Today we're excited to chat with Kara Swanson author of
Read on for more about Kara and her book, plus a giveaway!
Meet Kara Swanson!
As the daughter of missionaries, KARA SWANSON spent her childhood running barefoot through the lush jungles of Papua New Guinea. Able to relate with characters dropped into a unique new world, she quickly fell in love with the fantasy genre.
Swanson is the award-winning author of The Girl Who Could See and Peter Pan retelling/sequel Dust (Enclave Publishing, July 2020). Kara is passionate about crafting stories of light shattering darkness, connecting with readers, and becoming best friends with a mermaid--though not necessarily in that order.
You can connect with Kara online where she chats about coffee, fairy tales and bookish things on Instagram (@karaswansonauthor), Facebook (Kara Swanson, Author), and Twitter (@kswansonauthor)
The truth about Neverland is far more dangerous than a fairy tale.
Claire Kenton believes the world is too dark for magic to be real--since her twin brother was stolen away as a child. Now Claire's desperate search points to London... and a boy who shouldn't exist.
Peter Pan is having a beastly time getting back to Neverland. Grounded in London and hunted by his own Lost Boys, Peter searches for the last hope of restoring his crumbling island: a lass with magic in her veins.
The girl who fears her own destiny is on a collision course with the boy who never wanted to grow up. The truth behind this fairy tale is about to unravel everything Claire thought she knew about Peter Pan--and herself.
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
A friend and I were chatting about our love of Peter Pan, and I told her how I’d always thought that if I created a Peter Pan retelling, I would set it in modern times, age Peter up a little bit, and craft a character of my own who would be the exact opposite of Peter and help him grow, and he would help her discover magic again. That conversation grew into the seed of an idea that became Dust!
I wanted to really capture the boyish mischief of the original Peter, but give him a little more humanity and push him to really fight for something other than himself. In Dust, Peter must help Claire, a foster kid from California, learn to master the gold dust dripping from her fingertips. As Peter helps Claire rise past her own insecurities and unleash the fairy queen inside her—the boy who never wanted to grow up rediscovers what it is that truly makes him Peter Pan.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
I think each of the characters resonates in different ways. I love Claire for her vulnerability and her battle to strive for hope and light even when her own anxiety and insecurities may suffocate her. I love Peter for his mischief and wild optimism. I love Tiger Lily for being a brilliant leader and a grounding force for the others.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
Perhaps both at once? As soon as I knew I was doing a Peter Pan retelling/sequel, and it centered around a girl who could create pixie dust, the title just *fit*.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
To build endurance. This career is a long, long path and learning the endurance to push through even when you may not feel inspired or when life tosses things at your head, is so important. Those who reach their dreams are necessarily the ones with the most natural talent—but the ones who buckled down, did their best, poured in their all, and didn’t give up.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
All of it? Just kidding ;) I love the way the light plays off Big Ben and that you get to see Peter and Claire flying.
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2020?
There have been so many! But My Calamity Jane looks fantastic.
YABC: What’s up next for you?
Shadow! The sequel to Dust releases in July 2021.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
Revising, definitely! I find the drafting process really emotionally exhausting, but I love getting to polish and sculpt the rough draft into something beautiful.
By: Kara Swanson
Release Date: July 21st, 2020
One winner will receive a copy of Dust (Kara Swanson) ~ (US Only)
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