[Blog Tour] Interview with Adrienne Young, Author of Sky in the Deep!

Synopsis (GR):

Seventeen-year-old Eelyn’s world is war. Raised to fight alongside her Aska clansmen in a generations-old blood feud against the Riki, 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 if she wants to make it back to the fjord after the thaw. But when she begins to see herself in the people she’s been taught to hate, the world Eelyn once knew begins to crumble. And after the village is raided by a ruthless clan many believe to be a myth, Eelyn is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend who has tried more than once to kill her. Together, they must end the blood feud between their clans or watch their people be slaughtered.

A lush, Viking-age inspired fantasy about loyalty, forgiveness, and the definition of family.


1.       Who is your favorite character in Sky in The Deep? Least favorite?
My favorite character is Eelyn for sure. I am so inspired by her! I don’t know if I have a least favorite character.
2.       What is your favorite book and tv show at the moment?
I just finished The Cruel Prince and I am still reeling from it. As for TV, my favorite right now is The Looming Tower.
3.       What inspired the design of the cover? It looks amazing!
I was so nervous about the cover. But the designer and my team at Wednesday Books were like, “just trust us” so I did. I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. It is so perfect for this story.
4.       Have you watched the show Vikings?
Yes, I love that show! And Lagertha was a major inspiration for Eelyn.
5.       Can you tell us about your writing process?
I am an incredibly obsessive writer. When I’m drafting, the story takes over my life completely. But when I get to the other side, it is always worth it.
6.       What is your favorite scene in Sky in The Deep?
I think the scene that inspired the title is my favorite, where Eelyn and Fiske are on the frozen lake and she is for the first time really confronting the change in her heart and in her mind. It’s a really powerful moment and it was thrilling to write.
7.       Do you like audio books, physical books, or e-books better? And why?
I will always love physical books best because there’s nothing like turning pages and smelling the paper and ink. But the past year, most of the books I’ve read have been audio just for convenience’s sake. I’m picky about narrators so it’s hit or miss.
8.   Any advice for aspiring authors?
Don’t give up. It sounds so clichĂ©, but the moment you give up, you are letting go of all that could be. I’m convinced that 80% of getting published is just about persistence.

About the Author:

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 willings beneath the West Coast sun.
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