Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Blog Tour: My Ex From Hell by Tellulah Darling - Interview + Giveaway

My Ex From Hell (The Blooming Goddess Trilogy, #1)

My Ex From Hell (The Blooming Goddess Trilogy #1) by Tellulah Darling
Young Adult
Published: 1st April 2013

Sixteen-year-old Sophie Bloom wishes she’d been taught the following:
a) Bad boy’s presence (TrOuBlE) + teen girl’s brain (DraMa) = TrAuMa (Highly unstable and very volatile.)
b) The Genus Greekulum Godissimus is notable for three traits: 1) awesome abilities, 2) grudges, and 3) hook-ups, break-ups, and in-fighting that puts cable to shame.

Prior to the Halloween dance, Sophie figures her worst problems involve adolescent theatrics, bitchy yoga girls, and being on probation  at her boarding school for mouthy behaviour. Then she meets bad boy Kai and gets the kiss that rocks her world.


This breath stealing lip lock reawakens Sophie’s true identity: Persephone, Goddess of Spring. She’s key to saving humanity in the war between the Underworld and Olympus, target numero uno of Hades and Zeus, and totally screwed.

Plus there’s also the little issue that Sophie’s last memory as Persephone was just before someone tried to murder her.

Big picture: master her powers, get her memories back, defeat Persephone’s would be assassin, and save the world. Also, sneak into the Underworld to retrieve stolen property, battle the minions of Hades and Zeus, outwit psycho nymphs, slay a dragon, rescue a classmate, keep from getting her butt expelled from the one place designed to keep her safe …

… and stop kissing Kai, Prince of the Underworld.

My Ex From Hell is a romantic comedy/Greek mythology smackdown. Romeo and Juliet had it easy.
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Interview with Tellulah Darling

How did you come up with the idea for My Ex From Hell?

I was a huge myth and fairy tale lover growing up. And I've always loved the idea of playing around and retelling them. When I got serious about doing that myself, it was Persephone who spoke to me. This was back in my days as a screenwriter and so I was thinking of the idea as a possible series. But in the end, I realized I wanted to tell it in novel form. I didn't want to retell the original or just move the same story to modern day. I wanted her past mostly as is (with some liberties like Kai) and then make it firmly about a human struggling to be a goddess. To be divine. What does that mean for her? Sophie suddenly has to deal with all these expectations of herself on a global scale. It's hard enough figuring out who we are as teens, so adding the goddess layer just made it that much more complicated for her.

Which of your characters did you have the most fun writing?

Sophie. Yes, you're all sitting in stunned silence, I know. She's just so mouthy. And deluded. And so full of love and loyalty and yes, posturing and big talk. She was and is a joy for me to spend time with.

Did you find your story followed what you had in mind or did it tend to have a mind of it's own?

None of my stories follow what I have in mind. Drives me crazy! With every one of my novels, I've had to toss my carefully prepared outline out at some point because one of my characters just did something totally unexpected. Which is fine. :) I'm a firm believer that character dictates plot so if an action doesn't feel right, I won't force them to do it. No matter how cool it may have been. sigh …

What was your favourite book/author when you were growing up?

I went through phases as a kid. I would get hooked on an author and then read everything they had written. So I had my C.S. Lewis phase and my Laura Ingalls Wilder phase, E. Nesbitt and Lucy Maud Montomery to name a few. When I got older I tore through 20th century American lit with authors like Fitzgerald, Salinger, Sinclair Lewis and Dreiser, moving on in my later teens to all the great French and English 18th and 19th century authors. I can't really say I had one specific favourite. Although, to this day, I have a special fondness for Dr. Seuss.

Is there one book you think everyone should read? Or an author?

That's such a tough question. Okay, if pressed, I'd say that everyone should read Franny and Zooey. Basically, this undergrad Franny has a spiritual and existential breakdown in her parents' living room, leaving her genius younger brother Zoeey to come to her aid. Which may seem like an odd choice coming from a YA romantic comedy author, but I reread this book every couple of years. The writing in it is so beautiful and characters so perfectly written that it just brings me joy. I'll also sneak in that everyone should read the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning for its fabulous mythology, awesome kick ass protagonist, and my book boyfriend, Jericho Barrons.

What three authors (alive or deceased) would you invite to a dinner party and why?

David Sedaris, Jane Austen, and Harper Lee - all for their wit and intelligent insights into the human condition.

What's your special talent (other than writing of course)?

Well, one of them is classified and the other is in legal proceedings so … Just kidding. I guess it's my ability to find humour in things and then make people laugh. Hmm, although now I'm wondering if they're laughing at me not with me. In which case it's not so much a talent as a liability. Okay, then my special talent is being able to live in denial about not having a special talent.

Thank you for this extraordinarily tough interview! It was great fun being here.

Haha, thank you Tellulah! It was great fun to have you here!

Author Bio - Tellulah Darling

Tellulah DarlingTellulah Darling
1. YA Novelist
2. Alter ego of former screenwriter and instructor
3. Sassy minx

Geeks out over: cool tech.
Squees for: great storytelling.
Delights in: fabulous conversation.
Writes about: where love meets comedy. Awkwardness ensues.

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  1. Sophie sounds like a super fun and hilarious character so I can just imagine how fun it must be to write her dialogue especially! Great interview ladies and thanks for being a stop on the tour, Myra! :)

  2. Thanks for such a wonderful interview, Myra and for hosting My Ex From Hell today! :)

    1. Thank you, I thoroughly enjoyed it! :)