Today, Michelle Zink (author of Prophecy of the Sisters, Guardian of the Gate and the upcoming Circle of Fire, which I CANNOT wait for!) travels the Plane to answer some questions about her successful series, as well as what we can expect in the future!
Q: The Prophecy of the Sisters books garner a lot of comments saying they are similar to Libba Bray’s A Great & Terrible Beauty series. What are your thoughts on that? (Personally I feel the two are books that stand firmly on their own two feet – their only similarities being the time period they are set in and feature a female character with a sort of ‘magic’)
I can understand the comparison because they’re both set in the late 1800s and have a Gothic feel. Also, when Prophecy first came out in 2009, there really weren’t a lot of Gothic fantasies on the market.
The Gemma Doyle Trilogy was definitely the most notable in the YA market at that time. I think it was an inevitable comparison, though I do agree with you that they stand on their own. For the record, I ADORE that series. It’s one of my all-time favorites!
Q: Answer the following about your characters:
Who would you push off a cliff? I can’t do it to any of them! I know it’s a cop out but I can’t help it. I love them all!
Who would you want to travel the Otherworlds with? Definitely Dimitri. ;)
Who would you have a crush on? I want to say Dimitri, but that would take me into creepy Cougar territory, so I’ll say Edmund. I’ve always liked older men. Lol!
Who would be your best friend? Definitely Luisa! I laugh out loud writing her lines sometimes. They so clearly come from HER.
Who would you envy? I don’t think I’d envy any of my characters. They all come with their own heartache.
Q: If you were one of the sisters, would you be The Guardian or would you be The Gate? How would you play your designated role?
I would definitely be the Guardian, though I’d be tempted by the other role from time to time. I would engage in a total bitch-slap smack-down – even against my twin – if it were necessary to keep Satan from ruling our world.
Q: What’s it like doing the promotional side of things? Have you ever been ‘author-struck’?
All the time! I’m such a fan of so many authors, and I never lose the awe I first felt that I get to be a part of such an amazing, inspiring business. The promotional stuff is a bit tricky for me. I guess you could say I have a love/hate relationship with it. I love the good stuff like connecting with readers and talking to teens and feeling like my circle of friends is so big and so far-flung, but I hate how much time it takes, how much it takes out of my writing (which is still my favorite part), and how angsty and competitive it can make me (which is the thing no one wants to say out loud. Lol!).
Q: Tell us about the first time you saw one of your books in a store.
It was surreal. I was expecting it, so it wasn’t a shock, but I felt… distanced from it. Like the Michelle Zink that wrote the book on the shelf wasn’t really me at all. I still feel that way sometimes, to be honest.
Q: What do you have in store for us after the Prophecy of the Sisters books? Are you able to share any details with us?
After Circle of Fire (the final installment in the Prophecy of the Sisters Trilogy), I’ll have a book called A Temptation of Angels coming out in March of 2011. Here’s a little summary just for you!
When her parents are murdered before her eyes, sixteen-year-old Helen Cartwright finds herself launched into an underground London where a mysterious organization called the Dictata controlsthe balance of good and evil. Helen learns that she is one of three remaining angelic descendants charged with protecting the world’s past, present, and future. Unbeknownst to her, she has been trained her whole life to accept this responsibility.
Now, as she finds herself torn between the angelic brothers protecting her and the devastatingly handsome childhood friend who wants to destroy her, she must prepare to be brave, to be hunted, and above all to be strong, because temptation will be hard to resist, even for an angel.
“Her eyes found the exits in under five seconds: The wall behind her, unstable enough that a good push might get her through. The now-glassless panes at the front of the house, which she could reach in four long strides. And the doorway in which the tall, shadowy figure now stood. Obviously, a last resort.”