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Siege and Storm - Author Interview and Giveaway


Shadow and Bone, by Leigh Bardugo, was one of the hottest fantasy titles of 2012. This thrilling book combines an unusual setting (something like Russia), intriguingly dark magic and more than a hint of romantic drama. Of course, Shadow and Bone was just the first book of a planned trilogy (The Grisha Trilogy) and the second book, Siege and Storm was released this year.

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So...what am I leading up to here? I have amazing news for Leigh Bardugo fans in Ottawa--I have Grisha Trilogy prizes to give away, courtesy of Raincoast Books, including a signed copy of Siege and Storm! They also gave me the opportunity to send some of my own questions to Leigh Bardugo--so if you want to know the truth about what a successful teen author eats when she's writing (and to find out how to win one of our great prizes) read on. 

A: Do you listen to music while you write? What is your favourite writing music?

LB: Most of the time when I write, I listen to music without words, songs that have a mood but that won't distract me or pull me away from the scene. Classical tends to feel too specific in terms of time period and soundtracks usually have a strong emotional push, so I stick with artists like the Glitch Mob, Rattatat, Four Tet, and Bass Nectar.

If I really need to get back into the story, I use specific songs as emotional prompts. Placebo's cover of "Running Up that Hill" is basically the Darkling's theme song. "Cosmic Love" by Florence + the Machine,  "Poison & Wine" by the Civil Wars, "Winter Song" by Sarah Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson, "Stubborn Love" by the Lumineers, and "Sorcerer" by Stevie Nicks are all on the Grisha Trilogy playlist. I've also found a lot of new music through fanmixes people have posted in the "Shadow and Bone" tag on tumblr.

A: Do you have a favourite writing snack?

LB: Wasabi peas or dried seaweed snacks, but really whatever happens to be in the house.

A: How did you decide to write for teens? What do you like about writing for teens?

LB: I guess I always knew that the story of Shadow and Bone belonged to a girl who was discovering the burden and thrill of power for the first time, but I didn't worry too much about audience beyond that. I will say that some of the most beautiful letters and emails I get are from teen readers. Sometimes I forget just how much books meant to me when I was younger, how I turned to them for comfort and escape or just for a good laugh. Those letters make me grateful as a reader and as a writer.

A: Did you plan the whole Grisha Trilogy in advance? Do you already know how it will end?

LB: I didn't set out to write a trilogy, but about halfway through Shadow and Bone, I realized there was a bigger story I wanted to tell. Of course, I didn't know if anyone would want the first book, let alone all three, so I wrote the outlines, kept a file for notes and ideas, and hoped for the best. The funny thing is that I've always known how the trilogy will end, but writing that last book and those final lines was a lot more emotional than I expected.

A: If you could choose one magic power, what would it be?

LB: The ability to write in my sleep.

For a chance to win a signed copy of Siege and Storm, or another great Grisha Trilogy prize leave a comment by August 25th, and tell me what magic power you would choose to have! I will announce the winners the week of August 26th.