Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Interview + Giveaway with Robin Bridges, author of The Katerina Trilogy

I'm absolutely delighted to be joined today by the wonderful Robin Bridges, author of the glamorous, gorgeously imagined YA historical novel / fantasy, The Unfailing Light.

The Unfailing Light is the second book in The Katerina Trilogy, featuring intriguing Russian folklore, history and culture. To read my review of The Unfailing Light click HERE. To read my review of the first book in the series, The Gathering Storm, click HERE.

1. Welcome to Bookish Robin, I'm honored to have you with us today! Could you start by telling us a little bit about yourself? 

Happy to be here! When I’m not poking small children with needles at the hospital, I’m at home writing about monsters and making horrible things happen to my teenage characters. But people tell me I’m really quite nice. 

2. How familiar were you with Imperial Russia and the folktales of Eastern Europe before writing the Katerina Trilogy? Was a lot of research required? 

Yes, it was a lot of research! I’m not sure I would have been brave enough to ever start writing the first book if I’d known just how much research I’d end up doing. I always loved Russian fairy tales, and I’d read a lot about Nicholas and Alexandra. For the Katerina Trilogy, I found books about other members of the Romanov family and books about the palaces they lived in. I created a LibraryThing account just to keep track of all the Russian history I’ve read in the past few years. 

3. Would you say that The Unfailing Light was easier or harder to write than the first book in the series, The Gathering Storm

 I thought writing the second book in the series would be harder than the first, but it was easier than I expected. I knew my heroine and her motivations and knew her flaws, so putting her into danger and watching her dig herself out of it was fun, in an evil sort of way. 

4. What is your favorite part of the writing process? Least favorite? 

 It’s weird but it changes for me from book to book. Sometimes, getting to know my characters in the first draft is my favorite part, and sometimes, that first draft makes me pull my hair out. 

5. Do you have a favorite quote or line from a poem or book? 

 Ooh, Captain Wentworth’s letter to Ann Elliot at the end of Jane Austen’s Persuasion always makes me swoon: 

“You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone forever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight and a half years ago. Dare not say that a man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you. Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant." 

6. Would you say that your life changed a lot after you got your first publishing deal? How did that feel? 

It’s been a lot busier! And it’s been a wild journey, a lot of ups and downs and lots of surprises too. I’m so glad I’ve had the members of the Class of 2K12 and the members of the Apocalypsies and the Elevensies on this journey with me. To hold my hand and share virtual chocolate. 

7. What's next in line for you? Are you working on a new book now? 

Right now I’m waiting on copy edits for Katerina #3, The Morning Star, and finishing a new historical fantasy for my agent. 

8. Could you share with us your Fall reading list? 

How much room do you have? :) Recently I’ve finished (and loved!) Sarah Rees Brennan’s Unspoken, CJ Redwine’s Defiance, Tessa Gratton’s The Blood Keeper, Corrine Jackson’s If I Lie, and Lish McBride’s Necromancing the Stone. My must-go-out-and-buy-now list includes Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Boys, Libba Bray’s The Diviners, and Lia Habel’s Dearly, Beloved. I’m also excited about the manga version of Cassandra Clare’s Clockwork Angel coming out next month! So many books, so little time…

Robin, thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to join us here today! I'm looking forward to reading The Morning Star (can't wait!!!) 

About the author:

By day, Robin is a mild-mannered writer of fantasy and paranormal fiction for young adults. By night, she is a pediatric nurse. Robin lives on the Gulf Coast with her husband, one soon-to-be teenager, and two slobbery mastiffs. THE GATHERING STORM is her first novel.
Website: http://www.robinbridges.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Katerina-Trilogy/159461857486442

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4094048.Robin_Bridges

Twitter: @robinbridges
!!! ~Giveaway~!!!

Random House US has generously offered to give away one finished copy of The Unfailing Light (trust me, it's GORGEOUS and you WANT IT!!!). 

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Ends: October 23rd

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For more awesomeness from Random House US and Robin Bridges, please visit other blog tour stops!

