Author Chat with Amber Mitchell (War Of The Wilted), Plus Giveaway!
Today we're excited to chat with Amber Mitchell, author of War Of The Wilted.
Read on for more about Amber and her book, plus a giveaway!
Meet Amber Mitchell!
Amber Mitchell was born and raised in a small town in Florida. After briefly escaping small town life by attending the University of South Florida where she earned her degree in Creative Writing, she decided to ditch traffic jams and move back to her hometown. There she writes Young Adult novels, usually with a bit of magic in them, rolls D20s with her friends on Thursday nights and enjoys hanging out with her husband and four cats. Her other job involves crafting cardstock in to 3D art and has allowed her to travel all over the US vending at comic conventions which has only increased her love for fantasy and fandoms. She is represented by Nikki Terpilowski of Holloway Literature.
Meet War Of The Wilted!
Like flowers denied water, people are wilting under the emperor's tyranny.
Rose will not rest until the Gardener is dead. But there are bigger battles to fight, and Rayce—leader of the rebellion and the only man Rose has ever loved—believes their best chance at winning the war is to join forces with her sworn enemy.
Saving innocent people is more important than her quest for revenge. But their new ally can’t be trusted—and he knows her darkest secret. One betrayal could leave the war and Rayce’s life hanging in the balance, and Rose will need to make the ultimate sacrifice to save them all.
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
Definitely the novel. I have always been terrible at naming things. I usually give books placeholder titles that never stick and then spend all day collecting words that the book is about until I land on a few that sound good together.
Lucky for me, the last book in the series already has a title!
YABC: Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
War of the Wilted had a lot of difficult scenes for me to write. Tensions are high in this book which causes a lot of stress between Rose and Rayce. They have a fundamental issue they don’t agree on and I wanted to make sure that both sides had really strong reasons to feel the way they did. That took a lot of effort.
The most emotional scene though was near the end of the book. Without giving too much away, hope is ripped away from Rose and it hurt me to do this because she spends so much time in the first book learning to believe in hope. There is this incredible juxtaposition during it because in the first book, her freedom began the moment she escaped out of the palace walls and in this second novel, she is being carried back through in her darkest moment, knowing that spells the end for her.
It was necessary for her character arc but I felt like a villain writing that scene!
YABC: Which part of the process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
Revising, without a doubt. While I like the discovery of drafting, I’m a firm plotter so I know most of what is going to happen. I feel like revising is where the beauty happens. It’s where ideas become realized and sentences finally start to sing. I like having focused goals and the revising stage gives me that more than the drafting stage. It might also be because my first drafts are woefully long.
YABC: What gave you inspiration to write this book?
I’ve always known that the story that I wanted to tell wasn’t going to fit into one book. It has three different forces fighting each other and I knew it was probably going to take three different books to resolve that plotline. In the first novel, my main focus on character arc was getting Rose to accept who she is. For this particular book, I wanted to get her to the point where she wants to be who she is and for her to be willing to embrace everything that goes with it. That was the true inspiration of this novel.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
I’d have to say Marin. She is the first person Rose became friends with in the rebellion and I love portraying a really solid and caring friendship. She’s smart, funny and capable, but she gets overlooked because her brother doesn’t want her to hurt. Every time she is in a scene, she’s like a breath of fresh air and I love how her and Rose encourage each other.
YABC: What character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?
I hate to say it, but it was Rose. Even though she is the main character and I understood her rage and hurt, sometimes I still didn’t agree with the choices I knew she had to make to keep her true to her character. A lot of the time, I felt myself leaning towards Rayce’s side of their arguments and had to really put myself in her place because I felt like she was being selfish. To an extent, she is, but it is for all the right reasons. After I worked on tightening up her position, she was easier to write.
YABC: What scene are you most proud of, and why?
This is another hard one to answer without giving anything away, but one of the scenes I’m most proud of is near the end of the book. Rose and her friends have just accomplished their mission, they fought hard and succeeded. It’s truly an exciting moment and then, as they turn around to revel in their victory, they realize that they fell right into a trap. Suddenly, their victory is the thing that might doom everything else.
When my husband and I thought of this part, I felt like it was going to be really tricky to pull off, but it was so satisfying when I finally wrote it and it worked!
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you’ve learned as a writer from then to now?
That not everything has to be perfect the first time around. It’s a lesson I struggle with in all aspects of my life, but it crops up a lot in writing. I will spend several minutes being picky with a sentence while I’m drafting which means I won’t hit my word goal for the day because I’ve wasted so much time working on something that might not even make it into the final draft. It’s hard for me to let go and just write, but it’s the most important thing I can do. Things are meant to be messy. Messy is where the grey is and that isn’t something to fear.
So if I could give one piece of advice, it would be to let things be messy and imperfect. Give them time to grow! Not everything has to be exactly right for it work in the long run.
YABC: What’s up next for you?
Currently, I’m working on the final installment in the Garden of Thorns series. I’m so excited (and terrified) to get to reveal the conclusion of Rose and Rayce’s story that’s been in my head for six years!
I’m also working on a new YA fantasy series on the side inspired by Scottish and Irish mythology that I absolutely adore! Having just visited Scotland, I’m bursting with inspiration.
War Of The Wilted
By: Amber Mitchell
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: October 1st, 2018
One winner will receive a copy of Garden Of Thorns (Amber Mitchell) ~ (US only)
The cover is eye-catching and matches the other book in the series. The synopsis pulls me in for more. Sounds like an exciting series.
I am in love with the title. It sounds so great. I can imagine curling up with this book and reading thru the night bc its so good.