Today we're excited to chat with Liz Kessler, author of Emily Windsnap and the Fall of Forgotten Island. Read on for more about Liz and her book, plus a giveaway!
Meet Liz Kessler!
Liz Kessler is the author of the New York Times best-selling Emily Windsnap series as well as three adventures about Philippa Fisher and her fairy godsister. She is also the author of the middle-grade novels A Year Without Autumn, North of Nowhere, and Has Anyone Seen Jessica Jenkins? Liz Kessler lives in England.
Emily is headed to a tropical island for a relaxing vacation with friends and family. And this time, Emily promises her best friend, Shona, there will be absolutely no adventure — just plenty of fun. But somehow excitement always seems to find Emily, and before she knows it, she ends up on the other side of a powerful waterfall on a forgotten island no one else can get to. Well, no one that isn’t a half-mer like Emily and her boyfriend, Aaron. The people who live on the island believe in a prophecy that foretells how they can be saved from an imminent, devastating earthquake — and this prophecy seems to revolve around Emily and Aaron, as well as a mysterious, mythic giant. Will they be able to find the giant — and fulfill the prophecy — before it’s too late?
While on vacation, Emily Windsnap finds herself swept up in an ancient prophecy as the New York Times best-selling series continues.
A Chat with Liz Kessler:
1.) What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
I was doing a book tour in the US and Canada in 2015. I had a day off before doing events in Toronto and I went to visit Niagara Falls. I was completely awe-struck by the beauty and power of the place and I knew immediately that this was going to be the inspiration for Emily's next adventure.
2.) Who is your favorite character in the book?
Oh, I think it always has to be Emily. She takes me to places I never would have been without her, and makes me feel brave and adventurous!
3.) Which came first, the title or the novel?
4.) What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
I think it has to be the scene at the very end, when there is a big goodbye as someone returns to nature. A scene like this had been in my mind for years, and I was glad to have it finally realised in a book.
5.) Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
To trust the process.
6.) What do you like most about the cover of the book?
I love the title font!
7.) What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2018?
Oh gosh, this one is hard to pick as I have lots of friends who have books out this year. Too many to mention!
8.) What was your favorite book in 2017?
I was blown away by The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
9.) What’s up next for you?
Well, it's still a bit of a secret, but there might be a new Emily Windsnap adventure on the way...
10.) Is there anything that you would like to add?
I'm not allowed yet! (If you mean in relation to the last question.)
11.) Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
Most emotional one was the one I mentioned above. I cried while I was writing it!
12.) Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?
The giant. I knew I wanted him in the book, but it took me a long time to understand exactly who he was and how he fitted in.
13.) Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
They are both difficult and both enjoyable in different ways!
14.) What would you say is your superpower?
Um. I don't think I have one! I'd love to time travel if I had the choice though!
15.) Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
There are quite a few actually. For the last few years, I have supported a local charity that runs a hospice for children with life limiting illnesses. But also close to my heart are any organisations who work to help others in any way, and to do exactly what happens in this book - help build bridges between communities and foster peace and harmony.
Emily Windsnap and the Fall of the Forgotten Island
By: Alexandra Christo
Release Date: March 20, 2018