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!
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!
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!
Sunder–Lucky Blue Smith
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?
Best ice cream flavor ever?
I’m partial to Moose Tracks.
“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
by Lyra Selene
Published on November 27, 2018 by Scholastic Press
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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One winner (US only) will receive a copy of Amber & Dusk by Lyra Selene! Ends November 30, 2018.
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