A Fortnight of Bookish Posts: Days 12 – 14

Day 12:

  • Book you still aren’t sure of your feelings on:

As in ever? Because I was full of certitude about everything I read this past year. I still question whether some of those Ann Aguirre books I read were really worth reading at all.

  • Series you gave up on in 2015:

I wasn’t really ever in it, but I read The Name of the Blade by Zoe Marriott (who has written other books I did like) and could not bring myself to continue the series. It was a struggle just to complete that first one.

Day 13:

  • Favorite passage/quote of 2015:

There are two kinds of guilt. The kind that’s a burden and the kind that gives you purpose. Let your guilt be your fuel. Let it remind you of who you want to be. Draw a line in your mind. Never cross it again. You have a soul. It’s damaged but it’s there. Don’t let them take it from you.

Sabaa Tahir, An Ember in the Ashes

(I did not get around to this book but I really appreciated this quote when I saw it.)

  • Book which had the overall greatest impact on you this year:

Let God’s Light Shine Forth by Pope Benedict XVI

Day 14:

  • A book you didn’t read this year that will be your #1 priority in 2016?

Winter by Marissa Meyer!!!

  • New book you are most anticipating for 2016?

2016 looks like a pretty exciting year for books! There are at least fifty books that I am looking forward to, many of them sequels and final installments in series, but here are the ones that I am most eager to read…

  • The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Memories of Ash by Intisar Khanani
  • The Dark Talent: Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson (At LONG last)
  • Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan
  • Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs
  • Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop
  • Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
  • See How They Run by Ally Carter
  • Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling by Tony Cliff
  • A Little Taste of Poison by R. J. Anderson
  • Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
  • The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

 

 

Upcoming Books 2014 and beyond

Kate Coombs: The Tooth Fairy Wars – the story of a boy who isn’t on board with the Tooth Fairy’s plans; illustrated by Jake Parker (Atheneum, July 2014).

Goodnight Mr. Darcy  – a la Goodnight Moon (July 1st 2014 by Gibbs Smith)

 

Michelle Harrison: One Wish  – prequel to the 13 series (22 May 2014 Simon & Schuster Children’s Books).

One Wish is a prequel to the 13 trilogy, following Tanya’s first brush with the

fairy world. Meeting Henry ‘Ratty’ Hanratty and his Artful Dodger fairy sidekick, Turpin, Tanya soon finds there’s nothing pretty or sparkly about real fairies. The 13 series will also be

published in a brand new package, perfect for a new generation of young readers.

 

Jacqueline West: The Books of Elsewhere Volume Five: Still Life – final book in the series (June 2014 Dial Books)

 

Sarah Rees Brennan:  Tell the Wind and FireA Tale of Two Cities retelling (2015  HarperCollins)

UnmadeLynburn Legacy 3 (September 23rd 2014 Random House Books for Young Readers)

 

Sarah Beth Durst: The Lost (Harlequin/Mira, A, 2014)
Chasing Power (Bloomsbury, YA 2014) YA
The Missing (Harlequin/Mira, A, 2014)
The Found (Harlequin/Mira, A, 2015)

 

Alexandra Bracken: In the Afterlight  – The Darkest Minds #3 (October 28th 2014 by Disney-Hyperion)

                                  Passenger  (2015 Fall Disney)
Wayfarer #2  (2016 Fall Disney)

 

 

E. D. Baker: The Bravest Princess  – Wide-Awake Princess #3  (April 1st 2014 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens)

 

Sherwood Smith: Lhind the Thief is available as paperback

Spy Princess will be reissued in paperback by Scholastic soon.The novella “Rule of Engagement” will be reprinted in Lightspeed Magazine

Finished: A Sword Named Truth, working on Firejive,, adventure/comedy of manners Rondo Allegro (set in 1799-1806), and a sequel to Lhind the Thief, working title, Lhind the Spy.

 

 

Lesley Livingston: Transcendent  – Starling #3  (December 23rd 2014 by HarperTeen)

Now and for NeverNever #3 ( May 27th 2014 by Razorbill Canada)

 

Brandon Sanderson: Legion: Skin Deep (Legion #2) – Spetember 2014

 Skybreaker (The Stormlight Archive #3) – 2015

Untitled (Rithmatist #2) – 2015

Calamity (Reckoners #3) -2015 by Delacorte

Nightblood (Warbreaker #2) – 2015

Untitled (Mistborn #6) – 2015 by Tor

Firefight (Reckoners #2) – 2015

 

 

Christopher Healy: The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw – The League of Princes #3  (Published April 29th 2014 by Walden Pond Press)

 

Kate McMullan: Get Lost, Odysseus!  – Myth-O-Mania #10 ( August 1st 2014 by Stone Arch Books)

 

Shannon Hale: The Princess in Black  (October 14, 2014)

From Shannon and Dean Hale and illustrator LeUyen Pham comes the first in a humorous and action-packed chapter-book series for young readers

who like their princesses not only prim and perfect, but also dressed in black.

