The Compulsive Reader: Looking Ahead: Sara Wilson Etienne and Harbinger!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Looking Ahead: Sara Wilson Etienne and Harbinger!

Looking Ahead is a feature in which new upcoming books and their authors are featured! Take a minute to read the interview, get to know them, read about their book(s), and find them on the internet!

Today is a special feature of Looking Ahead! I have Sara Etienne here to talk about her new book, Harbinger, and she is also hosting a reveal of harbinger-inspired art! First off, here's our interview!

TCR: Can you describe your book in ten words or less?

SE: No! But I can get close… I actually do Haiku Reviews for books on my website, but I’ve never tried it with my own stories. So here we go…

Faye’s nightmares made real…
Bleached bones, tasers, bloody hands.
Who can she trust now?
…how’s that?

TCR: What has surprised you the most about the publishing process?

SE: How steep the learning curve is. The whole process feels a bit shrouded in mystery, so when you step into the elusive shadows of the publishing world, you can feel a little lost. The trick is to be brave and ask a lot of questions.

But I also have to say that I’m thrilled at how fun some of the stuff has been… getting blurbs from Tamora Pierce and Lisa McMann, ARCs, chocolate from my wonderful editor, Stacey Barney, and, of course, seeing the cover for the first time!

TCR: We love Tamora Pierce and Lisa McMann! That's awesome! What was your reaction when you saw your cover?

SE: *blink, blink*

I just stared at the computer screen… I was stunned! I admit, I fell in love, hard. It’s so unique and it captures the tone and world of Harbinger perfectly. I can’t even express how grateful I am to the designers at Putnam. I want them to have my book-babies.

TCR: Where can we stay up to date on what's going on with you and your book?

SE: You can see what I’m writing and thinking about at www.sarawilsonetienne.com. Or follow me on twitter @wilsonetienne

As for Harbinger, you should visit Faye’s school, www.holbrookacademy.com. There you can see the campus, report a friend for subversive behavior, and, starting today, you can unlock Harbinger-inspired artwork done by amazing illustrators in the Holbrook “Student Sketchbook.”

Follow the Path! Every Thursday the username and password for a new illustration will be revealed on a different YA book blog. That day, the location of that blog will be announced on www.facebook.com/holbrookacademy and on twitter: @HolbrookAcademy.

This week, you’ve come to the right place!

TCR: Indeed! Thank you so much, Sara!

And...here's today's password for the reveal!

All about Harbinger:
"When sixteen-year-old Faye arrives at Holbrook Academy, she doesn't expect to find herself exactly where she needs to be. After years of strange waking visions and nightmares, her only comfort the bones of dead animals, Faye is afraid she's going crazy. Fast.

But her first night at Holbrook, she feels strangely connected to the school and the island it sits on, like she's come home. She's even made her first real friends, but odd things keep happening to them. Every morning they wake on the floors of their dorm rooms with their hands stained red.

Faye knows she's the reason, but what does it all mean? The handsome Kel tries to help her unravel the mystery, but Faye is certain she can't trust him; in fact, he may be trying to kill her - and the rest of the world too.

Rich, compelling writing will keep the pages turning in this riveting and tautly told psychological thriller."
Sound good? Unfortunately, it doesn't release until February 2nd, but you can win an ARC right here! All you have to do to enter is full out this form!

 What do you think? Is this one you're excited for?


Lynsey Newton said...

Oh, I hadn't heard of this before so thanks for letting us know about it! Where's the form to fill in though as I can't see it?

Nancye said...

Thanks for the chance!