The lovely Meg got me an arc of Siege & Storm when she was at ALA in January when it was in Seattle. As soon as I got done with it, I was flailing all about and begged Leigh to do an interview. She is absolutely amazing and agreed!
But before we get to Leigh, let’s see about the book.
Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.
Sounds good, right?
1. What prompted the idea for the Grisha trilogy?
In fantasy, darkness is usually metaphorical, but I wanted to see what would happen if I gave it physical form. That idea became the Shadow Fold and just about everything else in Ravka grew out of it.
2. How did you go about building the world?
That’s a big question, but for me world building breaks down into sense of order and sense of place. When I wrote the first (very rough) draft of Shadow and Bone, the only things I really understood were the elements of order i.e. how power—personal, political, magical—functioned in the world. It was in the later drafts that I tried to give a real sense of how the world looked and felt. At some point, those two types of world building started to influence each other and I think that’s when the story started to feel real for me.
3. Sturmhond is a fun new character. Did you have the idea for him right away or did he come to be as a reaction to another character?
I’m a plotter and Sturmhond was in the earliest outlines of the series. But I think his character and more importantly his sense of humor may have also been a response to the darkness in the books. I love harrowing and gritty, and believe me when I say I’m out to break your heart, but I think the darker moments lose impact if the world is too unrelentingly bleak.
4. And speaking of your boys, they’re all so different. Who is the easiest for you to write?
Sturmhond. No question. Most of my characters spend a lot of time fighting themselves, grappling with what’s right or wrong. Sturmhond knows exactly who he is and what he wants. He is pure confidence, perfect clarity of intent, and that’s so much fun to write.
>5. Will there be kissing in book 3?
Indeed. A lot of it. And I suspect some of it will be unexpected. I sometimes joke with my editor that it should be called Ruin and Racy.
Speed [ish] round:
1. What’s your go to guilty pleasure thing to eat?
Eggs Florentine. Actually, any iteration of Eggs Benedict. I should probably just get around to naming a character Hollandaise.
2. If you could wake up one day, just knowing how to do something, what would it be?
Play guitar. Or sew. Maybe sew while playing the guitar?
3. Who are your favorite swoony boys?
Dorothy Dunnett’s Lymond, and right now, my heart belongs to Richard Armitage in the BBC adaptation of Elizabeth Haskell’s, North and South. I also have a soft spot for Jaime Lannister, but I’m not sure I’d call it a swoon.
4. Are there any authors that you fangirl over?
So. Many. George R.R. Martin, Neil Gaiman. Glen David Gold. Holly Black. Gillian Flynn. I was on a panel at ATBF and it took me about ten minutes to actually hear what the moderator was saying because all I could think was “IamsittingnexttoLibbaBrayIamsittingnexttoLibbaBray.
Noooow. Haven’t had a chance to pick up Siege & Storm? I have a signed copy up for grabs. Also? I’m going to see Leigh again on Friday, June 21st, so I can have the book personalized if the winner likes. Of course, assuming the winner emails me back before the event. And assuming that I go to the event.
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