Today’s post interviews Rae Carson, the author of The Girl of Fire and Thorns, a 2012 finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, which honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature.
Many wonderful YA authors have raved about Ms. Carson’s book:
“Rae Carson’s heroine is a perfect blend of the ordinary and the extraordinary. I loved her.” – Megan Whalen Turner, author of Newbery Honor book, The Thief
“Palace intrigues, desert rebellions, kidnappings, forbidden romance, and bloody betrayals, along with not a little time at the banquet table, make The Girl of Fire and Thorns a delicious debut.” – Paolo Bacigalupi, author of the Printz Award-winning Ship Breaker.
Ms. Carson was kind enough to answer my fan girl questions last week via e-mail.
Congratulations on your nomination as a Morris Award Finalist! What was your reaction to being nominated?
There was some shaking involved. A few tears. An awkward-author happy dance. And then champagne!
Paranormal fantasy books are all the rage right now. Your book doesn’t include vampires or other supernatural creatures but there is a fantastical element in the book: the mysterious Godstone that the main character Elisa has permanently imbedded in her navel. How would you categorize this book?
I would call it “high fantasy,” like Lord of the Rings, with some of the political underpinnings of George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thronesâ€”except for teens.