrossed recently and loved it! Now I can't wait to read Dreamless! I'm sorry Lucas is leaving the picture for a while, but I'm excited to meet Orion.

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  18. Great interview! The insight just makes me want more!

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  19. Very nice interview. Hummingbirds are cool. Will you be including any hummingbirds in your books?

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  20. Yes another great interview.

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  21. Hahaha thats really cool! My sister and brother have ridden an Ostrich :) Great interview, I love Angelini's humor!

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  22. I definitely have to add this to my tbr list and I found a new author to follow. Yay!

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  23. I had to ask the Internet to define obol for me. Now I know! (commenting as Justine)

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  24. Thank you all for being a part of the blog tour!! <3

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  25. This would make a really great movie with sound effects, CGI and the right editing bringing the action into a 2 hour time period. Unfortunately, you cannot read this book that quickly and it is much harder to remain focused on Helen's ordeal in the written word. I probably could have withstood it had Lucas been more intimately involved in this story, but he was sadly absent along with any romance, making this novel somewhat dry.

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  26. hey what obol does lucas have to use to go see mopheus?

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