Author Interview with Makiia Lucier (Blog Tour + #Giveaway!)

POSTED ON April 7, 2018 BY Austine IN Blog Tour, Giveaway, Interview

Author Interview with Makiia Lucier (Blog Tour + #Giveaway!)

Good morning, Knights, and welcome to today’s stop on the Isle of Blood and Stone blog tour! I’m excited to bring you an exclusive interview with the author herself, Makiia Lucier. She’s sharing a bit about her upcoming book, who her dream cast would be, and what her favorite ice cream is (and more, of course)! And don’t forget to keep reading until the bottom of the post for a chance to win a copy of Isle of Blood and Stone!

About Makiia Lucier

Makiia is the author of historical fiction and historical fantasy for young adults. She grew up on the Pacific Island of Guam (not too far from the equator), and has degrees in journalism and library science from the University of Oregon and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Her debut novel, A Death-Struck Year, was called a "powerful and disturbing read-ing experience" by Publishers Weekly. It was a finalist for Germany's top book prize for children, the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis, as well as Japan's Sakura Medal, and was named an ABC Best Books for Children Selection by the American Booksellers Association.

Her second novel, Isle of Blood and Stone, will be available in Spring 2018.


All About Makiia

You wrote a book! That’s pretty awesome. Why don’t you tell us a bit about what inspired Isle of Blood and Stone?

Thank you! I think it’s awesome too. As for Isle, as a kid growing up on Guam, I was obsessed with the Indiana Jones movies. I wore out our VHS copy of Raiders of the Lost Ark. I waited in line, in the sweltering, tropical heat, on opening days for The Temple of Doom and The Last Crusade. The snakes were awesome and so were the catacombs full of rats. But what I really loved was how Indy solved puzzles, turning the clues over in his mind, and using his knowledge of art, history, and myth.

Your childhood favorites stay with you always. At least they have for me. This I realized while writing Isle of Blood and Stone. It’s inspired by my love of adventure stories with smart, funny, brave heroes. It is the kind of story I grew up loving, the kind I would wait hours outside a movie theater to see.

Introduce us to your main character!

Nineteen-year-old Elias is a royal explorer, a skilled mapmaker, and the new king of del Mar’s oldest friend. Soon he will embark on the adventure of a lifetime, an expedition past the Strait of Cain and into uncharted waters. Nothing stands in his way…until a long-ago tragedy creeps back into the light, threatening all he holds dear.

So what you just read is part of the official description. Unofficially, Elias is a laid-back, good-humored sort of guy. But when it comes to his maps and mapmaking, he’s extremely anal, as all good mapmakers are. He loves his family, his island. He would do anything for his king. And he’s been in love with the Lady Mercedes for as long as he can remember.

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

Besides writing and reading, I think it’s important to keep your eyes on your own work. Everywhere you look, someone is signing a book deal, signing deals for multiple books, while you’re just a chump with a half-finished draft and little else. It’s easy to become discouraged. Keep your head down. Keep writing. Finish your story. For most people, writing a good story takes time and patience and a little faith.

I know asking someone’s all-time favorite book is a loaded question so what’s your current favorite read? Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick. Wait. Also Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer.

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

You don’t have to listen to me! This is what people not related to me have to say:

“(A) brilliant fantasy.” —Booklist, starred review

“(A) lush historical fantasy…Combining rich descriptions with a compelling mystery, Lucier (A Death-Struck Year) creates a vibrant world populated by appealing characters and enhances the story with subtle magical elements, a hint of romance, and a dose of political intrigue. The unusual inclusion of cartography as a plot device further distinguishes this satisfying adventure.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Lucier has crafted an exciting plot of attempted murder and betrayal that simmers just below the surface, right up to the breathtaking twist in the final pages…Highly recommended where Tamora Pierce, V.E. Schwab, and Rachel Hartman are popular.” —School Library Journal

“(T)he perfect fantasy novel for those who appreciate a dramatic mystery with a bit of romance.” Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“A romantic maritime epic and a charming tribute to mapmakers, calligraphers, and explorers.” —Kirkus

“In a story with twists at every turn, Lucier paints a vivid world where sea serpents abound, royal mapmakers spend their lives at sea, and friendship and romances are tested. Elias is a sympathetic character,and readers will delight in his (mis)adventures.”–ALAN Pick, Assembly on Literature for Adolescents


Fun Stuff!

Describe yourself in 3 words.


What is your most embarrassing memory?

No. Oh no.

What is your Hogwarts house?

I was thinking Slytherin, but everyone else in my family says I belong in Hufflepuff. Whatever.

Your characters are sent into the Hunger Games. Who wins?

Mercedes, no question.

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?


  • Flint from Tangled.
  • Or Russel Crowe but from thirty years ago.
  • Or Diego Boneta






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

The Middle Ages. But only for a few hours, because I don’t do chamber pots, or public bathrooms in general.

Coffee or tea?

Coffee (with peppermint mocha coffee creamer)

Best ice cream flavor ever?


Favorite quote?

“I know who I am; I know what I can and can’t do. I know what I will and won’t do. I know what I am capable of and I don’t agree to do things that I don’t think I can pull off.” –Dolly Parton

What is one piece of advice you would tell everyone?

Here’s one of my favorite quotes from Caroline Myss. “Intuition is a natural consequence of self-esteem, the greatest power you can have. With it you broaden your life into an adventure, because you know in your gut that you can handle the unknown.”


About the Book

Isle of Blood and Stone #1
by Makiia Lucier
Published on April 10, 2018 by HMH Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 400
Genres: FantasyYoung Adult
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Ulises asked, “How can I look at these maps, see this riddle, and do nothing? They are my brothers.”

Elias reached across the table and flicked aside two shells with a fingertip. The map curled into itself. “It’s bound to be a goose chase. You know that?”

“Or a treasure hunt,” Ulises countered, “and you’ve always been good at those.”

Nineteen-year-old Elias is a royal explorer, a skilled mapmaker, and the new king of del Mar’s oldest friend. Soon he will embark on the adventure of a lifetime, an expedition past the Strait of Cain and into uncharted waters. Nothing stands in his way…until a long-ago tragedy creeps back into the light, threatening all he holds dear.

The people of St. John del Mar have never recovered from the loss of their boy princes, kidnapped eighteen years ago, both presumed dead. But when two maps surface, each bearing the same hidden riddle, troubling questions arise. What really happened to the young heirs? And why do the maps appear to be drawn by Lord Antoni, Elias’s father, who vanished on that same fateful day? With the king’s beautiful cousin by his side—whether he wants her there or not—Elias will race to solve the riddle of the princes. He will have to use his wits and guard his back. Because some truths are better left buried…and an unknown enemy stalks his every turn.


Tour Giveaway!

One winner will receive a copy of Isle of Blood and Stone by Makiia Lucier!
The giveaway ends April 19, 2018. Open to US residents only.

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