The Falconer by Elizabeth May

The Falconer

“Sometimes the memories we cling hardest too are the ones that hurt us the most.”

Heiress. Debutant. Murderer. A new generation of heroines has arrived.

Edinburgh, Scotland, 1844

Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, was destined for a life carefully planned around Edinburgh’s social events – right up until a faery killed her mother.

Now it’s the 1844 winter season and Aileana slaughters faeries in secret, in between the endless round of parties, tea and balls. Armed with modified percussion pistols and explosives, she sheds her aristocratic facade every night to go hunting. She’s determined to track down the faery who murdered her mother, and to destroy any who prey on humans in the city’s many dark alleyways.

But the balance between high society and her private war is a delicate one, and as the fae infiltrate the ballroom and Aileana’s father returns home, she has decisions to make. How much is she willing to lose – and just how far will Aileana go for revenge?

Book Links: Amazon | Book Depository | Chapters | Goodreads

Personal Thoughts:

If fae stories will always be this good, I think I can finally put an end in my usual routine of avoiding books that deals directly with this magical creatures. Though there are books that has faery twist or fae characters that I have enjoy reading most books that directly focus to this magical creatures are missed than hit for me. The Falconer is actually the first YA faery fantasy reads that I really enjoy.

It’s a surprise for me to love this book and the faery characters inside its world. It’s like I was magically converted or put enthralled by this magical creatures, almost like faestruck by them. The book’ spells wrap me up in a way I never expected.

Aileana Kameron aka Kam kills feary for revenge. After witnessing the death of her mother whom killed by a faery, she promised to hunt down the fae that kill her mom. With the help of Kiaran, another faery who happens to be at the opposite side of the battle, Aileana study and trained herself killing fearies. Her list of kills grow almost every night and she look forward for the day that her next kill is the one faery who kill her mom and destroyed her life.

Scotland in 1800 is just a perfect setting for this story. With the huge fae folklore from that country and the old but majestic vibes it just so fitting. Elizabeth not only utilize the setting but also creatively build an authentic and realistic environment for her story and characters. The description of things and surroundings are vivid and alive.

The steampunk touch in the story is just perfect enough. Too much doze of steampunk is not really for me so I’m glad The Falconer deliver just enough for my liking. The fantasy and the steampunk kinda jives perfectly. Nothing too much which makes the story flow easily.

And since I love actions, I love all the glory details describe in Aileana’s fights or the faery killings. From her different attacks/moves to the name of her weapons. I also like the fact that she is making her own weapons, from conceptualizing, sketching and even testing them. It shows not only her talents but also her brilliant mind.

Ailena is definitely a strong heroine – both physically and mentally. Her development from an innocent young girl whose goal is to find love and marriage as expected by the society to a girl who is driven by revenge is well executed. All the hatred that push her to be a liar, and a killer is believable. All her actions and decisions are justified by her lost. It’s her way of coping up and I think she earned the right to be like that. For a girl in the year 1844, Aileana is a definitely a kick-ass heroine.

“Time won’t fix me. Time allows me to become more skillful at hiding how much I hurt inside. Time makes me a great liar. Because when it comes to grief, we all like to pretend.”

Then we have Derrick, Aileana’s little sidekick pixie who lives in her dressing room, fixing her clothes for honey. This little creature contribute a lot of fun in the plot. He’s silly in the most endearing way. I can’t help but smile or laugh every time he shows in the plot. He is Aileana’s loyal companion and very helpful friend. Love this little creature to bit. If only I have one like him in my dressing room too.

To those who are looking for romance, The Falconer has a little bit, but it will require so much patience to its readers. It’s not dragging but more on something that exist but wasn’t quite given focus. Sometimes I wonder if it’s just me and my over imagination and too much anticipation. The hints are clearly there (or at least for me) but Aileana and Kiaran are both focus on their goal eliminating faeries along their way to entertain the possibility of romance between them. For me, this works very well, not only because it is realistic as both of them have their priorities but also it made me glued waiting for the some development. It doesn’t clouded the plot with oozing sweetness instead it give me something to hope and look forward to.

“Kiaran and I have little connection beyond our names. We battle, bleed and hunt together almost every night. He teaches me how to slaughter in the most effective, brutal ways possible. But I’ve never told Kiaran why I hunt, and he has never told me why he kills his own kind. This is our ritual, our dance. The only one that matters.”

