Interview with Bethany Griffin!

AARS The Tour Interview with Bethany Griffin!

Today I have the super awesome Bethany Griffin, author of Masque of the Red Death and Handcuffs as a part of the Authors Are Rockstars Tour!

Hi Bethany!!!! Just excuse me while I fangirl over you for a second…. *deep breath* deep breath*

I have to respond to this by saying that I teach high school and that being stared down by a roomful of sophomores keeps a person humble! However, when we meet new people my 9 year old always whispers, “Did you tell them you’re famous?” And I’m always like, “I think that if I was famous I wouldn’t have to tell them I was famous…”

Okay… sorry! Moving on… Thank you so much for being here today at the Bookish Brunette, during Fiktshun and Two Chicks On Books Authors Are Rockstars tour!!!

12924275 Interview with Bethany Griffin!Masque of the Red Death was simply AMAZING. Seriously, one of my favorite books ever! When you were creating the world that Araby lived in… What did you seek inspiration from?

First, thank you! I’m flattered that you thought it was amazing. It’s a funny story that when I started planning Masque, I hadn’t decided to set it in the past…I sort of envisioned a regular futuristic post-apocalyptic book…it wasn’t until I thought…what if a plague had wiped out everyone around the time of Poe’s death? that the book really took off for me. I had a year in my head, and I made everything either fit that year, or I imagined that the technology had diverged after the plague. So the story has the feel of existing outside of real history, in that aspect I was inspired by Stephen King’s Gunslinger series. The world is really dark, but history is really dark. I tried to make it a world that you almost wanted to live in (The Debauchery Club) but then you would realize there are bodies in the streets and you don’t really want to live there. As I was writing I thought about Victorian city conditions and conditions during plague outbreaks a good deal, and a lot of Araby’s world just came out of my own weird brain. 

When I think “dystopian” and freakishly crazy mutated airborne pathogen that will KILL you unless you wear a MASK over your face- I instantly think “gas mask” type, HUGE metal contraption covering your entire face/body! But you made them porcelain and almost dainty… which to me is even more creepy awesome than full body armor! What was your reasoning behind the delicate vs. masculine nature of the masks? 

Well, the masks were hard because it’s hard to write characters whose faces are hidden all the time. I had a collection of fairly creepy china dolls as a child, so the china masks actually seemed sort of horrible to me, but still possibly attractive? Or less unattractive than a gas mask type thing. I wanted the masks to be delicate and sinister at the same time.

You have two VERY interesting heroes in Masque of the Red Death, both of them are SO different, yet so compelling! Have you noticed any Team trend among your fans? Do you have a favorite? (*cough* I LOVE Elliott *cough*)

It actually seems pretty split, although I will say that the people who hate Elliott…hate Elliott. I think that Araby loves one of them and that the one she is more compatible with may not be the one she loves. Favorites? Elliott scenes are really fun to write, but Will gets some good scenes, too. It’s a true fact that at one point I kept typing Williott, and even said it out loud once when I was trying to explain a scene to my husband. He gave me a really weird look. 

Masque has been published all over the world! Which cover is your fav???

I love something different about each cover, but the Greenwillow (US) cover was the first, and now that I’ve seen the cover for Dance of the Red Death (I know, I know, sorry I can’t share yet) I have to say that the two covers together are breathtaking. I love the heart-shaped blood drop on the UK cover, and I love the girl’s tattoo (a raven) on the German cover, and I can’t wait to see the rest.

Have you anticipated the number of books that will ultimately be in the Masque series?

2. Masque of the Red Death and Dance of the Red Death. It’s sort of one big book that got split in half…I love the pensive/hopeful end to book 1, I do get why some people weren’t satisfied with it, and Dance is more a second part of Masque than it is a sequel. Araby’s story will be wrapped up in book 2.

Did you listen to any playlists or particular band while writing Masque?

I don’t listen to music while I write, but I listen to music while I plan and think…with Masque that was a lot of Portishead, and with everything I write, a lot of Nine Inch Nails and Tool.

Can you tell us anything about what MIGHT be coming up next for Araby in Dance of the Red Death? I’m pretty much DYING for it!!

There will be more bats and more crocodiles, and more Will and Elliott. Of course, we get a masked ball, and we get to see Araby come alive and really fight for what she wants. 


I may have been stalking your website and reading your bio… You said on your first Christmas you got a book… What was the book? Do you still have it??

I still have a lot of my books…but I’m not sure which one that was…just the story that my mom tells I’m sure I already had other books, my mom kept me well-stocked with books. I will say that the first picture book I could actually read was the Berenstein Bears and the Spooky Old Tree. 

Who’s your favorite character from The Wizard of Oz and why?

If we’re going with the entire Oz series, I’d say the Hungry Tiger (he always wanted to eat babies but didn’t do it because he had a conscience). Or possibly Eureka, Dorothy’s hateful white cat from Book 4, Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz, I…had a cat named after her.

