March 11, 2011

Interview with M.J. Putney + Giveaway (Dark Mirror Blog Tour)

Dark MirrorLady Victoria Mansfield, youngest daughter of the earl and countess of Fairmount, is destined for a charmed life. Soon she will be presented during the London season, where she can choose a mate worthy of her status.

Yet Tory has a shameful secret—a secret so powerful that, if exposed, it could strip her of her position and disgrace her family forever. Tory’s blood is tainted . . . by magic.

When a shocking accident forces Tory to demonstrate her despised skill, the secret she’s fought so hard to hide is revealed for all to see. She is immediately exiled to Lackland Abbey, a reform school for young men and women in her position. There she will learn to suppress her deplorable talents and maybe, if she’s one of the lucky ones, be able to return to society.

But Tory’s life is about to change forever. All that she’s ever known or considered important will be challenged. What lies ahead is only the beginning of a strange and wonderful journey into a world where destiny and magic come together, where true love and friendship find her, and where courage and strength of character are the only things that determine a young girl’s worth.

Interview with M.J Putney

Was it hard to balance history with the fantasy factor?

MJP: Good storytelling is always a balance. I have good storyteller instincts, so if I overdo some aspect of the story, a mental alarm usually goes off. But of course, readers vary. One person’s ‘too much history’ can easily be someone else’s “I want more history!”

Why do you write YA?

MJP: I’d been thinking about writing the Dark Mirror story for years, and it felt as if YA was the best f it for it. Since I’m a regular YA reader, I didn’t feel as if I’d fallen to an alien planet. (Unlike more poor Tory!)

Is there a question that no one has asked you and you wish they would?

MJP: I’d like to be asked if I always knew I’d grow up to be a writer. And the answer is, No! Never! I grew up in the farm country of Western New York. We had lots of snow and dairy cows, but novelists? Not hardly. I adored reading and burned through books in large quantities. (Still do.)
But even though I daydreamed that it would be lovely to write books, that was a dream, not a goal. It never occurred to that I could be one of those god-like beings who write novels. Then I bought a computer for my graphic design business, and I found that I could put the stories in my head onto paper. And when I fixed all the typos, they stayed fixed! The rest is history. And I’ve learned that most authors are very nice, but goddess like? Not so much.

3 books that you would save in a fire.

MJP: Oh, noooooooooo! I can’t possibly answer that. Really. I can’t. *shuddering at the thought*

Follow the Tour:

Tuesday 1-Mar: Culture Mob
Wednesday 2-Mar: Midnight Blooms
Friday 4-Mar: Eating YA Books
Saturday 5-Mar: Green Bean Teen Queen
Sunday 6-Mar: Love Romance Passion / Literature Young Adult Fiction
Monday 7-Mar: Words for Teens
Tuesday 8-Mar: Pure Imagination
Wednesday 9-Mar: The Story Siren
Thursday 10-Mar: My Pal Amy
Friday 11-Mar: YA Bliss
Saturday 12-Mar: The Book Smugglers
Sunday 13-Mar: Wondrous Reads
Monday 14-Mar: Novel Voice

  • On winner will receive 1 copy of Dark Mirror
  • Fill out the form below. (Open to US & Canada)
  • Giveaway ends March 25, 2011. 


  1. I know I hate to think about what would happen to all of my books if my house caught on fire.

  2. Fantastic interview and thanks for the giveaway! :)

  3. Sorry :(
    (smacks self in the forehead)
    I entered twice because I didn't fill out my entire address the first time.



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