Welcome to my stop in the ALL THAT BURNS by Ryan Graudin Blog Tour hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club. Today we have an Interview with author Ryan Graudin + an awesome Tour-Wide Giveaway!
All That Burns
All That BurnsGenres: YA, Paranormal, Fantasy
In this thrilling sequel to All That Glows, the worlds of magic and mortal are colliding as London celebrates its new king, marking an era of unity between the Faery realm and the human one. Emrys, the Faery guard to the British royal family, sacrificed her powers to be with King Richard, choosing love over immortality. But now, as Emrys struggles to navigate her place between the Faery queen’s court and London’s lavish galas, danger looms beyond the Thames.When a prisoner with dark, strange magic breaks out of Queen Titania’s labyrinthine prison, endangering Emrys's king and sparking an uprising, Emrys must make the hardest decision of all.
Will she reclaim her magic to save Richard’s life and lose him forever? Or stay powerless as the kingdom goes down in flames?
ALICIA: Hi Ryan, I'm thrilled to have you here today on Addicted Readers! :)
ALICIA: 1.) Can you tell us how the idea for the ALL THAT GLOWS series was created, and did it turn out to be what you planned on, or did it change a lot from your initial idea?
RYAN: The ALL THAT GLOWS series sprang out of a short story prompt for an anthology I wanted to submit to. They were asking for stories about modern-day faeries, which got my brain thinking about the concept of a Fairy Godmother and how they protected royalty. I then thought about modern day royalty, and what the dynamic would look like if they had Fairy Godmothers. I then wrote what would become chapter two of ALL THAT GLOWS, which then became a novel. I’m very much an “organic writer,” which means I usually don’t outline (I’ve been forced to do it more with contracted books), so it’s hard to say whether it turned out as planned or not. It turned out the way it was supposed to!
ALICIA: 2.) What was the most challenging, and the most enjoyable aspect of writing ALL THAT BURNS, and why?
RYAN: The most challenging was definitely writing it under contract. It was the first book I’d written with a time constraint, which was an entire mental game in and of itself. Also, writing sequels comes with it’s own crazy set of challenges. Taking characters out of their “happily ever after” and plunging them into a set of new and different problems is not easy.
The most enjoyable aspect is the flipside of that. I got to know my own characters even better, including ones who’d only made small appearances in ALL THAT GLOWS. Princess Anabelle was one of my very absolute favorites. It was really wonderful to watch her grow throughout this story.
ALICIA: 3.) Can you tell us five random things about you?
RYAN: I used to be a competitive synchronized swimmer. I had dreadlocks for six months during college. I hate, hate, hate cockroaches. It is my dream to one day live in Europe. I just bought pajama pants with llamas on them.
ALICIA: 4.) Do you have anymore awesome books/series planned for after the ALL THAT GLOWS series is over? If so, can you share a little bit about it/them with us?
RYAN: I do! I can’t share TOO much about it, except that it is a duology in a genre that I have not yet explored in either ALL THAT GLOWS/BURNS or THE WALLED CITY. The first book will be out this Fall and the cover/title/synopsis will be revealed at noon on February 17th on Young Adult Books Central.
ALICIA: 5.) If you could describe ALL THAT BURNS in 10 words, what would they be?
RYAN: Kisses, second-guessing, vengeance, loss, powerless and powerful, fire everywhere.
ALICIA: Ryan, it's been a blast chatting with you today. Good luck with the release of ALL THAT BURNS!! :)
by Ryan Graudin
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My name is Ryan and I've been writing ever since I grabbed one of my dad's old tax ledgers and created this masterpiece: see image.
My writing has since improved, though my obsession with wolves has remained relatively the same (I even own a wolf-hybrid pup.) My childhood was a happy, sunny thing. I grew up on a steady diet of fairytales, salt-marshes, music and brothers who would re-enact Redwall battles with me in the back yard. I went to an artsy sort of high-school that allowed cello recitals in the hallways and impromptu poetry slams in the cafeteria. It was there I decided that writing was what I wanted to do more than anything.
I'm officially a grownup now (I suppose one must admit that once they turn 26). My diet still includes fairytales, salt-marshes and art, but there are a few new loves thrown in. A big one is travel. Pieces of my heart are scattered like breadcrumbs all over the globe--I've bartered them off for writing inspiration, so I suppose it's a fair trade.
When I'm not cramming my earthly belongings into a backpack and waiting in airport security lines, I'm doing one of the following: Writing YA novels, Photographing weddings with my husband, Making our little white cottage more homey, Playing with my wolf pup, Trying out Korean récipes, Haunting local coffee shops with my friends.
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