Author Chat with Lyndsay Ely (Gunslinger Girl), Plus Giveaway!

GunslingerGirl

Today we're excited to chat with Lyndsay Ely,

author of Gunslinger Girl. 

Read on for more about Lyndsay and her book, plus a giveaway!

 

 

 

Meet Lyndsay Ely!

Lyndsay Ely is a writer and creative professional who currently calls Boston home. She is a geek, a foodie, and has never met an antique shop she didn't like. Gunslinger Girl is her debut novel.

 

 

Website * Facebook * Twitter 

 

 

 

Meet Gunslinger Girl!

James Patterson presents a genre-bending, action-packed debut -- and introduces YA's new favorite, kick-ass heroine: Serendipity Jones, the fastest sharpshooter in tomorrow's West.

Seventeen-year-old Serendipity "Pity" Jones inherited two things from her mother: a pair of six shooters and perfect aim. When her father attempts to marry her off to a stranger, she runs away from their humble farming commune and ends up in the most dangerous, decadent city on the continent: Cessation (a lawless Las Vegas). Pity becomes the star of the Theater Vespertine as a trick sharpshooter like Annie Oakley, and there she finds fame, friendship and--what she most wanted--belonging.

But there's a darker side to the Theater...The Finale. Every so often the fighting factions of Cessation have to be kept in line with a little demonstration, a nightmarish public execution. And Pity has a starring role...

 

 

 Amazon * B & N * Indiebound

 

 

 

 


YABC:  What gave you the inspiration to write this book?

In general, growing up with a love for action and adventure stories, but so rarely finding them with female protagonists and/or significant female characters who actually did important stuff. It’s getting better these days, but I still remember watching the first episode of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, and what a big deal it was to my teen self that a girl my age was the one saving the day over and over. I never got the Western heroine I wanted though. So that’s a book I decided to write.




YABC:  Who is your favorite character in the book?

I feel like I get this question a lot and my answer changes every time. Today I’ll say Selene, because I love her self-control, ruthlessness, and slightly twisted sense of kindness.

 

 

YABC:  Which came first, the title or the novel?

The novel, by leaps and bounds! It actually had a couple of other working titles before GUNSLINGER GIRL came along.

 

 

YABC:  What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?

This is a little hard to answer without spoiling anything, but there is a scene where Pity is putting on a performance she doesn’t really want to be doing. I love writing any scene full of action, but this one has a particular emotional intensity to it that was really exciting to write.

 

 

YABC:  Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?

To get comfortable with making revisions, changing course, and killing my darlings. It’s really easy to latch onto the idea that something in your book—a character, a plot point—is the way it is and there’s no other way it could be. But the more I write the more I’m forced to admit that’s rarely true.

 

 

YABC:  What do you like most about the cover of the book?

Can I say everything? Getting your cover is one of the scariest moments in a debut author’s journey, but from first comp until the final design, I loved it. My day job is graphic designer, so of course I had an idea in my head of what I wanted. GG’s cover is surprisingly close to that, but much, MUCH better than what I would have done.

 

 

YABC:  What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2018?

I’m going to cheat a little and say a comic book, Strangers in Paradise. It’s actual the return of the series, which initially concluded in 2007. It was such a formative read for me growing up (I mean, one of the characters in GG was heavily inspired by a SiP character) that the fact that it’s returning in the same month that my debut is publishing gets me a little choked up.

 

 

YABC:  What was your favorite book in 2017?

How can I pick only one? If pushed, I’d have to say Six of Crows, because I am such a sucker for anti-heroes and heist stories. (I’ve even been putting off reading Crooked Kingdom so that the story isn’t over for me yet.)

Other books that have really stuck with me since reading them this year are The Hate U Give, The Fifth Season, and An Unkindness of Ghosts.

 

 

YABC:  What’s up next for you?

My gateway genre was fantasy, so I’d really like to do something there, with a whole bunch of magic and adventure. And darkness. I really love dark books that sink their claws into you and won’t let go, and I aspire to reach that level in my own writing.

