Blog Tour, Interview & Giveaway: Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

Crushed on by kelly, on July 9, 2019, in Author Interview, Blog Tour, Giveaways, New Releases / 5 Comments

Blog Tour, Interview & Giveaway: Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

Happy Release Day to Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim. I have been obsessed with the cover of this book for a while now, and now today is the day you can buy this gorgeous book for your shelves! I am thrilled to be on this blog tour and to share with you an interview from Elizabeth Lim.

Also I am thrilled to host an exclusive giveaway, just for my blog readers, for a finished copy of Spin the Dawn (US Only) just enter the rafflecopter below.


Blog Tour, Interview & Giveaway: Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

Spin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars, #1)

by Elizabeth Lim
Published by: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
on July 9, 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 416
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Project Runway meets Mulan in this sweeping YA fantasy about a young girl who poses as a boy to compete for the role of imperial tailor and embarks on an impossible journey to sew three magic dresses, from the sun, the moon, and the stars.

Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she'll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin. There's just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job.

Backstabbing and lies run rampant as the tailors compete in challenges to prove their artistry and skill. Maia's task is further complicated when she draws the attention of the court magician, Edan, whose piercing eyes seem to see straight through her disguise.

And nothing could have prepared her for the final challenge: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor's reluctant bride-to-be, from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars. With this impossible task before her, she embarks on a journey to the far reaches of the kingdom, seeking the sun, the moon, and the stars, and finding more than she ever could have imagined.



Interview

1. What inspired the sewing challenge aspect of your fantasy?

After immigrating to the US, my grandmother spent many years as a seamstress. Maia Tamarin’s talent and passion for sewing is directly inspired by her!

2. How has your publishing experience of Spin the Dawn differed from your earlier works?

SPIN THE DAWN is my first original novel to be published. It definitely isn’t the first novel I’ve written though…it’s probably my sixth or seventh! It was easier to write than Reflection in the sense that the world and characters are entirely mine. Staying true to Mulan, Captain Li Shang, and Mushu’s voice was a fun challenge for me, but one I was glad I didn’t have to worry about in SPIN THE DAWN. At the same time, it was harder to write because I had to create Maia’s world and its magic system from scratch, but imbuing SPIN THE DAWN with hints from some of my favorite fairytales was my favorite part!

3. Tell us something compelling and unique about your main character?

I don’t know if this is unique, but Maia is really ambitious and determined to become the best she can at her craft, tailoring, but she’s also really human and vulnerable. I’ve loved writing her and seeing her grow as a character (and seeing her take me in directions I hadn’t expected!).

4. How different is writing a book compared to composing music?

It’s actually pretty similar! The medium is different, but I find that the preparation and writing (coming up with themes, teasing them out, and structuring a narrative over time) to be very much alike. And there’s years of honing one’s craft involved, which is why I think I enjoy both so much! There’s always room to improve 🙂

5. What are you currently working on (if you can share with us)?

I’m currently working on the sequel to Spin the Dawn, and potentially another book in the same world.

6. Most importantly, who is your favorite Star Wars character?

I LOVE this question. My favourites are Mara Jade and Tionne from the expanded universe (*tears*).


About Elizabeth Lim

Elizabeth Lim grew up on a hearty staple of fairy tales, myths, and songs. Her passion for storytelling began around age 10, when she started writing fanfics for Sailor Moon, Sweet Valley, and Star Wars, and posted them online to discover, "Wow, people actually read my stuff. And that's kinda cool!" But after one of her teachers told her she had "too much voice" in her essays, Elizabeth took a break from creative writing to focus on not flunking English.

Over the years, Elizabeth became a film and video game composer, and even went so far as to get a doctorate in music composition. But she always missed writing, and turned to penning stories when she needed a breather from grad school. One day, she decided to write and finish a novel -- for kicks, at first, then things became serious -- and she hasn't looked back since.

Elizabeth loves classic film scores, books with a good romance, food (she currently has a soft spot for arepas and Ethiopian food), the color turquoise, overcast skies, English muffins, cycling, and baking. She lives in New York City with her husband.




Giveaway

PRIZE: 1 copy of SPIN THE DAWN (US ONLY)

Giveaway open until 7/15/19, winner will have 48hrs to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Prize will come directly from publisher. USA addresses only.

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5 responses to “Blog Tour, Interview & Giveaway: Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

  1. Danielle Hammelef

    This is one of my most anticipated books to read in 2019. The cover is gorgeous and the premise is amazing.

  2. vanessa m

    I’ve been so excited to read this. The cover is absolutely stunning and it sounds so good!