Wednesday, March 18, 2015

COVER REVEAL + INTERVIEW: GREY by Christi J. Whitney

GREY by Christi J. Whitney
Series: The Romany Outcasts Series #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication: May 1, 2015 
By: HarperVoyagerUK (HarperCollinsUK)
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Sebastian Grey always thought he was a fairly normal teenager – good friends, decent grades, and a pretty sweet job in his foster brother’s tattoo shop.

But when strangers arrive in town, Sebastian soon realizes that his world is nothing at all what it seemed. Secretive gypsies surround him, shadowy figures stalk him, and the girl he’s been dreaming about turns up at school.

Now Sebastian must protect this girl at all costs, even if it means he will never be normal again.


 

~ Author Q&A ~


Can you tell readers a little bit about GREY and how many books are planned in the series?

Thanks so much for having me on your blog. Grey is a YA fantasy adventure story set in a small town in the American South. It follows the story of eighteen-year-old Sebastian Grey, who finds himself pulled into a world of secretive gypsies, mysterious creatures, and a destiny he cannot escape. As of now, there are three books planned in The Romany Outcasts Series, but I’m hoping for at least one more.

Who was your favorite character to write and why?

I’m sure many authors say they enjoy writing all their characters, and that’s true for me as well. Each one has his or her unique journey in this story, but my favorite character to write (don’t tell the others) was Sebastian. Grey is told from his perspective, which meant I spent all of my time in his head, so we connected quite a bit. Plus he’s fun, quirky, and sometimes a tad sensitive, but with a heart of gold.
 

What it your writing process like? Are you a panster, plotter, etc.

I’d love to tell you how much of a plotter I am, but that would be a total lie. That style is simply too “in the box” for me. I love seeing where the story takes me, but I’ve also learned how to take a step back and chart my way through a book. Index cards and white boards become my good friends at that point. 


What is the best piece of writing advice you've been given?

“Don’t be afraid to write crap.” This really resonated with me. I tend to edit way too soon, attempting to fix all the problems I see cropping up as I write. I still struggle with that. The more books I write, the more I force myself to simply get it all out on paper. Problems can be tackled later, but I’ll never finish anything if I don’t keep a firm grip on my internal editor.

I ask all of my blog guests this one...brownies, cupcakes or pie?

Oh goodness, you’re making me choose between desserts? How cruel! Well, I’m obsessed with chocolate, so if the brownies are chocolate, I’ll go with those.



~ About the Author ~

Christi J. Whitney is a former high school theatre director with a love for the dramatic. She lives just outside Atlanta with her husband and two sons. When not spending time with them or taking a ridiculous number of trips to Disney World, she can be found directing plays, making costumes for sci-fi/fantasy conventions, geeking over Doctor Who, and watching superhero movies. 

Connect with her on Twitter @ChristiWhitney

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