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 Megan Shepherd , YABC's Author of the Week!!
New York Times bestselling author Megan Shepherd grew up in her family’s independent bookstore in the Blue Ridge Mountains. She is the author of many acclaimed middle grade and young adult novels including The Madman's Daughter series, The Cage series, The Secret Horses of Briar Hill, and Grim Lovelies. She now lives and writes on a 125-year-old farm outside Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband and baby, two cats, chickens, and an especially scruffy dog.
Meet Grim Lovelies!
Seventeen-year-old Anouk envies the human world, where people known as Pretties lavish themselves in fast cars, high fashion, and have the freedom to fall in love. But Anouk can never have those things, because she is not really human. Enchanted from animal to human girl and forbidden to venture beyond her familiar Parisian prison, Anouk is a Beastie: destined for a life surrounded by dust bunnies and cinders serving Mada Vittora, the evil witch who spelled her into existence. That is, until one day she finds her mistress murdered in a pool of blood—and Anouk is accused of the crime.
Now, the world she always dreamed of is rife with danger. Pursued through Paris by the underground magical society known as the Haute, Anouk and her fellow Beasties only have three days to find the real killer before the spell keeping them human fades away. If they fail, they will lose the only lives they’ve ever known…but if they succeed, they could be more powerful than anyone ever bargained for.
From New York Times bestselling author Megan Shepherd, Grim Lovelies is the glittering first book in a new, epic YA fantasy series. Prepare to be spellbound by the world of Grim Lovelies, where secrets have been long buried, friends can become enemies, and everything—especially humanity—comes at a price.
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
I was thinking of the mice in Cinderella who are turned into coachmen by the Fairy Godmother. For the first time in their lives they’ve been given all the gifts of humanity—higher intelligence and speech and the ability to fall in love and laugh—but only for one night. It made me wonder, what if they wanted to stay human? How hard would they fight to keep their humanity? GRIM LOVELIES is about five of these animal-turned-human servants.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
The original title was LITTLE BEASTIES, but my publisher thought that might be confused for a picture book, and I agreed. GRIM LOVELIES was my planned title for a later book in the series.
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
I adore all the scenes that take place in the catacombs of Paris, which is where the Goblins dwell and have their fantastic tea parties and midnight dances.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
The GRIM LOVELIES cover is GORGEOUS! I could never choose just one thing. I love the bold typeface, which manages to be both dark and whimsical at the same time, and all the little elements woven in like flowers, gargoyles, crows, and of course the Eiffel Tower.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
I am a die-hard drafter! I have a story I’m dying to tell and even if I don’t get it right on the first try, it’s mostly out of my system. It feels like torture to have to tear it apart again and again…but it’s almost always worth it.
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
I have a knack for being on time. Not early, not late, but exactly when I planned to be there. Even when I try to be fashionably late to a party, I still arrive right on time.
YABC: What’s up next for you?
The sequel to GRIM LOVELIES, MIDNIGHT BEAUTIES, comes out next fall!
By: Megan Shepherd
Publisher: HMH Teen
Release Date: October 2nd, 2018
SIGNED HARDCOVER GRIM LOVELIES WITH A SPELL INSCRIBED INSIDE, CHARACTER CARD SET AND BOOKMARK
CHARACTER CARD SET AND SIGNED BOOKMARK
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