Author Of The Week: Chat with Cora Carmack (Roar), Plus Giveaway!!

Author Of The Week: Chat with Cora Carmack (Roar), Plus Giveaway!!

Welcome to our weekly special feature post, Author Of The Week!!

Each week we will be interviewing a different YA author and highlighting their upcoming release!

We will also be hosting a giveaway of the book we are highlighting!!

This week we will be featuring two authors from Tor Teen Publishing with two seperate giveaways to enter! 

 

Introducing Cora Carmack, YABC's Author of the Week!!

Cora Carmack has done a multitude of things in her life–boring jobs (retail), fun jobs (theatre), stressful jobs (teaching), and dream jobs (writing). Raised in a small Texas town, she now lives in New York City and Texas, and spends her time writing, traveling, and marathoning various television shows on Netflix. Her first book, Losing It, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller, and her subsequent books were also hits.

 

 

Website * Facebook * Twitter * Instagram

 

 

 

Meet Roar!!

New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack's young adult debut: the start of a captivating new YA fantasy/romance series perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and Victoria Aveyard

In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora's been groomed to be the perfect queen. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.

She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

 

 

Amazon * B & N Indiebound

 

 

 

 

YABC:  What gave you the inspiration to write this book?

I’ve loved YA speculative fiction for as long as I can remember, and writing YA fantasy has been a lifelong dream. I've loved writing contemporary romance for the past few years, but when Tor Teen offered a contract for writing a YA fantasy, it was like a dream come true. 

When I had the idea for ROAR, I was doing a radio interview about one of my romance books, and the interviewer asked if there was something I really wanted to write but hadn’t yet. I mentioned how I’d always wanted to write a book about storm chasers, but hadn’t yet because it would require a lot of research and I was on tight deadlines. I remember thinking, ‘what if I wrote a fantasy book about MAGIC storms, where I could make up my own rules, invent my own scientific explanations.’ It was mostly a joke, but then my brain latched onto the idea of magic storms and wouldn’t let go. After the interview I sat down and wrote everything that came to mind - a black market that sold storm magic! A princess with a secret! Storm hunters that steal magic! Sentient storms with minds of their own! - and I absolutely could NOT think about anything else. I went to my editor and was like, “I know we talked about me writing this other fantasy book…but what about THIS: MAGIC STORMS??!” Thankfully, she was totally on board, and here we are!

 

 

YABC:  Who is your favorite character in the book?

I’m a very character-driven writer, which I think comes from my background in theater. I love really inhabiting and connecting my characters and letting them lead me through their story, but that only happens when I can identify with them. So a lot of my characters have a little bit of myself in them - a hope or a secret, a dream or a fear. Aurora has so much of my teenage self in her -- her restlessness, how she feels stifled by her surroundings and how deeply she longs to make a difference in the world. Growing up in a miniscule town in Texas, I felt all those same things. I also relate with Novaya, who suffers from intense anxiety (like me) but also has to deal with volatile magic (unlike me, thankfully). 

One character that I didn’t expect to like as much as I do is Cassius. He started out as the cocky prince and he was really only supposed to be a catalyst for Aurora’s journey, but as I wrote his voice was so strong in my head, which made him incredibly fun to write.

 

 

YABC:  Which came first, the title or the novel?

The title came before I actually started working on the novel. When I was jotting down ideas, I sort of naturally started writing a pitch for the book. The end of that pitch went like this:

Now in order to be the queen she was always meant to be, Rora slips away in the night and becomes Roar. A storm chaser’s apprentice. She’s determined to look death in the eye and escape with enough magic to control her own future. But life, like the weather, is unpredictable. And she soon faces an impossible choice.

Queen or adventurer. 

Duty or freedom.

Her Kingdom or the storm chaser she loves. 

Rora or Roar.

And after writing that, ROAR felt like the perfect title. We toyed with changing it a few times, but in the end we always came back to ROAR.

 

 

YABC:  What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?

There’s a scene toward the end that involves a lightning storm that I worried about through the entire drafting process. I have to work chronologically, so the entire time I was writing that seen loomed in the back of my mind. I was both excited and terrified to write it. It’s complicated to write a storm as a sentient being. It sounds cool in theory, but I wasn’t sure if I could actually pull it off. But I love how that scene turned out. And so many people who have read it pinpointed that scene as one of their favorites.

 

 

 

YABC:  Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?

Write the story that only you can tell. Don’t focus on the market or compare yourself to others. The best books are the ones that are uniquely you.

