Interview with Tara Sim, author of TIMEKEEPER

Hey guys! I’m super excited to be hosting the love Tara Sim, author of upcoming debut TIMEKEEPER, for an interview! Let me tell you a bit about the book first, and then we can get down to business.

TimekeeperTitle: Timekeeper // Author: Tara Sim
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Expected publication date: November 1, 2016

Two o’clock was missing.

In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.

And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.

But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to Stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.

The stunning first novel in a new trilogy by debut author Tara Sim, Timekeeper is perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare and Victoria Schwab.

INTERVIEW

Hi Tara! Thanks so much for agreeing to do this interview! I know a lot of people are looking forward to reading TIMEKEEPER, so let’s learn a little more about the book and you.

Describe yourself in 6 words.

Tall, biracial, grumpy, bangs, tea, Gryffindor.

Describe TIMEKEEPER in 6 words.

Clocks, magic, boys, time, explosions, myth.

Tell us something interesting that we won’t find out in the book about your MCs.

Danny’s birthday is March 23. I like figuring out character birthdays via Zodiac signs, so being an Aries but close to the cusp with Pisces felt right for Danny.

And I don’t explicitly say so on the page because they didn’t have the terminology back then, but Colton is pansexual.

Book one is set in London and I saw in another interview you did that book two is set in India. If you could travel anywhere in the world to draw on for inspiration, where would you go and why?

Well, I would love to go back to India! It’s such a huge country, and I’d love to see even more of it. I would also like to go to Prague, for secret book 3 reasons. Other countries I’m dying to visit: Japan, New Zealand, Greece, France (again; I only had two days there), Austria, Italy—everywhere, really.

What’s been the best part of your journey to becoming an author so far?

Befriending the awesome people of the YA book community. I’ve made so many close friends here that now I can’t imagine my life without them. Also, the book bloggers, booksellers, librarians, etc. I’ve met online and in person are so kind and thoughtful and full of life. I love working with them!

I ask this of everyone – what’s your favorite book? I know this is a tough one, so you can talk about what you’re reading right now if that’s easier!

Gah, this is hard. If I had to pick my favorite book based on what shaped me/my life the most, it’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I grew up with fantasy (my other favorites: Harry Potter and everything by Tamora Pierce), but when I read LotR in the seventh grade it possessed me. It was seductive—it told me that I could make up huge worlds too, that I could control a group of characters and put them in danger and get them out of danger again. It was the thing that propelled me to be a writer.

Other than your own, who is your favorite fictional character?

Oh jeez, so many. Frodo, Aragorn, and Pippin from The Lord of the Rings; Sirius Black from Harry Potter; Zuko from Avatar: The Last Airbender; pretty much everyone in the Raven Cycle books; Nikolai Lantsov from the Grisha Trilogy; every single person in Star Wars: The Force Awakens; Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean; etc. etc. etc.

Anything else you’d like to tell us about you or your book?

My first attempt at writing this book was so ridiculously far from where it’s come. There have been endless revisions, rewrites, and rearranging to get the book to what it is now. It was a lot of work, but it was worth it. To the aspiring authors out there: if you feel passionate about a project, keep working hard and don’t give up!

ABOUT TARA

Tara SimTara Sim is a YA author found in the wilds of the Bay Area, California. When she’s not writing about magic, clocks, and boys, she drinks tea, wrangles cats, and sings opera.

Tara grew up in California, but braved the elements of Virginia to study English/Creative Writing at Hollins University.

Half-Indian and full geek, she eats too many samosas and awkwardly dances to Bhangra music.

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Blog Tour | Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh | Review, Interview, & Giveaway

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Hi, everyone! Today, I am super excited to be a part of the blog tour for Sarah Glenn Marsh’s beautiful book, FEAR THE DROWNING DEEP. Read on for my review of the book as well as a fun interview with Sarah. Plus, stick around for the end of the post, where we’ve got a great giveaway for you!

Fear the Drowning DeepHardcover, 310 pages

Expected Publication Date: October 4th, 2016

Publisher: Sky Pony Press

Witch’s apprentice Bridey Corkill has hated the ocean ever since she watched her granddad dive in and drown with a smile on his face. So when a dead girl rolls in with the tide in the summer of 1913, sixteen-year-old Bridey suspects that whatever compelled her granddad to leap into the sea has made its return to the Isle of Man.

