10 Things About STORM SIREN & SIREN’S FURY
That People Might Not Know
Thanks for having me, lady!!!
Okay, I love answering questions about STORM SIREN and SIREN’S FURY, but I’ll admit it’s always extra fun when I get to talk about super-secrety behind-the-scenes stuff!!
With that in mind, here are 5 things about each of the books that I’ve rarely shared with anyone. Hope you enjoy the randomness!!
(1) The first five pages of Storm Siren FAILED in a contest. It was the same month my publisher asked for a proposal and then made an offer on it. :0)
(2) Allen the dwarf is an ode to my friend, Allen – who is not only the tallest person I know, he was also head publisher of HarperCollins’ TN fiction division and the one who invited me to submit my writing to them.
(3) The flesh-eating horses!! These are an ode to my dearest Maggie Stiefvater and her gorgeous stories. Because Maggie.
(4) Nym is based on my sister, Kati. Because she is the most sensible, good-hearted, honest, totally BA person ever.
(5) Nym’s nickname of “the bald boy” for Colin is in honor of my first agent. Halfway through my writing Storm Siren, my agent, who was one of the kindest, most honorable individuals I’ve ever known, was given 2 months to live. I didn’t write for 2 weeks – I just cried. On the 3rd week I sat down and wrote chapter 34/35 (and wept the whole way through). To this day it is the only chapter that didn’t need an edit. Colin is “the bald boy” because my agent, Lee Hough, was bald. And Colin’s goodness is my ode to him.
(1) I had no idea how the book would end. I just sort of “arrived” there. (I actually preferred to write the whole trilogy this way. It felt like some sort of exciting surprise I was furiously working toward. :0))
(2) The spiders are a nod to Lord of the Ring’s Shelob. Because she is AMAZING. And so is Tolkien.
(3) The creation of Bron’s kingdom was heavily influenced by my simultaneous fascination and horror at the historical city of Sparta. Enough said.
(4) The beginning of Siren’s Fury is slightly different than the ending page of Storm Siren. Shh, don’t tell anyone!!! But I really wanted to pick up the story right where we’d left off, so if you look close, I had to alter a few interactions and add to the scene for it to make sense as the opening in Siren’s Fury.
(5) There was no back-and-forth regarding Siren’s Fury’s cover. With Storm Siren (as well as with the upcoming book 3, Siren’s Song) there was a bit of input and reworking of the covers – because my publisher is amazing like that and allows me involvement in the process (I love you, pub people!!). However, in the case of Siren’s Fury, what they sent was what we went with. Because I couldn’t even cope it’s so flipping GORGEOUS. <3
And there you have it. My random list of secrety-type Storm Siren & Siren’s Fury things. ;0)