Interview with Mayra Calvani, Author of Luthier’s Apprentice and Giveaway

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning, Mayra! Describe yourself in five words or less.

[Mayra Calvani] Positive, persistent, empathetic, compassionate, motherly.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about The Luthier’s Apprentice?

[Mayra Calvani] Sure! Here is a short blurb:

Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840), one of the greatest violinists who ever lived and rumored to have made a pact with the devil, has somehow transferred unique powers to another…
When violinists around the world mysteriously vanish, 16-year-old Emma Braun takes notice.  But when her beloved violin teacher disappears… Emma takes charge. With Sherlock Holmes fanatic, not to mention gorgeous Corey Fletcher, Emma discovers a parallel world ruled by an ex-violinist turned evil sorceress who wants to rule the music world on her own terms.
But why are only men violinists captured and not women? What is the connection between Emma’s family, the sorceress, and the infamous Niccolò Paganini?
Emma must unravel the mystery in order to save her teacher from the fatal destiny that awaits him.  And undo the curse that torments her family—before evil wins and she becomes the next luthier’s apprentice…

[Manga Maniac Cafe]  Can you share your favorite scene?

[Mayra Calvani] There’s a part in the book where my protagonists, Emma and Corey, are attacked by a pack of wolves and they must fly a small plane—well, Corey flies it (his father was a pilot). This was a fun scene to write. It has action, humor, and romance.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What gave you the most trouble with the story?

[Mayra Calvani] I wrote this novel during Nanowrimo and I didn’t plot first, so the biggest challenge was to keep writing day after day without knowing what would happen next and still keep the story cohesive.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What’s one thing you won’t leave home without?

[Mayra Calvani] Actually, there are 3 things: my phone, my ipod, and my Kindle.  

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name three things on your desk right now.

[Mayra Calvani] A statue of Bastet, the Egyptian cat goddess, dozens of Post-Its with scribbles on them, and a mouse pad with the picture of a howling wolf on it.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you could trade places with anyone for just one day, who would you be?

[Mayra Calvani] J.K. Rowling. Or Anne Sophie Mutter, the famous violinist.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] You have been granted the use of one superpower for one week.  Which power would you choose, and what would you do with it?

[Mayra Calvani] I’d love the power to fly at supernatural speed. Since I live in Belgium, I’d go and visit my parents in Florida, my brother in Maryland, and all my friends who live in different parts of the world and whom I haven’t seen in years.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are some books that you enjoyed recently?

[Mayra Calvani] The Secret History (this is the third time I’ve read it), and The Goldfinch, both by Donna Tartt. By the way, she just got the Pulitzer for this last one.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Mayra Calvani] I love to connect with readers! Here are my links:

http://www.MayraCalvani.com

Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mayra-Calvanis-Fan-Page/162383023775888

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcalvani

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/272703.Mayra_Calvani

ABOUT THE BOOK


Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840), one of the greatest violinists who ever lived and rumored to have made a pact with the devil, has somehow transferred unique powers to another…

When violinists around the world mysteriously vanish, 16-year-old Emma Braun takes notice.  But when her beloved violin teacher disappears… Emma takes charge. With Sherlock Holmes fanatic, not to mention gorgeous Corey Fletcher, Emma discovers a parallel world ruled by an ex-violinist turned evil sorceress who wants to rule the music world on her own terms.

But why are only men violinists captured and not women? What is the connection between Emma’s family, the sorceress, and the infamous Niccolò Paganini?

Emma must unravel the mystery in order to save her teacher from the fatal destiny that awaits him.  And undo the curse that torments her family—before evil wins and she becomes the next luthier’s apprentice…

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K93R3OO/

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-luthiers-apprentice-mayra-calvani/1119467189

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Award-winning author Mayra Calvani has penned over ten books for children and adults in genres ranging from picture books to nonfiction to paranormal fantasy novels. She’s had over 300 articles, short stories, interviews and reviews published in magazines such as The Writer, Writer’s Journal and Bloomsbury Review, among others. A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, she now resides in Brussels, Belgium.

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3 thoughts on “Interview with Mayra Calvani, Author of Luthier’s Apprentice and Giveaway

  • June 3, 2014 at 1:20 am
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    The book sounds fascinating.

  • June 3, 2014 at 9:09 am
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    Thank you for the post and giveaway!

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