Aside from the fantasy, this book is also a story of grief as it tells Aileana’s life after losing her mother from the hand of a faery. Not only she lost her mother, but also the one and only confidante she has. Her father is not much close to her. He doesn’t even recognize Aileana’s present but there is a reason behind this.

The ending is abrupt but promise a darker and more painful continuation to Aileana’s search for revenge.

Overall, The Falconer is an impressive start to this new steampunk fantasy series. It is a fast and surprising read that bewitch me from start to end. You’ll definitely enjoy this dark but surprising-light novel from an impressive newly debut author, Elizabeth May.
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* This review is based on an advance readers copy I received courtesy of the publisher, Chronicle Books in exchange of honest opinion.

 

Alex London Book Signing Tour in PH Soon

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Alex London Book Signing Tour

Frequently Asked Questions

When and where is the book signing?
August 30, 2:00 p.m., at National Book Store, SM Aura

When will the registration be?
Registration opens at 10:00 a.m. on August 30 at National Book Store, SM Aura. Each guest will be asked to fill out the registration form upon arrival. First come, first served.

Is there a registration fee?
No. There is no registration fee.

How many books can I have signed? Is there a limit as to how many people can have their books signed?
You may have any number of books signed as long as they were purchased from National Book Store, Bestsellers or Powerbooks, and we do not have any preset limit as to the number of people.

However, although we will take every effort to get as many books signed as possible, depending on the number of attendees, we reserve the right to limit the number of copies per person or limit the number of people in line. First come, first served.

Can I bring old books or other editions of the books?
Yes, as long as the books were purchased from National Book Store, Bestsellers and Powerbooks.

Do I need to buy on-site?
No. You can buy books before or during the event.

Can I have other items signed?
No. Only books will be allowed to be signed by the authors.

Can we have our photo taken with the author?
Yes, you can have your photo with the author when she signs your book. However, we strictly allow one photo per person only.

How much are the books?
Proxy (Trade Paperback – P419)
Proxy (Hardcover – P729)
Guardian (Hardcover – P755)

 

* Check out the ongoing book tour of Proxy by Alex London via Pinoy Book Tours for a chance to win a signed copy of Alex book.

The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno

The Half Life of Molly Pierce

“I’m good at being unhappy. I’m good at accommodating my sadness.”

 

You take it for granted. Waking up. Going to school, talking to your friends. Watching a show on television or reading a book or going out to lunch.

You take for granted going to sleep at night, getting up the next day, and remembering everything that happened to you before you closed your eyes.

You live and you remember.

Me, I live and I forget.

But now—now I am remembering.

For all of her seventeen years, Molly feels like she’s missed bits and pieces of her life. Now, she’s figuring out why. Now, she’s remembering her own secrets. And in doing so, Molly uncovers the separate life she seems to have led…and the love that she can’t let go.

The Half Life of Molly Pierce is a suspenseful, evocative psychological mystery about uncovering the secrets of our pasts, facing the unknowns of our futures, and accepting our whole selves.

Book Links: Amazon | Book Depository | Chapters | Goodreads | National Book Store

Personal Thoughts:

I haven’t read much books that deals with multiple personality disorder. Though I’ve seen a lot of movies that deals with the subject I don’t find it common in fiction especially in YA. Yes, there are many psychological thrillers in YA genre out there but not much deals with multiple personality disorder and not as subtle as this one. Those I’ve read mostly gears from psychological to paranormal – a twist I don’t like much because it loss the realistic vibes of the story.

In this book, The Half Life of Molly Pierce, I really appreciate that the author sticks her story in the contemporary and psychological thriller side. I’m glad she didn’t push the story to other genre just to add twist or shock factor for her readers.

The first few pages actually reminds me of the suspense Japanese movie Tokyo Shōnen / Tokyo Boy. The two are not the same except for the multiple personality disorder, it give me more theories about the twist and turns of the plot. Though it doesn’t end up as darker as I expected, the journey is still as thrilling.

Molly Pierce life is a mystery, even to her. She suffers from blackouts, where part of her time is a total blank to her. One minute she in school attending class, then next thing she realize she is somewhere she can’t even recognize. She don’t know why she was there, what she did, or whom she spent her time with. She knows something is wrong but she can’t figure it out. But still she pretends that her life is normal. Until she witness a road accident where a boy she doesn’t know seems to know her very well. Eventually memories are start come back to her. Little flashbacks are filling her mind and Molly have to find out if she is ready to face them all or not.

