I am super excited to be a part of the tour of Michaela MacColl’s sophomore novel, Promise the Night. And Michaela has stopped by for an interview!
Who was your favorite character to write in Promise the Night?
You might as well ask me which of my daughters I like best… it depends on the day! But on the whole, I think Beryl was the most fun. She’s so brave and so determined to get into trouble. Her affinity for danger is so foreign to me; it made me feel like I was have vicarious adventures through her. And no matter how many enemies she makes – essentially Beryl is a lovable girl.
If one of the characters from Promise the Night was best friends with a character in Prisoners in the Palace, who would be friends?
Surely Inside Boy (a housebreaker turned squatter in Kensington Palace) would find common ground with Kibii, Beryl’s best friend from the tribe. They are both side kicks – but such capable side-kicks. They could both roll their eyes at Liza’s and Beryl’s antics!
If you could go back in time to one point in history, where would you go?
Elizabethan London perhaps or Michelangelo’s Florence. Those cities at those times were just so sure of themselves. Their inhabitants knew it was a special time when human kind’s potential was being realized. And such gorgeous clothes!
Would you say Promise the Night had a theme song at all? If so, what is it?
Fly like an eagle? The Lion Sleeps Tonight?
Which is harder for you to write: The first line? or the last line?
What is a book you have read lately and loved?
I recently read Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi. It won the Printz Award last year. I don’t read a lot of science fiction and frankly I’m sick to death of the word “dystopia,” but Bacigalupi has done some fabulous writing. There’s a scene early in the novel where the main character, Nailer, faces death and betrayal. In a page or two, we learn everything we need to know about his courage, resolution and ethics. Absolutely great!
Thanks so much for stopping by Michaela! Make sure to check out my review of Promise the Night that went up today as well! Now, thanks to the lovely people at Chronicle, I have one copy of Promise the Night and one copy of Michaela’s first novel, Prisoners in the Palace for a lucky winner! Open until February 4 and US/Canada only