Interview and Giveaway with Yvonne Woon!

 The lovely Yvonne Woon, author of Dead Beautiful was kind enough to take the time to answer a few of my questions! 
Also up for grabs is one copy of Dead Beautiful!

Please see giveaway details at the bottom of this post!

Yvonne, for that haven’t yet read Dead Beautiful, could you tell us a bit about its heroine, Renee Winters?
Renee is a freckled, athletic sixteen year old from California, who is thrust into the strange and mysterious world of Maine after her parents are murdered. She’s curious, opinionated, and often speaks before she fully formulates her thoughts…she also has a complicated past, though she isn’t aware of it until she arrives at Gottfried Academy.

Did you always want to be a writer? Did you find writing, or did it find you?

I did always want to be a writer, though not always a novelist. At first I wanted to be a humor columnist, and wrote a lot of pieces about people I knew growing up. But I soon ran out of subject matter (as my life was really not that interesting!!), and decided I wanted to be a journalist. That ended when I found myself wanting to make up the stories instead researching them. I then set my sights on being a poet, but after a slew of really terrible poems, I dropped that too. That’s when I found my way to novels.

When you started writing Dead Beautiful, did you know where the story would go, or did you plan to see where Renee took you?
I knew a little. I plotted the story in an outline, though once I started writing, everything changed. The characters came out very different than their original sketches, and they ended up wanting and doing different things, so I was very surprised when I got to the end. It was a really exciting experience.

Did you have any favorite books or authors when you were a child? Were there any that particularly influenced you as a writer?Any current favorites?
I read a lot of Kurt Vonnegut when I was younger. I especially loved Cat’s Cradle and Welcome to the Monkey House. I also liked Dickens and the Bronte sisters. I think I learned a lot about plotting from reading those heaping novels. I also was deeply affected by The Secret History by Donna Tartt, which I can’t recommend enough. There’s a lot of her in Dead Beautiful.

I know that the road to getting published is sometimes bumpy. How did you celebrate when you found out Dead Beautiful would be published?
I actually broke down crying. I was walking to the Columbia library when my agent called me. I thought he was lying at first, but by the time we hung up, I was in tears. The first thing I did was go to this fancy bakery, which has the BEST rainbow cookies in Manhattan (maybe in the world). I never used to let myself buy them because they’re really expensive, but that day, I bought an entire bag, and brought them to the library, because sadly, I still had to study.

When you’re not writing, what do you like to do to unwind?
I run a lot, and ride my bike. I also like to cook, go to the movies with friends, normal stuff, really. And read, of course, there’s always reading.

Any news you’d like to share about upcoming projects?
The sequel to Dead Beautiful should be out next winter (winter 2012). It’s called Life Eternal. It follows Renee and Dante’s story, though in very different context. All I can say about it for now is that it involves French. And a lot of trekking through the snow.

Giveaway is for one copy of Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon
Giveaway is International
Must be 13 to enter
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Giveaway Ends 5/2/11!


  1. Thank you for the awesome interview =) ! This book sounds really great : the heroine seems pretty cool and I can't wait to meet this Dante guy !! Besides I think that's really cool that the sequel involves French (I'm FRENCH !!) =) !

    I'd like to enter the giveaway so here's my email adress : !!
    Thanks 😉

  2. +JMJ+

    I love that Yvonne says she always wanted to be a writer but was kind of surprised to have "found her way to novels." =) I wonder if many other writers can relate to that.

    Thanks for the giveaway, Kristin!!/Enbrethiliel/status/62522624747642881


  3. This book looks pretty interesting 🙂 Please count me in for the giveaway

  4. Thanks for introducing me to this author! The book sounds intriguing!!

    Following on GFC!

    danaan at gmx dot at

  5. I also tweeted about it:!/MoonStarWolf88
    Since I just got myself an twitter profil 😛 So hope I did it the right way.. Since I am really new at it

  6. Thank you for the giveaway ! =)

    booksforcompany @

  7. Everything I've read about this book makes me want to read it! Thanks!

    annettesspot (at) gmail (dot) com

  8. thanks!! i want to read this, love the cover!

    americangirlie1991 AT yahoo DOT com

  9. Heard a lot about the book but never have a chance to read it. Thank you for the giveaway!
    Fingers crossed 🙂

    judittten at gmail dot com

  10. Great interview and Giveaway! I'm very curious about this book!

    My E-mail is:

  11. I feel like I already have a lot in common with Renee, especially the part about being opinionated and talking without thinking… LOL The story sounds really interesting, I'd love to read Dead Beautiful. 🙂

    Thank you for the international giveaway.

    kah_cherub at hotmail dot com

  12. I tweeted!
    kah_cherub at hotmail dot com

  13. Thanks for sharing this interview! I really enjoyed. I have this book on my wish list for a while now, so I'm very eager to read it!! I also like Bronte sisters's books, but never read Donna Tartt so I'll definitly give it a try 😉


  14. this book sounds interesting.

