Author Of The Week: Author Chat with Julie Eshbaugh (Crown Of Oblivion), Plus Giveaway!
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 Julie Eshbaugh, YABC's Author of the Week!!
Meet Crown Of Oblivion!
Astrid is the surrogate for Princess Renya, which means she bears the physical punishment if Renya steps out of line. Astrid has no choice—she and her family are Outsiders, the lower class of people without magic and without citizenship.
But there is a way out of this life—competing in the deadly Race of Oblivion. To enter the race, an Outsider is administered the drug Oblivion, which wipes their memory clear of their past as they enter a new world with nothing to help them but a slip of paper bearing their name and the first clue. It’s not as simple as solving a puzzle, however—for a majority of the contestants, the race ends in death. But winning would mean not only freedom for Astrid, but citizenship and health care for her entire family. With a dying father to think of, Astrid is desperate to prevail.
From the beginning, the race is filled with twists and turns. One of them is Darius, a fellow racer Astrid meets but isn’t sure she can trust. Though they team up in the race, as Astrid’s memories begin to resurface, she remembers just who he was to her—a scorned foe who may want revenge. Astrid also starts to notice she has powers no Outsider should—which could help her win the race, but also make her a target if anyone finds out. With stakes that couldn’t be higher, Astrid must decide what is more important: risking her life to remember the mysteries of the past, or playing a cutthroat game in order to win her—and her family’s—freedom.
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
I love survival stories, and I have a fascination with memory and how our memories affect us. I started writing this book in late 2016, and a few months later, my step-mom, who was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, moved with my father to a house five minutes away from me so I could help take care of her. Meanwhile, my mother-in-law was also suffering from dementia and could no longer recognize us. While I wrote this book I witnessed these two wonderful women struggle to maintain their identities in spite of memory loss, and though I didn’t realize it at the time, a lot of their experiences influenced this book.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
Astrid is definitely a favorite character of mine. She is fierce but still vulnerable, considering her circumstances. She’s the kind of girl who charges forward in the face of fear, if it means helping someone she loves. There are a few scenes in the book where her fearlessness put her in situations where I had to ask, “How would you find your way out of this, Astrid?” because I needed her perspective to figure it out. Those moments are always fun to write.
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
I don’t want to say too much because it comes at the end of the book, but there is a scene with an ax that I feel really good about. Without giving any spoilers, I found that scene to be very cathartic to write. Anyone who has read the book will know exactly what I mean!
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
I’ve learned to be patient. I’m always hoping with every new book I start that it will drop in my lap whole, like a jigsaw puzzle already put together. But books don’t come to me like that at all. I get one piece at a time, and it can take a lot of patience to work on it until it looks like the picture in my head. I’ve learned that that’s okay. Books take time.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
I love the expression on Astrid’s face. You can see her fierceness in her eyes.
YABC: Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?
Princess Renya was probably the most challenging to write. Her life is the picture of privilege, and her behavior causes people she cares about pain. She has a very warped view of the world, and it was important to me that she not be a caricature.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
I really enjoy drafting. I love creating the setting, getting to know the characters, and seeing how it all comes together when they face certain obstacles. I don’t hate revising, but it feels more like work than drafting, at least for me.
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
Persistence. Once I get a goal into my head, it’s not easy to stop me.
Crown Of Oblivion
By: Julie Eshbaugh
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: November 12th, 2019
Two winners will receive a copy of Crown Of Oblivion (Julie Eshbaugh) ~ (One US & One International)
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I loved the synopsis and description!! The cover is stunning. I am getting Hunger games vibes with the whole competition plot. I am super excited!! All the very best to the author!!
The cover is gorgeous and the synopsis promises secrets, suspense, and lots of action, all of which I love in my books.