Author Of The Week: Chat with Julie Eshbaugh (Obsidian and Stars), 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!!
Julie Eshbaugh once produced an online video series for teens which received several honors from the Webby Awards. Now, she focuses her time on writing.
Meet Obsidian and Stars!
In the riveting sequel to Ivory and Bone—the YA fantasy novel that New York Times bestselling author Amie Kaufman described as having a “richly crafted world of life-and-death stakes”—the story shifts to Mya’s viewpoint as vengeful adversaries force her to flee the life she once knew.
After surviving the battle that erupted after Lo and the Bosha clan attacked, now Mya is looking ahead to her future with Kol. All the things that once felt so uncertain to her are finally falling into place. But the same night as Kol and Mya’s betrothal announcement, Mya’s brother Chev reveals his plan to marry their youngest sister, Lees, to his friend Morsk. The only way to avoid this terrible turn of events, Morsk informs Mya when he corners her later, is for Mya to take Lees’ place and marry him herself.
Rejecting Morsk’s offer, and in an effort to protect her sister, Mya whisks Lees away to a secret island until things back home blow over. Mya soon realizes she’s been followed, however. Even worse, lurking deep in the recesses of this dangerous place are rivals from Mya’s past whose thirst for revenge exceeds all reason.
With the lives of her loved ones resting on her shoulders, Mya must make a move before the enemies of her past become the undoing of her future.
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
I would have to say the ending is the scene I’m most proud of. When I first planned out the Ivory and Bone books, I imagined them as a duology—one book from Kol’s point of view and one from Mya’s point of view. But then I loved their world so much, I wanted to make the story into a trilogy. It was only when I wrote Obsidian and Stars that I realized that keeping it to two books served the story best, so Obsidian and Stars closes the series. When I wrote the ending, it was important to me that it end on just the write feeling—that you are left with a sense of what the future might bring for the characters. I’m very proud of the ending, and I hope readers find it satisfying.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
I love the fact that (like the Ivory and Bone cover,) it represents an important moment in the book! It doesn’t exactly illustrate an event, as much as symbolize it. I also love the colors, and the way it’s both similar and different from the Ivory and Bone cover. Lastly, I love the spine—like on the spine of Ivory and Bone, the words Obsidian and Stars look like they are made from Obsidian and Stars!
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2017?
Julie Dao’s Forest of a Thousand Lanterns is one book I can’t wait to hold in my hands!
YABC: What was your favorite book in 2016?
I read so many great books last year, but Caraval by Stephanie Garber, (which is technically a 2017 book, though I read it in 2016,) was a definite favorite!
YABC: What’s up next for you?
I’m working on a new fantasy story! I can’t say too much about it, except that it’s very different from the Ivory and Bone books. It’s in the early stages, but I’m looking forward to sharing more soon.
YABC: Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
Without giving anything away, let me just say that there are several scenes in Obsidian and Stars that require tissues—happy and sad scenes—and the sad ones were very hard to write. It’s all necessary to the story, but it did hurt.
YABC: Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?
Mya was the hardest, because she’s a very closed, private person in Ivory and Bone, but she’s the narrator of Obsidian and Stars. I needed to draw her out and get her to share her story. It was a rough start for me, but once I got her talking she became a very layered and dynamic narrator. I think readers are going to love her.
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
If I have a superpower, it has to be the ability to travel through time and space, and inhabit the lives of other people. I do it every time I read a book.
Obsidian and Stars
By: Julie Eshbaugh
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: June 13th, 2017
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The cover has a cool look, with the contrasting colors. I haven't read anything by this author before, but I like the way the synopsis draws the reader in.
The cover does coordinate well with the previous book in the series but I don't think there's anything particularly eye-catching about it. This series sounds exciting and it's been on my TBR list for awhile. I'll definitely need to start it.