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RED QUEEN blog tour

07/07/2015

Today on the blog, we have our stop on the RED QUEEN Blog
Tour. In this post we have a very interesting interview with Victoria Aveyard
herself, as well as a giveaway to win a new paperback copy of RED QUEEN plus an
exclusive RED QUEEN necklace.

MEET THE AUTHOR

Name: Victoria
Aveyard

Born: Massachusetts, Victoria, USA

Education: Studies at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles  and graduated with a BFA in screenwriting.

Jobs: Author

Books: Red Queen

Red Queen synopsis:

RED QUEEN took the bestseller charts
by storm, debuting at #1 on the NYT Bestseller chart in its first trade outing.

This is a
world divided by blood – red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a
Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a
seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like
nothing will ever change. That is, until she finds herself working in the
Silver Palace.

Here,
surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her
red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to
destroy the balance of power. Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her
in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a
Silver prince.

Despite
knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the
Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime. But
this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance –
Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart . .
.

Interview:

What inspires you to write?

I find
inspiration in lots of places, but particularly, I’m really driven by good
stories, both on the page and on screen. When I finish a great book or get out
of an awesome movie, I am absolutely itching to work.

 
How important is culture and society
in your writing?

Just from a
worldbuilding standpoint, these are so integral to the story and creating
fiction that feels real. It informs so much of your character and plot. Both
culture and society (within your creation) are so integral to its creation. And
outwardly, of course, creative works are always a reflection of the culture and
society in which they were made.
How important is it to use personal
experience in writing? Do you think it has an impact on the voice of the book?

Oh, absolutely.
Yes, I’ve never experienced having lightning powers, but I have been a teenage
girl who was deathly afraid of change while having her world turned upside
down. For me, it’s about taking the truth from your own ordinary experiences as
best you can and injecting them into extraordinary situations.
With all the current human rights
violations and conflict in the world, how do you come to focus on just one element
of this in your novel?

At first, the
main point of discrimination in the RED QUEEN (the color of blood and what it
means) evolved out of wanting to tell the story of the lightning girl. But once
I moved past the original conceit of humans with super powers and humans
without, it became a very different beast. I didn’t set out to tell the story
of oppression and divide, but RED QUEEN certainly became so. In part, because
of the fantasy world I required, but also because of the world I grew up in and
was experiencing. A lot of the story was inspired by the state of the post 9/11
world – what we define as terrorism, what we define as propaganda – as well as
my head space at the time of writing. I was a kid moving home after college
with the crushing weight of college loans, thinking I had no escape and no
voice. Both these experiences certainly fed into RED QUEEN and, in more recent
days, many other comparisons can be drawn.
Are there any other human rights
issues that you would like to write about?

I’m naturally
very aware and very supportive of the feminist movement. I remember taking a
humanities class in high school, and our teacher posed the question – what is
the easiest way to improve a country? His answer was simple: educate your
women. As an American, I’m able to pursue an education, a career, a life
regardless of my gender, but in so many nations and so many cultures, that’s
just not the case. And here at home, in a country that prides itself on freedom
and democracy, women are still underpaid, overworked, and unequal in many ways.
It’s the shame of thousands of years of human history, that I hope I live to
see the end of.
Do you think that human rights are an
important element to explore in fiction aimed at young adults?

I think human
rights are important to any kind of literature, be it adult or fantasy or a
paranormal romance. In some way, we’re always talking about human rights –
civil, sexual, economic etc. I do my best to tell a good story, and I can’t do
that without taking into account my audience, not to mention the climate of the
world I’m putting my story out into. And of course, to tell a story that feels
real, even a fantasy, human rights must be at the core.
How important are role models in young
adult fiction for both boys and girls?

Again,
important in all forms of literature, but especially so for young audiences
across the board. These are the formative years of children and teenagers. Just
speaking from personal experience, I was so helped by Hermione Granger, the
buck-toothed know-it-all who was scolded for answering too many questions in
class. She made me feel like I wasn’t weird or alone, that my intelligence had
merit, and not to keep my mouth shut. If I was able to write a character who
helped a single reader the way Hermione helped me, I would be absolutley over
the moon.

 

 
Enter the giveaway below for your chance to win a brand new paperback copy of RED QUEEN plus an exclusive RED QUEEN necklace. Open to UK and Ireland residents only.

 

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Make sure to check out the rest of the stops on the tour for interviews, giveaways and lots more.

1 Comment

  • Megan C. 08/07/2015 at 5:38 pm

    Great interview – thanks for the giveaway opportunity. I've been looking forward to reading this for awhile 🙂

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