Sky in the Deep Blog Tour

Blog Tour
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*Named “One of the Most Anticipated YA Novels of 2018” by Bustle, BookBub, Justine Magazine, EpicReads and Bookish*

“Unlike the slew of lethal (but tormented) young ladies populating young adult literature, Eelyn is an unapologetic warrior, mercifully neither anachronistic nor modern-minded… Young’s staccato prose matches her fierce fighters, but the raw emotions and rapid pacing belie a well-honed voice and taut narrative. A rousing saga and moving coming-of- age tale, perfect for those who appreciate the wild and the wildlings, strong female protagonists, and cinematic battles.” —Kirkus Reviews, STARRED review
“Young has woven a Viking tale of blood, gore, and love that keeps the pages turning. The author has taken Norse mythology and made it accessible to young adults. The characters are all fully developed, and teens will be rooting for them to succeed. With a little bit of a love story, there is enough action, blood, and gore to engage reluctant readers. A refreshing tale where life is tested and people have to overcome their differences to fight a bigger foe to survive. A fast-paced, action-filled fantasy for all YA collections.” —School Library Journal

SKY IN THE DEEP By Adrienne Young

As the news cycle broadcasts a new era of fierce feminists, Adrienne Young’s young adult debut novel SKY IN THE DEEP (April 24, 2018; Wednesday Books) dives right into this feminine power with a ferocious young girl warrior at the forefront. Drawing from the hugely popular YA fantasy genre, Young takes Eelyn, a young girl driven by family loyalty, and puts her among the ranks of Wonder Woman as a fearless leader in an action packed Viking adventure.

Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient, god-decreed rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: train to fight and fight to survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.

Eelyn loses her focus and is captured. Now, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan settling in the valley, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.

She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend who tried to kill her the day she was captured. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and find a way to forgive her brother while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.

Reading SKY IN THE DEEP will make you want to pick up your own battle axe and run straight into battle with Young’s heroine. A must read for any fantasy addict, action lover, or fan of addicting stories, this debut embodies “Ond Eldr” or “breathe fire” as Eelyn inspires the reader to attack problems with courage and power.

 

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About the Author

Adrienne Young is a born and bred Texan turned California girl. She is a foodie with a deep love of history and travel and a shameless addiction to coffee. When she’s not writing, you can find her on her yoga mat, scouring antique fairs for old books, sipping wine over long dinners, or disappearing into her favorite art museums. She lives with her documentary filmmaker husband and their four little wildlings beneath the West Coast sun.

SKY IN THE DEEP By Adrienne Young Published by Wednesday Books **On Sale April 24, 2018** Hardcover | $17.99 ISBN: 9781250168450| Ebook ISBN: 9781250168474

 

Excerpt

“I saw him. I saw Iri.”
He wrapped the torn cloth around my arm, tying it tight. “What are you talking about?”
I pushed his hands from me, crying. “Listen to me! Iri was
here! I saw him!”
His hands finally stilled, confusion lighting in his eyes. “I was fighting a man. He was about to . . .” I shuddered,
remembering how close to death I’d come—closer than I’d ever been. “Iri came out of the fog and saved me. He was with the Riki.” I stood, taking his hand and pulling him toward the tree line. “We have to find him!”
But my father stood like a stone tucked into the earth. His face turned up toward the sky, his eyes blinking against the sunlight.
“Do you hear me? Iri’s alive!” I shouted, holding my arm against my body to calm the violent throbbing around the gash.
His eyes landed on me again, tears gathered at the corners like little white flames. “Sigr. He sent Iri’s soul to save you, Eelyn.”
“What? No.”
“Iri’s made it to Sólbjǫrg.” His words were frightening and delicate, betraying a tenderness my father never showed. He stepped forward, looking down into my eyes with a smile. “Sigr has favored you, Eelyn.”
Mýra stood behind him, her green eyes wide beneath her unraveling auburn braids.
“But—” I choked. “I saw him.”