And of course… Are you Team ZOMBIE or Team Vamp? *cue Jeopardy theme music*

I’d have to go team Vamp, zombies are really gross, although I do spend an inordinate amount of time planning how I would avoid them/survive a zombie apocalypse. But no, my heart will always belong to Anne Rice’s vampires…Louis…or possibly Lestat.


Book: Lord of the Rings followed by The Time Traveler’s Wife
Movie: 12 Monkeys
Candy: Snowcaps
Color: Green

12924275 Interview with Bethany Griffin!

Masque of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death #1)
by Bethany Griffin
Published: 4/24/2012

From Goodreads:

Everything is in ruins.

A devastating plague has decimated the population. And those who are left live in fear of catching it as the city crumbles to pieces around them.

So what does Araby Worth have to live for?

Nights in the Debauchery Club, beautiful dresses, glittery make-up . . . and tantalizing ways to forget it all.

But in the depths of the club—in the depths of her own despair—Araby will find more than oblivion. She will find Will, the terribly handsome proprietor of the club. And Elliott, the wickedly smart aristocrat. Neither boy is what he seems. Both have secrets. Everyone does.

And Araby may find something not just to live for, but to fight for—no matter what it costs her.

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71 Responses to Interview with Bethany Griffin!

  1. Lea Krnjeta says:

    Love the interviewnd thanks for the giveaway :)

  2. Giada M. says:

    Thank you for the wonderful interview! :D The Hungry Tiger is my favorite too! Great questions! :D

  3. Dani Nguyen says:

    This book sounds really different from anything else out there. I’m a big fan of Poe and all things creepy. And I love that cover! Can’t wait to read it!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. I’m the same way with music and studying. I listen to music when I plan and do mindless things, even some class review reading but as soon as I need to outline and really study the music has to go off.

    Great interview! Thanks for sharing.

    and I know this may border on stalker territory but Ashley, I am in awe of your mad design skills. I’m sure I have told you before but you are awesome. I love all the phases your website has gone through :)

  5. Natalie Cleary says:

    Thanks so much for the chance :) Great interview and I love the sound of this.

  6. great interview! loved your questions!!

  7. Jennifer says:

    That was a funny interview! (Unless I’m the odd one out?) I enjoyed Masque of the Red Death but it was confusing at times! I’m looking forward to Dance and I can’t wait to see its cover!
    Thanks for the giveaway & interview.
    And I am probably Team Elliot :)

  8. The Blonde Zombie says:

    I LOVE our UK cover, although the US is just sooooo purrty! Thanks for the giveaway, I realll enjoyed the interview, made me want to read the book a lot more :-)

  9. Great interview! I love all the covers for the book. And it sounds so good!! I can’t believe I haven’t gotten around to read it yet!

  10. What a fantastic interview!! I can’t wait for Dance of the Red Death. I loved Masque of the Red Death and am really interested in what happens next! I can’t wait to see the cover. :)

  11. TayteH says:

    Awesome. Thank you! And you’d have to be a rockstar to make a remake of Poe’s story. That dude was creepy.

  12. Love the interview! Although you should have done Team Zombie vs. Team Unicorn. :-)

  13. Vivien says:

    Poe’s original story is so utterly creepy and disturbing. Plus look at that cover. It’s seriously a work of art. I cannot wait for more from this series.

  14. N V says:

    This books sounds amazing! Great interview!

  15. Amy says:

    Wow, sounds like a great book! I’ll for sure have to go pick it up when I get the chance :) Wonderful interview, very funny!

  16. Been wanting to read this book for forever. Love the interview!!!

  17. Cass says:

    This book seems so awesome! Lately I have heard NOTHING but amazing things about it! Gotta get my hands on it! PLUS always helps when the author’s are nice and sweet as well! :)

  18. PamM says:

    Great interview. I love when her daughter asked if she told them she was famous.

  19. Love this interview!
    I can’t wait to read this book!

  20. Rachel says:

    This interview rocks! I am just as much a fangirl as you are – am so jealous you got this stop! And love the fact that there will be more crocodiles… oh and more Will and Elliott.

    Thank you SO much for joining the tour and hosting this amazing rockstar author on your blog. You rock too! :)

  21. Violette says:

    Thank you for the awesome interview. I loved that Portishead was used a lot when thinking about this book. I can feel the vibe perfectly! :D

  22. Ana Lucía says:

    Great interview, love your questions and of course her answers. This book sounds amazing, it sounds dark and gothic. I love this cover, one of my favorites of all times.

    Thank you for the giveaway. :)

  23. JennyC says:

    Awesome Interview!! I’m dying to get my own copy of this book lol:)

  24. Carmen B. says:

    Great interview! Reminded me I still need to read this book, but I just haven’t gotten around to pick it up yet… so thanks for the giveaway!
    Also happy to realize Bethany Griffin is a Dark Tower series fan ^^ Best Stephen King books ever.

  25. Patricia says:

    Fantastic interview! I didn’t know it was just a two book series, which is pretty awesome. I can’t wait to read Dance of the Red Death and of course to see more Will and Elliott.

