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Author Of The Week: Chat with Susan Dennard (Windwitch), Plus Giveaway!!

Author Of The Week: Chat with Susan Dennard (Windwitch), 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 Susan Dennard, YABC's Author of the Week!!

Susan Dennard has come a long way from small-town Georgia. Working in marine biology, she got to travel the world—six out of seven continents, to be exact (she’ll get to you yet, Asia!)—before she settled down as a full-time novelist and writing instructor. She is the author of the Something Strange and Deadly series as well as the New York Times bestselling Truthwitch, and when not writing, she’s usually slaying darkspawn (on her Xbox) or earning bruises at the dojo. She lives in the Midwestern US with her French husband, two spoiled dogs, and two grouchy cats. Learn more about her crazy thoughts and crippling cookie-addiction on her blog, newsletter, twitter, or instagram.

 

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Meet Windwitch!!

Sometimes our enemies are also our only allies… After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred yet alive, Merik is determined to prove his sister’s treachery. Upon reaching the royal capital, crowded with refugees, he haunts the streets, fighting for the weak—which leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed. When the Bloodwitch Aeduan discovers a bounty on Iseult, he makes sure to be the first to find her—yet in a surprise twist, Iseult offers him a deal. She will return money stolen from him, if he locates Safi. Now they must work together to cross the Witchlands, while constantly wondering, who will betray whom first? After a surprise attack and shipwreck, Safi and the Empress of Marstok barely escape with their lives. Alone in a land of pirates, every moment balances on a knife’s edge—especially when the pirates’ next move could unleash war upon the Witchlands.

 

 

 

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YABC:  Who is your favorite character in the book?

I don't know that I have a favorite character--you kind of have to love ALL of them, right? To portray them best. But I will say there's a new POV character in Windwitch, and I'm incredibly excited for the world to meet her!

 

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

The title! Ha! The titles for the whole series were established from day 1, and since the titles are essentially the names of the different characters, each book follows that character's arc more. So Windwitch, the second book, follows the Windwitch character a bit more than the other POVs, and we see him grow.

 

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

Honestly, I'm most proud of this entire book. It was so hard for me to write (anyone who reads my newsletter or follows me online knows the full extent of my agony), so when I finally hit The End, I was SO PROUD. And tired. So tired. ;)

 

YABC:  Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?

I've learned to trust my own voice. I made an "Anne Elliot" kind of mistake and allowed myself to be persuaded by other voices. I listened to what those people thought should be in my books, rather than trusting my own gut and following the story I'd wanted to tell all along. It was until I finally let those people go, let their voices go, and started over entirely with my own writing, that I was able to rediscover my own voice as well as rediscover my love of writing.

 

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

I love that the Witchlands covers are SO representative of the story inside. You can literally look at the cover and know not only the kind of book you'll get (high fantasy, magic, epic stakes!) but also story specifics! The Truthwitch cover shows a ship and old ruins in the background--which is a scene right out of the book--and the Windwitch cover shows a city with a hooded figure overlooking it. Again, totally happens in the book!

 

YABC:  What was your favorite book in 2016?

Oh, I finally read Attachments by Rainbow Rowell and it was FABULOUS! Devoured it in one sitting! That said, my fave read of the year was not fiction but actually a non-fiction called Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari. It's about the evolution of humans biologically, socially, economically, and politically--and the scientist in me couldn't get enough!!

 

YABC:  Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?

Merik, my main character! But he was also the hardest for me in Truthwitch, so I shouldn't have been surprised. Ha! He's just in many ways a LOT like me, and those

 

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

I LOVE revising! Revising is hands-down where all the magic happens for me. I love weaving in layer after layer until the prose and world and characters feel as rich as they did in my head.

 

YABC:  Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?

I'm an ecologist at heart (I worked in marine/aquatic ecology before becoming a full-time write), so I'm really big on endangered species protection and environmental issues. I give to a different charity every month, but I've definitely noticed lately that the bulk of my charities tend to be ecology-focused OR animal-rights-focused. Last month was my local humane society, and the month before was the Alliance for the Great Lakes.

 

 

 

 

 

Windwitch (The Witchlands #2)

Windwitch

By: Susan Dennard

Publisher: Tor Teen

Release Date: January 10th, 2017 

 

 

 

 

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Comments 25

Delaney on Monday, 19 December 2016 11:28

I'm so excited for this book! The cover is awesome! I love Merik (at least I think it's Merik) and I can't wait to see what happens next!

