Book Event for There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool

I love epic fantasy; how it builds the world around you and you find yourself completely immersed. But I prefer the pacing of YA epic fantasy… so naturally when I heard about There Will Come a Darkness it landed itself onto my much desired list.

In case you haven’t heard of this book before, here’s a quick lists of some non-spoilery things you will find between its pages:

✨ creepy cults
✨ ruthless girls
✨ boys with a LOT of feelings
✨ siblings
✨ doomsday prophecies

And now that I’ve piqued your interest, let’s dive into the conversation Katy had with Kiersten White, shall we?


A conversation with Katy Rose Pool and Kiersten White about There Will Come a Darkness

I happened to be back in San Diego at the right time and was able to attend this event at the local indie bookstore Mysterious Galaxy (which I have sung the praises many times).

Of course, Kiersten right out of the gate opens with my planned question on writing a book with so many points of view! (This book has five of them.)

Fun fact: there were originally only four points-of-view planned for the book. About halfway through the draft she realized that Beru needed to have a perspective as well.

How did you structure the world? I was interested in ancient history; I was interested in times in which people believed that their world was coming to an end. I love apocalypse stuff like that. And I was just talking to my sister about this: the word ‘apocalypse’ in Greek doesn’t mean the end of the world, it means a revelation, a revealing of something. It sort of became a book about this world apocalypse, but then also these individual apocalypses for the characters and all of them coming up against something that A) the worst thing they can imagine happening to them, and B) something that was going to reveal something about themselves that they either didn’t know or want to admit.

How did you build the world and characters? The worldbuilding was based on this Mediterranean world. The characters came from building out their backstories and what they’re most afraid of, figuring out how the larger plot needed to be structured in order for that to work.

Do you find yourself that you start with concept or characters? Characters 100%. Specifically I start with character relationships. In this book, I started with these two sets of siblings: the sisters who basically tear the world apart for each other and then pair of brothers who basically have the opposite relationship.

It’s really nice when you write things with magic  because if you need a way for something characters to find each other in the middle of nowhere? *MAGIC*! I guess cellphones are magic? They are! I was actually thinking about this, because in this book there’s a type of magic where basically you create magical items and make items do anything. And I was trying to think of an example for an interview question, “I could make something that could always tell me where I am at any time… that’s my iPhone.” It can allow me to connect with my family at any time! …That’s my iPhone.

So, what are you working on right now? I am working on the second book in the series. I actually just turned in a revision of it. Congratulations. Thank you. Everyone tells you that your first book under contract – so your second book – is the hardest to write and it was hard to write, but writing this one was such a gauntlet that the second book wasn’t so bad.

I think the issue with the second book is the first book, before you sell, is all potential. It’s all hope and dream and no deadlines. And the second book is all reality and expectations. I had three years to write the first one and 6 months to write the second one, and I have an editor who is convinced I’m smart. That’s what it is too! If I turn in my first draft and it’s bad, what’s going to happen?!

It’s a trilogy right? Yes. Do you know how it ends? I do. I don’t know every single detail but I know how it ends.

I always view a series as you have a target that you’re aiming for and so all the books are getting you in that direction, but you don’t end up there how you thought. Yea, yea. It makes you feel… like maybe you are insane. And I don’t use that term lightly, but like I created these characters, they only exist inside my head, and YET when I’m on the page writing them they do things I wouldn’t expect and I try to make them do things and they won’t.  Yea, I think of that as there’s so much happening in my subconscious brain that I’m not able to access when I’m thinking about something but its happening on the page and as I’m writing and these thoughts will just come out and that kind of guides the book more than I even realize. Yea. Do you have that moment where you’re like 2/3 in and you’re like “oh no, I need something to happen to lead to this” and you realize it’s already there? YES!

What was the most fun part about writing this book? There’s so much of it where I was honestly like “Why did I write this book?” “Why did I decide this was a good idea?” “Why are there five points of view?” “Why did I do this to myself?” But honestly, I loved writing all of the moments … I’m looking at my sister and wondering what she wants me to say. {fights} Oh no, I hate writing fight scenes! Oh I don’t like writing fight scenes. It’s like how many times can I use the word “hand”?! It’s the same with kissing scenes, it’s like “I don’t care where their hands are!” “They’re somewhere! Doesn’t matter!” They have hands. They’re doing things. You don’t need to know. Fight scenes? I always leave them for the end of the draft.