“You did.” A single tear rolled down my father’s rough cheek and disappeared into his beard. He pulled me into him, wrapping his arms around me, and I closed my eyes, the pain in my arm so great now that I could hardly feel my hand.
I blinked, trying to understand. I had seen him. He was
there.
“We will make a sacrifice tonight.” He let me go before he pressed his hands to my face again. “I don’t think I’ve ever heard you scream for me like that. You scared me, sváss.” A laugh was buried deep in his chest.
“I’m sorry,” I murmured. “I just . . . I thought . . .”
He waited for me to meet his eyes again. “His soul is at peace. Your brother saved your life today. Be happy.” He clapped a hand against my good arm, nearly knocking me down.
I wiped at my wet cheeks with the palm of my hand, turning from the faces that were still watching me. There were very few times I’d cried in front of my clansmen. It made me feel small. Weak, like the early winter grass beneath our boots.
I sniffed back the tears, piecing my face back together as my father nodded in approval. It was what he had taught me—to be strong. To steel myself. He turned back to the field, getting to work, and I followed with Mýra, trying to smooth my ragged breath. To hush the waves crashing in my head. We walked toward our camp, collecting the weapons of fallen Aska warriors along the way. I watched my father from the corner of my eye, still unable to shake Iri’s face from my mind.
My feet stopped at the edge of a puddle and I looked at my reflection. Dirt spattered across my angled face and neck. Blood dried in long, golden braids. Eyes a frozen blue, like Iri’s. I sucked in a breath, looking up to the thin white clouds brushed across the sky to keep another tear from falling.
“Here,” Mýra called to me from where she was crouched over an Aska woman. She was lying on her side, eyes open and arms extended like she was reaching for us.
I carefully unbuckled her belt and scabbard, piling them with the others before I started on the armor vest. “Did you know her?”
“A little.” Mýra reached down to close the woman’s eyes with her fingertips. She gently brushed the hair back from her face before she began, the words coming softly. “Aska, you have reached your journey’s end.”
In the next breath, I joined with her, saying the ritual words we knew by heart. “We ask Sigr to accept your soul into Sólbjǫrg, where the long line of our people hold torches on the shadowed path.”
My voice faded, letting Mýra speak first. “Take my love to my father and my sister. Ask them to keep watch for me. Tell them my soul follows behind you.”
I closed my eyes as the prayer found a familiar place on my tongue. “Take my love to my mother and my brother. Ask them to keep watch for me. Tell them my soul follows behind you.”

I swallowed down the lump in my throat before I opened my eyes and looked down into the woman’s peaceful face one more time. I hadn’t been able to say the words over Iri’s body the way I had when my mother died, but Sigr had taken him anyway.
“Have you ever seen something like that before?” I whispered. “Something that wasn’t real?”
Mýra blinked. “It was real. Iri’s soul is real.”
“But he was older—a man. He spoke to me. He touched
me, Mýra.”
She stood, shifting an armful of axes up onto her shoulder. “I was there that day, Eelyn. Iri died. I saw it with my own eyes. That was real.” It was the same battle that took Mýra’s sister. We’d been friends before that day, but we hadn’t really needed each other until then.
I remembered it so clearly—the picture of him like a reflection on ice. Iri’s lifeless body at the bottom of the trench. Lying across the perfect white snow, blood seeping out around him in a melted pool. I could still see his blond hair fanned out around his head, his empty eyes wide open and staring into nothing.
“I know.”
Mýra reached up, squeezing my shoulder. “Then you know it wasn’t Iri—not his flesh.”
I nodded, swallowing hard. I prayed for Iri’s soul every day. If Sigr had sent him to protect me, he really was in Sólbjǫrg—our people’s final sunset. “I knew he would make it.” I breathed through the tightness in my throat.

“We all did.” A small smile lifted on her lips.
I looked back down to the woman lying between us. We would leave her as she was—as she died—with honor. Like we did with all our fallen warriors.
Like we’d left Iri.
“Was he as handsome as he was before?” Mýra’s smile turned wry as her eyes flickered back up to meet mine.

 

“He was beautiful,” I whispered.

 

 

SKY IN THE DEEP is available for pre-order!

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Huge thanks to St. Martins Press for accepting me on this tour!

Say Hello to Amy Trueblood

Author Interview

Meet Amy Trueblood.

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A devotee of reading and writing from a very young age, Amy Trueblood grew up surrounded by books. As the youngest of five children, she spent most of her time trying to find a quiet place to curl up with her favorite stories. After stints working in entertainment and advertising, she began writing her first manuscript and never looked back. Her debut novel, NOTHING BUT SKY will be published March 27, 2018 by Flux.

