Saturday, December 6, 2014

0 Skylar Dorset, author of THE BOY WITH THE HIDDEN NAME, on how music inspires her writing

What is your favorite thing about THE BOY WITH THE HIDDEN NAME: OTHERWORLD BOOK TWO?

It's so hard to pick a favorite thing! Because I can't say "everything," can I? I think my favorite thing about it is getting to know all of the characters a little bit better. We get to learn a lot about the goblins, and I'm hoping you all love the Goblin King as much as I do! And we get to learn a lot more about Will, and about Ben's mother, and about Selkie's mother. I also love how much this book gets to delve into Selkie and Ben's relationship. You thought there was drama in the first book? Just wait until you read this one! But I guess, if I had to pick just one favorite thing, it would be the ending.
And the Goblin King.
And the ending.

What book or books would most resonate with readers who love your book--or visa versa?

I actually find "Alice in Wonderland" to be a pretty good companion book.

There's a lot more romance in my book, but if you like the kind of madcap, upside-down-logic of my fantasy world, you'll probably love "Alice in Wonderland," because that's what inspired me!

What's your writing ritual like? Do you listen to music? Work at home or at a coffee shop or the library, etc?

I do listen to music when I write. I think it helps to get the mood of the story right. I don't have a separate playlist for everything I write, necessarily, but I do have separate playlists for the different moods: somber, reflective, romantic, action-packed, angry, etc. I do a lot of my writing at home, in whatever snippets of time I can steal, but every once in a while I treat myself to the luxury of going to the coffee shop and setting everything up there. I love to write in coffee shops. I feed off the buzz of the people all around, the anonymous chatter. And for some reason I love coffee shop music to write to. It's not the same when I play it in my house! It's got to be in the coffee shop!

What advice would you most like to pass along to other writers?

Don't get caught up in whether other people will like it. The question is if *you* like it. If you like it, then you've accomplished something good! Other people will catch on. :-)

What are you working on now?

A million different things. It's ridiculous. I'm poking around with a YA about weather mages, and another YA about a girl who walks into her house three hundred years after she walked out that morning. And I'm working on my first middle grade novel, too!


The Boy with the Hidden Name
by Skylar Dorset
Sourcebooks Fire
Released 12/2/2014

This is not your average trip to Fairyland...

Selkie Stewart has just saved her quasi-boyfriend, Ben, from a fairy prison run by the Seelie Court. If they weren't the two most-wanted individuals in the Otherworld before, they definitely are now. Along with Ben and the rest of their ragtag group of allies-Selkie's ogre aunts; a wizard named Will; Ben's cousin Safford; and Kelsey, Selkie's best friend-Selkie is ready to embrace her destiny and bring the Court down. Until she hears the rest of her prophecy: Benedict le Fay will betray you, and then he will die.

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Photo Credit: Larry StritofSkylar is a born-and-bred New Englander, which is why Boston was a natural setting for her debut novel, THE GIRL WHO NEVER WAS. Skylar shares her home with a cardboard cutout of the Tenth Doctor , lots of Mardi Gras beads from the time she spent living in New Orleans, and a harp she’s supposed to be teaching herself to play. She’d like to get a dog. 

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