Author Of The Week: Chat with Stephanie Garber (Caraval), Plus Giveaway!!

Author Of The Week: Chat with Stephanie Garber (Caraval), 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!!

 

 

 

Introducing Stephanie Garber, YABC's Author of the Week!!

My favorite place in the world is Disneyland because it’s the one place on earth where I feel as if the fantastical stories I love to write about could actually come to life.

When I’m not writing, I teach creative writing at a private college in Northern California, where I’ve been known to turn assignments into games and take students on field trips that involve book signings. I’m also a blogger on PUB(LISHING) CRAWL. But I probably spend most of my time on Twitter where I tend to overuse exclamation points and emojis.

To help pay my bills during college, grad school, and the breaks in between, I worked as a barista, a waitress, a bartender, a customer service representative for an energy consulting company, and as a sales girl at Bath and Bodyworks. I also spent years working with youth; I worked as a counselor at space themed summer camp, volunteered at a school for deaf children in Mexico, and I took multiple groups of college students overseas to spend their winter vacations serving at youth hostels in Amsterdam. But out of everything that I’ve done, writing young adult novels has been my favorite job.

My debut YA fantasy novel, Caraval will be published January 2017 (Flatiron Books/Macmillan—US and Hodder & Stoughton—UK). Caravalhas sold in twenty-five foriegn territories and the movie rights were pre-empted by Twentieth Century Fox.

 

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Meet Caraval!!

Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

 

 

 

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YABC:   Who is your favorite character in the book?

I think I give a different answer every time I’m asked this question, because I really love all my characters. But I today would have to say Legend is probably my favorite. I love enigmatic characters with questionable morals, which I think is the best way to describe Legend without spoiling anything.

 

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

In a way, the title, although Caraval was not the original title for this book. When I was drafting I filed the manuscript under the title Caraval, but when I was looking for a literary agent I didn’t want to use that as a title because it was a made up word. So I called it Hearts Made of Black—from a phrase in the book. But I never really liked that title, so when my publisher suggested we call it Caraval I was thrilled.

 

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

This is a tough one. The scene I’m most proud of is sort of a spoiler. But I am also really proud of the letters in the very beginning of the book. That chapter of the book was the only chapter that didn’t change at all after the book sold—although I can’t take all the credit, because my critique partner Stacey Lee and my agent really helped me perfect each of those notes.

 

 

 

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

I actually love everything about the cover. I’m very thankful to Erin Fitzsimmons and Ray Shappell for designing it. I think they did a tremendous job capturing the feel of the book. But, if I had to pick a favorite part I would say it’s the star in the middle of the cover—on the final jacket it looks so sparkly and pretty, and I am a huge sucker for sparkly and pretty.

 

 

YABC:   What’s up next for you?

Right now I’m working on the sequel to Caraval. I don’t think I can say anything about it at the moment, but I’m definitely having fun writing it.

 

YABC:   Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?

Revising! I think of drafting is as giving my story bones and skin, but revising is when I get to add flesh and clothes and accessories. It’s when I really get to play with my words and get to know my characters and plot even better. I’m kind of a perfectionist, so drafting is really hard for me because it’s so very messy, whereas revising is all about cleaning things up, so I love it.

 

 

 

Caraval

By: Stephanie Garber

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Release Date: January 31st, 2017

 

 

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Comments 42

Tiffany L on Monday, 26 December 2016 12:03

The cover alone is beautiful. So excited for this book

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The cover alone is beautiful. So excited for this book
Tiffany Engler on Monday, 26 December 2016 15:16

I am in love with the cover!

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I am in love with the cover!
Emma on Monday, 26 December 2016 20:05

The cover is GORGEOUS and the story sounds so good! I'm hooked already!

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The cover is GORGEOUS and the story sounds so good! I'm hooked already!
Susan Light on Tuesday, 27 December 2016 15:48

This book has been on my TBR pile for a while now. I cannot wait to read it.

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This book has been on my TBR pile for a while now. I cannot wait to read it.
Rayna Reveur on Tuesday, 27 December 2016 19:39

I've been waiting for this for so long. Love the cover, love the synopsis, I literally can't wait till January.

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I've been waiting for this for so long. Love the cover, love the synopsis, I literally can't wait till January.
Shannon Mizikoski on Tuesday, 27 December 2016 23:15

The cover is absolutely gorgeous, but the synopsis sounds equally amazing! And I have heard nothing but great things about this so far, so I am really excited to read it!

