Author Chat with Amanda Joy (A River Of Royal Blood)!
Today we're excited to chat with Amanda Joy author of
A River Of Royal Blood.
Read on for more about Amanda and her book!
Meet Amanda Joy!
Amanda Joy has an MFA from The New School, and lives in Chicago with her dog Luna. You can find her on twitter and Instagram at @amandajoywrites.
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Meet A River Of Royal Blood!
An enthralling debut perfect for fans of Children of Blood and Bone set in a North African-inspired fantasy world where two sisters must fight to the death to win the crown.
Sixteen-year-old Eva is a princess, born with the magick of marrow and blood--a dark and terrible magick that hasn't been seen for generations in the vibrant but fractured country of Myre. Its last known practitioner was Queen Raina, who toppled the native khimaer royalty and massacred thousands, including her own sister, eight generations ago, thus beginning the Rival Heir tradition. Living in Raina's long and dark shadow, Eva must now face her older sister, Isa, in a battle to the death if she hopes to ascend to the Ivory Throne--because in the Queendom of Myre only the strongest, most ruthless rulers survive.
When Eva is attacked by an assassin just weeks before the battle with her sister, she discovers there is more to the attempt on her life than meets the eye--and it isn't just her sister who wants to see her dead. As tensions escalate, Eva is forced to turn to a fey instructor of mythic proportions and a mysterious and handsome khimaer prince for help in growing her magick into something to fear. Because despite the love she still has for her sister, Eva will have to choose: Isa's death or her own.
A River of Royal Blood is an enthralling debut set in a lush North African inspired fantasy world that subtly but powerfully challenges our notions of power, history, and identity.
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
The final title came well after the book was written. It comes from my favorite scene
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
I’m most proud of the scene where Eva first meets Baccha in the Temple, because it’s one of the only scenes I completely rewrote top to bottom. Baccha is my favorite character to write, because he always has something to say. So keeping him from overwhelming every scene he’s in is a challenge.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
That it’s essential to lead with your heart and remain grateful at every step.
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2020?
Oh man, so many. Is it okay if I break the rules and pick 3? Ruthless Gods, the sequel to Wicked Saints, Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañes, and Reverie by Ryan La Sala
YABC: Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
Without spoiling, I’ll just say there’s a scene in the latter half of the book where Eva is running toward something terrible. I still tear up when I think about that moment and the fall out.
YABC: Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?
Honestly Eva and Baccha always give me the most trouble. They’re always going against the plan!
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
I can daydream through absolutely any circumstance. It’s a gift and a curse really
YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
The Chicago Teachers Union has been on strike for a little over a week now. They’re fighting for this city’s children and its future, and make me proud to call Chicago home.
A River Of Royal Blood
By: Amanda Joy
Release Date: October 29th, 2019
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October 21 – Frolic Media [frolic.media] – Author Q&A
October 22 – The Nerdy Girl Express [thenerdygirlexpress.com] – Review
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October 24 – Books with Dorothy [instagram.com] – Curated Instagram Picture
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