Thursday, June 15, 2017

BLOG TOUR & AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Mallory McCartney for "Black Dawn"

Black Dawn
by Mallory McCartney
Published by: Clean Reads Publishing
Publication date: February 14th, 2017
Genres: New Adult, Young Adult, Fantasy
The end of an Empire. The rise of a Queen.” 
Emory Fae enjoys leading a quiet, normal life. That is until two mysterious, and handsome soldiers show up at her apartment, and the life she knew is instantly whisked away. Memphis Carter and Brokk Foster come from the magical and war ridden world of Kiero, and upon Emory's arrival she will discover she is the long lost heir to the Royal Line and is thrown into the Black Dawn Rebellion with a dynamic role to ignite the rebels and reclaim her throne. 

With both men being darkly woven in her past Emory uncovers hidden secrets, a power held long dormant, and will soon realize there are worse things than supernatural humans, love, loss, betrayal, and a Mad King.

Some things are better left in the shadows.

~AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Mallory McCartney~

1)    What gave you the inspiration for the storyline?  

Thanks for having me! For Black Dawn the inspiration for the story came from a couple different things. First, my deep love for fantasy. Being an avid reader helped me dream about becoming an author and what my fantasy world would look like. Since I was young, the world of Kiero shaped in my mind and from there I started writing when I started answering questions about the world, the history and the characters. I drew a lot of inspiration from mythology and constructing the different creatures we will see in the series. And music, listening to music helps me solidify a character or a moment, and how I want to convey the scene. These things all put together, once I had the idea of Black Dawn, I couldn’t shake it.

2)    Are there any hidden themes in the book that you hope readers will discover?

There aren’t any hidden themes, a lot of the conflict seen in Black Dawn really explores fighting for what you believe in and how it applies differently to each character. I really hope readers will take away each of the characters growth as the series continues and everyone’s perspectives as they go through different challenges.

3)    Are any of the characters based on real people you know?

None of the characters are based off real people, but some situations that the characters go through I have pulled from some of my own life experience and the emotion that applied and have channeled that into my writing.

4)    Who has influenced you most as a writer?

My parents and my teachers, both in public school and in high school. My parents for fueling my reading addiction at a young age and my teachers for challenging me and helping me believe in my writing. Authors like JK Rowling, Sarah J Maas and Laini Taylor inspire me to this day, to always learn more about the writing craft and to never stop dreaming!

5)    If you could have any three literary characters over to your place for game night, who would you invite, what would you play, what would you serve, and why?  

Oh, I love this question!! I would invite Akiva from Daughter of Smoke and Bone Series, Rhys from A Court of Thorns and Roses Series and Sevro from Red Rising Trilogy. Literally I would die if I was in the same room as these three! I would serve the best variety of appetizers I could think of, from spinach dip, to deep fried pickles to fondue because they would never have had “pub” food, and of course a variety of delicious drinks! And we would play Risk, because I think that would be very entertaining to watch their trained warrior minds come into play and I’m sure there would be a fast witty conversation during xD

Author Bio:
Mallory McCartney currently lives in London, Ontario with her husband and their two dachshunds Link and Lola. Black Dawn is her debut novel, the first in a series. When she isn’t working on her next novel or reading, she can be found dog grooming, book shopping and hiking. Other favorite pastimes involve reorganizing perpetually overflowing bookshelves and seeking out new coffee and dessert shops. 

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