Facing up to The Blood She Betrayed radio interview

4BU Logo CMYKMy stomach tightened with nerves as I stepped into the Bundaberg Broadcasters building on Friday, ready for my first radio interview on my Hearts & Talons Tour.

This was no big deal, I tried to justify. I’d studied radio at university, though the mikes were a lot bigger then, almost the size of Cookie Monster’s hand (when filled with cookies). Besides, up until 10 years ago, I had been interviewed on 4ZR radio twice a week, telling Maranoa residents about the latest Western Star headlines.

But when I entered that radio studio on Friday, the nervous author inside me cringed and wished I could be anywhere else, maybe even trade places with my heroine Shahkara as she fought off a gathering of demons. After all, my half-Taloner character has long, sharp talons and, better still, doesn’t have to answer back when slashing an enemy’s throat.

Fortunately, I wasn’t facing Taloners, but being interviewed by 4BU’s Billy Healy on Wide Bay Today. This is Billy:

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See? He doesn’t look scary at all. I’m a bit concerned he’s trying to imitate Superman’s flying skills without the cape. Maybe he should hire some power jets or at least chat to Iron Man. Come to think of it, Billy looks a bit like actor Kevin Spacey without the hair (if you don’t count Spacey’s devious role as Luthor in Superman Returns).

Seriously, Wide Bay Today presenter Billy Healy was a fun, fun guy and immediately put me at ease. He even asked questions that rekindled memories I’d long forgotten – stuff like electric typewriters, Tim Winton and the 1990 Writers Train and Yuleba State School. Oh, those were the days!

I walked out of the studio, thinking author radio interviews weren’t so bad, but grateful I could scamper back to my computer nook and squeeze some Heart Hunters plotline in before lunch-time.

Listen to the interview with Billy Healy on 4BU’s Wide Bay Today by clicking below

Click on the yellow:  Cheryse Durrant 4BU Sept 2013


The Blood She Betrayed labelled new YA sensation

My soon-to-be published The Blood She Betrayed today attracted its first online review from Booknut 101 at 21st Century Once Upon a Times, with a 5/5 star rating!

New YA SensationEven better, Booknut devised the best tagline I’d heard in months: Taloners may eat your heart but humans can steal it.” This line truly captures the extreme dangers that Shahkara faces, both physical and emotional, on her journey.

The review, which you can read here, was beautifully crafted and one can tell that Booknut is a talented wordsmith and reviewer who will one day, most likely, forge her own career from ink, paper and iPads. Booknut has both a layered and polished writing style. Brilliant.

Reading reviews of my book is still a novelty for me. What strikes me the most is how beautifully other readers can capture the magic of my story – but using their own words and their own voice. Seeing them repackage the details of my novel is truly delightful – and fascinating.

Here are a couple of more teasers from Booknut’s review:

“Brawls, wicked intentions, romance, destiny and magic collide in a novel that is sure to have you hooked until the very last word.”

“With effortless humour, vivid detail and a cast of relateable characters, The Blood She Betrayed is a refreshing change from your usual YA fiction, reshaping myths and creating worlds that will entice and engage readers across the world.”

I certainly hope Booknut’s predictions come true!

This review has also been posted at goodreads.