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ABOUT SPINDLE FIRE:
Half sisters Isabelle and Aurora are polar opposites: Isabelle is the king’s headstrong illegitimate daughter, whose sight was tithed by faeries; Aurora, beautiful and sheltered, was tithed her sense of touch and her voice on the same day. Despite their differences, the sisters have always been extremely close.
And then everything changes, with a single drop of Aurora’s blood–and a sleep so deep it cannot be broken.
As the faerie queen and her army of Vultures prepare to march, Isabelle must race to find a prince who can awaken her sister with the kiss of true love and seal their two kingdoms in an alliance against the queen.
Isabelle crosses land and sea; unearthly, thorny vines rise up the palace walls; and whispers of revolt travel in the ashes on the wind. The kingdom falls to ruin under layers of snow. Meanwhile, Aurora wakes up in a strange and enchanted world, where a mysterious hunter may be the secret to her escape . . . or the reason for her to stay.
Spindle Fire is the first book in a lush fantasy duology set in the dwindling, deliciously corrupt world of the fae and featuring two truly unforgettable heroines.
ABOUT LEXA HILLYER:
Lexa Hillyer is the co-founder of Paper Lantern Lit, former YA editor, and author of Proof of Forever. Lexa is also an award-winning poet: Her first collection, Acquainted with the Cold, won the Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize as well as the 2012 Book of the Year Award from ForeWord Reviews. Her poetry has been anthologized in Best New Poets 2012, and has appeared in several journals. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their daughter.
What inspired you to write Spindle Fire?
I wanted to take a more feminist slant on Sleeping Beauty, in which Aurora is given an opportunity to grow and save herself, and to gain perspective on her world and the narrative of “true love.” I also really loved the idea of the untold story of her half-sister, who strives to rescue her sister and in the process defines a new kind of hero’s journey. I figured there’d be a lot of opportunity to use my poetry background when it came to world-building.
I love sister stories. Do you have a sister? What did you draw from to form the sibling relationship in your book?
Me too! And yes, I have two younger sisters. I definitely drew from experience to show how protective sisters can be of each other, and how sometimes they even resent the roles they play, precisely because those roles feel so ingrained.
What is your favorite scene in your book? Was it also your favorite scene to write?
I was surprised that one of the most emotional scenes to write actually turned out to be Belcoeur’s final chapter.
What Hogwarts houses would your main characters be in?
I think Isbe would be Gryffindor and Aurora would be Hufflepuff.
Where do you write?
I mostly write in cafes around Brooklyn, or at my dining room table when no one else is home. My apartment is too small for a desk. Well, we have one, but my husband has turned it into a miniature mancave area that I can’t stand to even be near.
If you could only read three books for the rest of your life, what would they be?
Oh I’m terrible at favorites, they change all the time. But maybe something like 100 Years of Solitude, Anna Karenina, and Bridge to Terabithia.
What is one question you always wish people would ask, but no one ever does?
“Will you accept this prestigious award?” Also, “Can I get you a pillow?” For the record, my answers would be yes.
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