An Interview with Sarah Tolcser, Author of Song Of The Current + Giveaway

Hi Everyone, 
And welcome to the last day of Meet The Authors! I was supposed to have another author on as well but due to some unforeseen circumstances, you'll be "meeting" her during next month's Meet The Authors. 

I have with me today Sarah Tolcser, debut author of the AMAZINGLY MAGICAL BOOK whose Main Character is a FEMALE PIRATE, Song of the Current. The lovely folks at Bloomsbury India sent me a copy of this book, which I just finished reading last Friday and I FELL IN LOVE WITH IT. My review should be up on the blog this Wednesday so be sure to check it out. 

Sarah was kind enough to answer my questions about herself, and is also giving us a little information about book two in her series. Also, there's an AMAZING International giveaway that she's hosting so please be sure to enter!

1. If you could create a fictional crew to hang out with, which five characters would you pick?

 This is a tough question and I’m sure I’m going to forget someone really good. Phryne Fisher from the Phryne Fisher mysteries, Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter, Mara Jade from the old school Star Wars books, Alanna from Tamora Pierce’s Song of the Lioness, and Emily of New Moon…. Wow this is all either female warriors or artsy weirdos. So yeah, that sounds about right.

2. Would you rather be locked in a bookstore or be able to see the future?

See the future! I am the kind of person who always likes to know what’s going on when, so I feel like this would be very reassuring.

3. The last five star book you read was:

 I’m working through Agatha Christie at the moment, and I want to say Murder on the Orient Express, except I think I’m going to give this to Death on the Nile. Mostly because I figured out who did it and I’m super pleased with myself, and I think that made me like the book more! Haha… Agatha Christie makes it really hard to figure them out, even though all the clues are there.

And now, moving onto your masterpiece:

4. We'll start with something generic - tell us a little about Song of the Current:

 Song of the Current is about a girl from a family of river smugglers who ends up on the run from pirates after she agrees to deliver a mysterious cargo. It’s a story about family, bravery, gods, sea serpents, spoiled noble boys, and girls with flintlock pistols, and also about how sometimes your fate finds you when you’re least expecting it.

5. A lot of technical terms in relation to sailing went into the book - are you a sailer or was there a lot of research involved? 

 When I was a kid & teen reader, I was obsessed with sea books. I finally learned to sail at summer camp and went on to teach sailing at three different camps. But there was still a lot of research involved, because I’ve never sailed a boat bigger than 25 feet. I also needed to find out lots of facts about historical ships.

6. The map in Song of the Current is ABSOLUTELY beautiful! Who did it and what are some of your favourite fictional maps? 

 I am in love with the map in my book. It was done by Virginia Allyn, and I think it’s absolutely perfect. I actually saw the map before I saw a finished cover, so it was the first “Wow this is a real book” moment for me. I’m obsessed with all fantasy maps, but I think the ones of The Hobbit and Narnia are my favorites because I used to stare at them for hours when I was a kid.

7. Any sneak peaks into what book two will hold for us?

 I’m working on my final revision of Book 2 now. I can’t reveal the title yet, but I can say it’s more traditionally pirate-y than Song of the Current. There are new and old enemies, a lost treasure, a shipwreck, and Caro gets to use her knife throwing skills.
Title: Song of the Current (Song of the Current #1) 
Author: Sarah Tolscer
Publication Date: July 2017
Publisher: Bloomsbury UK
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic
Part of a Series?: Yes, Book 1/2 of the Song of the Current Duology
I Got A Copy Through: Bloomsbury India (THANK YOU!)
Blurb Description: Caroline Oresteia has always been destined for the river. Her father is a wherryman, as was her grandmother. All Caro needs is for the river god to whisper her name, and her fate is sealed. But at seventeen, Caro may be too late.
So when pirates burn ships and her father is arrested, Caro volunteers to transport a dangerous cargo in exchange for his release. Secretly, Caro hopes that by piloting her own wherry, the river god will finally speak her name.
But when the cargo becomes more than Caro expected, she finds herself caught in a web of politics and lies. With much more than her father’s life at stake, Caro must choose between the future she knows, and the one she never could have imagined
Displaying File-Feb-01-9-54-44-AM-400x400.jpeg Sarah Tolcser lives in New Orleans, where she writes young adult fantasy and science fiction. A graduate of St. Lawrence University, she double majored in writing and philosophy. She enjoys video games, NBA basketball, and books about girls who blow stuff up. She is married, with three cats. The C in Tolcser is silent.
Twitter: @sarahtolcser
Instagram: @sarahtolcser

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