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Onto the interview!

I love the slogan of “A wink, A smile, and A Happily Ever After.” How do you approach the cliched issue of writing a happily ever after ending and why do you think happily ever afters are important?

In my opinion, if you’re writing a story of hope there always has to be a “Happily Ever After,” but I never give it to my characters easily. I put them through a lot of pain and heartbreak before we get to that conclusion. In my mind, a “Happily Ever After” is not clichéd if the characters earn it.

 

Congrats on your debut novel, Nothing But Sky, releasing next year! What was your inspiration behind the creation of daredevil Grace Lafferty?

In the early 1920s there were many pilots who took to the skies in war surplus planes. Most of the time men received most of the notoriety. If you look closer at this time period though, you’ll discover many women were also part of this “Barnstorming” era. I wanted to bring these women’s stories to light via my fictional character, Grace.

 

Did you run into any surprising roadblocks while writing Nothing But Sky?

When you choose to writer historical fiction there can be many roadblocks. I think the biggest one was making sure everything was period authentic. Just when I would get into the groove of writing a scene, I would come across a word or a situation and I would have to stop and research it to make sure it was accurate for the time period. For example, there was a scene where I wanted to use the word “pizazz”, but as I discovered via research that word was not readily used until the late 1930s so I had to find another word.

 

Why historical fiction? 

There are so many undiscovered stories about amazing women in history and the female wing walker during the “Barnstorming” era was one I wanted to explore. These women risked their lives on a daily basis and I wanted to call attention to their skill and bravery.

I see you have a degree in journalism after snooping on your About page. Did your degree in journalism influence you to write historical fiction?

Actually no, but it did affect my interest in writing fiction. In journalism, there is no gray area. When you write a newspaper article everything is black and white—as it should be. But if you have a creative mind, your prose tends to wander in a different direction and that was something I wanted to explore.

My journalism degree usually rears its head during the drafting process as I tend to write very thin first drafts. I pay for this during the revision process as I usually have to add more setting details, as well as additional visual and sensory cues. A first draft for me may hover around 55,000 words, but by the time I’m done with a manuscript it usually ends up around 80,000 words.

 

Is there anything else you’d like to share or say?

I’m thrilled that YA historical is slowly but surely gaining a foothold in young adult literature. I hope this book will not be seen as purely a historical work, but as a universal story of a girl chasing after her dream. It’s the reason why I wrote this as part of my dedication: “And for little girls everywhere…no matter what people say, never be afraid to chase your dreams.”

Thank you for the opportunity to tell you a little more about Grace and NOTHING BUT SKY. I hope your readers will pick up the book and enjoy her journey.

 

Thank you Amy for stopping by A New Look On Books and Happy Book Birthday!

Nothing But Sky is out today!

Adrianne Finlay Stops By

Author Interview

Meet Adrianne Finlay.

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Adrianne Finlay received her PhD in literature and creative writing from Binghamton University. Originally from Ithaca, New York, she now lives in Cedar Falls, Iowa with her husband, the poet J. D. Schraffenberger, and their two young daughters. She is an associate professor of English and the Program Director of Creative Writing at Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa. When she’s not writing, reading, or grading, she’s making soap to sell locally, raising money for type 1 diabetes research.

Social Media

Twitter: @adriannefinlay

Instagram: afinlay17

Website: adriannefinlay.com

The Interview

This question really struck me while I was looking on your website. In one review, it mentions about what it means to be human in the imaginative world you created in Your One & Only. What do you think it means to be human in a comperturized future?

The world of Your One & Only is in some ways very low-tech. It’s a walled-in world surrounded by wilderness and jungle, while the inside is agrarian and peaceful. I think what it means to be human, in this or any world, is to do those things that only humans do. Humans are the only animals on the planet that are able to imagine and create art, and I think this is what touches on something uniquely human. Eating, sleeping, playing—all animals do these things. It’s our imaginations that help us understanding the past and the future, our mortality, and our compassion, that allows us to tell stories about who we are through art.

“There is nothing more human than love.” Did you worry at all about writing YA romance and tacking the stigmas that romance novels in general face?

