Welcome to my second stop on the Avery blog tour. Today I have the pleasure of Interviewing Charlotte! You can check out my first stop on the blog tour, where I review Avery HERE.
Hi Charlotte and welcome to the blog, I am so excited to have you here.
Thanks so much for having me!
1. Where did the idea for Avery come from?
The prologue of Avery came to me in a dream, oddly. It was this really intense scene where a young man was killed in a stone fortress, and the woman with him was bound in some way to him so that she was condemned to die too. I woke up and wrote it down, then started thinking about it as a book.
2.In Avery, the Kayan’s eyes change colour with emotion, do you think it would be a help or hindrance if your own eyes changed colour according to your emotions?
Good question! I think if you’re an honest person who has nothing to hide, or someone who is emotionally brave, then it might be a great thing. However if you’re more introverted and don’t like people knowing what you’re feeling then it might be a bit of an intrusion. I think it could help you connect more with people, certainly, but hopefully it wouldn’t be used against each other.
3.Is there a character that is most like you?
Alas, I don’t think so. I tend to write from a very emotional place, but that’s as far as I go to connect to my characters. I make sure I can empathise and feel what they feel, but I’m definitely far too boring to base a character on!
4.What character did you find hardest to write? Easiest?
None of them were easy… But maybe Ava was easier for me, as she had a really clear motivation and goal, and I knew exactly what emotional arc she needed to go through in the story. The hardest would have been either Rose or Thorne, because they think the least like me. Rose was tricky because she has a very different way of looking at and experiencing the world. While Thorne was a brutal, hateful man to begin with and then I had to take him through a transformative journey… So he was probably the most difficult, but also the most satisfying to write.
5.Did you listen to any music while writing Avery? If you did, what songs were they? Or if you didn’t, is there a song you feel goes perfectly with the book?
I can tell you a few of the artists I listen to when I write… Asgeir, London Grammar, Vancouver Sleep Clinic, Bon Iver, Sia, Feist, Antony and the Jonsons, Fleetwood Mac, Otis Redding… god there are too many! I really like listening to soundtracks, too – they help with the writing: The Piano, Hero, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, and any soundtracks by Daniel Hart or Olafur Arnalds.
6.Can you give us a hint as to what is to come in book 2?
Sure, book 2 is called Thorne, and it’s about a young prince of Pirenti who must journey into the neighbouring country Kaya, where despite the uneasy truce between the peoples, it is still a very dangerous place for a foreigner. His journey connects him with Finn, a young and reckless Kayan girl who is intent on discovering a way to break the bond between lovers so that no more need die for it. The book is about their love story, and the dangerous mission they embark on.
7.What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
My biggest piece of advice is always the same: write as much as humanly possible. Practice, practice, practice. Each time you write, you’re developing your skills and your voice. Don’t angst over one project for years – finish things and start new things as much as you can. Read constantly – this helps you to establish your taste in writing, and inspire you to be better yourself. Write with passion about things you love – this will come through to your readers and it will make it easier for them to connect emotionally with your work. Lastly, be determined and don’t give up if you happen to get rejections – everybody does.
8.If you were stranded on a desert island, who would you want to be stranded with? (Fictional or real.)
Sir Lancelot to protect me and look gorgeous doing it, Charlotte Bronte to tell me beautiful stories, and Marvin Gaye to sing me soul music.
9.What three items would you want with you If you were stranded on a desert island?
My favourite book, a forever-charged-battery-powered laptop with all my favourite movies and tv shows on it, and… probably a knife would be really helpful.
10.If you could have any magical/superpower what would it be?
I’d love to have the superpower of not needing to sleep. Even though I love sleeping and dreaming, imagine how much more you could get done if you never got tired!
Thank you for joining me on the blog today, Charlotte.
It’s been a pleasure! Thanks!
Release Date: February 2nd 2015.
Publisher: Random House Australia.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
The people of Kaya die in pairs. When one lover dies, the other does too. So it has been for thousands of years – until Ava.
For although her bondmate, Avery, has been murdered and Ava’s soul has been torn in two, she is the only one who has ever been strong enough to cling to life. Vowing revenge upon the barbarian queen of Pirenti, Ava’s plan is interrupted when she is instead captured by the deadly prince of her enemies.
Prince Ambrose has been brought up to kill and hate. But when he takes charge of a strangely captivating Kayan prisoner and is forced to survive with her on a dangerous island, he must reconsider all he holds true . . .
In a violent country like Pirenti, where emotion is scorned as a weakness, can he find the strength to fight for the person he loves . . . even when she’s his vengeful enemy?
Avery is a sweeping, romantic fantasy novel about loss and identity, and finding the courage to love against all odds.
Charlotte McConaghy grew up with her nose in a book. Her first novel, Arrival, was published at age seventeen, followed by Descent when she was twenty.
She soon started her first adult fantasy novel, Avery, the prologue of which came to her in a very vivid dream. Avery launched The Chronicles of Kaya series, and is followed by Thorne – Book Two and Isadora, the third and final in the trilogy. She then published Fury, and Melancholy, the first and second books in a dystopian sci-fi series called The Cure.
Charlotte currently lives in Sydney, and has a Masters in Screenwriting at the Australian Film, Television & Radio School.
To find out more about the tour, and read a free sample, click HERE.
And don’t forget to hop along to the other stops for more fantastic reviews and interviews:
Thursday 29 January 2015: Aussie Author Challenge – Interview and Giveaway
• Saturday 31 January 2015: Book Muster Down Under – Sneak peek
• Thursday 5 February 2015: Speculating on SpecFic – Review
• Friday 6 February 2015: Book’d Out – Review
• Monday 9 February 2015: An Adventure in Words – Review
• Thursday 12 February 2015: Inside my Worlds – Review
• Friday 13 February 2015: Words Read and Written – Review and interview
• Monday 16 February 2015: Stephanie Gunn blog – Review
• Tuesday 17 February 2015: A Word Shaker – Review
• Thursday 19 February 2015: Inside My Worlds – Interview
• Tuesday 24 February 2015: Thoughts by Joy – Review
• Thursday 26 February 2015: The Rest Is Still Unwritten – Review
• Friday 27 February 2015: The Rest Is Still Unwritten – Interview