I’ve always liked writing character moments, and my favorite character moments in this book where when the characters crossed paths. Those moments were always the moments I was writing towards and always excited about them. I think always my favorite parts in any multiple-POV book is “These two characters are going to meet, what’s going to happen!? They both have information that’s important to the other one.” Those moments are really fun to write. Big world. Big stakes. Very intimate character. It has to matter, or what’s the point?

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Meeting Katy was awesome. She is so bubbly and humble, and I enjoyed having the opportunity to tell her in person how much I was enjoying her book! While I have since finished the book, at the time I had only read the first hundred pages or so (she peeked where my bookmark was gleefully). I typically struggle with multiple POVs, but the way she wrote this book is masterful. Even though there is a large cast of characters, they all feel distinct and fully-fledged, and I loved how everything came together at the end of Part I (and subsequently the rest of the book).

I am really glad that I was able to attend this event and hear a bit more about the writing process and publication industry! While I’ve only been to a few author events so far, this was one of my favorites because it was just listening to a conversation between Katy and Kiersten – it didn’t feel like a structured interview and that made it really fun!

As a reader, I am infinitely fascinated by the business of publishing, and having Katy chat with Kiersten White, a seasoned author, was awesome. Katy is such a kind person and she’s written a truly fantastic book that I recommend! My review is coming soon, but TLDR? Read this one!


Have you ever attended an author Q&A? What were your experiences? Have you read or do you want to read There Will Come a Darkness?

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15 Comments

  1. Evelyn

    October 4, 2019 at 3:58 AM

    I loved reading this! kI just got my copy from the library, so I’m very excited to pick it up now!

    (www.evelynreads.com)

    1. Kal

      October 5, 2019 at 8:55 AM

      Glad you enjoyed the post, and I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did! I still need to write up my review but I am very much excited to share my thoughts at some point!

    2. Susan

      October 6, 2019 at 5:08 PM

      Thank you so much for sharing this as my love for TWCAD continues to grow and I am currently Devouring Guinevere Deception in between breaking out into anxiety driven hives.

      I loved this so much! I really appreciated reading it!!

      1. Kal

        October 22, 2019 at 6:00 PM

        Thanks so much for reading, glad you enjoyed the post!!!

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  3. Laurie

    October 5, 2019 at 11:55 AM

    This book is hanging around in my suggestions on Audible for a while now,but I guess this needs an upgrade to my TBR 🙂

    1. Dany

      October 6, 2019 at 8:17 AM

      Thank you so much for this post Kal!!! I had the ARC and I finished it with so much love. katy Rose Pool was a genius!

      1. Kal

        October 6, 2019 at 11:53 AM

        I am glad you enjoyed this post, and I agree! She was really masterful in her plotting and exposition – I enjoyed the book a lot.

    2. Kal

      October 6, 2019 at 11:39 AM

      I hope you enjoy it, Laurie!

  4. Lauren

    October 5, 2019 at 2:36 PM

    UMMM you had me a creepy cults AND ruthless girls.

    really enjoyed this post, i wanna prioritise this book now

    1. Kal

      October 6, 2019 at 11:43 AM

      YESSSSSS victory! I really enjoyed this book so much, and I hope you do too! It’s being published by Orbit in the UK with a different cover I think next year, but I love the red foiling on the US edition.

  5. R A I N

    October 9, 2019 at 11:32 AM

    Oh my god, Kal! ITS SOO GREAT THAT YOU HAD THE CHANCE TO TALK WITH HERR!! 😱😱😍😍 It must have been great! And there is some great advice for people who are struggling with world building and how to start, what to focus and everything!

    GREAT POST! ❤️❤️😍😍

    1. Kal

      October 22, 2019 at 6:42 PM

      It was really cool to have the opportunity to meet her, I can say I MET HER WAY BACK WHEN! Thanks for reading and glad you enjoyed the recap!

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