Author Of The Week: Chat with Kiersten White (The Dark Descent Of Elizabeth Frankenstein), 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 Kiersten White , YABC's Author of the Week!!
KIERSTEN WHITE is the New York Times bestselling author of the And I Darken series, comprised of And I Darken, Now I Rise, and Bright We Burn; the Paranormalcy series; Slayer, and many more novels. She lives with her family near the ocean in San Diego, where she perpetually lurks in the shadows.
Meet The Dark Descent Of Elizabeth Frankenstein!
Elizabeth Lavenza hasn't had a proper meal in weeks. Her thin arms are covered with bruises from her "caregiver," and she is on the verge of being thrown into the streets . . . until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, an unsmiling, solitary boy who has everything--except a friend.Victor is her escape from misery. Elizabeth does everything she can to make herself indispensable--and it works. She is taken in by the Frankenstein family and rewarded with a warm bed, delicious food, and dresses of the finest silk. Soon she and Victor are inseparable.
But her new life comes at a price. As the years pass, Elizabeth's survival depends on managing Victor's dangerous temper and entertaining his every whim, no matter how depraved. Behind her blue eyes and sweet smile lies the calculating heart of a girl determined to stay alive no matter the cost . . . as the world she knows is consumed by darkness.
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
Usually I love a side character the most. They have so little pressure—they can show up on page, say something witty, and enjoy the ride without bearing the burden of the narrative. But in this case, Elizabeth is my favorite character. I love how complicated she is, how duplicitous, what a survivor. It was really cathartic writing about a girl who has to pretend to be what everyone wants her to be—uncomplicated, angelic—while her interior is all sharp edges and stormy seas.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
It took us a while to settle on the title, but the novel wouldn’t exist without another title—Frankenstein, obviously!—so it definitely is a chicken and egg scenario, ha! I ended up choosing a phrase, “The dark descent,” from Paradise Lost, John Milton’s epic poem that inspired Mary Shelley, and combining it with Elizabeth Frankenstein’s name to make it very clear this was a retelling.
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
There is a scene in chapter eight that is…uncomfortable. A crit partner read it and encouraged me to make it even more visceral. I did, and I’m so proud of it, and it unlocked another key scene later! Sometimes you need to push just a little farther, a little harder, to hit on the right thing.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
Oh, I adore this cover. The designer, Regina Flath, was absolutely the most perfect designer for this novel. My favorite part about it is that she went from concept to completed cover in a matter of days—and she did the FRANKENSTEIN embroidery herself! I love that it ties in so well and obviously to Frankenstein, but also does it in such an unnerving and decidedly feminine way.
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2019?
INTERNMENT by Samira Ahmed was an incredibly powerful and harrowing read, and I think it should be on everyone’s TBR. It’s a story of a young Muslim woman who, along with her parents, is taken to a Muslim internment camp. She has to decide how she can fight back, what risk is worth freedom, and who she is in the face of so much hatred and bigotry. It’s a near-future setting that is chillingly plausible.
YABC: What’s up next for you?
I have a Buffy the Vampire Slayer spinoff series coming in January, the first book of which is SLAYER. It’s about the newest—and last—Slayer called, who has an intimate and painful connection to Buffy. After that, I have a new trilogy pending that hasn’t been announced yet…
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
I enjoy both, actually! I love the sheer joy of discovering the story in a draft and chasing the threads that will lead me to the conclusion. But I also love having a finished manuscript to pull apart and dig deeper into, making it into what I always wanted the story to be.
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
There’s an LGBTQ+ community center in Provo, Utah, called Encircle. Its goal is to provide a home-like atmosphere where LGBTQ+ people—particularly teens—can go to feel welcome, and where families can go for resources and to see what a healthy rainbow family can look and feel like. I grew up in Utah, so to have a community center like this combatting the horrifying LGBTQ+ teen suicide rates in that state is so heartening and hopeful. If you’re interested in learning more, you can go to www.encircletogether.org. I was able to help them put together a library with donations from so many of my incredible young adult author peers.
The Dark Descent Of Elizabeth Frankenstein
By: Kiersten White
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: September 25th, 2018
Three winners will each receive a signed copy of The Dark Descent Of Elizabeth Frankenstein (Kiersten White) ~ (US Only)
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I would love to win this book! It's the No. 1 YA new release I want to read of all of 2018; I cannot wait to experience this unique story. The cover is very appealing, too. Thanks!
The cover is amazing and a tad spine tingling … A perfect book for October just form the cover. The story sounds like a haunting thriller with a unique twist on a classic .. Very intriguing and mouth watering!!!
The alarming and chilling cover is perfect for this novel. The synopsis spelled out the suspense and turmoil for the main character as she tries to manage this descent into madness of her friend and ensure her survival. I can't wait for this novel and will read it as soon as possible.