Rockstar Book Tours Blog Tour, Interview & Giveaway: Willa Of The Wood (Robert Beatty)

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Hello! Today YABC is hosting the blog tour stop for Robert Beatty's 
 
Willa Of The Wood
 
Read on for more about Robert, an interview, and a tour-wide giveaway!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Meet Robert Beatty!
 

Robert Beatty is the author of the #1 New York Times best selling Serafina Series published by Disney-Hyperion, a spooky mystery-thriller about a brave and unusual girl who lives secretly in the basement of the grand Biltmore Estate.

 

Serafina and the Black Cloak was a #1 New York Times best seller, has been on the list for more than 45 weeks, and won the prestigious 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize. The second book in the series, Serafina and the Twisted Staff, became a #1 New York Times best seller in the first week of its launch and earned a “Starred Review” from Kirkus Reviews, which said, “Even better than its predecessor, a sequel that delivers nonstop thrills from beginning to end.” Enjoyed by both young readers and adults, the books are being taught in over a thousand classrooms nationwide. The third book in the Serafina series comes out in July 2017. Robert Beatty has been awarded an additional four book deal with Disney-Hyperion.

 

Robert Beatty lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina with his wife and three daughters, who help create and refine his stories. He loves to explore Biltmore Estate and the darkened forest trails where his novels take place. He writes full-time now, but in his past lives, Robert was one of the early pioneers of cloud computing, the founder/CEO of Plex Systems, the co-founder of Beatty Robotics, and the chairman/CTO of Narrative Magazine. In 2007, he was named an Entrepreneur of the Year.


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Meet Willa Of The Wood!

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Robert Beatty comes a spooky, thrilling new series set in the magical world of Serafina. 


Move without a sound. Steal without a trace. 


Willa, a young nightspirit of the Great Smoky Mountains, is her clan's best thief. She creeps into the homes of day-folk in the cover of darkness and takes what they won't miss. It's dangerous work — the day-folk kill whatever they do not understand. But when Willa's curiosity leaves her hurt and stranded in a day-folk man's home, everything she thought she knew about her people — and their greatest enemy — is forever changed.

 

 

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~ Interview ~

 

YABC Q&A

Robert Beatty, author of WILLA OF THE WOOD and the Serafina Book Series

 

 

Question:  What gave you the inspiration to write this book?

Answer: I was interested in telling the story of a forest girl who has such a close, empathic relationship with the natural world that she fears and has trouble understanding humans who don’t. My family and I live in western North Carolina, near the Great Smoky Mountains. The mountains in this area provide a place of amazing diversity in plant and animal life, majestic forests, a rich and fascinating cultural history, and breathtaking rugged beauty. It’s a place I truly love that helped inspire Willa’s story.

Q: Who is your favorite character in the book?

A: Willa is my favorite. She’s an orphaned 12-year-old night spirit who possesses the magical powers of the forest and a deep understanding and empathy for the trees and animals around her. She spends her days and nights foraging from the forest and scavenging from the log cabins of her clan’s greatest enemies, the axe-wielding newcomers. She’s an unusual girl searching for her own identity in a complex and changing world, or in her words, “looking for a home for her heart to live.”

Q: What should we know about Willa and her world?

A: When I started this novel my main goal was to write the story from Willa’s intense, insular point-of-view, using her words and her way of thinking. For example, in Willa’s view, a homesteader’s log cabin isn’t just a house; it’s a “human lair built with the carcasses of murdered trees stacked one atop the other.” I wanted the language and tone of the story to capture her unique view of the world. I wanted to explore the idea of language as being an inextricable part of identity.

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

A: When I was 11 years old, my mother gave me a typewriter to tinker with and occupy my time because I’d read all the books in the house. I started using the typewriter to write my own novels, and I’ve been writing ever since. Forty years after writing those first stories as a young boy, I had my first published novel, Serafina and the Black Cloak. As I was writing through all those years, my main goal was to keep at it, to continue improving my craft and learning how to tell a story a little bit better.

Q: What do you like most about the cover of the book?

A: When I first saw this beautiful cover, created by the artist Minty Fresh Mangoes and designed by Maria Elias, I knew it was absolutely perfect for the book. It so beautifully captures Willa, a night spirit who possesses powers derived from the forest, and the magical world in which she lives. I especially love how the kinship of Willa and the wolf is depicted.

Q: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?

A: One of the organizations close to my heart is the Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which assists the National Park Service in its mission to preserve and protect the Great Smoky Mountains by raising funds and public awareness, and providing volunteers for needed projects. I am also strongly dedicated to helping teachers and schools. My books are being taught in more than a thousand classrooms nationwide, so I do everything I can to support that effort.

Q: What’s up next for you?

A: Right now, I’m gearing up for the launch of my new book, WILLA OF THE WOOD. Set for nationwide release on July 10, it’s the follow-up to the #1 Best-Selling Serafina Book Series and the first title in the new Willa Series. I’ve also begun work on the fourth book in the Serafina Series, scheduled to publish in 2019.

 

 

 

 

Willa Of The Wood

By: Robert Beatty

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Release Date: July 10th, 2018

 

 

 

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Three winners will receive a copy of Willa Of The Wood (Robert Beatty) ~ US Only ~

  

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Tour Schedule:

 

Week One:

7/2/2018- jrsbookreviewsReview

7/3/2018- YA Books CentralInterview

7/4/2018- Here's to Happy EndingsReview

7/5/2018- History from a Woman’s PerspectiveReview

7/6/2018- The OWL- Review

 

Week Two:

7/9/2018- A Dream Within A Dream- Excerpt

7/10/2018- A Backwards StoryInterview

7/11/2018- Novel NoviceGuest Post

7/12/2018- Don't Judge, ReadReview

7/13/2018-  Two points of interestReview

 

 

 

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Olivia F on Tuesday, 03 July 2018 10:40

What a magical cover and exciting new book!

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What a magical cover and exciting new book!
Carina Olsen on Thursday, 29 November 2018 18:42

Eee, awesome interview post I am so so curious about Willa of the Woods. I own it, and hope to read it soonish. So pretty.

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Eee, awesome interview post :D I am so so curious about Willa of the Woods. I own it, and hope to read it soonish. So pretty.

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