Author Of The Week: Chat with Kim Liggett (Heart Of Ash), 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 Kim Liggett, YABC's Author of the Week!!
At sixteen, Kim Liggett left her rural Midwestern town for New York City to pursue a career in music. Along with lending her voice to hundreds of studio recordings, she was a backup singer for some of the biggest rock bands in the 80s. Kim has two beautiful children. In addition to writing Blood and Salt and Heart of Ash, she is also the author of The Last Harvest.
Meet Heart Of Ash!
Ash may have escaped the immortal-worshipping cult that killed her mother, but the love of her life is still under its thrall. Dane has been possessed by his diabolical ancestor Coronado, a man who's fabulously wealthy, dripping with fame, and the leader of Europe's most dangerous immortal network. Dane begs Ash to join him at Coronado's castle in Spain, and swears that his blood bond with Ash is stronger than Coronado's hold over him. Ash is desperate to help Dane vanquish Coronado without having to sacrifice herself to the darkness. But when you're all in, blood and salt, the only way to hold on to the light might just be by setting everything on fire.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
Fabulous question. I think the biggest thing is learning to trust in your gut. When I first started writing I had beta readers, critique partners, family and friends involved in my work. It's necessary in the beginning, that's how you learn, how you grow, but at some point you have to pull back from that and let your instincts take over. I've come to cherish the time when the book is all mine--all raw possibility.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
First of all, it's gorgeous. Penguin does beautiful covers. I love the thoughtful progression from the first book. Where BLOOD AND SALT is black and white, stark, wild, in your face, HEART OF ASH is shades of gray, refined, secretive-- it's Ash growing into the woman she'll become.
YABC: Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
Without giving away too much, the scene between Ash and her brother Rhys. I love them together, but that scene is harrowing on so many levels. The guilt is absolutely heartbreaking.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
When I first started writing, I preferred drafting. Where is that person??? Because I'd like to have her back! I think that was because I didn't really know how to revise, but with five books under my belt, I've become an excellent reviser. I especially love that phase of revision where you have to peel back the skin and rearrange the bones of the story. It's maddening, brain bending work, but when you finally hit it just right, there's no better feeling. I'm always fighting to stay fluid, to look at things from a different perspective. The last thing I want to do is become so rigid as a writer that I stop growing. I'm always willing to blow something up to find a better way. My philosophy is, if I wrote it once, I can write it again. That way, nothing becomes too precious.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
Everyone loves Beth--and what's not to love--but I'm partial to Ash. I should hope so, since I've been in her head for two books. She's scrappy, smart and curious. She makes a lot of mistakes, but she still manages to find a bit of light, even in the darkest places. I admire that about her.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
This is the first book of mine where we've had a title change. It was originally titled BLOOD AND ASH, but they wanted something different. It took us a good couple of months of spitballing to land on HEART OF ASH. Now, I can't imagine it being called anything else.
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
I love the romance in this book. A little tortured and twisted, but super hot. Especially that scene starting on page 237. ; )
YABC: What’s up next for you?
The Unfortunates: Kim Liggett's fourth book, a standalone psychological thriller perfect for fans of Gretchen McNeil and Becca Fitzpatrick.
When seventeen-year-old senator's son Grant Tavish is involved in a fatal accident, all he wants to do is face the consequences of what he's done, but the consequences never come, even if headlines of "affluenza" do. The truth soon becomes clear: Due to his father's connections, not only will Grant not be held accountable for his actions, he's going to get away with murder.
When a long Tavish tradition approaches, a cave excursion on the Appalachian trail, Grant seizes the opportunity to take justice into his own hands by staging an accident and never coming back. But before he has a chance to enact his plans, the cave system collapses, trapping him miles beneath the surface with four other teens from much less fortunate circumstances. As they struggle to survive, they share their innermost secrets and fears, and just when it seems they might be on track to finding a way out, they realize there's something else down there.
And it's hunting them.
Tierney James, a 16-year-old girl from an isolated village, is banished to the northern forest with all the other girls her age, where they must survive the wilderness – and themselves – before being allowed to return to society as purified women.
With strong YA/Adult cross-over potential, THE GRACE YEAR examines the twisted relationships between girls, the women they eventually grow to become, and the difficult decisions they make in between.
Heart Of Ash
By: Kim Liggett
Publisher: G.P. Putnam Sons BYR
Release Date: February 20th, 2018
Two winners will each receive a copy of Blood & Salt and Heart Of Ash (Kim Liggett) ~ (US Only)
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The cover clearly communicates the genre of the novel, and the synopsis is compelling -- two qualities this newer release shares with the first book in the series. Thanks for the chance to win! --Kara S
The red color on this striking black and white background is artistic and matches the creepy tone of the synopsis.