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Betrayal Blog Tour: Author Interview

Monday, May 30, 2011

I am here today with the author behind Betrayal, Mayandree Michel. She has kindly agreed to participate in an interview here on Vy's Blog. Also be sure to check out my review of Betrayal.

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Mayandree Michel is the author of Betrayal, the first in the exciting series: The Descendants. Mayandree grew up in Brooklyn and now lives in Queens, NY with her husband and two adorable sons. When she's not writing she's playing with her boys, reading or sketching.

1) If you could describe your book in less than 12 words, how would you describe it?

I'm going to cheat a little and use a part of what's on the back of the books cover: Where there is love and power, there is always betrayal.

2) Are there any authors who inspired your writing?

I read a lot, especially, when I should be doing a million other things, like cleaning and writing. I have so many favorite authors, too many to name. I was inspired to write mostly by Anne Rice, Edith Wharton, Cassandra Clare, Stephenie Meyer, and lately Amanda Hocking. I could go on and on…

3) I've always been fascinated by greek myths and was excited to hear that Betrayal consists of it. What would be your favorite greek myth?

I fell in love with Greek myths in high school when I read Mythology by Edith Hamilton. I still have the paperback copy, though it’s all ragged and beat up it’s still on my shelf. I was inspired by it and the poems in both the Iliad and the Odyssey to write the Descendants trilogy. I have a few favorites. I’d have to sayTheseus and Ariadne is one, when Theseus goes into the labyrinth to slay the Minotaur, using only a ball of string to find his way out of that hellish maze, and the beautiful but tragic myth of Orpheus’ bravery to rescue his wife Eurydice’s soul from the Hades in the Underworld with his charming music is another, and my all-time favorite, which is one of the most famous, the one of Eris and the golden apple which sealed Paris’ fate by his decision of which of the three highest goddesses was the fairest, which later brought on the Trojan war.

4) Throughout the book, Nikolas seemed like someone I'd want as my best friend. Were any of the characters based off of some real life friends?

A few of the characters, both good and evil were based on the personalities of people I’ve been acquainted with at some point in my life and their identities are being withheld to protect the innocent. Just kidding! Nikolas is loosely based on my husband who is one of the funniest people I know, as is Evan, for being a romantic.

5) Fashion was a part of Betrayal that I really enjoyed reading about and I read that you're a fashionista yourself. If you could take any of the dresses Cordelia wore and made it in real life which would you have chosen?

I’ve always worked in and around fashion and apparel but I’d hardly consider myself a real fashionista lol. I’m more of a t-shirt and jeans kind of gal, so I love sketching fashion and watching couture fashion shows on TV more than wearing any of it. As far as having one of the dresses Cordelia wore in the book made in real life, the dress she wears to the Masquerade ball which is depicted on the cover wins hands down! It’s actually a real dress owned by a friend which was altered (a lot) in Photoshop.

Thank you Mayandree for taking the time to do this interview. Also be sure to tune in tomorrow for a character interview with Cordelia from Betrayal. For the mean time, check out my review of Betrayal.


  1. Great interview :) Betrayal sounds awesome!

  2. You had such fun, unique questions, Vy! I loved reading this interview. And I love Mayandree! <3


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