“Now I am remembering.
And I’m not sure what I liked better.
Being in the dark or being thrust unceremoniously into the light.”

 Molly’s stream of consciousness is well written. Her choppy voice is realistically aligned to her condition. Katrina Leno created Molly with a consuming voice that makes me empathize and relate with her even from the outside perspective of the reader. It so easy to feel her struggles and confusions, like I was inside her head every moment. Even during the times when her narrative are chopped and hanging creating an isolated atmosphere, I still feel her and her isolation. Her complexity echo throughout the pages of this book.

Katrina Leno’s unfolded Molly’s story in a right pace. Every hints and revelations are well executed, leaving readers enough moments to formulate theories and evaluate Molly’s situation. It’s a gripping ride getting to know Molly’s character as she try to put together the puzzle behind her blank hours.

Besides with mystery and the main character, I also like the family dynamics and friendships presented in the story. Molly’s family are supportive and very understanding. I like the fact that they didn’t push Molly to understand things that’s happening to her. They let her undergo through it at her own pace. The way they handle the situation is admiring. I can feel their frustrations, and pain even Molly doesn’t see it herself. While Molly’s friends add normality to Molly’s life, something Molly is trying hard to accomplish – to be normal.

The Half Life of Molly Pierce is a powerful, intense and emotionally heartfelt psychological thriller novel. Molly and her life story will surely stay with me for a good long while. Katrina Leno soar high with this debut novel. I’m already looking forward to her next work.

* This review is based on an advance readers copy I received courtesy of the publisher,  HarperCollins International in exchange of honest opinion.

Loot by Jude Watson

Loot by Jude Watson

“If you think nothing can go wrong, you’d better think again.”

“LOOT hits the jackpot.” — Rick Riordan, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author

On a foggy night in Amsterdam, a man falls from a rooftop to the wet pavement below. It’s Alfie McQuinn, the notorious cat burglar, and he’s dying. As sirens wail in the distance, Alfie manages to get out two last words to his young son, March: “Find jewels.”

But March learns that his father is not talking about a stash of loot. He’s talking about Jules, the twin sister March never knew he had. No sooner than the two find each other, they’re picked up by the police and sent to the world’s worst orphanage. It’s not prison, but it feels like it.

March and Jules have no intention of staying put. They know their father’s business inside and out, and they’re tired of being pushed around. Just one good heist, and they’ll live the life of riches and freedom most kids only dream about.

Watch out! There are wild kids on the loose and a crime spree coming . . .

Book Links: Amazon | Book Depository | Chapters | Goodreads | National Book Store

Personal Thoughts:

Once in awhile I try to stash some middle grade book in my reading pile for the purpose of recommending new read for my ten year old nephew who loves to read books as much as I do. Actually, he is much better reader than I am, he’s just 10 years old and already read classics titles more than I have read. And every time I found myself enjoying books intended for younger readers, it reminds me how to be a kid and to enjoy simple things in my stories.

“No thief likes a full moon. Like mushrooms and owls, they do their best work in the dark.”

March McQuin is the son of the world’s most notorious jewel thief, Alfie McQuin. Being a son of a thief he is living his life on the run, traveling from different places, never attending school or having real friends to surround him. That’s his life until his father, Alfie McQuin died. His father’s last words “Find jewels.”

Turns out jewels is not a gem or any precious items Alfie wants him to steal. He got it wrong. Jules, not jewels is a twin sister he didn’t know he had. With no parents to take care of them, Jules & March are sent to an orphanage which is not much better than prison. There, they met Darius and Izzy who become an alliance in breaking out of the orphanage. Together they went finding clues and solving puzzles left by Alfie to execute an unfinished and possibly biggest heist.

“When you run a con, you don’t think about the odds. You think about details so you don’t mess up.”

For a short read, Loot is packed with lots of actions, adventures and schemes that will keep readers on the edge of their seat. With the bunch of kids that are clever and cunning, Loot provides a thrilling story of adventure and friendships.

March and his gang are brilliant characters you can’t help but root for despite of the illegal things they are doing. They are brave and talented kids who choose to remove themselves in a corrupt society like the foster home that was supposed to take care of them. Together they form an alliance to find seven gems that possibly cursed. Each schemes they pull are twisty and well plotted making the story engaging and fun.

