(NOTICE: This was originally posted in 2016, but due to blog reformatting purposes, I had to take it down and put it back up. This is a repost, but nothing has been changed from the original except that I removed the giveaway. Thank you for understand, and I hope that you enjoy the interview!)
Hey guys! Today we are going to be doing doing something SO EXCITING!
So about 2 months ago, I was able to meet the lovely Kathryn Purdie, author of the hot new release and one of my favorite books, Burning Glass. Well, recently I emailed her and she has been so kind and long story short, I got to interview her! When I met her, I also had her sign some stuff for a giveaway!!! So be sure to stick around til the end of this post for that! (GIVEAWAY CLOSED)
First off I would just like to say a HUGE thank you to Kathryn, who has been so sweet to me. Thank you also for doing this interview and giving the best answers ever. You are so cool, so thank you for giving me your time and words. =) (ALSO: at the bottom of this post, I will have a ton of fun author info such as website links, twitter links, and a goodreads link to Burning Glass!)
So without further ado, let’s get the author interview started!
Q:What was your favorite part about the writing process of Burning Glass?
A: The surprises Sonya would throw at me that I hadn’t planned for in my outline. The biggest surprise was that SHE caused the tragedy at the beginning of the story and that it didn’t just happen randomly. That changed everything!
Q: What was your least favorite/the hardest part about the writing process of Burning Glass?
A: I wouldn’t say it was my least favorite part about writing, but it was the hardest—getting Valko’s character right. My editor and I revised him the most. It mainly just came down to finessing Valko and making him more agreeable in the first half of the story.
Q: Who was your favorite (or LEAST favorite) character to write?
A: Pia and Tosya are coming in for a tie here as my favorite characters to write in BURNING GLASS. The book has a dark and heavy tone, and Pia and Tosya brought a lot of light and sometimes comic relief that was so refreshing.
Q: Burning Glass is your debut novel, how has the publishing process been? Exciting? Stressful?
A: Becoming a published writer has been like no other experience in my life. Yes, exciting. Yes, so, so stressful. But a lot of it is good stress—so many great things are happening! Unfortunately, my body handles both negative and positive stress the same way, so there’s definitely lots of anxiety and pressure to deal with, but I’m becoming a lot better at handling it.
Q: Was there any specific moment when the idea for Burning Glass came to you? Or did it come slowly over the course of time?
A: I woke up one morning, ready to write another novel I’d spent a long time researching and outlining, when the idea for BURNING GLASS popped into mind with its main plot, main three characters, and Imperial Russia-inspired setting. That happened within a minute, but really the seeds of the idea had been percolating for years. The empath part came from how I felt when recovering from donating a kidney to my brother in 2009, and a year prior to the “big idea,” my uncle suggested I write a story about an empath. I didn’t consider how to tell that story then, but my subconscious mind continued to work on it for several months.
Q: What draws you to fantasy genre?
A: Fantasy is escapism, which is fun and exciting, but for me, fantasy is a safer lens for examining some scary realities in the real world. Fantasy is a deeper form of art, a more creative place to delve into and explore life and death, good and evil, heartache, war, suffering. It just speaks to me.
Q: Do you have a writing routine or any specific elements that need to be around you when you write?
A: I write in bed with my beautiful view out of the window of the Rocky Mountains, and I listen to movie soundtracks, mostly by my favorite composer, Rachel Portman (BELLE, THE DUCHESS).
Q: Are there any books that inspired you as a writer?
A: The book that inspired me to write in pursuit of publishing is THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH by Carrie Ryan. It’s so beautiful and lyrical…and it’s about zombies! Brilliant. Carrie was given the advice to write about what she loves (zombies, she decided), and so I determined to think deeply about what I love and do the same.
Q: How does it feel to see your book in the hands of so many people?
A: Honestly, I still can’t quite grasp it. I continue to be shocked when I see my book in bookstores or see people reading it, Tweeting pictures of it, etc. I hope I don’t lose the awe about being published! I’m very grateful.
Q: And the most important question…What Hogwarts house are you in?
A: Lol! I *want* to be in Gryffindor or Ravenclaw. I definitely have some of those qualities, but truth be told, I really belong in Hufflepuff. At the end of the day, I like to be a peacemaker, and I have a soft heart. 🙂
And that’s a wrap! Isn’t she so amazing? Thank you again to Kathryn…SO MUCH. I had so much fun coming up with questions and even more fun reading your phenomenal answers.
Thank you all so much for reading and I hope you had fun learning more about Kathryn Purdie and her writing. Be sure to give this post a like, a share, and leave a comment telling me any more questions you would like Kathryn to answer (if you leave some good ones, maybe we could do another interview in the future!). Don’t forget to follow my blog by email to be notified whenever a new post goes up. It helps so much!
That’s all for today! I will have another post up soon, so I will see you then!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kathryn’s love of storytelling began as a young girl when her dad told her about someone named Boo Radley while they listened to the film score of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. In high school and college, Kathryn focused on acting, poetry, guitar, and extensive journal writing. Years later, when she was in recovery from donating a kidney to her brother, inspiration for her first novel struck. She’s been writing darkly fantastical stories ever since. Her debut novel, BURNING GLASS, releases winter 2016 from HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books.
ABOUT BURNING GLASS:
Sonya was born with the rare gift to feel what those around her feel—both physically and emotionally—a gift she’s kept hidden from the empire for seventeen long years. After a reckless mistake wipes out all the other girls with similar abilities, Sonya is hauled off to the palace and forced to serve the emperor as his sovereign Auraseer.
Tasked with sensing the intentions of would-be assassins, Sonya is under constant pressure to protect the emperor. But Sonya’s power is untamed and reckless, and she can’t always decipher when other people’s impulses end and her own begin. In a palace full of warring emotions and looming darkness, Sonya fears that the biggest danger to the empire may be herself.
As she struggles to wrangle her abilities, Sonya seeks refuge in her tenuous alliances with the charming-yet-volatile Emperor Valko and his idealistic younger brother, Anton, the crown prince. But when threats of revolution pit the two brothers against each other, Sonya must choose which brother to trust—and which to betray.