  15. I hadn't heard of this book before, thanks for the introduction and the great interview. It is now on my radar even if I don't win a copy. Thanks so much. parajunkee at

    XO – Parajunkee

    Great interview with Yvonne Woon. I absolutely loved Dead Beautiful and am looking forward to the sequel!
    -Mocha from A Cupcake and A Latte.

  17. Thanks for the chance…

  18. Book Passion for Life

    What a great giveaway! I'm excited to read this book 🙂
    Donna x

    Tweeted :!/BookPforLife/status/62534896878501889

  19. Great interview thank you for the chance to win and yay for international giveaways 😀


  20. Great giveaway, thanks for making it international! The book looks awesome 🙂


  21. Here is my extra entry:!/luarroyave/status/62535636376223744


  22. sounds like a good book to read
    I can't wait to read this book
    thanks for the giveaway

  23. The cover drew me in! Sounds like an interesting story.


  24. Sounds interesting. Count me in, and thanks for making this one an international giveaway!


  25. thanks for the awesome giveaway!!!
    i'm looking forward to reading this book…

    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

  26. Crystal Green's Blog

    Yvonne–OMG, SECRET HISTORY is one of my favorite books! It's one of the only novels I re-read. There's something so haunting about it that I can't shake.

    (Hey, Kristin!)

  27. great giveaway
    follow via gfc
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  28. I like the sound of this book – always like a mysterious unknown past! Count me in! 🙂

    Mel S

  29. This interview was great, I heard about this book and the cover is pretty amazing 🙂
    thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

    cheesyminnie at gmail dot com

  30. I would love to enter. Thank you for this giveaway!

    fictionaldistraction (at) live (dot) de

  31. Awesome interview! I've heard a bit of buzz about this book and would love to win! Thanks for the giveaway!
    shyluck13 AT hotmail DOT com

  32. Wow! The cover looks amazing. Thanks for the giveaway. 😀

  33. Thats my birthday, the day this ends! Haha

  34. Bookish Brunette

    Awesome! I soooo want to read this one!

  35. Thank you for this giveaway-the book looks awesome!

  36. the book looks good!
    starlightgirl678 (at) aol (dot) com

  37. Thanks for the contest and interview

    myworldofbooks18 at hotmail dot com


    and of course I spread the word

  39. wow this book sounds great!! fingers crossed I win. And thank you for making it international


  40. This sounds so good. I'd love to read it. Thanks for the giveaway!

    erinberry12 at charter dot net

  41. tweet:!/Erinberry12/status/62565996065591296

    Thanks again,
    erinberry12 at charter dot net

  42. Great interview! This book sounds really interesting. 🙂


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  43. I've also tweeted!!! 😀


    Thanks for the giveaway! 😀

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  44. Great interview! The book sounds very interesting! Thanks for the giveaway!!


  45. This sounds very good! Thanks for considering me!


  46. Taking cookies to the library! Tsk, tsk, naughty! 🙂

    Cherry Mischievous
    cherrymischif-soldier [at] yahoo [dot] com

  47. Awesome giveaway!! I've been interested in this one for a while.

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  48. Thank you for this giveaway!


  49. The Lovely Getaway

    wooo whoo! thanks for doing this giveaway 🙂 please enter me.


  50. melissasmeanderings

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    GFC follower: mk261274

    mk261274 (at) gmail (dot) com

  51. Too bad you still had to go and study after you find out about your book being published. 🙁

    That totally reminds me that I plan on getting back to running as soon as I get my knee checked out. ^_^

    The HAunting of Orchid Forsythia

  52. Great interview and giveaway, nice to know a sequel is in the works.

  53. Thanks for the giveaway~

    shared it on fb

    email; fallendream03(at)gmail(d0t)com

  54. Great giveaway!


  55. Dead Beautiful sounds like a wonderful story, and I love the cover!

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  56. Thanks for the giveaway. The book sounds great.


  57. thanks for the giveaway!

    alice13188 AT yahoo Dot com

  58. Thanks for the giveaway. I can't wait to read your book. Sounds very good. Please enter me in contest.

  59. Melissa (Books and Things)

    I really want to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway!
    books (dot) things (at) yahoo (dot) com

  60. DeadBeautiful sounds AWESOME!!!!!
    i can't wait to read it!!!
    thank you for the giveaway!!!


  61. i just posted on Facebook!!!!


