THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHT – Blog Tour

THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHT – Blog Tour

THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHT – Blog Tour

Author interview

parajunkeeCan you tell us a little bit about yourself?

 

Melissa GreySure! I was born and raised in New York and though I have a bad case of wanderlust, I always find myself returning home eventually. I like to incorporate the places I’ve been in my books, which is why you’ll see a variety of locations in The Girl at Midnight, from New York to Kyoto to Paris.

When I’m not writing, I’m probably stressing about not writing or doing something fun like book-inspired nail art or going to museums or riding horses or pretending I’m good at archery (I’m a bit rubbish but I love it anyway).

parajunkeeIn your own words, tell us a little bit about your book?

 

Melissa GreyThe Girl at Midnight is about a runaway turned career thief named Echo who’s taken in by a magical race of creatures with feathers for hair – the Avicen — who live beneath the streets of New York. She finds herself caught in the middle of an ancient war and when she learns of the firebird, a mysterious entity prophesied to end the conflict, she goes on the hunt for it, risking life and limb for the people she loves.

parajunkeeCan you tell us about the characters in your book? Who is your favorite?

 

Melissa GreyThe beating heart of the story is Echo. She’s a human living among inhuman creatures so while they’re like her family, she still feels like an outsider. She has friends like Ivy and Rowan – two Avicen teens — who help her feel at home but there’s a deep seated desire for more.

The Avicen are at war with the Drakharin, who are led by their elected prince, Caius. Caius has been hardened by war and loss and his single-minded focus on finding the firebird has sort of eclipsed everything else in his life.

I don’t know that I have a favorite character but think I had the most fun writing Dorian. He’s the best friend and loyal guard of Caius; he’s been through a lot, from losing one eye in combat to surviving a century of unrequited love and at this point, he’s pretty much Done with a capital D. He has no time for anyone’s crap. That is, until he meets Jasper, a notorious Avicen scoundrel. Then, he finds his world uncomfortably turned upside down.

parajunkeeWhat makes your book different from other books out there in the same genre?

 

Melissa GreyI put a lot of effort into making my cast of characters feel unique. There will always be comparisons to other books because some plot elements – centuries-old wars, forbidden love! – are pretty universal, but I wanted readers to feel like they could get to know Echo and Caius and Dorian and Jasper and Ivy. I spent a lot of time writing stuff about them and their lives that isn’t in the book just to get to know them as people, fictional though they may be.

parajunkeeDo you have any quirks or processes that you go through when you write?

 

Melissa GreyI used to have a ton of writing rituals before The Girl at Midnight sold. I had to play a certain kind of music and light a certain number of candles and blah blah blah. I had to ditch all those habits to learn how to write on a deadline. Now, my only constant is a cup of tea (if possible) and a mostly handwritten first draft.

parajunkeeWho are some of your favorite authors?

 

Melissa GreyJust to name a few: Mercedes Lackey, Neil Gaiman, Edith Wharton, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Catherynne Valente, Maggie Stiefvater, Holly Black, Marie Rutkoski, Leigh Bardugo, and Victoria Schwab.

parajunkeeWhat are you reading now?

 

Melissa GreyRight now, I’m reading The Archived by Victoria Schwab and Seraphina by Rachel Hartman.

 

parajunkeeWhat advice can you give to struggling writers?

 

Melissa GreyI think one of the most valuable skills you can learn is to be critical of your own work and receptive to criticism. If you’re struggling to write at all, embrace your imperfections and power through your first drafts, knowing you can fix them later. If you’re struggling to be published, then remember that resilience is key. You might not sell the first or the second or the fifteenth book you write. The important thing is to keep writing and keep growing and keep trying.

About the book

THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHT – Blog Tour

For readers of Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones and Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone, The Girl at Midnight is the story of a modern girl caught in an ancient war.

Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she’s ever known.

Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she’s fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it’s time to act.

Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the Firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, but if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it’s how to hunt down what she wants … and how to take it.

But some jobs aren’t as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire.

