The Delinquent Crown Blog Tour + Q&A with Author Sydney Faith
Happy Wednesday! I have a bit of a different post for you this week: I was lucky enough to be selected to take part in the blog tour for The Delinquent Crown by Sydney Faith. This post (stop #3 in the tour) includes an exclusive video reading of The Delinquent Crown, as well as an interview with the author!
Release Date: 9.9.2019
“Olexia is a wild and dangerous world filled with magic.
Miri and Nick find Olexia by chance but choose their fate when they step through the portal. A shard of glass and a hastily-written letter from their mother are all they have to solve their puzzling past.
In Olexia Miri and Nick find danger and unlikely allies, and with their help, they learn to wield their newfound powers and find out the truth about Olexia’s buried secrets.
When the ruthless Council leader learns the siblings harbor a powerful artifact, he sends his bloodthirsty LaKaio soldiers to hunt them down at any cost.
With time running out and secrets about their past being revealed around every corner, Miri and Nick must decide if they’re going to hide away or rise up against the sinister leaders of Olexia.”
The Virtual Reading!
Make sure you check out the next stop on the blog tour, which has the next part of the virtual reading! –> https://www.mgdarwish.com/2019/08/blog-tour-delinquent-crown.html
Interview with Sydney Faith:
What inspired you to write The Delinquent Crown?
It’s kind of funny, well, at least I think so. I came up with the idea for TDC when I was lying awake in bed one night. I was actually a few months into a different project but the idea for TDC was just so exciting that I had to get out of bed and write it down!
Which author/series inspired you?
A favorite of mine as a kid was Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, (along with the Narnia movies!) so I love the idea of someone from our world going somewhere magical that existed just under our noses the whole time.
What was your approach to worldbuilding in this novel?
My approach to world-building was to let it happen as I planned the story. As the idea for the plot grew, the world-building grew too. I’m a world-building nerd, I love thinking about and making up traditions and history. I try to build on my small ideas and figure out why people do things a certain way. I also started with towns and went from cities to countries to continents.
Can you tell me a bit about your writing process?
Sure thing! My writing process isn’t too crazy. I’m big into plotting, so before I start writing I have most, if not all, of my scenes planned out already. There are totally things that change as I go, but I always do my best to update my outline and keep things organized.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I think that being homeschooled had a huge influence on how I turned into a writer. My parents always encouraged me to follow my curiosity and interests. Around the time I stopped playing with dolls, I started writing little stories (in my head and on paper) and by middle school, I was writing short stories in the pages between my math assignments (very fun, but makes for a mess later lol.) So I think by 7th or 8th grade I knew I wanted to be a writer. Even if I had decided to be something else, I think I would still be writing, because it’s such a part of me and how I express myself.
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Read stories like the ones you want to write. Read stories like the ones you DON’T want to write (and learn why). Read non-fiction too. Practice writing. Practice editing! It’s just as important as the actual writing. Also, fanfiction! If you’re a newbie writer, especially a teen, fanfiction is an AMAZING way to work your writing muscles.
What are your favorite YA fantasy novels?
Oh gosh, that’s difficult! Okay, the Throne of Glass series, the Three Dark Crowns series, and the Inheritance Cycle.
Why did you decide to write YA literature?
Most of my stories are about characters in the teenager age range, so I think that’s just where I feel most at home writing.
Why do you think YA literature is important?
think YA literature is important because it gives us an escape. I know many people enjoy YA, but for teenagers, I think it’s so important to have that escape, and to have characters you can see yourself in, and to learn about and explore different ideas and experiences.
A big thank you to Sydney Faith for taking the time to answer my questions! <3
Thank you so much for reading, and I hope you have a wonderful rest of your day!