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 Mindy McGinnis, YABC's Author of the Week!!
Mindy McGinnis is the Edgar-Award winning author of A MADNESS SO DISCREET, as well as the post-apocalytpic duology NOT A DROP TO DRINK & IN A HANDFUL OF DUST. Her first contemporary, THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES will release on September of 2016, followed by her first in a fantasy series, GIVEN TO THE SEA in April of 2017.
Meet Given To The Sea!!
Khosa is Given to the Sea, a girl born to be fed to the water, her flesh preventing a wave like the one that destroyed the Kingdom of Stille in days of old. But before she’s allowed to dance – an uncontrollable twitching of the limbs that will carry her to the shore in a frenzy – she must produce an heir. Yet the thought of human touch sends shudders down her spine that not even the sound of the tide can match.
Vincent is third in line to inherit his throne, royalty in a kingdom where the old linger and the young inherit only boredom. When Khosa arrives without an heir he knows his father will ensure she fulfills her duty, at whatever cost. Torn between protecting the throne he will someday fill, and the girl whose fate is tied to its very existence, Vincent’s loyalty is at odds with his heart.
Dara and Donil are the last of the Indiri, a native race whose dwindling magic grows weaker as the island country fades. Animals cease to bear young, creatures of the sea take to the land, and the Pietra – fierce fighters who destroyed the Indiri a generation before – are now marching from their stony shores for the twin’s adopted homeland, Stille.
Witt leads the Pietra, their army the only family he has ever known. The stone shores harbor a secret, a growing threat that will envelop the entire land – and he will conquer every speck of soil to ensure the survival of his people.
The tides are turning in Stille, where royals scheme, Pietrans march, and the rising sea calls for its Given.
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
A kernel for the idea of GIVEN TO THE SEA was planted a very long time ago when I was a child. I loved the TV movie of . There's an amazing scene with Sam Neill and Olivia Hussey where she's locked in a tower and he comes to see her. She thinks he's there to force himself upon her and she gets up in the window and says she'll jump if he comes a step closer. He's a decent guy who means her no harm, so he manages to talk her down but it's a very powerful scene. It stuck with me (even though I didn't understand all the implications until I was older). Elements from that scene have found their way into SEA at various levels - the girl who doesn't want to be touched, a boy in a power position who *could* take advantage if he wanted, a girl who's pride is so strong she'll die before she submits.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
Dara, the female Indiri twin, for sure!
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
There are four POVs in the book, two male and two female, all very different from one another in terms of their character. I'm proud of the differentiating voices and how I kept them distinct.
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2017?
RAMONA BLUE by Julie Murphy!
YABC: What’s up next for you?
I have a dark contemporary thriller coming 10.10.2017 called THIS DARKNESS MINE.
YABC: Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?
Right now I'm working on something tentatively titled NORTH COUNTRY, about a girl lost in the Appalachia forests, alone. I didn't realize how difficult it would be to execute a story with a single character for 85% of the text. She doesn't have anyone to talk to, so almost everything is internal.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
Drafting has it's merits. I like to sit down and create the story. I don't plan at all, I simply let it happen. So while that can be nerve wracking, it's as fun for me to see what's going to happen as it is for readers.
Given To The Sea
By: Mindy McGinnis
Publisher: Putnam Books
Release Date: April 11th, 2017
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