Author Of The Week: Chat with Rosalyn Eves (Blood Rose Rebellion), 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 Rosalyn Eves, YABC's Author of the Week!!
Rosalyn Eves grew up in the Rocky Mountains, dividing her time between reading books and bossing her siblings into performing her dramatic scripts. As an adult, the telling and reading of stories is still one of her favorite things to do. When she’s not reading or writing, she enjoys spending time with her chemistry professor husband and three children, watching British period pieces, or hiking through the splendid landscape of southern Utah, where she lives. She dislikes housework on principle.
BLOOD ROSE REBELLION is her first novel.
Meet Blood Rose Rebellion!
Sixteen-year-old Anna Arden is barred from society by a defect of blood. Though her family is part of the Luminate, powerful users of magic, she is Barren, unable to perform the simplest spells. Anna would do anything to belong. But her fate takes another course when, after inadvertently breaking her sister’s debutante spell—an important chance for a highborn young woman to show her prowess with magic—Anna finds herself exiled to her family’s once powerful but now crumbling native Hungary.
Her life might well be over.
In Hungary, Anna discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. Not the people around her, from her aloof cousin Noémi to the fierce and handsome Romani Gábor. Not the society she’s known all her life, for discontent with the Luminate is sweeping the land. And not her lack of magic. Isolated from the only world she cares about, Anna still can’t seem to stop herself from breaking spells.
As rebellion spreads across the region, Anna’s unique ability becomes the catalyst everyone is seeking. In the company of nobles, revolutionaries, and Romani, Anna must choose: deny her unique power and cling to the life she’s always wanted, or embrace her ability and change that world forever.
YABC: Have you always been an avid reader?
YABC: What is your favorite aspect of your own fantasy world?
YABC: What was the most difficult aspect of writing this novel?
YABC: What would you like to say to your readers who might feel voiceless?
YABC: Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?
I’d say that Gábor was the hardest character for me to write. As a Romani man, he comes from a very different cultural background than I do, and I felt a lot of pressure to try and present that background respectfully, which required a lot more research and care than the other characters.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
I actually like parts of both—I love drafting when the story pours out of me and I get to see a new world take shape. (Though there are times when drafting is like pulling teeth.) But there’s also something incredibly satisfying about taking a rough form of a story and pulling it apart and putting it back together even better than it was before. If I had to pick one, I’d say revising wins by a slight margin.
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
Focus is both my super power and my Achilles’ heel: when I’m deep into a project I can block out just about everything else and power through. But as a mom with three young kids, sometimes being able to block everything out is not a good idea! My husband frequently laughs at me because I can disappear so completely into a book.
YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
There are lots that I respect, including First Book, which works hard to get books into the hands of underprivileged kids: https://www.firstbook.org/
I also have a friend who has worked with refugee camps in Germany and the current plight of refugees is heartbreaking. I’m in a pretty small rural town where we don’t have many refugees, but I’m proud to support the work of the International Rescue Committee: https://www.rescue.org/
Blood Rose Rebellion
By: Rosalyn Eves
Publisher: Knopf Books For Young Readers
Release Date: March 28th, 2017
One winner will receive a SIGNED copy of Blood Rose Rebellion, a print of a map drawn by the author,
and a bookmark. ~ (US Only)
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I'm guilty for reading this book's synopsis because of it's beautiful cover, but I think the synopsis was just more beautiful than the cover, if that were possible.
The story sounds great and the cover is probably one of the prettiest I've seen this year (or even longer that that). Thanks.