Author Of The Week: Chat with Victoria Aveyard (Realm Breaker), Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)
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 Victoria Aveyard, YABC's Author of the Week!!
Victoria Aveyard is an author and screenwriter, born and raised in a small town in Western Massachusetts. Both her parents are public school teachers, as well as avid film, television, and literature fans. Victoria grew up on a steady diet The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, and LOST. She pursued a degree in Writing for Film & Television at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. After graduating college in 2012, Victoria moved home from Los Angeles and began writing the manuscript that would become Red Queen.
She has since published three #1 New York Times bestselling and USA Todaybestselling books, two New York Times bestselling novellas, and continues pursuing her writing career while living full-time in Los Angeles, California.
The Red Queen series is currently being translated into 37 languages and counting.
Meet Realm Breaker!
A strange darkness grows in Allward.
Even Corayne an-Amarat can feel it, tucked away in her small town at the edge of the sea.
She soon discovers the truth: She is the last of an ancient lineage—and the last hope to save the world from destruction. But she won’t be alone. Even as darkness falls, she is joined by a band of unlikely companions:
A squire, forced to choose between home and honor.
An immortal, avenging a broken promise.
An assassin, exiled and bloodthirsty.
An ancient sorceress, whose riddles hide an eerie foresight.
A forger with a secret past.
A bounty hunter with a score to settle.
Together they stand against a vicious opponent, invincible and determined to burn all kingdoms to ash, and an army unlike anything the realm has ever witnessed.
~ Interview ~
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
While Red Queen grew out of an image and a desire to write a certain type of story, Realm Breaker was very much enabled by the success of Red Queen. I had the opportunity to take a big swing.I started by asking myself what I wanted to write and more importantly, what story was I searching for as a teenager? From there, Realm Breaker grew from the question – what happens when heroes fail – and my love for Lord of the Rings, but its inability to love me back.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
Oh I really do love all the characters. They truly feel like real people to me,
but my favorites have to be Corayne and Sorasa. Corayne is the teen girl hero I wanted when I was that age, and Sorasa is just so cool and fun to write. It is a nice litmus test for readers, to decide who their favorites are. I've had readers gravitate in different directions, loving Erida or Andry or Dom or Sigil. I love that readers have so many voices to choose from.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
The novel, absolutely. The original title was Spindle & Blade.
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
I'm always really proud of my setpieces, my big action sequences. I have so
much fun writing them, but it's a lot of work to make sure the reader sees what I see, and aren't confused. But I think I'm most proud of a few quieter, character pieces, largely because those aren't my wheelhouse, and not where I excel. Coryane's interactions with her mother come to mind, as well as a conversation Andry and Dom have later in the novel, regarding grief. Those are small moments that loom very large in my memory.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
Regarding craft, I think good pacing is the most valuable thing a writer,
particularly a YA writer, can have. Good pacing can hide or fix almost all flaws in a reader's mind, because they're still being pushed along by the story itself. If an audience doesn't have time to recognize a plot hole until later, you've done a bit of magic. Pacing is key to all my work, and I love to hit that rhythm of highs and lows, to keep the audience always guessing and always turning the page. Outside writing itself, my most valuable lesson has been learning to let go of what I can't control. Which is most of this industry. I have a very limited scope of what I can and cannot do, and what is worth my energy. Finding those boundaries has been key to protecting my writing time and my writing mind.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
I love the blood on the sword, because it's a story point. Some people have
commented that the blood isn't on the edge of the blade, and that's intentional. The blood is coming from Corayne's hand, which relates to the story itself and something that happenes later on. And per usual, I love the simplicity of the cover. It feels iconic.
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2021?
Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo, duh.
YABC: What was your favorite book in 2020?
I had a really difficult time reading during the pandemic, which seems
counterintutive for me. But my focus was incredibly affected and I read almost nothing in 2020, while I was editing Realm Breaker. But I did really enjoy REBEL ROSE by Emma Theriault. It's a history buff's dream, a continuation of Beauty & The Beast, following Belle into the French Revolution!
YABC: What’s up next for you?
Currently I'm hard at work making sure Realm Breaker gets the best launch I can give it, all while drafting Realm Breaker 2!
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
Well I like to say the hardest part is whatever you're doing at the time, but truly, the most difficult part is the first draft. But that's also the most enjoyable portion for me. It's just you and the story in a little bubble, and when you hit your stride, there's no feeling like it. Editing is a bit easier, but every piece of publisher a novel is like climbing a mountain. The mountains just get smaller after that first draft is climbed.
By: Victoria Aveyard
Release Date: May 4th, 2021
One winner will receive a copy of Realm Breaker (Victoria Aveyard) ~ (US Only)
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I love the cover! This is one of my most anticipated releases of the year. All of the characters and the plot sound interesting.
YES!!!!! Im a complete fan of Victoria Aveyard! I love her books so much I'm going crazy over this one!! please please let me be the winner!