We are excited to help celebrate the release of S. Jae-Jones's YA fantasy, WINTERSONG!
Author: S. Jae-Jones
Pub. Date: February 7, 2017
Publisher: Thomas Dunne
Already one of the most anticipated young adult debuts of 2017, WINTERSONG (Thomas Dunne Books; February 7, 2017) is an enrapturing journey through a 19th century fairytale. A talented debut by S. Jae-Jones, WINTERSONG was inspired by the film Labyrinth and spun together on the threads of song, in a time when young upstart composers like Beethoven were forever altering the sound of music. A story about sisterly devotion and coming of age, Liesl and the Goblin King come alive within the depths of this masterful composition.
All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.
But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl faces an impossible choice. As she grows closer to the Goblin King, both of them must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.
With an enchanting winterized cover, WINTERSONG will keep readers cozy while experiencing a chilling adventure like no other. S. Jae-Jones’ richly imagined debut spins a spellbinding tale of music, love, sisterhood, and a young woman’s search for self-actualization.
1. What made you want to explore the Goblin King lore?David Bowie’s Jareth in Labyrinth. J2. Music plays a major role in this novel. What are three songs that inspire you?My goodness, this changes daily. Hourly! But at the moment, I love Max Richter’s On the Nature of Daylight, Lesley Gore’s You Don’t Own Me, and Nicki Minaj’s verse (only Nicki’s) in Monster.3. Which character is most like you?In Wintersong, I’m probably a mix between Käthe and Thistle. In general, my idol is Death of the Endless from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series.4. If this novel was a cupcake, what kind would it be?Is it terrible that I don’t like cupcakes? (Give me savory over sweet any day.) But if I had to pick…I suppose it would be dark chocolate with strawberry icing.5. If this were a movie, who would play Liesl?I didn’t have any particular actress in mind when I wrote Liesl, but I adore Millie Bobby Brown, who was Eleven from Stranger Things. But she’s too young to play Liesl…for now.6. It's our tradition to ask this last question. What is your favorite bird?A magpie. It loves shiny things, and so do I!
S. Jae-Jones (called JJ) is an artist, an adrenaline junkie, and erstwhile editrix. When not obsessing over books, she can be found jumping out of perfectly good airplanes, co-hosting the Pub(lishing) Crawl podcast, or playing dress-up. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she now lives in North Carolina, as well as many other places on the internet, including Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram, and her blog.