Thank you so much to Atom for granting me the opportunity to be a part of the Bloodrose Aussie blog tour! We’re celebrating the release of the third and final book in the Nightshade series, Bloodrose, so please welcome the author, Andrea Cremer, to the blog!
Q: With ‘Bloodrose‘ finally on the shelves, what does this mean for Calla and her story? Is it the third and final book, or is there room for more?
Bloodrose brings Calla’s plot arc to a close. The Nightshade series was inspired by Calla and the story she needed told, but the world of Nightshade is still full of characters with other tales to tell so I think you’ll see more in the future.
Q: Nightshade was released back in 2010, launching you into the YA reading market. You now have a successful three-book series on the shelves and a huge fanbase. How have things changed for you in the past two years; both professionally and personally?
When Nightshade was published I was working full-time as a history professor. I love teaching and writing, but as the books became successful it was clear I couldn’t manage a healthy balance between two full-time professions. This spring is my last semester teaching and in May I’m moving to New York to pursue writing full-time.
Q: What can you tell us about ‘Rift‘, the first book in the companion series to Nightshade?
Rift reveals the origins of the Witches’ War – the same conflict that Calla and her pack are fighting in – that began in medieval Europe. Rift takes place in the 15th century in the Scottish highlands and follows the journey of sixteen-year-old Ember, an initiate of the mysterious order of knights called Conatus.
Q: You’re also coming out with a YA steampunk book entitled ‘The Inventor’s Secret‘ in 2013. Have you always been a fan of steampunk? What are some of your favourite steampunk reads?
I first encountered steampunk about three years ago. The idea to write a steampunk series resulted from a trip to the eye doctor. During the exam the doctor put on this insane headgear and I was taken with the idea to write a story with a mad scientist or crazed inventor. By researching this idea I came across the steampunk movement, which is fascinating and wonderful.
Q: ‘The Invisibility Curse‘ is your upcoming novel co-written with David Levithan. Are there any other authors you’d love to collaborate with in the future?
It’s been incredible to work with David – he’s such a talented author and a brilliant person in general. There are so many wonderful YA authors that I’d be honored to work with – but put on the spot I’ll say Beth Revis (Across the Universe, A Million Suns). Beth and I were just on tour together and she had me in stitches. Any book we’d write would be a riot of explosions and kissing.
Q: And finally, what do you (as a reader) want to see more of in the YA market?
I’m a fan of any well-written, compelling story. What I hope for the most in the YA market is diversity. I don’t want any genre to dominate the bookshelves because I think what’s amazing about YA is the range of storytelling that takes place there – the lines of genre blur within YA and I’d like it to stay that way.
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Thank you so much to both Andrea and the lovely people at Atom/Hachette AU for including me in the March blog tour. If you haven’t started on the fantastic Nightshade series yet, what are you waiting for?