Jude Watson did a terrific job in making March and the other characters realistic despite the little possibility of kids plotting heist as big as this one in real world. Her writing style is also top-notch! For a middle grade book, she successfully weaved an easy to read story for kids while plotting intricate crimes that even adults will enjoy. The writing is fast-paced with consistent sense of urgency leaving no room for dull and slow moments. Each happenings are essential to the plot and to the development of characters.

Overall, with quirky & smart characters Loot is a clever, creative fun read. Not only it will take you to a thrilling ride of adventure and non-stop action but will also reminds you the importance of family. Highly recommended for kids and kids at heart who love some adventures to their stories.

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*This review is based on a copy I received courtesy of the publisher, Scholastic Press Philippines in exchange for an honest opinion.

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

The Queen of the Tearling“You win your people or you lose your throne.”

On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen’s Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus. Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use every weapon—from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic—to prevent her from wearing the crown.

Despite her royal blood, Kelsea feels like nothing so much as an insecure girl, a child called upon to lead a people and a kingdom about which she knows almost nothing. But what she discovers in the capital will change everything, confronting her with horrors she never imagined. An act of singular daring will throw Kelsea’s kingdom into tumult, unleashing the vengeance of the tyrannical ruler of neighboring Mortmesne: the Red Queen, a sorceress possessed of the darkest magic. Now Kelsea will begin to discover whom among the servants, aristocracy, and her own guard she can trust.

But the quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun—a wondrous journey of self-discovery and a trial by fire that will make her a legend…if she can survive.

The Queen of the Tearling introduces readers to a world as fully imagined and terrifying as that of The Hunger Games, with characters as vivid and intriguing as those of The Game of Thrones, and a wholly original heroine. Combining thrilling action and twisting plot turns, it is a magnificent debut from the talented Erika Johansen.

Personal Thoughts:

There’s quite a huge hype surrounding this book even before the released date. Describe as fully imagines and terrifying as that of The Hunger Games, with characters as vivid and intriguing as those of The Game of Thrones, and a wholly original heroine, it is given for readers like me to have expectations. Add the news about the film rights that been bought by a big studio production and the casting of Emma Watson as star and executive producer I am prepared to love the book and add it to my favorite reads. But as usual too much expectations ruin things for me. Though The Queen of the Tearling is an enjoyable read with it’s decent plot and promising world it still fell a little short for me.

One of the reason is because the book is staged to set-up a planned trilogy. Nothing much happens in-spite of the thickness of the pages except for a long and detailed explanation of everything and everyone that surrounds the narrator, Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, Queen of the Tearling. And despite all the details and explanations of things I still had a hard time picturing the world where the story is set. Leaving me a lot of unanswered questions about the world and events.

I understand the time setting being in the near future that has to go back in medieval times. I like that concept, but I’m not sure if Erika Johansen pull it off smoothly. There are some plot holes and real life references that I think are out of place or shouldn’t be in the story. Even Ericka explains in her narrative the existence of some of those things, it’s still felt forced to me.

The narrative of this book is more on telling than showing. A lot of things are explained in a form of story telling than actually showing things how it happened. And most of the times the detailed are not in the most important things. Usually I don’t mind long narrative especially if a lot of things are happening and the plot is moving fairly fast, but if the narrative will just consist of irrelevant things like what bricks are made of, or details of nobles’ dresses and their hair and make up – that’s just poor editing for me.

“To the east, Kelsea spotted what must be the house of a noble: a high tower made of red brick. Real brick! Tearling brick was a notoriously poor building material compared to Mortmesne’s, which was made with better mortar and commanded at least a pound per kilo. Carlin had an oven made of real bricks, built for her by Barty, and Kelsea had wondered more than once whether Barty had bought the bricks off the black market from Mortmesne.”

I like the fact that Kelsea our heroine is not the usual gorgeous, confident girl, but there are also a lot of things that I don’t like about Kelsea. She is an inconsistent character in my opinion. Not only her background doesn’t fit much of what she become, but also her own personality doesn’t quite jive properly. She has the making of a great Queen, being the caring ruler that she is. Her loves for her people and Kingdom is what makes her a good leader. She also not afraid of doing things she think is right no matter what it cost. But once in a while Kelsea also shows traits that negate the definition of a great Queen. Like when she is being judgmental or when her thoughts are simply offensive.

What does she see when she looks in the mirror? Kelsea wondered. How could a woman who looked so old still place so much importance on being attractive? She had read about this particular delusion in books many times, but it was different to see it in practice. And for all the anguish that Kelsea’s own reflection has caused her lately, she saw now that there was something far worse than being ugly: being ugly and thinking you were beautiful.

