I am finally out of my review slump! I just finished reading My Secret Rockstar Boyfriend by Eleanor Wood and I'm dying to write a review for it, so I will be starting that right after this post!
But, today I am REALLY excited to have a special author over on my blog. I came across her book Sacrificed not too long ago, and I loved the cover and the synopsis so much that I knew I had to send in a request for it. She was so kind in sending me a copy and when I was done reading it, I knew it was one of the best books I've read so far this year.
My friend Colette and I loved the book so much that we put together a street team to show our love for it! That's how freaking amazing that book was. :) I became great friends with Emily and Colette over this and I am so happy that I was able to meet both of them!
So, please help me welcome the lovely Emily Wibberley and don't be shy in leaving her some love in the comments below! She will be giving away a copy of her book, so don't forget to enter the giveaway as well!
Author: Emily Wibberley
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy
Release Date: February 13th, 2015
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Knowing the future can save her city – but not her heart.
Born to serve the merciless Oracle, Clio wants nothing more than to break free. But when her entire family is murdered by Mannix, the king's adviser, Clio inherits the Oracle’s power, a power she never wanted and doesn't understand.
Hunted by Mannix, Clio is forced to flee her home in Sheehan and seek refuge in a foreign city where oracles are forbidden. If she's found out, she will be sacrificed atop its great pyramid.
Clio has no choice but to win the trust of Riece, an enemy warrior. Despite the undeniable attraction between them, Clio knows that if he finds out who she really is, he won't hesitate to execute her.
Clio tries to hide her budding powers, but the Visions she keeps having of Mannix and his barbarian army slaughtering her people torture her conscience. She alone has the strength and foresight to stop him, but only if she can embrace her destiny and sacrifice everything.
Hi Emily! I am so happy to have you stop by the blog today! Before we get the interview started, would you like to tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m so happy to be hanging out on this blog today! Let’s see, well, right now I’m sitting in my home in Hermosa Beach, California, quickly collecting a ton of dog hair all over my clothes (I have two German Shepherds who are pretty much as big as I am, and who love to take over my bed any chance they get). I’ve been writing books for several years now, which is weird to say, but I started when I was a sophomore at Princeton. And besides writing, reading is my absolute favorite pastime. In fact, I think I got into writing just to justify the crazy number of hours I spend reading YA.
1. What gave you the idea to write Sacrificed? Was it a long time idea or did it just come to you randomly?
It’s actually pretty impossible for me to pin down the moment I came up with the idea for Sacrificed. I think first I decided I wanted to write a YA novel, and then I just sort of went back to reading a ton and waited for some inspiration to strike. So while I can’t say how long it took for an idea to come, I can say I proceeded to spend about a year outlining (and then of course that outline was quickly destroyed during the next year that I spent writing).
2. What was the most difficult part in writing it?
Writing is re-writing, and re-writing is a very painful mix of emotions. Anytime I would come up with a new idea, I would be thrilled for about two hours, but then I would have to sit down and think about how everything I had already gotten down on the page would need changing. And then of course, Sacrificed faced a unique obstacle in that I was trying to finish up my psychology degree at Princeton as I was doing this painful re-writing process. I felt very schizophrenic as I switched between analyzing the data for my psychology thesis and going over edits with my editor.
3. Are there any parts in the book that you feel particularly close to? If so, what would it be?
Hmm that’s a question I haven’t actually considered. I suppose the answer lies in Clio, the protagonist. The beautiful thing about YA is that even though a heroine can be fighting evil and inheriting super powers and meeting several insanely swoon-worthy boys, she is relatable to all of us. She goes through the same crisis (albeit with a bit more action perhaps) that we all do as we grow up and take on the world. Clio isn’t perfect, but she’s strong, and I think that’s how lots of girls feel when they look back on their adolescence. We may not save the world, but at the end of the day we’re still pretty kick ass.
4. During the cover design process (I bet that’s always the fun part!) where you able to voice what you wanted/pictured or did you design it yourself?
This is the fun part of being self-published—I had total say in how my cover looks. I bought some images from some artists and then got to put them together myself on Photoshop. I didn’t have a vision for the cover going in, but as each piece clicked into place, I was able to see a bit more of where it needed to go.
5. Do you have any upcoming projects? If so, can you let us in on a sneak peak?
I do! The next book in The Last Oracle series, Forsworn is coming out July 21st. Other than that, I am currently working on a YA contemporary book with my boyfriend of nearly six years. It’s a ton of fun, super geeky and a teeny bit autobiographical. And of course, I’m going to be starting in on the third book in The Last Oracle series very soon. Gahh, I better get writing…
What a fun interview! Thank you once again Emily for stopping by and congratulations on your amazing series! If you guys have not checked them out, I highly recommend you that you do!
Emily grew up in the South Bay where she spent her formative years battling zombies on her Xbox, watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and voraciously reading everything from The Hunger Games to Jane Austen, where her love for feisty young heroines was born.After graduating from Princeton University Magna Cum Laude in 2014, she began writing.
Her debut novel, Sacrificed, was named a finalist in the Young Adult categoryof the 2015 International Book Awards, the Young Adult category of the 2015 Beverly Hills Book Awards, and in the Young Author category of the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Since its release, Sacrificed has spent more than four months as a Kindle Top Ten Teen and Young Adult Bestseller.
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