Author Chat with Gita Trelease (Everything That Burns), Plus Giveaway! ~ (US/Can Only)
Today we're excited to chat with Gita Trelease author of
Everything That Burns.
Read on for more about Gita and her book, plus a giveaway!
Meet Gita Trelease!
Born in Sweden to Indian and Swedish parents, Gita Trelease has lived in many places, including New York, Paris, and a tiny town in central Italy. She attended Yale College and New York University, where she earned a Ph.D. in British literature. Before becoming a novelist, she taught classes on writing and fairy tales. Along with her husband and son, Gita divides her time between a village in Massachusetts and the coast of Maine. She is the author of All That Gilttters and Everything That Burns.
Meet Everything That Burns!
Gita Trelease's Everything That Burns is the transporting sequel to All That Glitters, hailed by NPR as a “soaring success”!
Camille Durbonne gambled everything she had to keep herself and her sister safe. But as the people of Paris starve and mobs riot, safety may no longer be possible...
...Not when Camille lives for the rebellion. In the pamphlets she prints, she tells the stories of girls living at society’s margins. But as her writings captivate the public, she begins to suspect a dark magic she can’t control lies at the heart of her success. Then Louis XVI declares magic a crime and all magicians traitors to France. As bonfires incinerate enchanted books and special police prowl the city, the time for magic—and those who work it—is running out.
In this new Paris where allegiances shift and violence erupts, the answers Camille seeks set her on a perilous path, one that may cost her the boy she loves—even her life. If she can discover who she truly is before vengeful forces unmask her, she may still win this deadly game of revolution.
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
The first book in this series, All That Glitters, is set right before the French Revolution, and I always knew I wanted to write a follow-up set during the idealistic but dangerous time of the revolution itself. While I wrote Everything That Burns, students were agitating for gun control after the Parkland shootings, and Greta Thunberg inspired people all over the world to go on school strike to draw attention to the climate crisis. Young protestors and organizers turned out for in some of the biggest marches we’ve seen for Black Lives Matter. In these brave and fiercely determined young people—as well as the hatred and disdain directed toward them—I saw echoes of the idealism of the French Revolution. Critics sometimes complain that young heroes in YA novels are unrealistically driven and principled, but that’s clearly not true.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
The book came first, then the title. As I was heading into my final big revision, I suddenly noticed how many fire metaphors I was using. Not just literal fires in the streets of Paris, but all sorts of passions—revolutionary ideals, romance, hatred, envy, desire, and magic—spark to flame in this story. There’s a saying that while you can set a fire, you can’t predict what it will consume, and that turns out to be true in Everything That Burns. One of the images I held in my mind as I wrote was that of the phoenix, a mythical creature that’s willing to set itself on fire so it can rise from the ashes and become something new.
YABC: Do you have a favorite writing snack?
Green & Black’s 70% dark chocolate. And coffee.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
Find and trust your process. There are hundreds of books on writing craft out there (I’ve read a lot of them), all proposing that this is The Way to successfully write a novel. I believe there are so many craft books because there are so many different ways to write a novel. We’re all unique, and the best way is the way that gets you a novel you’re happy with without burning you out. Read the books, listen to authors, but find what works for you, however weird it is. Some author friends of mine love to outline, planning out every chapter in a book. Others love to fast drafts and revise. Others collect ideas on scraps of paper until the book suddenly feels real. For myself, I’ve learned that the most important step is giving myself time at all stages of the writing process: time to research, time to dream, time to gather and rework and rethink.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
I love the abstract elements of Everything That Burns: the glittering drops of red, which remind me of blood, of course, but also of the pain of the sorrow that fuels the story’s magic. I adore what looks to me like torn paper, which invokes the pamphlets Camille writes, as well as the magical messages, dangerous rumors, tomes of magic, and love letters that fill the book.
YABC: What’s a book you’ve recently read and loved?
I absolutely loved Maggie O’Farrell’s memoir, I Am, I Am, I Am, in which she sees her life through seventeen brushes with death. It’s scary and intriguing—and told through vivid, poetic prose. Reading it made me want to try writing in first person.
YABC: What’s up next for you?
I’m working on my third novel, a contemporary YA fantasy. The mood is gilded autumn in New England, deep shadows at its edges. Though it’s set in a version of the present, fans of the Enchantée series will find my obsessions remain the same: outsiders, people who move between worlds, dark magic, and romance that is both delicious and dangerous.
YABC: Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
Two come to mind: an argument between my main character, Camille, and Lazare, the boy she loves. Each time I came to that scene I thought: is this the end for them? Another was a scene in which Camille is close to death and all hope is lost. In both scenes, the feeling of emptiness, of hitting the bottom and there being nothing left to hang onto, had me in tears when I worked on them.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
I honestly enjoy (and suffer through) both. The draft is when the book is the farthest from the ideal story in my head, but it’s also when I have the most freedom. Revising lets me work with what’s on the page, but there’s a long time in the middle when I feel really challenged. I’m trying to see what needs to be changed and that’s not easy. At the same time, I want to make all the changes at once, but I know I can’t. I have to force myself to trust, and take it in stages, because more about the book will be revealed to me as I go. I think that’s one of the joys of finishing a book: you can finally see what it is.
YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
I’m passionate about protecting our world from the devastating effects of climate change. The climate crisis affects all living things, especially the most vulnerable among us who have no political voice. There are so many organizations doing good work, but a favorite of mine is the Environmental Defense Fund. One day soon I’ll write a fantasy about the natural world.
Everything That Burns
By: Gita Trelease
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Release Date: February 2nd, 2021
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The cover of EVERYTHING THAT BURNS is absolutely fabulous. The red splashes of course make potential readers instantly think of blood - and by extension of that you think of conflict. I love the deep blue of the background as well.
The synopsis is terrific. Intriguing and interesting, how can your interest not be piqued?
The cover is cool. The synopsis is captivating. I really liked the first book in this series Enchantee (aka All that Glitters) and I am excited about the next book.