Teen Read Week 2018: Author Chat with Ellen Goodlett (Rule), Plus Giveaway!
Today we're excited to chat with Ellen Goodlett (Rule)
as part of YABC's Teen Read Week!
Read on for more about Ellen, her novel, plus a giveaway!
Meet Ellen Goodlett!
Ellen Goodlett writes science fiction because otherwise she would spend her days plotting to take over the world. She figures that the former would benefit humanity ever so slightly more than the latter (which would be disastrous and involve a lot of cats in government positions). She lives in New York City with two demons masquerading as felines. She is a proud graduate of Bryn Mawr College and a Pittsburgh expat.
Three girls with three deadly secrets. Only one can wear the crown.
The king is dying, his heir has just been murdered, and rebellion brews in the east. But the kingdom of Kolonya and the outer Reaches has one last option before it descends into leaderless chaos.
Or rather, three unexpected options.
Zofi has spent her entire life trekking through the outer Reaches with her band of Travelers. She would do anything to protect the band, her family. But no one can ever find out how far she's already gone.
Akeylah was raised in the Eastern Reach, surrounded by whispers of rebellion and abused by her father. Desperate to escape, she makes a decision that threatens the whole kingdom.
Ren grew up in Kolonya, serving as a lady's maid and scheming her way out of the servants' chambers. But one such plot could get her hung for treason if anyone ever discovers what she's done.
When the king summons the girls, they arrive expecting arrest or even execution. Instead they learn the truth: they are his illegitimate daughters, and one must become his new heir. But someone in Kolonya knows their secrets, and that someone will stop at nothing to keep the sisters from their destiny... to rule.
~ Interview for Teen Read Week ~
YABC: What book or books were your go-to choice when you were a teen?
I almost never reread books (too many new ones to explore!), but as a teen (and still to this day), I reread Harry Potter when going through tough emotional spots. Some other go-tos in my teenage years: the Dune series, anything by Madeline L'Engle, Lord of the Rings, and the Uglies series, which was probably what led me to write young adult in the first place.
YABC: Did you prefer a specific genre as a teen? Or was any genre game?
Basically anything and everything I could get my hands on. Science fiction and fantasy were my first loves, but I also devoured murder mysteries, thrillers, literary fiction, historical fiction. I didn't read much nonfiction until college/early adulthood, though. I considered anything "real" boring. (Now, however, some of my favorite books are memoir or creative nonfiction.)
YABC: If you could spend an entire day with the character of your choice
from any YA novel, who would it be and why?
Right now? Radu from The Conquerer's Saga—I'd want to pick his brain for political activism tips. Provided his sister didn't impale me on a stake for borrowing him...
YABC: What do you love most about the YA genre?
I love the flexibility of YA. You can write a book that's part sci-fi, part fantasy, part thriller, and it's perfectly fine. You don't see a lot of that cross-genre blending in novels for other age groups.
YABC: What 3 YA books would you love to recommend to our readers?
It's so hard to narrow it down, but a few of my favorite recent reads:
Mirage by Somaiya Daud
The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
By: Ellen Goodlett
Publisher: Little, Brown BYR
Release Date: September 11th, 2018
The cover will attract the YA readers that would be interested in this genre and the storyline is interesting. Good luck with the book.
The cover and title work together to clearly convey information about the plot -- specifically, that a tale of royal court intrigue is entailed. I love so many stories set in such an environment -- whether in the genre of fantasy or historical fiction. Thanks for the chance to win! --Kara S