Today, we have Hafsah Laziaf on the blog with a Q&A. You may know her as the mind behind the popular YA blog, Icey Books, but now she’s gearing up for the release of her debut novel, Unbreathable!
1. Your debut novel, Unbreathable, follows Lissa, who’s not only on a self-discovery journey, but also plays a bigger role in the race for earth. Did you always plan to write in the sic-fi genre?
Actually, I didn’t. I’m not a huge sci-fi geek, though I do read YA sci-fi and dystopian – both of which mesh in Unbreathable. But when I think about it, all I’ve ever written is sci-fi, despite loving fantasy, which I’ve just started writing, as well.
2. How did you come up with the idea of the planet Jutaire?
Hmm, I have no idea. The idea for Unbreathable came from a search for a first line that would make people pause.
Welcome to the first stop on the Allure blog tour, hosted by Rockstar Book Tours! One thing that I love about reading is the way it can expose you to so many different walks of life and cultures. If you’re like me and your only exposure to Hoodoo includes Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, then you’ve come to the right place to learn something new! Today, the lovely Lea Nolan, author of The Hoodoo Apprentice series, has stopped by to talk about hoodoo, the Gullah and their fascinating culture.
Thanks so much for having me here at Cuddlebuggery! It’s a true pleasure to visit.
My book, Allure, the second installment in The Hoodoo Apprentice series features three teens who use Gullah hoodoo magic to battle an ancient-soul sucking curse and a hideous monster that will stop at nothing to consume its prey. Sounds exciting, huh?
Kat Kennedy: This is Kat Kennedy here to interview author Meagan Spooner for her second book, Shadowlark, in her Skylark series. Meg! Good to have you back on the blog! It feels like you’re just coming home.
Meagan Spooner: Thanks for having me! It is JUST like coming home. But you’re in my chair, you know.
Kat Kennedy: Yes, well, we’re a horrible family, ya know. So I’ll move in five minutes just after you’ve gotten comfortable.
Meagan Spooner: Of course. I guess I’ll just sit on this dusty milk crate in the corner, then.
Kat Kennedy: No! You can’t sit there! That’s where the ghost of Stephanie past is sitting!
Meagan Spooner: I thought it felt extra ectoplasmy.
Kat Kennedy: No, she just always gets like that when you’re around. You’re one of her favourite people. So your second solo book, Shadowlark is coming out, is there going to be a third book in the series?
Shadows Blog Tour, Day 22 Blog Tour
1. Gaby is a regular girl until Rafa shows up and rocks her world with a few startling revelations. What sources did you draw inspiration from for this book?
First up, thanks for having me.
The Rephaim series started with an idea about a guy and girl who are attracted to each other and who have a complicated past that only he remembers. He knows that if he takes advantage of the fact she doesn’t remember it, he’ll be in serious trouble if/when she remembers who she used to be. I knew there were supernatural elements in how she lost her memory and that they were part of a part of a larger, fractured, society.
To work out their history, I needed to build the world around them. I looked at a few mythology/folklore options, including vampires and dark faeries. In truth, I was trying to avoid writing about fallen angels because I knew there were plenty of fallen angel books out there (although I honestly didn’t know how many, and how varied, until Shadows was first published in Australia last year).