Author Of The Week: Chat with Stephanie Garber (Legendary), Plus Giveaway!!

unnamed-1

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!!

I’m the international and New York Times bestselling author of Caraval.

When I’m not writing, I teach creative writing at a private college in Northern California, where I’ve been known to turn assignments into games and take students on field trips that involve book signings.

To help pay my bills during college, grad school, and the breaks in between, I worked as a barista, a waitress, a bartender, a customer service representative for an energy consulting company, and as a sales girl at Bath and Bodyworks. I also spent years working with youth; I worked as a counselor at space themed summer camp, volunteered at a school for deaf children in Mexico, and I took multiple groups of college students overseas to spend their winter vacations serving at youth hostels in Amsterdam. But out of everything that I’ve done, writing young adult novels has been my favorite job.

My debut YA fantasy novel, Caraval is out now (Flatiron Books/Macmillan—US and Hodder & Stoughton—UK). Caravalhas sold in thirty foreign territories and the movie rights were picked by Twentieth Century Fox.

 

Website * Facebook * Twitter * Instagram

 

 

 

Meet Legendary!

Stephanie Garber’s limitless imagination takes flight once more in the colorful, mesmerizing, and immersive sequel to the bestselling breakout debut Caraval

A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win.

After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.

The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more—and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets…including her sister's. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice. But now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about—maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval...the games have only just begun.

 

 

Amazon * B & N Indiebound

 

 

 

~ Interview ~

 

 

YABC:  Who is your favorite character in the book?

My answer to this question changes all the time. I love so many of my characters. But at the moment, I think I’d have to say the villain in Legendary is my favorite. I love villains—I love how they can sometimes be so appealing even though you know they will and can destroy you. I don’t want to spoil anything in the book, so I can’t say too much, but I had a great time writing this character and I’m excited to see reader’s reactions.

YABC:  Which came first, the title or the novel?

The novel. We actually debated Legendary’s title for months. For a while I wanted to call it Legends, but my publisher feared that might be too similar to Marie Lu’s book Legend. So we steered away from that, but then I kept coming back to the word Legends because the book is full of so much new mythology, and it also centers around the search for Legend’s true identity. So I suggested that rather than calling it Legends we call it Legendary, and thankfully my publisher agreed.

YABC:  What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?

I’m going to cheat on this one and rather than pick a scene I’m going to say I’m really proud of the entire ending. It took me over two years to write this book. The ending for it was particularly tricky—I wrote seven very different endings. I liked most of them, but some of them were really dark, and some of them felt as if there was something missing. So when I finally wrote the ending that we have now I felt as if I’d leapt over a huge hurdle. The ending is also one of my favorite parts of the book.

YABC:  Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?

Perseverance. It took me a long time to become published. Before Caraval was published I wrote six books that didn’t sell. For years I saw nothing but rejections. It was so painful at the time I didn’t know that it would ever be worth it, but looking back I can see how preserving through all those rejections prepared me to be an author. Legendary sold before I wrote it, but the first draft I wrote did not go in the direction my editor wanted, and honestly it was kind of a mess, so I had to scrap it and rewrite the book. The second draft was much better, but there were problems with the first half, which meant I had to rewrite that book as well. It was discouraging and challenging, but since I’d already learned to persevere, I knew that these early failures didn’t mean I would fail forever; I just needed to keep going and keep working.

YABC:  What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2018-2019?

There are so many upcoming books that I’m excited for! I’m really looking forward to Wildcard by Marie Lu, Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir, Escaping From Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco, Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao, A Sorrow Fierce and Falling by Jessica Cluess, and Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor to name a few.

YABC:  What was your favorite book in 2017-2018 (or so far in 2018)?

I don’t like to pick favorites, but I will say that I’ve recently read some fantastic books! Enchantée by Gita Trelease doesn’t release until 2019, but it’s so wonderful I can’t stop talking about. It takes place around the start of the French Revolution and it’s full of magic and decadence and really fantastic villains. I also recently read Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson and I loved it. This book is set in the same world as her previous series, The Remnant Chronicles, but it’s an entirely new story so you don’t have to have read that series—though I highly recommend it. Mary is a master at world building, romance, and writing characters that will steal your heart. I also recently read and loved Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd. This is another book that’s set in France—this time it’s modern day Paris, although Grim Lovelies takes readers into the magical hidden world of Paris. This book was whimsical and dark and entirely enchanting.

YABC:   What’s up next for you?

Recently we announced FINALE, which will be the third book in the Caraval series. So I’m working on that right now. I can’t say much about it. I’m in the early stages of drafting, so anything I’ve written up until this point could totally change. But as of right now the story is from both Scarlett and Tella’s POV and I’m really having fun with it. It’s been especially nice to spend more time with Scarlett and Julian again.

YABC:  Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?

