By Veronica Wolff
Series: Watchers, #1
Genre: Paranormal Young Adult
Release: September 6, 2011
Paperback: 320 Pages
Publisher: NAL Trade
Buy the Book: Amazon
About the Book:
Is life offering fewer and fewer options? Then join the dead.
When Annelise meets dark and seductive Ronan, he promises her a new life-if she has the courage to chance the unknown. Now, she's whisked away to a mysterious island and pitted against other female recruits to become a Watcher-girls who are partnered with vampires and assist them in their missions. To survive and become a Watcher, Annelise has to beat out every other girl, but she's determined to do so, because to fail doesn't mean dishonor-it means death.
Read my review of Isle of Night HERE!
Q&A with Veronica Wolff!
I love that Annelise received throwing stars as her weapons - If you were an Acari, what weapon would be in your bottom drawer?
Easy! A throwing knife. I have always dreamed of knowing how to sling one of those bad boys. I can’t even type that without hearing it….kthunnnck.
What is Annelise's theme song?
It’s so funny that you asked this, because Annelise is one of my only characters who actually, really does have a theme song. I listen to a lot of hard, driving rock while I write, but the big standout that always gets me in the Watchers zone is Sabotage by Beastie Boys. It captures that rage, that feeling of being trapped and betrayed that she experiences. “Our backs are now against the wall/Listen all of y'all it’s a sabotage.” Love. This. Song.
What character from any book or movie would you choose to hang out with Annelise and Emma?
Oh, wow, this is a hard one. Of course my brain instantly fills with a million funny and totally ridiculous answers. (Mr. Miyagi from The Karate Kid! Mr. Holland from Mr. Holland’s Opus! *snicker*) But, okay, here’s a good one. Aside from maybe picking up some pointers from Sydney Bristow in Alias, I think I’d most want to see Annelise and Emma stick it to the mean, cheating cheerleaders in Bring it On. Wouldn’t that be fun? (Okay, now I need to go re-watch that…)
I've got a major crush on Ronan- will he play a major role in the next book?
That is so great to hear…because I do too! There’s no way I could say goodbye to Ronan yet. And hey, I’d keep him in the storyline if only to get that yummy, scruffy model to make an appearance on another cover. So the answer is, don’t worry, Ronan won’t be going anywhere any time soon.
Were there any books that played a big influence while writing Isle of Night?
Two of my favorite authors are Charlaine Harris and Richelle Mead, and if I had to pick, I’d say theirs were the books that have most inspired me. This is not to say I was trying to recreate their worlds, or to write like them, or anything like that. But their books are the ones I stay up all night reading, flipping back and forth, reading, re-reading, and wondering how’d she do that?
Lilac is incredibly evil... Was she ever challenging to write?
Oh, yes, totally. It was a tough line to walk, making her believably evil, while not being cartoonishly so. I did some heavy reworking of an early draft with that exact concern in mind—the first iteration of her seemed too crazy, while I think the most evil villains are the ones who appear sane.
What scene in Isle of Night do you love and would never, ever cut?
I really enjoyed writing Emma, and loved that scene where she and Annelise first get to know each other, trying to survive their middle-of-the-night hazing. And besides, I love scenes where characters get to use real world skills—like scavenging for food or trying not to freeze to death. Even better when they get to fight—together—for their lives.
In addition to the Watchers series, I’m launching Sierra Falls, a contemporary romance series set in a fictional small town in the Sierra Nevada mountains. It’s something completely different for me—not only is it contemporary, but there are four different points of view, two romances, and a cast of all ages. I’m always going to want some sort of action, though, so of course there’ll be some of that too! Look for it in April 2012.
Thanks for stopping by! Can't wait to read the second installment in The Watchers series!!
Thanks for having me! Vampire’s Kiss hits the shelves in March 2012, so not that long to wait. Plus there’s all that the title implies…you know, a vampire and a kiss. ;)
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