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Utah Author Interview- Mette Ivie Harrison

29 Apr, 2010 by in giveaway, mette ivie harrison, utah authors 9 comments

Where were you born?
New Jersey

Did you graduate from college, if so from where and in what major?
BYU, B.A. and M.A. in German Literature 1990
Princeton, PhD in Germanic Languages and Literatures 1995

What are your hobbies?
triathlon, knitting, crocheting, piano, quilting

What are your favorite all-time books?
Lois McMaster Bujold
Megan Whalen Turner
Robin Hobb
Margeret Peterson Haddix

When did you start writing your book and how long did it take to get it published?
I wrote a lot as a child and teen, but stopped for about ten years. I started up again in 1993 and had my first offer in 2000. I wrote twenty novels before I got to the one that sold. They are almost all unredeemable.

Who is your hero/ mentor?
Rick Walton

What suggestion would you give young writers?
Listen to people around who tell you what you do uniquely well. Do that.

What do you plan to do when you retire?
Retire? Why would I retire when writing is the thing I love to do most?

Do you have another day job?
I have 5 kids.

Favorite music? Does music or art inspire your writing?
I don’t listen to music while writing. It distracts me. But I love Chopin and the piano music from Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, the movies.

What are the names of your published works?

TWO PRINCESSES (forthcoming)

Are you working on any books right now?
Several, a contemporary YA fantasy/romance based on the original Tristan and Isolde tale, a postapocalyptic novel, and a vampire novel. Plus more Hound Saga books.

What do you aspire to do before you die?
Be happy.

Literary crush?
Megan Whalen Turner

What is your all-time favorite children’s book?
The Queen of Attolia

Do you prefer independent booksellers and why?
Because they buy more than the best sellers with big concepts.

Do you have a writer’s group?
I used to, but moved away, so right now my two teen daughters are my first readers of almost everything.

Mette’s Newest Book “The Princess and the Snowbird” comes out this week.

Book description from author’s website…Her parents were legends. When she was born, they gave their magic to her. And they will not take it back. Now, it is up to her if magic lives or dies. But she has lived all her life with animals. Why should it matter to her what humans do to their own magic?

Read an excerpt of all Mette’s books online at

Thanks so much to Mette Ivie Harrison for sitting with us for an interview. To learn more about Mette visit her website which is full of childhood photos, triathlon tales and beautiful writing. We snagged some of her bookmarks at the Authorpalooza at Barnes and Noble. And, we are giving them away to you lucky blog readers. The giveaway also includes other Utah author bookmarks and one of our site buttons!

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Giveaway ends May 29, 2010 and is open internationally