Several of the reviewers here at Dark Faerie Tales have been very excited about this book since the book cover was released, so naturally we were ecstatic to be a part of The Sin Eater’s Daughter Blog Tour! Want to know more about this book? Read our interview with Twylla from The Sin Eater’s Daughter below. The novel was released on February 5, 2015 from Scholastic Press.
Five lucky readers will win a copy of The Sin Eater’s Daughter! A huge thank you to Rock Star Book Tours & Scholastic Press. This contest is US only.
Melinda Salisbury lives by the sea, somewhere in the south of England. As a child she genuinely thought Roald Dahl’s Matilda was her biography, in part helped by her grandfather often mistakenly calling her Matilda, and the local library having a pretty cavalier attitude to the books she borrowed. Sadly she never manifested telekinetic powers. She likes to travel, and have adventures. She also likes medieval castles, non-medieval aquariums, Richard III, and all things Scandinavian. The Sin Eater’s Daughter is her first novel, and will be published by Scholastic in 2015. She is represented by the amazing Claire Wilson at Rogers, Coleridge and White.
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Please welcome the wonderful Twylla from The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury!!!!
Dark Faerie Tales: I am so excited that you agreed to join us today for an interview. To start things off will you introduce yourself and tell us three unique things about yourself?
Twylla: You’re very kind. I am Twylla, the embodiment of Daunen, daughter of Næht and Dæg, the Gods who watch over us here in Lormere. That itself is a unique thing, it is not often that the embodiment of Daunen is amongst the people, but I pass the Telling each month to prove I’m truly she. Of course, one of the side-effects of the Telling is that the poison that proves me blessed remains in my skin, not killing me, but making me poisonous to the touch. Another unique thing – not many young women can kill with a caress.
The royal family alone may touch me, because they are also of the Gods, as I am. When I marry their son, Prince Merek, he will be able to touch me. That is a third unique thing about me. I was born to Eat the sins of the dead, and yet one day I’ll be the queen of Lormere.
DFT: I know that growing up you always thought that you were going to be the next Sin Eater because you were the first born daughter in your family and your mother is the current Sin Eater. That is no longer your fate, but do you ever wish you could go back and become the Sin Eater instead of living the life you currently have?
Twylla: That… that is an impossible question. How am I to answer it? Of course it would be wonderful to be with my sister once more. But I am here, I have been chosen. I can’t turn my back on the destiny I have now, now without deeply offending the Gods, and I would never do that. I may not always understand the path I’m on, but I have to trust that they love me, and will guide me. It’s a fool’s errand to wish away one’s life with imaginings of how else it might be… no matter how much you might want it. Or think you want it. Be careful what you wish for – you might just get it.
DFT: As the Goddess Embodied your touch is lethal to anyone you come into contact with except the royal family. On top of that the Queen has made you an executioner for anyone that commits an act of treason. I imagine that this would cause your life to be rather lonely, what is it you do to occupy all your time?
Twylla: I love to sing. My whole life I have loved always to sing, it is a miracle to me – that I can make music with my voice. When I was younger I was forever composing my own songs, about any silly thing that caught my eye and I loved to…
Forgive me, I forget myself. That was before I knew my voice was Gods-given, and not truly mine. Now I sing in their honour. I pray to them, asking them to watch over the people of Lormere, and keep us peaceful and prosperous. I pray for the health of my old family, and my new, the king and queen and Prince Merek. I like to walk in the gardens when the weather permits, I love nature and all the beauty of it. I embroider. I fill my time as the Gods will me to. How can I feel alone when I have them with me? It would be a sin for me to say I was lonely, look at what I have – I live in a castle, I’m to marry the prince, I am favoured by the Gods. I cannot be lonely. I cannot be unhappy. I cannot.
DFT: I know that you love to sing and you have a very beautiful voice. You perform quite regularly for the court, but the Queen decides what you get to sing. If you had the choice to sing whatever you wanted what song would you choose and why?
