Author Of The Week: Author Chat with Emma Theriault (Rebel Rose), Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)

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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 Emma Theriault, YABC's Author of the Week!

Emma Theriault was born and raised in Ottawa, the capital city of Canada, and thus has a penchant for gothic revival architecture and a constant craving for Beavertails. She has been everything from an enthusiastic bookseller (who once sold a book to Prime Minister Trudeau) to a purveyor of whitewater rafting adventures in the Interior of British Columbia. When not writing books about curses and blood magic, she can be found eating burritos, hiking with her boyfriend or cuddling with her cats, Gatsby and Harriet. You can follow her on Twitter @eltheriault.

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Meet Rebel Rose!

Happily ever after is only the beginning as Belle takes on the responsibility of becoming queen and learns to balance duty, love, and sacrifice, all while navigating dark political intrigue—and a touch of magic.

It’s 1789 and France is on the brink of revolution. Belle has finally broken the Enchantress’s curse, restoring the Beast to his human form and bringing life back to their castle in the province of Aveyon. But in Paris, the fires of change are burning, and it’s only a matter of time before the rebellion arrives on their doorstep.

Not so very long ago, Belle dreamed of leaving her provincial home for a life of adventure. But now she finds herself living in a palace, torn between her past as a commoner, and her future as royalty. While Belle grapples with her newfound position, there are those who would do anything to keep her from power.

When she stumbles across a magic mirror that holds a dire warning, Belle wants nothing more than to ignore the mysterious voice calling her to accept a crown she never desired. But violent factions of the revolution may already be lurking within her own castle, and doing nothing would endanger everything she holds dear. With the fate of her country, her love, and her life at stake, Belle must decide if she is ready to embrace her own strength--and the magic that ties her to so many female rulers before her--to become the queen she is meant to be.

Rebel Rose is the first in the Queen's Council series, an empowering fairy tale reimagining of the Disney Princesses-and the real history behind their stories-like you've never seen before.
 

 

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~ Author Chat ~
 

 

YABC:  What gave you the inspiration to write this book?

When I saw the pitch from Disney, my first thought was “am I hallucinating? Did this come from my brain?” The idea of pairing Disney Princesses with real historical events is something that a lot of us have daydreamed about, so getting to be the one to actually write one of those stories was a dream come true! I was a history major in university and my absolute favourite princess has always been Belle, so it was the perfect fit.

 



YABC:  Which came first, the title or the novel?

I had to write Rebel Rose rather quickly, so we didn’t discuss titles until I had submitted that first draft. I didn’t even let myself think about it because I wasn’t sure if Disney already had a title in mind or not. But then my editor asked if I had any ideas, and eventually I came up with Rebel Rose, and the team loved it. I like it because it obviously fits with the themes and imagery of the animated film and the French Revolution, but it’s deeper too. Belle is rebelling in her own way against the expectations that come with marrying a prince, and then she rebels even further when her husband becomes king after their kingdom secedes from France. She can’t imagine ruling a kingdom she spent her life longing to leave. 

 



YABC:  What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?

In the beginning of Rebel Rose, Belle and her husband are visiting Paris and staying with an aristocratic cousin deeply entrenched in the court of Versailles. While there, he hosts a celebratory dinner, inviting a slew of noble guests who view Belle as an oddity at best, and something of a radical at worst. Belle gets into a verbal spat with a nobleman about her rather progressive ideas about equal access to education. It was fun to write because Belle, having been raised as a commoner, has no qualms about speaking her mind, even if etiquette would have her hold her tongue.


 

YABC:  Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?

I came to an essential realization early on in the writing process, and it was that I couldn’t possibly write a story that would please everyone. Up until that moment I felt an immense amount of pressure to get Belle’s story “right,” at the expense of the creative process. I finally came to the conclusion that the best I could do would be to write the story that felt authentic to me, and hope that it would resonate with some of my readers.



 

YABC:  What do you like most about the cover of the book?

