Today we're excited to share Mindy McGinnis' article, "Jumping Genres," inspired by her new novel, Given to the Sea as part of the YABC Scavenger Hunt! Read on for more about Mindy, her novel, and an extra giveaway! And don't forget to answer the question from this post on the Scavenger Hunt form for a chance to win the Grand Prize!
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Meet Mindy McGinnis!
Mindy McGinnis is an Edgar Award-winning author and assistant teen librarian who lives in Ohio. She graduated from Otterbein University with a degree in English Literature and Religion, and sees nothing wrong with owning nine cats. Two dogs balance things out nicely.
She is the author of A MADNESS SO DISCREET which won the 2016 Edgar Award for Young Adult Fiction, as well as the post-apocalyptic duo NOT A DROP TO DRINK and IN A HANDFUL OF DUST, the first of which has been optioned for film by Fickle Fish Films.
Her first contemporary, THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES releases in September of 2016, followed by the first in a fantasy duology, GIVEN TO THE SEA, releasing on April 11, 2017.
Mindy runs a blog for aspiring writers at Writer, Writer Pants on Fire, which features interviews with agents, established authors, and debut authors. Learn how they landed their agents, what the submission process is really like, and how it feels when you see your cover for the first time. Mindy does query critiques every Saturday on the Saturday Slash for those who are brave enough to volunteer.
Meet Given to the Sea!
Kings and Queens rise and fall, loyalties collide, and romance blooms in a world where the sea is rising—and cannot be escaped.
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 dancean 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.
If you follow my books at all you know that I write all over the place. My first two books were post apocalyptic survival tales, my third a Gothic historical thriller, and my fourth a gritty contemporary. With my fifth book, GIVEN TO THE SEA, I wandered into the realm of fantasy.
When it was time to begin GIVEN TO THE SEA I was ecstatic. I had just finished A MADNESS SO DISCREET, my historical, for which I had researched for 18 months before penning a single fictitious word. At one point I couldn't finish a line of dialogue without doing a solid 15 minutes of research to learn what a cop would have been called in Boston in the 1890s.
No more of that - it was time for pure fiction, a world of my own in which I could make up any word I would like to fill in the pesky blanks. This was the first time I'd ever written fantasy, and I went into it thinking this would be my easiest drafting process yet.
Wrong. So, so wrong.
The unique challenge in fantasy is that your reader can assume nothing. If I'm writing a contemporary and I tell you that my main character goes to a private school, drives a Mercedes, and only wears Prada, you can draw about 20 assumptions about her, her environment, and probably her past pretty easily. I don't have to fill in the blanks.
In fantasy, if I tell you that one of my characters is the last surviving female of the Indiri... you know pretty much nothing. You can't infer from that that she's the only person in this world with magic, as only the females of the tribe carry that gift. You don't know what her life is like - are in the Indiri a reigning class living in a castle with servants, or are they a wild, feral people? Are these royals? Are they cannibals? What is expected of this character in her class and situation?
You don't know. And so I have to tell you. And I have to do it in a way that is not a bullet point list, boring to read and onerous to write. I have to give you seventeen years of backstory while also illustrating the present, seamlessly giving you the entire picture of her life while making it, you know, interesting.
Not easy. And that's just one character. GIVEN TO THE SEA has four POV's and as many highly unique and different cultures. Delivering all four - along with the land, the layout, the animals, the legend and history of this fictitious place - er... yeah.
Writing fantasy was the hardest genre I've tackled yet, so I hope when SEA releases on April 11 you think I did a good job for you!
By: Mindy McGinnis
Release Date: April 11, 2017
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