Rhian Ivory - YA Shot Blog Tour 2016

The AMAZING ladies in-charge of putting together the awesome-ness that is YA Shot 2016 gave me a spot on the blog tour, and the opportunity to host the INCREDIBLE Rhian Ivory!

YA Shot is an author-run, author-led Young Adult and Middle Grade festival that raises the money and resources to run a year-long programme pairing libraries and schools for free author events to foster a love of reading, inspire a passion for writing, and encourage aspirations to careers in the Arts. We believe in equal access to books and opportunities for all – YA Shot brings UKYA and UKMG authors together to pursue that goal, supporting libraries and young people across the country. At present, we’re a not-for-profit organisation but we’re seeking to become a charity.

And now, here is an interview and a giveaway from the AWESOME Rhian Ivory!

1) 5 things your dream home would need to contain:

1. A wild flower garden that overlooks the sea with a few good climbing trees scattered around and a tall enough tree for me to hang a swing from.
2. A library to house all my books with a secret door leading to a tunnel which comes out onto a private beach.
3. An endless supply of red fizzy laces.
4. A massive bath with a reading shelf.
5. A huge attic full of unopened boxes, suitcases and trunks that my ancestors have left  full of secrets and stories for me to discover.

2) This or That 

-- Italian or Chinese Food

-Both? If I had to choose I think I'd go for Chinese with a definite order of seaweed.

--Contemporary or Fantasy
- Contemporary.

And now, moving on to Masterpiece:

3)What inspired you to write The Boy Who Drew The Future?

I had a dream one night in which I saw a boy drawing someone's future. It was a gory and grisly future and the boy didn't want to draw it. I remember telling myself to remember my dream, that this was a really interesting idea. I didn't remember it until much later that day when someone 'broke' my dream. I ran upstairs and wrote down the scene I'd dreamed and then had to work all the way back to the beginning of Noah's story and discover how he came to be a boy who could draw futures.

4)Tell us about the day you found out you were getting published?

I was standing in my kitchen - we had recently moved out of the caravan on the drive where we'd be living while we renovated our house so standing in a kitchen was quite a luxury - and the offer from one of the publishers interested came through. I didn't know which publisher it would be until I opened the email. Then I jumped up and down and punched the air a few times and shouted out my news to the whole family.

5) If you could give one piece of advice to your main characters, what would it be?
I'd tell Noah to trust himself more, to trust his instincts and not fight his gift but learn to work with it.
Title: The Boy Who Drew The Future
Author: Rhian Ivory
Publication Date: August 17th 2017
Publisher: Firefly Press
Part of a Series?: Nope, A Standalone
Buy Links: Amazon UK || The Book Depository || Wordery || Barnes and Noble
Blurb Description: Noah and Blaze live in the same village over 100 years apart. But the two teenage boys are linked by a river and a strange gift: they both compulsively draw images they don’t understand, that later come true. They can draw the future.
1860s – Blaze is alone after his mother’s death, dependent on the kindness of the villagers, who all distrust his gift as witchcraft but still want him to predict the future for them. When they don’t like what he draws, life gets very dangerous for him.
Now – Noah comes to the village for a new start. His parents are desperate for him to be ‘normal’ after all the trouble they've had in the past. He makes a friend, Beth, but as with Blaze the strangeness of his drawings start to turn people against him and things get very threatening. Will he be driven away from this new home – and from Beth?
Will both boys be destroyed by their strange gift, or can a new future be drawn?

Rhian was born in Swansea but moved to the Brecon Beacons where she went to school until 11. She then moved all the way across the border to Hereford. She returned to Wales to study English Literature at Aberystwyth. She trained as a Drama and English teacher and wrote her first novel during her first few years in teaching.
The Boy who drew the Future is her fifth novel and she’s recently finished writing her sixth. She is a National Trust writer in residence at Sudbury Hall and the Museum of Childhood.  She currently lives in Rutland, the smallest county in the country, with her family and their two very lively spaniels. 

You can follow Rhian on twitter on @Rhian_Ivory and on Facebook.

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