Author Chat with The Never Tilting World (Rin Chupeco), Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)
Today we're excited to chat with Rin Chupeco author of
The Never Tilting World.
Read on for more about Rin and her book, plus an giveaway!
Meet Rin Chupeco!
Meet The Never Tilting World!
A world split between day and night. Two sisters who must unite it. The author of The Bone Witch kicks off an epic YA fantasy duology perfect for fans of Furyborn.
Generations of twin goddesses have long ruled Aeon—until one sister’s betrayal split their world in two. A Great Abyss now divides two realms: one cloaked in eternal night, the other scorched beneath an ever-burning sun.
While one sister rules the frozen fortress of Aranth, her twin rules the sand-locked Golden City—each with a daughter by their side. Now those young goddesses must set out on separate, equally dangerous journeys in hopes of healing their broken world. No matter the sacrifice it demands.
Told from four interweaving perspectives, this sweeping duology packs elemental magic, star-crossed romance, and incredible landscapes into a spectacular fantasy adventure that’s equal parts Frozen and Mad Max: Fury Road.
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
- Arjun, hands down, simply because of the four characters he's the one most like me! The others do share some of my traits - I'm very stubborn like Haidee, am a sucker for romance like Odessa, and compartmentalize (and react poorly) to trauma like Lan. But when Arjun talks smack, or makes some sarcastic rejoinder , or does something ridiculous or bends over backwards for a girl because he's absolutely crushing over - I could easily see myself doing those exact same things. I always like to point out that Arjun is a Hufflepuff convinced that he's a Gryffindor, but this is really just a self-own.
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
It's actually a very spoilery scene, so without delving into much details: it involves both Haidee and Arjun, a ton of scorpions, a very major explosion, and a lot of terror where Haidee might have blurted out a few things she'd never wanted Arjun to know - without realizing that Arjun could hear here the whole time. (It sounds confusing if you don't know what exactly I'm referring to, but this is the best I can do! I think my editor was pretty gleeful when she read that scene for the first time and told me people were gonna love/hate me for it)
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
I am an extremely stubborn person and tend to balk at having to ask anyone for help. This is a product of growing up in a traditional, slightly conservative Chinese family in a very conservative Catholic country - I think that I'm a liberal genderfluid atheist as a response to this kind of setting, but the reluctance to show weakness by asking for assistance is something that's harder to shake off. In Asia, especially with Chinese families, pride comes before a lot of things that should have greater priority. In Tagalog, it's called kahihiyan - the embarrassment at being beholden to other people. In Chinese, it's called lian, or 脸 - "self-dignity", or "esteem". It's more important to not look weak in the eyes of other people, and saving face is of the utmost importance. But my desire to be a writer turned out to be a lot stronger than being stubborn, and a big part of my eventual success at getting published is because I've learned to rely on the support of family and friends - even during that phase in my life where I felt like a loser for not being published and not finding an agent. Parents insisted that I live rent-free at their place even though I'd saved up and quit my job (jobless Asian daughters turning down a job you're about to be promoted at is are not something Filipino-Chinese parents would encourage, but they did because knew I was hungry for this.) Friends tried to help me out, knowing I had no job. My boyfriend worked his ass off so he could feed me when I eventually moved in with him. (Reader, I married him.) Looking back, I wished it didn't take me years to resist the help. My advice now would be to find the support wherever you can, to make your ability to write more feasible. Make contingency plans in case things don't work out, but learn to accept that you can't always do these things alone, and you need to stay humble because of it.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
Everything! Have you seen it?? The world of Aeon looks like the most badass steampunk snow globe, which is such an excellent nod to Haidee's mechanika penchant for inventing things - and since she's the only one out of the four to make the deliberate decision to find and destroy the demons that broke the world, it only seems fitting that we see this cover from what could easily be her perspective - that of a world just waiting to be fixed, which happens to be her specialty. (That said, I've seen a mock cover of the sequel, and I can happily say that we'll be seeing the world of Aeon this time from Odessa's perspective, which I feel is an excellent complement to TNTW!)
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2019?
It's already out! Gideon the Ninth might easily be one of my most favorite books ever, because it ticks off everything I like to see in books I love - a fantasy book about necromancy lesbians in space! With an uncensored mouthy protagonist who absolutely does not want to be the hero and in fact will go to drastic lengths to avoid that fate? How amazing does that sound?
YABC: What was your favorite book in 2018?
I think it's gotta be Circe by Madeline Miller. I am in love with her Greek retellings, and she has such a pretty way with words that I'm naturally drawn to!
YABC: What’s up next for you?
I've just finished the first round of edits for the sequel, which was tough for me because I'd had a bunch of family emergencies this year and had to really make the time to sit down and write, because I otherwise wouldn't have gotten anything done! I've got a new series called A HUNDRED NAMES FOR MAGIC out next year, starting with the first book, WICKED AS YOU WISH! Oddly enough, I'm looking at my next two unfinished WIPs, and they're actually adult fantasy books this time around. No titles yet, so I've taken to just calling them my gay heist book and dark fantasy Regency romance book, respectively.
YABC: Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
I think most of Lan's scenes where she tries to deal with her trauma. I've had to unpack quite a lot of my own in order to deal with hers, and her inability to deal with her trauma - along with her stubbornness to accept help from other people out of fear that she could be perceived as weak and affect her job - is something I've had to struggle with a lot myself, as I've stated above. Asian culture, in Asia specfically, doesn't think highly of therapists or therapy, so a lot of people tend to wind up internalizing a lot of their trauma instead of dealing with them, which is what I'd done. Compartmentalizing saved my mental health, and it's both painful and also weirdly therapeutic to write Lan going through those same, familiar emotions.
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
An odd ability to attract and summon cats? This does nothing for me though, because cats don't really do much, and I wind up feeding them anyway - so you can probably say that I am a cat's superpower instead.
YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
Two local ones, actually! There's Virlanie and White Cross, two orphanages that I advocate and donate to! I also try to support no-kill dog and cat shelters here like PAWS and CARA.
The Never Tilting World
By: Rin Chupeco
Release Date: October 15th, 2019
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