Praise for THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHT:

"Grey’s energetic debut offers a strong protagonist…[and the] well-built world, vivid characters, and perfect blend of action and amour should have readers eagerly seeking the sequel." — Kirkus Reviews, Starred

 "Sparks fly...This first novel will please fans of Cassandra Clare and Game of Thrones watchers with its remarkable world building; richly developed characters...[and] a breathtaking climax that...cannot come soon enough!""—Booklist starred review

"Inventive, gorgeous, and epic—Grey dazzles in her debut." — Danielle Paige, New York Times bestselling author of Dorothy Must Die

“A stunning debut. Equal parts atmosphere and adventure … positively divine.” – Victoria Schwab, author of A Darker Shade of Magic

Find it: AmazonBarnes & NobleKobo, Indiebound, Powell’s,  Goodreads

 

 

About the Author

About Melissa Grey

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Melissa Grey was born and raised in New York City. She wrote her first short story at the age of twelve and hasn't stopped writing since. After earning a degree in fine arts at Yale University, she traveled the world, then returned to New York City where she currently works as a freelance journalist. To learn more about Melissa, visit melissa-grey.com and follow @meligrey on Twitter.

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Tour Schedule

 

Week One:

4/20/2015- Novel Sounds– Guest Post

4/21/2015- Cuddlebuggery– Review

4/22/2015- Parajunkee– Interview

4/23/2015- Fiktshun– Review

4/24/2015- Dahlia Adler– Guest Post

 

Week Two:

4/27/2015- Paperback Princess– Review

4/28/2015- Bookish Broads– Interview

4/29/2015- Mundie Moms– Review

4/30/2015- Two Chicks on Books– Guest Post

5/1/2015- Icey Books– Review

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Zombies are on the loose in New Orleans and of all the End of the World scenarios, Alexis Winter wasn't prepared for this one. But, an apocalypse is an apocalypse and she should have this covered, she has been "prepping" for the last three years. The problem is timing. She's stuck downtown and she has to get to her house on the outskirts of the city so she can get her supplies and bug-in (for the "non-preppers" this means hole up and stay safe).

Agreeing to work on a Saturday is now coming back to bite her in the ass big time. Hopefully, it won't be a literal bite by the walking dead.

Luck favors the prepared and as luck would have it, it comes in the form of the ridiculously hot Blake Miller. Former military man, current mercenary, Blake Miller the man with the plan. His goal: to steal a boat and trek up the Mississippi until he finds safety. Alexis thinks this is a great plan and she decides to team up with Blake. And the two team up in unexpected ways as they find they can't keep their hands off of each other even when the world is falling down around them.

Can Alexis and Blake survive the end of the world? And if they do make it, find a place that is safe and secure, can their newfound attraction lead them down the road to love or just heartbreak?

Zombies, sex, romance and carnage...you can't get any better than this.

Interview with Lesley Livingston Author of Trascendent

Interview with Lesley Livingston Author of Trascendent

In your own words, tell us a little bit about your book?

“It’s the end of the world as we know it!” Wait. Those weren’t exactly my words… Still, it’s a pretty good snapshot. Mason Starling is standing on the perilous brink of an impending apocalypse, the Fennrys Wolf lies at her feet in a pool of blood, and a whole cast of powerful entities – friend and foe – circle them like a supernaturally-charged cyclone, waiting to see if together they’ll end the world, or save it. Or, as I like to call it, a normal night out in New York City!

Can you tell us about the characters in your book? Who is your favorite?

The students of Gosforth Academy start off as relatively normal high school students. Of course, all it takes to change that is one night of catastrophically bad weather, an attack of storm zombies, and a super-hot naked blond young man crashing into their midst, trailing an impending mystical apocalypse in his wake. The people in the story who aren’t students tend to underestimate those who are. With consequences. And the line between humanity and, well, non- tends to get fairly blurry as the story progresses.

As for favorites? I hate playing favorites. Always gets me in trouble. Fenn and Mase, of course, are my scintillating leads and I adore them. I will say, though, that I always have a heck of a lot of fun writing some of the minor characters – like, say, Taggert Overlea. He proved to be much more interesting than I had originally planned him to be.