Revising. All the way. Drafting can be exciting, but it’s really difficult for me. I see too many possibilities when I’m writing a story, so I often get stuck trying to decide which direction the story should go. But revising is nice because the foundation is laid, the direction of the story has been decided, so I get to focus on bringing the story more to life. I see drafting as building a house and revising as decorating and furnishing a house—and for me, decorating is much more fun than building. I love adding sparkle to my settings, and I have so much fun playing around with dialogue and shifting it from something that’s totally utilitarian into something that’s surprising or shocking.

 

Legendary

By: Stephanie Garber

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Release Date: May 29th, 2018

 

 

 

*GIVEAWAY DETAILS* 

Two winners will each receive a copy of Legendary (Stephanie Garber) ~ (US Only)

 

*Click the Rafflecopter link below to enter the giveaway*

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Rockstar Book Tours Blog Tour, Interview, & Giveaw...
YABC Staff's Current Reads ~ May 14th, 2018

Related Posts

 

Comments 18

Already Registered? Login Here
Olivia F on Monday, 14 May 2018 11:27

I love this cover, and I am so excited for this to come out! 15 days...

0
I love this cover, and I am so excited for this to come out! 15 days...
John on Monday, 14 May 2018 20:51

The cover is cool! Sounds like a good tale of good versus evil!

0
The cover is cool! Sounds like a good tale of good versus evil!
Candice Gigous on Tuesday, 15 May 2018 08:27

The cover is fun with that carnival feeling. The synopsis is very compelling. I really liked Caraval and I am looking forward to this one.

0
The cover is fun with that carnival feeling. The synopsis is very compelling. I really liked Caraval and I am looking forward to this one.
Tiffany Engler on Tuesday, 15 May 2018 08:49

I really like that the covers compliment each other. I haven't read Caraval yet so I'm not going to see what this book is about.

0
I really like that the covers compliment each other. I haven't read Caraval yet so I'm not going to see what this book is about.
Julie Daniels on Wednesday, 16 May 2018 06:17

I'm so excited for Legendary! I've been waiting for it for so so long and I loved reading Stephanie's answers to the questions and learning more about her journey to becoming a published author and after. I'm so happy she persevered. I can't wait to continue this journey with the characters she has created in Legendary and then Finale! And the cover is gorgeous! I want the UK cover as well. I've seen some of the other foreign covers on Stephanie's Instagram and went gaga for them as well! I may have to start collecting!

0
I'm so excited for Legendary! I've been waiting for it for so so long and I loved reading Stephanie's answers to the questions and learning more about her journey to becoming a published author and after. I'm so happy she persevered. I can't wait to continue this journey with the characters she has created in Legendary and then Finale! And the cover is gorgeous! I want the UK cover as well. I've seen some of the other foreign covers on Stephanie's Instagram and went gaga for them as well! I may have to start collecting!
Erin on Saturday, 19 May 2018 20:42

Oh wow!!! I can't even explain how excited I am for Legendary to come out!! I LOVED Caraval and have been anxiously waiting for a followup ever since!! The cover is STUNNING and flows very nicely with the cover of Caraval. Thank you for this amazing chance at a copy of Legendary!! ??

0
Oh wow!!! I can't even explain how excited I am for Legendary to come out!! I LOVED Caraval and have been anxiously waiting for a followup ever since!! The cover is STUNNING and flows very nicely with the cover of Caraval. Thank you for this amazing chance at a copy of Legendary!! ??
Shannon Mizikoski on Wednesday, 30 May 2018 22:20

Gish this series has the most AMAZING covers, does it not? I am really excited to start the series- I ended up deciding to just wait til the sequel comes out and binge both books!!

0
Gish this series has the most AMAZING covers, does it not? I am really excited to start the series- I ended up deciding to just wait til the sequel comes out and binge both books!!
Kaniesha on Thursday, 31 May 2018 17:56

I actually read Caraval about a week ago so I'm THRILLED with my timing. I can't wait to read Legendary! The covers are so gorgeous!

0
I actually read Caraval about a week ago so I'm THRILLED with my timing. I can't wait to read Legendary! The covers are so gorgeous!
Kara S on Sunday, 03 June 2018 10:29

It's an awesome cover that matches with its series predecessor Caraval, and it sounds like the storyline will be just as delightful!

0
It's an awesome cover that matches with its series predecessor [i]Caraval[/i], and it sounds like the storyline will be just as delightful!
Maria Malaveci on Monday, 04 June 2018 12:28

I am really looking forward to reading it. Thanks for the giveaway!