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The cover is absolutely gorgeous, but the synopsis sounds equally amazing! And I have heard nothing but great things about this so far, so I am really excited to read it!
Donia Eskander on Friday, 30 December 2016 23:01

This books cover is so beautiful and unique. I can't say I've seen a cover like this. The synopsis makes me want to read the book!

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This books cover is so beautiful and unique. I can't say I've seen a cover like this. The synopsis makes me want to read the book!
John on Sunday, 01 January 2017 19:18

The cover is highly graphic, the synopsis made me stop and think.

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The cover is highly graphic, the synopsis made me stop and think.
Dianna G. on Sunday, 01 January 2017 20:53

This book is already on my TBR list, and the cover is part of the reason. It's so dark and dramatic. I love it! The synopsis reminds me a little bit of the story "Tangled." After reading the author's interview and seeing that she's a Disney fan, I can see how the story is inspired by that type of fantasy.

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This book is already on my TBR list, and the cover is part of the reason. It's so dark and dramatic. I love it! The synopsis reminds me a little bit of the story "Tangled." After reading the author's interview and seeing that she's a Disney fan, I can see how the story is inspired by that type of fantasy.
Anne on Sunday, 01 January 2017 21:30

Love the blurb, love the cover! Can't wait to get a copy and read it!

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Love the blurb, love the cover! Can't wait to get a copy and read it!
Kara S on Tuesday, 03 January 2017 16:08

The cover is a spectacle indeed! With all the hype this book has received over the last part of 2016, it is fitting that the cover (and I hope and believe it likely the content will meet the high standard it is setting up for itself) is a spectacle to behold that IMHO stands out among the most striking YA covers / those of the most anticipated YA books -- dazzling! Thanks, Kara S

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The cover is a spectacle indeed! With all the hype this book has received over the last part of 2016, it is fitting that the cover (and I hope and believe it likely the content will meet the high standard it is setting up for itself) is a spectacle to behold that IMHO stands out among the most striking YA covers / those of the most anticipated YA books -- dazzling! Thanks, Kara S
Amy Dorman on Thursday, 05 January 2017 00:06

The cover is epic and I'm counting down the days until book release day!

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The cover is epic and I'm counting down the days until book release day!
Sarah on Friday, 06 January 2017 00:47

I am obsessed with this cover and CARAVAL is my #1 TBR of 2017 because of it... (I never would have looked at the synopsis without the cover)

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I am obsessed with this cover and CARAVAL is my #1 TBR of 2017 because of it... (I never would have looked at the synopsis without the cover)
Cerine on Friday, 06 January 2017 15:31

Consider the fact that this is a sister tale, this would be the perfect story to start off my reading challenge with. The circus aspect of it with the audience being able to participate would be amazing. I love the cover because it's simple yet it stands out perfectly and it's exquisite.

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Consider the fact that this is a sister tale, this would be the perfect story to start off my reading challenge with. The circus aspect of it with the audience being able to participate would be amazing. I love the cover because it's simple yet it stands out perfectly and it's exquisite.
Mindy on Friday, 06 January 2017 19:19

That cover ?

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That cover ?
Joanie on Saturday, 07 January 2017 19:17

That cover is so pretty, especially the use of those colors! The synopsis sounds like it will be a magical adventure for readers so I can't wait to read it! Thanks for the giveaway!

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That cover is so pretty, especially the use of those colors! The synopsis sounds like it will be a magical adventure for readers so I can't wait to read it! Thanks for the giveaway!
Caity Dooley on Sunday, 08 January 2017 00:32

I heard about this book from so many booktubers and is my most anticipated book of jan 2017! Thank you so very much for this opportunity, fingers crossed that I win a copy

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I heard about this book from so many booktubers and is my most anticipated book of jan 2017! Thank you so very much for this opportunity, fingers crossed that I win a copy
Ezgi Tulu on Sunday, 08 January 2017 03:30

I'm so excited for this book! Ever since I saw it on Goodreads, I've wanted to read it.

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I'm so excited for this book! Ever since I saw it on Goodreads, I've wanted to read it.
Susan T. on Sunday, 08 January 2017 15:00

I could not be more excited for this book! It's my most anticipated of the new year! I like the cover too. Mysterious!

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I could not be more excited for this book! It's my most anticipated of the new year! I like the cover too. Mysterious!
Penny Olson on Sunday, 08 January 2017 19:35

The cover is beautiful. The synopsis has me hooked. I keep hearing good things about Caraval.

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The cover is beautiful. The synopsis has me hooked. I keep hearing good things about Caraval.

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