Your book / series centers around mythology, what particular mythos  did you try to focus on within the series?

With the Starling Saga, the central mythology I use as the tent pole of the story is the concept of Ragnarok – the Norse apocalypse – and some of the accompanying legends of the Vikings that go along with it. But I didn’t want to just leave it at that. Insofar as New York City is a cultural melting pot, I wanted it to be a mythological one, too. So I had a lot of fun folding in other pantheons like Greek, Roman, Egyptian… a sprinkling of Faerie dust…

What research did you do to write within the mythological inspiration? 

I’ve always been fascinated by mythology and folklore and fairy tales. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve devoured books on the subjects, so I already had a kind of built-in knowledge base when I started out writing the Wondrous Strange and then the Starling books. But I still did a lot of reading and research, mostly to confirm details of certain myths or characters. The internet is a great starting point for that sort of research, but it’s never a good idea to leave it at that. Books. You always have to go to the source.

Did you find yourself restricted by basing your idea off of the myths?

Quite the contrary, actually! The marvelous thing about the old stories is how malleable they are. Especially Norse myth. The tales of the Aesir have been transmitted down through time in such a fractured, prismatic fashion, that they lend themselves freely to various interpretations. For me, it had the effect of giving me a degree of structure to hang the story on, while at the same time allowing me the freedom to take it in the direction I wanted to.

Reviewers and Bloggers love your series and are raving about this final book in your trilogy, I read one review that called TRANSCENDENT “perfect” how do you feel about the high praise?

Oh my! *Blush!* I have to say it’s enormously gratifying to hear that kind of response. As an author, you spend an awful lot of time alone, having conversations with the people who live in your head. And when you finally let them out into the world to go play with others, you hope that they’ll get along and make friends. And when they do – really do – you’re proud of them. And proud of yourself for being able to tell their story in a way that does them justice. I hope I’ve done that.

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First class or back of the bus?

Wherever the most interesting people are sitting.

Beach or Mountains?

Mountains. Preferably with castles on them.

Paperback, Hard Cover or eBook?

Um… yes? All three! Coexisting peacefully!

Dr. Who or Buffy?

All due respect to the good Doctor, but I learned everything I needed to know from the Buffster and Mr. Pointy.

Coffee or Tea?

COFFEEEEEEEE!!!!… er, perhaps I’ve had enough for today. Thank you. Just half a cup more.

Interview with Lesley Livingston Author of Trascendent

Transcendent/Starling Trilogy #3 by Lesley Livingston

Starling #3
Published by: HarperCollins Canada, Limited on December 22, 2014
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On a terrace high above the streets of Manhattan, Mason Starling kneels beside her beloved Fennrys Wolf, who lies in a pool of blood, his life hanging in the balance. Even if he lives, their future is far from certain as chaos swirls around them. Has this unstoppable heroine-smart, savvy, deadly with a blade-reached the limits of what her sword can vanquish and her soul can survive? Perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series, and set in the same universe as Lesley Livingston's much-loved Wondrous Strange trilogy, with roots in Greek, Roman, Norse, Egyptian, and Celtic myths and legends, this thrilling conclusion to the acclaimed Starling trilogy is filled to the hilt with sweeping adventure and soaring romance.

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On a storm-swept terrace high above the streets of Manhattan, Mason Starling holds the fate of the world in her hands as her beloved Fennrys lies bleeding at her feet, his life hanging in the balance. The ancient Norse prophecy of Ragnarok stands poised on the knife edge of fulfillment. Mason’s transformation into a Valkyrie—a chooser of the slain and the one who will ultimately bring about the end of the world—is complete. Still, she remains determined to thwart her father’s apocalyptic desires. Whatever is to come, it won’t happen because of what the prophecy foretold, or what Gunnar Starling has planned, or what the fates have already decided. What happens next will be up to Mason and the Fennrys Wolf. The world had better hope they haven’t reached the limits of what their souls and swords can survive.

Perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, and set in the same universe as Lesley Livingston’s much-loved WONDROUS STRANGE trilogy, with roots in Greek, Roman, Norse, Egyptian, and Celtic myths and legends, this thrilling conclusion to the acclaimed Starling trilogy is filled to the hilt with sweeping adventure and soaring romance. 

