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This week, Staff Reviewer, Kelly St Clare has interviewed Internationally bestselling author, Siobhan Davis!
YABC: Welcome, Siobhan! You are joining us all the way from Ireland! …Word on the street is you make the best Sunday roast around. What does an Irish Sunday roast include? And when should the staff of YA Books Central come over?
SIOBHAN: I’m totally claiming bragging rights on this one! A roast in my house consists of roast potatoes, carrots, glazed parsnips, mushy peas, meat (could be a stuffed chicken, turkey & ham, beef, roast stuffed pork) and lashings of gravy. Yum, I’m making myself hungry writing this! And my door is always open any time you want to cross the water to join us J
YABC: How many books do you currently have out? Tell us a bit about them.
SIOBHAN: I have eleven published titles with my latest book just releasing yesterday (Finding Kyler) and the final book in my Saven series will be published next month. I have written two YA sci-fi romance series – True Calling and Saven. True Calling is set between a dystopian world on Earth and a utopian society on Planet Novo and Saven is an alien sci-fi romance with tons of action adventure, an alien invasion, lots of different alien planets, and a unique time travel twist. Finding Kyler is book one in my new upper YA contemporary romance series and I’m super excited to release my new baby into the world! The one thing all my books have in common is swoon worthy romance, tons of mystery/intrigue, and plenty of angsty drama. I’ve also been known to use a cliff hanger or two J
YABC: Your worst ugly cry while reading – go!
This is hard because I’m a very emotional reader, and I’ve cried over so many books. However, the one that sticks in my mind is Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma. I sobbed for a solid twenty minutes at the end of that one, and it really felt like my heart was being ripped from my chest. It is a superb book, and I would challenge anyone to read it and not fall apart.
YABC: I had the pleasure of reading Saven Deception and Saven Disclosure. A few things that struck me were the vividness of your settings, the little complexities you developed into your worlds, and [fans face] the tension between your main characters. What kind of writing process do you go through to ensure you bring all of these aspects to the reader?
Thank you for those lovely comments! I’m a hybrid pantser/plotter so I start every new book with a chapter-by-chapter outline and an updated character bible. I always know, at a high level, where the story is going before I start to write. What I love is how it develops in tangents I hadn’t predicted and I let the story flow organically. I’m a detail-orientated person, and I always map out the finer points to ensure I have a good idea of how they are going to develop from book to book. I spent years reading crime novels/thrillers and I definitely think it has stood to me with my own work. I like to plant tons of subtle clues that build up over the progression of a series until all is revealed!
YABC: You “tripped and fell down the steps of the infamous ‘Bewleys Café’ in Grafton Street Dublin” when you were nineteen [snigger]. Three words to summarise that experience, please.
SIOBHAN: Still completely cringeworthy!
YABC: Your new series, The Kennedy Boys released yesterday! Congratulations! I understand that you are branching into a bit of YA contemporary romance. How hard is it to turn off the fantasy switch?
Thank you! It actually wasn’t hard at all, and while I adore writing fantasy and sci-fi I’ve really enjoyed creating a story in a contemporary environment where I can focus more on the relationships and the drama. The world building in Saven is complex with different alien planets and races and it takes time to plot out all the varied components. It was nice to take a breather from that for a little bit, although I will be returning to a fantasy world in the second half of 2017 when I start writing my new urban fantasy romance series, The Mortal Kingdom.
YABC: If you suddenly found yourself on a luxury space island in a parallel galaxy and could pick five authors to join you there, who would you choose?
Jennifer L. Armentrout, Sarah J. Maas, Jay McLean, Elisa S. Amore, and Stephenie Meyer because they are all authors I adore.
YABC: Book one in the series is called Finding Kyler, how many swoon-worthy Kennedy Boys can we expect?
SIOBHAN: There are seven Kennedy boys in total! Yes – seven!! I’ve initially planned three books focused on Faye and Kyler, however, if the series is popular I will write some of the other boys stories as well. Their backstories are already plotted, and the early feedback has been amazing so far so I think this series will be ongoing for quite some time J
YABC: …Do you have a beloved book of the bunch? We promise not to tell your characters and hurt their feelings…
You’re really putting me through the mill here, Kelly! I honestly cannot choose a favorite as they all mean so much to me in different ways.
YABC: My favorite setting in your Saven series (so far) is the underwater experimental facility - so unique! What inspired this?
