I reviewed Seeker earlier this week---read my review here---and I am so happy to host author Arwen Elys Dayton here today.
Seeker was one of the most consuming, unique YA books I've read in a while. I seriously loved everything about this book!
I asked Arwen if she would share her journey to publication with us. I can't wait to read the next installment in the Seeker series!
My Journey to Publication
by Arwen Elys Dayton
Shortly before I wrote Seeeker, I had a science fiction novel called Ressurrection published by Amazon's 47North. Resurrection was doing very well on Amazon's sales charts as I was writing the manuscript for Seeker. That book's success helped me get the attention of an agent I had always admired, Jodi Reamer.
With Jodi's help, I did another couple of drafts of Seeker, and then she sent the manuscript out. We were extremely fortunate to get strong interest right away from many publishers. Krista Marino and the team at Random House felt right to both of us, and we were delighted to place Seeker there.
At the same time that we were talking to publishers, the Seeker manuscript began to get interest from Hollywood---I'm still not entirely sure how that happened. Shortly after the deal with Random House, Columbia Pictures bought the movie rights to the book, with Mark Gordon (Saving Private Ryan, Source Code, The Day After Tomorrow) producing. That was---and still is!---extremely exciting.
Working on the manuscript with my editor, Krista, was a terrific experience. It was as though she moved into the world of Seeker and challenged me with questions a "native inhabitant" might ask.
Everyone I've met at Random House has been incredibly supportive and excited about the book, so Seeker's path to publication has been a dream come true for me. I'm grateful for all the care and love this story has been given along the way. I hope it finds an audience of readers who enjoy stepping into the world of Seeker. I'm working hard to make that world an interesting place to visit.
Pub. Date: February 10, 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Find it: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads
Their Legacy is…A calling. An Honor. A lie.
The night Quin Kincaid takes her Oath, she will become what she has trained to be her entire life. She will become a Seeker. This is her legacy, and it is an honor.
As a Seeker, Quin will fight beside her two closest companions, Shinobu and John, to protect the weak and the wronged. Together they will stand for light in a shadowy world.
And she’ll be with the boy she loves—who is also her best friend.
But the night Quin takes her Oath, everything changes.
Being a Seeker is not what she thought. Her family is not what she thought. Even the boy she loves is not who she thought.
And now it’s too late to walk away.
“Fans of Veronica Roth’s Divergent, Marie Lu’s Legend, and Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games series: your next obsession has arrived.” —School Library Journal
“[A] powerful beginning to a complex family saga . . . Dayton excels at creating memorable characters.” —Publishers Weekly
“A tightly woven, action-packed story of survival and adventure, Seeker is perfect for fans of Game of Thrones.” —Tahereh Mafi, author of the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series
“Secrets, danger, and romance meet in this unforgettable epic fantasy.” —Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Beautiful Creatures and author of Unbreakable
Arwen Elys Dayton spends months doing research for her stories. Her explorations have taken her around the world to places like the Great Pyramid (which she explored by a single fading flashlight when researching Resurrection), Hong Kong and its many islands, and lots of ruined castles in Scotland. She enjoys creating complete worlds inhabited by characters who charm, frustrate or inspire.
Arwen lives with her husband and their three children on the West Coast of the United States. You can follow her @arwenelysdayton on Twitter and Instagram.
Giveaway Details: 5 Winners.
5 winners will receive finished copies of SEEKER, US only.
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