I’m interviewing Anna Carolyn McCormally today, author of YA fantasy “The Six Days”. My questions are bolded, Anna’s responses are in regular font.
1) What’s the hardest part of being an author?
I always had trouble balancing my excitement to share my writing with insecurity about how it will be recieved. Writing is so personal, and the longer and harder I work on something the more invested I get and the more scared I get to let go! But I’ve gotten much better—and have learned how to translate criticism into better writing. Practice makes perfect!.
2) Can you give us a short synopsis of The Six Days?
At its heart, The Six Days is about a boy named Jamie and his best friend, Nia. When Jamie’s little brother is kidnapped, he and Nia are sucked into the complicated political intrigue of Emanu–a magical world they never knew existed where the Council of Witches is at odds with the human Queen and a rebellion stirring on the borders threatens both. Jamie is given six days to deliver the ransom for his brother’s life, and the book is a race against time as Jamie and Nia have to learn as much as they can as fast as they can about an entire new universe
3) Is this part of a series, or stand-alone?
The Six Days stands alone, but there will be a sequel.
4) How many hours per day do you spend writing?
I take notes and free write pretty much all day—when I am taking a break at work or waiting for my coffee or on the metro I’ll spend 10 minutes jotting stuff down in my notebook. Then I usually try to spend an hour or so when I get home at night turning my thoughts into something more structured. On Saturday or Sunday morning I try to wake up early and do some writing before the day gets underway, too.
5) What is your favorite book in the same genre as yours?
I’m not sure if it’s the same genre exactly, but Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper is one of my favorites.
6) What are you working on now?
I’m starting a sequel to The Six Days—which I hope to have a first draft of by the end of the summer. I’m also working with Giant Squid Books on a couple of other projects (by other writers, not me) that I can’t say too much about just now, but will hopefully officially announce soon…
The Six Days
Author: Anna McCormally
Genre: YA Fantasy
Fifteen years ago, in the middle of the night, Jamie Carpenter’s mother went up to the dark lighthouse on the cliffs. She never came back.
Yesterday, Jamie had a nightmare: his little brother disappearing like their mother did, through the door of the lighthouse, a door that has never opened.
Today, the nightmare came true. Jamie’s brother is missing. And not just missing–he’s been abducted, taken through the lighthouse door into the world of magic that lays beyond.
With his best friend Nia at his side, Jamie crosses into a world he never knew existed–but Emanu is not the fairytale world of childrens stories. Desperate to understand who took Danny and why, struggling to survive in a world of shadowy magic, Jamie and Nia seek the help of the Council of Witches. As they uncover more and more of Jamie’s family secrets and unknown powers, it becomes clear that Nia herself may be something more than human–and that it’s her the Council views as their biggest threat…
Swept up in a dark political game they don’t understand, burdened by magic they don’t know how to use, Jamie and Nia are going to have to learn fast if they’re going to survive Emanu and rescue Danny Carpenter. There are only six days until the gate between worlds closes again.
Anna Carolyn McCormally currently manages a small used bookstore in Washington, D.C.. She has a tattoo of the Deathly Hallows and blogs about YA fiction at http://www.giantsquidbooks.com.. Her short fiction and poetry has been published in pacificREVIEW, Quantum Fairy Tales and 3 am magazine. Follow her on Twitter @mccormallie.