This time last year I was grumbling about how I neeeeed more YA stories about Vikings, so I was all sorts of excited when Sky in the Deep was announced. It was definitely one of my most anticipated releases of 2018! I ended up absolutely loving the book, so I’m really excited to share this Q&A with author Adrienne Young:
OND ELDR. BREATHE FIRE.
Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.
Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.
She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.
Adrienne Young is a born and bred Texan turned California girl. She is a foodie with a deep love of history and travel and a shameless addiction to coffee. When she’s not writing, you can find her on her yoga mat, scouring antique fairs for old books, sipping wine over long dinners, or disappearing into her favorite art museums. She lives with her documentary filmmaker husband and their four little wildlings beneath the West Coast sun.
• Which scene in Sky in the Deep was the most fun to write?
Definitely the last battle scene. I had no idea at all what was going to happen and I just started writing it with no plan. But it totally took me on this ride and I felt like I was struggling to even type it fast enough. It was an amazing experience.
• Where’s your ideal writing location (anywhere in the world)?
The mountains. I feel so calm in the mountains and I feel kind of hedged in. I’m also really inspired by the forests, smells, colors etc.
• Which other YA characters do you think Eelyn would be friends with?
Oh man this is such a great question! I think her YA BFF would be Inej from Six of Crows. I think they would get each other completely.
• Who would you cast in the movie version of your book?
I have absolutely no idea. I feel like no one would ever feel like Eelyn to me, which stinks because my expectations are kind of unattainable.
• What was the most random thing you found yourself researching for this story?
Mostly disturbing things like “what happens in the body when you slowly freeze to death” and “wound that will maim you but won’t kill you” etc.
• If you could go back and give yourself 1 piece of advice when you were starting this book, what would you say?
I would tell myself to buckle up and just go with it. I felt pressured to make a plan, but all I wanted to do was write. I got about halfway through the book before I just accepted that the book was writing itself and I wasn’t going to have a ton of say. Not every book is like that for me, but this one was.
Sky in the Deep comes out on April 24 and there’s still time to grab a signed & personalized copy!!