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I'm so excited for this book! The cover is awesome! I love Merik (at least I think it's Merik) and I can't wait to see what happens next!
Susan Light on Tuesday, 20 December 2016 10:22

Loved Truthwitch and I cannot wait to see where Susan goes with the story in Windwitch.

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Loved Truthwitch and I cannot wait to see where Susan goes with the story in Windwitch.
John on Wednesday, 21 December 2016 12:53

I think the cover looks dramatic and colorful, and as for the synopsis, I couldn't have said it better myself.

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I think the cover looks dramatic and colorful, and as for the synopsis, I couldn't have said it better myself.
Anne on Wednesday, 21 December 2016 16:13

I would love to read this! I love the cover!

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I would love to read this! I love the cover!
Charity on Wednesday, 21 December 2016 17:15

So excited for Windwitch! The cover is beautiful and the colors work well with the title.

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So excited for Windwitch! The cover is beautiful and the colors work well with the title.
Kara S on Friday, 23 December 2016 01:26

THe cover is among the best I've ever seen! Wowsa! Cheers, Kara S

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THe cover is among the best I've ever seen! Wowsa! Cheers, Kara S
Taylor Walker on Friday, 23 December 2016 10:31

The cover is stunning. As for the synopsis, I am looking forward to hearing from another character. So excited!

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The cover is stunning. As for the synopsis, I am looking forward to hearing from another character. So excited!
Dianna G. on Friday, 23 December 2016 21:57

Love the cover! The synopsis really draws me in, and makes me wonder what this world is like.

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Love the cover! The synopsis really draws me in, and makes me wonder what this world is like.
Nicole Faerber on Monday, 26 December 2016 18:09

I NEED THIS BOOK! I recently finished Truthwitch and OMG I love this world!

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I NEED THIS BOOK! I recently finished Truthwitch and OMG I love this world!
Rayna Reveur on Tuesday, 27 December 2016 19:34

I haven't read the first book, but this series looks interesting. Great cover, too.

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I haven't read the first book, but this series looks interesting. Great cover, too.
Shannon Mizikoski on Tuesday, 27 December 2016 23:16

The cover is fabulous, and I am really excited to start the series- I figured I'd wait until this one comes out and binge them both!

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The cover is fabulous, and I am really excited to start the series- I figured I'd wait until this one comes out and binge them both!
Candice Gigous on Friday, 30 December 2016 14:20

The cover is awesome with a mix of fantasy and drama. The synopsis pulls you in for more. The series sounds like an exciting read. Can'r wait.

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The cover is awesome with a mix of fantasy and drama. The synopsis pulls you in for more. The series sounds like an exciting read. Can'r wait.
Nancy Hernandez on Wednesday, 04 January 2017 22:38

I love this cover amazing and the story, wow!. Supers excited for the release.

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I love this cover amazing and the story, wow!. Supers excited for the release.
Sarah on Friday, 06 January 2017 00:41

The matching covers always make me happy and these reflect the classic fantasy coves we all know and love!

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The matching covers always make me happy and these reflect the classic fantasy coves we all know and love!
Cerine on Friday, 06 January 2017 15:18

The cover is beautiful and the plot line is so rich and I can't wait to see how Susan continues telling this story

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The cover is beautiful and the plot line is so rich and I can't wait to see how Susan continues telling this story
Courtney Gendreau on Friday, 06 January 2017 22:00

THis sounds like an amazing read, and a beautiful cover to boot!

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THis sounds like an amazing read, and a beautiful cover to boot!
Danielle Hammelef on Saturday, 14 January 2017 11:43

I've been admiring the cover ever since I first saw this gogeous thing! This book promises so much action and excitement.

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I've been admiring the cover ever since I first saw this gogeous thing! This book promises so much action and excitement.
Vivien on Monday, 16 January 2017 13:04

The cover is fantastic!! I want both the US and UK edition!

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The cover is fantastic!! I want both the US and UK edition!
Nicole Wetherington on Monday, 16 January 2017 18:52

looks great

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looks great
Penny Olson on Monday, 16 January 2017 23:01

The cover alone makes me want to read the book, and the story itself sounds really exciting.

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The cover alone makes me want to read the book, and the story itself sounds really exciting.

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