Thursday, January 24, 2013

Scent of Darkness by Margot Berwin: Guest Post and Giveaway

I am excited to have as a guest today Author Margot Berwin.  Her New Adult novel, Scent of Darkness, is releasing on January 29, 2013.  Today, Margot is sharing about being a writer in New York City.  She is also graciously giving away a hardcover copy of Scent of Darkness.  All you have to do is leave her a question or comment below.  Thank you Margot for being here today, and a big thanks to everyone stopping by.   

Scent of Darkness

Expected publication: January 29th 2013 by Pantheon

Evangeline is eighteen years old when her grandmother gives her the ultimate gift-a scent she has created just for her. From the moment Eva places a drop on her neck, her entire life changes. Previously unnoticed, she becomes the object of intense desire for everyone around her. Men dance close to her; women dip their noses deep into her hair; even the cats outside her bedroom cry to be near her. Gabriel, the quiet student Eva has admired from afar, falls head-over-heels in love with her. But soon the gift begins to control Eva's life: strangers follow her around, sniffing and touching her at every turn. When Eva meets Michael, an artist who barely registers her smell, Eva wonders if he is the one person who can love her for herself. Or is her scent impossible to escape? A bewitching, wildly imaginative novel steeped in the mythology of perfume, Scent of Darkness seduces the reader's every sense.

BIG BIG thanks to Ellen for letting me post and for being so lovely even though I've never met her in person--I can tell!

I'm already busy celebrating the release of my upcoming New Adult novel, Scent of Darkness, and today I thought I would write a little bit about the beauty and peril of being a writer in New York City.

So, My name is Margot and I was born and raised in NYC. I still believe it's the greatest city in the world for most everything--but not so much for writers.

There's something going on, every single second, on every block and every street corner. Couples kissing, people fighting, crying, and laughing. Ambulences screaming down the street, little kids running, trains roaring, homeless people asking for money, and food vendors hawking. It never stops, which is great for getting ideas, but bad for writing because it's really hard to find a quiet space to think.

So while I love my city, I leave it often--pretty much whenever I've got an idea for a book.

With Scent of Darkness, the place I went to write came easily.

I was freelancing, writing websites for an ad agency, standing in the hallway bitching about how I couldn't find a quiet place to write, when a co-worker came over and told me he had an apartment in New Orleans. He was swamped at work and knew that he wouldn't be able to leave NYC so he gave me the keys to his apartment! That simple.

I had never been to New Orleans and I fell in love with it. Completely and forever in love. Scent of Darkness was never supposed to take place there, but when presented with a city like NOLA there was nothing I could do but write about it!
I got one of my characters into medical school at Tulane, and then placed the whole second half of the book in the Quarter. I can't wait to go back down there on my book tour and read in the beautiful Garden District Book Shop!

As a total aside--I had my tarot cards read in Jackson Square and the reader told me that I would meet the man I would love forever, while in New Orleans. I didn't, but I met him the day I got back to NYC--so she was pretty close!

GIVEAWAY: Scent of Darkness will be out on January 29th! I'm giving away a hardcover right here at Always YA at Heart! Leave me a question or a comment to enter to win. Good luck!!

Thanks for reading! 

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Margot Berwin earned her MFA from the New School in 2005. Her stories have appeared on, in the New York Press, and in the anthology The Future of Misbehavior. She worked in advertising for many years and lives in New York City. 

Her first novel Hot House Flower and the Nine Plants of Desire was published in 2009 by Pantheon. Her new novel, SCENT OF DARKNESS, also by Pantheon is coming out on January 29, 2013.

Check out Margot's first novel Hot House Flower and the Nine Plants of Desire here.

Connect with Margot Berwin:  Facebook  |  Twitter


  1. this sounds great
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  2. It is funny how sometimes inspiration for things comes as a surprise even to us.
    I could tell after reading this that Margot really fell in love with New Orleans, she made it sound do mystical, I definitely want to go there someday.

  3. Oooo a New Adult novel? YES! I'm completely obsessed with this genre and have been devouring as much of it as I can find:) How cool of her friend to let her stay in his apartment in NOLA, I would imagine it's a pretty inspiring city!

  4. New Orleans is somewhere that I really want to visit. It is just fascinating to me. Thanks you for sharing the guest post. I am off to check out Scent of Darkness. :)

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  5. Oh I remember hearing of this book! It sounds great! I have always wanted to visit NYC and New Orleans. Both are cities I love in books.
    That's pretty cool about that reader being so close to right!

  6. I've always wanted to go to New Orleans and visit the French Quarter, have beignets and the chicory coffee, and take a stroll through the past. And one day I will. Thanks for sharing your inspiration and I look forward to reading this book.

  7. She does seem so totally lovely :D
    New Orleans is beautiful, and writing there would be awesome. Thanks so much for the giveaway, it looks like such a neat story^^

  8. This sound amazing! There was a girl in my HS whose mother was a perfumist. I was always jealous of the amazing scents she had. :)

  9. I can definitely see New Orleans being a perfect place to be inspired!!

    What was your favorite building there? Did it feature in the book?

    Your book sounds awesome:))

    Thank you:)

    ccfioriole at gmail dot com

    1. I think my favorite building was the apartment I lived in on St. Louis. It was pale pink with a lace veil of ironwork on the outside. The flat itself had huge palladium windows and a balcony overlooking a garden of magnolia blossoms!

  10. This book sounds very interesting. Never heard about it before.
    Can't wait to read.

  11. This sounds like a fun read! It is new to me and I appreciate the introduction! Just put it on my tbr list! saltsnmore at yahoo dot com

  12. I like the sound of this one, and I really enjoyed reading this post! Love New Orleans :D

  13. New Orleans is a really magical place. I hope you all get to visit it someday! Enjoy Scent of Darkness...I had a great time writing it!

    xox margot

  14. Sounds really good!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  15. Thank you all so much for your comments and questions-I really appreciate all the feedback! We have a winner of the giveaway--it's Candace! Congrats Candace, you'll be receiving your copy of Scent of Darkness very soon.

    I would love to continue the conversation -- I can be reached on twitter or Facebook. Looking forward to hearing from you again--I hope you enjoy my book and the scents of Fire, leather, jasmine and Rose...

    xoxo Margot


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