Saturday, May 25, 2013

Siege and Storm Blog Tour: Q&A plus giveaway!

I have something fantastic for you today! I'm here today apart of the blog tour for the upcoming Siege and Storm with Leigh Bardugo! If you don't know, Siege and Storm is my favorite book of 2013, and I'm so honored to have Leigh on the blog.

The Q&A!

1) Where did your inspiration for the Grisha trilogy come from?
The series really began one night when I managed to scare myself into thinking there really might be monsters waiting for me at the end of a darkened hall. I went to bed wondering, "What if darkness was a place?" What if the monsters were real and you had to fight them on their own territory? What kind of power might create such a place? What would it take to destroy it? Those ideas became the Shadow Fold and the rest of the story grew from there.  

2) Was it harder to write Siege and Storm compared to the first book, or easier?
So much harder. The world got much bigger and more complex, I had more characters and plots to juggle, and I was writing on deadline for the first time. It was an incredibly intense process. 

3) Which character do you love to write about most? Which character do you wish had more scenes in the trilogy?
Sturmhond is easily my favorite character to write. Most of my characters struggle with themselves and the choices they make, but Sturmhond is pure confidence. He knows exactly what he wants and he has no doubts about his ability to get it. Writing that clarity of intent is such a pleasure. Honestly, it was hard not to let him take over the whole book. But I wish all of the characters could have more scenes in the trilogy. They all have stories to tell and the narrative (as well as Alina's POV) doesn't always permit that. That's why I love writing bonus content. I get to share a bit more of these characters with readers. 

4) How did you create the world of the Grisha?
The political structure and magical system came first for me. It was only when I started getting into later drafts that I really set out to give the reader a sense of place. That was when I turned to Russia as a kind of cultural touchstone. I was introducing a lot of unfamiliar elements, so I wanted to help the reader feel grounded in the world. Still, I was surprised at how deeply the research impacted some of the dynamics at work in my story. In terms of the actual process, most of the research for Shadow and Bone happened between the pages—in cultural histories, surveys of folklore, old recipe books. With Siege and Storm, I took a slightly different approach and ended up consulting quite a few friends and acquaintances when I needed help with the nautical research and some of the stickier science. 

5) Are you working on any other projects you can share with us?
I have a few new things in the works, but I can't really talk about them just yet. Right now, I'm revising Ruin and Rising, the final book in the Grisha Trilogy and I'm hoping to write a Ravkan folk tale to accompany it. I wrote "The Witch of Duva" for the release of Shadow and Bone, and "The Too-Clever Fox" for Siege and Storm, but I'm a bit torn over which story to tell for Ruin. Maybe one day I'll get to write them all. 

Thank you so much, Leigh! Loved this Q&A! Like I said before, Siege and Storm is the best book I've read of 2013 (it's amazing in every way imaginable and possible); cannot wait for Ruin and Rising

Want to connect with Leigh?
Leigh Bardugo will be on tour in June as part of the Fierce Reads Tour. Get all the info/dates:
Siege and Storm is featured in our Spring 2013 Fierce Reads Book Trailer:
Watch the Siege and Storm book trailer:
Listen and download Leigh Bardugo’s song, “Winter Prayer”. Yes, we said SONG!
Pre-order a copy of Siege and Storm (hardcover or e-book), submit your receipt, and we’ll send you a specially-branded nail polish! Details:
Download and read for FREE the first five chapters of Siege and Storm on your e-reader:
Become a fan of The Grisha Trilogy on Facebook:
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And now, I have a giveaway for you! One person will win a paperback of Shadow and Bone, as well as Siege and StormThis giveaway is US/CAN only. Enter to win! {Direct link to my YouTube channel, as promised in one of the entries below.}

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  1. So bloody awesome!! Cannot wait to read it :D

  2. Thanks for the AWESOME giveaway, Brad! I've yet to read Shadow & Bone but am so excited to! I'm so curious to see what has you loving this series so much!

  3. So glad to see this book is out! Thanks for the giveaway.

  4. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

  5. Thank you for the giveaway! I can't wait to go see this author next month...squee!!!

  6. I can't wait for this book :)

  7. AMAZING Giveaway! I can't WAIT to read this! I just finished reading Shadow & Bone, & LOVED IT! :)

  8. Thanks so much for the AWESOME giveaway!! I am one who has somehow STILL not read S&B, so winning this set would be amazing. I WANT to read it very, very badly! :)

  9. I've been wanting to read Shadow & Bone for a while now, and I'm still super excited for Siege & Storm! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  10. G8t author interview, Brad! I really enjoyed S&B too, and am stoked for S&S. I've always wished that I had the imagination and skill to write awesome stories like this one. =)

  11. Thanks for the amazing giveaway! And I love the Q and A. I can't wait to read this book!! <3
    -Cali W.

  12. Thanks for the amazing giveaway to a fantastic series! Loved the interview! Can't wait for Siege and Storm!!!

  13. Thank you for the really cool giveaway.

  14. Im so excited to read S&S. I cant wait to see what awesomeness it has to offer.

  15. I absolutely loved Shadow and Bone and now I cannot wait until Siege and Storm!!

  16. Love this series!

  17. I'm excited to start this series!

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  18. Great interview! I Just finished reading Shadow and Bone a couple days ago and was completely captivated from beginning to end. I am soooo ready to continue the story with Siege and Storm!

  19. I love this series so much! Thanks for the giveaway :)


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