Author Chat with Daniel Kraus (They Threw Us Away), Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)
Today we're excited to chat with Daniel Kraus, author of
They Threw Us Away.
Read on for more about Daniel and his book, plus a giveaway!
Meet Daniel Kraus!
DANIEL KRAUS is a New York Times bestselling author. With Guillermo del Toro, he co-authored The Shape of Water, based on the same idea the two created for the Oscar-winning film. Also, with del Toro, Kraus co-authored Trollhunters, which was adapted into the Emmy-winning Netflix series. Kraus’s The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch was named one of Entertainment Weekly’s Top 10 Books of the Year, and he has won two Odyssey Awards (for both Rotters and Scowler) and has been a Library Guild selection, YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, Bram Stoker finalist and more.
Meet Rovina Cai!
ROVINA CAI is a freelance illustrator based in Melbourne, Australia, who works across a variety of genres. Her poetic imagery has served as book covers, posters, and interior art for novels and picture books. She evokes a sense of place and atmosphere in her work and delights in creating intriguing images that make the viewer linger, hungry to know more. Cai is a graduate of the MFA Illustration as Visual Essay program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and her work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators, Spectrum Fantastic Art, and the Children’s Book Council of
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Meet They Threw Us Away!
Welcome to The Teddies Saga, a gripping new middle grade trilogy from New York Times-bestselling author Daniel Kraus.
When Buddy wakes up in the middle of a garbage dump, filled with a certain awareness: he’s a teddy bear; he spent time at a Store waiting for his future to begin; and he is meant for the loving arms of a child. Now he knows one more thing: Something has gone terribly wrong.
Soon he finds other discarded teddies―Horace, Sugar, Sunny, and Reginald. Though they aren’t sure how their luck soured, they all agree that they need to get back to the Store if they’re ever to fulfill their destinies. So, they embark on a perilous trek across the dump and into the outer world. With ravenous rats, screeching gulls, and a menacing world in front of them, the teddies will need to overcome insurmountable challenges to find their way home.
Equal parts Toy Story and Lord of the Flies, They Threw Us Away is the unforgettable start of a captivating series.
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
When I was a teen and deep into reading adult horror novels, I came across a quote from Stephen King lavishing praise on a novel called Watership Down by Richard Adams. What struck me about the description is that it was a book about a group of rabbits going on a long adventure—what could possibly be interesting about that to a grown-up reader?
I went to the library and checked out the only copy they had, a large-print edition, and pretty quickly I learned that King was right! The book was amazing, a real Lord of the Rings-style drama, dark and serious and emotional. The fact that the characters were vulnerable rabbits only made their story more incredible.
It changed how I looked at certain books; I think I was more open-minded after that. The Teddies Saga is a story in that mold, a sort-of thank-you letter to Watership Down.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
I like Sugar—and I expect everyone else will like her too. Her head got damaged in shipping and so she’s a little daffy. She rarely appreciates the danger she and her friends are in, which makes her humorously upbeat no matter what terrible thing is going on.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
Don’t try to please everyone. If you try to write a book that everyone will like, it’s bound to end up as some wishy-washy piece of commerce that takes no firm stands and is largely unoriginal. You have to be willing to upset some people, and to have some people frankly hate your book, in order for other people to love it with all their hearts—because they have been waiting forever for a book just like it.
YABC: What’s on your TBR pile?
Westerns! Does that sound boring? It’s really not. A lot of the tropes we attribute to dystopia/post-apocalyptic fiction can be found in westerns: a harsh landscape where mere survival is a struggle, strange factions of outlaws, myths and lies everywhere.
YABC: What’s a book you’ve recently read and loved?
I enjoyed Max Booth’s We Need to Do Something. It’s a short book that takes place entirely inside a bathroom after a family gets caught inside it during a tornado. I’m a sucker for single-location stories and I’ve never encountered one where the location is so small!
YABC: What’s up next for you?
I have a few projects that aren’t announced yet, but I can talk about The Autumnal, which is my first comic book. It’s out now and will run for eight issues. It’s a scary story about a witch who lives in the woods – and travels via fallen autumn leaves.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
My absolute favorite phase of any book is the first revision, which I do immediately after finishing the first draft. It’s always the part where I end up surprised at some of the things I’ve written and get the chance to make it all prettier.
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
Focus. I work eight hours a day, six days a week, almost without fail. I love to write, and there are very few things that can stop me from doing it.
YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
There are many, but I am especially attracted to animal-rights causes. One of them that I’d recommend is Project Chimps, which is a sanctuary for chimps that previously were used for research purposes.
They Threw Us Away
By: Daniel Kraus
Publisher: Henry Holt BYR
Release Date: September 15th, 2020
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This cover reminds me of the dump scene in Inside Out, and I for sure thought of Toy Story when I read the synopsis. Sounds like an emotional read!