Author Of The Week: Chat with Katya de Becerra (What The Woods Keep), 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 Katya de Becerra , YABC's Author of the Week!!
Katya de Becerra was born in Russia, studied in California, lived in Peru, and then stayed in Australia long enough to become a local. She was going to be an Egyptologist when she grew up, but instead she earned a PhD in Anthropology. What The Woods Keep is her first novel.
Meet What The Woods Keep!
What the Woods Keep is the stunning debut of Katya de Becerra, who combines mystery, science fiction, and dark fantasy in a twisty story that will keep you mesmerized right up to the final page.
On her eighteenth birthday, Hayden inherits her childhood home—on the condition that she uncover its dark secrets.
Hayden tried to put the past behind her, and it worked. She’s getting ready for college, living in a Brooklyn apartment, and hanging out with her best friend and roommate Del. But now it’s all catching up with her: her mother’s mysterious disappearance a decade before, her father’s outlandish theories about a lost supernatural race, and Hayden’s own dark dreams of strange symbols and rituals in the Colorado woods where she grew up.
As soon as Hayden arrives at her hometown, her friend Del in tow, it begins: Neighbors whisper secrets about Hayden’s mother; the boy next door is now all grown-up in a very distracting way; and Hayden feels the trees calling to her. And among them, deep in the woods, Hayden will discover something incredible—something that threatens reality itself.
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
The title! It would’ve been around 2011, and I just finished writing a short story called The Fetch which was published in the Dark Edifice literary magazine. The Fetch became a catalyst of sorts for What The Woods Keep (though the two are not really connected plot-wise). The Fetch was set in a small forest-locked town and there was something strange hiding in the local woods. After publishing The Fetch, my headspace remained so completely immersed in its small-town-creepy-woods atmosphere that the title of my debut novel naturally emerged out of it and stayed on till the very end.
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
The ending! Sometimes endings in books are so obvious that it’s a no-brainer, but sometimes it’s the most difficult thing in the world. My editor helped me come up what I think is a perfect ending to What The Woods Keep. To say more would be to ruin it, so I’ll just stop talking now.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
That my work as a writer doesn’t end when my book finds a publisher or even when it’s finally out in the world. The amount of work authors have to do to help promote their books has been an eye-opener for me. I think in the year leading up to my debut’s publication I’ve learned enough about book marketing, publicity and graphic design to defend a PhD thesis. (Okay, maybe not quite! But close.)
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
The runic symbols hidden in plain sight. Having said that, I love my cover in its entirety. I think it is a total perfection and encapsulates the book’s essence in an excellent spooky way.
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2018-2019?
Rena Rossner’s beautiful dark fairy tale The Sisters of The Winter Wood (I’m burning my way through an advanced copy at the moment – it’s so good!); Erin Cashman’s Uncharted; Astrid Scholte’s Four Dead Queens; and The Law of Inertia by S. Gonzales. And so many more!
YABC: What was your favorite book in 2017-2018?
Leigh Bardugo’s Wonder Woman Warbringer and Melissa Albert’s The Hazel Wood. Also, it wasn’t published in 2017-2018 but I finally got to read Marisha Pessl’s Night Film this year and I honestly don’t know why I waited so long! What a strange, terrifying and absolutely brilliant book.
YABC: What’s up next for you?
I’m about to embark on revisions for my second book, Oasis, which is tentatively scheduled for Fall 2019 publication. It’s a standalone YA horror adventure about a group of teens who get into serious trouble while visiting an archaeological dig. I’m also working on another secret YA and an equally secret non-YA book.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
I love drafting, but it could be a bit isolating at times. So perhaps I love revising a bit more, since it tends to happen after my agent and editor have read my work and I finally have some specific feedback to act upon.
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
Being able to produce an extraordinary amount of work when under a deadline pressure. Nothing motivates me more than knowing my editor is waiting for me to do something!
What The Woods Keep
By: Katya de Becerra
Publisher: Macmillian's Children's Publishing
Release Date: September 18th, 2018
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The cover is eerie and mysterious fitting with synopsis. The synopsis is very intriguing. Sounds like a thrilling read.
I have been looking forward to this book for a while now! I cannot wait to read it, and it would be fantastic to win.
The ominous look of the cover provides the suspenseful and eerie mood that you want to create in a prospective reader. The storyline full of past secrets and strange happenings is intriguing and will draw in many a YA reader.