Author Chat with Swati Teerdhhala (The Archer At Dawn), Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)
Today we're excited to chat with Swati Teerdhhala author of
The Archer At Dawn.
Read on for more about Swati and her book, plus an giveaway.
Meet Swati Teerdhhala!
Swati Teerdhala is the author of The Tiger at Midnight series, which has appeared on both Barnes and Noble and Book Riot’s Most Anticipated Novels lists. After graduating from the University of Virginia with a BS in finance and BA in history, she tumbled into the marketing side of the technology industry. She’s passionate about many things, including how the right ratio of curd-to-crust in a lemon tart. She currently lives in New York City.
Meet The Archer At Dawn!
The Sun Mela is many things: a call for peace, a cause for celebration, and, above all, a deadly competition. For Kunal and Esha, finally working together as rebel spies, it provides the perfect guise to infiltrate King Vardaan’s vicious court.
Kunal will return to his role as dedicated Senap soldier, at the Sun Mela to provide extra security for the palace during the peace summit for the divided nations of Jansa and Dharka. Meanwhile, Esha will use her new role as adviser to Prince Harun to keep a pulse on shifting political parties and seek out allies for their rebel cause. A radical plan is underfoot to rescue Jansa’s long-lost Princess Reha—the key to the stolen throne.
But amid the Mela games and glittering festivities, much more dangerous forces lie in wait. With the rebel Blades’ entry into Vardaan’s court, a match has been lit, and long-held secrets will force Kunal and Esha to reconsider their loyalties—to their country and to each other. Getting into the palace was the easy task; coming out together will be a battle for their lives.
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
I first got the idea for The Tiger at Midnight when I was traveling and visiting an old Fort. It was the first spark of an idea of what would become The Tiger at Midnight and the first time I heard the voice of Kunal, one of the two main characters. I looked out from one of the old window openings and wondered what would be the most odd or startling thing a soldier of old might have seen. A girl. And that’s the opening page of THE TIGER AT MIDNIGHT.
THE ARCHER AT DAWN is the continuation of the story and the second book in the trilogy.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
This is a tough one! I love both of my main characters, Kunal and Esha, equally. They’re two halves of a whole. But I have to say in THE ARCHER AT DAWN, my favorite character is Alok, who you get to meet early on in THE TIGER AT MIDNIGHT. He has a bigger, more fun role in this book.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
The novel, for sure! My lovely agent was the one who came up with the title for THE TIGER AT MIDNIGHT and I kept that theme as I devised the names for book 2 (THE ARCHER AT DAWN) and book 3 (yet to be revealed)!
YABC: Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
There is one scene in THE ARCHER AT DAWN which had me very emotional–it was one of those scenes I didn’t want to write but knew I had to for the story and for the characters’ journeys. I can’t give it away because of spoilers, but I’m sure many readers will be able to tell which one it is after they read THE ARCHER AT DAWN.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
Never give up. Writing is hard, publishing is even harder. The only thing you can control are the stories you tell and the attitude you have.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
I absolutely love the illustration of the warrior on the cover of THE ARCHER AT DAWN, just like I loved the shadowed illustration of an assassin girl on the cover of THE TIGER AT MIDNIGHT. They go so well together!
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2020?
A SONG OF WRAITHS AND RUIN by Roseanne A. Brown, out June 2, 2020 from HarperCollins! This book was everything I want to read in a YA fantasy: a gorgeous North African-inspired fantasy world, slowburn romance, intricate magic, and epic stakes.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
I love drafting because it is a wide open canvas for my imagination. Revising is when I have to start hacking away at the jungle of a story to find its treasure, which offers its own pleasure, but is certainly harder for me.
YABC: What’s up next for you?
I’m currently working on edits for Book 3 of THE TIGER AT MIDNIGHT trilogy and I’ve started to write some fun, new ideas I have. Hopefully I can share them with you all soon!
The Archer At Dawn
By: L.C. Rosen
Release Date: May 26th, 2020
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