Thursday, August 29, 2013

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Fae by C.J. Abedi


Our education was a top priority for our parents and thus we were prohibited from watching a lot of television.  We spent a lot of time playing outdoors and a lot of time entertaining our minds with reading. It was easy to do because our father had a voracious appetite for nonfiction books and would sit in our family room every night often reading 500-600 page books within one or two nights.     

Watching him so engulfed made sitting in a quiet room so easy. We had many favorite books growing up, but our favorites were also so different. Much like our personalities.  One of the shared loves we have is Pride and Prejudice.  We think if you talk to most authors of young adult fiction novels, this book will come up at some point.

William Darcy epitomizes the “ultimate” man.  Even though he was a man of few words, he had a depth to him that has been mimicked throughout many love stories.  Devilyn Reilly shares a great many characteristics in common with Darcy.  His deep sense of loyalty, compassion, chivalry, good looks, deep love etc., we could literally go on and on.  

So this was by far the book that most influenced Fae….some of our other personal favorites are…..

In elementary school I loved Scott O’Dell’s, Island of the Blue Dolphins. I literally think I read it ten times and I all I wanted was a Rontu of my own. I think I felt a bit like Karana because I was kind of a loner when I was younger. I preferred reading and escaping to my own magical worlds and there was a deep sense of fulfillment I got from that. I could live on this imaginary island I created and no one could invade my space. I would literally sit for hours on end just reading by myself or playing with my Barbies. I really preferred this to people company. Karana was completely fine being on her own with just Rontu as a companion and I felt so similar to her because I was the same, I just didn't have a dog. Karana just resonated with me and I think that I definitely infused that into Caroline’s character. And of course she has her own Rontu too… his name is Famous and he’s a Pomeranian but he’s her companion. My other favorite when I was younger was Indian in the Cupboard. Yes, I bought a bunch of little doll houses with small plastic Native American Indian dolls hoping that one would magically come to life. Unfortunately that didn’t work but my imagination ran wild. In High School I loved A Separate Peace by John Knowles & Hamlet. In college, Milton’s, Paradise Lost changed my life. It really did. Now, I read whatever I crave at that moment in my life.

There are many profound books and authors that have influenced my life, but when I analyze my writing I would say that the voice of my writing today comes from the many fiction novels I’ve read.  Starting as a child with books by Judy Blume, Tales of  Fourth Grade Nothing, Are You There God It’s Me Margaret, Otherwise known as Sheila The Great. Ms. Blume had such a talent for understanding the true emotional experience every child goes through in elementary and junior high school and she does it such a comical way that you really can’t get enough of her writing.  I could so related to the fears and angst associated with puberty that became the catalyst for Margaret Simon’s many conversations with God.  Those daily feelings of inadequacy appear in Fae through the eyes of Carolyn Ellis as she walks the halls of Manteo High School.   How many conversations do we all have in our head, thankfully they mostly stay there where they belong.   I also loved the incredible world of Harry Potter, created by J.K. Rowling, and am also a big fan of Judith McNaught’s Paradise, actually anything written by Judith McNaught sucks me right into a peaceful world making me lost for days and days.  Dan Brown’s (The DaVinci Code) talents are also unparalleled and of course I think I am among the millions who enjoyed Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight

About the authors: 
C. J. Abedi is made up of the sister writing team Colet and Jasmine Abed who wrote the upcoming series Fae.  They have always had a love of writing and began collaborating on many projects when they were very young.  Their passion for all things creative led them to the world of the entertainment industry where they have worked since completing their education.

Colet Abedi ran development for ITV Studios and is currently Executive Producer on three shows that run in syndication called Unsealed: Conspiracy Files, Unsealed: Alien Files and Now Eat This with Rocco DiSpirito. She was also an Executive Producer on Posh Tots. Prior to that, she was a Head Writer for 20th Television, a division of Fox, for two telenovelas, American Heiress starring Annalyn McCord and Robert Buckley and Fashion House, starring Bo Derek and Taylor Kinney. She alsorecently completed the feature filmFive Souls that will be released next year.

Jasmine Abedi is an entertainment attorney, and has worked with entertainment powerhouses such as Fox, NBC Universal, ABC, MTV and E! for the past 14 years. She has also worn many different hats in the entertainment industry, with Executive Producer credits for the television programs Posh Tots and the pilots Club Bounce (TruTV), Divas(VH-1), and Life With The Clarks (CMT). In addition to writing, she has also partnered with a law school friend to create the natural cosmetic company Generation Klean, Inc. Their products can be found online at and at major retailers (Whole Foods, Fred Segal etc.) nationwide. 


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