Today we're excited to chat with Shannon Price author of
A Thousand Fires
Read on for more about Shannon and her book, plus an giveaway.
Meet Shannon Price!
SHANNON PRICE is a proud Filipina-American and Bay Area native. She once led an a cappella group for three years despite not knowing how to read music, and she carries that same level of confidence in every area of her life. When not writing, she can be found watching baking shows, exploring old bookstores, and going to the beach as often as she can. Shannon currently works in the ever-harried Silicon Valley. A Thousand Fires is her first novel.
Meet A Thousand Fires!
Valerie Simons knows the gangs are dangerous—her little brother was shot and killed by the Boars two years ago. Still, nothing will sway Valerie from wanting to join the elite and beautiful Herons and find her brother’s killer. It doesn’t hurt that her best friend Matthew is slated to become a Heron leader—and she’d follow him to the ends of the earth.
Then Valerie is recruited by the mysterious Stags when their volatile, provocative, and beyond charismatic leader Jax promises to help her get revenge. Torn between old love and new loyalty, Valerie races to finish the mission that got her into the gangs. But no one truly wins the Wars.
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
Oh my gosh, the novel! The original title was The Red Bridge Wars, but after it sold we decided we needed something a little less historical-sounding. My agent, my editor, and I tossed ideas back and forth for a few weeks before landing on A Thousand Fires, which I loved. It’s a perfect nod to the Iliad—as the fires are a recurring image throughout the epic—and it added just the right amount of drama for a YA contemporary.
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
There’s a quieter scene in the book between the MC Val and her mom. It’s not a super dramatic moment, but it’s hugely cathartic for both characters. Amidst the vengeance and action, A Thousand Fires is about self-forgiveness and healing from trauma, and this scene really focuses on those aspects of the story.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
As a writer and an author, I can only do so much. I can’t please everyone. I can’t try to write the everything book for everyone because let’s be real, that story would probably be full of clichés and nonsensical plotlines.
What I can do is write stories as authentically and with as much care as I can. Someone’s always going to hate my work—but someone out there is going to love it. Accepting both truths has been really freeing for me.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
Hard to pick just one thing, but I’d have to go with the gorgeous blue of the title. I informally call this “impossible blue” because I tried to find a matching nail polish for my launch and, three stores later, came up empty handed—it’s impossible to match! That said, I love how it pops against the monochrome background. If I saw it in a store, I’d definitely stop and pick it up.
YABC: What was your favorite book in 2019?
I’m usually the type who needs a chapter or two to settle into a story, but House of Salt and Sorrows had me from page one. Everything from the pacing to the mystery to the characters…it’s a tremendously good book. I plan to gift at least 2-3 copies to different friends at Christmas and I can’t wait for them to read it so I can fangirl with them (hah).
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
Revising, 100%. Drafting can get so tedious—once I’ve worked through the exciting scenes/images that inspire the story, I’m stuck with writing a bunch of boring, in-between stuff.
Revising, at least, I’m working with a finished thing. At that point, it’s more about puzzling things out than coming up with boatloads of new material. I can take in the story as a whole, decide what works and what doesn’t, and then go from there.
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
All things considered, I’m a very fast writer…once I actually set out to do write. I’m not at all the type that needs to write every day. In fact, I often go months without writing anything. I don’t try to force it—the stories always come in their own time. Once inspiration hits, the words tend to pour out of me (which is great because, as I mentioned above, I’m always eager to finish drafting and get to revising.).
YABC: What’s up next for you?
I literally grin when people ask me this question—my next book The Endless Skies is a YA fantasy loosely inspired by the Great Race of Mercy, more commonly known as the Iditarod. The story follows Rowan, a young warrior-in-training of the winged-lion shapeshifters called the Leonodai. When a disease strikes the city’s children, Rowan disobeys the orders of her king to seek out a fabled cure deep within enemy lands (oooh).
I’m in the midst of revisions and really trying to soak it all in. This story is my oldest one, dreamed up way before A Thousand Fires, and I couldn’t be happier that it’s finally going to be told, and that it’s in Tor Teen’s capable hands.
A Thousand Fires
By: Shannon Price
Release Date: November 5th, 2019
Publisher: Tor Teen
Five winners will receive a copy of A Thousand Fires (Shannon Price) ~ (US Only)
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