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Interview With Debut Twin Authors, Ashley and Leslie Saunders

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Today on my blog I am joined by two wonderful new voices in YA literature. Please welcome twins Ashley and Leslie Saunders. They are award-winning filmmakers who honed their love of storytelling at The University of Texas at Austin. Their first co-written novel The Rule of One is definitely not one to be missed. I’m delighted they have taken the time out of their busy schedules to have a chat with me!

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Interview with ‘Vendetta’ author, Catherine Doyle

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I’m delighted to welcome the wonderful Catherine Doyle to my blog for an interview. She has been one of my favourite authors ever since I read Vendetta a couple of years ago. I’ve even met her a few times at DeptCon (an annual book convention in Dublin). She also has a new novel out now called The Storm Keeper’s Island!

Goodreads synopsis for Vendetta:

When it comes to revenge, love is a dangerous complication.With a fierce rivalry raging between two warring families, falling in love is the deadliest thing Sophie could do. An epic debut set outside modern-day Chicago.

When five brothers move into the abandoned mansion in her neighbourhood, Sophie Gracewell’s life changes forever. Irresistibly drawn to bad boy Nicoli, Sophie finds herself falling into a criminal underworld governed by powerful families. As the boys’ dark secrets begin to come to light, Sophie is confronted with stinging truths about her own family, too. She must choose between two warring dynasties – the one she was born into, and the one she is falling in love with. When she does, blood will spill and hearts will break.

Goodreads synopsis for The Storm keepers Island:

When Fionn Boyle sets foot on Arranmore Island, it begins to stir beneath his feet …

Once in a generation, Arranmore Island chooses a new Storm Keeper to wield its power and keep its magic safe from enemies. The time has come for Fionn’s grandfather, a secretive and eccentric old man, to step down. Soon, a new Keeper will rise.

But, deep underground, someone has been waiting for Fionn. As the battle to become the island’s next champion rages, a more sinister magic is waking up, intent on rekindling an ancient war.

1. What led you to becoming a writer?

I became a writer because I loved stories- it’s as simple as that! Growing up, I read avariciously and when I completed my undergraduate in college, I took a year out to explore creative writing courses and decided that I loved it so much I had to give it a shot!

I’m so glad you made that decision and I’m sure many people feel the same. The stories you tell are so immersive, I can’t put them down! 

2. What inspired your Blood for Blood trilogy?

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Blood for Blood was inspired by my love of modern cinema- things like the Godfather and Goodfellas. I noticed there was very little that dealt with the criminal underworld in YA and I thought if there was anyone else out there like me, they would be interested in that too!

And you were right! Such incredible books.

3. If you could be a character in one of your books who would you be and why?

I think I’d probably be Millie because she’s buffered from the underworld in a way that keeps her safe (most of the time!). I’m tempted to say Sophie because of obvious *Luca* reasons, but I’m such a coward I’d probably have a heart attack at the first sight of a gun!

I’m the exact same, I don’t know how Sophie does it!

4. Female friendships are very important in your books. How do you think Sophie would have coped without Millie?

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I think Sophie wouldn’t have coped very well at all without Millie. I think things would have gone very differently for her in the end, and not in a good way. It’s so important to have a good support system in life in general, and that only multiplies a hundred fold when you find yourself stuck in the criminal underworld with no one to turn to!

5. What were your favourite subjects at school? Do you think they had an impact on your career?

I loved English and Art. I was fortunate to have two amazing English teachers throughout my time in secondary school and I definitely think their enthusiasm, talent and support is a big part of why I’m a writer now. They helped me believe in my own ability at a really crucial age.

6. If you come across a bad review of one of your books, how do you cope with it?

Bad reviews don’t bother me at all. Sometimes I find them funny. Not everyone will love the book – that’s just life. The trick is not to go reading your own reviews. I just keep my head down and write.

I think that’s the best way of dealing with it!

