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October 7, 2013

Blog Tour: A Fool’s Errand by Maureen Fergus – Interview

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Welcome to our Tour Stop for

A Fool’s Errand (The Gypsy King #2) by Maureen Fergus

presented by Penguin Canada!

We are so excited to have Maureen stop by the blog to share
some of her Top Favs!

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More action. More romance. More intrigue. Get ready to dive into the exciting follow-up to The Gypsy King!

In the final moments of The Gypsy King, a truth was revealed to Persephone and Azriel – one that could change everything forever. For her. For him. For them. For the entire kingdom. 

But trapped in a windowless castle chamber with soldiers battering at the door, it seems impossible to believe that they’ll even survive. Indeed, they are a heartbeat from death when Azriel boldly bargains with the Regent Mordecai: release them and they will seek out the mythical healing Pool of Genezing. Mordecai agrees but warns that if they do not return with proof that the pool exists, he’ll make those dearest to them suffer – and he’ll start with King Finnius.

Persephone has never needed Azriel’s teasing warmth as much as she needs it now, but she is finding out there is a price to pay for having broken past promises. Together, they set off on a journey that will take them into the farthest corners of the kingdom.Danger will ever lie ahead and behind them; they will battle men and beasts alike. Will Persephone and Azriel survive these perils? And will this quest see their romance grow cold – or will it burn hotter than ever?

add to goodreadsA Fool’s Errand (The Gypsy King #2) by Maureen Fergus
Publication Date:  October 2013
Publisher:  Razorbill

You can check out our review of Book 1, The Gypsy King, HERE!

Chapter-by-Chapter-header---Interview

Top Favs with Maureen Fergus

You’re home alone, there’s a fire! Top 3 things you’d grab and save from the fire.

MF---Fire

1.     My journals (all twenty-three of them) – for the last fourteen years, I’ve kept a daily journal of things my kids have said and done. I started doing it because I didn’t want to forget a single moment of my time with them and it is pretty cool now that I can go back to any day in their lives and read about the funny things they said or the stuff they did to drive me completely bonkers.

2.     My picture CDs – In addition to keeping journals, I’ve got thousands of family pictures that I absolutely could not live without

3.     My computer – although I am obsessive about making backups so that I don’t lose any of my writing, I would probably grab it just in case!

Top 3 Favorite authors (dead or alive) and why

MG---Author

1.     Mark Twain – because he was a marvellous storyteller and I think writers should first and foremost be storytellers.

2.     J.K. Rowling – because I LOVED “Harry Potter” and thought that she did a phenomenal job of bringing the story to a satisfying conclusion, and because she put herself out there again ‘post-Potter’ and I think it took a lot of guts for her to do that

3.     Philippa Gregory – because she does a brilliant job of telling historical tales from the point of view of minor characters, and because her book “The Other Boleyn Girl” sparked my obsession with Tudor England

Top 3 favorite techniques to overcome writers block and why

MF---Writing

1.     Stare at the screen until my eyes start to water and I feel like screaming. I have done this for hours at a time and while I’m not sure it is good for my blood pressure, it certainly keeps me from giving in to the temptation to just walk away and never turn on the computer again!

2.     Chuck ideas at ‘the wall’ until something sticks. This entails writing/deleting, writing/deleting, writing/deleting – coming at the story from a thousand different angles until something feels right. This can go on for weeks.

3.     Hand it over to my subconscious – in recent years, I’ve actually gotten pretty good at informing my subconscious that it has a job to do (“Figure out this plot problem!”), then turning out the lights and going to sleep. I usually wake up dead tired but more often than not, I’ve figured out how to get past the block

Top 3 favorite movies of all time and why

MF---Movies

1.     The Notebook, because it is romantic, sad and beautiful, because it tells the story of a woman torn between two good men, and because I get to see Ryan Gosling with his shirt off

2.     A Christmas Carol – because after reading the story together in the week leading up to Christmas, my whole family sits around on Christmas Eve watching this movie and reciting our favorite lines

3.     Up – because any animated movie that can have me balling my eyes out in the first fifteen minutes is alright with me.

Top 3 favorite dream destinations and why

MF---Destinaion

1.     England – because I’ve been obsessed with Tudor England for about five years now and it would be cool to go back to England and visit all the places that feel so familiar to me now

2.     Islamabad, Pakistan – I wouldn’t exactly call it a ‘dream destination’ but my aunt Kathy Gannon is a writer and journalist based in Islamabad and she has gone to amazing (and sometimes scary) places and I think it would be a extraordinary to experience that part of the world with her

3.     Bike tour in the wine region of France – because my husband and I like biking, France and wine.

Chapter-by-Chapter-header---About-the-Author

I was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba. When I was sixteen my family moved east; while there, I received an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Business Administration from McGill University. Upon gradutating, I moved back to Winnipeg to embark upon my business career. I have worked in the aerospace, biopharmaceutical and financial services industries. I have also taught at the college level. When I was growing up, the idea of becoming a fiction writer never even crossed my mind. Then, six weeks after our first daughter was born, my husband Nick suggested that I give it a try. Thinking that it might be a good way to keep my brain stimulated in between diaper changes, I decided to do so. And you know what? That first time I reached my fingers toward the keyboard to write a story it felt as though I was slipping my hands into a pair of gloves that had been waiting for me my whole life. It was the first step on the long, challenging path that led to my becoming a published author. These days, life is busy. I went back to work in the business world as the part-time Managing Director of a Financial Services company five years ago when my youngest child started grade one, so two days a week I live in the fast-paced corporate world, three days a week (plus whatever other time I can manage!) I work on my writing. In between, I shop for groceries, make lunches, do laundry, clean the house, coach soccer, run twelve miles a week, study karate and hang out with my husband, our three kids and the family dog!

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