Happy Tuesday, Reading Nook readers!
Today, I'm thrilled to be the second stop on The Opal Crown blog tour, hosted by Rockstar Book tours!
This is the second book in Jenny Lundquist's fabulous Opal Mask series, and she's here to share a few thoughts with us on the book, her writing process and more!
A Q&A with author Jenny Lundquist
Read on for information on who she would cast in the film adaptation of the series, when she writes, and what she's doing next!
Q: Because we very much live in the instant information age, could you summarize The Opal Crown in one hundred and forty characters?
(Okay, technically that was 141 characters, but my inner editor couldn’t leave off that last period!)
Q: You're known for your MG books, as well as your YA books. How does your writing process differ when you’re working on a book like The Opal Crown verses a book like Seeing Cinderella? Have you also seen that process continue to evolve, as you continue to work on the Opal Mask series?
Q: Each reader's interpretation is different when reading, but what's one message that you hope readers will take away when reading The Opal Crown? And what’s one message that you hope they’ll take away from the series overall?
As far as the series as a whole, one of the themes I was really conscious of was the fact that we have the right to fight for the life we want, not the one our parents necessarily marked us for. In The Opal Mask series, the path that Elara and Wilha’s life should have taken was very clearly laid out for them in Book 1, and they’ve been fighting against it ever since.
Q: If you could have the opportunity to have tea with one of your characters from The Princess in the Opal Mask or The Opal Crown, who would you choose and why?
While I initially found her to be a very fearful, obedient character, I discovered Wilha had a backbone that could rival Elara’s, though the two girls are still vastly different. Wilhamina took over the narrative, so much so that instead of just having a cup of tea with her, I literally had to rewrite the story and split the narrative and give her equal time with Elara. So many of my favorite scenes in The Opal Crown are from Wilha’s perspective, where she gets to show readers a lot more of her inner and outer strength.
Q: You're in an elevator with Steven Spielberg, and you pitch The Opal Mask Series to him as a mini-series. He says yes, and says you have complete control over casting. Who would you choose for what role and why?
Q: So let's talk a little about your writing process! Some writers like working early morning, while I know some writers work best after midnight. What kind of writer are you?
For instance, I had to revise The Princess in the Opal Mask while both my boys were sacked out on the couch suffering from the flu. The upside was I didn’t feel guilty about letting them watch copious amounts of TV while I worked. (The downside, of course, was All. The. Vomit.)
Also, the way the deadlines fell with The Opal Crown I needed to be working hard during spring break when the kids were out of school AND I had houseguests staying with us. That meant I was up early in the morning working, and I’d stop around 9am to go and hang out with everyone. Then, around 9pm, I’d wish everyone a good night—and then go back to work until about one in the morning. It was completely exhausting, but completely worth it.
Q: It’s been two years since Seeing Cinderella was published, and it looks like you’re definitely not slowing down any time soon! So what’s one expectation that you had about publishing before you were published, which has turned out to be different in reality? And are there any specific lessons that you’ve learned while working on bringing The Opal Crown to life?
Q: A fellow author – Leigh Bardugo – one said that it was important to write in genres that you like, because trends will catch up. Why do you like writing fantasy, and why do you think it’s continuing to grow in popular culture?
Q: What’s on the agenda next for you?
Q: And finally, what’s your current to-read shelf?
About the author:
(4) Winners will receive a set of THE PRINCESS IN THE OPAL MASK and THE OPAL CROWN. US Only.
Check out the rest of the tour!
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10/21/2014: The Reading Nook Reviews- Interview <--- You're HERE! :)
10/22/2014: A Dream Within A Dream- Review
10/23/2014: Two Chicks on Books- Guest Post
10/24/2014: The Paige-Turner- Review
10/27/2014: A Backwards Story- Interview
10/28/2014: Bibliophilia, Please- Review
10/29/2014: Stories & Sweeties-Guest Post
10/30/2014: Jessabella Reads- Review
10/31/2014: Me, My Shelf and I- Guest Post