Author Of The Week: Chat with Mara Rutherford (Crown Of Coral And Pearl), Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)
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 Mara Rutherford, YABC's Author of the Week!!
Mara Rutherford began her writing career as a journalist but quickly discovered she far preferred fantasy to reality. Originally from California, Mara has since lived all over the world along with her Marine-turned-diplomat husband. A triplet born on Leap Day, Mara holds a Master's degree in Cultural Studies from the University of London.
Meet Crown Of Coral and Pearl!
For generations, the princes of Ilara have married the most beautiful maidens from the ocean village of Varenia. But though every girl longs to be chosen as the next princess, the cost of becoming royalty is higher than any of them could ever imagine…
Nor once dreamed of seeing the wondrous wealth and beauty of Ilara, the kingdom that’s ruled her village for as long as anyone can remember. But when a childhood accident left her with a permanent scar, it became clear that her identical twin sister, Zadie, would likely be chosen to marry the Crown Prince—while Nor remained behind, unable to ever set foot on land.
Then Zadie is gravely injured, and Nor is sent to Ilara in her place. To Nor’s dismay, her future husband, Prince Ceren, is as forbidding and cold as his home—a castle carved into a mountain and devoid of sunlight. And as she grows closer to Ceren’s brother, the charming Prince Talin, Nor uncovers startling truths about a failing royal bloodline, a murdered queen… and a plot to destroy the home she was once so eager to leave.
In order to save her people, Nor must learn to negotiate the treacherous protocols of a court where lies reign and obsession rules. But discovering her own formidable strength may be the one move that costs her everything: the crown, Varenia and Zadie.
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
My favorite character is probably Ceren. I love writing villains and I always have fun when I write his scenes, because he's unpredictable, even to me!
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
The idea came first, although the title in its original form (CORAL AND PEARL) came right after.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
When I went on submission for the first time, I came across an interview with an editor who said her advice to writers is to "follow your compass, not your clock." I adopted that as my mantra and it has served me well. We can't control very much in the path to publication, but we can keep writing and pursuing our dreams.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
I love the whole thing, but I especially love the colors. The red, white, and pink pop off the dark background in such a cool way.
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2019-2020?
I am counting down the weeks until QUEEN OF NOTHING!
YABC: What was your favorite book in 2019?
So far, I'd have to say SORCERY OF THORNS. I adored it!
YABC: What’s up next for you?
Book 2, KINGDOM OF SEA AND STONE, is coming out next fall!
YABC: Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
The most emotional scene for me to narrate was probably when Nor leaves Varenia. I've had to say goodbye to my twin many times over the years, and it's always really painful.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
I love, love, love drafting! I find it so fun and free, and I am happiest when I'm completely immersed in the world of a story. I feel a lot more pressure when I'm revising, but during the drafting process, the sky is the limit!
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
If I have a superpower, it's probably resiliency, which is not something I ever would have thought growing up. I think publishing, and all the rejection that comes along with it, has really given me the ability to bounce back. And moving every few years with the Marine Corps first, and now the Foreign Service, has tested me in so many ways. I'm proud of myself for rolling with all the changes over the years!
Crown Of Coral and Pearl
By: Mara Rutherford
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Release Date: August 27th, 2019
One winner will receive a copy of Crown Of Coral and Pearl (Mara Rutherford) ~ (US Only)
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