    So glad that you’re part of this ROCKSTAR TOUR!!

  26. So fun!!! What a great interview! I haven’t gotten a chance to read Masque of the Red Death, but I’ve heard great things about it!

  27. I absolutely love the cover of this book and good god, after this interview, I’m dying to see what the sequel looks like!

  28. Sarah says:

    I keep seeing this book ALL the time and definitely have it on my to-read list, especially after that interview!!

  29. Erin D. says:

    Great giveaway! I’ve heard so many great things about it. I need to get a copy so I can read it for myself.

  30. Carina Olsen says:

    Love this interview! <3 Sigh. I adored this book. :) Really want to win it :D *Fingers crossed.* <3 Thank you for the giveaway and the interview. :)
    Love, Carina

  31. brookea_2006 says:

    Great interview! Thanks for the giveaway!

  32. Molly Frenzel says:

    Great interview! I’ve been wanting to read Masque since before it came out. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  33. Kassandra Fuentes says:

    Loved the interview and this giveaway as well!

  34. Veronika says:

    Amazing post! I have Masque of the Red Death on my TBR list already and can’t wait to read it%

  35. Lexi E. says:

    Awesome interview! I’ve been waiting to read this since it came out!

  36. Artemis says:

    I am in love with the cover of Masque of the Red Death, thank you for the chance!

  37. Elizabeth says:

    I want this book so bad! It seems sooo good!

  38. Amber says:

    Love the cover and it seems so creepily wonderful. I am very intrigued and must read this book now.

  39. Delia says:

    Loved the interview and the cover is….. beyond words really! :) thanks for the giveaway!

  40. Jenna says:

    Great questions and answers! It’s pretty funny that Bethany mixed up Will and Elliot. Can’t wait to read the descriptions of the masks and be drawn into the past! Thanks for the giveaway.

  41. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve picked up this book because of the cover and went ehhh, not for me. After reading this interview, I totally change my mind. I want to read this immediately. Thanks!!

  42. Victoria Zumbrum says:

    Thanks for the giveaway. I really want to read this book. It sounds very good.

  43. This sounds like such a great book. Loved the interview and although I enjoy zombie books, I’d have to be on team vampy too… :D

  44. Lili says:

    I love your interviews, they’re always so awesome! And thank you for the giveaway as well! I’ve been DYING to read this book! And the cover, ah! It’s so amazing!

  45. Melody says:

    Loved the interview and thanks for the giveaway, this has been on my TBR list for a while.

  46. Daisy Richeson says:

    Great interview! Thanks for the giveaway! Can’t wait to read!

  47. Kat V says:

    Great interview! I can’t wait to read this book!

  48. Jennifer k says:

    I really want to read this book. Thanks so much for the interview.

  49. Kyra says:

    Great Interview! Sounds awesome!

  50. Molli says:

    I KNEW I liked her. I LOVE LOVE LOVE that the Dark Tower series inspired her somewhat! :D Great questions, Ashley!

  51. Jessica says:

    Great interview and giveaway :)

  52. starryblue says:

    the book sounds amazing.

  53. JennH says:

    I loved the interview!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  54. sienny says:

    thanks for the giveaway!

  55. Thanks for the great interview and giveaway! It’s nice to find another Oz fan who’s actually read a lot of the series. :)

  56. Natasha says:

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

  57. justpeachy36 says:

    This sounds like a great book that I’d love to read.

  58. Lisa Marie says:

    I love love love the name Araby. And I can’t wait to see the cover for Dance of the Red Death!

    Thank you for the giveaway.


  59. Carrie A says:

    I’ve been in love with this book for months!

  60. kristina s. says:

    thx for the giveaway!

  61. Kristia says:

    Great interview! Thank you for the int giveaway.

  62. bridget says:

    I loved this book its so dark and just beautifully written.

  63. I think Bethany’s students will think she’s a rockstar if she tells them she listens to NIN and Tool!! Holy cow!! From nice, easy freaky Portishead to Tool!! LOVE IT!! And nobody watches 12 Monkeys anymore, except my husband (oh, I like the movie fine myself, it’s just a little too gross for me) ~ how cool is Bethany??

    Thanks for the fabulous interview and giveaway!!!

  64. Jasmine Rose says:

    Since I read Nevermore I’ve really been wanting to read more Poe-inspired books and this one is top on my list :]

  65. Valerie says:

    Portishead and Tool? Cool taste. :D

  66. nrlymrtl says:

    I have been interested in this book for a few weeks now – thanks to all the book bloggers out there that have been noting it. Cool giveaway!

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  68. Allie Rose says:

    oooo porcelain masks are definitely creepier than gas mask looking ones. I have a huge phobia of dolls, and china dolls are the worst, so anything that resembles them freaks me out. Thanks for the giveaway!

  69. Kaitlyn Weaver says:

    Great interview, the cover’s beatiful! Thanks for the giveaway!

  70. Great interview…..she is totally awesome

  71. Priya says:

    OMFG I so want this book!! Thanks for the giveaway!

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