Author Chat with Django Wexler (City Of Stone and Silence), Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)
Today we're excited to chat with Django Wexler author of
City Of Stone and Silence.
Read on for more about Django and his book, plus an giveaway.
Meet Django Wexler!
DJANGO WEXLER graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with degrees in creative writing and computer science, worked in artificial intelligence research and as a programmer/writer for Microsoft, and is now a full-time fantasy writer. Django is the author of The Shadow Campaigns, an epic fantasy series for adults; The Wells of Sorcery Trilogy, an epic fantasy series for young adults; and The Forbidden Library, a classic fantasy series for middle grade readers.
Meet City Of Stone and Silence!
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~ Author Chat ~
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
This is a tricky one, because it was a long time ago! The story that became The Wells of Sorcery started out as part of a giant project I was working on close to fifteen years ago, as just one element in what was supposed to be a huge series along the lines of The Malazan Book of the Fallen. It turned out to be too big and fell apart, but ever since I've been rescuing my favorite bits, one of which was these kids on this weird ghost ship.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
I love Isoka, obviously. I wasn't sure I could actually get away with a character like this, because she's so unambiguously a bad person at the start of the story. By the same token, I love Meroe, because she manages to become so influential without being a badass sword-swinger.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
Definitely the novel. The ancient, ancient version of this was called Soliton, after the ship. The version I sent in to my editor the first time was called Deepwalker, after the title Isoka is given. Ship of Smoke and Steel was a collaborative effort between me and my editor well after the book was done! City of Stone and Silence was a similar effort once book two was finished.
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
In City of Stone and Silence, there's a scene about midway through where Meroe help Isoka get back on track after she's fallen into a depression. That was tricky to write, and I spent a lot of time tuning it, trying to get exactly the right tone -- it can't be too easy, but Meroe can't be too forceful either. It's a really important part of their relationship, and I'm happy with how it came out.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
Honestly, just to trust the process. There's a point in every book, somewhere around one third to halfway through, where I get bogged down and start to despair. It's really hard because part of writing is figuring out when you've done something wrong, taken a wrong turn, and it's hard to tell that apart from just feeling depressed.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
It probably feels like a cheat to just say "everything", but it's the style that I love most. The artist, Richard Anderson, is one of my favorite cover artists, and his style is very distinctive -- look at the covers of Brian Stavely's The Unhewn Throne series or Nicholas Eames' The Band, and you'll see why he was my first suggestion for the job!
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2020?
There's too many to list here -- I read a lot of books! One that's fresh in my mind because I just read the advance copy is The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood, which comes out in February and is absolutely fantastic -- a big, multi-planar fantasy with excellent characters.
YABC: What was your favorite book in 2019?
There's a lot of strong contenders, but I have to go with Max Gladstone's Empress of Forever. It's a far-future gonzo science fiction version of Journey to the West, and so much more than that besides. Really an amazing book.
YABC: What’s up next for you?
My new epic fantasy, Ashes of the Sun, releases in July! I'm really excited about the series. You can check out the cover and a little bit of info here: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/sci-fi-fantasy/siblings-fight-on-opposite-sides-of-a-magical-war-in-ashes-of-the-sun-revealing-the-first-book-in-a-new-trilogy-from-django-wexler/
YABC: Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
Probably a few bits of Tori's story. Her temptation is always to step away from the conflict, to do nothing, and the tricky part is making her decision to stay in feel in character no matter how hard things get.
YABC: Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?
Tori's friend Garo is a tricky character to write, because his has a very ambiguous role. He's basically a good person, but he has certain preconceptions he can't throw off that make him do things badly.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
Definitely drafting! I find revising kind of tedious, to be honest. It makes the book better, so I do it, but I'm much happier inventing things!
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
I'm really good at reading books (especially non-fiction) and remembering things, so I'm full of random facts. As a result, though, I never really learned to take notes, so I'm very bad at that!
City Of Stone and Silence
By: Django Wexler
Release Date: January 7th, 2020
Publisher: Tor Teen
Two winners will receive finished copies of both Ship of Smoke and Steel and City of Stone and Silence ~ (US/Canada Only)
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The cover looks great; it seems as if the sword is moving. The storyline line sounds action-packed. Thanks for sharing. Best wishes to the author on the new release.