 

 

YABC:  Is there anything that you would like to add?

Sure! How about the playlist for Gunslinger Girl? It can be found on Spotify here.

 

 

YABC:  Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?

Again, I don’t want to spoil anything, but I always feel like I’m stumbling through the romance scenes, especially those of the blush-y variety. (Which is kind of funny, because I’m not shy about reading other people’s romantic scenes, no matter how steamy.)

 

YABC:   Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?

I’d say Pity, simply because she is the character the story is closest to. One reason I love Westerns is because they allow characters to have a certain level of gray morality. But that made her hard to write at times, because when right and wrong aren’t clear, the decisions a character makes become more complicated.

 

 

YABC:  Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?

Definitely revising. (Until it gets to the point where I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve revised the same material. Then I like drafting.)

 

 

YABC:   What would you say is your superpower?

I’m really into antiques and collectibles, so probably finding that one valuable or really cool thing in a box full of junk. (Though I haven’t found any magical artifacts or spell books yet, which is a little disappointing.)

 

 

YABC:  Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?

Anything that supports animals, whether endangered wildlife or domestic pets in need. I have a hard time not donating to every “my pet needs a surgery” fundraiser I see because, well, animals are really just the best.

 

 

 

 

Gunslinger Girl

Author: Lyndsay Ely

Publishing Date: January 2nd, 2018

Publisher: JIMMY Patterson

 

 

*GIVEAWAY DETAILS* 

Five winners will each receive a copy of Gunslinger Girl (Lyndsay Ely) ~ (US Only) 

 
 

*Click the Rafflecopter link below to enter the giveaway*

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

What's New In YA ~ January 2nd, 2018
Featured Review: Together At Midnight (Jennifer Ca...

Related Posts

 

Comments 16

Already Registered? Login Here
Olivia F on Tuesday, 02 January 2018 10:00

For some reason, I can't view the giveaway link?

0
For some reason, I can't view the giveaway link?
CJ Redwine, Site and Staff Manager on Wednesday, 03 January 2018 13:26

Fixed!

0
Fixed!
Olivia F on Thursday, 04 January 2018 07:47

Thanks so much! This book looks awesome!

0
Thanks so much! This book looks awesome!
Emily on Wednesday, 03 January 2018 21:01

This sounds so different and I’m super excited for it!

0
This sounds so different and I’m super excited for it!
Aireanna Lesch on Friday, 05 January 2018 13:19

wow!! This book looks amazing!!!

0
wow!! This book looks amazing!!! :D
Kara S on Sunday, 07 January 2018 15:41

SUPER Pretty cover, but this is going to be one of the books of the year whatever face it shows on the cover -- don't want to miss it for long! Thanks for this opportunity, Kara S

0
SUPER Pretty cover, but this is going to be one of the books of the year whatever face it shows on the cover -- don't want to miss it for long! Thanks for this opportunity, Kara S;)
Erin on Friday, 12 January 2018 20:52

Love the cover and this books sounds amazing! Who doesn't love kick-ass girls and I love the west and westerns, so this is right up my alley!

0
Love the cover and this books sounds amazing! Who doesn't love kick-ass girls and I love the west and westerns, so this is right up my alley!
Candice Gigous on Tuesday, 16 January 2018 07:12

The cover is very edgy with a western twist. The synopsis is very exciting. Sounds like an amazing read.

0
The cover is very edgy with a western twist. The synopsis is very exciting. Sounds like an amazing read.
Kelly G on Friday, 19 January 2018 16:26

This is such a beautiful cover and the story sounds so fun...I can't wait!

