Friday 13 October 2017

Interview with Trish Beninato & review of Acceptance

I am pleased to welcome Trich Beninato to my blog today for both an interview and my review of her books - Acceptance. Here's a little bit about Trish.

Trish Beninato is a young adult fantasy/scifi indie author, who has an unhealthy love for Marvel comics and Star Wars. She is desperately trying to make thirty the new twenty and lives in Colorado with her husband, three children and her adorable rescue pup. She was born in Indiana and raised around the world, spending most of her youth in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. She has a love for traveling and moving to new places thanks to being a child of the military and now spouse to a military soldier. In her spare time she works with young children, paints and hikes around the Rocky Mountains.

And onto the interview!

What made you want to be a writer?
I’ve always been involved in some type of creative writing. I started writing novels in college, but they were more works in progress. Finally, I finished one that I was proud of and ready to publish. I think what made me decide to become a writer was when the stories became something I couldn’t close my eyes and not see it playing as a scene or the character’s speaking to me in some way urging me to write their words down. That was when I knew, I just had to write.

What kind of books do you read for pleasure?
I read a bunch of everything. I enjoy paranormal, sci-fi/fi fantasy, supernatural, romance and in any age group. I mean I read the Percy Jackson novels and fell in love. Lately, I’ve been reading a bunch of young adult and new adult novels since that is my preferred writing genre.

What kind of writer are you: plan or not?
I guess as writers everyone has different desires on what they want to be as a writer. I want to be good. I want people to enjoy my books and give them a little bit of my crazy imagination that they can catch a little bit of as well.

What book/character of yours is your favourite?
I only have one book out published, but my main character, Jewel, I based much of her character on a sassy girl who really grew through the book to understand what she needed to do in order to save the ones she loves. I admire that about her.

If you had the chance to write anywhere, where would you choose?
So, this summer I did a bunch of my writing after a hike or at a park. I live in Colorado and it is beautiful here. I find inspiration in nature.

What attracted you to your chosen genre?
I work with youth and middle schoolers. First as a teacher and later as a assistant director in a program. I love that age group, so I wrote for them. And as for writing fantasy and sci/fi, I wrote in that genre because I love it myself. And everyone loves a good romance, to include myself. So I started with my first book adding all the things I love and molding it into something young adults would love as well- or at least I hope!

How have other writers influenced your own writing?
Oh, there are so many! I love Edhna Walters. Her Runes series is really well written. I’ve also tried to read a few authors series that were similar to mine with he twist of mythology in it. Eva Pohler has a really great series I picked up recently that is really great. It’s called the Gatekeepers Daughter. In adult fiction I’m a really big fan of Karen Marie Moning and my hometown native Theresa Medeiros.

Do you prefer to type or hand write?
Type, I prefer to not do double the work, but have tons of respect for those who hand write. I take my MacBook everywhere.

Do you have a writing playlist? Or do you prefer silence?
I usually don’t listen to music when I write, but because I’m always multitasking. I write with my children running around. Although, I do like the idea of a writing playlist. I might have to try it at night when I’m writing into the night while they are asleep!

Do you have any hobbies?
I like to hike, I love oil painting and I love to travel.

What's your favourite kind of scene to write?
I like to write action scenes or highly emotional scenes. There are quite a few in my book. Another would be to write scenes where there is funny banter between the characters.

Would you ever like to branch out to a different genre?
Yes, I am open to branching out to any of the genres I love. And I love a bunch of them!

What does your writing space look like?
I’m just going to be honest and say it looks like a hot mess, but I call creative chaos! But thats only my writing space.

When destiny and desire collide...

In a community full of supernatural powers, eighteen-year-old Jewel longs for a life of normalcy. But nothing in her life is ordinary. And suddenly she discover she's more abnormal than she ever realized--complete with a past she never knew existed. Once a goddess from ancient Greece, Jewel is the main reason everyone has their special abilities.

As she struggles with her newfound knowledge, Jewel encounters the mysterious god of Egypt, Anubis. With a past she has no recollection of, she tries to deny the pull she has for the sexy god. But, destiny has other plans. As she uncovers more secrets about who she really is, Jewel is pulled into a dangerous world surrounded by a prophecy--a prophecy that both terrifies and intrigues her. Will Jewel accept who she once was for a chance to become who she's meant to be?

My review: 5 stars
I loved this book! The opening was hat pulled me in, Jewel lives on a compound of sorts where people have enhanced abilities, she's after a normal life and so struggles to stay in school like a normal teen even though her powers have started to manifest. She's thrown in at the deep end when things start to unravel and the truth about her, her past and her life come to the forefront of her world. It is engaging, exciting and thrilling to read. I loved Jewel and Teddy and loved the pace of the story. It was amazing and I loved it!

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