We are so excite to be a part of the tour for Dark Breaks The Dawn by Sara B. Larson – we loved her Defy series and were ecstatic when we heard she was writing a reimagined Swan Lake!!
Before we share our interview with you, we want to tell you a bit about the book!Dark Breaks the Dawn by Sara B. Larson
(Website, Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)Also by this author: Endure (Defy, Book 3)
Published by Scholastic Inc. on May 30th 2017
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, General, Love & Romance, Young Adult
On her eighteenth birthday, Princess Evelayn of Eadrolan, the Light Kingdom, can finally access the full range of her magical powers. The light looks brighter, the air is sharper, and the energy she can draw when fighting feels almost limitless.
But while her mother, the queen, remains busy at the war front, in the Dark Kingdom of Dorjhalon, the corrupt king is plotting. King Bain wants control of both kingdoms, and his plan will fling Evelayn onto the throne much sooner than she expected.
In order to defeat Bain and his sons, Evelayn will quickly have to come into her ability to shapeshift, and rely on the alluring Lord Tanvir. But not everyone is what they seem, and the balance between the Light and Dark comes at a steep price.
Describe DARK BREAKS THE DAWN in 5 words.
Fantasy reimagining of Swan Lake.
How did DARK BREAKS THE DAWN come about, what was your inspiration? What made you think you had to write this story?
I’ve wanted to do a retelling of SWAN LAKE for years, and have tried (and failed) more than once. I could never get further than a few chapters in any of the iterations before I had to admit they weren’t working. But you never know when an idea you’ve been working on will finally blossom. In the case of DARK BREAKS THE DAWN, one fortuitous conversation with a healthcare professional, and the advice he gave me, sparked the inspiration to finally come up with Evelayn’s story.
When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve always wanted to be a writer—I really do have notebooks with “books” in them that I wrote in 2nd and 3rd grade. My grandma even said I would tell stories even before I could write them down, as soon as I could talk.
Can you share (without spoilers) a line or section of DARK BREAKS THE DAWN that is your favorite?
My favorites are definitely spoilers, but I will say one of my favorite scenes to write takes place between Evelayn, Lorcan, and Tanvir.
What upcoming 2017 release (besides your own) are you most excited about?
I’ve got A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN and CARAVAL on my nightstand waiting for me currently, and I’m also dying to get my hands on finished copies of CRYSTAL BLADE and EVER THE BRAVE.
What are you currently reading?
I’m reading THE SANDCASTLE EMPIRE (sooo good so far!) and I’m skimming ACOMAF to remind myself of details before diving into ACOWAR.
Any advice for aspiring writers?
Go to conferences, do your research online, make contacts with other aspiring authors to form critique groups. All of these things will help you hone your craft and grow as a writer. And never give up!
What’s next for you? Are you working on anything right now that you can tell us about?
I’m finishing edits on BRIGHT BURNS THE NIGHT, the sequel and conclusion to DARK BREAKS THE DAWN. I’m also working on some new stuff, too, so stay tuned!
Tell us 3 random facts about you.
As a teen, my sister and I used to make a pot of mashed potatoes and a tray of brownies and eat them both by ourselves while watching RomComs.
I was named after my great-grandmas – one from Sweden and one from the Ukraine.
During summers of middle school and high school, I used to check out the maximum number of books from the library allowed at once (14) and usually had them all read within a week.
Favorite Song (right now): I said my workout fave on a different interview, so I’ll do my writing jam right now—which is SAFE NOW by Henry Jackman. I listened to this on repeat to write the final few scenes in BRIGHT BURNS THE NIGHT.
Favorite Book (right now): I really can’t narrow it down – I love too many!
Favorite TV Show/Movie: I already named two on another interview, so I will say Poldark, even though season 2 made me furious more often than not! But Demelza is my favorite.
Favorite Word: Currently it is Adeline, because that is my daughter’s name and I’m snuggling her right now.
Favorite Color: Teal
Favorite Curse Word: Crap. Which I know isn’t really a curse word, but I try not to curse and this ends up coming out of my mouth a lot instead.
3 winners will receive a finished copy of DARK BREAKS THE DAWN. US Only.
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