Today, we have the author of The Girl Who Never Was, the first book of the Otherworld series. The second book, The Boy with the Hidden Name, will be published also this year on December by Sourcebooks Fire. I'm happy to introduced you to, Skylar Dorset.
While you were in the process of writing this book, have you ever doubt yourself or second guess the reason why you are writing this story? If yes, how did you overcome those obstacles?
Not really, mostly because when I was writing the book, I was legitimately just writing it for me. I wasn’t really thinking about trying to get it published. I wrote it because it was what I wanted to write and the characters kept talking and then it was done I thought, “That was fun! I wonder if I could publish it?”
About Getting Published:
As an aspiring author, hearing about how authors got published is always fascinating and inspiring for me. So can you tell us your journey to publication? And what was the first thing you did or said after you got the news about the book deal?
It was a long and winding journey. I switched jobs and moved thousands of miles away from home and was in an adjustment period that left me with more free time than I was used to, so I used that free time to try to get an agent. I took it very casually, not wanting to get all caught up in it. I think I sent out one query letter a day. I ended up sending to around 40 agents total before signing with Andrea Somberg at Harvey Klinger, a few months after I started sending out queries. Then we were out on submission for a while, and then I did some edits, and then we went back out on submission. All in all, when Andrea called me about the book deal, I think I just said, “Oh, my God, oh, my God, oh, my God,” a lot, and then I called my family. J
About Being an Author
Tell us what it's like to be a published author? What was your most favorite moment in this whole experience, aside from seeing and holding a physical copy of your book?
Being a published author is AWESOME. It’s AMAZING. As every author will tell you, staring at your own book in a bookstore is basically the best thing ever! I really love meeting people who have read the book. I think signings and stuff are a tremendous amount of fun. And I adore when I get e-mails from people who have read it and loved it and say such incredible things. I can’t just pinpoint one moment, because there have been way too many awesome moments involving way too many awesome people!
About the Book:
Just like superheroes, I think it's safe to say that books also has an origin story before they became what they are right now. It might started out as a thought, an experience, a dialogue you heard, a conversation with a friend, or an idea that has been plaguing your brain for quite sometime. So tell us, what's your book's origin story? And what made you decide to write it?
I had a dream about a guy walking into his house to find a woman he didn’t know asleep on the couch. For a long time, I tried to tell the story of those two people, and really didn’t get anywhere. Then I decided instead to tell the story of their daughter, and the rest is history.
About the Author:
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Skylar Dorset grew up in Rhode Island, so she hates to drive more than 20 minutes to get anywhere. After receiving a law degree from Harvard, Skylar was an attorney in Boston for many years, where she wrote much of her first book during bouts of being stuck on the subway (it breaks down a lot). Visit her on the Internet atwww.skylardorset.com.
Title: The Girl Who Never Was (Otherworld #1)
Genre/s: YA Paranormal Fantasy
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: June 1, 2014
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THE GIRL WHO NEVER WAS is the story of Selkie Stewart, who thinks she’s a totally normal teenager growing up in Boston. Sure, her father is in an insane asylum, her mother left her on his doorstep—literally—when she was a baby, and she’s being raised by two ancient aunts who spend their time hunting gnomes in their Beacon Hill townhouse. But other than that her life is totally normal! She’s got an adventurous best friend who’s always got her back and an unrequited crush on an older boy named Ben. Just like any other teenager, right?When Selkie goes in search of the mother she’s never known, she gets more than she bargained for. It turns out that her mother is faerie royalty, which would make Selkie a faerie princess—except for the part where her father is an ogre, which makes her only half of anything. Even more confusing, there’s a prophecy that Selkie is going to destroy the tyrannical Seelie Court, which is why her mother actually wants to kill her. Selkie has been kept hidden all her life by her adoring aunts, with the help of a Salem wizard named Will. And Ben. Because the boy she thinks she’s in love with turns out to be a faerie whose enchantment has kept her alive, but also kept her in the dark about her own life.Now, with enchantments dissolved and prophecies swinging into action, Selkie finds herself on a series of mad quests to save the people she’s always loved and a life she’s learning to love. But in a supernatural world of increasingly complex alliances and distressingly complicated deceptions, it’s so hard to know who to trust. Does her mother really wish to kill her? Would Will sacrifice her for the sake of the prophecy? And does Ben really love her or is it all an elaborate ruse? In order to survive, Selkie realizes that the key is learning—and accepting—who she really is.
Title: The Boy with the Hidden Name (Otherworld #2)
Genre/s: YA Paranormal Fantasy
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: December 1, 2014
This is not your average trip to Fairyland...Selkie Stewart has just saved her quasi-boyfriend, Ben, from a fairy prison run by the Seelie Court. If they weren't the two most-wanted individuals in the Otherworld before, they definitely are now. Along with Ben and the rest of their ragtag group of allies-Selkie's ogre aunts; a wizard named Will; Ben's cousin Safford; and Kelsey, Selkie's best friend-Selkie is ready to embrace her destiny and bring the Court down. Until she hears the rest of her prophecy: Benedict le Fay will betray you, and then he will die.