Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Wizard's Promise Blog Tour!


Welcome to The Wizard's Promise Blog Tour stop on Rex Robot Reviews! 

I was so excited when I heard that Cassandra Rose Clarke was writing another YA series.  I loved The Assassin's Curse and it's sequel, The Pirate's Wish.  This book is set in the same world as The Assassin's Curse, but with a whole new set of characters.  One thing I love about Cassandra's books is her imagination and world building.  She creates a fascinating magical world with memorable characters.  I was very honored and excited to be able to interview Cassandra as apart of her blog tour.  

The Wizard's Curse is available May 6th!

Published by Strange Chemistry
US Release: May 6, 2014 | UK Release: May 1, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-908844-74-3
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-908844-75-0

All Hanna Euli wants is to become a proper witch – but unfortunately, she’s stuck as an apprentice to a grumpy fisherman. When their boat gets caught up in a mysterious storm and blown wildly off course, Hanna finds herself further away from home than she’s ever been before.
As she tries to get back, she learns there may be more to her apprentice master than she realized, especially when a mysterious, beautiful, and very non-human boy begins following her through the ocean, claiming that he needs Hanna’s help.

1. Your books have great world building and structure. Where do you get your inspiration from?
All over! One of my absolute favorite sources of inspiration is National Geographic magazine—yes, the actual magazine! I have a paper subscription and I always save all my old copies. I love flipping through the pictures looking for images that strike up my imagination, and then reading the accompaning article. There are landscapes on Earth that look completely alien, and cultures that many people never even think about. I also like to watch documentaries for similar reasons—Netflix actually has a great selection. And honestly, another big influence for me is just pop culture in general. As I mention in another response, the movie Alien was an influence for a particular section in The Wizard’s Promise, and magic-infused adventure movies like Pirates of the Caribbean have been an influence for the series as a whole.

2. What is your writing process like?
It really varies from book to book, and it’s also evolved over the years. The very first book I wrote both out of order and without an outline! I’ve actually never written a book out of order since—it’s much easier to hold on to the narrative flow if yo write chronologically. I’ve also started outlining out of necessity. I get so many ideas for novels that I’ve taken to drawing up loose outlines and then setting the books aside while I finish up the fifty billion other projects I have to complete (note: that may be a slight exaggeration). 
Generally speaking, though, I draft the novel fairly quickly (I aim for a thousand words a day or more), then read through it on my Kindle. After reading, I sit down and take notes over anything I want to change. I also look at any beta reader notes I have. Then I work through the book in order, making the necessary large scale changes and polishing up the prose.

3. What was your favorite part of The Wizard's Promise to write?
I loved writing a sequence toward the end. [Slight spoilers ahead!] Hanna and the fishing crew she’s joined up with have to fight off an attack of monsters from the Mists. I’d been in the mood to write a horror story, something along the lines of Alien, and I loved having the chance to weave it into The Wizard’s Promise. I’m not sure it’s as scary as Alien, but I had a tremendous amount of fun building the tension and atmosphere.

4. Which character is most like you?
Probably Hanna. I really drew on my own experiences as a teenager when I was writing her. I grew up in a small town that I HATED and couldn’t wait to move away. It drove me crazy when people would even suggest that I stick around. Plus, I had a lot of fairly lofty career goals: I wanted to be a writer, or an artist, or a college professor. The fact that I’ve managed to accomplish that is actually pretty amazing to me. Hanna is that way, too, though: her parents expect her to become a fisherman, but she’d rather be a witch. She wants out of her small village, but then adventuring proves to be not exactly what she expected—which is pretty much how I would react when getting thrown out on an adventure.

5. What can your readers expect from The Hanna duology?
Magic, magic, magic! Lots of magic. There’s also a slow-burn romance, and an evil lord with monsters under his command, and, eventually, a trip into the Mists itself.

6. For fans of your previous books, how does the Wizard's Promise differ?  What themes are similar?
It does take place in a different part of the world (the ice-islands), so there’s a different feel to the culture. Hanna isn’t exactly like Ananna, either, although she wants to be—Ananna is actually her namesake, and throughout the course of the duology, Hanna will learn that it’s completely possible for her to live up to that name.  Still, many of the themes are similar: Hanna learns about bravery and trust and love. Like Ananna, she has to find her place in the world when she gets thrust out on her own, and she also meets a boy who will, eventually, turn out to be perfect for her.

Cassandra Rose Clarke grew up in south Texas and currently lives in a suburb of Houston, where she writes and teaches composition at a local college. She graduated in 2006 from The University of St. Thomas with a B.A. in English, and two years later she completed her master’s degree in creative writing at The University of Texas at Austin. In 2010 she attended the Clarion West Writer’s Workshop in Seattle, where she was a recipient of the Susan C. Petrey Clarion Scholarship Fund.
Cassandra’s first adult novel, The Mad Scientist’s Daughter, was a finalist for the 2013 Philip K. Dick Award, and her YA novel, The Assassin’s Curse, was nominated for YALSA’s 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults. Her short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons and Daily Science Fiction.

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