2K18 Member Spotlight: Adrienne Young
BOOK TITLE: Sky In The Deep
PUBLISHER: Wednesday Books/St Martins/Macmillan
RELEASE DATE: April 24, 2018
About SKY IN THE DEEP
OND ELDR. BREATHE FIRE.
Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.
Faced with her brother's betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.
She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.
Adrienne Young is a born and bred Texan turned California girl. She is a foodie with a deep love of history and travel and a shameless addiction to coffee. When she’s not writing, you can find her on her yoga mat, scouring antique fairs for old books, sipping wine over long dinners, or disappearing into her favorite art museums. She lives with her documentary filmmaker husband and their four little wildlings beneath the West Coast sun.
WHAT INSPIRED YOUR BOOK?
My love of history and my Viking lineage.
BEST ADVICE FOR ASPIRING WRITERS?
READ! And write what you love, not what's on trend.
DO YOU HAVE A FURRY WRITING SIDEKICK?
I have no pets but I do have four children. I think they count haha.
WHAT DOES FEARLESS MEAN TO YOU?
Being yourself despite what culture, industry, and/or those you love may think of you.
WHAT WERE YOU LIKE AS A TEEN?
As a teen, I was always in trouble. I was full of passion and had a hunger for justice. None of my teachers liked me, I was always in detention, and I was barely passing my classes. I found a refuge in my creative writing class with a teacher who wasn't ruffled by my rough edges and who saw a talent in me.
WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF?
My work just becoming noise on the shelf. My stories being “mediocre."
HOW DO YOU APPROACH FEAR IN THE WRITING PROCESS?
I have to sometimes really psych myself up. I have to go for a walk or a drive and be honest about what I’m afraid of and then I have to give myself a pep talk and tell myself that I can do it, that I have already done it, and I will do it again.