Princess Academy #3  Untitled  (2015)

Dangerous  (March 2014)

 

Lemony Snicket: File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents   – All the Wrong Questions #2.5  (April 1st 2014 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

Shouldn’t You Be in School?  – All the Wong Questions#3  (September 30th 2014 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

 

Gail Carriger: Waistcoats & Weaponry –  Finishing School Series #3 (2014 Little, Brown Books for Young Readers US)

Manners & MutinyFinishing School Series #4  (2015 Little, Brown Books for Young Readers US)

 

For mature readers: Prudence ~ (March17, 2015 Orbit US)

Imprudence ~ (2016 from Orbit US)

 

 

Michelle Knudsen: Evil Librarian  (September 9, 2014 Candlewick Press) YA

TRELIAN BOOK 3 Untitled (Fall 2015)  MG

 

Marissa Meyer: Cress – The Lunar Chronicles #3 (February 2014 Feiwel and Friends)

Winter – The Lunar Chronicles #4 (February 2015 by Feiwel and Friends)

Heartless

 

 

Sarah Prineas: Magic Thief: A Proper Wizard Magic Thief #3.5 ebook shortstory  (August 19th 2014 by HarperCollins)

Magic Thief: Home – Magic Thief #4 (September 16th 2014 by HarperCollins)

 

 

Jennifer A. Neilson: The Shadow ThroneAscendance Trilogy #3  (February 25th 2014 by Scholastic Press)

Mark of the Thief – The Praetor War #1  (2015 by Scholastic Press)

The new series follows a boy in ancient Rome where powerful forces struggle for control of a hidden magic; the boy becomes embroiled in a fight for freedom, survival, and the safety of the future.

A Night Divided  (2015 by Scholastic)

 A story of danger and intrigue in Cold War-era East Berlin, about a girl whose family is split in half when the Berlin Wall goes up.

 

Ilona Andrews: Magic Breaks – Kate Daniels #7  (July 29th 2014 by Ace Hardcover)

Kate Daniels 8-10 to follow every summer

 

Patricia Briggs: Night ShiftedMercy Thompson #8) March 11th 2014 by Ace Hardcover

Mercy Thompson #9 Untitled to-come

Shifting Shadows: Stories from the World of Mercy Thompson (September 2nd 2014 by Ace Hardcover)

Dead HeatAlpha & Omega #4  (Spring 2015)

 

Maggie Stiefvater:  SinnerThe Wolves of Mercy Falls #4  (July 1st 2014 by Scholastic Press)

Blue Lily, Lily BlueThe Raven Cycle #3  (October 28th 2014 by Scholastic Press)

UntitledThe Raven Cycle #4   (2015 by Scholastic Press)

RequiemBooks of Faerie #3  (2015 by Scholastic Press)
Laini Taylor:  Dreams of Gods & Monsters  – Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3   (April 8th 2014 by Little, Brown & Company)
Jonathon StraudThe Whispering SkullLockwood & Co. #2  ( September 16th 2014 by Disney Hyperion )
Rick Riordan: Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods  (August 19th 2014 by Disney-Hyperion)

The Blood of OlympusThe Heroes of Olympus #5  (October 7th 2014 by Disney-Hyperion)

Untitled Norse Mythology #1  ( 2015 by Disney Hyperion Books)

 
Ally Carter: Untitled Embassy Row #1  (2015 by Scholastic)

 

This exciting new series focuses on Grace, who can best be described as a daredevil, an Army brat, and a rebel. She is also the only granddaughter of perhaps the most powerful ambassador in the world, and Grace has spent every summer of her childhood running across the roofs of Embassy Row. Now, at age sixteen, she’s come back to stay— in order to solve the mystery of her mother’s death. In the process, she uncovers an international conspiracy of unsettling proportions, and must choose her friends and watch her foes carefully if she and the world are to be saved.

 

R. J. AndersonA Pocket Full of Murder  (Atheneum Fall 2015) ; Untitled #2

 They star a Veronica Mars-type girl who joins forces with a mystery-loving street boy to solve a murder in a 1930s-style city driven by spell power.

Interview with R. J. Anderson

Rebecca J. Anderson is the author of Faery Rebels: Spellhunter, published April 2009 by HarperCollins. For more information on Rebecca and her books visit her website or blog.

Rebecca, congratulations on Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter! What was it like being one of the debut authors of 2009?

