Author Of The Week: Chat with Stephanie Garber (Caraval), 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 Stephanie Garber, YABC's Author of the Week!!
Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.
Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.
But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.
Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
I think I give a different answer every time I’m asked this question, because I really love all my characters. But I today would have to say Legend is probably my favorite. I love enigmatic characters with questionable morals, which I think is the best way to describe Legend without spoiling anything.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
In a way, the title, although Caraval was not the original title for this book. When I was drafting I filed the manuscript under the title Caraval, but when I was looking for a literary agent I didn’t want to use that as a title because it was a made up word. So I called it Hearts Made of Black—from a phrase in the book. But I never really liked that title, so when my publisher suggested we call it Caraval I was thrilled.
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
This is a tough one. The scene I’m most proud of is sort of a spoiler. But I am also really proud of the letters in the very beginning of the book. That chapter of the book was the only chapter that didn’t change at all after the book sold—although I can’t take all the credit, because my critique partner Stacey Lee and my agent really helped me perfect each of those notes.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
I actually love everything about the cover. I’m very thankful to Erin Fitzsimmons and Ray Shappell for designing it. I think they did a tremendous job capturing the feel of the book. But, if I had to pick a favorite part I would say it’s the star in the middle of the cover—on the final jacket it looks so sparkly and pretty, and I am a huge sucker for sparkly and pretty.
YABC: What’s up next for you?
Right now I’m working on the sequel to Caraval. I don’t think I can say anything about it at the moment, but I’m definitely having fun writing it.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
Revising! I think of drafting is as giving my story bones and skin, but revising is when I get to add flesh and clothes and accessories. It’s when I really get to play with my words and get to know my characters and plot even better. I’m kind of a perfectionist, so drafting is really hard for me because it’s so very messy, whereas revising is all about cleaning things up, so I love it.
By: Stephanie Garber
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Release Date: January 31st, 2017
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The cover is absolutely gorgeous, but the synopsis sounds equally amazing! And I have heard nothing but great things about this so far, so I am really excited to read it!
This books cover is so beautiful and unique. I can't say I've seen a cover like this. The synopsis makes me want to read the book!
This book is already on my TBR list, and the cover is part of the reason. It's so dark and dramatic. I love it! The synopsis reminds me a little bit of the story "Tangled." After reading the author's interview and seeing that she's a Disney fan, I can see how the story is inspired by that type of fantasy.