 

 

 

YABC:  What do you like most about the cover of the book?

Is it a cop out to say EVERYTHING?! Seriously though, I am so pleased with the cover of Roar. My publisher Tor Teen really went above and beyond and commissioned an artist to create the cover art, and I was able to give feedback and suggestions through the process. The finished product is stunning and really fits the feel of the book. (Can I also give a shout out to the cover of the German edition of Roar, Stormheart? It’s gorgeous too. I really hit the jackpot on covers with this book!)

 

 

YABC:  What’s up next for you?

I’m already working on the sequel to Roar and having a blast - the intensity of the storms kicks up a notch in this book and that’s been a lot of fun to write. The fourth book in the Rusk University series, All Closed Off, releases on July 18, and I am equal parts excited, nervous, and terrified. I’ve known that Stella’s story is one that needs to be told for a long time, and it’s been so important to me that I tell it correctly. I just finished traveling around Europe for both fun and signings. And I just attended Book Expo America and BookCon in New York, which was awesome, and I’ll be attending Books in Bourbon Country in Louisville, Kentucky in August. 

 

 

YABC:  What would you say is your superpower?

Does procrastination count as a super power? Because I am an EXCELLENT procrastinator. :D But it would probably be something like ‘finding inspiration for a new book in any place or situation but almost always on a Tuesday.’ Haha. I’m one of those authors that is constantly having new ideas for books (and weirdly it does often fall on a Tuesday). I could probably never have another book idea, and I’d still be set for life. I have that many ideas waiting in the wings.

 

 

YABC:  Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?

Gah. So many. I have what you might call a bleeding heart. One of my favorite things about being an author is the opportunity it has given me to give back and support the things I’m passionate about. Of which there are a lot. As a former high school teacher, I’m passionate about education, especially arts education. I also care deeply about human rights both in the US and abroad. And if you’re my friend on facebook, you’ll probably see me post about environmentalism and climate change at least once a week. One particular charity that hits a lot of things I care about is called PLANTING PEACE. You might know them as the non-profit who painted a rainbow house next to Westboro Baptist Church as a place of support and welcome for LGBT youth. They also plant trees around the world, run orphanages, buy up tracts of the rainforest to prevent it from being used for logging or mining. And one of my favorite things about them is that they can do a lot with a little amount of money. For about $5, you can deworm an entire school of children in impoverished areas. Intestinal worms steal much of the nutrition from children who are already struggling with hunger. If you’ve ever seen one of those sad commercials with children with distended bellies, that’s what you’re seeing. So Planting Peace is definitely a charity I appreciate and admire. But I’m not share about supporting and championing the things I consider important on my social media. Of course, every author has been told at some point or another not to get political or talk about troubling current events on social media. But I don’t stand by that. My readers have given me a voice, and I’m failing if I don’t use that voice for good in every way I can.

 

 

 

Roar

By: Cora Carmack

Publisher: Tor Teen

Release Date: June 13th, 2017

 

 

 

*GIVEAWAY DETAILS* 

Three winners will receive a hardback copy of Roar and swag pouch ~ (US Only)

 

 

*Click the Rafflecopter link below to enter the giveaway*

 

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

 

Rate this blog entry:
It's Live!! Cover Reveal: The Dragon's Curse (Beth...
Author Of The Week: Chat with Veronica Rossi (Seek...

Related Posts

 

Comments 21

Delaney on Monday, 05 June 2017 10:45

I've been excited for this book since I first heard about it ages ago. I can't wait to read it and the cover is so stunning!

0
I've been excited for this book since I first heard about it ages ago. I can't wait to read it and the cover is so stunning!
Jen on Monday, 05 June 2017 13:44

The cover is one of the prettiest I have ever seen. It is just beyond gorgeous! And it has me so excited for what's inside, I can't wait to read it!

0
The cover is one of the prettiest I have ever seen. It is just beyond gorgeous! And it has me so excited for what's inside, I can't wait to read it!
John on Monday, 05 June 2017 18:52

I like the cover's coloration, and it sounds like the book is rife with incident!

0
I like the cover's coloration, and it sounds like the book is rife with incident!
Fay Tannerr on Tuesday, 06 June 2017 11:39

The cover is so beautiful and the synopsis sounds really captivating!

