Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A Radiant Sky: Author Interview

Welcome to the A Radiant Sky blog tour hosted by Mundie Moms Blog Tours / Mundie Girls Tours. A Radiant Sky is the third book in the A Beautiful Dark series by Jocelyn Davies. 

Andrea @ Reading Lark: I have grown to love these characters. It was difficult for me to let them go. How did you feel as you were writing this final book in your trilogy?

                Jocelyn: It was an emotional roller coaster! These characters have been inhabiting space in my brain for the past five years and I think of them like they’re real people in my life. We fight, we make up, and I want the best for them but it’s not always easy! It’s bittersweet for me to move on and leave them behind—I definitely got teary eyed more than once as I wrote A Radiant Sky. So mostly, I wanted to do right by them in this last book. I think I managed to give them an ending that feels emotionally true and right. I hope readers agree!! 

Andrea @ Reading Lark: What has been your favorite scene in the trilogy? 

Jocelyn: Oh man, I have so many. I love a lot of the rivalry dynamics between Asher, Devin and Skye when they’re first training together in book 1. I love any scene with Cassie and Dan. The scene where Asher and Skye are sitting on her roof in the middle of the night, looking up at the stars, is very close to my heart. But, I don’t know, I think my favorite scene might be the last scene of the final book. It just sort of perfectly encapsulates for me so much of what this whole story is about.

Andrea @ Reading Lark: Are you more of an Asher girl or a Devin girl?

Jocelyn: That’s a tough one, because they both came from my brain, so on some level I’m probably a little bit of both! Asher starts off guns a-blazing right from the beginning—you love him, you hate him, you love to hate him. I always had fun writing Asher. Devin is more of a slow burn, which I’d always intended, but I have to say that as the series progressed, he grew in ways that even surprised me! He’s a troubled, complex guy—but I think he’s struggling for something good.

Andrea @ Reading Lark: Skye has grown so much throughout these books. Did you plot out her growth prior to writing or did it develop gradually while you were writing?

Jocelyn: From the very beginning, I had a sense of the overall story trajectory from the first book to the last. But I had no idea how much Skye would grow as a character until it was happening before my eyes. The process of writing and publishing a trilogy is a challenging, often solitary road. Along the way you experience exhilarating high points, and you experience self-doubt. At a certain point, I realized that on some level I could relate to the emotions Skye was going through, which helped me understand her character even more as the series progressed. Sometimes I felt like Skye and I grew together over the course of three books!

Andrea @ Reading Lark: Can you tell us anything about your future projects?

Jocelyn: I’m working on a new YA novel…

        Andrea @ Reading Lark: It's a tradition at Reading Lark to ask this final question. What is your favorite bird?

                Jocelyn: This summer my mom’s garden was a magnet for hummingbirds. Each time I visited I was mesmerized watching them buzz from flower to flower. They move so fast you literally can’t see their wings. It doesn’t even look natural—like you’re watching stop motion animation! 

About The Book
Published by: HarperTeen 
To Be Released on: 9/24/13
Pre-Order from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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Since the night of her seventeenth birthday, Skye has been torn between two opposites: Light and Dark, the Order and the Rebellion, Devin and Asher.
But her decision shocked both sides—because she chose neither.
With the help of her friends, Skye forges her own path, setting out to gather an uprising of Rogues. The treacherous and elusive half-angels may be the key to maintaining the balance of fate and free will. But completing the mission her parents left unfinished is more difficult—and dangerous—than she could have imagined. And doing so comes at a cost: Her greatest love may now be a lethal enemy. Because it’s not just the Order that sees her as a threat who must be eliminated. The Rebellion does, too.
And both sides will do whatever it takes to win.
Dark days lie ahead, and if Skye is to survive, she’ll need to rely on her extraordinary powers and the strength of her will. Because she has a future—and a love—that’s worth fighting for.
The sweeping, darkly romantic story that began with A Beautiful Dark and gathered intensity in A Fractured Light comes to a thrilling conclusion in A Radiant Sky.


Jocelyn Davies edits young adult fiction at a publishing house in New York, a job that has allowed her to cultivate a keen interest in all things angsty, hilarious, and/or unrequited. She is a graduate of Bates College, and lives in an apartment overflowing with books. A Beautiful Dark is her first novel.
Visit her via: her WebsiteFacebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Be sure to check out the other great stops on this tour:

9.23 - Mundie Moms, review
9.24 - Reading Lark, interview
9.24 - Page Turners, except 
9.25 - Gone With Words, guest post
9.26- Reading Teen, excerpt
9.27- Fangirlish, review 

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