Soon, villagers are vanishing in the night, but no one shares Bridey’s suspicions about the sea. No one but the island’s witch, who isn’t as frightening as she first appears, and the handsome dark-haired lad Bridey rescues from a grim and watery fate. The cause of the deep gashes in Fynn’s stomach and his lost memories are, like the recent disappearances, a mystery well-guarded by the sea. In exchange for saving his life, Fynn teaches Bridey to master her fear of the water — stealing her heart in the process.

Now, Bridey must work with the Isle’s eccentric witch and the boy she isn’t sure she can trust — because if she can’t uncover the truth about the ancient evil in the water, everyone she loves will walk into the sea, never to return.

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REVIEW

 I think if I had to describe FEAR THE DROWNING DEEP in one word, it’d have to be “gorgeous”. From the cover to the prose to the myths that overflow from its pages, FTDD is strange and beautiful and lovely.

I especially loved the mythology and the setting. The book is set on the Isle of Man, which is located in the Irish Sea right in the middle of England and Ireland. Mythology – from sea serpents to fairies to mermaids and so much more – is rife in the UK and Ireland, and I’ve always been fascinated by it, so it was wonderful to see all the ones that Sarah pulled into her book. Reading FEAR THE DROWNING DEEP reminded me of living in Scotland and traveling through the highlands, even though the landscape on an island is a bit different. It just reminded me of the feeling you get being surrounded by all of that history and folklore, talking to the people who live there and are as in love with it as you are.

There’s also a really intriguing mystery here that will draw you in. You’ll be intrigued by this newcomer, who everyone is suspicious of except for Bridey. The ocean is a deep and scary place, and I really felt that while reading the book.

INTERVIEW

Describe yourself in 6 words.

Obsessed with animals; Slytherin + Gryffindor; Browncoat.

Describe FEAR THE DROWNING DEEP in 6 words.

Salty. Weird. Mysterious. Romantic. Sisters. Monsters.

Tell us something interesting that we won’t find out in the book about Bridey, your MC.

Okay! Here’s something that’s not in the book: in the original draft, Bridey had a sea-nymph ancestor. Maybe she still does, but if so, it’s now a secret!

I know you’re a fan of mythology and FTDD features several. Tell us about your favorite myth or mythical creature.

Oh yes, I love mythology! It would be too hard for me to pick a favorite mythical beast though, so I’m going to tell you about one of my favorite Manx mythical creatures that’s not featured in FTDD: Jimmy Squarefoot.

Jimmy Squarefoot, according to myth, is a bipedal pig-headed creature that lives on the Isle of Man. He has giant feet and is supposedly a peaceful, wandering being. Some accounts of old Jimmy say that he was once ridden like a horse by a race of stone-throwing giants. How’s that for weird and wonderful? The Isle of Man has some fascinating mythology!

Check out this artist’s interpretation of Jimmy, just for fun (some things demand a visual):

Jimmy Squarefoot

What’s been the best part of your journey to becoming an author so far?

The people! Finding the book community on Twitter and interacting with/befriending everyone from aspiring authors to bloggers to favorite authors has been wonderful; I’ve found a place where I belong, and there’s no better feeling.

Oh, and I suppose holding my ARC of Fear the Drowning Deep for the first time was also pretty freaking thrilling!

But mainly, the people!

I ask this of everyone – what’s your favorite book? I know this is a tough one, so you can talk about what you’re reading right now if that’s easier!

I love this question! I’m going to talk about a book I recently finished, to which nothing else compares, and which has left me in a devastating book hangover as I anxiously await the companion novel: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers.

This book, you guys. It’s an adult sci-fi, and its strength and heart lie in its characters and unique, diverse world. The story follows the crew of a wormhole tunneling ship, and each has a fascinating story and perspectives. I dare you to read this and not get tangled up in the nuances of each crew member and their relationships. Whether you like sci-fi or not, since the focus is on character rather than plot, I’d recommend it to just about everyone!

Other than your own, who is your favorite fictional character?