Twylla: Oh! I would sing everything! I love the songs the king has taught me, Fair and Far especially. I would love to sing it more, it’s so much like the songs I would make up before I came to the castle. But I think, the song I would most like to sing is very modern, I have heard it but once, sang by a maid who wouldn’t not dare sing it to me when I asked. It is called Shake It Off, by a young woman named Taylor Swift. It is a song about not letting people rule you, not letting yourself be controlled by the bad thoughts and deeds of others, and I find that very inspiring. I think this Taylor Swift must be a very courageous young woman and I would sing her song cheerfully. Perhaps one day I shall.
DFT: The Queen is a very cruel woman and all her subjects fear her. She has turned you into a person you never wanted to be, but she also saved you from a life you never wanted to live. I know that you despise the Queen, but are you also grateful to her for all that she has done for you?
Twylla: How dare you. I, of course, do not despise the queen. She has given me everything – even her only son. To suggest she is anything other than just and good is treason, and I am the punishment for treason. Who told you to ask these questions? Are you some kind of spy, or trickster? I pass the Telling each moon, which means the Gods still favour me and they would not, could not, if I were to disappoint them.
So even if I were to hate her for making me into a killer, even if I longed to turn back the clock and refuse her offer, it would be a small, temporary thing. The weakness of a girl who isn’t wise enough to trust in her Gods.
DFT: The King is a good man and has always treated you kindly, but he is a very passive person. He lets the Queen do whatever she wants, and very rarely does he ever stand up to her. What do you think the Kingdom would be like if it had a more aggressive king on the throne?
Twylla: Again you flirt with treason and try to make me complicit. You go too far, you will bring ruin on us both. Besides, we had an aggressive king in Rohese, Prince Merek’s father, and the Gods saw fit to take him early and place the queen’s cousin, Terryn, on the throne beside her. So the kingdom is as it should be, as the Gods willed it to be. To try and imagine otherwise is a sin. Do you even believe in the Gods?
DFT: Merek is the Crown Prince of Lormere and the man you have been engaged to since you came to the castle years ago. He has been traveling for the last few years so you haven’t really had a chance to get to know him all that well, but out of what little you do know about him what is your favorite quality he possesses?
Twylla: Prince Merek is… I admire his conviction. He is a clever, thoughtful man and will make an excellent king for Lormere when the Gods decide the time is right for it. Prince Merek is a good man. And goodness is a quality so often overlooked.
DFT: Lief is your new guard, and the first person to treat you like a normal girl in a very long time. You soon strike up a friendship that quickly turns into something more. Out of all the moments you spent with Lief which one is your favorite?
Twylla: He took me once, to a garden. It’s funny, I’ve lived here for four years and yet I know so little of the castle, I see so little of it. But he took to me the apothecary garden and I got to see so many flowers and plants I thought I’d never see again. It was a quiet, lovely place. Don’t misunderstand me, I am so grateful for what I’ve been given. But I did treasure those few moments when it was just me, the sky and the flowers. And him.
DFT: The ending of your story was a little heartbreaking and I am really intrigued to see where your adventures take you next. Is there any way you could give us a few hints as to what we can expect in the next installment of your story?
Twylla: What started in Lormere will have far reaching effects, for Lormerians and Tregellians alike. Some things are best left sleeping…
Quick Fire Questions:
(What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you read the following?)
The Telling? Tyrek
Sin Eating? Despair
Lormere? A cage
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About this Book:
Seventeen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she’s engaged to the prince, Twylla isn’t exactly a member of the court.
She’s the executioner.
As the Goddess embodied, Twylla instantly kills anyone she touches. Each month she’s taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love a girl with murder in her veins. Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to Twylla’s fatal touch, avoids her company.
But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose easy smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he’s able to look past Twylla’s executioner robes and see the girl, not the Goddess. Yet Twylla’s been promised to the prince, and knows what happens to people who cross the queen.
However, a treasonous secret is the least of Twylla’s problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies, a plan that requires a stomach-churning, unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love?