I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the blog tour for THE TURNCOAT'S GAMBIT by Andrea Cremer! I love this series maybe even more then the Nightshade series!! I have an interview with Andrea to share with you today! And make sure to enter the awesome giveaway for a chance to win the book!!
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What if America had lost the Revolutionary War? And now lived in constant fear and oppression? From the bestselling author of Nightshade, this is the action-packed final chapter of The Inventor's Secret trilogy
Charlotte has spent her whole life fighting the British Empire, following in the footsteps of her parents and their group of rebels. But when her reunion with her mother laid bare horrible truths about the rebellion, Charlotte knew she had to escape. Now she is on the run, with no idea who the enemy is--or which of her compatriots is truly on her side.
In this action-packed conclusion to the Inventor's Secret trilogy, full of swashbuckling pirates and young ladies who can hold their own against them, Charlotte will need to fight for her life and for her beliefs -- whatever they might be.
Praise for The Conjurer's Riddle:
"This is classic steampunk [with] exotic and picturesque locales, lots of interesting machinery, and the adrenaline rush of following the adventures of an honest and fearless heroine. A suitably swashbuckling sequel."--Kirkus Reviews
Praise for The Inventor's Secret:
* "Cremer...creates an inventive blend of steampunk and alternative history in this new series. She gives readers a fantastical world with mechanical wonders and an opulent vintage setting. The characters are interesting and well developed. Readers will be drawn to future installments."--VOYA, starred review
"[A]n entertaining romp in a richly imaginative setting."--Kirkus Reviews
Now on to the interview!
Hi Andrea! First I want to say welcome back to Two Chicks on Books I always love to have you here for a visit! THE TURNCOAT’S GAMBIT was a fantastic finale and I can’t wait for everyone to read it!
Thank you so much for having me! It’s fabulous to be here again.
For the readers: can you give us a small recap for The Inventor’s Secret series so far and the characters?
The Inventor’s Secret series follow the adventures of Charlotte and her friends, all of whom are children of adults waging a guerilla-style war against the British Empire.
Set in the early 19th-century, this series takes place in an alternate North American where the British quashed the American Revolution. Charlotte’s story is two-fold: she strives to find her place in the Resistance and she finds herself in the middle of a mystery when an odd stranger, a boy named Grave, becomes her responsibility. As Charlotte uncovers truths about Grave’s past she learns that his fate, and hers, are tied to the future of the Resistance. Charlotte and Grave travel from New York to New Orleans with the help of soldiers, pirates, spies, and tinkers. Romance, battles, gadgets, and twists ensue!
So I know this isn’t the first series you’ve finished but can you tell me how finishing the The Inventor’s Secret series was different from finishing your other series? And what are you working on now?
Finishing this series was different from Nightshade mostly because, as you’ve said, I’d already written a trilogy. My relationship to the characters, however, is unique with each book I write. For reasons that will be obvious to anyone who read Nightshade, I was pretty heartbroken at the end. Satisfied, but heartbroken. The Turncoat’s Gambit has a conclusion that’s intense, but not quite as brutal.
I’m currently working on a new YA series that’s a murder mystery wherein it’s not clear if the perpetrator is human or supernatural.
Were any of the characters in the book inspired by people from your real life?
My characters are all very insistent that they are real, albeit inhabiting a fictional world. While I believe that being a writer means being an observer of the world – people, places, things – and all those observations feed into my books, I don’t tend to base characters on people I know.
Who was your favorite character to write? What about your least favorite?
My favorite character to write was Linnet. She’s a spy and is made of moxie. I loved every scene that featured her – that fun was doubled with the appearance of her sexy, French pirate love-interest in book 2.
I’ve never disliked writing a character. If I begin to write a character and am not enjoying the writing, my instinct would be that there is something amiss with that character. Even villains (especially villiains!) should be compelling to write.
What is your favorite passage/scene in THE TURNCOAT’S GAMBIT?
In the world of THE INVENTOR’S SECRET Boston has been razed and in its place is a prison known as the Crucible. Describing the Crucible and what ensues at that site were favorites to write because I’d been anticipating the appearance of this setting for a long time!
What kind of research did you have to do for the story?
Before I became a full-time writer I was a history professor and my area of specialization was early modern history, particularly the British North American colonies. That history I already knew well, but I needed to do additional research on the European politics of the late 18th and early 19th century, specifically the Napoleonic Wars, to set the stage for THE INVENTOR’S SECRET.
Who is your ultimate book boyfriend?
Gilbert Blythe from Anne of Green Gables
What inspired you to write YA?
My favorite books have always been coming of age stories and YA is the realm in which you’re able to truly focus on characters discovering who they are and who they choose to be in the world.
Lightening Round Questions
What are you reading right now? Or what do you have on your TBR that you’re dying to read?
I’m that person who reads several books at the same time, switching based on my mood. Currently on my nightstand – The Fireman by Joe Hill, Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, The Writing Life by Annie Dillard, The Inquisitor’s Tale by Adam Gidwitz, and The Midnight Star by Marie Lu
What Hogwarts House would the Sorting Hat place you in?
I’ve been sorted on Pottermore. My house: Ravenclaw My Patronus: a little owl
Twitter or Facebook?
Favorite TV show?
Of all time: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Sweet or Salty?
Song you can’t get enough of right now?
Anything by S U R V I V E (they did the Stranger Things soundtrack)
Winter Movie you’re most looking forward to?
Star Wars: Rogue One!!!
Thanks so much Andrea for answering my questions! I can’t wait for everyone to read THE TURNCOAT’S GAMBIT!
Andrea Cremer began writing novels after a horse broke her foot. Ten books later, she believes that horse must have been an agent of fate. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Cremer resided in the academic world where she was a professor of early modern history. She now lives in Southern California where she enjoys writing at outdoor cafes with her Havanese, Joss, and rides her horse (a different horse!), B, in the Chino Hills State Park.
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11/25: YA Book Central (Guest Post)
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