  62. Great giveaway! The cover is stunning!

    GFC: Carina L. Tai

  63. This cover is dead beautiful!

  64. Great interview. Sounds really good. Thanks for the chance!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  65. Great review and interview !!!
    I love the cover.


  66. This book has been on my TBR list for a while so I was very excited to see this post! I loved Yvonne's getting published story, I'm glad she shared it.

  67. Thanks for the giveaway!


    thegirlonfire27 at gmail dot com

  68. Its like a fairy story. Going through all those different jobs and not feeling any of them were quite rights and then settling on being a novelist and a happy ending !


    Thanks for the giveaway and please enter me.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  69. Great interview and giveaway.


  70. The book looks amazing. Fingers crossed.

  71. I am curious about this one. I'd like to thank the author for stopping by and letting us get to know her a bit more. 😉

    Count me in for the giveaway.

    catarina_romeira at hotmail dot com

  72. It looks like a story I would enjoy.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  73. Fantastic Interview, love the cover of this book, errie but beautiful 😉

    I tweeted –!/BadassBookie/status/62833095522516992

  74. Kai @ Amaterasureads

    Great interview. Wow, even I will cry if I find out I'm getting published! 🙂 Crossing my fingers, hope I win!

    I tweeted:!/amaterasureads/status/62837387146956800

    amaterasureads AT gmail DOT com

  75. Ooh! Sounds intriguing! Thanks for the giveaway!

  76. Dead Beautiful sounds very interesting and I love the cover!
    Thanks for the interview and the giveaway!
    Gabbie-ethela AT hotmail DOT com

  77. This sounds fantastic! Thanks for the giveaway!

  78. Stacy (Urban Fantasy Investigations)

    Enter me Please


  79. Stacy (Urban Fantasy Investigations)
  80. Lisa - Bookworm Lisa

    looks like a great book!

    ke7yca at gmail dot com

  81. Thanks for the giveaway! Book sounds amazing!!!

    artgiote at gmail dot com

  82. Saw a lot of good reviews about this book! Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

  83. I love the sound of this book. Thanks for the giveaway!


  84. I also tweeted here:


  85. Thanks for this giveaway!!/dinky___/status/62928501392670720


  86. Thanks for the giveaway
    jenhedger at hotmail dot com

  87. Tweeted
    jenhedger at hotmail dot com

  88. Sounds like a great book!! 🙂

    Corie R

  89. Thank you for this interview and for giveaway! I already have this one on my TBR pile.


  90. I've been wanting to read Dead Beautiful, it sounds awesome, thanks for the chance to win a copy! 😀


  91. I think I would cry too if I found out my book was to be published. *sigh* Someday.

    Thanks for the giveaway.


  92. I tweeted the contest here!/aliciacald/status/63055601609089024


  93. Offbeat Vagabond

    What an amazing interview hon. I really love how Woon said the story came about. You had everything set out in the outline and once you start it everything changes. It is nice how things just come together, its as though the story writes itself. Sounds really exciting. Thank you guys for the great interview and giveaway, this book sounds great and I really like the title & cover. Thanks again ladies 🙂

    drharleyquinn87 (at) gmail (dot) com

  94. Thanks for the giveaway 😀

    mtomulcova (at) gmail (dot) com

  95. Ashley Christine

    Thank you very muchly for the giveaway!

    My email:

  96. Would love to read the book!

    darlyn225 at gmail dot com

  97. Thanks for the interview and the giveaway!
    Count me in for it.

  98. Hi:) Thanks for the great giveaway! I'm a GFC follower: Identity Seeker

    +1 Tweeted:!/SweetNSensible/status/63769301613674496


  99. I've been looking forward to this book for a while–it's looking incredible!

  100. This sounds so interesting! Would love to read it:)

  101. Would love to read this, thanks for the giveaway.


  102. Thank you for the interview and giveaway. Love the cover! 🙂

    ceeenndee at gmail dot com

  103. Sounds great. I would love to have the chance to enter.

  104. Thanks for the chance to win!!!

    jmluker(at)winco(dot) net

  105. Seems like a great book! Really hope I win! 🙂

  106. Seems like a nice read! Please consider me. Thanks for an international giveaway!

    gfc follower: aloveforbooks
    eadd: aloveforbooks at gmail dot com

  107. Mysteriousrose

    Great interview! I would love to read and review this book it sounds amazing.



  108. Mysteriousrose


    I tweeted the giveaway here:!/mette_s_jensen/status/65153532487143424



  109. Hi – This looks great

  110. Hi!
    Thanks a lot for the giveaway, it totally sounds like my kind of book.

    aliasgirl at libero dot it

  111. Mare/TommyGirl

    It sounds great! I'd love the chance to win.

    tommygirl828 (at) gmail (dot) com

  112. Awesome giveaway!


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