I’d say Dutch from the SyFy show Killjoys. If you don’t know her, you should fix that. I love her because she does what she wants, kisses who she wants, and is just a witty badass with a heart of gold. She fights as well as her male counterparts on the show—if not better—and we need more characters like her!

Another favorite (now I’m cheating, naming two!) is Lexa from The 100; seeing her relationship with Clarke meant a lot to me, and she was an amazing, strong character.

Basically, I love ladies who kick ass in some form or fashion (looking at you, Daenerys Targaryen, Hermione Granger, Minerva McGonagall, Sabriel and Lirael, etc.!)

Anything else you’d like to tell us about you or your book?

Well, I hope you like it! 🙂

In all seriousness, I suppose I’d just want people to know that overall, FTDD is a book about relationships, and not just first love; there are sister relationships, parent relationships, family dynamics…complicated friendships, and even relationships within the town that shift and are tested throughout the story.

And that’s all; thank you so much for having me on your blog!

ABOUT SARAH

marsh_DSC_6365_2015.jpgSarah Glenn Marsh is the author of the YA fantasy Fear the Drowning Deep from Sky Pony Press, the forthcoming Reign of the Fallen fantasy duology from Razorbill (Penguin), as well as several forthcoming children’s picture books. An avid fantasy reader from the day her dad handed her a copy of The Hobbit and promised it would change her life, she’s been making up words and worlds ever since. She lives in Virginia with her husband and her tiny zoo of four rescued greyhounds, a bird, and many fish.

When she’s not writing, she’s often painting, or engaged in nerdy pursuits from video games to tabletop adventures. You can visit her online at www.sarahglennmarsh.com, and follow her on Twitter @SG_Marsh.

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GIVEAWAY

Open INTL, the winner will be given an ARC of Fear the Drowning Deep, plus the tote bag designed by Evie Seo!

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CHECK OUT THE REST OF THE TOUR

Week 1: 

8/1 –   Bookish Lifestyle – Review + Tote Design
8/2 –   A Perfection Called Books – Review + Pinterest Board
8/3 –   Booknerd Addict – Review
8/4 –   Caught Read Handed – Review + Interview
8/5 –   Dana Square – Review

Week 2: 

8/8 –   Alexa Loves Books– Bookish Style Files
8/9 –   It Starts at Midnight– Review
/10 – The YA Book Traveler – Interview
8/11 – Brittany’s Book Rambles – Review + Playlist
8/12 – Stories & Sweeties – Bonnag Recipe + Excerpt

S.F.D. Mission: Open Letter to Tara Sim, author of TIMEKEEPER

Hi, there! Welcome to my next mission for the S.F.D. In case you missed my first post about what that is, check it out here. Basically, we’re a team of debut author supporters started by Talina from Sassy & Dangerous, who’ll be going on a series of missions to help promote some seriously amazing authors. A couple of weeks ago, our mission was to write a letter to a debut author. I had the lovely Janet B. Taylor, and I loved writing a letter to her. Today, I’m excited to be writing a letter to Tara Sim, debut author of Timekeeper, which comes out fall 2016!

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Tara Sim

Dear Tara,

I’m just going to put this out there – I will make you samosas if we can fast forward time to when your book comes out. I know you’ve got the magic powers. Please?

It doesn’t work like that? Okay, FINE. But, like, I don’t know if I can wait. Your book sounds freaking amazing. I mean, you’ve got:

Boys ✓
Magic ✓
Clock spirits ✓
London ✓
BOYS ✓ ✓

I think I’m most drawn to the fact that you’ve tweaked history for your own story. I’ll admit, I’m kind of iffy about historical fiction. EXCEPT when something’s been introduced (like magic) that changes history and makes it something new. So I’m really excited to read about a Victorian London in which “women can work as car mechanics or *gasp* wear trousers” like you said in your interview with Team Rogue YA.

Also, Danny, who you’ve described as “an awkward, anxious, stubborn creature” sounds wonderful, as does Colton – plus, if they look like the pictures you’ve pinned on Pinterest…SWOON. I can’t wait to read about their love story.

My favorite thing I’ve read that you’ve written about the book was from that same interview I linked to above. When asked who you hoped picked this book up, you said:

I hope this book finds its way to people who feel lonely, who may have lost someone dear to them, who have given up hope on something, who feel lost in life, or just want to see more diversity in fantasy stories.