Grab STARLING Book 1 in the series now for only $1.99!

About Lesley Livingston

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Lesley Livingston is a writer and actress living in Toronto. She has a master's degree in English from the University of Toronto, where she specialized in Arthurian Literature and Shakespeare. She frequently performs with the Tempest Theatre Group, of which she is a co-founder. She is also the author of WONDROUS STRANGE and DARKLIGHT.

You can visit Lesley online at www.lesleylivingston.com

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

12/15/2014- Wholly Books– Review

12/16/2014- Reading YA Rocks– Interview

12/17/2014- Reading Lark– Review

12/18/2014- Two Chicks on Books– Guest Post

12/19/2014- Please Feed The BookwormReview

 

Week Two:

12/22/2014- Parajunkee– Interview

12/23/2014- Wishful Endings– Review

12/24/2014- Mom With A Kindle– Interview

12/25/2014- Crossroad Reviews – Review

12/26/2014- Bewitched Bookworms– Guest Post

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Joss Wood: A Diamond for Christmas.

In a Diamond for Christmas James and Riley head back to South Africa to spend Christmas in Cape Town, leaving a snowy New York City for the heat of Africa. There is nothing quite like spending Christmas in South Africa. It’s the time of our long summer holidays and it’s hot, scorching-ly hot! It’s a time of sun-burnt noses and ice creams on the beach, watermelons and mangos- preferably eaten in the pool.

Put a pack on my back and a ticket or passport in my hand, the most romantic gift you can give me, and I’m the happiest person in the world. I’m lucky in that I have the most adventurous man in the world as my husband; someone who will try anything once so we’ve had some interesting trips together. We’re lucky that our children love to travel as much as we do and travelling over the Christmas period is our little family tradition.

And when I mean that we like to travel, I mean that we like to travel!  One of the most unforgettable journeys was a Christmas holiday trip across Southern Africa, 6000 km’s in two and a half weeks. It included four days on a houseboat on Lake Kariba, a visit to Sioma Falls, where the same volume of water that cascades over the Victoria Falls flows over a set of 3 horseshoe shaped falls on an island in the middle of the crocodile infested Zambezi River. We were taken over the Zambezi in morkoro’s, which are canoes crafted out of tree trunks. Scary! I remember spending Christmas day in the Etosha Game reserve where we made bread in cast iron pots over an open fire and drank copious amounts of red wine.

Another of our favorite destinations is Malawi, a beautiful country filled with friendly people. We spent a Christmas 2012 there and we had a blast. 

skyWe stayed at the Norma Carr Cottage, a guest lodge owned by our great friend Taffy Heske and is situated on Lake Malawi at Namkoma Bay. It is quite close to Monkey Bay and Cape Maclear. The lake is beautiful, the sunsets incredible and the snorkeling is amazing!

If we have to stay at home this year—sigh!—then another tradition we have is to hike in the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Mountains situated on our doorstep. The area is a world heritage site and simply beautiful. We don’t visit it nearly enough.

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There is no snow and no egg nog and no sledding but our Christmas holidays are always a fun filled, family time and we love it down here on the tip of the African continent! 

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Christmas with the Billionaire

Christmas with a Billionaire

Authors: Carole Mortimer, Maisey Yates & Joss Wood
Imprint: Harlequin anthologies
Release date: October 7, 2014
ISBN: 9780373838035

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An embarrassment of riches: three sweet and sexy tales of holiday romance! 

Billionaire under the Mistletoe by Carole Mortimer: When softhearted Sophie pulls off a last-minute Christmas miracle for a family in crisis, she wins the gratitude—and heart—of wealthy Max Hamilton. But at what cost?

Snowed in with Her Boss by Maisey Yates: Dutiful Amelia is stranded on Christmas Eve. (Bad.) She’s at a five-star Aspen resort. (Good!) She’s posing as her handsome boss’s girlfriend. (So bad it’s good!) But is she pretending…or practicing with Luc Chevalier?

