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 Joelle Charbonneau, YABC's Author of the Week!!
Joelle Charbonneau has performed in opera and musical theatre productions across Chicagoland. She’s the author of the New York Times and USA Today best selling THE TESTING trilogy (THE TESTING, INDEPENDENT STUDY and GRADUATION DAY) as well as the YA thriller, NEED, and two adult mystery series. Her YA books have appeared on the Indie Next List, on the YALSA Top 10 books for 2014 as well as the YALSA Quick Picks for reluctant readers as well as state reading lists across the country. Her newest fantasy thriller DIVIDING EDEN will hit shelves on June 6th, 2017.
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Meet Dividing Eden!
Twins Carys and Andreus were never destined to rule Eden. With their older brother next in line to inherit the throne, the future of the kingdom was secure.
But appearances—and rivals—can be deceiving. When Eden’s king and crown prince are killed by assassins, Eden desperately needs a monarch, but the line of succession is no longer clear. With a ruling council scheming to gain power, Carys and Andreus are faced with only one option—to take part in a Trial of Succession that will determine which one of them is worthy of ruling the kingdom.
As sister and brother, Carys and Andreus have always kept each other safe—from their secrets, from the court, and from the monsters lurking in the mountains beyond the kingdom’s wall. But the Trial of Succession will test the bonds of trust and family.
With their country and their hearts divided, Carys and Andreus will discover exactly what each will do to win the crown. How long before suspicion takes hold and the thirst for power leads to the ultimate betrayal?
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
I love writing both main characters, but I have a special fondness in my heart for the character of a young boy named Max. I originally named him something else in the first draft, but while revising, I decided to change his name--which the young boy in my house is thrilled by. While they look nothing like each other, Max in DIVIDING EDEN is named after my son, Max. And my Max, while he hasn't read the book and won't for several years, has become fond of saying that something "is the doom".
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
The title was set from the beginning. I always have to have a title in order to start writing a novel. It's crazy, because it's not like the title has to be there to start typing on the story. But I can't seem to type anything under chapter 1 until there is a title that I like in place. It sets the tone for the entire book and gives me at least one thing that I like about what I'm working on...which is important when I am in the middle of the first draft and I am certain that everything I am writing sucks.
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
The end! While there are a number or scenes that I felt compelled to write (especially the one that takes place in the North Tower and Carys's dealing with it) I am proudest of the final chapter and how everything plays out. Those scenes made me want to jump in and write the next book to see what happened next. I hope readers will feel the same way about picking up the second book in this story.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
You know, this sounds crazy, but writing is harder now that when I first started and each book that I write it gets more difficult. (Wow...don't I make writing sound fun?). In the beginning, I had no idea what I was doing. I was writing just for me and I was certain nothing I would write would ever get published which made it easy to sit down every day and pound out a ton of words. With each published book, I am more aware that the book is going to be published and people are going to read it and I worry that I am going to let them down or let my editor down or that the book won't be perfect and....well, you get the picture. So, I guess the other thing I've learned and that I have to keep relearning is that I am never going to write a perfect book. No matter how hard I try my work will never please everyone. My characters will always make some people cheer and other people roll their eyes. No matter the amount of research I do, a ton of people are going to think I am doing it wrong. And for them I am. For me...well, I have to remember that I have to write the story that is in me and try to make it the best I can. And if I do that--then I'm doing something right.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
EVERYTHING! Honestly, I think the cover is just brilliant. I have no drawing skills whatsoever. Zero. Zip! I'm the girl you only play Pictionary with when you also can't draw because then you might have a chance of recognizing the strange blob on the paper. So all artwork truly is amazing to me. But the throne is beautifully drawn and the image of the black and white against the background of silvery/gray is just stunning. I couldn't have said what I was hoping for in a cover with this book, but the artists blew whatever I could have imagined away.
YABC: What’s up next for you?
Well, I'm currently finishing writing the second book in this series and I'm closing in on the end - hooray. But before that book comes out next June, I have another book coming out in March of 2018 called TIME BOMB. I pitched it as Breakfast Club meets Die Hard and is about teens who get trapped in a school when a bomb goes off and as they work to get out they realize that just because you think you know someone doesn't mean you know them at all. No one is who you think they are. And as they try to save themselves, they realize that one of them is the bomber.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
I love revising! LOVE IT! Over the years, I have learned that I can't outline when I write my first draft. Oh - I try. I sit down and attempt to sketch out what happens in a story and by the end of the first chapter I have totally screwed it all up because suddenly my characters are speaking and reacting and what I thought they would do and say no longer works. So the first draft is a painful process of banging my head against a wall as I try to see how the story is going to go. But revision is wonderful. In revisions I know where the end is and I get to play with how they get there. Very often different people live and die or in the case of DIVIDING EDEN various scenes flipped to someone else's point of view or got darker or lighter or moved around or got completely axed. There is a ball scene that is now completely different than the one that I originally wrote because the rest of the story had changed so much the old one no longer worked at all. To me, the asking myself - what else can I try and what would happen if a character reacted in a different way is incredibly fun. It can create a ton of work because the minute you change something everything after has to change, but it is exhilarating when you see the same story resonate in a different way.
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
Screaming at glass shattering decibel levels when baseball is on and totally freaking out my neighbors. My new neighbors might have learned about this superpower last year when the Cubs were in the World Series....oops.
By: Joelle Charbonneau
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: June 6th, 2017
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