Hi all! I’m honoured to be taking part in the blog tour for The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson. I have a review coming a little later and for now we have a Q&A with the author herself!
Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire for sending me a proof copy and making this interview possible. Before we begin let’s see a little about the book itself!
In the tropical kingdom of Rhodaire, magical, elemental Crows are part of every aspect of life…until the Illucian empire invades, destroying everything.
That terrible night has thrown Princess Anthia into a deep depression. Her sister Caliza is busy running the kingdom after their mother’s death, but all Thia can do is think of all she has lost.
But when Caliza is forced to agree to a marriage between Thia and the crown prince of Illucia, Thia is finally spurred into action. And after stumbling upon a hidden Crow egg in the rubble of a rookery, she and her sister devise a dangerous plan to hatch the egg in secret and get back what was taken from them.
And now for the interview with Kalyn. Thank you for being with us Kalyn!
1. For those who don’t know, can you sum up The Storm Crow in a sentence or two?
a. The Storm Crow is a young adult fantasy about a princess who ignites a rebellion to bring back the magical, elemental crows that were taken from her people in order to protect her kingdom from an enemy empire.
2. What inspired you to write The Storm Crow?
a. I read an article about a little girl who fed her neighborhood crows. They brought her gifts in return, which inspired a short story I wrote about a princess trapped in a tower and the crows that brought her pieces of the world. The idea stuck with me and later evolved into a kingdom whose entire way of life was based on magical crows.
3. The Storm Crow is your debut novel – how does it feel having your first book out there in the world?
a. It’s incredibly surreal! Most the time it doesn’t feel real, and then every once in a while something will really drive it home, like seeing my final copies or doing a signing for people who have actually read it.
4. Do you relate to any of your characters? If so, which?
a. I relate to all of them in different ways. Thia’s depression, Kiva’s loyalty, Caylus’s love of baking. I’d say I’m closest to Kiva though!
5. How did you find writing about depression/mental illness? It must have been an emotional journey!
a. It definitely wasn’t easy. I had to take a lot of breaks from writing and editing those scenes, but in the end, it was very cathartic.
6. And finally, what’s the most important lesson you’ve learnt while writing a debut novel? Any advice for budding writers?
a. Write the story you love! Don’t worry about trends or doing what you think readers want. Write your story
May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