0
This is such a beautiful cover and the story sounds so fun...I can't wait!
Hannah on Saturday, 20 January 2018 04:38

Love this cover and the book sounds great

0
Love this cover and the book sounds great

FEATURED GIVEAWAYS

Latest Book Listings Added

The Small Crimes of Tiffany Templeton
 
3.0
 
0.0 (0)
The Serpent King meets Girl in Pieces in this moving...
A Sprinkle of Spirits (Love Sugar Magic, #2)
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Leonora Logroño has finally been introduced to her family’s bakery...
The Order of Time
 
3.0
 
0.0 (0)
“If you’re into secret societies, time-travel, dangerous artifacts, deadly assassins,...
Thomas Edison
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Learn about the life of Thomas Edison in this early...
Pete the Cat: 5-Minute Bedtime Stories: Includes 12 Cozy Stories!
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Join Pete the Cat for 12 groovy, cozy stories perfect...
Sabina: In the Eye of the Storm
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
As in Anne Frank's "Diary of a Young Girl" and...
Literally: Amazing Words and Where They Come From
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
A stunning non-fiction picture book about the origins of the...
Ty's Travels: All Aboard!
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Join Ty on his imaginative adventures in Ty's Travels: All...
Cuddle Close, Little Koala
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
A reassuring bedtime story about the special bond between a...
We Are Together
 
3.5
 
0.0 (0)
The power of love and friendship is celebrated in this...
Rage and Ruin (The Harbinger, #2)
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Half-angel Trinity and her bonded gargoyle protector, Zayne, have been...
Diamond City (Diamond City, #1)
 
3.3
 
0.0 (0)
"A thrilling adventure, through a vibrant city as alive as...
Shadow of the Batgirl
 
4.7
 
0.0 (0)
Cassandra Cain, teenage assassin, isn't exactly Batgirl material...yet. Will she...
Of Ice and Shadows
 
3.7
 
0.0 (0)
The long-awaited sequel to Of Fire and Stars—in which Mare...
Agnes at the End of the World
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
The Handmaid's Tale meets Wilder Girls in this genre-defying novel...
My Love is All Around
 
4.5
 
0.0 (0)
Mommy Bear shows Baby Bear how love is all around...

Latest Member Reviews

The Small Crimes of Tiffany Templeton
 
3.0
"THE SMALL CRIMES OF TIFFANY TEMPLETON follow Tiffany after she has been released from reform school and returns to her..."
A Sprinkle of Spirits (Love Sugar Magic, #2)
 
5.0
"A SPRINKLE OF SPIRITS is the delightful second book in the LOVE SUGAR MAGIC middle grade series. Leo is a..."
The Order of Time
 
3.0
"THE ORDER OF TIME by Scott P. Southall is a Middle Grade Sci-Fi Fantasy novel. The story follows two twins,..."
The Parkour Club
 
5.0
"I enjoyed this book immensely. As with all of her books, Pam Withers masterfully builds up the characters and skilfully..."
Always Forever Maybe
 
3.7
"ALWAYS FOREVER MAYBE is a YA contemporary about domestic abuse and friendship. Bee (Joanna Betts) has always felt like a..."
Thomas Edison: Lighting the Way
 
5.0
"'Thomas Edison: Lighting the Way,' an I Can Read book by Lori Haskins Houran, illustrated by Gustavo Mazali, is a..."
Pete the Cat: 5-Minute Bedtime Stories: Includes 12 Cozy Stories!
 
5.0
"'Pete the Cat 5-Minute Bedtime Stories' by Kimberly and James Dean is an adorable storybook that any lover of children's..."
Sabina: In the Eye of the Storm
 
5.0
"'Sabina: In the Eye of the Storm' by Bella Kuligowska Zucker is an incredibly moving tale of the author's search..."
Literally: Amazing Words and Where They Come From
 
5.0
"'Literally: Amazing Words and Where They Come From' by Patrick Skipworth, illustrated by Nicholas Stevenson, is a creative book that..."
Ty's Travels: All Aboard!
 
5.0
"'Ty's Travels: All Aboard!' by Kelly Starling Lyons, pictures by Nina Mata, is an adorable story of Ty and his..."
Inebriated
 
5.0
"'Inebriated' by Katey Taylor is a hauntingly real look at the power of intoxication, whether it be in the form..."
The Path We Take
 
4.0
"'The Path We Take' by Kylie Key shows how the choices we make and the things we think we want..."