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Sparks of Light (Into the Dim #2)
by Janet B. Taylor
Hardcover, 448 pages
Expected publication: August 1st 2017
by Houghton Mifflin
For the first time in her life, Hope Walton has friends . . . and a (maybe) boyfriend. She’s a Viator, a member of a long line of time-traveling ancestors. When the Viators learn of a plan to steal a dangerous device from the inventor Nikola Tesla, only a race into the past can save the natural timeline from utter destruction. Navigating the glitterati of The Gilded Age in 1895 New York City, Hope and her crew will discover that high society can be as deadly as it is beautiful.
- What different research did you have to do for Sparks of Light that you did not have to do for Into the DIM?
- Oh!! The research for Sparks was actually both easier and way harder than Dim.
- Easier because—since it’s so much more recent in historical terms, (1895 vs 1154)—there is a wealth of information available. Books, letters, photographs, even film clips, thanks to Tesla’s nemesis, Thomas Edison.
- But it’s also harder in that…because the information is so readily available…I had to get it right. I had to get it perfect. While researching the 12th century, a lot of it is speculation, especially when it comes to historical women. Documentation of the time was done primarily by monks and priests. Rarely did they mention women…even queens. But by then end of the 19th century, we women were starting…just starting…to come into our own.
- What is your favorite read so far in 2017?
- Oh man! That’s a tough one!! Can I give a short list?
- DIVIDING EDEN by Joelle Charbonneau
- THE LAST MAGICIAN by Lisa Maxwell
- CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber
- THE ALICE NETWORK by Kate Quinn
- NOW I RISE by Kiersten White
- The entire QUEEN’S THIEF SERIES by Megan Whalen Turner
- And—an ARC of the 2018 release of my bestie, Shea Earnshaw’s THE WICKED DEEP!! (This one, ya’ll!! WOW! Just wait!!!)
- What was your favorite scene to write in Sparks of Light and why?
- Can I tell you one that was both a favorite and extremely hard? There’s a scene in SPARKS where Hope has to give CPR to a friend. (Can’t say who, without giving too much away) Of course, no one knew what CPR was in 1895, and even while she’s trying to save her friend’s life, she has having to deal with these awful, horrible circumstances that surround them both.
- What is your next project going to be? (If you can not say too much what genre will it be)
- I CAN’T say too much yet… BUT, I will say that the genre will be YA Historical, but with twists out the ying-yang!
- Who was your favorite character to write in Sparks of Light?
- Oddly enough, one of my very favorites to write is a secondary character named Doug. Doug is Phoebe’s boyfriend, this huge teddy bear of a genius who is just an incredibly kind, amazing person!
- What do you hope readers will take away Sparks of Light?
- In all my writing, I most hope that readers will be inspired by the women of the past. There have been so many incredible, brave women who paved the way for us, and I hope the readers will see that and think how very, very far we’ve come!
- Whose writing most inspires you?
- Oh man! SOO many!
- As always, there is Diana Gabaldon…the queen of Time Travel.
- Kate Quinn (of the aforementioned Alice Network. Her writing is just so delicious!)
- I LOVE every one of Pierce Brown’s sentences.
- And I have a major author crush on Kiersten White!
- What inspired you to write this series?
- First my love of historical fiction.
- Second my love of YA.
- Third...shake well and see what pours out!
- What TV show is a must for you to watch? (for example I can not miss Once Upon a Time)
- Oh… Game Of Thrones. I mean, who can live with their GOT?
- Dr. Who
- And—okay, a bit skewed from the others, but I love me some “Bob’s Burgers”!!!
- What was the hardest character to write in Sparks of Light?
That’s an easy one to answer! Collum was always the toughest one to write because he’s such a GUY. Most of the others come to me pretty easily, but with Collum I always have to stop and dig deep to figure out what he will do in any situation.
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The 2013 winner of the coveted #PitchWars, Janet B Taylor, has four years' experience writing web content for a major television network fan site (CBS) that garners over a hundred thousand hits a day. Janet travels extensively to those places where her novels are set, often roaming around at night to commune with the famous historical figures about which she loves to write. She is a member of several writing organizations, including the SCBWI and the Historical Novel Society, and lives in a tiny town in Arkansas with her family.
3 winners will receive a finished copy of SPARKS OF LIGHT, US only.