Dark Faerie Tales was recently given the opportunity to review the entire October Daye Series by Seanan McGuire. The tenth book in the series, Once Broken Faith, was released in September. This entire urban fantasy series has been very entertaining, clever and heartbreaking. We have put together an awesome event leading up to Halloween showcasing this creative urban fantasy series! Each day we will review a book in the series! There will also be giveaways every day! I must say a massive thank you to Penguin Random House for giving us the opportunity to review the entire series and for the giveaways!
Roxanne was super excited to sit down and talk with Seanan McGuire about the newest book in her October Daye series Once Broken Faith, and no worries there are no spoilers! Then enter below to win a signed map from Once Broken Faith!
Born and raised in Northern California, I fear weather and am remarkably laid-back about rattlesnakes. I watch too many horror movies, read too many comic books, and share my house with two monsters in feline form, Lilly and Alice (Siamese and Maine Coon).
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Dark Faerie Tales: I wanted to kick things off with a fun question, so what is your favorite book of 2016 so far?
Seanan: You say “fun question,” I say “what a great way to get every author I know to look at me like I just kicked their puppy.” So I’m going to choose two. Ha. NINTH CITY BURNING, which just came out, has been described as the aftermath of a militant Narnia, but it’s so much more than that, and it’s such an incredible debut. I can’t say enough good about it. And WINTER TIDE, by Ruthanna Emrys, doesn’t come out until next April, so it’s sort of my favorite book of 2017. It’s about Deep Ones, and costs, and consequences, and the litany of Earth. Such a beautiful book. It’s going to blow the roof off.
DFT: How do you come up with the names for your characters?
Seanan: Most characters show up with their names already intact, supplied by my subconscious. For those who don’t, I have the second edition of the Writer’s Digest character naming source book to take care of all my nomenclature needs. Sometimes, for minor characters, I just ask my Twitter followers who wants me to kill them.
DFT: Did you always want to be a writer?
DFT: What inspires your writing?
Seanan: This question changes when you go pro. These days, honestly, I am inspired to keep writing by the need to keep paying my mortgage every month. All art is 10% inspiration to 90% perspiration, and I am very, very good at keeping myself on task.
DFT: What was the hardest part writing “Once Broken Faith”?
Seanan: Admitting that it was finished.
DFT: What is your favorite thing about writing “Once Broken Faith”?
Seanan: Finishing it.
DFT: Do you have any habits while writing? For example: a specific snack food you have to have or maybe music playing in the background.
Seanan: I always have music playing when I write. It keeps me focused on the screen. I don’t have any real writing “rituals.” For me, the work is enough.
DFT: What is your favorite thing to do when you aren’t writing?
Seanan: Go to Disneyland with my best friend and ride the Haunted Mansion until she rolls her eyes at me.
DFT: What or Who were your biggest inspirations for the characters in Once Broken Faith?
Seanan: This is not a question I can answer, not because I don’t want to, but because it doesn’t have an answer. I very rarely base characters off existing people; I never do it in this series.
DFT: What is your next project?
Seanan: My next book is FEEDBACK, under the Mira Grant byline, coming out in October! I am super excited.
DFT: What do you think is the most special thing about this world you have created?
Seanan: The fact that I get to keep creating it. People joke about writers who live on the tears of readers, but honestly, it’s just nice to have other people wrapped up in the lives of my imaginary friends. They’re so important to me, and maybe now they can be important to you, too.
DFT: What is the one thing you want readers to walk away from Once Broken Faith with?
Seanan: The burning desire to buy the sequel and feed my cats.
DFT: If could describe your book in five words, what five would you use?
Seanan: This book feeds my cats.
This contest is provided by Penguin Random House!
One lucky reader will win a signed map from the October Daye Series!
(US & Canada)
(I took this picture – the other map should look more badass and legible.)
Available September 6, 2016 from DAW/Penguin
About this Book:
Politics have never been October “Toby” Daye’s strong suit. When she traveled to the Kingdom of Silences to prevent them from going to war with her home, the Kingdom of the Mists, she wasn’t expecting to return with a cure for elf-shot and a whole new set of political headaches.
Now the events she unwittingly set in motion could change the balance of modern Faerie forever, and she has been ordered to appear before a historic convocation of monarchs, hosted by Queen Windermere in the Mists and overseen by the High King and Queen themselves.
Naturally, things have barely gotten underway when the first dead body shows up. As the only changeling in attendance, Toby is already the target of suspicion and hostility. Now she needs to find a killer before they can strike again—and with the doors locked to keep the guilty from escaping, no one is safe.
As danger draws ever closer to her allies and the people she loves best, Toby will have to race against time to prevent the total political destabilization of the West Coast and to get the convocation back on track…and if she fails, the cure for elf-shot may be buried forever, along with the victims she was too slow to save.
Because there are worse fates than sleeping for a hundred years.
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