Thank you so much to Jaclyn Moriarty and the team at Pan Macmillan YA for allowing me to be part of the official blog tour for A Tangle of Gold – the stunning conclusion to the Colours of Madeleine series. Please welcome the author herself, Jaclyn Moriarty!
Q: The Colours of Madeleine is unlike any other YA series I’ve ever read! I was at first intimidated by the amount of quirkiness within its pages, but now I’ve come to embrace it. Did you have any fears that it would simply be ‘too bizarre’ for some readers?
No! I’m still surprised that people find it quirky or bizarre. To me, it’s all perfectly reasonable. I guess this proves that I’m strange. (I don’t even like things that are quirky and bizarre, so I don’t blame you for being bothered at first, but I definitely never set out to write that way.)
I’m dating someone new and he’s been reading my books. He seems genuinely worried by what’s in my head. ‘In real life,’ he says, ‘you seem so sane.’
Q: There are literally hundreds of tiny elements that make up the Kingdom of Cello (my favourite is the Butterfly Child!) Was there any particular inspiration when it came to all these little building blocks?
I’m glad you like the Butterfly Child. I like her too. She was one of the first inventions I came up with the day I started drawing pictures of the Kingdom of Cello. I drew the Lake of Spells that day as well, and the Shifting Mountains. Also a map of Cello. After that, I got on with my life and let my mind drift to the Kingdom of Cello now and then.
The other pieces fell into place over time. I just drew pictures and they appeared, or I dreamed them, or I thought of them in a half-asleep state. I like thinking of things while half-asleep. The Colours were inspired by coloured textas and pencils rolling around on my table in a café.
Q: If you could take something from Cello and put it in the real world, what would it be?
Elliot. I like him a lot. But I guess he’s a someone, not a something, so it would have to be the Lake of Spells. Only I’d change the rules so that people over 16 could go there, as I seem to be over 16.
Q: Out of the three books in the series, which was the hardest to write? And why?
I think the first one, A Corner of White, because I’d been planning the trilogy for a long, long time. I’d got addicted to planning and I was frightened of turning the plan into something real.
Q: Now that The Colours of Madeleine is at an end, what’s next for Jaclyn Moriarty?
I’m writing four different books. One is about a girl whose parents ran away to have adventures with pirates; one is about a woman who joins a self-help course which claims it will teach her to fly; one is a new Ashbury-Brookfield book; and one is about time travel.
Q: The series has seen a few different covers since its publication. Which cover do you best feel represents the story so far?
I’ve really liked all the covers but the one for Tangle of Gold is my favourite. It’s a beautiful, haunting picture itself and it looks exactly the way I imagined Gabe’s farm to look during a colour storm. (The picture is a photo taken by photographer, Matt Molloy – he took hundreds of photos of the same sunset then stacked them together.)
Q: As an Australian author, what would you like to see more of in our YA publishing industry?
More diversity from more diverse voices; more recognition that YA is some of the finest literature written––I always say that if you choose a random YA novel, you are more likely to find a very good book than if you choose a random ‘adult’ novel––and that Australian YA is some of the best in the world. I think these things are all beginning to happen, and the #loveOzYA movement is brilliant. I hope they continue to happen.
About the Book
A Tangle of Gold
by Jaclyn Moriarty
Published March, 2016 by Pan MacMillan
Cello is in crisis. Princess Ko’s deception of her people has emerged and the Kingdom is outraged: The Jagged Edge Elite have taken control, placing the Princess and two members of the Royal Youth Alliance under arrest and ordering their execution; the King’s attempts to negotiate their release have failed. Color storms are rampant, and nobody has heard the Cello wind blowing in months.
Meanwhile, Madeleine fears she’s about to lose the Kingdom of Cello forever. Plans are in place to bring the remaining Royals home, and after that, all communication between Cello and the World will cease. That means she’ll also lose Elliot, now back in Cello and being held captive by a branch of Hostiles. And there’s nothing he can do to help his friends unless he can escape the Hostile compound.
Worlds apart and with time running out, Madeleine and Elliot find themselves on a collision course to save the Kingdom they love, and maybe even save each other.