 

A Diamond for Christmas by Joss Wood: Headstrong Riley’s holiday run-in with hot gemstone tycoon James Moreau is unsettling to say the least. But she soon discovers that the only thing better than resisting temptation is finally giving in!

About the Authors

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Joss Wood: Fueled by coffee, when she’s not writing or being a hands-on Mom, Joss, with her background in business and marketing, works for a non-profit organization to promote the local economic development and collective business interests of the area where she resides. Happily, and chaotically, surrounded by family, friends and books, she lives in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa with her husband, young children and their many pets. Readers can find out more about Joss at her website  http://josswoodbooks.wordpress.com.

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One mass market paperback of each of:

  • Christmas with the Billionaire by Carole Mortimer, Maisey Yates and Joss Wood
  • Maybe this Christmas by Sarah Morgan
  • Snow Angel Cove by RaeAnne Thayne
  • The Heart of Christmas by Brenda Novak
  • The Lodge on Holly Road by Sheila Roberts
  • One copy of Her Holiday Man by Shannon Stacey in the digital format of your choice
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My Five Favorite Folktales and Legends of Brittany from Robin LaFevers

My Five Favorite Folktales and Legends of Brittany from Robin LaFevers

My Five Favorite Folktales and Legends of Brittany from Robin LaFevers

Guest Post: My Five Favorite Folktales and Legends of Brittany

When I was casting about, looking for the perfect setting for the HIs Fair Assassin books, I stumbled across this land called Brittany. The more I read of its turbulent history, the more I became convinced it was the perfect setting for my books. Then, when I learned of some of the country’s legends and folktales, I knew I’d absolutely found the place where I would tell my story. Here are five of my favorites. Some of you will no doubt recognize bits and pieces of these legends that I’ve played with a bit and then incorporated them into mythology of His Fair Assassin!

The Passage l’Enfer

This legend tells of fishermen who received a knock on their door at midnight and were required row the souls of the dead across the ocean at night. When they stepped into their boats, their hulls rode low in the water, as if filled with some heavy invisible cargo. On the return trip, the boats were light and buoyant again, as if they had disgorged their loads.

The Nine Druidess Priestesses

Ancient sources refer to an island which housed the last of the nine druid priestesses who were said to have supernatural powers, such as seeing into the future or calling down the weather. The island on which they were said to live is the very island I placed the convent of Saint Mortain. Careful readers will note that the convent had nine nuns who instructed the novitiates.

Conomor the Cursed

Conomor was an early ruler in Brittany, known for his dark, violent reputation. He takes a young wife, who resists but is ultimately swayed by threats to her family. Under his roof, she stumbles upon the room where he keeps his previous dead wives. With the help of the wives’ ghosts, she learns of his murderous intent and manages to escape.

Churchly Prescience

There is another legend that says that on a certain saint’s feast day, if you stand in the back of the church at just the right moment, you can look out among the congregation and see a faint ghostly light glowing around all those who will die in the coming year.

The Ankou

In Brittany, the Ankou is a figure of personified death. He is known to pull the bone cart down the rutted roads at night. Those snuggled warm in their cottages can hear the rattle of the wheels and know that death is coming. Some sources believe him to be a Celtic version of the god of death, while others claim he is a remnant of an earlier death goddess. Some say it isn’t a he at all, but a she.

My Five Favorite Folktales and Legends of Brittany from Robin LaFevers

Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers

Published by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on November 4, 2014
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
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In the powerful conclusion to Robin LaFever's New York Times bestselling His Fair Assassins trilogy, Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own.   She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind, doesn’t mean she has.

Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own.

She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind doesn’t mean she has…

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About Robin LaFevers

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Robin LaFevers was raised on a steady diet of fairy tales, Bulfinch’s mythology, and 19th century poetry. It is not surprising she grew up to be a hopeless romantic.

Though she has never trained as an assassin or joined a convent, she did attend Catholic school for three years, which instilled in her a deep fascination with sacred rituals and the concept of the Divine. She has been on a search for answers to life’s mysteries ever since.

