Today we're excited to chat with Alexandra Christo, author of To Kill a Kingdom. Read on for more about Alexandra and her book, plus a giveaway!
Meet Alexandra Christo!
Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most--a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian's heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.
The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby--it's his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she's more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good--But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind's greatest enemy?
A Chat with Alexandra Christo:
1. What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
So many stories in my childhood were about princesses who needed saving by a handsome prince. It made me want a story where the prince was the one who needed saving . . . from the princess. A story where the heroine was a total bad-ass who didn’t let anything get in her way. Reimagining a fairytale seemed like a great way to do that and since I’ve always loved the Little Mermaid – both the original tale and the Disney movie – I thought it would be cool to draw from them and create a dark, twisted version focused on stealing hearts that winning them over.
2. Who is your favorite character in the book?
I love Lira and Elian, but my favourite character is actually Madrid. I really liked injecting pieces of her backstory and touching on the journey she made to get to where she is. Plus, she’s a bad-ass marksman. What’s not to love?
3. Which came first, the title or the novel?
I am so bad at titles. They tend to be the last thing I think of, or something that changes constantly throughout drafts.
TO KILL A KINGDOM’S title went through a bunch of iterations and it was about a year after I got my deal when I realized the current title still wasn’t quite right. I had a brainstorming session with a friend and we were throwing out key words and phrases and boom. There it was. TO KILL A KINGDOM. As soon as I heard it, I just knew that was it.
4. What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
I really like the part where Elian sees Lira for the first time. The two of them have been on opposite sides of a war for so long, both of them almost like myths to each other, so when they finally meet the scene takes on a certain eeriness. Everything they’ve built up in their minds comes to a head and there’s a moment, before things descend into chaos, where a strange quiet passes between them as they both finally get to meet the subject of their horror stories.
5. What do you like most about the cover of the book?
Am I allowed to say ‘everything’? Because I really want to! I love the understated creepiness of it. The murky ocean water with the Sea Queen’s tentacles slithering in from all sides, clutching onto Elian’s dagger. It’s so delightfully dark!
6. Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: drafting or revising?
Revising, without a doubt. It’s where I feel most relaxed, as I’m not trying to create the threads of the world, I’m simply tying them together. And I think it’s fun to revisit plots and characters, fleshing them out and really making them whole. For me, revisions are where the magic happens and my stories come to life.
7. Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
Without delving into spoilers, there’s a scene in the book where we see into Lira’s past and an event that shaped her into the ruthless killer she became. It was a really difficult scene to write as it gave a vulnerability to Lira that she’s never shown before.
8. What’s up next for you?
I’m currently working on a new fantasy duology that I’m super excited about. I can’t say much, but it’s about magic and a group of anti-heroes who reluctantly come together to save their world.
To Kill a Kingdom
By: Alexandra Christo
Release Date: March 6, 2018