Author Interview with Lyra Selene + Giveaway!

POSTED ON November 13, 2018 BY Austine IN Blog Tour, Giveaway, Interview

Author Interview with Lyra Selene + Giveaway!

It’s Tuesday! And today marks the second day of the AMBER & DUSK blog tour! Author Lyra Selene has graciously participated in an interview with me today and I’m excited to share it with you!

Lyra’s a fellow Slytherin so y’all know I’m ALL over this 😉

Make sure to check out the rest of the stops for today and the rest of the tour, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

About Lyra Selene

Lyra Selene was born under a full moon and has never quite managed to wipe the moonlight out of her eyes. When she isn’t dreaming up fantastical cities and brooding landscapes, Lyra enjoys hiking, rainstorms, autumn, and pretending she’s any good at art.

She lives in New England with her husband, in an antique farmhouse that’s probably not haunted. AMBER & DUSK is her debut novel.


All About Lyra

You wrote a book! That’s pretty awesome. Why don’t you tell us a bit about what inspired Amber & Dusk?

Thanks so much! When I wrote A&D my agent and I were actually on submission with another manuscript, and I was feeling anxious and frustrated by my writing career. To soothe my nerves, I decided to write a book just for me. I remember daydreaming of the world first–a gilded empire scorched by an unmoving sun. A world where the light seemed thick enough to taste, like honey or ambrosia. From there, I knew I wanted a world filled with ball gowns and banter, secrets and seduction, court intrigue and clandestine kisses.

This is that book. I may have written it for myself, but I couldn’t be more thrilled to be sharing it with the world.

Introduce us to your main character!

Sylvie is the hungry beating heart of this story, a girl with sunlight in her eyes and strange colors in her soul. She’s had a hard childhood–she was raised an orphan in the Dusklands by religious Sisters who called her power to create illusions a curse. But she always knew she wanted more, and so she sets out to claim what she believes she deserves.

Sylvie is ambitious, angry, brave, and a little arrogant. When I first wrote her, I wasn’t sure I liked her, but I always knew this was her story. I hope you grow to love her as much as I do!

Lots of aspiring authors out there. Any advice for them?


Just kidding! My best advice would be to be persistent and don’t give up. It may sound corny, but the only way to fail at your dreams is to abandon them. Put in the work, be patient, and try not to compare your journey to anyone else’s. If you persevere, everything else will eventually fall into place.

I know asking someone’s all-time favorite book is a loaded question so what’s your current favorite read?

I finally read Leigh Bardugo’s Language of Thorns short story collection, and I was blown away by how amazing it was! All the stories are delicious and dark, but my personal favorite is her eerie retelling of The Nutcracker.

Alright, the ultimate question: why should we read your book?

Reading is ultimately subjective, but if you like prose that tastes like sugared secrets, a plot like sharp teeth hidden behind red lips, and a heroine who isn’t afraid to go after everything she desires, then this book might just be what you’re looking for!


Fun Stuff!

Describe yourself in 3 words.

Oof, um…dreamy, mischievous, secretive.

What is your most embarrassing memory?

I have so many because I’m the most awkward human alive. One time when I was living in London, I ran into an acquaintance on the Underground. We chatted for a few minutes before she had to get off at her stop. As she was stepping off the train, she said “Lovely to see you!” The doors were closing, so I panicked and said “I love you too!” I never saw her again.

What is your Hogwarts house?

I am a proud Slytherin, and if you think that makes me evil I will happily talk your ear off for hours about our unfair treatment in Rowling’s books.

A famous movie producer wants to make your books into movies and they want you to cast your characters. Which actors/actresses make the cut?

Lucky for you I have given this wayyy too much thought!

Sylvie–Hailee Steinfeld
Luca–Marlon Teixeira
Dowser–Idris Elba
Lullaby–Arden Cho
Thibo–Douglas Booth
Sunder–Lucky Blue Smith
Bane–Dove Cameron
Severine–Rooney Mara

You just won America’s Got Talent. What’s your talent?

Does crouching behind a computer in PJs while slurping cold coffee and talking to the voices in my head count as a talent?

This morning you woke up with the ability to time travel to only one time period. Where (or more accurately “when”) would you go?

This is a hard one! I would love to visit so many–Ancient Egypt, Rome at the height of the empire, 16th century Japan, the court of Versailles. But realistically, I think I would travel to the Roaring Twenties to visit a speakeasy and learn the Charleston!

Coffee or tea?

Always coffee.

Best ice cream flavor ever?

I’m partial to Moose Tracks.

Favorite quote?

“A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.” –Oscar Wilde

What is one piece of advice you would tell everyone?

Give yourself permission to be happy with who you are and what you have accomplished, while still acknowledging that you can always achieve more!


About the Book

Author Interview with Lyra Selene + Giveaway!
Amber & Dusk
by Lyra Selene
Published on November 27, 2018 by Scholastic Press
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 368
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Sylvie has always known she deserves more. Out in the permanent twilight of the Dusklands, her guardians called her power to create illusions a curse. But Sylvie knows it gives her a place in Coeur d'Or, the palais of the Amber Empress and her highborn legacies.

So Sylvie sets off toward the Amber City, a glittering jewel under a sun that never sets, to take what is hers.

But her hope for a better life is quickly dimmed. The empress invites her in only as part of a wicked wager among her powerful courtiers. Sylvie must assume a new name, Mirage, and begin to navigate secretive social circles and deadly games of intrigue in order to claim her spot. Soon it becomes apparent that nothing is as it appears and no one, including her cruel yet captivating sponsor, Sunder, will answer her questions. As Mirage strives to assume what should be her rightful place, she'll have to consider whether it is worth the price she must pay.

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Tour Schedule

November 12th

Pink Polka Dot Books
Vicky Who Reads

November 13th

Kat’s Books
book briefs
What’s She Reading?
A Backwards Story

November 14th

Book Slaying
A Dream Within A Dream
Utopia State of Mind

November 15th

Dazzled by Books
Chrikaru Reads
The Bibliophagist
The Reading Corner for All
My Thoughts Literally!

November 16th

The Desert Bibliophile
My Lovely Secret
Feed Your Fiction Addiction



One winner (US only) will receive a copy of Amber & Dusk by Lyra Selene! Ends November 30, 2018. 

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2 responses to “Author Interview with Lyra Selene + Giveaway!

  1. Hallo, Hallo! (*waves)

    What really struck me is how the author wrote this novel for herself – she followed her muse and told the story she was most interested in writing. To me that is the greatest inspiration for writing a story but also, without the pressure of wondering if it would fit a niche or market. I love reading Fantasy but sometimes, I like to read outside the regular realms I am journeying through and try to step into a different branch of Fantasy I might previously overlook. The best part I felt is how strong the heroine is of this story and how she’s not entirely approachable at first but her story has something about it that lends a lovely dose of curiosity to read!

    I had to laugh – yes, Slytherin gets a bad rap, but even Ravenclaw (like I) sometimes have to defend themselves as well! I love the different Houses at Hogwarts and how everyone sort of knew rather instantly where we would be ‘sorted and housed’ as soon as we tucked into the world.

    I love lush world-building – this one sounds like something I would love to get lost inside! Thanks for spotlighting it and giving us a chance to win a copy!