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September 25th: Casey’s Crew
September 26th: Much Ado About Books
September 26th: The Streetlight Reader
September 27th: Infinite Reads
September 28th: The Hiding Spot
September 29th: Girls *Heart* Books
October 1st: Mom Reads My Books
October 2nd: The Book Review Club
October 3rd: The Book Review Club
October 4th: Kimba Caffeinated
October 4th: My Life is a Notebook
October 5th: My Life is a Notebook
October 6th: Candace’s Book Blog
October 7th: Reader Girls
October 8th: Bookish
October 8th: Peace, Love, Books
October 9th: YA Bibliophile
October 9th: Reader Girls
October 10th: Wastepaper Prose
October 10th: Imaginary Reads
October 11th: Imaginary Reads
October 12th: Well Read Wife
October 15th: Libby Blog
October 16th: Cracking the Cover
October 17th: A Bookish Libraria
October 18th: A Novel Review
October 19th: In the Best Worlds
October 20th: Tripping Over Books


Marie-Michel said...

I'm not familiar with it but I'm always interest to learn more about anything culture related.

Megan said...

I would love to learn more about Russian history and folklore. All I know is what I learned in high school history.

Steph said...

I don't know much about Russian history & absolutely nothing about Russian folklore! I think it sounds really interesting and I would love to learn more about both! Thanks for the giveaway!

Nicole Mainardi said...

I know nothing about Russian folklore, so I'm excited to see what the author write about in this book. Thanks for the great giveaway! :)

Sarah said...

This makes me curious

The Little Green Art Witch said...

I love learning the folklore of different cultures! It's so interesting to see the differences and similarities of various cultures.

Thanks for the great giveaway!

Julie S said...

Being from Russia, I just love the folklore! I've been wanting to read this series for a while. I've had the Gathering Storm on my wishlist for a while.

Tiffany (About to Read) said...

I can't wait to start this series! It sounds amazing :)

Amy said...

I haven't read the first book in the series, but it sounds fantastic. Awesome interview!!

BooksVzla said...

The cover is beautiful

Tiffany Holme said...

Great interview! Love the fall reading Lin up and totally agree with Unspoken <3 look forward to picking these books up!!

Unknown said...

I LOVE folklore. Of any shape or form. I've found it makes some of the best stories out there.

Barbara E. said...

I'm not too familiar with Russian folklore, but I do find it interesting. I'm looking forward to reading this series, it sounds fascinating.

Sofia Loves Books said...

I am not familiar but it would be interesting to learn about it.

Jessica said...

Other than knowing the stories about Anastasia and Baba Yaga, I don't really know anything about Russian folklore/history. I always think it would be intriguing to learn about, though!

Lindy Gomez said...

I am interested in Russian folklore! When I was a young kid, I saw an animated version of Anastasia, and it became one of my favorite movies!

Unknown said...

I am not familiar with it, but I would like to read more of it to find out more about it.

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit said...

Not familiar with Russian folklore, but would love to learn more!

gracelo said...

To be honest, I don't know much about Russian Folklore other than reading Baba Yaga and a few Anastasia retellings, but I definitely want to read more!

Sayomay said...

Folklore? nope. :( I was fasinated with the Rovminvos (yet i can never spell their name right...) Im very familiar with the rumors, theorys and imposters of Anastia :)

Jaime Lester said...

I know a little bit about the Romanov's but not very much. Other than that, me and Russian folklore are not very well acquainted. I very much wish to get acquainted with it though. And more power to her for being able to poke little ones with a needle. I would cry each and every time. As soon as I saw that little face pucker up. Nursing is obviously not for me! Thanks for the giveaway!

Unknown said...

I don't know very much about the Russian folklore but am curious about it. Thanks for the giveaway!!!

Angie said...

I don't know too much about Russian folklore, but I've always been fascinated by Imperial Russia. :)

~Jennifer~ said...

I'm not familiar with Russian folklore but am definitely interested in it. :)

Christine said...

I am definitely interested in Russian folklore! I've always been intrigued by the history of Russia, especially the czars (and the story of Czar Nicholas II, Rasputin, Anastasia, and that whole period of Russian history).

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