Author Of The Week: Author Chat with Christine Lynn Herman (The Deck Of Omens), Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)
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 Christine Lynn Herman, YABC's Author of the Week!!
Born in New York City but raised around the world, Christine Lynn Herman subscribes to the firm philosophy that home is where her books are. Currently, Christine and her books reside in Cambridge, MA, along with her partner and their extremely spoiled cat. You can find her in the nearest forest trying to figure out how to become a tree, at www.christinelynnherman.com, or on Twitter and Instagram @christineexists. You can learn more about her latest book, The Deck of Omens, here.
Meet The Deck Of Omens!
The teenagers of Four Paths must save their home.
Though the Beast is seemingly subdued for now, a new threat looms in Four Paths: a corruption seeping from the Gray into the forest. And with the other Founders preoccupied by their tangled alliances and fraying relationships, only May Hawthorne seems to realize the danger. But saving the town she loves means seeking aid from the person her family despises most--her and Justin's father.
May's father isn't the only newcomer in town--Isaac Sullivan's older brother has also returned, seeking forgiveness for the role he played in Isaac's troubled past. But Isaac isn't ready to let go of his family's history, especially when that history might hold the key that he and Violet Saunders need to destroy the Gray and the monster within it.
Harper Carlisle isn't ready to forgive, either. Two devastating betrayals have left her isolated from her family and uncertain who to trust. As the corruption becomes impossible to ignore, Harper must learn to control her newfound powers in order to protect Four Paths. But the only people who can help her do that are the ones who have hurt her the most.
With the veil between the Gray and the town growing ever thinner, all of the Founder descendants must put their grievances with one another aside to stop the corruption and kill the Beast once and for all.
But maybe the monster they truly need to slay has never been the Beast...
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
For the first book in my duology, The Devouring Gray, the title came after three drafts and a lot of brainstorming. But for The Deck of Omens, it arrived before a single word of the manuscript did. I knew it had to be the title as soon as I started thinking about the book. In the fictional town of Four Paths, New York, the Deck of Omens is the name for the tarot-adjacent card deck that a certain character can use to read the future—or dredge up the past. As soon as I realized how important it would be to the overall story, I knew it had to be the title of the book.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
I used to think I would eventually hit a point where I knew exactly how to write whatever story I was working on. And while I’ve certainly learned a lot more about how to streamline my personal writing process so that it’s more efficient and enjoyable, I still feel like I learn how to write a book all over again with every single manuscript. I’ve stopped searching for mastery of my craft and have accepted instead that I’ll spend the rest of my career striving to improve upon my own capabilities.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
I love my US and UK covers of The Deck of Omens (designed by Mike Heath in the US and Natasha McKenzie in the UK). On the UK cover, I’m obsessed with the blue neon font, as well as the way the color scheme for The Devouring Gray has been evolved into something even cooler and more menacing. On the US cover, I’m delighted to see the hawthorn tree front and center. It’s one of the most important central images of the book, and seeing the art rendered so beautifully makes my heart happy every time I look at it.
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2020?
I definitely can’t just pick one, so I’m cheating: Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power, Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles, Queen of Volts by Amanda Foody, As the Shadow Rises by Katy Rose Pool, and Beyond the Ruby Veil by Mara Fitzgerald, to name just a few!
YABC: Is there anything that you would like to add?
I’m just so grateful to all the readers who have picked up The Devouring Gray, and I hope they enjoy the sequel! It’s been incredible to see people connecting with a story that I worked on for so long, and while it’s scary to let this duology go, it’s also so exciting to send it off into the world.
YABC: Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
I cried so hard while writing the epilogue that I could no longer see the keyboard, and then I had to go back and edit out all the typos. I can’t say anything else without spoilers, but I’m so proud of how it turned out.
YABC: Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?
May gave me so much trouble because she’s by nature a difficult character to get to the heart of. There’s a lot going on inside her head, and she isn’t interested in people being endeared to her or entertained by her the way so many of my other POV characters are. But because she was so tough to get to know, I think she was probably the most rewarding once I was finally able to get her voice right.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
Whichever part I’m not currently doing. It’s totally a grass-is-greener thing.
The Deck Of Omens
By: Christine Lynn Herman
Publisher: Little, Brown BYR
Release Date: April 21st, 2020
Two winners will each receive a copy of both books in the duology ~ (US Only)
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I really enjoyed The Devouring Grey and have been SO looking forward to the sequel! Love the cover of Deck of Omens, too, they go so well together. Thanks so much for the chance!!