Here is the Q and A -
1) Hi and welcome to the blog. First, would you be kind enough to tell us a bit about yourself and your new novel "The Wizard's Promise"?Thanks for having me! I’m Cassandra Rose Clarke. I write speculative fiction of all sorts and across all age groups. The Wizard’s Promise is a YA adventure fantasy that follows the adventures of Hanna Euli, an apprentice fisherwoman who would much rather be a witch. She’s off at sea with her apprentice master, Kolur, when a storm sweeps through and blows them wildly off course. At that point, of course, adventure ensues.
2) As far as I know, you have already got quite a bit of acclaim through your debut series "The Assassin's Curse", which was something both readers and critics liked, is this new series related to it in someway?
3) A fantasy story now-a-days always has to be unique or interesting in case of world-building and magic system, would you please tell us some things about these two aspects of your new novel?
The magic system is actually another thing that reflects the change in setting. Although the magic is the same in both duologies, the characters in The Wizard’s Promise have a different taken on it. Magic is more integrated into their religious beliefs and, in many ways, their daily lives. Becoming a witch is more or less a viable career option, although you have to study extensively for it. The magic is also elemental in nature. Hanna’s speciality is wind magic--she has an affinity with the south wind--although she’s talented enough to do the other sorts of magic as well (earth magic, sea magic, and so forth).
4) So what is the attractive point about your protagonists? What you think will make the readers root for 'Hanna Euli'?
5) As like your previous series will this new series have a romantic sub-plot? And would you call your new novel to be of 'young adult' genre if I might ask?
6) So do tell us about some of the novels you read or liked in 2013? Any book in particular that you would like to mention?
7) Are you looking forward to any upcoming novels in 2014? And what more can we expect from you this year? Will you tell us a bit about your future projects?
As for books I’m looking forward to--I’m really excited to read The Burning Dark, by Adam Christopher. It’s already out, but I haven’t gotten my hands on a copy yet. Soon! It’s a dark space opera about a haunted space station, and he somehow manages to bring lost Soviet cosmonauts into play. Super awesome.
8) As a new writer who achieved much adoration and success would you please give some advice to aspiring reader in closing please?
About the Author -
Cassandra’s first adult novel, The Mad Scientist’s Daughter, was a finalist for the 2013 Philip K. Dick Award, and her YA novel, The Assassin’s Curse, was nominated for YALSA’s 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults. Her short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons and Daily Science Fiction.
Cassandra is represented by Stacia Decker of the Donald Maass Literary Agency.
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About "The Wizard's Promise" -
All Hanna Euli wants is to become a proper witch – but unfortunately, she’s stuck as an apprentice to a grumpy fisherman. When their boat gets caught up in a mysterious storm and blown wildly off course, Hanna finds herself further away from home than she’s ever been before.
As she tries to get back, she learns there may be more to her apprentice master than she realized, especially when a mysterious, beautiful, and very non-human boy begins following her through the ocean, claiming that he needs Hanna’s help.
Will be released on May 6th from "Angry Robots"