It was a joy and a privilege! Not only was it wonderful to be working with great agents, editors and publishers to see my first novel through to print, but I had such fun being part of the Debut 2009 community (www.feastofawesome.com). Over the course of the year I met many other talented, funny, and insightful fellow authors who encouraged me and shared their experiences and insights. I not only made new friends, but discovered some new favourite writers in the process, which was great.

Your book has two different titles, Spell Hunter here in North America and Knife in the United Kingdom. Are the books themselves substantially different?

No, there’s really no difference at all. My UK publisher changed a few words that were too North American for them and my North American publisher changed a few words that were too British for them, but nothing of any real substance.


Spell Hunter
has a love story, but it is far from a typical romance. How do you see Knife and Paul’s characters being affected by love?

Well, both of them are rather selfish to start out with — Knife because she’s a faery with no experience of family or even friendship, and Paul because he’s so wrapped up in his own disappointment and pain that he can’t see anyone else’s. It’s only through connecting with each other that they both start to look beyond themselves. Knife discovers depths of feeling and attachment she’s never felt before and didn’t know she had in her, and Paul (who is a fairly emotional and dramatic sort of person to begin with) begins to realize he has to master his personal feelings or even put them aside in order to help Knife. In a way, they’re coming from opposite directions and they meet in the middle; though in other ways, they’re very much alike. They both have to get past their own pride.

Did you have to cut out many, if any, of the scenes with Paul and Knife?

During the revision process I cut one rather long and boring scene (no, really, it was) which was basically Paul taking Knife out on a date for reasons not very well explained by the plot, and replaced it with a much more dynamic and action-oriented scene which accomplished all the same things in a much more interesting way. There were also some longer conversations about art and the works of various artists that got dropped in the revision process, but again, I don’t think anybody would really miss them!

What do you consider your strengths as a storyteller? Your weaknesses?

I used to think I was weak at plotting and strong on character, but I’ve had people tell me they think my plotting is just fine, so I honestly don’t know any more! I have been told that my prose is good and I hope it’s true, because I work very hard to get the rhythm and flow of each sentence right, and to choose the right words for the story. My weakness is anything involving dates or numbers — I used to read posts on the Harry Potter forums where people would complain about J.K. Rowling’s inconsistent timelines or the confusing number of students at Hogwarts and think to myself, “Jo, we are kindred spirits.” I must have rewritten the timeline for SPELL HUNTER a hundred times as I was working on the book, and I won’t be a bit surprised if someone tells me it’s still wrong somewhere!

What is the worst thing that you have ever been told about your writing? What is the best?

The worst thing I’ve ever been told is that my action scenes were slow and dull — this after I’d written a story with what was supposed to be a very action-packed and dramatic climax. Ouch! So I really worked hard on getting my action scenes right after that. The best came from an editor who regretfully declined one of my manuscripts for market reasons, but said “Her prose is so darn smooth! She’s every editor’s dream.”

How does your faith impact your writing? Do you see it affecting your subject matter or stories?

There are some kinds of stories that I won’t write because of my faith — anything that directly contradicts or trivializes the Bible’s teachings, for instance. I think there’s plenty of room to write fantastic and speculative stories in between the lines, and to explore all the facets of human life and nature as well — it’s all in the way in which it’s done, and the intent behind it. In my case, my Christian beliefs definitely influence the kinds of stories and themes I find compelling and the way in which they play out, even though I am not writing “Christian fiction” as most people would recognize it.

So, what do you have in the works now?

Well, my second book’s just been published in the UK (as REBEL) and while I wait for it to be published on this side of the pond (as WAYFARER, in June 2010) I’m working on the third book in the series, called ARROW — that one’s scheduled for January 2011. After that I hope to do some revisions on a YA paranormal thriller, totally separate from my faery books, called TOUCHING INDIGO.

What is your favorite “fairy” tale?

A story specifically about faeries, you mean? I think I’m going to have to go with Maggie Stiefvater’s BALLAD, which is a darkly compelling, smart, wittily narrated tale of faerie for older teens. For younger readers, Laini Taylor’s DREAMDARK books (BLACKBRINGER and the just-released SILKSINGER) are delightful epic adventures about small faeries battling big scary forces of darkness, and would probably appeal to the younger part of my own audience.

Thank you so much for taking the time to talk! Wishing you all the best for 2010 and eagerly looking forward to Wayfarer!

Thank you, Aubrey!

There were many other questions I had, but it turns out many of them had already been answered. Be sure to check out Rebecca’s other interviews!

Fumbling with Fiction ~ November 18, 2008
Writing for Children and Teens ~ November 20, 2008
Chicklish ~ 23 January, 2009
Alex Moore ~ March 24, 2009
My Favorite Author ~ May 12, 2009
Enchanted Inkpot ~ June 9, 2009
Harmony Book Reviews ~ July 16, 2009