|TITLE: Remembrance AUTHOR: Michelle Madow|
PUB. DATE: July 2011 FORMAT: Kindle ebook
SOURCE: from author for review
|New Hampshire high school junior Lizzie Davenport has been reincarnated from Regency Era, England ... but she doesn't know it yet.|
Then Drew Carmichael transfers into Lizzie's school at the beginning of the year, and she feels a connection to him, almost like she knows him. She can't stop thinking about him, but whenever she tries talking with him about the mysteries behind her feelings, he makes it clear that he wants nothing to do with her. Reaching him is even more difficult because she has a boyfriend, Jeremy, who has started to become full of himself after being elected co-captain of the varsity soccer team, and her flirtatious best friend Chelsea starts dating Drew soon after his arrival. So why can't she seem to get him out of her mind?
Even though Lizzie knows she should let go of her fascination with Drew, the pair of them soon find that fighting fate isn't going to be easy.
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Interview With Michelle Madow
If you were to describe or summarize Remembrance in a tweet using only 140 characters, how would you describe it?
Inspired by Taylor Swift's "Love Story," music video, Remembrance is about reincarnation and a love that transcends time.
Great tweet and a very attention catching description!
You’ve stated that Remembrance was inspired by Taylor Swift’s song and video “Love Story”, but did you find inspiration for this story from anyone or anywhere else?
Yes, I did! Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice also plays a role in Remembrance, and readers will find a few Pride and Prejudice parallels throughout the novel. Remembrance isn’t a retelling of Pride and Prejudice, but readers familiar with the story will be sure to find many references to it throughout Remembrance.
Being a huge Austen fan myself, I loved all the Pride and Prejudice references.
Your characters in Remembrance are quite realistic and well developed. Are any of them mirrored after real people in your life? Did you put a bit of yourself in any of your characters?
Thank you so much! The characters in Remembrance all come from my imagination. While all my characters are individual people, I do think there are bits of myself in Lizzie and Chelsea. As a whole, I don’t think I’m similar to any of them though.
I found that I related most to Lizzie and Chelsea, and even saw bits of myself in them too.
Do you have a favorite scene or moment in your book? Was there a particular scene that was difficult to write?
I loved writing the scene where Lizzie is with Drew in the car after the soccer game. It was an intense scene to write, and one of the first times they were alone together. Another of my favorites was the music box scene, because it was so sweet and romantic. I recently made a blog post featuring a picture of the music box and a clip of the song, which you can check out by clicking here.
As for a scene that was difficult to write, that would be when Lizzie and Drew have the big conversation at the swings. (I don’t want to say what they talked about cause I don’t want to give spoilers!) I edited that scene so many times because I needed to find the right balance between realistic and magical without it coming across as cheesy. I’m happy with how it turned out, but it took many tries to get it right.
I liked the scene between Lizzie and Drew in the car as well, and the swings scene came out great.
There are many YA books today that feature teenagers who fall in love quickly and who are even described as “soulmates” or “meant to be”. On the one hand this depiction of teenage love is pretty realistic because teens do fall in love quickly and often intensely so, and this kind of fated love often makes for very romantic and captivating stories. But, on the other hand there are those who believe that these portrayals can have a dangerous edge to them. YA books like Twilight have been criticized for depicting teenage romances that are almost obsessive, all consuming, and have female characters whose lives seem to be defined solely by those romances. As an author and a female what are your thoughts on this?
I see what you mean, but I think the majority of teens understand that the books they’re reading are fiction, and should not be confused with real life.
I agree that teenagers understand things more than we adults sometimes want to give them credit for.
Your characters Lizzie and Drew find out that they have past lives. Do you believe in past lives or reincarnation? I’m pretty sure that in my past lives I was an ancient druid, a 16th century witch (burned at the stake no less than 3 times!), and a tight rope walker in a 19th century circus ;) Who do you think you were in a past life or who would you have wanted to have been?
Your past lives sound like something you should write a book about! J I don’t personally believe in reincarnation, but if I did have a past life, I think it would be in Ancient Rome during the Golden Age because I love the art and architecture from that time.
Ancient Rome and the Golden Age would have been extraordinary time and place to live!
One of things I love best about books is all the different worlds found within them. I will always hope that every owl I see is carrying my Hogwarts letter and I will knock on the back of every wardrobe looking for Narnia. What fantasy or made up world would you love to be real?
Funny you mentioned Narnia—when I was in elementary school I used to play pretend games with my friends where the closets in my house were portals to Narnia! We would find one object from each closet that was a special key, and once we had all of the special keys could open the back door to enter the magical world of Narnia (which was actually my backyard), where we would have swordfights with sticks and battle dragons and such. (I was quite the imaginative kid).
I would love for so many fantasy worlds to be real; it’s hard picking just one! My top three are the worlds in Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, and Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan.
When I was little I used to pretend that I was Lucy! I would love to attent Hogwarts or Camp Half-Blood with you.
I love when my favorite books are adapted to the movie or tv screen. What book, other than your own of course, would you love to see on the big screen? Who would you cast as the main characters?
I would love to see a television show for Vampire Academy. (And I say television show instead of movie because there’s so much material in Vampire Academy, that I think it would be better fit for a long series). I think Nina Dobrev (Elena in Vampire Diaries) would be a great Rose, and Elizabeth Harnois would be a great Lissa. For the guys, Ben Barnes for Dimitri, and Tom Sturridge for Adrian.
I’ve also had some fun casting the celebrities I see as the characters in Remembrance. You can find that post here on my blog.
Great and good looking casting! ;)
I have thing for villains, especially a really well developed bad guy. Who’s your favorite literary villain? Who do you love to hate or hate to love?
I really like Caine from Micheal Grant’s Gone series, and can’t wait to see more of him as the series continues!
I've never read this series but the bad guy definitely has me intrigued now.
As a chick, I love strong, smart, capable female characters, especially those that prove to be good role models for girls. Do you have a favorite female character that fits this description? In your opinion, what makes them a good role model for girls?
Definitely Lissa from Vampire Academy! I think it’s easy to overlook her in the series because Rose is a great strong female as well, but Lissa is strong in a different way than Rose, and I admire her for it. Her character progresses so much in the series. She’s a determined, smart girl who has a good heart, and she accomplishes so much by the end of the last book.
I think a character who is confident about who they are and proud to stand up for what they believe in—whether they’re a vampire hunter, the key to saving the world, or the smartest girl in school—is the type of role model girls should look up to.
I wholeheartedly agree! And Lissa sounds like an awesome female character.
What is the one book that you think everyone should read at least once in their life? Why?
Just one?! It’s impossible to pick just one. But if I have to, I would say Harry Potter, because the world J.K. Rowling created is so amazing and I think everyone should experience it by reading the books.
I couldn't agree more! J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter is a magic that no one should live without!
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