Yesterday, Entertainment Weekly revealed the cover for The Bone Season. Here it is.
I love it. I love how unique it is. I love the colors. I love the font. And, I love that it doesn't have people on it. Books that don't show characters make we want to pick them up and potentially buy them even more.
What is your writing process like? Do you have any rituals or must-haves? Day? Night?
I generally work best at night, but it can vary. Sometimes I'll wake up full of beans, ready to get a chapter out, but I'm mostly grumpy and decaffeinated in the morning. I tend to spend the day doing uni work, then devote the whole evening to writing. I usually need silence to write anything substantial, but if I’m editing or just thinking, I always have some music playing.
When did you first know you wanted to become a writer?
I started writing when I was about thirteen, but I decided I wanted to be a published author a bit later, at fifteen.
What are some of your favorite books that inspired you to become a writer?
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens were all big influences. The Handmaid's Tale was a life-changing read: it introduced me to speculative fiction. I received a copy of it from my English teachers when I left high school and ended up writing an essay on it for my Modern Literature paper at university. I just couldn’t get over the beauty and emotional impact of the prose. That spark led me to read A Clockwork Orange, Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four and The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham, which made me want to try my hand at writing a futuristic novel of my own – but with a twist of fantasy. The fantasy aspect was partly inspired by Middle English dream visions, which I’ve really enjoyed studying, and by the poetry of John Donne and Emily Dickinson. And by a lot of thinking in cafés.
What are some examples of things you had to research while writing the book?
I did a lot of research on parapsychology, divination and nineteenth century Spiritualism. In The Bone Season, clairvoyants have created their own underworld in response to a security system called Scion. I wanted my vision of clairvoyance to be unique, but I thought it was important to have a broad understanding of the subject as it exists in our world. I also read books on Victorian street life and researched various strains of theology to design the Rephaim.
What four words best describe The Bone Season?
Fast. Dark. Strange. Elusive.
What has been your favorite part of this process?
World-building. I can't get enough of it. There's nothing quite like creating a parallel universe. Putting the characters into that universe is the next stage. I love seeing through their eyes, testing the limits of the world, imagining what sort of things they might be exposed to on a daily basis.
From your success thus far, what advice can you give to up-and-coming authors?
Don't be afraid to try again. Always be open to constructive criticism. Send your manuscript to as many agents as possible; don't let it rot in a drawer. And whatever you do, never give up.
Thank you for stopping by, and congratulations on your beautiful cover!
The author blogs here, and you can follow her on Twitter here, and the designer here.