Other characters that are worth mentioning are The Mace and The Fetch. These two gentlemen are clearly written with emphasis than the others beside the main character and narrator, Kelsea. And between the two, The Fetch was clearly written with mystery, but in-spite of this I am more intrigue with The Mace. For me, he has more depth than anyone else in the story. But of course there are still other books to change that status. The Queen’s Guard are also interesting, I think it would be lovely have them more exposures in the next books.

Overall, The Queen of the Tearling was a nice attempt to contribute something new in the familiar fantasy ground. The idea of how a future society will resolved living like the old ways to create a better society is something I haven’t encountered before, and that alone is a worth applauding. I just hope that the next books will explore more of that world and concentrate on more important things that will make the plot more engaging and moving.

* This review is based on an advance E-copy I received courtesy of the publisher,  HarperCollins International in exchange of honest opinion.

Author Interview: Chloe Miles

Chloe Miles is here on the blog today to answer some questions about her books, Faded series.

Interview with Chloe Miles

Q1. What got you interested in writing? And why Paranormal YA, in particular?
Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always had a vivid imagination and loved creating stories in my head. I’ve always been a hopeless romantic and loved the idea of finding your one true love, and I’ve always loved stories with an element of magic to them, so writing a paranormal romance seemed like a perfect fit.

Q2. Where do you get the ideas for the Faded Trilogy? What is your writing process like?
I wanted to write a paranormal romance that was a little different to everything else that’s already been written. I loved the idea of earthbound spirits protecting the town from evil. And, being a hopeless romantic, I loved the idea of eternal undying love, especially between two characters who are so young but whose love is so rare and beyond their years.
It happened to be storming when I was coming up with the idea for the series, so that’s the inspiration behind the power over the weather that the characters possess and the unpredictable storms terrorizing the town.

Q3. Which book of the trilogy was the hardest to write and why?
I think See No Evil was probably the hardest to write of the three books, simply because I already had my beginning and knew how I wanted the ending. See No Evil needed to sustain the series and I had to come up with a creative way to achieve that, which was a little intimidating at first. Some of the chapters in See No Evil actually ended up being some of the most exciting and action-packed to write, so I’m really happy with how it turned out.

Q4. Faded trilogy are self-published novels, what made you decided to do it on your own? Did you ever consider getting a publishing deal?
Self-publishing seemed like the most obvious path to take because it is so accessible these days. Honestly, trying to secure a publishing deal wasn’t something that even crossed my mind. I love the idea of being creatively in control of my own work, so self-publishing just seemed like the path that was most suited to me.

Q5. What has been the best part of self-publishing? What has been the hardest?
The best part by far is having 100% creative control. That always has been and always will be the most important part of writing for me. The hardest part is definitely the self-doubt. There’s no assurance of success, which is a little worrying at times. But I’m nothing if not a dreamer, and I have huge plans in mind for the series … specifically, world domination. That’s not asking for much, is it?!

Q6. What are you reading now? Any recommendations for us?
I don’t really have much time to read at the moment since all my time is taken up with promoting The Faded Trilogy. But I did really love The Fault in Our Stars. That was probably the last one I read, and I would definitely recommend it. (Although, I think nearly everyone has read it by now anyway!)

Q7. Are you working on any project right now? What we should expect from you in the near future?
I want to dedicate my heart and soul to The Faded Trilogy and ensure its success before I move on to any other writing projects. You never know what may happen in the future in regards to other writing projects, but right now my heart belongs to Savannah and Hunter.

Q8. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
The idea of Savannah and Hunter’s love for each other is that the strongest feelings we feel aren’t always physically felt but felt wholly and powerfully within your heart. I believe there is a powerful and inspirational message behind The Faded Trilogy, and I hope that the readers will walk away from this series with a little more hope and love in their hearts.

Thank you so much Chloe for stopping by today and for answering all my questions.

Check The Books:

Faded (Book 1) : Amazon | Barnes & Noble

See No Evil (Book 2) : Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Ever After (Book 3) : Amazon | Barnes & Noble

About Chloe Miles

Author Chloe Miles

Chloe Miles is a twenty-something author, dreamer, shameless chocoholic and hopeless romantic. When she’s not writing or daydreaming, she loves escaping reality with her favourite playlists, eating too much chocolate, and curling up on her couch in her PJs with a good TV show and a cup of tea. The Faded Trilogy is her first series.

