I am very happy to have author, Jaclyn Dolamore here today. She is the author of Between the Sea and Sky (review here), a young adult fantasy novel. She was kind enough to answer some questions for me about the book and about herself. Check out what she has to say.
A Bookworm’s Haven (ABWH): Can you start out by telling us a little bit about Between the Sea and Sky for those who might not have read it yet?
Jaclyn Dolamore (JD): It’s a romance between a mermaid and a winged guy. And they both love books. But to be together, they have to get around both societal expectations, and the fact that, well, they’re a mermaid and a winged guy.
ABWH: I have heard of mermaids before, but never Fandarsee. How did you form the mythology for this world?
(JD): The winged Fandarsee are entirely my own invention. They were originally inspired by a character from the Elfquest comics, an elf who had his arms shape-shifted into wings, but that was back when I was like, 10. I started working bat-winged folk into my stories from then on. In older stories, they were more of a tribal hunter-gatherer society, but in the world of Between the Sea and Sky I decided to draw from astrology to create the cultures. Air is an intellectual element, so the winged people became scholars and messengers.
(ABWH): Do you have a favorite scene from Between the Sea and Sky?
(JD): It’s either the scene in the vineyard, or the scene in the rain. And I can’t say any more or it would be spoilery.
(ABWH): If you could describe Esmerine and Alandare in just three words (each), what would they be?
(JD): Esmerine: Responsible, but dreamy.
Alan: Loyal, but uptight.
(JD): The Fandarsee, for sure. I’d love to be able to fly.
(ABWH): What types of books do you like to read in your free time? Are there any authors/series that you must have when they come out?
(JD): I actually am not really the type to follow an author faithfully. Which seems a little sad, since I am one, and I hope some people will read my books faithfully! I do have to read Kristin Cashore’s books ASAP, though. I loved both Graceling and Fire. Maggie Stiefvater is another, I don’t have to read her books right when they come out, but I do like to get to them sooner or later. I also really love non-fiction and I’ve always read more non-fiction than fiction. I love reading about history, other cultures and interesting people, and I find it very inspiring.
(ABWH): Is there anything you have to have with you when you are writing?
(JD): A desktop computer and a reasonable level of silence (or music that fits the writing). Dark chocolate and a cup of herbal tea are nice bonuses.
(ABWH): Can you share what you are working on right now?
(JD): I’m juggling two things right now, a middle grade about witches and their familiars, and a sequel to my 2013 YA release, Dark Metropolis. Of course, I can’t really tell you what it’s about because no one’s even read Dark Metropolis. They’re kind of dark, Germanic, romantic horror.
(ABWH): Do you have anything you would like to add?
(JD): Thank you for having me! And if anyone would like some Between the Sea and Sky extras, I posted a series of prequel comic strips at my blog recently, here: http://jaclyndolamore.blogspot.com/
Thank you so much for stopping by Jaclyn. If you have read this book, make sure you follow that link above that Jaclyn included because those comic strips she is talking about are great.