I am super excited to have Leigh Bardugo by the blog today for another Fantasy Five Friday author interview :)
Leigh Bardugo is the author of Shadow & Bone. She was born in Jerusalem, raised in Los Angeles, and graduated from Yale University. She lives in Hollywood and indulges her fondness for glamour, ghouls, and costuming in her other life as makeup artist L.B. Benson. You can find her on the web at her website, Twitter, and Goodreads.
Could you give us the one sentence pitch of your book?
What a beastly thing to do to a girl. How about a few fragments? Epic fantasy set in a world inspired by Tsarist Russia. Kingdom on the brink of collapse. Girl with powers. Saints. Samovars. Dreamy boys.
Since you have a fantasy novel coming out, the next question I obviously have to ask is: If you were a fantastical creature, which would you be?
My heart says direwolf. My head says dragon. I’m going with dragon. Fire and blood!
Do you have a favorite fantasy read?
Either A Clash of Kings or A Storm of Swords, both by George R.R. Martin. (You may be detecting a theme here.) My favorite fantasy comfort reads are Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones and the early Harry Potter books.
Generally speaking, which comes first: the world, the characters, or the plot?
The characters. I see certain scenes first. The plot grows from there and the world grows from the plot. But that’s all at the start. When they really start working together and influencing one another, I start to feel like I have a story.
They are always coming out with new editions of board games. If your book could be a special edition of any board game, which would you choose?
Ha! I love this question so much. I feel like the obvious go-to is Monopoly, but I loathe Monopoly, so it’s got to be Candyland. I’d love to see the Shadow Fold rendered in black licorice (the most vile of flavors).
Thanks Leigh for stopping by!
About Shadow and Bone: Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.
Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.
Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha…and the secrets of her heart.
Have you seen the awesome trailer for Shadow and Bone?
What’s even cooler is the first 200 people who pre-order Shadow and Bone from Books of Wonder will get the snazzy map for the book! Find all the details here.
Now, Leigh is touring as part of the Fierce Reads tour with Anna Banks, Emmy Laybourne, and Jennifer Bosworth. Find the full schedule here. (And if you are going to the Naperville stop, let me know! I shall see you there!)