While many of those answers still elude her, she was lucky enough to find her one true love, and is living happily ever after with him in the foothills of southern California.

In addition to writing about teen assassin nuns in medieval Brittany, she writes books for middle grade readers, including the Theodosia books and the Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist series. You can learn more about those books at www.rllafevers.com.

Where you can find Robin:

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Q&A With Author Claudia Gray

Q&A With Author Claudia Gray

Q&A With Author Claudia Gray

Hi, Claudia – welcome to Parajunkee’s View. I’ve been a big fan of yours for awhile, way back when in 2008…feels like ancient times. But, it really hasn’t been that long and in that time you’ve done so much. How many books have you published and does it ever get old?

Somehow, A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU is my ninth book to be released. That is so surreal to me, still, as is the fact that I’ve now been doing this for six years. You do get used to the process of writing/editing/releasing — like, I used to drive myself up the wall by checking my Amazon rankings by the hours, and I now no longer check at all. But it never, ever gets old. Sending a new book out into the world is always a thrill.

You’ve written about vampires and witches and now science fiction and the multi-verse. Out of all these topics, which one was the hardest to write?

I’d say that the SPELLCASTER series has been the hardest to write, to date. In large part that was because the main character, Nadia, is so very guarded — she’s been deeply hurt, and shields herself so well — that getting inside her head and communicating everything to the readers became challenging. I love her, and I think her personality ultimately comes through. But guarded/shy characters are often the toughest to write, and Nadia is the only MC I’ve ever had who fit that mold.

Can you tell our readers about A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU?

A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU is the story of Marguerite, the daughter of two famous scientists, who is chasing her father’s killer through alternate dimensions. In each new dimension, she appears within another version of herself and must learn quickly what this world is like, and who she is there. As Marguerite travels, she encounters alternate versions of all the most important people in her life — the people they would be if their histories had altered just a little — and realizes they’re far more complex than she realized … as is the truth about what happened to her father.

The idea for this book came to me while I was on a book tour of the US with Dan Wells and Lauren Oliver, after which I went directly into an Australia/New Zealand tour. It felt like I was appearing in a different world every day — but always with the same people — and that got the gears turning. By the time my flight to Sydney had begun, the idea was already burning brightly; by the time I’d reached Auckland, I was ready to write my first draft of the first scene.

So, what exactly is the Firebird?

The Firebird is a device that allows consciousness to travel between dimensions. As Marguerite’s mother discovered, matter is very difficult to move between alternate universes, but energy can make the journey. The Firebird is specially constructed to be able to travel along with someone’s consciousness, allowing them a way to return home. It looks like a large locket on a chain – larger than a credit card, smaller than a cell phone; although it’s an irregular shape, it’s roughly oval. And if you’re traveling through dimensions and you lose or break your Firebird — you’re in trouble.

The book has been called “unique”, “brilliant” and “one of the best scifi books ever” by early readers and editorial reviewers, what do you think about this initial reaction from readers?

Wow, those are some amazing quotes! I wouldn’t call ATPOY one of the best science fiction books ever – really it’s more science fantasy — but I am so, so thrilled that people are responding to the book. I mean, I love all my novels. Each one matters to me. But A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU is my passion project. This is the story that caught fire in my mind, the one I couldn’t rest until I told. These characters came alive for me within days, and honestly, the main reason I wrote the book was just so I could finally talk about them with someone else! So hearing that other people connect to this story makes me deeply happy, mostly because now I discuss Marguerite and Theo and Paul without sounding … a bit off.

How many books will there be in the Firebird series?

The Firebird series is a trilogy, though I hope to write many stories and novellas for it — like, tons, so follow me on [Wattpad](http://www.wattpad.com/user/AuthorClaudiaGray) now! — because each dimension has its own stories to tell, and it would be fun to visit a few new universes, too, don’t you think?

I have to say, that cover – wow – did you have any input on it? Or did you just get it in your inbox like a happy little present? Can you also tell us a little bit about what it represents in the story?