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Author Interview: Sarah Tregay for Fan Art + Giveaway

I’m beyond excited to start the promotional tour of Fan Art by Sarah Tregay here in the Philippines organized by Pinoy Book Tours. I’ve read Sarah Tregay’s books before and I just love them. Love & Left Overs is one of the few novels that is written in verse that I actually enjoy reading. It is beautifully written story that deals with heavy themes but still a light & fun read. Her latest novel, Fan Art showcase again her artistic talent in writing, not only in verse but also in traditional story telling. Check my review here to know more about the book and my opinion about it.

Now, the interview! Sarah is so nice to answer few questions for me about Fan Art and her writing process. I hope you’ll enjoy the interview below as much I enjoy having Sarah here on the blog. And be sure to check the bottom of this post for the giveaway. Trust me you don’t want to miss the chance owning a signed copy of Fan Art.

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Interview with Sarah Tregay

Q1. Can you tell us about the shorter version of Fan Art, “I Love You, Man”? Is the story comes first before Fan Art? If yes, what made you decide to expand the story? Can you tell us a little about your writing process with this one? Also, who decided to change the title and why?

Great questions Maricar! Thank you.

I wrote a short story in verse called “I Love You, Man” before I wrote FAN ART, the novel. Short stories are a great way to explore character, setting and plot twists. When I shared “I Love You, Man” with my agent, she shared it with my editor. It was my editor who encouraged me to expand the story into a novel. I changed the title to FAN ART shortly thereafter because it felt like a better fit for the story.

Q2. What inspired you to write a story with LGBT theme?

The seed of an idea that grew into FAN ART, sort fell into my lap. I was hanging out with a young friend of mine waiting for an activity at her high school to start, and she was telling me about her day. “You’d never guess what happened in government class,” she began, and then told me a story about students in her grade. It grabbed me by the heartstrings. I thought that if the characters were gay the idea would make a great scene in a story, so it made its way into FAN ART.

Q3. I love all the poems you included in Fan Art. I appreciate the fact that they are from different characters. How did you decide from who’s perspective to write or what poems to include in the story?

My first draft of FAN ART was written entirely in poems like LOVE AND LEFTOVERS, so the poetry between the prose chapters is a little carry over from that draft. I wanted the secondary characters to have a voice in the story so I wrote poems (and a graphic short story) when I felt that their voices added depth to the novel or fuel to the plot.

Q4. Do you think your degrees in graphic design helps/influence you in formatting your books? Have you considered making your own sketches for Fan Art?

My graphic design background comes into play when I write poetry and verse novels—so it was helpful for the poetry parts. However, illustrating comics is not my forte, so Melissa DeJesus did the illustrations in the book. Her illustrations are so much better than mine would ever be. So, no I haven’t done any of my own fan art for FAN ART.

Q5. Which is easier or more fun to write, your verse novel Love & Leftovers or Fan Art and why?

LOVE AND LEFTOVERS was more fun to write because of the verse. I enjoy writing little turns of phrase and using the space on the page to add meaning. Also, verse novels are a bit easier to edit. If you don’t like the plot, you can shuffle the order of the poems, or if you need to expand on a character or plot point, you can add another poem or two. The chapters in FAN ART were trickier to revise because they are more intertwined.

Q6. Are you working on any project right now? Will you be writing another novel in verse again like what you did with Love & Leftovers?

While I would love to have another verse novel out there for my readers, my imprint is moving away from them for the time being. I don’t know what my next published project will turn out to be, but I do have several very different things in the works.

Q7. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I would like to thank my readers for their enthusiasm and support. It was so nice of Jenevieve to reach out to me and connect FAN ART with Pinoy Book Tours. I am so happy she did!

Thank you so much Sarah for stopping by today and for answering all my questions. I’m looking forward reading another book from you so I hope you’ll write more for us. Thanks again!

About Sarah Tregay

Sarah TregayRaised without television, Sarah Tregay started writing her own middle grade novels after she had read all of the ones in the library. She later discovered YA books, but never did make it to the adult section. When she isn’t jotting down poems at stoplights, she can be found hanging out with her “little sister” from Big Brothers Big Sisters. Sarah lives in Eagle, Idaho with her husband, two Boston terriers, and an appaloosa named Mr. Pots.

Find Sarah

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