Monday, 4 March 2013

Black City PH Blog Tour - Interview with Elizabeth Richards + Guest Post +Giveaway!!!

Hey fellow bookworms!!! Thank you for visiting on my site for the Black City PH Tour 
 
I can't explain how much I appreciate doing an author interview, it was very surreal for me to have a , chance on doing so. It was very fortunate for me to start this with the author of Black City, Elizabeth Richards. She's very generous for us to answer some of our mind-boggling questions. Well, above all she definitely made it all very clear for me on how she made her works. These are my questions and she whole-heartedly answered all of it. WOW.
 
 
 About the Author :

Elizabeth Richards is an award-winning journalist, who spent her early career reviewing videogames before making the bold (or crazy) move into travel writing, despite suffering from terrible travel sickness.

In her spare time, she ran a successful lifestyle website aimed at teenage girls, where she got to interview many of her favourite bands, go to gigs and basically blag loads of free swag all in the name of ‘research’.

More recently she worked as a website editor before deciding to pursue her dream of becoming an author. She now dedicates her time to writing fantasy books aimed at young adults. BLACK CITY is her debut novel.

Elizabeth lives in Buckinghamshire, England, with her husband. Black City is her debut novel.

Sources : Goodreads and Amazon

You guys can keep in touch with her from this social sites.


Guest Post + Interview with Elizabeth Richards

 Synopsis : 

A dark and tender post-apocalyptic love story set in the aftermath of a bloody war.

In a city where humans and Darklings are now separated by a high wall and tensions between the two races still simmer after a terrible war, sixteen-year-olds Ash Fisher, a half-blood Darkling, and Natalie Buchanan, a human and the daughter of the Emissary, meet and do the unthinkable—they fall in love. Bonded by a mysterious connection that causes Ash’s long-dormant heart to beat, Ash and Natalie first deny and then struggle to fight their forbidden feelings for each other, knowing if they’re caught, they’ll be executed—but their feelings are too strong.

When Ash and Natalie then find themselves at the center of a deadly conspiracy that threatens to pull the humans and Darklings back into war, they must make hard choices that could result in both their deaths.


1. Black City was written on alternate narratives, how do you cope up with different point of views?

It was actually pretty easy slipping into the minds of each character, as I know them both so well, down to little things like Natalie never swears, while Ash’s vocabulary is more colorful. I’ve always enjoyed playing with alternating points of view, especially if it’s between a male and female MC. Natalie’s chapters are always more emotionally driven, while Ash’s are action focused, so it’s fun flipping between the two, as they cover both sides of my personality—I love romance and kick-ass action!

2. From all of the characters, to whom do you see yourself? Or if there is any traits that you specially loved in them.
 
 I see a little bit of myself in all the four friends (Ash, Natalie, Beetle and Day). I’m sarcastic like Ash, contrary and inquisitive like Natalie, a slob like Beetle, and a book geek like Day. But out of all of them, I’m probably most like Day, as she’s very blunt and not very good in social situations, and is always saying the wrong thing. However, she’s also very jealous and possessive, and I don’t think I’m like that.

3. What inspired you to write The Black City that was set in a war?

History was one of my favorite subjects at high school, and I was especially interested war studies, particularly World War II. I found it horrifying and fascinating in equal measure, and those stories and images have lingered with me all these years. Then around the time I started writing Black City, Europe was commemorating the 20th year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, and it really struck a chord with me. I had this character—Ash, but I needed a setting for him, and I kept wondering, what would it be like to live in a city divided by a wall? What if Ash was on the west side of the wall, while all his family was on the east? And, to make matters worse, what if the people on the west side of the wall were his enemy? And so it really evolved from there.

4. Did you have any playlist when you were writing The Black City?

I wasn’t listening to a playlist when writing Black City, because I’m a music slut, constantly flirting with different artists, depending on my mood! And the songs I was listening to didn’t necessarily match the scenes I was writing! I could be writing this really romantic love scene to some Swedish House Mafia, or an action set-piece to Einaudi. But I do love the song Freedom Fighters by Two Steps from Hell. If Black City had a theme tune, that would be it.

5. What can you say to people who also dream of becoming an author, like you?

Don’t give up! If you’re really serious about making this your career, then never give up. It’s a tough business and you’re going to get a lot of knockbacks, but the important thing is to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and keep trying. And remember, writing a book is like learning to play an instrument. You’re not going to be great at it immediately. It takes time and practice, so if you don’t sell your first book, then try, try, and try again.

Giveaway!!! 


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Thank you very much Elizabeth Richards! 



All of you will be so much excited for her upcoming sequel, "Phoenix". I SWEAR. You can pre-order her copies so you may crave your eyes on what will come next for Natalie and Ash.

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3 comments:

  1. "sarcastic and has more colorful vocabulary "
    I haven't read Black City yet but judging from the interview I think I might be Team Ash! ;)

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  2. I really can't say since I haven't read the book. However, it sounds like a delightful retelling of Romeo and Juliet so I'm definitely interested :)

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  3. Team Ash because he's a halfie like me and I like the sound of "Darklings" :)

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