0
The cover is so beautiful and the synopsis sounds really captivating! :)
Kristy Petree on Wednesday, 07 June 2017 23:06

I love the cover--the colors and design are fitting for the story but also very striking. The synopsis sounds great (even though I'm terrified of severe storms, magic storms sound fun). Thanks!

0
I love the cover--the colors and design are fitting for the story but also very striking. The synopsis sounds great (even though I'm terrified of severe storms, magic storms sound fun). Thanks!
Anne on Monday, 12 June 2017 20:01

I love bothe the cover and synopsis! I'm so excited to read this!

0
I love bothe the cover and synopsis! I'm so excited to read this!
vanessa on Wednesday, 14 June 2017 23:02

I love the synopsis, and the cover is gorgeous!

0
I love the synopsis, and the cover is gorgeous!
Gabi Eisenberg on Thursday, 15 June 2017 15:25

I LOVE the cover, its so fairy-tale/fantasy like, but not overly dramatic or over the top at all. I've already signed up at my local book store to go to her book signing, so clearly I love the idea and synopsis of the book!!

0
I LOVE the cover, its so fairy-tale/fantasy like, but not overly dramatic or over the top at all. I've already signed up at my local book store to go to her book signing, so clearly I love the idea and synopsis of the book!!
McKenzie on Friday, 16 June 2017 15:49

Awesome giveaway! Thank you!

0
Awesome giveaway! Thank you!
Aireanna Lesch on Tuesday, 20 June 2017 13:42

The cover reminds me of something out of a Carrie Underwood music video! It's gorgeous!! And I am a HUGE fan of Victoria Aveyard....Red Queen was such a fantastic book and I loved the series!

0
The cover reminds me of something out of a Carrie Underwood music video! It's gorgeous!! And I am a HUGE fan of Victoria Aveyard....Red Queen was such a fantastic book and I loved the series!
jacqueline garcia on Saturday, 24 June 2017 02:43

cant wait to read this!

0
cant wait to read this!
Courtney Gendreau on Monday, 26 June 2017 01:25

Sounds like a great book, with a great cover to match

0
Sounds like a great book, with a great cover to match
Carissa on Monday, 26 June 2017 12:35

sounds great

0
sounds great
Penny Olson on Wednesday, 28 June 2017 23:53

I love the powerful cover and story. It is a striking cover.

0
I love the powerful cover and story. It is a striking cover.
Danielle Lynn on Saturday, 01 July 2017 11:19

This book has been advertised everywhere and I doubt it's simply because of the gorgeous cover...

Although, come on! It's awesome!

The synopsis sounds like it's going to be one heck of an amazing read. Action, adventure, fantasy, magic, [email protected] leading lady.. What more do you really need?

0
This book has been advertised everywhere and I doubt it's simply because of the gorgeous cover... Although, come on! It's awesome! The synopsis sounds like it's going to be one heck of an amazing read. Action, adventure, fantasy, magic, [email protected] leading lady.. What more do you really need?
Danielle on Sunday, 02 July 2017 10:41

I LOVE elemental magic, and I haven't read a really great one in far too long - so this book sounds perfect. Plus, all of my Goodreads friends are raving about it!

0
I LOVE elemental magic, and I haven't read a really great one in far too long - so this book sounds perfect. Plus, all of my Goodreads friends are raving about it!
Uhunoma Aguebor on Sunday, 02 July 2017 21:00

The cover is very pretty and I love the synopsis! I've been wanting to read this book!

0
The cover is very pretty and I love the synopsis! I've been wanting to read this book! :)
Emily on Monday, 03 July 2017 14:00

I love this cover! This book sounds really cool.

0
I love this cover! This book sounds really cool.
wendy rinebold on Monday, 03 July 2017 19:31

I have heard great things about this book and I look forward to reading it!

0
I have heard great things about this book and I look forward to reading it!
Nancy Hernandez on Monday, 03 July 2017 21:34

I think this cover is awesome and the story sounds interesting.

0
I think this cover is awesome and the story sounds interesting.

FEATURED GIVEAWAYS

Latest Book Listings Added

The Queen's Rising
Grave Mercy meets Red Queen in this epic debut fantasy,...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Game Change
Seventeen-year-old Zeb Holloway is happy to work in his...
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Wilder Legacy
The life of a Guardian is a dangerous one,...
 
4.8
 
5.0 (1)
The Stars Beneath Our Feet
It’s Christmas Eve in Harlem, but twelve-year-old Lolly Rachpaul and...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Keeper - Matefinder Next Generation Book 1
Anya has inherited her mother's gift. Born in a...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Spies Like Me
Can she bring these girls together? When she discovers...
 
