Hi, wonderful people! Today, I have a special post for you all! I had the honor of interviewing the one and only Rachel Caine, author of Ink and Bone! And there is a giveaway! You'll want to read this one - I loved it! Off you go, lovelies!
Meet Rachel Caine!
Alyssa: Hi, Rachel! Thank you so much for joining me today on my blog! And congratulations on yet another release! How many times have you been published now? :)
Rachel: Eeek, I think this makes ... 46 novels? *faints*
Alyssa: Describe Ink and Bone in seven words?
Rachel: Harry Potter combined with The Book Thief! (7 exactly!)
Alyssa: Were there any books or other works that inspired or influenced you when you were writing Ink and Bone?
Rachel: Maybe, very distantly, some of Guy Gavriel Kay's work, like The Lions of Al-Rassan, or Tigana, but honestly, I can't think of anything that directly impacted it. I tried hard to explore the ideas to the fullest, and it led me in new directions.
Alyssa: I need to look these up! So, I know that authors have no control over covers, but I must ask – how do you feel about Ink and Bone’s cover? Did NAL’s design team accurately portray the novel, in the cover? (I personally LOVE the cover, it’s one of my favorites of 2015!)
Rachel: I adore this cover, I couldn't love it any harder, honestly. It's not just the front cover, but the paper they printed it on, the spine design that looks like an old book ... it's just AMAZING. And I think it's absolutely evocative of the story, without being illustrative. (Love the burning corner, the English lions, the smoke rising up, the debossing ... ). The NAL design team just killed it on this.
Alyssa: It's one of my favorite covers - and I LOVE the old spine type of design! My favorite spine ever! Was there a character in this book that you particularly enjoyed writing?
Rachel: They all had their joys, but I suppose it might be Niccolo Santi. Everybody's got secrets, and so does he, but he's very straight-ahead with his motives, and quite level-headed about everything. A lot of fun, actually.
Alyssa: Mmm, I can see that. He was an... interesting guy :D This is a series, correct? Can you tell us anything about the upcoming novel/novels?
Rachel: The second book is called PAPER AND FIRE, and I'm working on it right now! I plan for this to be a 3-book series. The second book will be out in summer 2016, and the third in 2017.
Alyssa: WOAH! That's the first I've heard of the title of book two! You heard it here first, folks! And that’s it for today! Thank you so much for letting me pick your brain, Rachel :D
Rachel: Thank YOU for having me! I appreciate you taking the time to do this, and read INK AND BONE!
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About Ink and Bone:
Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
Book One of The Great Library series
Publication Date: July 7, 2015
Summary (from Goodreads):
In an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.…
Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.
Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.
When he inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn.…