Author Chat with Abigail Owen (The Liar’s Crown), Plus Giveaway! ~US Only

Today we are chatting with Abigail Owen, author of The Liar’s Crown!

Read on for more about her, the book, and a giveaway!

 

 

 

Meet Abigail Owen

Multi-award-winning author, Abigail Owen, writes adult paranormal romance & upper YA/new adult fantasy romance. She loves plots that move hot and fast, feisty heroines with sass, heroes with heart, a dash of snark, and oodles of HEAs! Other titles include wife, mother, Star Wars geek, ex-competitive skydiver, spreadsheet lover, eMBA, organizational guru, Texan, Aggie, and chocoholic.

Abigail attempted to find a practical career related to her favorite pastime by earning a degree in English Rhetoric (Technical Writing) and an MBA. However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it.

Abigail currently resides in Austin, Texas, with her own swoon-worthy hero, their (mostly) angelic kids, who are growing up way too fast, and two adorable fur babies.

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About the Book: The Liar’s Crown

One born to rule. One to forfeit…

Everything about my life is a lie. As a hidden twin princess, born second, I have only one purpose—to sacrifice my life for my sister if death comes for her. I’ve been living under the guise of a poor, obscure girl of no standing, slipping into the palace and into the role of the true princess when danger is present.

Now the queen is dead and the ageless King Eidolon has sent my sister a gift—an eerily familiar gift—and a proposal to wed. I don’t trust him, so I do what I was born to do and secretly take her place on the eve of the coronation. Which is why, when a figure made of shadow kidnaps the new queen, he gets me by mistake.

As I try to escape, all the lies start to unravel. And not just my lies. The Shadowraith who took me has secrets of his own. He struggles to contain the shadows he wields—other faces, identities that threaten my very life.

Winter is at the walls. Darkness is looming. And the only way to save my sister and our dominion is to kill Eidolon…and the Shadowraith who has stolen my heart.

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~Author Chat~

YABC:  What gave you the inspiration to write this book?

The initial idea came from a lesser-known fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson where a man sheds his shadow which becomes self-aware and eventually takes on a life of its own, takes over the original man’s life and wealth and eventually kills him. That became the kernel that turned into both my hero and the villain. But that meant I needed a heroine whose own story was just as complicated, and a reason for the villain to do what he does, and everything else built from there!

 

YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?

Oh gosh, so hard to answer. So far I’d have to say Meren as almost the entire story is told from her point of view. Meren’s voice is so fun to write because she’s strong but doubts herself, has to overcome a lot, but does it with determination and a lot of self-deprecating humor. I love writing her!

 

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

The novel by almost 2 years. LOL. My publisher and I went through about 50 different possible titles after the novel was completed. In fact, we landed on a different title originally—The Queen is Dead. But given the health of Queen Elizabeth II, we worried that that title would be in poor taste should something happen to her. I love the title we ended up with—The Liar’s Crown. It’s perfect for the book!

 

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

The moment the Shadowraith kidnaps Meren is probably one of my favorite scenes because it’s the one I imagined first. As soon as I knew who my characters were going to be, that is the pivotal scene I pictured before any other part of the book, and I LOVE how it turned out. It’s the turning point for everything!

 

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

The cover for The Liar’s Crown is so gorgeous. I love that if you closely it appears to be embroidered which goes with the more ancient feel of the book. I also love the colors, and the imagery of the skull and crown, because my heroine’s entire existence is to sacrifice herself as a body double for her twin sister who is the official crowned princess. To Meren, the crown is death. Elizabeth Stokes and my publisher, Entangled, worked so, so hard on this cover, and what she came up with is perfection!

 

YABC:   What’s up next for you?

I have finished The Stolen Throne, the next book after The Liar’s Crown. My editor and I are digging in to the biggest edits now and hope to have it all done over the next few months. This series will be a three book series. So as soon as book 2 edits are done, I go straight into writing book 3!!! I can’t wait for that!

 

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

The Shadowraith gave me the most trouble. Not because of his character or writing him or determining the character development for him. He came alive on the page just like Meren did. The trickiest part was describing what he is exactly and how his ability works. It’s a power I haven’t seen before. I’ve seen characters who manipulate shadows or darkness, but not like this at all. I can picture it so well, like a movie, but describing it on the page without going on and on for pages was…that was tricky and took a lot of going back and forth with my editor. LOL. Hopefully we nailed it!

YABC:      What would you say is your superpower?

Organization. I even give a workshop for authors on OneNote, time management, and email management. This superpower has helped me keep up with deadlines and stay on top of all the details an author has to manage from story details, to plots, to editing and writing schedules, to marketing and social media and events. It’s a good superpower to have!

 

YABC:   What advice do you have for new writers?

Don’t wait for praise, but do seek feedback from people you trust (and who know what they’re talking about) and use it if you agree with it. Don’t stop after the first try. Do keep writing, and writing, and writing. Don’t wait for that “perfect” idea before you start. Do take classes and workshops. Don’t assume someone else can tell you how to write – incorporate what works for you. Don’t think there’s only one way to do this. Do research editors/agents you’re querying. Do spend money on a good editor/beta reader. Do help other authors out – this is a great community of supportive folks who might just become your best friends!

 

YABC:   Is there anything that you would like to add?

I hope everyone falls in love with The Liar’s Crown—with the characters and the world I’ve built. It’s real in my head, with characters I would want to know (or be LOL), magical powers and creatures and features that I find really cool, and places I would find fascinating to visit. My greatest hope is readers feel the same!

Thank you so much for having me!

 

Book’s Title: The Liar’s Crown

Author: Abigail Owen

Illustrator: N/A

Release Date: August 30, 2022

Publisher: Entangled Publishing: Teen

ISBN-10: 9781649371584

ISBN-13: 9781649371522

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Age Range: 14+ years

 

 

 

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7 thoughts on “Author Chat with Abigail Owen (The Liar’s Crown), Plus Giveaway! ~US Only”

  1. This book looks so good!

  2. Morgan says:

    Wow this cover

  3. Beautiful!! I am a sucker for a world building book with strong, dynamic characters. Can’t wait!

  4. Cori says:

    I’ve been really wanting to read this one!

  5. Delaney says:

    The cover is actually what caught my eye first and then I read the synopsis and was hooked! Loved reading the author interview too!

  6. The cover is beautiful and this is one of my most anticipated books of 2022.

  7. I love the cover and think this book will be really good.

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