Author Chat with Kiera Cass (The Betrothed), Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)
Today we're excited to chat with Kiera Cass author of
Read on for more about Kiera and her book, plus an giveaway.
Meet Kiera Cass!
Kiera Cass is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Selection Series and The Siren. She is a wife and mom and too many other things to list. If she could make a crown out of anything, it would be the unending tears of her readers. You can learn more about Kiera and her books at kieracass.com.
Meet The Betrothed!
When King Jameson declares his love for Lady Hollis Brite, Hollis is shocked—and thrilled. After all, she’s grown up at Keresken Castle, vying for the king’s attention alongside other daughters of the nobility. Capturing his heart is a dream come true.
But Hollis soon realizes that falling in love with a king and being crowned queen may not be the happily ever after she thought it would be. And when she meets a commoner with the mysterious power to see right into her heart, she finds that the future she really wants is one that she never thought to imagine.
~ Author Chat ~
What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
The inspiration behind The Betrothed comes from two different periods in history. First, the War of the Roses (about 1455-1487 AD). The time leading up to Henry VIII was messy (and, let’s be honest, his reign wasn’t tidy… and it got a weird after he died, too), and the drama of the crown changing hands so many times and how it happened is endlessly interesting to me. The story itself is fascinating, but there are also some interesting women with crucial roles in this time. Worth looking up!
Second, Ruth from The Bible (there’s no official date, but between 1375-1040 BC). I’ve always appreciated her story. She experiences such sorrow but shows unwavering faith, and I’m awed how this person who grew up without the expectation of being anyone remarkable in history ended up being the roots of a royal line!
Bits and pieces of both eras ended up coming together, and Hollis is the focal point of it.
Which came first, the title or the novel?
The novel! For some books (like The Selection or The Elite) the titles were easy and came from things within the books. The Betrothed arose from lots of back and forth about what was in the book, what set a proper tone… things like that. But I love it, and the title of the sequel pairs well with it, so I’m excited for everyone to find out about that… eventually.
Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
That everything ends. If your book is on the top of the bestseller list, one day it won’t be. If you’re in a season where the stories won’t come, that will pass. I’ve gotten much better about not worrying over where I’m at, because I’ve seen the good and bad come and go. Pretty much everything works this way. Appreciate the good, let go of the bad.
What do you like most about the cover of the book?
This will sound silly, but I’ve been fortunate enough to have the same photographer (Gustavo Marx) across all seven of my novels (well, eight, because I saw the cover for Book Two recently, which he did. Also amazing!). I love getting to work with the same people and get a sense of what things will be like. I mean, how gorgeous is this cover, right?!
What’s up next for you?
Currently I’m working away on the sequel to The Betrothed (which I’m LOVING by the way), and then at least one more book from me after that… But I haven’t committed to what it is!
Is there anything that you would like to add?
Cinnamon Chex Mix is delicious. Eat it dry. With chopsticks. You’re welcome.
Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
The entire ending of The Betrothed was challenging. It sets up the sequel well, but there were some painful moments in there.
Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?
You kidding me? They’re ALL difficult! Unfortunately, I’m at the whims of my characters; I have to wait until they tell me what happened so I can write it down. I wish they’d hand information over faster, but it rarely goes down like that. But it’s okay, I still love them.
Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
My absolute favorite is the first time I write the book out, when it’s feels like it’s just mine. There’s no way it could possibly be what it is without my editor and the team of people working on it behind the scenes, so I’m super thankful for it all! But that first write, when it’s just the main character speaking to me, and I’m getting it on paper is precious to me.
What would you say is your superpower?
I can think of a scene from a TV show, and the episode it’s in will play within 48 hours. Not to brag.
By: Kiera Cass
Release Date: May 5th, 2020
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I'M SO EXCITED, I loved the Selection. The cover is gorgeous- the metallic colors make me swoon and the synopsis, don't even get me started. The second I heard it was by Kiera Cass, I was interested in the synopsis immediately.