Author Of The Week: Author Chat with Adalyn Grace (All The Stars and Teeth), Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)
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Each week we will be interviewing a different YA author and highlighting their upcoming release!
We will also be hosting a giveaway of the book we are highlighting!!
Introducing Adalyn Grace, YABC's Author of the Week!!
Adalyn Grace graduated from Arizona State University when she was nineteen years old. She spent four years working in live theater and acted as the managing editor of a nonprofit newspaper before studying storytelling as an intern on Nickelodeon Animation’s popular series The Legend of Korra. Adalyn splits time between San Diego and Arizona with her bossy cat and two dorky dogs, and spends her days writing full-time while trying to find the best burrito around. All the Stars and Teeth is her debut novel.
Meet All The Stars and Teeth!
Set in a kingdom where danger lurks beneath the sea, mermaids seek vengeance with song, and magic is a choice, Adalyn Grace’s All the Stars and Teeth is a thrilling fantasy for fans of Stephanie Garber’s Caraval and Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series.
She will reign.
As princess of the island kingdom Visidia, Amora Montara has spent her entire life training to be High Animancer—the master of souls. The rest of the realm can choose their magic, but for Amora, it’s never been a choice. To secure her place as heir to the throne, she must prove her mastery of the monarchy’s dangerous soul magic.
When her demonstration goes awry, Amora is forced to flee. She strikes a deal with Bastian, a mysterious pirate: he’ll help her prove she’s fit to rule, if she’ll help him reclaim his stolen magic.
But sailing the kingdom holds more wonder—and more peril—than Amora anticipated. A destructive new magic is on the rise, and if Amora is to conquer it, she’ll need to face legendary monsters, cross paths with vengeful mermaids, and deal with a stow-away she never expected… or risk the fate of Visidia and lose the crown forever.
I am the right choice. The only choice. And I will protect my kingdom.
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
Amora was initially the inspiration for this book, because I really wanted to write a morally gray heroine. Male characters get away with so much throughout media that female and non-binary characters can’t. Speaking for female characters specifically, it can be incredibly frustrating to see how much harsher they’re judged, and the molds they’re expected to fit into. I wanted to create a main character who challenged some of these perceptions. I didn’t want Amora to fit into any mold—I didn’t want her to half to smile, or to have to sacrifice her feminine side in order to be considered fierce. With her, I didn’t want there to be any “either, or.” She’s fierce, brazen, and so unapologetic about who she is that it was really refreshing for me to write her.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
I love all these characters so much, and feel that they all have a little piece of my soul. But since this story is told from Amora’s point-of-view and is really her story, I’ve been able to connect with her the most. I love that she’s so unapologetic and brave, and really enjoy writing her character.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
The novel! But I was surprised by how easily the title came to me, especially considering that titling the sequel to All the Stars and Teeth took me months, and many bad titles. All the Stars and Teeth was actually the very first title that popped into my head for this book. I think it’s very fitting, and that it really represents the journey of the characters throughout the book.
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
In particular, I really love the time we spent on Ikae, and a particular scene near the end of the book that has a line, “You will forget my name.” I really love that scene, and what’s happening with that character when that line is said.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
Just how important it is to practice patience. Especially with early manuscripts, I wanted to be published so badly that I often rushed over the editing process, or really just tried to do line level edits rather than get my hands dirty with the necessary developmental edits. Publishing is a tough industry to break into, but it’s so important to take your time with the work you’re presenting, because agents are only going to look at a querying writer’s story once. And once your book has sold, there are still things in publishing that take such a long time. I’ve been getting better with my patience, but I think that if it was something I was more mindful of when I was newer, that would have been extremely helpful for my stress levels.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
EVERYTHING! Oh my goodness, I love the cover. I think it’s absolutely perfect. If I really had to add some specifics, I really love the color they chose, and the representation of Amora’s crown. But I also totally shrilled when I saw the spines on the cover.
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2020?
So many! For ones still upcoming, I’m looking forward to reading:
Fable by Adrienne Young
The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper
These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
The Vanishing Deep by Astrid Scholte
A Breath Too Late by Rocky Callen
YABC: What was your favorite book in 2019?
Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey Mcquiston. I thought the writing was so clever and so ridiculously sharp. I laughed out loud too many times to count.
YABC: What’s up next for you?
I’m currently finishing up edits for All the Stars and Teeth’s sequel, and am incredibly excited to get to share with everyone what happens next in Amora’s journey :)
YABC: Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
I would give away too many spoilers if I answered this question in detail! But certain scenes in the book’s last act, definitely.
YABC: Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?
I’m working on the sequel right now, and I think sequels in general are just harder overall! I’ve been enjoying getting to share more about the characters, and seeing how the events in book 1 have shaped them, moving into Book 2. Since we’re right there in Amora’s POV, she’s always the easiest and the hardest character for me to write. She’s the easiest because I know her so well, and really get to sink into her emotions since the story is written in first person. But she’s also the hardest because I want to do her justice.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
I tend to prefer revising! While drafting, I like to speed draft to hurry and get the bones of the story down on the page, which is a really taxing and stressful process. I feel like I get a bit more time with revising, and enjoy really getting to sink into my world and build everything up!
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
Perseverance, probably! I think that’s a superpower of many authors. If I could choose any superpower though, I think I’d go with either teleportation, or super luck.
YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
I think there are many incredible organizations out there. Just a handful include the American Humane, Reach Out and Read, and Center for Reproductive Rights.
All The Stars and Teeth
By: Adalyn Grace
Publisher: Imprint Reads
Release Date: February 4th, 2020
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Beautiful cover. Looks like creatures in the deep part of the ocean that we rarely see, if ever, and color denotes the darkness of the ocean also.
Ah, pirates and princesses, all wrapped up in a gorgeous cover. What more could you ask for? This one sounds like such a great read. Thanks for sharing. Best wishes to the author on the novel.