Hey ya’ll! Welcome to my stop on the Crewel Blog Tour! I have an interview today between author, Gennifer Albin and her editor, Janine from Farrar Straus & Giroux! I also have a finished copy of Crewel to giveaway and a Crewel bracelet! Don’t know what Crewel is? Check it out! And make sure to check out my review!
Release Date: October 16, 2012
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (Macmillan)
Incapable. Awkward. Artless.
That’s what the other girls whisper behind her back. But sixteen year-old Adelice Lewys has a secret: she wants to fail.
Gifted with the ability to weave time with matter, she’s exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen as a Spinster is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. It also means the power to embroider the very fabric of life. But if controlling what people eat, where they live and how many children they have is the price of having it all, Adelice isn’t interested.
Not that her feelings matter, because she slipped and wove a moment at testing, and they’re coming for her—tonight.
Now she has one hour to eat her mom’s overcooked pot roast. One hour to listen to her sister’s academy gossip and laugh at her Dad’s stupid jokes. One hour to pretend everything’s okay. And one hour to escape.
Because once you become a Spinster, there’s no turning back.
Now on to the interview!
To Janine: When did you know you were going to buy Crewel?
I knew from reading the very first sentence that CREWEL was a project that I had to have! I read the manuscript one summer afternoon while pretending to play with my son in the sandbox and pool (good thing my husband was there to actually take care of the poor child!), and fell in love with it. How many people read it in-house before you offered? A handful of people in marketing and sales and FSG's publisher, Simon Boughton. Everyone agreed that it was the perfect project for FSG's list: it is just the right blend of literary and commercial, and it's artfully written.
To Genn: When did you know you were going to choose FSG/Janine?
It was a hard decision, because it felt so important. It was my debut book, after all! It was really down to two houses, and Janine understood I wanted this story to be a trilogy. The other editor thought two might do. Believe me, I couldn't squash this story into two books! Then we (my agent and I) received an email the day before auction closed with an amazing plan for the book, and that pretty much clinched it. I slept on it, woke up the next morning and called my agent to accept the FSG deal.
What's your editorial process like?
It involves lots and lots of reading and re-reading, and asking questions, as well as more detailed line edits. It's especially important when world-building is involved.
What she said! I tend to layer in as I revise, so rereading is crucial. Plus, I get a little wild with my worldbuilding and plots, so we have to make sure they make sense.
What are you most excited about in coming books in the Crewel World trilogy?
Watching Adelice hone her skills and become who she destined to be.
Writing kissing scenes. What? It’s true.
Which boy would be your fictional crush in the book?
Hmm. They're all too young for me! But the sixteen-year-old me would definitely have crushed on Erik because he's a little bit dangerous.
That’s hard to say, especially since I know who she ends up with. I plead the fifth.
To Janine: Was it the world or one of the characters that hooked you?
Both! I love the world Genn has created. It's so rich and unique, and it feels completely real. Genn has a gift at crafting characters that come alive on the page, and you find yourself emotionally invested in their lives. Plus, she is a master at giving the reader villains that you will love to hate.
Who is your favorite character and why?
Adelice, of course! She's tough and determined and I like that in a girl. Beyond that, I totally enjoyed when Maela showed up in scenes. She is pure evil in a good way.
I won’t lie. I love Cormac. I can’t even say I love to hate him. He just flows onto the page.
Will you work together on future books? (lol, I'll have to get through writing the rest of this series before we can answer that!)
YES! Genn is an editor's dream author. She's fun and smart, and she views the process as a collaboration, which it should be.
I have to finish this series first! But I love Janine and FSG, and I think there’s a lot of value to building a relationship with a publishing houses rather than jumping around too much.
Make sure to check out the trailer!
Gennifer Albin is part of the Fall 2012 Fierce Reads campaign: https://www.facebook.com/FierceReads
Read the short story prequel, entitled “The Department of Alterations”
Check out Gennifer Albin’s Website
Check out the rest of the blog tour stops for more chances to win Crewel!
Crewel Blog Tour Schedule
Monday 10/15 http://www.lushbudgetproduction.com/
Tuesday 10/16 http://birthofanewwitch.wordpress.com/
Wednesday 10/17 http://hobbitsies.net/
Thursday 10/18 http://cuddlebuggery.com/
Friday 10/19 http://www.startingthenextchapter.com/
Saturday 10/20 http://www.bookswithbite.net/
Sunday 10/21 http://www.teenlibrariantoolbox.com/
Monday 10/22 http://fireandicephoto.blogspot.com/
Tuesday 10/23 http://bookalicious.org/
Wednesday 10/24 http://www.emilysreadingroom.com/
Thursday 10/25 http://bewitchedbookworms.com/
Friday 10/26 http://christinareadsya.blogspot.com/
Saturday 10/27 http://www.twochicksonbooks.com/
Sunday 10/28 http://www.ibbookblogging.com/