Rockstar Book Tours Blog Tour, Interview, & Giveaway: Into The Black (Ava Jae)
Ava Jae is a writer, an Assistant Editor at Entangled Publishing, and is represented by Louise Fury of The Bent Agency. Her YA Sci-Fi debut, BEYOND THE RED, is releasing March 2016 from Sky Pony Press. When she’s not writing about kissing, superpowers, explosions, and aliens, you can find her with her nose buried in a book, nerding out over the latest X-Men news, or hanging out on her blog, Twitter, Facebook, tumblr, Goodreads, Instagram, or YouTube channel.
Meet Into The Black!
The world ruler is dead, technology foundational to their society destroyed, and Safara is on the brink of collapse. Half-human, half-alien Eros is the rightful heir to the world throne, but before he can return to the capital, he's abducted by a rebel group of humans who call themselves The Remnant--and won't release him until he swears to help them overthrow the very government he's inheriting. With Eros missing, ex-queen Kora is determined to stave off mad grabs for the throne. But as royalty from across the territories flock to the capital, and a new charismatic candidate takes the spotlight, Kora sets off into the desert with a skilled prince-turned-bounty hunter to find Eros before it's too late for both the future king and his kingdom.
Meet Beyond The Red!
Alien queen Kora has a problem as vast as the endless crimson deserts. She’s the first female ruler of her territory in generations, but her people are rioting and call for her violent younger twin brother to take the throne. Despite assassination attempts, a mounting uprising of nomadic human rebels, and pressure to find a mate to help her rule, she’s determined to protect her people from her brother’s would-be tyrannical rule.
Eros is a rebel soldier hated by aliens and human alike for being a half-blood. Yet that doesn’t stop him from defending his people, at least until Kora’s soldiers raze his camp and take him captive. He’s given an ultimatum: be an enslaved bodyguard to Kora, or be executed for his true identity—a secret kept even from him.
When Kora and Eros are framed for the attempted assassination of her betrothed, they flee. Their only chance of survival is to turn themselves in to the high court, where revealing Eros’s secret could mean a swift public execution. But when they uncover a violent plot to end the human insurgency, they must find a way to work together to prevent genocide.
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
A lot of things. For one, I’d been hoping to write this book for ages, so story ideas were simmering in my mind for ages, even before the time came to pitch the book to my publisher. I really wanted to continue with Eros and Kora’s story because I knew there was much more to tell!
What I was less prepared for was the way current events would affect me as I wrote. I first drafting Into the Black over the Spring of 2016 and revised it over that summer—at the height of a rather brutal election campaign. I’m really glad I first drafted it then, though, and not, say, the fall, because writing it over the Spring allowed me to infuse it with a lot of hope and positivity that I think would’ve been harder to genuinely accomplish after election day. But the political climate of that spring and summer definitely influenced and inspired me as I wrote as well.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
Besides Eros and Kora (because of course)—Deimos! He’s a new character in Into the Black and he was such a delight to write. I’d actually had his character building in my mind since I first drafted Beyond the Red, so I was super excited to have the opportunity to get to know him on the page. He’s truly been such a joy and I very much look forward to readers meeting him.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
In a twist completely unlike my general process—the title! I actually came up with Into the Black and The Rising Gold’s titles super easily (unlike the hell that was coming up with Beyond the Red’s title), so that was a huge relief. I didn’t write the book until after I had the title—in large part because Into the Black sold on proposal—so that was a different experience. But it was nice knowing the title as I wrote and made it easier to weave it in.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
Into the Black’s cover is honestly everything I wanted: a gloomier (and beautiful) night scene, the white sands reflecting the new primary setting of the second book, and all the gorgeous details from the texture of the sand to the different moons to the stars…yeah, it’s 100% what I was hoping for and works so well alongside Beyond the Red’s cover. ☺
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2017-2018 ?
This is a difficult question both because there are tons of 2017 books that released already that I’m super excited about but haven’t had the chance to read yet (They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera, There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins, One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake, etc.) and because so much sounds so amazing…but I’m gonna go with The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke because genderbent Beowulf with a clan of four monster-killing girls sounds both amazing and unlike any YA I’ve ever read before. It releases October 2018 so that’s a ways away but yeah, I’m pretty psyched.
YABC: What’s up next for you?
I’m currently working on the last book of the trilogy, The Rising Gold! That’ll be out Fall 2018 and it’s been surreal working on the final installment. Hard to believe I’ll be done with the project I’ve been working on since 2013 soon!
YABC: Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?
From first book to last, Kora has remained the most difficult to write for a lot of reasons, but that’s okay, it just means I have to work a little harder to do her justice. She’s definitely remained a perpetual challenge for me in each book, but it’s been a challenge I’ve enjoyed working on.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
Definitely revising. Drafting is fun, particularly the discovery aspect of working on a new manuscript, but it’s so endlessly daunting to me to create something out of nothing, which is, in essence, what first drafting is. Revising, however, is completely different—I’ve already got the story written, now I just have to make it better. And it truly is a joy to me to watch the manuscript develop into something even better than I originally imagined.
YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
Thanks for having me, YABC!
Into The Black
By: Ava Jae
Publishing Date: November 14th, 2017
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
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