I don’t know if I worried about dodging stigmas and tropes, but I was aware of them as I was writing. And while romance is an integral part of the story, I knew I didn’t want the romance to be the driving force of the story. Rather, I wanted the story to drive the romance. Jack and Althea’s relationship is important unto itself, but more crucially, their relationship is a way to explore the various ideas within the world of the book. Because Jack is the only human in the world, and Althea is a clone, their relationship becomes a template through which to confront the various challenges and assumptions about what it means to be human, and what it means to love as a human.

The origin story for Your One & Only is fascinating! Can you expand it at all? Or can you tell me if your original idea for Your One & Only changed from when you started writing till now?

Yes, the original story did change! The origin of Your One & Only is that I read an essay about the ethical implications of cloning a neanderthal, and this made me think about what would happen if, in a future world where humanity had changed in some fundamental way, if a present-day human was cloned. An early draft of the book included cloned Neanderthals who had been created by the clones as laborers. It was probably in the first or second draft that I edited them out, and I’m pretty sure it was the right choice!

What was the hardest concept or scene to write? After turning in your final edits, are you happy with that concept or scene?

The hardest concept to write was probably imagining the story from the perspective of Althea-310. I hope readers feels connected to her, but I also want the reader to see and understand the clone world through her eyes, and that world should feel foreign and alien in some ways, so balancing those two things was always on my mind. I pretty happy with how it turned out. It helps that Althea-310 is in the process of challenging and questioning the world she’s always known, slowly becoming more human as she goes.

What is your favorite imperfection for your MC Jack? Or perhaps a favorite imperfection that humans have in general?

Jack’s imperfections are those things that make him different from the clones. The clones have perfected their genes, and as a result they have no illness, disease, or genetic imperfection, so I knew I wanted my main character, the only original human in the world, to have something that made him different from them, something that made him not “perfect.” Jack has asthma, so the clones consider him flawed, and Jack sees himself as flawed as well because he’s grown up with the clones and for generations they’ve defined what it means to be “perfect.” Jack comes to realize, however, that those things that make him different allow him a unique perspective on the world in which he lives, and that if he were cleansed of all his imperfections, he would lose his humanity, as the clones have.

Is there anything else you’d like to share or say?

Thanks so much for hosting me on A New Look On Books! Be sure to preorder your copy of Your One & Only, which is out February 6, 2018. I wrote it thinking about the kinds of books I’ve loved to read, so I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

Interview with author Dalila Caryn

Author Interview

Meet Dalila Caryn.

Dalila Caryn is the author of The Forgotten Sister, the first book in the Forgotten Sister series. She holds a bachelor degree in creative writing from the University of California, Riverside. Her love of poetry and epic fantasies influenced her unique writing style. Like her protagonist Rowan she is a fierce protector for her three siblings. Family provides her with constant inspiration for creating genuine stories of love and redemption. In her free time she can be found in corners reading, drinking coffee and writing new worlds to explore.

Social media links

facebook/instagram @dalilacaryn

personal website: dalilacaryn.com

Onto the interview!

What made you want pick and then decide to tackle a retelling of Sleeping Beauty in such a unique way?

I tend to write in order to answer a question or try and understand a particular situation, and with The Forgotten Sister series I was trying to understand aspects of the Sleeping Beauty story that never sat well with me. Both with the Disney version and the two Grimm tales that were combined to make that story, there were little things that always pulled me out of the narrative: Why would someone, even someone evil curse a baby to die, in sixteen years, just because they’d been snubbed at a party? It didn’t make sense it seemed far too personal a revenge for so little an offense. And I couldn’t relate to Aurora’s family, they destroy the spindles, hide their child (in the Disney version) and just assume all is well; it didn’t fit for me. I couldn’t imagine myself feeling safe in their shoes until I knew for certain the curse would never fall. So for me it wasn’t so much about retelling or reinventing the story as it was trying to make sense of the world, and give myself a way to believe the narrative.

Did you find it easier to not write in Aurora’s perspective and instead have an outsider take on the fairy tale?

