If you’ve been following me for awhile, you probably know how much I adore stories with ships and female pirates. When I first read the description for Song of the Current I got all sorts of Lila Bard vibes and HAD to read it immediately. The book came out last week, so I’m really excited to be part of the tour and share this Q&A with author Sarah Tolcser!
About the Book
Caroline Oresteia is destined for the river. For generations, her family has been called by the river god, who has guided their wherries on countless voyages throughout the Riverlands. At seventeen, Caro has spent years listening to the water, ready to meet her fate. But the river god hasn’t spoken her name yet—and if he hasn’t by now, there’s a chance he never will.
Caro decides to take her future into her own hands when her father is arrested for refusing to transport a mysterious crate. By agreeing to deliver it in exchange for his release, Caro finds herself caught in a web of politics and lies, with dangerous pirates after the cargo—an arrogant courier with a secret—and without the river god to help her. With so much at stake, Caro must choose between the life she always wanted and the one she never could have imagined for herself.
From debut author Sarah Tolcser comes an immersive and romantic fantasy set along the waterways of a magical world with a headstrong heroine determined to make her mark.
1) What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I love video games, especially roleplaying games like Mass Effect, Fallout, and Elder Scrolls. I also love NBA basketball. During the season I spend a lot of time going to games. I’m not a huge TV watcher, but I’ll try anything that has spaceships or magic.
2) Which scene in Song of the Current was the most fun to write?
I love the ending, which I won’t spoil except to say that it’s still almost exactly the same paragraph I wrote four years ago. But the most fun to write was all the banter between Caro, the main character, and her passenger. He’s a spoiled noble, and she’s a captain’s daughter who has very little patience for his nonsense, but they’re forced to work together because they’re on the run from pirates.
3) Who would you cast in the movie version of your book?
I’m actually quite bad at this question, because I don’t picture people in my head in great detail while I’m writing, so I’ll just pass. I’m looking forward to seeing what readers think!
4) What was your favorite book you read in 2016?
Two of my favorite YA reads from last year were DARK DAYS CLUB by Alison Goodman and OUTRUN THE MOON by Stacey Lee. I’ve also become super fond of Robin Stevens’ MURDER MOST UNLADYLIKE mysteries, which are middle grade. In adult fantasy I loved Mary Robinette Kowal’s GHOST TALKERS. (I’m so bad at this question…that was like eight books!) Anything historical mixed with a little bit of fantasy or mystery is my catnip.
5) Where is your dream writers retreat location?
A house on a lake with a great big porch in the Adirondack Mountains.
6) Any advice to beginning authors?
Everyone tells you to write every day, and it took me years to realize that doesn’t work for me. Instead I tend to do big spurts of intense writing for several weeks, then take the next several weeks off to recharge. It’s all about finding a rhythm that works for you. Once I let go of the Write Every Day guilt, I was so much more focused on my writing.
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