Published by Hodder
PLEASE WELCOME REBECCA SKY TO BOOKHOUNDS ya
Hi everyone! *waves*
I’m stoked to be here and share some of my weirdness, dreams and most importantly pet photos with you. I’m Rebecca Sky, the author of ARROWHEART, which is about the strong female descendants of Greek God Eros who have the power to take the will of any boy they kiss…dun dun dun… I hope you enjoy this interview (I had a blast answering the questions) and be sure to read through to the bottom for your chance to win an Owlcrate subscription box and your very own blue Arrowheart lipstick.
- What is on your nightstand?
Right now, I have a tacky fake plant, and I’m not sure why I still have it there or who gave it to me, but it’s been there so long I’ve made a game of it. I’m hoping that someone will visit one day and be like, ‘Oh you still have that plant I gave you!’ And then I’ll know who deserves the tackiest most random Christmas present. I’m thinking a chia pet, but not a cool one like a troll or dragon, something lame like a chia pet milk carton or toaster… (your ideas are welcome!).
I also have a notebook and pen and a little light, because, can you even call yourself an author if these things are not on your nightstand? I don’t even use them, I just have them there for show so people don’t judge me and say I’m not actually a writer. If I get inspiration in the middle of the night, I put it in my phone notes like a normal person.
And of course, I have books:
I have two books by Neil Gaiman: American Gods and The Graveyard Book.
And two books by dear friends of mine that I’m dying to read. The first is by Vic James from her Dark Gifts series, and the other is by Beth Reekles called The Kissing Booth (I’m sure you’ve heard of the hit Netflix movie based off the book!)
- What author would you totally fan?
Okay, so, I’m kinda embarrassed to admit this story. But hey, if we don’t admit our humiliations once in a while, what’s the point of doing embarrassing things? … Anyways, this past year I was really lucky to be invited to speak at Book Con in NY. I got to meet some of my favorite authors like Laini Taylor and Nic Stone. But one day, I was sitting with some of my friends at Marie Lu and Sabaa Tahir’s panel and who walks in and takes the seat directly in front of me… None other than my author crush of all time, Tahereh Mafi (!!!) (I feel like I need to give context to just how much I adore her. I’ve literally gone on her website and practiced her guide on how to properly pronounce her name, and I obsessively stalk her social media because nobody Instagram’s better than her, and her and her husband are serious couple goals, oh and of course I read all her books). So, she sits in front of me and I’m like, okay, Rebecca, you’re going to be chill and wait for an appropriate time to let her know how much her books mean to you. (P.S. she is so stunning in person, it’s legit unfair to have that much beauty and talent in one person). So anyways, I wait patiently (aka, I take a couple of instastory snaps)…
… and finally it’s a good time, so I lean forward and say ‘Hi Tahereh’ (pronounced perfectly *pats self on back*) and she turns around and then I say, ‘I just wanted to let you know how much of a fan I am, your Shatter Me series really helped me get over a hard time in my life.’ But what she heard is, ‘I just wanted to let you know how much of a fanadsfjhbilrwhbfnk.wmadnflajwfhbchlwbf,’ because of course I legit got teary-eyed and tongue-tied. Which never happens to me and I’m around celebrities often because my person is a well-known musician and we have some superstar friends. Thankfully, she was sweet about my awkwardness and even congratulated me on being a debut author (which she overheard from another conversation so now I kinda want to tell people Tahereh Mafi was eavesdropping on me!). Anyways, I will forever fangirl Tahereh.
(BookHounds note: ME TOO)
- What makes you cringe?
Oh, you want me to explain that? Okay, so I was a rather chubby little girl (let’s be honest, I’m still chubby, but now I love my curves) and I happened to be raised by my very strict, and very impatient, Austrian Oma who would not put up with my dawdling. And while getting ready, more times than I can count, she would aggressively zip up my jacket (yes you can aggressively zip things) and catch my little double chin in the thick metal zippers (because of course, they’d put me in the jackets with metal zippers). I still have a scar on the underside of my chin. And I still refuse to let anyone zip my coats. It’s a legit fear.
- Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?
I’m a combo writer, half plotter, half pantser (you can call me a Panther! It sounds badass!). Mostly I let my ideas steep for months, asking myself questions and fleshing out the world and characters before I even bring it to paper. Then I typically use a beat sheet or the Heroes journey or a hybrid of the two (Beat the Hero? Sheet Journey?) and I write down the key plot points, then I panther™ between them!
- Is there a word you love to use?
I mean I have a lot of crutch words that I try to edit out: So, Gaze, Heart, Flutter… But my favorite word is wonder and I try to find as many places I can to use it, because is there any word more romantic than wonder!?
Also, if you have any pictures of your pet you would like to share, please attach them. My readers love animals!
UM YES I DO! I could win an Olympic medal in pet pictures. (Can this please become a thing?).
This is me and Winston, he is the love of my life.
Okay, okay, I know what you’re thinking. Yes, we are basically supermodels.
Here are my two babies, together for the first time:
And if that isn’t enough to make you want to come visit for a Boston Terrier snuggle, here’s Winston dressed up as his favorite Disney princess (Ariel), with a cameo appearance from his BFF Bruno…
Thanks for having me (and Winston!)
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Thanks so much for hanging with me today on the Book Hounds blog! I’d love to connect. You can always find me on Twitter or Instagram. And as an added thank you, I’ll be giving away an Owlcrate subscription box. Check that giveaway out here!
Kiss the boys and make them cry…
The gods are gone.
The people have forgotten them.
But sixteen-year-old Rachel Patel can’t forget – the gods control her life, or more specifically, her love life.
Being a Hedoness, one of a strong group of women descended from Greek God Eros, makes true love impossible for Rachel. She wields the power of that magical golden arrow, and with it, the promise to take the will of any boy she kisses. But the last thing Rachel wants is to force someone to love her . . .
When seventeen-year-old Benjamin Blake’s disappearance links back to the Hedonesses, Rachel’s world collides with his, and her biggest fear becomes a terrifying reality. She’s falling for him – a messy, magnetic, arrow-over-feet type of fall.
Rachel distances herself, struggling to resist the growing attraction, but when he gives up his dream to help her evade arrest, distance becomes an insurmountable task. With the police hot on their trail, Rachel soon realizes there are darker forces hunting them – a group of mortals recruited by the gods who will stop at nothing to preserve the power of the Hedonesses – not to mention Eros himself, who is desperate to reverse the curse . . .
Rachel must learn to do what no Hedoness has done before – to resist her gift – or she’ll turn the person she’s grown to love into a shadow of himself … for ever.
After graduating high-school, Rebecca Sky set out on a five-year, 24 Country exploration to find herself. She slept in a hammock in the Amazon Jungle, skinny-dipped off the West African Coast, ate balut and climbed the chocolate hills in the Philippines, and fell in love in Cuba (then again in Brazil, and a final time to a Rocker from Canada). Rebecca returned home to the West Coast captivated by the world and ready for another adventure.
So she did what every wanderer does when standing still—began writing. Her work has since garnered over 20 million reads on Wattpad, and she’s had the opportunity to partner with some really great brands. She was featured in The New York Times and The Boston Globe, (check out those articles here). Her debut Arrowheart, book one in THE LOVE CURSE series is published by Hodder Children’s Books a division of Hachette Book Group.
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