I adore everything V.E. Schwab writes, so it’s probably a massive understatement to say this is easily one of my favorite blog posts yet. I was so excited about doing this Q&A that I asked you guys to submit random questions via instagram last month so I could pick a few to include! The Shades of Magic series is pretty much one of the most popular things to ever hit bookstagram (and the entire book community tbh), so featuring a few questions from followers felt like a fun way to get more of you involved.
Thank you so much to V.E. Schwab for taking the time to stop by my blog and share some thoughts!
A Darker Shade of Magic:
Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.
Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.
Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand. After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.
Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.
I am the product of a British mother, a Beverly Hills father, and a southern upbringing. Because of this, I have been known to say “tom-ah-toes”, “like”, and “y’all”.
I write books. Most of them are strange Some are about monsters. Others, supervillains. Others, magic. When I’m not wandering Scottish streets, I’m usually holed away with a cup of tea.
• Where’s your dream writer’s retreat location?
Honestly, I’m happiest with a desk by a window, and a cup of tea. Everything else is icing. But I’d love to do a retreat at a Scottish castle in the highlands so that I could wander the green gray world between chapters.
• Which scene from the Shades of Magic series would you be most excited to see unfold on a movie screen?
I’m dying to see the scene where Lila uses the black magic stone to create a shadow Kell, and makes him do a striptease while the real Kell is tied to the bed.
• Is there a character of yours whose popularity with fans surprised you? (via @paperbackbones)
Probably Victor Vale from VICIOUS. He’s the closest thing to an autobiographical character I’ve ever written, and he has to walk the tricky line between villain and protagonist.
• Are there any personas throughout history that inspired or fed into Lila’s character? (via @lottieonilica)
Honestly, Lila is an aspirational character. She’s the kind of person I wish I was more like, especially in her brazen way of facing fear. So she’s inspired less by history than by imagination.
• If you could spend a day as Lila, what’s the first thing you’d steal?
Probably something silver. I’m basically a magpie, and I’ve always been drawn to silver things. In the absence of silver, definitely a really, really nice coat 😉
• What were some of your favorite reads of 2017? (via @reverieandink)
Oh, that’s a hard one! I read about 100-115 books a year. But some of this year’s standouts were:
- IF WE WERE VILLAINS
- I AM, I AM, I AM
- ALL OUR WRONG TODAYS
• What’s a piece of advice you tell aspiring writers most often? (via @bforbookslut)
Just get through a first draft. You can’t fix something until you have something to fix.