EVERYTHING! Designers Sammy Yuen and Marci Senders really blew me away. The gilded rose, the needle-sharp thorns, and the gathering smoke all come together to convey a certain darkness that exists in Rebel Rose. Belle broke the curse, yes, but its effects linger, and the French Revolution looms. I think this cover does an excellent job of setting the tone.


 

YABC:  What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2021?

SO MANY! Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart, Down Comes the Night by Allison Saft, The Ivies by Alexa Donne, The Devil Makes Three by Tori Bovalino, and Jade Fire Gold by June Tan to name a few.

 

 

YABC:  What was your favorite book in 2020?

There were so many good books out this year, but my favourites were Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power and Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust



 

YABC:  Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising? 

I think everyone who knows me knows by now that I am very much on Team Revisions. Drafting is often an exercise in futility for me, but I love to revise. A mess of words on a page can be fixed, but a blank page can defeat me. 



 

YABC:  What would you say is your superpower? 

My curiosity. I’m the first person to whip out my phone and google some obscure fact because I’m never content to be left wondering. It probably annoys my friends and family, but I can’t help it, I just have to KNOW. I can’t tell you how many Wikipedia journeys I end up on, for example: looking up the etymology of the word ‘balustrade’ and ending up reading about the Enmannsche Kaisergeschichte, a lost historical work theorized to be a common source for many subsequent writings on the early roman emperors. 

 

 

 

       

Rebel Rose

By: Emma Theriault

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Release Date: November 10th, 2020

 

 

 

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Three winners will receive a copy of Rebel Rose (Emma Theriault) ~ (US Only)

 

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Andrea Cerda on Wednesday, 18 November 2020 14:23

That cover!!! and the story sound amazing!

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That cover!!! and the story sound amazing!
Simone on Monday, 23 November 2020 12:01

Happily Ever After has always seemed like more of a beginning to me, and I'm so happy someone is finally telling a historically accurate continuation of one of the best fairy tales! The golden rose on the cover is also totally gorgeous

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Happily Ever After has always seemed like more of a beginning to me, and I'm so happy someone is finally telling a historically accurate continuation of one of the best fairy tales! The golden rose on the cover is also totally gorgeous :)
Shilo Quetchenbach on Tuesday, 24 November 2020 11:34

This looks so good and the cover is really pretty!

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This looks so good and the cover is really pretty!
Ezlyn Fillips on Tuesday, 01 December 2020 17:37

I love the cover and the synopsis! I was lucky enough to receive an eARC and I loved this book! One of my favorite reads of the year!

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I love the cover and the synopsis! I was lucky enough to receive an eARC and I loved this book! One of my favorite reads of the year!
Morgan on Wednesday, 02 December 2020 08:43

oh my gosh, I love a good reimagining! and Belle is my favorite! I can't wait to read this one.

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oh my gosh, I love a good reimagining! and Belle is my favorite! I can't wait to read this one.
Candice Gigous on Monday, 07 December 2020 12:34

The cover is pretty. The synopsis is interesting. Sounds like a great read.

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The cover is pretty. The synopsis is interesting. Sounds like a great read.
Frida on Thursday, 10 December 2020 01:30

Belle is my favorite princess and I definitely love the idea of reimagining it! I don't usually read a lot of historical books, but this has fantasy involved and I can't wait to read it!

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Belle is my favorite princess and I definitely love the idea of reimagining it! I don't usually read a lot of historical books, but this has fantasy involved and I can't wait to read it!
Penny Olson on Friday, 11 December 2020 15:05

The cover is beautiful. What a great idea to do a story about after the Happy Ever After for Beauty and the Beast.

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The cover is beautiful. What a great idea to do a story about after the Happy Ever After for Beauty and the Beast.
Danielle Hammelef on Saturday, 12 December 2020 10:58

The cover is gorgeous. Retelling are so much fun to read.

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The cover is gorgeous. Retelling are so much fun to read.

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