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!!
Introducing Dawn Kurtagich, YABC's Author of the Week!!
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
This book came out of three things that converged at the right time, which sometimes happens and is always glorious. Silla came to me while I sat doodling in my notebook—specifically, her diary entry, which was of a peculiar kind. She was writing something about meeting a boy, but some of the words were scratched into the diary rather than written. When those scratched words were read out together, they said something completely different from what she had been saying. The secret message was: You can't love the mad.
Secondly, the ending. This was salvaged from a 2010 project, simply because it fit Silla's journey much better. It was as though the other book was saving that ending for her to show up and claim it, which she did.
An thirdly—my house. Or, more specifically, the view I have from my house (green valley surrounded by woodland). I was standing staring at it one night when I thought that the trees did look closer than the previous evening. Eeeeeerie.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
I love them all, but I have a soft spot for Nori.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
The set of scenes near the end of the book where things get pretty dark pretty fast. I'm proud of facing them and for getting to the other side where the light was waiting.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
Villa's eyes. They are enigmatic. Magnetic. So full of her story.
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2016?
Saint Death by Marcus Sedgwick and Still Life With Tornado by A.S. King
YABC: What was your favorite book in 2015?
I Crawl Through It, A.S King
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
I love both in their time. I love drafting for the freedom it allows me. I don't have to worry, I just get to feel and have fun. Revision is where I peek back the clumsy layers of what I have to find the diamond inside. I adore them both. :)
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
Being incredibly lucky.
YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
Yes. Organ Donation. As most of my readers know, I am the recipient of an organ. My hero was a man who donated his organs and saved at least 8 lives. Life life, then give life. <3
Meet, And The Trees Crept In!
A stunning, terrifying novel about a house the color of blood and the two sisters who are trapped there, by The Dead Houseauthor Dawn Kurtagich
When Silla and Nori arrive at their aunt's home, it's immediately clear that the "blood manor" is cursed. The creaking of the house and the stillness of the woods surrounding them would be enough of a sign, but there are secrets too--the questions that Silla can't ignore: Who is the beautiful boy that's appeared from the woods? Who is the man that her little sister sees, but no one else? And why does it seem that, ever since they arrived, the trees have been creeping closer?
Filled with just as many twists and turns as The Dead House, and with achingly beautiful, chilling language that delivers haunting scenes, AND THE TREES CREPT IN is the perfect follow-up novel for master horror writer Dawn Kurtagich.
And The Trees Crept In
By: Dawn Kurtagich
Release Date: September 6, 2016
One winner will recieve a copy of And The Trees Crept In. (US only)