An Interview with Audrey Coulthurst PLUS A Signed Giveaway!

Hey guys,

So I have been mentioning this for a while but in March I met the talented and lovely Audrey Coulthurst, the author of the amazing ‘Of Fire & Stars’. I had the great opportunity of asking her some questions about the book and her writing process and here are her answers below.

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She was also super generous and I have a signed hardcopy of ‘Of Fire & Stars’ for one lucky reader to win!! Just click here to enter for the chance to win a signed copy of the book!

The giveaway will run from today until Sunday 2nd of July at 12:00am! So get your entries in! You can enter through commenting down below your favourite book so far this year and then by tweeting me your favourite part of ‘Of Fire & Stars’ @wedgesoflemon to gain extra entries!

Now to the interview, I hope you enjoy her answers, I certainly did – and if you ever get the chance to meet her – DO IT! She is such a lovely person!

1) Out of the main two girls, which do you identify more with, and which one came first to you?

      Mare and Denna each represent different parts of me. As a teenager, I was much more like Denna–bookish, academic, and on the quiet side (go team Ravenclaw!). Unlike Denna, I was riding horses by then. I spent most of my time outside school at the barn. It took a lot longer for my brash, more Mare-ish side to emerge. Both characters came to me at the same time, which I haven’t had happen in a project since. I always knew I wanted to write a story about two very different princesses who fell in love when it was the last thing they were supposed to do.

2) How did you come up with the magic system?

Developing the magic system went hand-in-hand with the religion in Of Fire and Stars. The political plot of the story has to do with the dangers of what happens when people persecute those different from them. What the people in the book fail to realize is that that people’s gifts are very much tied to the gods–or at least were a long time ago. I don’t want to say too much more at the risk of spoiling my second book!

3)Is there anything you wish you had included now that it’s published?

Not really. There are a few scenes I was a little sad to lose during revisions, but the book is stronger without them.

4) Was there a point when you were at a crossroads and you had no idea which road to take? And could that have changed the story dramatically?

There were a lot of crossroads during revisions, and it’s always hard to know which path is right. Sometimes it’s more like a five-way intersection than a crossroads, too! One thing that always stayed at the heart of the story was the romance between Denna and Mare. The slow burn and the unfolding of their feelings for each other has always been essentially the same. Most of the changes had to do with the political plot and how that unfolded, and it certainly could have been different if I’d chosen another path.

5) Do you have a favourite part of the novel in particular?

One of the scenes I enjoyed writing most (that isn’t spoilery) is the one in which Denna plays the harp for Mare. It’s the first time Mare sees Denna in a different light. I love that Denna brings out some of Mare’s more subtle talents, like singing, and gets to see a more tender part of her.

6) When you were writing, did anything evolve that surprised you that you didn’t expect or intend to happen?

Until I got published, I’m not sure I fully appreciated how many people it takes to make a book – not just the wonderful people at HarperCollins, but also the support network I have outside of that. One of the most challenging parts of writing the book was figuring out all of the history behind the politics, religion, and magic in the Northern Kingdoms. Fortunately, I have some very smart friends and critique partners who were a huge help. It would have been impossible to finish the book without them.

Thank you so much Audrey for your time!

You can buy the book on Amazon here.

Good Luck in the Giveaway!! I hoped you enjoyed the interview.

Happy Reading!

Love, Em x

An Unfortunate Readathon!

If you love Lemoney Snicket and his tales of the Baudelaire siblings then keep on reading. If you don’t, then I shall see you on my next post!

On January 13th, Netflix will air their adaption of A Series of Unfortunate Events- WOOHOO! So to celebrate, I am hosting a readathon…now being there 13 days to go until the series and 13 books…THAT’S RIGHT, YOU GUESSED IT!

I propose we read a book a day of the series until the episodes are released! I understand not everyone will be able to do this (myself included) but it’s just a little fun to be able enjoy Snicket’s world again and get a headstart on our reading challenge for the year!

To join you just the book in hand or on kindle and away we go! It could be a re-read for you, or a brand new experience!

Tomorrow we start with The Bad Beginning!

Remember to hashtag it as #unfortunatereadathon2017 so I can see it on twitter, and tag me on instagram and wordpress @wedgesoflemon so I can see your book pictures on there!

Looking forward to it guys!

Let’s set off January with the tales of the three Baudelaires…but I warn you… this is not a happy story..

Love, Em x

May TBR!

Hey guys!

So I was going to use a video for this but after looking at my book pile I’m saving the videoing for a massive haul instead (I can’t really have a wrap up as I didn’t read much but I’ll be sure to mention it in my Haul video)

So May has rolled in, and HOLY MOLY it’s summerrrrrrrrrrrrr!

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Yeah it’s getting hotter here in the UK but that just means more bike rides, reading in the sun and picnics! Oh and more book buying….

Here is my May TBR:

I am going to finish Dumplin’ which I absolutely love ❤ Her voice is like my inner thoughts and she is so feisty I love Willowdean.

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My next lot is to finish the three books I’ve started and not completed I mean SHAME ON ME!

They are, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen.

If I finish these my next book to start will be Me before You by Jojo Moyes in time for the feature film, which I am really really excited for. I haven’t seen a romantic tragic love story in so long and this one seems like it will ruin me.

So that’s it for my May TBR! Any there for you? LET ME KNOW! 🙂 Signing off, @wedgesoflemon!

E x