Monday, September 21, 2015

The Weight of Feathers: Interview & Giveaway

Welcome to the blog tour for Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore! This tour is run by the lovely Griffin team at St. Martin's, and yes, if you stay tuned, there is a giveaway in it for you, and the winner will receive a signed, finished copy of the book!

The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore
Release date: September 15, 2015
St. Martin's Griffin, 320 pages

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The Night Circus meets Romeo and Juliet in this stunning young adult novel about two teens who fall in love despite the almost impossible odds against them.

The Palomas and the Corbeaus have long been rivals and enemies, locked in an escalating feud for over a generation. Both families make their living as traveling performers in competing shows-the Palomas swimming in mermaid exhibitions, the Corbeaus, former tightrope walkers, performing in the tallest trees they can find. 

Lace Paloma may be new to her family's show, but she knows as well as anyone that the Corbeaus are pure magia negra, black magic from the devil himself. Simply touching one could mean death, and she's been taught from birth to keep away. But when disaster strikes the small town where both families are performing, it's a Corbeau boy, Cluck, who saves Lace's life. And his touch immerses her in the world of the Corbeaus, where falling for him could turn his own family against him, and one misstep can be just as dangerous on the ground as it is in the trees.

For the tour, I was lucky enough to interview the author of the book, Anna-Marie McLemore! Read her interview below, and keep going to win your very own copy of the book!

1. Is there anything in particular that inspired you to write this story?
The story started with the idea of these two different shows—mermaid performers, and winged tree climbers who are half-dancer, half-tightrope walker. Those two shows could be allies, but they could just as easily be enemies. And I loved exploring that in a setting that had the clarity of sky versus water. One family versus another, when both are more alike than they'd ever admit. A boy who's wary of water, and a girl who fears heights as much as she loves rivers.

2. Who was your favorite character to create and why?
I loved writing Cluck. He values his heritage so deeply even though he’s an outcast in his own family.

3. What does your writing process look like? How did you go about penning this story?
I outlined, and then outlined some more . . . and then tossed aside the outline midway through. I like knowing where I’m going, even if halfway through writing the story I have to let it go.

4. Did you read as a child? Who was your favorite, or who inspired you to become a writer?
Despite plenty of encouragement, I came to reading slowly, mostly because I’m a slow reader. But I will mention one of the books that made me a reader, The Little Prince. I read it in French class, and because it was in French, I had to go slow. All of us did. The beauty of that story, combined with the fact that I felt like I was in the same place as my peers, helped reading click with me.

5. What are three things you can’t live without right now?
Ridiculous socks (courtesy of author Mackenzi Lee, I’m currently wearing ones with unicorns and narwhals on them), fizzy water (I run on carbonation), and spending time with my family and friends.

Thank you so much for having me! 

The giveaway is US & Canada only and will be shared with St. Martin's Griffin for mailing purposes only. The winner is chosen randomly via Rafflecopter, and the winner will receive one signed, finished copy of the book. No PO boxes, please. :)


  1. This book sounds fantastic. Romeo and Juliet meet the circus, what could be better. Love the sock comment!

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  3. I've never read a book like this, which is probably why I loved it so much! The writing is amazing, the book is simply amazing! I love the love story between the two main characters and how they come to be together, and how they both overcome the difficulties they face inside their own families. Can't wait for her next book!!


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