Welcome friends to my second author interview as a part of my Novel19 Class! This year I wanted to do something to help boost new author voices and stories, and this is a project that I am really excited about! For more information about my Novel19 Class and the other five books that I’ve chosen, please check out my announcement post.
Today I am really excited to have Claire Eliza Bartlett on the blog, whose debut fantasy novel We Rule the Night was be published on April 2, 2019! I’m really excited to share our conversation about how going to a metal concert was her introduction to the Night Witches, her path to publishing, and how people like me can live their dreams of living abroad.
Welcome friends, and to the first debut author interview as a part of my Novel19 Class! This year I wanted to do something to help boost new author voices and stories, and this is a project that I am really excited about! For more information about my Novel19 Class and the other five books that I’ve chosen, please check out my announcement post.
Today I am really excited to have Alyssa Wees on the blog, whose debut fantasy novel The Waking Forest will be published on March 12, 2019! I’m stoked to be able to share our wonderful conversation about her inspiration, path to publishing, and how her ballet training can be found in her book.
An Interview with Alyssa Wees
Hi Alyssa, thank you so much for joining me on the blog today to talk about your debut novel! The Waking Forest sounds like a magical and surreal fairytale that I cannot wait to read! Can you share a little bit about The Waking Forest?
“I would rather die than do nothing.”
Friends, there are some books that just suck you into their pages from the start and stay with you after you finish. The Fever King is one of those rare books. I was captivated from the first page and filled every spare moment I had with reading this amazing debut novel. For two days I started and ended my day reading The Fever King, and actually went to work an hour later than normal so I could finish the book yesterday. (and I absolutely hate having to stay after it gets dark!)
I honestly have no idea how to even find the words to review this book. The Fever King is an amazing debut fantasy/speculative fiction novel that takes place in the year 2123 in an alternative United States. I think for me the thing that stuck out the most about this was that the point of divergence into this possible future was 2019, and even though we don’t have outbreaks of magic spreading (that we know of) it feels so incredibly authentic. And that’s terrifying to me, and the best parts of science fiction. In this 2123 new countries exist but there is still the same hatred and nationalistic rhetoric that we are experiencing today.
Welcome to the inaugural year for a new feature here on the blog dedicated to debut authors! This year I wanted to do something to help boost new author voices and stories, and this project evolved from a few interview requests that came from Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads initiative to connect authors interested in working with book bloggers.
This originally was going to be a few author interview features on the blog, but me being as Extra as I am of course it grew into something bigger: the Novel19 Class, six amazing novels by female debut authors that I am going to scream about throughout the year! This post is announcing the Novel19 Class and sharing the book synopses with you all, and as we get closer to publication there will also be interviews with the authors as well as honest reviews (pending ARC availability). I am so excited to introduce you to the Novel19 Class, so without further adieu…