Well with the side of the story I was trying to write it did require someone who wasn’t in the original narrative to open the doors, but in truth I never even considered writing the story from Aurora’s, or in my version Roisin’s perspective because I never considered it her story. To me Sleeping Beauty always seemed to be Phillip’s story, a boy becoming a man. He is present to witness this horrible atrocity, but grows up wanting nothing to do with the princess he’s destined to marry, enter Aurora a beautiful woman living an idyllic life that he covets, and its only once he has lost her and realizes who she is that he moves beyond boyishness and finds the strength to rescue her. Aurora seemed to me to be the impetus behind Phillip’s heroism but not the heroine herself. She is a tool of fate, in the original, just like she is in my story. Just my story is no longer Phillips. My favorite characters to write are the ones who, try at least to, steer fate. And thats what I get with Rowan, she knows what fate has in store for her sister and she is determined to change it. But having said all of that, I do write a little from Aurora/Roisin’s perspective as the series progresses so that readers can see which style of taking on life they prefer.

“The Forgotten Sister is a sweeping story of family, heroism, and the magical powers that can save, or destroy, a kingdom.” Did any aspects of the story, of the ones listed above, threaten to overpower the other aspects? If yes, how did you find the balance as you wrote and later finished editing your novel? If not, how did you incorporate all these aspects into a plot without overwhelming yourself?

That is a very interesting question. I suppose family is in fact the most powerful external force in the story, so if one of those aspects were to overwhelm the others it would be that. Its sort of like a magnet isn’t it, no matter how far towards a magical tale or a heroes journey story it tends family dynamics and family love pull Rowan back in. But family can be like that I think, you can grow up and move away, but come back together and the same rivalries and comforts bubble up and your the person you were as a child again. But even though I think family is one of the strongest forces in the story I don’t think it overpowers it. Finding the balance in the story is such an appropriate phrase because balance is really what Rowan struggles with most, finding a balance between being a daughter, a sister, and a friend, finding a way to balance being part fairy, and wanting to be a knight. She has to balance all these parts of her life, and quite honestly letting her lead the narrative was how I found the balance myself. Its only when I try to force the story one way or another that something wonky happened and I had to go back and fix it. Which meant letting the story sometimes tilt more towards magic, or more towards family, knowing it would tilt back the other way when it was ready to. And as I revised it was a matter of forcing myself to read from the perspective of someone who didn’t know any of Rowan’s life (which is so much harder to do than to say) so that I could see which areas of the narrative needed to be flushed out more. I hope I was successful.

Is Rowan or Roisin based on anyone you know in real life? If no, is anything (scene, clothing, minor character) based on a real life person, place, or experience?

No neither Rowan or Roisin are based on any one person in my life, however their bond, and a lot of the familial bonds in the story are based on my own experiences. I have a very tight knit family and I constantly use them for inspiration. If there were any characters in my story that found their impetus in reality it would probably be Ferdy, Keagan and Petal. They aren’t perfect representations, but their dynamic and some of their more dominant characteristics are based on myself and my two sisters. My youngest sister would be the Petal, sweet, sly, mischievous and brilliant—“everybody’s favorite child” we like to tease her with that bit of song from The Fiddler on the Roof, not that she minds. My older sister, like Ferdy, is so active and playful, and enthusiastic that she can get underestimated and very frequently lectured but she has a secret genius. And I tend a bit more towards the quiet, intense, occasionally know-it-all Keagan.

What is the main thing you want readers to learn and take away from The Forgotten Sister?

I really hope my readers come away from The Forgotten Sister with a sense that they can take charge of their own fate, not just to change their circumstances but to change the way they relate to them. Because I truly think the most powerful, life changing thing you can ever do is find a way to love and accept yourself, faults and all, and no matter what others think of you. I hope witnessing Rowan’s journey inspires my readers to make their own.

Is there anything you’d like to share with the readers today?

Well first off I want to thank you for the opportunity to do this interview. These were some really interesting questions that let me reexamine my writing in a fun way, so thank you. But also I want to let everyone know that volume two in the Forgotten Sister series, Future Queen, is due out shortly. It is still very much Rowan’s story but I do love to examine things from several angles so I have introduced some additional perspectives. I hope everyone gets a chance to check it out. Thank you!

Thank you Dalila for stopping by!

The Forgotten Princess is available now to purchase! Check out Dalila’s website for details.

