Wednesday, February 7, 2018

SHADOW WEAVER by MarcyKate Connolly

When MarcyKate Connolly's new middle grade book, SHADOW WEAVER, popped up in my social media feed, I completely fell in love with the cover and premise. The book debuted January 2, and it looks amazing:

The shadows that surround us aren’t always as they seem…

Emmeline has grown up with a gift. Since the time she was a baby she has been able to control shadows. And her only friend and companion is her own shadow, Dar.

Disaster strikes when a noble family visits their home and offers to take Emmeline away and cure her of magic. Desperate not to lose her shadows, she turns to Dar who proposes a deal: Dar will change the noble’s mind, if Emmeline will help her become flesh as she once was. Emmeline agrees but the next morning the man in charge is in a coma and all that the witness saw was a long shadow with no one nearby to cast it. Scared to face punishment, Emmeline and Dar run away.

With the noble’s guards on her trail, Emmeline’s only hope of clearing her name is to escape capture and perform the ritual that will set Dar free. But Emmeline’s not sure she can trust Dar anymore, and it’s hard to keep secrets from someone who can never leave your side.

MarcyKate Connolly – SHADOW WEAVER Interview

According to your website, you like weird things, and enjoy writing about them. What is the one of the weirdest ideas you've had for a novel?
The weirdest idea I’ve had thus far has got to be my first published novel, MONSTROUS. The main character has wings, a tail, cat’s eyes and claws who is brought back to life by her father to save the girls of the neighboring village from the wizard who killed her. It was so fun to write the book from her unique perspective as an outsider!

Outsiders are my favorite characters. And I love how SHADOW WEAVER deals with the consequences of secrets. What about secrets do you think can be most difficult to deal with?
The keeping of them, definitely. Especially the bad ones. Those are the ones that eat you up from the inside. They want out, and they always seem to find away whether you want them to or not. Emmeline in SHADOW WEAVER certainly figures that out the hard way!

I'll bet she does! SHADOW WEAVER has a great cover. What do you like most about it?
Can I say everything? No? All right, everything about it is gorgeous, but I particularly love how perfectly the artist captured the scene from the book. At first glance it looks like Dar (the shadow) is chasing Emmeline, but if you look closer at Emmeline’s face you can see her expression is more thoughtful than scared. It’s a perfect fit for the scene, and precisely right for those two characters at that time in the story.

I also like the upside-down A in the title--it seems to indicate that shadows can be conversely related to our true selves. What are some of your current projects?

Right now, I’m working on the sequel to SHADOW WEAVER (title TBD) and unrelated middle grade fantasy novel that I co-authored with Dan Haring (a crazy talented artist and writer!) called THE STAR SHEPHERD. It will be out in Fall 2019. It takes place in a world where the light from the stars is the only thing that keeps the world safe from dark creatures. A boy, his dog, and the town baker’s daughter must race to rescue the stars and find his father, the local Star Shepherd, before too many stars fall from the sky. It will also contain many fantastic illustrations – I’m really excited about both upcoming books!

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