4.8
 
0.0 (0)
Royal Bastards
Being a bastard blows. Tilla would know. Her father,...
 
4.0
 
4.0 (2)
Before I Let Go
Days before Corey is to return home to the...
 
5.0
 
5.0 (1)
Growing Friendships: A Kids' Guide to Making and Keeping Friends
From psychologist and children's friendships expert Eileen Kennedy-Moore and parenting...
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Sword and Scion 01: Into the Dark Mountains
How lost one feels when his own character remains a...
 
0.0
 
4.9 (2)
The Pirates of Brisa (Wyrms of Pasandir #2)
When young Eskandar leaves his ship with the tough broomrider...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Building a Trade Empire (Wyrms of Pasandir #4)
Trade had been Shaw’s life, her dream, her future –...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Journeys: Young Readers’ Letters to Authors Who Changed Their Lives
Books can change lives — and here are more than...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
The Moonlight Meeting: The Nocturnals
In The Moonlight Meeting, Tobin, a sweet pangolin, Bismark, a...
 
3.0
 
0.0 (0)
The Hidden Kingdom: The Nocturnals Book 4
A group of veiled creatures--a chameleon, stick bugs and assorted...
 
3.0
 
0.0 (0)
In Sight of Stars
Seventeen-year-old Klee’s father was the center of his life. He...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)

Latest Member Reviews

Transitions: Novella Collection (The Biodome Chronicles #2.5)
 
4.0
LizLiz
"Wow, this collection was AWESOME! This collection of novellas takes place between the second and the not-yet-released (AHH!) third..."
Elements (The Biodome Chronicles #2)
 
4.0
LizLiz
"I could not put this book down. It was just as good as Legacy (the first book), if not better!..."
Legacy (The Biodome Chronicles #1)
 
4.0
LizLiz
"I enjoyed this book so much! The world-building and setting of this story was very highly detailed and I felt..."
Sword and Scion 01: Into the Dark Mountains
 
5.0
"What happens when all things known in your life prove untrue? The past was supposed to stay buried, but an..."
Game Change
 
4.0
"GAME CHANGE by Joseph Monninger follows its main character Zeb Holloway for one week in his life--and what a week..."
The Stars Beneath Our Feet
 
5.0
"When Lolly's older brother Jermaine dies, Lolly is filled with anger and guilt. He's uncertain about how to move forward..."
A Pain Less Ordinary
 
4.3
"If you are looking for a happy-feel-good beach read, A Pain Less Ordinary is not the book for you. But..."
Saint Anything
 
5.0
"In Sarah Dessen’s “Saint Anything,” the author shows what it’s like to be invisible in one’s own life. It..."
Earth to Skye
 
4.6
"Told in two distinct parts - before Skye's death and Liv's trip the Himalaya after, I enjoyed seeing the juxtaposition..."
Growing Friendships: A Kids' Guide to Making and Keeping Friends
 
4.0
"Utilizing plain language and a kid-friendly presentation, Growing Friendships examines and addresses a wide range of socially detrimental issues such..."
Legacy (The Biodome Chronicles #1)
 
4.8
"Writing: 4.5 Story: 5 Character Development: 4.5 Cover: 5 Editing: 4.5 This book is a rare gem. You know,..."
Joshua and the Magical Forest
 
4.0
"Reviewed for YA Books Central An enchanting fantasy. The story: Joshua thinks his father is dead. He's been..."
Ghosts of Bliss Bayou
 
5.0
"Captivating story, smooth writing style, well executed."
Uglies (Uglies #1)
 
5.0
"I loved how different this book was to most that I have read. The plot and the story line are..."
Legacy (The Biodome Chronicles #1)
 
5.0
"I went into this book with a pretty vague idea of what it was about-a sci-fi novel revolving around a..."
Wicked (A Wicked Saga #1)
 
5.0
"I read a TON of fae fiction and A WICKED TRILOGY by Jennifer L. Armentrout is so hilarious and refershing...."
Elements (The Biodome Chronicles #2)
 
5.0
"Where do I begin?! I love Legacy. I was immediately sucked into the world and characters and was more than..."
Moonburner
 
4.7
" "The moon cannot enslave the sun, nor make the day its mistress." I absolutely loved this dark yet..."
An Enchantment of Ravens
 
4.7
" This is one of the most beautifully written books I've read in a long, long while. I found myself..."