My True Calling series was the initial inspiration for the underwater city in Saven. In TC, the new world is underpopulated and the government are worried about continuation of the human race so they introduce a forced marriage/mating policy to address their concerns. One day I sat down and thought what if I flipped that notion on its head? What if we have a world that is overpopulated? What type of issues would arise? How would the government address the crisis and how can I tie this into the plans for my new alien series? The idea just popped into my head then – the government would build a new underwater colony with the aim of relocating some of the population there and attempting to solve the housing crisis.
YABC: What is in store for your readers in 2017?
Saven Deliverance releases next month, closely followed by Losing Kyler in March/April, and Keeping Kyler in June/July. In the latter half of 2017 I will be releasing Curse of Gods and Angels (book one in The Mortal Kingdom series) Lily’s Redemption which is a NA spin-off to my True Calling series (can be read as a standalone) and a couple of optional Saven novellas. I am also hoping to squeeze in a fourth Kennedy Boys novel, which will most likely be Kalvin’s story.
Siobhan Davis writes emotionally intense young adult fiction with swoon-worthy romance, complex characters, and tons of unexpected plot twists and turns that will have you flipping the pages beyond bedtime! She is the author of the Amazon bestselling True Calling and Saven series.
Siobhan’s family will tell you she’s a little bit obsessive when it comes to reading and writing, and they aren’t wrong. She can rarely be found without her trusty Kindle, a paperback book, or her laptop somewhere close at hand.
Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Siobhan forged a successful corporate career in human resource management.
She resides in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.
Two fractured hearts and a forbidden love they can’t deny.
You shouldn’t want what you can’t have…
Faye Donovan has lost everything. After her parent’s tragic death, she’s whisked away from her home in Ireland when an unknown uncle surfaces as her new guardian.
Dropped smack-dab into the All-American dream, Faye should feel grateful. Except living with her wealthy uncle, his fashion-empire-owning wife, and their seven screwed-up sons is quickly turning into a nightmare—especially when certain inappropriate feelings arise.
Kyler Kennedy makes her head hurt and her heart race, but he’s her cousin.
He’s off limits.
And he’s not exactly welcoming—Kyler is ignorant, moody, and downright cruel at times—but Faye sees behind the mask he wears, recognizing a kindred spirit.
Kyler has sworn off girls, yet Faye gets under his skin. The more he pushes her away, the more he’s drawn to her, but acting on those feelings risks a crap-ton of prejudice, and any whiff of scandal could damage the precious Kennedy brand.
Concealing their feelings seems like the only choice.
But when everyone has something to hide, a secret is a very dangerous thing.
THE TRUTH DOESN'T ALWAYS SET YOU FREE
I’ve fallen hard for an alien, but he’s harboring secrets.
Massive secrets that threaten the very essence of humanity.
How can I give him my heart when his race plans on taking my future?
Sadie Owens has been slowly dying inside. Bit by bit, piece by piece, day by day. Trapped in a life she hates, she relies on only one person—herself.
Despised by her family and betrayed by an unscrupulous government, Sadie dreams of a different life. When she is chosen to participate in the government’s new social experiment, she is ecstatic at the prospect of spending six months in Thalassic City, the shiny new city under the sea.
Immediately drawn to Logan Chandler, Sadie is captivated by the beautiful boy with the ocean-blue eyes. Logan seems to embody everything that has been forbidden, but he isn’t all he appears to be.
Confused over Logan’s true intentions and concerned when best friend Jenna starts transforming in front of her eyes, Sadie partners with newcomer Jarod in a bid to uncover the government’s real agenda. The truth is more shocking than anything she could ever have imagined.
When Sadie finally understands why the Saven walk among us, will it be too late to save her heart and the human race?
Welcome to Novo: Your new home in Space
For Ariana Skyee, Planet Novo was everything it promised to be until the authorities introduced "The Calling" as their response to repopulation. Now, all seventeen-year-olds are to participate in this Bachelor-style pageant to find their perfect match, marry, and have children.
But that’s not Ariana’s only concern. Thanks to the government-sanctioned memory erase, she has no recollection of Zane, the mystery boy who haunts her dreams. Things are further complicated when the pageant commences and her feelings for fellow Cadet Cal Remus intensify. Together, they start to realize not everything about their new home is as it seems.
Entangled in a dangerous web of deceit, Ariana sets out to identify the truth. Conflicted over warnings that Cal isn’t trustworthy and alarmed at the government's increasing interest in her, she doesn’t know where to turn. But her search for the truth comes at a high personal price. When her world implodes, discovering the past shapes her future with devastating consequences.
One winner will receive signed copies of Saven Deception: The Saven Series Book 1, True Calling AND Finding Kyler (Siobhan Davis)
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