Isn’t that cover something else? In no way it my idea, but I did have input on the process. As known by those reviewers who got ARCs with a plain black cover, it took FOREVER to get the right concept. Tons of designs were submitted, but none of them were telling the whole story. This was about the fourth or fifth concept we tried – something ike that. My part was saying that I wanted the cover to say that this was a book about alternate dimensions, but it turns out that’s sort of a difficult idea to express visually. But when we got this image, the message came through. The cover is beautiful, expresses the central idea, and IMO really stands out. People’s response to it has been tremendous.

You also have the final Spellcaster book coming out next year, how many books do you write a year? And should we expect any more series or books?

How much I write in a year varies. This year was extremely busy, but you never know what the future might bring. Definitely there are more books to come, but I can’t say more … yet.

On a more personal note, I know you are a fellow NOLA (New Orleans for those not in the N.O.) native, do you find our local atmosphere and flavor conducive to writing or different types of ideas?

I’m not actually a New Orleans native, but I’ve lived here for long stretches of my adult life and don’t plan to leave again anytime soon. So far, I have yet to have a NoLa-themed book idea, but give it time. This is a great city for creativity, don’t you think? People put imagination and energy into their daily lives. So that part of it is constantly inspirational.

I don’t want to put you on the spot, but do you have a favorite local indie bookstore?

You KNOW it’s Octavia Books. That said, I sometimes sneak around behind Octavia’s back with — with other bookstores. ::hideshead in shame:: But Octavia is always my first choice.

Do you have any advice for visitors to the city? Any bookish spots they can’t miss?

My main advice to visitors to the city is, the less time you spend on Bourbon Street, the better. Like, if you want to see it, go see it. But if you’re not dining at Galatoire’s, and you don’t find the sight of drunks staggering around to be endlessly fascinating, there’s no reason to hang around for very long. Other streets in the French Quarter make for far more interesting (and less sleazy) meandering; Royal is my personal favorite, and I’ve done some writing at Royal Blend. Plus there’s the Garden District and uptown to explore!

Another tourist tip: find one of the restaurants that offers the 25-cent martinis/cosmopolitans special at lunch. Several do. They’re not mini-martinis, either.

As for bookish spots — honestly, one of the most inspirational sites in the city for me is the Pharmacy Museum. Sounds dull, but of course it isn’t! Old medical instruments should strike a chill in anyone’s heart, and the big old bottles of patent medicine and voodoo love potions — if that doesn’t get stories started in your brain, nothing will. :)

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer these questions, Claudia!

THANK YOU so much for the interview! I’m so happy to spread the word about A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU.

 

Q&A With Author Claudia Gray

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

Published by: HarperTeen on November 04, 2014
Genres: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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Cloud Atlas meets Orphan Black in this epic dimension-bending trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray about a girl who must chase her father's killer through multiple dimensions. Marguerite Caine's physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite's father is murdered, and the killer—her parent's handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows—including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul's guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father's death is far more sinister than she expected.A Thousand Pieces of You, the first book in the Firebird trilogy, explores an amazingly intricate multiverse where fate is unavoidable, the truth elusive, and love the greatest mystery of all.

Every Day meets Cloud Atlas in this heart-racing, space- and time-bending, epic new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray.


Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.

 

About Claudia Gray

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Claudia Gray is a pseudonym. I would like to say that I chose another name so that no one would ever learn the links between my shadowy, dramatic past and the explosive secrets revealed through my characters. This would be a lie. In truth, I took a pseudonym simply because I thought it would be fun to choose my own name. (And it is.)
I write novels full-time, absolutely love it, and hope to be able to do this forever. My home is in New Orleans, is more than 100 years old, and is painted purple. In my free time I read, travel, hike, cook and listen to music. You can keep up with my latest releases, thoughts on writing and various pop-culture musings via Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, GoodReads or (of course) my own home page.
If you want to contact me, you can email me, but your best bet is probably to Tweet me. I don’t do follows on Twitter, but I follow everyone back on Tumblr, Pinterest and GoodReads.
Website

If you want to contact me, you can email me, but your best bet is probably to Tweet me. I don’t do follows on Twitter, but I follow everyone back on Tumblr, Pinterest and Goodreads.

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