Author Of The Week: Chat with Stephanie Garber (Legendary), 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!!
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.
~ 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.
By: Stephanie Garber
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Release Date: May 29th, 2018
Two winners will each receive a copy of Legendary (Stephanie Garber) ~ (US Only)
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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.
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.
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!
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!! ??
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!!
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!
It's an awesome cover that matches with its series predecessor Caraval, and it sounds like the storyline will be just as delightful!