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 Kathryn Purdie, YABC's Author of the Week!!
Kathryn Purdie is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the BURNING GLASS series and BONE CRIER’S MOON, the first in a YA fantasy duology from Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins. She lives in the Rocky Mountains with her husband and three children. Kathryn is a trained classical actress who studied at the Oxford School of Drama. In her spare time, she loves writing songs on her guitar for her characters, binge-watching TV, and devouring Peanut Butter Oreos. Discover more about her at www.kathrynpurdie.com
Meet Bone Crier's Moon!
Bone Criers are the last descendants of an ancient famille charged with using the magic they draw from animal bones to shepherd the dead into the afterlife—lest they drain the light from the living.
Ailesse has been prepared since birth to become their matriarch, but first she must complete her rite of passage: to kill the boy she’s destined to love.
Bastien’s father was slain by a Bone Crier and he’s been seeking revenge ever since. Now his vengeance must wait, as Ailesse’s ritual has begun and their fates are entwined—in life and in death.
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
While doing research for another book, I came across “Les Dames Blanches” (women in white) in French folklore. In the stories, if a man comes across a woman in white on a bridge at night, she will ask him to dance, and If he dances with her, she’ll let him cross the bridge, but if he doesn’t, she will kill him. I couldn’t stop thinking about that idea for months! I wanted to know why these women killed men (was it really just because they were denied a dance?), and so I created my own story and my own mythology around “Les Dames Blanches” to answer that question.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
Sabine, the third point-of-view character. She was a more challenging character to write, because she doesn’t have the romantic thread in the book that includes the life and death stakes, which often comes easier for me. So to make Sabine’s story just as interesting, I plotted a lot of mystery and exciting reveals for her (the biggest twist came as a surprise while I was drafting). I also used her point-of-view to show frequent scenes with the villain. Sabine is the moral heart of the book, and I loved exploring her character arc.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
Before I started drafting the novel, I named it BONE GRACE, which my publisher later changed to BONE CRIER’S MOON. But “bone grace” is still a term use in the book. “Grace” is my word for magic. The Bone Crier’s use animal bones to give them graces to help ferry the dead into the afterlife.
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
The big reveal scene for Sabine is the one I’m the most proud of, probably because it’s the one I didn’t see coming, even though I plotted the novel extensively. I love the feeling of following my characters and being rewarded with something even better than I’d planned for.
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 trust my writing process more and believe the work will get done if I do my best every day, even if I don’t reach my daily word count goal after trying my best, or I get interrupted by life emergencies that set me back. I have to take a deep breath and look at my history: I’ve had four books published now. Every one has felt impossible at some point, but the work always gets done—and panicking doesn’t help it get done any faster.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
Wow, where to begin? It’s honestly the cover of my dreams. I absolutely adore the illustrator, Charlie Bowater, and how she’s envisioned my characters, Ailesse and Bastien, but my favorite thing about the cover are the Easter eggs in the top foliage. There are three of them: an owl, a female face, and a jackal.
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2020?
Good question! I’m a huge fan of Robin LaFevers and her books in the world of HIS FAIR ASSASSINS. I’m super excited to read IGNITING DARKNESS, which releases in June.
YABC: What was your favorite book in 2019?
SISTERS OF SHADOW AND LIGHT, and it’s not just because Sara B. Larson is my best friend! :-) First of all, we became best friends years ago because we loved each other’s writing so much. I love all of her books, but this one holds a special place in my heart. It’s truly unique and breathtaking. Sara writes such emotionally powerful stories!
YABC: What’s up next for you?
I just finished my biggest round of revisions for the sequel to BONE CRIER’S MOON, and I can’t wait to share the title and cover with all of you soon. I’m working with my agent on something new to sell, and I have lots of young adult and middle grade books ideas in the works. We’ll see what lands!
YABC: Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?
Bastien’s voice was the hardest to nail. BONE CRIER’S MOON is written from three point-of-view characters and in first person present tense, so it was critical that I differentiate the voices well. My natural tendency is to write a little more flowery and lyrical, which worked for Ailesse’s POV, and somewhat for Sabine’s, but it doesn’t suit Bastien’s revenge-driven personality and direct way of speaking. I’m proud of the way his voice turned out in the end. The hard work paid off!
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
I used to enjoy revising more, but I’ve turned into an author who enjoys drafting more. Still, my very favorite part of the whole process is the final round of polishing during revisions, when all the big changes have been made. At that point I’m just tinkering with words to get the sentence flow just right. Pure bliss!
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
I can hyperfocus like no other, which sounds amazing until you realize the flip-side. I’m the absolute worst at multi-tasking. I’m always striving to better balance my life.
YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
Before I became a published author, I worked for my state’s hemophilia foundation for seven years. I have three brothers and a son with severe hemophilia (a rare bleeding disorder), and I enjoyed raising awareness and providing education for it and other more common but not frequently diagnosed bleeding disorders, like von Willebrand disease, which 1 in 100 people have.
Bone Crier's Moon
By: Kathryn Purdie
Publisher: Katherine Tegen
Release Date: March 3rd, 2020
Two winners will each win a prize pack including:
a signed copy of the book, 2 character bookmarks, and an 11x17 poster of the book cover.
~ (US Only) ~
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