Today on the blog is the lovely Vicki Weavil! I am so excited to share my author interview with Vicki. Keep reading to learn more about Vicki and her book, Facsimile.
Author: Frances Hardinge
Publisher: Amulet Books
Publication Date: April 14, 2020
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea meets Frankensteinin Frances Hardinge’s latest fantasy adventure
The gods are dead. Decades ago, they turned on one another and tore each other apart. Nobody knows why. But are they really gone forever? When 15-year-old Hark finds the still-beating heart of a terrifying deity, he risks everything to keep it out of the hands of smugglers, military scientists, and a secret fanatical cult so that he can use it to save the life of his best friend, Jelt. But with the heart, Jelt gradually and eerily transforms. How long should Hark stay loyal to his friend when he’s becoming a monster—and what is Hark willing to sacrifice to save him?
Interview with Vicki Weavil
1. What authors’ blogs do you subscribe to? Is there one particular author that you find the most helpful in your own writing?
Vicki: I don’t actually subscribe to many blogs, because I find it overwhelms my email, and I have a lot of other things I need to concentrate on in my email feed. I do follow Michelle Hauck and Amy Trueblood because I work with them as a mentor on their writing contests.
Instead of subscribing to blogs, I follow a lot of authors on Twitter and Facebook and other social media sites, and visit their blogs or websites when a specific topic or post catches my attention.
I also don’t have one particular author that I would say influences my writing. As a librarian and lifelong avid reader, I enjoy reading a wide variety of books. There are so many brilliant authors, what I do is study passages — or even an entire book – if I feel an author has been particularly successful in any specific area of writing.
2. When researching your upcoming novel, what has been the most interesting thing that you have discovered?
Vicki: FACSIMILE is a young adult science fiction novel, set on a frontier planet in a future where the Earth has established colonies on various worlds. I was intrigued to discover that many of the things I wanted to use in my space colony already exist – at least in experimental phase – such as solar powered motorbikes!
3. Do you have a favourite inspirational quote or piece of advice that has helped you as a writer?
Vicki: Perhaps not strictly “inspirational,” but I am rather fond of W. Somerset Maugham’s quip: “There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”That quote reminds me that no one person has all the answers and there is no “magic formula.” I believe authors must constantly take advice (but evaluate it) and also struggle on our own to improve our craft. We will never “arrive” and know everything. We must always keep learning.
4. What book is currently sitting on your bedside table?
Vicki: DARK CORNERS by Ruth Rendell. She’s such a talented writer and I love her twisty, psychological mysteries! This is her last book (sob!) so I’ve been holding off reading until I have time to really enjoy it.