Friday, June 8, 2012 | By: Melina Latremouille

Author Interview With Trinity Faegen and ARC Giveaway!

Author Interview

With Trinity Faegen, author of The Mephisto Covenant Series.

If you have read my review of The Mephisto Covenant, then you know how much I loved it! If not you can find it here. I loved it so much in fact that I decided to feature it on TPNR to celebrate my ONE YEAR BLOGVERSARY! And now I get to interview the woman who brought this literary gem to life! And in light of my blogversary she VERY kindly offered to give away a signed and finished copy of The Mephisto Covenant AND an ARC of the next book in the series, The Mephisto Kiss (Available sept. 2012) There will be 2 winners and you have Trinity Faegen to thank for making the giveaway INTERNATIONAL!! 

So the first book in the series, The Mephisto Covenant was a wonderful read!
So wonderful indeed I am featuring it in my Blogversary. And who better to talk about it than the author of the book herself!? Trinity Faegen!!


Thank you, Melina! I really can't describe how it feels when a reader
connects with my work. I'm incredibly happy that you enjoyed the book!

Well I certainly connected! Especially with Jax! Now, in all seriousness,
what I want to know is how was the process of writing that first novel?

One word: Painful. I wrote, revised, rewrote, then rewrote again. Then,
after it sold to Egmont, I rewrote huge chunks of it during the editing
process. It pretty much bears no resemblance to what it was when I began. I
still want to change certain scenes, but that pesky publication thing kind
of hinders any do-overs.

In the first book, we have a Russian background for Sasha, why did you
decide on that one?


When I was 12, I saw the movie, Nicholas & Alexandra, about the doomed last
czar and his empress. It began a life-long love of Russian history. Visiting
Russia is on my bucket list, and it looks as though I'll get my wish next
year - yay! I'm hoping The Mephisto Covenant is out in Russia when I go,
because whoa, would that be cool to see it in a Russian bookstore!


How many books are planned in this (amazing) series?

If the stars were perfectly aligned, I'd love to write a book for each
brother, including Eryx. Alas, Egmont only bought two, so after The Mephisto
Kiss, unless they contract for more, that's the end. At a minimum, I hope I
get to write book 3. You'll see why after you read book 2. *wink*

Which Brother is your favorite? I won't tell them I promise.

Zee. He's so screwed up, has so much of a story in him. I already know who
will be his Anabo and she's AWESOME!

How did you come up with the concept of Anabo and Mephisto?

I dreamed the Mephisto brothers as these dark, tortured guys. That's it. I
couldn't stop thinking about them. I didn't want them to be demons, which are something of Lucifer. I read books about Hell, including one called The History of Hell - interesting read! - and I hit on the idea that they were sons of Mephistopheles, another fallen soul who's of Hell, but not the devil. Once I had them fully realized, I knew I wanted to write romance stories about them. Every story needs conflict, and where's the conflict if an ordinary human could fall in love with them? They had to be dark and scary. So I set about dreaming up a girl who could be around them longenough to fall in love - and thus, the Anabo. That created its own set of problems, because they need to be without Original Sin, but not Mary Sues. I had an enormous amount of fun building the Mephisto world.

How long did it take to outline and then write?

As I said, I revised and rewrote this book countless times. I began writing
it in 2006. It sold to Egmont in March of 2010. The first draft went
amazingly fast, but what came after was long and slow and painful. I wanted
to sell this book SO badly, I was willing to do whatever it took to get it
in sellable shape. My agent was a trooper, and reread over and over, until
she felt like we had something worthy of submitting. By contrast, book 2,
The Mephisto Kiss, took 3 months to write. I had to rewrite the last third
of the book in edits, but it was a joy to do - I love book 2.

What is your favorite dessert?

Hands down, chocolate layer cake. The old fashioned kind like my Granny
made. You know, moist cake, delicious creamy chocolate frosting...oh, man,
now I'm DYING for some!

What are you reading? Any recommendation for my readers?

At this moment, I'm reading my friend A.E. Rought's book, Broken. It'll be
out in January 2013. Inspired by Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, it's a
beautiful and compelling read. I'm also reading J.A. London's Darkness
Before Dawn - insanely beautiful prose and a great story. I never miss the
opportunity, when I'm asked, to talk up Simone Elkeles's Perfect Chemistry
trilogy about the Fuentes brothers. Holy mama, do I love those books! If you
haven't read them, you need to get on that. The woman can write romance like
whoa and damn.

Thank you so much for having me as a guest on your Blogversary, Melina!
Congratulations!

And now thanks to her here is my first Blogversary giveaway!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

17 comments:

Brenna said...

Great review, Melina! You asked some really great questions and I can tell that you loved Mephisto Covenant. I haven't read it myself (yet) but I've had it waiting for me for a while! hoping to get to it soon.

Congratulations on one year!!! Enjoy :)

Brenna from Esther's Ever After

Jen @jenEwagner OR Reading En Vogue said...

I actually have never heard of Mephisto Kiss--But, your enthusiasm and review most definitely makes me want to check it out!! Congrats on your 1 year blogoversary!! I too will be celebrating my 1 one year in about 27 days..super exciting!! I plan on having a little giveaway as well--still working it all out! If you ever feel like doing some blog creeping, lol, you can find mine at readingenvogue.wordpress.com :) Congrats again!!

Stephanie said...

Thanks for the amazing giveaway! :) I really really want to read The Mephisto Covenant! :)

Alyssa Susanna said...

I've read The Mephisto Covenant, but not The Mephisto Kiss. I'm so excited to read the second book! The cover is so beautiful. Great interview! Zee is probably my favorite brother as well. Go Trinity!!!! :D

Thanks for the interview and giveaway!
Alyssa Susanna

FairyWhispers said...

No I have not, but I have heard great things about it. So, I really am looking forward to reading it =)

regards,

leona said...

I haven't read this book but I've been dying to! Awesome giveaway! :D

~Leona

Sarah said...

Have Mephisto Covenant, but need Mephisto Kiss!!!! Love the interview!

Jenea Whittington said...

Don't I wish. I haven't read it. Great interview, and thank you for the giveaway.

Jenea @ Books Live Forever

J.L. Spelbring said...

I have not read it, but I really really want to. Thank you so much for hosting. :)

Tina W said...

I haven't read Kiss yet but I have read Covenant!! So goooood!!!! Thanks for the giveaway ladies!

lilypi said...

Unfortunately I have not read it yet ( I know, I know!). It's on my summer reading list

Alivia said...

I have not, but it sounds really good! Thank you for the giveaway! :)

Disincentive said...

I have never hear about it before but it seems amazing! <3

Nicole@The More the Merrier said...

I haven't read The Mephisto Covenant yet but I really really want to it sounds so good.
Thanks so much for the chance to win!

Millie said...

Nice blog. And no, I have not read Mephisto Kiss, but I wish to read it soon. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! Good books to giveaway, too! :D

Ashley said...

Unforunately, I have not read the Mephisto Kiss yet. I hope to read it soon. Thank you so much for this giveaway, I was hoping another contest for the ARC would show up soon and it did! :)

perla333 said...

Great interview :)
I haven't read The Mephisto Kiss yet and I can't wait :)

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