Saturday, January 27, 2018

{Blog Tour} A WILD AND UNREMARKABLE THING by Jen Castleberry—Author Interview + Giveaway

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A Wild and Unremarkable Thing
by Jen Castleberry


Fifteen years have passed since a Fire Scale scorched Cayda’s village. Fifteen years of beatings, of bare kitchen cupboards and sloppy swordplay. Fifteen years of biting her lip for her father’s cane while her younger sisters did the same for the grimy patrons of the village brothels. Fifteen years of staring steadfastly after beauty in an increasingly ugly world.

Now, with hair shorn and breast bound, Cayda marches into the Summer Alps as Cody, a hopeful Champion seeking a dragon-slayer’s reward, with the full weight of her family’s survival on her shoulders.

But the road between poverty and prosperity is rife with beasts, betrayals, and baser temptations. Sensible Cayda soon discovers that she is not the only Champion with her eye on the prize, or the only one wearing a disguise. With monsters, gods, and royalty hot on her heels, Cayda must ask herself if victory is worth sacrificing her identity for – or her life.

A Wild and Unremarkable Thing pits girl against dragon in a stunning blend of Greek mythology and medieval lore. Readers will not quickly forget the diverse cast or the thrilling, sexy ride!

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Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: The Parliament House
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with Jen Castleberry


LM: What inspired you to write A Wild and Unremarkable Thing?

Jen: I’m the middle sister of three, and I wanted to write about sisterhood. I wanted to write about strength and self-sacrifice. About girls. Hayden, Emilia, and Cayda would do anything – even the most unimaginably terrible things – to help one another. To save one another. They have this pure, unflinching love that makes them brave and selfless and strong. On the outside, this is a story about dragons and adventure and violence. But at its heart, AWAUT is about the quiet, powerful love shared by these three modest, remarkable young women.

LM: Describe your main character—Cayda—in five words or less!

Jen: Sympathetic, driven, competent, warrior, martyr. She’s basically a bad ass. (Which is another five-word way to describe her!)

LM: Do you listen to music while you write? Any particular song/artist that inspired you while writing A Wild and Unremarkable Thing?

Jen: Oh, definitely! I have a playlist up on World of AWAUT with songs that remind me of certain characters or scenes. Overall, I love Pain by Imagine Dragons. It makes me think of AWAUT every time I hear it.

LM: What scene from A Wild and Unremarkable Thing are you most proud of and why?

Jen: Probably the scene where the sisters part ways in Ithil. Which is funny to say, because of all the scenes in the book, that’s probably the one that I revisited and reworked the most. For me, the heart of this story has always been Cayda, Emilia, and Hayden, and I get such a sympathetic sense of who they are in that scene, as individuals and as a unit. Their story is so tragic, but the bond they share, the sense of duty they feel towards one another, is so beautiful. I was really pleased with how that particular scene turned out.

LM: What message would you like readers to take from A Wild and Unremarkable Thing?

Jen: In this book, there are characters who are very self-aware, and then there are characters who struggle with a much more fluid perception of self. The constant for our heroes is their empathetic nature. I’d love for readers to come away from AWAUT with a sense that, labels aside, we’re all in this thing called life together.

LM: Tell us what you enjoy doing when you aren't writing!

Jen: Sleeping. Forcing my dogs to play with me. Singing very loudly and very off-key. Reading all the books. Eating all the tacos.

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Jen Castleberry lives and writes in Virginia Beach.
Her background is in Animal Welfare.
All of her pets are named after superheroes.








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Huge thanks to Jen for answering my questions todau!

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Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy Reading!

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