Author Chat with Natasha Ngan (Girls Of Storm and Shadow), Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)
Today we're excited to chat with Natasha Ngan author of
Girls Of Storm and Shadow.
Read on for more about Natasha and her book, plus an giveaway!
Meet Natasha Ngan!
Natasha Ngan is part young-adult author, part yoga-teacher, part habitual nap-taker. She grew up between Malaysia and the UK, speaking Chinese with her mother mainly as a way to talk about people without them understanding. She studied Geography at the University of Cambridge and later worked as a fashion blogger, social media consultant and freelance writer. Natasha recently moved to Paris, where she likes to imagine she drifts stylishly from brasserie to brasserie, notepad in one hand and wineglass in the other, but in reality she mostly spends her time lost on the metro and offending locals with her French.
Meet Girls Of Storm and Shadow!
Lei, the naive country girl who became a royal courtesan, is now known as the Moonchosen, the commoner who managed to do what no one else could. But slaying the cruel monarch wasn't the end of the plan---it's just the beginning. Now Lei and her warrior love Wren must travel the kingdom to gain support from the far-flung rebel clans. The journey is made even more treacherous thanks to a heavy bounty on Lei's head, as well as insidious doubts that threaten to tear Lei and Wren apart from within.
Meanwhile, an evil plot to eliminate the rebel uprising is taking shape, fueled by dark magic and vengeance. Will Lei succeed in her quest to overthrow the monarchy and protect her love for Wren, or will she fall victim to the sinister magic that seeks to destroy her?
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
For GIRLS OF PAPER AND FIRE, the title never changed from when I first came up with it when I began the first draft all those years ago. But with GOSAS I had to brainstorm with my publishers a lot. I’m so happy we didn’t settle as this title fits the story so perfectly.
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
It’s the small moments in this book that I love the most, those tender, in-between moments between Lei and Wren that almost feel like a pause, a tiny escape from all the horror of what’s going on around them. There’s a particular scene where they’re in the White Wing’s Cloud Palace, in bed together about to go to sleep, and Wren shares something with Lei that is such a sweet, vulnerable hope for their future. It makes me both want to smile and cry at the same time, because I know that even as she’s saying it, she doesn’t quite believe it will come true.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
There will be more books. Do not afraid to let a story go and move on. I remember thinking with my first novel that I’d never love another story as much, would never be able to let go of these characters. Now I can barely remember that story - it’s like someone else wrote it. While it’s kind of sad, this is also a wonderful, hopeful thing, because in the course of your career as a writer there will be books that don’t sell, maybe ones you just can’t seem to get right, and it’s ok. There will be more.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
Two queer Asian girls on a YA cover. Need I say more?!
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2020?
Red Hood Elana K. Arnold. Give me all the feminist YA!
YABC: Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
To be honest, the whole last 100 pages of this book broke my heart to write! So many difficult conversations are had. Heart-breaking revelations are made. And of course, that’s what happens right at the end...
YABC: Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?
I wish I could have spent more time with the rest of the Paper Girls back in the palace. There are a few chapters outside of Lei’s perspective, and I’m glad we get to visit the girls for a bit, but I would have loved to show more of what they’ve been up to and how they’re all reacting to the events of the end of book.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
Definitely revising! Drafting is so hard for me, especially on the tight deadlines a trilogy demands. Every time I sit down to write, I’m flooded with anxiety and self-doubt, and with the first book out there’s been so much more pressure for books 2 and 3. At least with revisions you have something there already to work with, and it’s so satisfying to slowly see the book improving!
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
I have an incurable genetic illness, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), that means I live with a lot of pains and problems every day. I read somewhere once about how living with a chronic invisible illness is like playing life on hard mode whilst everyone else thinks you’re on normal, and it’s so true. So I think anyone who gets through life whilst dealing with a chronic illness is a superhero :)
Girls Of Storm and Shadow
By: Natasha Ngan
Release Date: November 5th, 2019
Publisher: JIMMY Patterson Books
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I can't wait to read this one. The cover again is gorgeous and the storyline continues to amaze. Best wishes to the author on the new release.