Author Chat with Kristina Perez (Sweet Black Waves), Plus Giveaway!
Today we're excited to chat with Kristina Perez, author of Sweet Black Waves.
Read on for more about Kristina and her book, an interview, plus a giveaway!
Meet Kristina Perez!
Kristina Pérez is a half-Argentine/half-Norwegian native New Yorker. She has spent the past two decades working as a journalist and academic in Europe and Asia. She is the author of The Myth of Morgan la Fey and holds a PhD in Medieval Literature from the University of Cambridge. Sweet Black Waves is her debut novel.
Meet Sweet Black Waves!
Two proud kingdoms stand on opposite shores, with only a bloody history between them.
As best friend and lady-in-waiting to the princess, Branwen is guided by two principles: devotion to her homeland and hatred for the raiders who killed her parents. When she unknowingly saves the life of her enemy, he awakens her ancient healing magic and opens her heart. Branwen begins to dream of peace, but the princess she serves is not so easily convinced. Fighting for what's right, even as her powers grow beyond her control, will set Branwen against both her closest confidant and the only man she's ever loved.
Inspired by the star-crossed tale of Tristan and Eseult, this is the story of the legend's true heroine: Branwen. For fans of Graceling and The Mists of Avalon, this is the first book of a lush fantasy trilogy about warring countries, family secrets, and forbidden romance.
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
My protagonist, Branwen. She’s my fiercer, more magical alter-ego. She’s as imperfect as the rest of us but she always tries to do the right thing and take care of all the people in her life. Branwen’s also not afraid to make the big calls––even though they don’t always go to plan...
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
Without being too spoilery, there’s an important scene towards the end of the novel between Branwen and Princess Eseult––who’s Branwen’s best friend and cousin––that I worked really hard to get right. For me, their friendship is the core relationship in the book, but it gets severely tested as the story progresses. There’s a moment of reconciliation, a kind of calm between storms, that demonstrates just how much they mean to each other.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
In terms of craft, one of the most valuable things I’ve learned is how to sit with feedback, sift through it, and take what will make your story more compelling while also staying true to your vision. As for the publishing industry, the core skill I’ve learned is patience––and it’s key.
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
Research. There’s nothing I can’t do with a card catalogue or online database!
YABC: Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?
Definitely Princess Eseult. She loves her kingdom, but she also wants to be loved for herself––which is not an easy feat when you’re a princess and a political marriage is all that stands between peace and the continued slaughter of your people. She’s put in an impossible, unenviable position and she doesn’t always react with grace or maturity. She also finds herself more and more frequently at odds with Branwen who would do anything for peace. Portraying Eseult’s inner turmoil without having her become too spoiled or selfish was something that I worked on very closely with my editor.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
Drafting! When I get into the zone, listening to my music, sunshine on my notebook...that’s my happy place. There’s nothing better. Not even chocolate.
YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
Literacy and girls’ education is extremely important to me, which is why I’m supporting the non-profit organization Room to Read by donating $1 for every pre-order of SWEET BLACK WAVES. Together with fellow author Kelly deVos who will also be donating $1 for every pre-order of her debut, FAT GIRL ON A PLANE, we’re hoping to raise $1000, which can provide a librarian and instruction materials for a classroom.
YABC: What’s up next for you?
In March 2019, writing as K.K. Pérez, my first YA Sci-Fi, LEGACY is coming from Tor Teen. Followed by the sequel to SWEET BLACK WAVES in June 2019. It’s going to be a busy year!
Sweet Black Waves
By: Kristina Perez
Release Date: June 5th, 2018
One winner will each receive a copy of Sweet Black Waves (Kristina Perez) ~ (US Only)
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This is a "you had me at hello" cover (see film Jerry Maguire for reference) -- as in love...I know this is right for me (not as in "that was a bad movie -- or so I thought when I saw it as a kid in the theatres ;-).
If only Jane Eyre had known to wear a big romantic white (or baby blue) dress! Tristan and Isolde, look out, there's a new hot couple in town!