Author Of The Week: Author Chat with April Genevieve Tucholke (Seven Endless Forests), Plus Giveaway! ~ (INT)
Welcome to our weekly special feature post, Author Of The Week!!
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 April Genevieve Tucholke, YABC's Author of the Week!!
April Genevieve Tucholke is the author of Seven Endless Forests, The Boneless Mercies, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, Between the Spark and the Burn, and Wink Poppy Midnight. Her books have been published in sixteen countries, and have received ten starred reviews. They have been selected for the Junior Library Guild, Kids' Indie Next picks, and YALSA Teens Top Ten. When she's not writing, April likes walking in the woods, exploring abandoned houses, and drinking expensive coffee. She currently resides Oregon with her husband.
Meet Seven Endless Forests!
In this gorgeous standalone companion to the critically acclaimed fantasy, The Boneless Mercies, April Tucholke spins a bold and blood-hungry retelling of the King Arthur legend that is perfect for fans of Naomi Novik, Garth Nix, and Laini Taylor.
On the heels of a devastating plague, Torvi’s sister, Morgunn is stolen from the family farm by Uther, a flame-loving Fremish wolf-priest who leads a pack of ragged, starving girls. Torvi leaves the only home she’s ever known, and joins a shaven-skulled druid and a band of roaming Elsh artists known as the Butcher Bards. They set out on a quest to rescue Torvi’s sister, and find a mythical sword.
On their travels, Torvi and her companions will encounter magical night wilds and mystical Drakes who trade in young men. They will sing rowdy Elshland ballads in a tree-town tavern, and find a mysterious black tower in an Endless Forest. They will fight alongside famous Vorseland archers and barter with Fremish wizards. They will feast with rogue Jade Fell children in a Skal Mountain cave, and seek the help of a Pig Witch. They will face wild, dangerous magic that leads to love, joy, tragedy, and death.
Torvi set out to rescue a sister, but she may find it’s merely the first step toward a life that is grander and more glorious than anything she could have imagined.
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
I’ve always loved the King Arthur myths (who doesn’t?) I’ve seen a few retellings that have given these stories a female protagonist, but I haven’t yet come across a book that featured a woman actually pulling a sword from a stone. So I wrote this.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
Gyda, the loyal, shaven-skulled druid . . . and the cheerful Butcher Bard Stefan.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
The title. I had this down from the very beginning.
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
The Night Wild scene, with its description of a wizard-touched bonfire, wafting trance sage, red-hued reverie potions, brigand musicians, Long Death fanatics, and a group of young Whistlers selling their whistling spells.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
Everything. The jade-green color, the sword, the way the woman’s face blends into the forest . . .
YABC: Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
The climax. It’s intense.
YABC: Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?
None of the characters were tricky in this book, surprisingly. I liked writing all of them.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
Revising, because it means I’m closer to being finished.
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
I’ve got good instincts and can sometimes read people’s minds. My friends call me a witch.
YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
Living Lands and Waters. They are marvelous.
Seven Endless Forests
By: April Genevieve Tucholke
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Release Date: April 28th, 2020
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Wow! What a fantastical synopsis and a unique retelling. The cover really adds to the magic and nature elements of the story.