Your book sounds beautiful and different and lovely and diverse, and I really need us to skip ahead a bit so I can read it already. Still no? Dang. I tried.

Love,
Stefani
Wishing for the power to travel in time

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Want to know more about Tara’s book? If your answer is no, go away.

ABOUT THE BOOK

No cover - S.F.D.Publisher: Sky Pony Press // Publication date: 2016

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Every city in the world is run by a clock tower. If one breaks, time stops. It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old Danny knows well; his father has been trapped in a town east of London for three years. Despite being a clock mechanic prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but time itself, Danny has been unable to free his father.

Danny’s assigned to a damaged clock tower in the small town of Enfield. The boy he mistakes for his apprentice is odd, but that’s to be expected when he’s the clock spirit who controls Enfield’s time. Although Danny and the spirit are drawn to each other’s loneliness, falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, no matter how cute his smiles are.

But when someone plants bombs in nearby towers, cities are in danger of becoming trapped in time—and Enfield is one of them.

Danny must discover who’s stopping time and prevent it from happening to Enfield, or else he’ll lose not only his father, but the boy he loves, forever.

ABOUT TARA

Tara SimTara Sim is a YA author found in the wilds of the Bay Area, California. When she’s not writing about magic, clocks, and boys, she drinks tea, wrangles cats, and sings opera.

Tara grew up in California, but braved the elements of Virginia to study English/Creative Writing at Hollins University.

Half-Indian, half-American, and full geek, she eats too many samosas and awkwardly dances to Bhangra music.

TIMEKEEPER (Sky Pony Press, Fall ’16) is her debut YA novel.

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Check out the full S.F.D. team and head to their blogs to see who they wrote a letter to!

Talina, our fearless leader // Emily // Heather // Eileen // Karina // Deanna
Claudia // Kaitlin // Jasmine // Angel // Bex // Melissa // Kaitlin S. // Aila // Jess // Jaime
Lauren // Lizzie // Erin // Aimee

Excerpt: The Fix by Natasha Sinel

To read the excerpt before mine, make sure you head over to Kim’s blog Divergent Gryffindor.

Th e Fix by Natasha SinelAuthor: Natasha Sinel

Publisher: Sky Pony Press

Publication Date: September 1, 2015

SUMMARY: 

One conversation is all it takes to break a world wide open. Seventeen-year-old Macy Lyons has been through something no one should ever have to experience. And she’s dealt with it entirely alone. On the outside, she’s got it pretty good. Her family’s well-off, she’s dating the cute boy next door, she has plenty of friends, and although she long ago wrote her mother off as a superficial gym rat, she’s thankful to have allies in her loving, laid-back dad and her younger brother.

But a conversation with a boy at a party one night shakes Macy out of the carefully maintained complacency that has defined her life so far. The boy is Sebastian Ruiz, a recovering addict who recognizes that Macy is hardened by dark secrets. And as Macy falls for Sebastian, she realizes that, while revealing her secret could ruin her seemingly perfect family, keeping silent might just destroy her.

The Fix follows two good-hearted teenagers coming to terms with the cards they were dealt. It’s also about the fixes we rely on to cope with our most shameful secrets and the hope and fear that come with meeting someone who challenges us to come clean.

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Advanced Praise for The Fix: 

“First shot out of the gate, Sinel bravely addresses tough topics, demonstrating that the weight of secrets can pull us under––and their release can save us from drowning.” —Holly Schindler, author of A Blue So Dark and Feral

“A bewitching, beautiful, and brave debut. Readers will marvel at Macy’s resilience. Natasha Sinel’s writing devastates and uplifts, by turns. An important story of one girl’s journey to rewrite the blueprint of her own life by facing the truth inside herself.” —Carrie Mesrobian, award-winning author of Sex & Violence and Perfectly Good White Boy

“In her YA debut, Natasha Sinel paints a riveting picture of a teenager haunted by her past and struggling with her present. Macy’s world is richly drawn, heartbreakingly real, and difficult to put down. The Fix shines.” —I.W. Gregorio, author of None of the Above

THE EXCERPT

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