0
I am really looking forward to reading it. Thanks for the giveaway!

FEATURED GIVEAWAYS

Latest Book Listings Added

City of Spells (Into the Crooked Place, #2)
 
4.7
 
0.0 (0)
City of Spells, the follow-up to Alexandra Christo's gritty...
Ravage the Dark (Scavenge the Stars, #2)
 
4.3
 
0.0 (0)
Step into an opulent world filled with risk, romance,...
Sing Me Forgotten
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Isda does not exist. At least not beyond the...
Sweet & Bitter Magic
 
4.7
 
0.0 (0)
In this charming debut fantasy perfect for fans of...
American Betiya
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
A luminous story of a young artist grappling with...
The Fire in the Glass
 
4.7
 
0.0 (0)
To save someone she loves from brutal murder, a...
A Red Sun Rises
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Nine years ago, an unknown poison called the “Red” saturated...
The Story Blanket
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Babba Zarrah lives in a tiny village in the snow-covered...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Which side do you choose when your family is both...
Now That Night is Near
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
It's bedtime, and across the land everyone is settling down...
Mommy Loves You
 
4.5
 
0.0 (0)
With heart-shaped lift-the-flaps and a surprise mirror at the end,...
Calm Bunny (Yoga Tots)
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Charming illustrations and step-by-step instructions take little ones through a...
The Problem with Pierre
 
4.5
 
0.0 (0)
The differences between Bertram and his neighbor Alan were never...
Noisy Tractor (I Can Learn)
 
4.3
 
0.0 (0)
Children will love to press the soft, silicone buttons on...
Broken Hearts of Queens (Book 1 from The Lost in Love Series)
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Joy Luminieé, a scrappy teen from Queens, NY, can barely...
Phoebe Unfired
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
CONNECTING IS TOUGH WHEN YOU CAN'T EVEN TOUCH ...

Latest Member Reviews

Black Canary: Breaking Silence
 
3.0
"Years ago, the Court of Owls overtook Gotham City, ending the reign of superheroes and creating a new Gotham built..."
The Clockwork Crow
 
3.0
"Seren Rhys is glad to be leaving the orphanage but nervous about what awaits her at her godfather's estate, Plas-y..."
American Betiya
 
5.0
"AMERICAN BETIYA is a breathtaking contemporary read about identity, family, and racism. Rani is an Indian American with dreams of..."
The Story Blanket
 
5.0
"‘The Story Blanket’ by Ferida Wolff and Harriet May Savitz, illustrated by Elena Odriozola, is the story of Babba Zarrah,..."
My Best Friend Prince Charming
 
4.5
"‘My Best Friend Prince Charming’ by Cindy Ray Hale tells the story of Ryker and Shannon, two best friends who..."
In the Penalty Box
 
4.0
" The Story: Willow is a figure skater who has been sidelined from her team by an injury...."
Now That Night is Near
 
4.0
"NOW THAT NIGHT IS NEAR is a lovely poem in a picture book about going to sleep. A cat travels..."
Mommy Loves You
 
4.5
"MOMMY LOVES YOU is a sweet board book of love between mother and child. The book features mother and baby..."
Calm Bunny (Yoga Tots)
 
4.0
"CALM BUNNY is a colorful board book that walks young children through some simple yoga poses to help promote focus..."
The Problem with Pierre
 
4.5
"THE PROBLEM WITH PIERRE is a sweet picture book about a picky cat, good friends, and problem-solving. Bertram and Alan..."
Noisy Tractor (I Can Learn)
 
4.3
"NOISY TRACTOR is a cute board book with an interactive element that presents some farm-themed basics. Each page features some..."
Ravage the Dark (Scavenge the Stars, #2)
 
4.3
"RAVAGE THE DARK is a satisfying conclusion to a YA fantasy duology. In this sequel, we begin with Cayo, Amaya,..."
Thirty Talks Weird Love
 
5.0
"One day, Thirteen-year-old Anamaria has an encounter from Thirty, a strange woman who insists she's from the future...."
Admission
 
5.0
"‘Admission’ by Julie Buxbaum is a modern and definitely current read on a topic that has been in the news...."
Running
 
5.0
"‘Running’ by Natalia Sylvester is a trend-setting anthem for anyone who has ever wanted to be the change they wish..."
The Fire in the Glass
 
4.7
"Lily can see the future and when she sees her friend killed, she tries to save her. Lily is an..."
City of Spells (Into the Crooked Place, #2)
 
4.7
"CITY OF SPELLS is a stunning conclusion to an enthralling YA fantasy duology. The book plunges us into the story..."
Christmas Parade
 
4.5
"CHRISTMAS PARADE is another cute and brightly colored board book from Boynton. In this book, children see a Christmas parade,..."
Best Friend in the Whole World
 
5.0
"BEST FRIEND IN THE WHOLE WORLD is a sweet picture book about friends and doing the right thing. Roland lives..."
The Project
 
4.7
"What worked: This is one intense psychological tale of a girl trying to reconnect with her sister after she joins..."