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 Rory Power, YABC's Author of the Week!!
Rory Power grew up in New England and went on to earn an MA in prose fiction from the University of East Anglia. Wilder Girls is her first novel. To learn more about Rory, go to itsrorypower.com and follow @itsrorypower on Twitter and Instagram.
Meet The Wilder Girls!
It's been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty's life out from under her.
It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don't dare wander outside the school's fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.
But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there's more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
My favorite character changes from day to day, but I think most often it’s Reese, one of the three main girls. The other two have points of view and Reese doesn’t, so she was tricky for me to get a handle on sometimes, but I love how good she is at heart, even though she tries to pretend she isn’t.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
The novel came first! It used to have a different title (a terrible medical pun I will not be sharing for fear of ridicule) and I only changed it after finishing a full draft. Once it sold, the title changed again, although this time we only added a space, going from Wildergirls to Wilder Girls.
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
I’m very fond of the book’s opening, which has stayed pretty much the same from the first draft to the final. Beginnings of books fascinate me - I love seeing what an author has decided is the best way to set the tone - and I think the beginning of Wilder Girls gives the reader a pretty good idea of what’s to come.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
I think the most important thing has been learning my own process, and learning to not compare it to other people’s. Everybody works differently, and expecting someone else’s process and output to match yours is usually a recipe for disappointment. It’s been tough but I’m learning to trust myself and trust how I work.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
Of course the illustration is stunning, and so is the lettering for the title, which was done by hand, but I think my favorite thing is the grungy texture on the background. The book looks like it’s been out in the wild, which is so appropriate.
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2019?
I’m so looking forward to The Tenth Girl, by Sara Faring. I got a chance to read an early copy and it was stunning - absolutely effusive in its bizarreness, and so smart. It’s also got a spooky boarding school, so I knew I would love it even before I started.
YABC: Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?
This dubious honor has to go to Reese who, even though she is my favorite, was also a pain in the ass to get right. Because we don’t get her point of view, and because she’s a particularly closed off person, it was hard to show moments of vulnerability and let the reader in.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
Historically my answer to this is revising, but more and more I think it’s drafting. Even when I’m revising, my approach is usually to start from scratch with a rewrite. I love the freedom of drafting (especially the freedom to write garbage prose and know I’ll fix it later).
YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
Climate change and the efforts to combat and reverse it are deeply important to me, and should, I think, be to everybody. Donating to the NRDC or other such organizations is a great thing to do, if you have the means, but there are plenty of steps you can take that don’t require a monetary donation. The NRDC has a good landing page with a ton of resources to learn more: https://www.nrdc.org/issues/climate-change
By: Rory Power
Release Date: July 9th, 2019
One winner will each receive a hardcopy of Wilder Girls (Rory Power) ~ (US Only)
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