I’m coming atcha with a Q&A with Renee Ahdieh, author of The Wrath and the Dawn, and an incredible giveaway!
The Wrath and the Dawn Blog Tour
About The Wrath and the Dawn
Read my full book review HERE.
Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.
She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.
Q&A With Renee Ahdieh
I talked with The Wrath and the Dawn author Renee Ahdieh on The Huffington Post about diversity, favorite literary heroines and the book community.
Q&A With Renee Ahdieh
What drew you to the One Thousand and One Nights story?
RA: The answer is twofold–I’m the child of mixed race, and I’ve always been drawn to different worlds. When I was younger, it struck me as odd that there weren’t many diverse books readily available for kids. I know I really wanted to feel like the heroine of my own story, so it was important to me to write a book reflecting people from all walks of life. Secondly my husband is Persian, and the first time I went to visit his family, I saw this amazing tapestry on the wall. From a distance, it looked like a hundred different vignettes strung together at random. When I asked about it, his mother told me they were tales from One Thousand and One Nights. From there I began to consider what the frame narrative of Scheherazade might look like as a young adult story. Then I simply ran with those thoughts!
I loved how strong and courageous Shazi is. Who are some of your favorite literary heroines?
RA: Thank you so much for saying that. I’ve always loved Alanna from Tamora Pierce’s books. I’m also a huge fan of Scarlett O’Hara and Claire Fraser. Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice was always a big heroine of mine, as were Anne Shirley and Jo March. More recently I’ve loved Katsa from Kristin Cashore’s Graceling, Laia from Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes, and Kestrel from Marie Rutkoski’s The Winner’s Trilogy.
What other diverse books are you excited for people to read this year?
RA: Gosh, there are so many wonderful books coming out this year! I adored Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and Ilene Wong’s None of the Above. I also loved Aisha Saeed’s Written in the Stars, and I’m insanely excited for the second book in Marie Lu’s The Young Elites series. Additionally I’m really looking forward to Adam Silvera’s More Happy Than Not. 2015 is shaping up to be such a great year for diverse books!
What’s been the most surprising part of becoming a published author?
RA: I think I’ve been most surprised by how welcoming the community has been to new authors. It’s not that I thought anyone would be hostile or anything, but I did worry a bit about being a new kid on the block, almost like the first day at a different school. It turns out my concerns were wholly unfounded. Most of the people I’ve met in the book world–authors, bloggers, librarians–are so enthusiastic and welcoming of anyone with a passion for books. In short, I feel like I’ve found my people, and it’s so wonderful.
What are you working on now and can you share any details about book 2 (I had to ask )?
RA: Hahaha! I’m working on edits for the second book in the series, tentatively titled The Rose and the Dagger. I really can’t wait to share it with readers, and I feel so lucky to have people already awaiting the sequel. For any writer, that’s a dream come true. As for details, I can promise sword fights, swooning, and a possible tear or two!
The Wrath and the Dawn Giveaway + Blog Tour Info
Follow the tour around the Interwebz:
The Young Folks – Guest post – May 11
Two Chicks on Books – interview – May 12
Once Upon a Twilight – interview – May 13
Addicted Readers – review – May 14
Cuddlebuggery – review – May 15
The Eater of Books! – Top 10 list – May 18
Love is not a triangle – guest post – May 19
Mostly YA Book Obsessed – character profiles/Where I See Fashion – May 20
Gone with the Words – interview – May 21
Fiktshun – review – May 22
Read.Breathe.Relax. – interview – May 25
The Daily Quirk – review – May 26
The Irish Banana – Would You Rather? – May 27
No BS Book Reviews – review – May 28
Me, My Shelf and I – 25 Random Things – May 29