Author: S. Jae-Jones
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling
Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publishing Information: February 7th 2017 by Thomas Dunne
Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.
All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.
But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.
Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.
I am so excited to be on the Wintersong blog tour today! This book is so incredibly enchanting and perfect for fans of fantasy retellings. Today, I have author S. Jae-Jones on the blog answering a few my of my questions. I loved reading her responses and I hope you enjoy them as well!
Q&A with S. Jae-Jones
1. What five words would you choose to describe Wintersong?
Goblins, Music, Underground, Gothic, Bildungsroman
2. What inspired you to write Wintersong?
The easy answer is, of course, the movie Labyrinth. But Labyrinth is only a small piece; I wrote about the whole thing on my blog.
3. If Wintersong was being turned into a movie, who would you cast for Käthe and the Goblin King?
I’m not someone who casts their books; I usually draw what the characters look like in my head. If my book were to be made into a movie, I would only ask that the actor be able to embody the spirit of my characters :). I say this because David Bowie will never be able to play my Goblin King =(
4. What is your writing process like? Are you a plotter or a pantser? Do you have any specific things you need in order to write?
Chaos. I work a full-time day job as well as co-host a weekly podcast and run Pub(lishing) Crawl, so I feel like I’m constantly scrambling. BUT. My general process is to journal my way through writing. I have a notebook that I treat almost like a critique partner; I have long, rambling conversations with myself about the story, the characters, the emotional characters, and ask myself questions about where things are going. The actual act of writing happens in fits and starts, unfortunately. But journaling is crucial to my process.
5. What songs would you put on a playlist for Wintersong?
I have a playlist that my publisher very kindly put together for me here! One song that fits this book is probably Coming Down by Halsey.
Thank you so much S. Jae-Jones for stopping by Across the Words!
S. Jae-Jones, called JJ, is a voracious and indiscriminate reader, an avid traveler, and something of an adrenaline junkie.
Born and raised in sunny Los Angeles, she lived in New York City for ten years before relocating down to Dixie, where she is comfortably growing fat on grits and barbecue. When not writing, she can be found rock-climbing, skydiving, taking photographs, drawing pictures, and dragging her dog on ridiculously long hikes.
Also, as a special bonus, here’s an awesome pronunciation guide for Wintersong. This will definitely come in handy while you’re reading the book.