My Review: Everless

Book Reviews

***Disclaimer: Opinions are my own. Just to be safe, this may contain some spoilers or spoiler-y hints.***

“A strange feeling flowers in me, like I’m standing at the edge of a cliff, looking out to the green-and-blue sea, which I’ve only ever seen drawn in books…” Sara Holland, Everless

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Everless Review
By: Yours truly – Rae

Ten years ago, Jules and her father were forced to flee Everless to save her life. But what happens when in desperation she returns to the royal household against her father’s cryptic warnings?
Everless begins with Jules Ember hunting to then sell her catch for rent money. Her father is ailing and selling his blood to get by and he has reached his limit. She can see him fading away, the fatigue eating his body and mind. She’s determined to save him but at what cost? Here the explanation of blood becoming a coin when mixed with iron, becoming currency, is introduced along with a pending royal wedding and the arrival of the Queen. Not to mention, hello mythology! I was hooked. The plot is fast, intense, and leaves you wondering at the layered secrets until the very end. I didn’t stop reading until I finished. Time was running out *pun intended*
But… My main problem(s)? I had two.
First, I couldn’t quite connect with Jules. I always felt a little standoffish with her. I wanted to like her and I understood her plight, was even moved by it on some level, but something was still amiss for me. She had dimensions. She had a purpose. She didn’t feel fake. She handled herself well when secrets were revealed – a little too well actually. But I loved her relationship with her Papa and the relationships with minor characters felt mostly genuine, more so when she gets to Everless than at home. It was only at the end that I had this “ahhh” moment where I wanted to see more of her and how she will grow.

The second issue I had was the romance. I’ve come to accept I can’t just read straight romance anymore. With Everless, Jules first crush, love, obsession is the younger Gerling son whom she knew as a child. Of course, they haven’t seen each other in 10 years and he is engaged now to the Queen’s adopted heir. Oops. While I didn’t get the impression that Jules was pining away for him during their separation, as I read it became apparent her 7-year-old self had idolized dear outgoing, happy, Roan and therefore he was it for her. She wanted him to remember her, to get swept away the rekindled affection from their childhood. Then… well let’s just say that romance didn’t turn out how any party wanted. The ending love interest, yes there is a love triangle with a character we know throughout the story, made me both happy and annoyed me. I didn’t like how it went from one strong emotion to… BAM love – maybe. I did like the unexplored love interest and want to know more about him besides his consistent portrayal of BAD. *sigh*

Regardless of my two problems, I would recommend readers to give Everless a try. The mythology, secrets, and world are dazzling. I will conclude with that shout out. Looking forward to book two and seeing where Holland takes us next.

 

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My rating: 4/5

Introducing Dave Connis

Author Interview

Meet Dave Connis.

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I write words you can sing and words you can read. I live in Chattanooga, TN with my wife, son, and a dog that barks at non-existent threats.

When I’m not writing YA or MG, I’m probably working really strange part-time jobs, and doing other things that actually give my family the ability to eat food. I’m a member of the Jedi Counsel, and I have a propensity to daydream when ever I attempt to be an adult.

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Onto the interview!
Do you have a go to song or playlist when you want to write but need to set the writing mood? 
I actually haven’t been writing with music lately! But eventually I’ll go back to turning on Dustin O’Halloran and just playing through all of his music. He’s my go to writing music.
What was the easiest and hardest concepts to write when dealing with the reality of addiction and porn in a YA novel setting/plot?
Easiest was the depth of feelings and rawness that comes with addiction and being in such a broken state. I didn’t stutter over the emotional side of the book at all. The hardest part was not being gratuitous, about having it still be connectable and not too down a dark hallway that most people wouldn’t be willing to follow it. Porn isn’t a very easy topic, anyway. At least, when you’re asking questions about it and what it does. So I had to fight really hard to lay it out in an approachable way.
What is your real life definition of “fine”?
This meme.
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Songs or story, what came first when you began your writing journey?
I’ve actually been writing songs since I was six. My first one was called, “My Hart” and was about escalators and Jesus. I wrote my first little story when I was seven or eight. It was about jetski racers because I was obsessed with the N64 game Wave Race.
Were there any stereotypes or stigmas in The Temptation of Adam that you wanted to tackle but ultimately didn’t make it into the finished novel?
the main theme in a way that wasn’t necessary.
Is there anything else you’d like to share or say?
Watch Master of Non by Iziz Ansari.
Read H is for Hawk by Helen McDonald
Listen to the podcast Good Christian Fun
Thanks for the interview Dave!
Have you read THE TEMPTATION OF ADAM yet? If not, get your copy today!