Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Threats of Sea and Sky Blog Tour: Interview with Jennifer Ellision + GIVEAWAY

I'm so excited to be a part of this blog tour! If you want to check out the rest of the tour, please do so HERE.


Goodreads rating: 4.27
Published May 20th 2014
Genre: YA Fantasy

Sixteen year-old Breena Perdit has spent her life as a barmaid, innocent to her father’s past and happily free from the Elemental gifts that would condemn her to a life in the Egrian King’s army. Until the day that three Elemental soldiers recognize her father as a traitor to the throne and Bree’s father is thrown in jail—along with the secrets from his last mission as the King’s assassin. Secrets that could help the King win a war. Secrets he refuses to share.

Desperate to escape before the King’s capricious whims prove her and her father’s downfall, Bree bargains with him: information for their lives. It’s a good trade. And she has faith she’ll get them both out of the King’s grasp with time.

But that was before the discovery that she’s the weapon the King’s been waiting for in his war.
Now, time is running out. To save her father’s life and understand her own, Bree must unravel the knot of her father’s past before the King takes his life– and uses her to bring a nation to its knees.

Jennifer Ellision spent a great deal of her childhood staying up past her bedtime with a book and a flashlight. When she couldn’t find the stories she wanted to read, she started writing them. She loves words, has a soft spot for fanfiction, and is a master of the fangirl flail. She lives in South Florida with her family, where she lives in fear of temperatures below 60 Fahrenheit.

Threats of Sky and Sea, a young adult fantasy, is her first novel.

You can find Jennifer online at www.jenniferellision.com, or on twitter @JenEllision.

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What made you decide to write fantasy?
The easy answer here is that I was struck with inspiration for the story of Threats of Sky and Sea and it was verrrry clearly a fantasy story. 
But the longer answer is that while my first two manuscripts were contemporaries (which I haven’t ruled out writing in the future), a great deal of my early writing was Sailor Moon fanfiction, which had a lot of fantasy elements. 
I also felt like there was a little more room for the style of writing I wanted to do in the fantasy genre. I’ve always been drawn to the idea of magic, and many of the books and TV shows that had a major influence on my tastes growing up were of a supernatural persuasion. When inspiration struck for Threats of Sky and Sea, it felt the most natural that writing had in a long time.

What kind of research did you do for Threats of Sky and Sea?
Honestly? Very minor things. I researched different names and their meanings, a couple of different weapons. And, since I’ve only seen snow once in my life, there were a couple of winter and nature facts that I looked up. 
There are also a couple of... murdery things that I checked out. (I’m cool, NSA, I swear). I wanted to be sure that what I imagined in a couple of scenes was realistic to human anatomy.

Did you always know you wanted to be a writer?
Nope! But I’m surprised I didn’t figure it out sooner. I was always a reader and always a writer, but I don’t think it clicked for a while that it was something that I could do “when I grew up.” 
The earliest career ambition I remember having is actually that of an editor. I was 7, loved reading and spelling bees, and my teacher said that was a good job for those interests. That was put aside in middle school for a bit, behind my dreams of becoming a pop star (no, really). 
In high school, I got closer— I wanted to be a journalist. But it was in college that I finally realized my heart was with fiction.

Do you have any writing quirks?
Hmmm, nothing TOO unusual, I don’t think? My default when writing is usually present tense, but I’m not sure if that’s the voice of my different characters, or me. And I love rough drafting when my prose gets just a smidge on the purple side. Is that a quirk? It always breaks my heart to reign that in during editing. 
Oh, and I can rarely get much written with a pen and paper. I’m practically useless without a computer. 

What are you working on now?
Two things! 
1) Editing a short story prequel to TOSAS, Sisters of Wind and Flame, for release this month.  
2) I’m also working on writing Book 2 of the Threats of Sky and Sea series! Book 2 is currently tentatively titled Riot of Storm and Smoke. It’s really interesting to feel how much Bree has changed since the beginning of writing Threats of Sky and Sea. This might change between the rough draft and final version, but a second POV is included in Book 2 right now, which is a new tactic for me that I’m really excited about.
Aaaand, I’m fighting off a couple other projects that are begging me for attention. One manuscript at a time, brain!

Favorite book you've read so far this year?
Oh my gosh, I’ve read SO MANY incredible books this year. I have to cheat just a little...
  • Favorite Indie Book: We Won’t Feel A Thing by J.C. Lillis. 
  • Favorite Speculative Fiction: The Archived by Victoria Schwab. 
  • Favorite Contemporary: Something Real by Heather Demetrios. 
  • Favorite series that I really should have read before 2014: Bloodlines by Richelle Mead 
  • Favorite Fantasy: The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Favorite TV shows right now?
I’m a major TV addict. This is tough and I’m really grateful that you said shows, instead of show. Okay, favorite fall shows:
  • The Mindy Project­ This sitcom is hilarious, involves rom­com references, and I ship the ship hard.
  • Reign­ Featuring history that is manipulated so much that it shouldn’t work (but somehow does), crazy drama, and pretty, pretty people
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D­ It had a rocky start, but hit its stride after Captain America 2 was released. There are women kicking ass, comic book references, and twisted tropes! Oh, and FitzSimmons, the ship that comes with its own name.
  • Game of Thrones­ I just got into this, but I love all of the really developed characters and the ruthless plot twists.
I watch at least 10 more, but those are my tops. As for summer shows, only one truly owns my heart and I can’t wait for it to come back! Rookie Blue, a police “workplace drama.” I love these characters SO HARD. Watch it with me! I need more people to flail with. 

What would I find in your fridge at the moment?
No matter how hard I try to give it up, diet soda is pretty much always a safe bet. Leftover pizza is also in there, as well as eggs, a Brita water pitcher, cheese, cold cuts, pickles... and some questionable leftover pasta. 
Things you would not find: Fruit. Vegetables.

If you could live in the world of a book, which would you choose?
This is always a tough question to answer because most of the book worlds that I’m fascinated with have got major problems like wars, crazy rulers, unfair laws... I think I’d most like to live in the world of Kristin Cashore’s Graceling though. And I hope that I’d have a cool Grace to brag about!

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  1. Thanks for being on the tour, Nicole! :) And I looved Something Real, too! And I'm also reminded to read The Archived I really loved her adult book - Vicious!!

  2. WOW that book cover is gorgeous!

  3. Been looking forward to this book!


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