7. In your opinion is plot or character more important?

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I personally think plot is really important, just because I get bored so easily when reading/watching movies. I’m like a five-year-old child. Obviously, ideally, you need to develop character first, then throw said-character into a plot, but if I had to choose, I think I’d go for plot.

I definitely think you’re right because without a plot there is no story! But, at the same time it’s difficult to read a book if you can’t connect to the characters within it so it’s a hard one! 

8. Your new book is middle grade. Did you make a conscious decision to write a middle grade novel beforehand? 

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No! I just wrote the story that was sitting inside my head. It’s based in Arranmore, my ancestral home, and the voice that came to me was an 11 year old boy. And I didn’t want to tamper with it too much, so I kept it that way.

9. Do you think books should be judged based on what their target audience is?

No! Books should be judged on whether they make you feel something.

I really, really agree with this!

10. Will you ever go back to writing YA?

One day, I’d like to think so!

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Thanks so much to Catherine Doyle for answering all my questions! That’s the end of today’s fantastic interview. You can find out more about Catherine Doyle on website here or catch up with her on Twitter @doyle_cat. Don’t forget to read The Storm Keeper’s Island and the Blood for Blood trilogy, if you haven’t already!

 

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What Makes a Reader? Discussion (Collab Post)

 

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Hi everyone!

Recently I’ve thought a bit about potential readers who don’t read and why people don’t read books as much as we readers would. I also wanted to think about a way that I could talk about this without simply writing a discussion post alone and so I’m delighted to welcome my friend Fionnuala to my blog for an interview!

Fionnuala was an avid reader (the reason we became friends was actually because I saw her with a Derek Landy book in our first year of secondary school!) in her childhood years but took quite a few years break from Continue reading “What Makes a Reader? Discussion (Collab Post)”

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Interview with ‘Songs About a Girl’ author, Chris Russell

Hello everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and got lots of books! As this year is coming to an end I have a very special treat. An interview with a fantastic author whose books I discovered this year. This author is the talented Chris Russell, author of the addictive Songs About a Girl trilogy.

In case you’re wondering here is the Goodreads synopsis for book one:

Charlie Bloom never wanted to be ‘with the band’. She’s happiest out of the spotlight, behind her camera, unseen and unnoticed. But when she’s asked to take backstage photos for hot new boy band Fire&Lights, she can’t pass up the chance. Continue reading “Interview with ‘Songs About a Girl’ author, Chris Russell”

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Interview with Historical Fiction Writer, Anne Blankman

If you have been reading my blog you’ll probably have seen the praise I have for the Prisoner of Night and Fog duology. If you haven’t, however, seen my reviews then don’t worry I’ll leave the links at the bottom of the post but make sure to stick around for the interview!

I can’t believe I have the absolute pleasure of welcoming Anne Blankman to my blog and I cannot wait to ask her some of the questions I’ve been wondering about. Anne Blankman has written three historical fiction novels for young adults such as the Prisoner duology and Traitor Angels.  Now, without any further ado lets start the interview with fabulous historical fiction author, Anne Blankman.  Continue reading “Interview with Historical Fiction Writer, Anne Blankman”

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Interview with Debut Author, Carlie Sorosiak

I was so so lucky to receive an ARC of the wonderful If Birds Fly Back by Carlie Sorosiak thanks to My Kinda Book! And now I’ve doubled my luck because I have had the privilege of interviewing the lovely, Carlie Sorosiak who has been kind enough to answer some questions for me to share!

So for anyone who doesn’t know what If Birds Fly Back is all about here’s the Goodreads synopsis:

 Linny has been fascinated by disappearances, ever since her sister Grace ran away in the middle of the night without saying goodbye.

Sebastian can tell you how many galaxies there are, and knows how much plutonium weighs. But the one thing he can’t figure out is the identity of his birth father.

They’ve never met, but Linny and Sebastian have one thing in common: an obsession with famous novelist and filmmaker Alvaro Herrera, who went missing three years ago and has just reappeared. As they learn more about the mystery of Alvaro, Linny and Sebastian uncover the answers they’ve been searching for.

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