Today I’m participating in a blog tour for Melanie McFarlane’s upcoming book, There Once Were Stars. This book looks perfect dystopian fans, with a super interesting plot! I was lucky enough to get to interview Melanie, so you can find out even more about the book below. Make sure you enter the giveaway, where you can win a copy of this awesome book!
There Once Were Stars
Published by: Month9Books
Publication date: April 26th 2016
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Peace. Love. Order. Dome. That’s the motto that the Order has given the residents of Dome 1618 to live by. Natalia Greyes is a resident of Dome 1618, a covered city protected from the deadly radiation that has poisoned the world outside for four generations. Nat never questioned the Order, until one day she sees a stranger on the outside of the dome. Now Nat wants answers. Is there life outside the dome and if so, what has the Order been hiding from everyone?
1. What was the most important thing you learned while writing There Once Were Stars?
Patience. I can’t stress the importance of this. Publishing is a long, painstaking process. Take your time on everything from finishing edits, to choosing a publisher/agent, to getting ready for marketing. Once your book is out there, there’s no taking it back.
2. What is a song that you think represents the main character, Natalie?
One Girl Revolution – Superchick
3. How many drafts were there for There Once Were Stars?
Three before the publisher, and then four once it got into editing.
4. What is your favorite word?
5. What is your favorite food to eat while writing?
Garden peas. I get obsessed with shelling them, and eat them like candy!
6. Who would you want to cast as Natalie if There Once Were Stars became a movie?
Natalia would be played awesome by Olivia Cooke. I loved her in Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl. She’d show Nat’s innocence and naivety, while surprising us with her strengths as the book goes on.
7. What is the best book you’ve read in 2016, so far?
I loved We Were Liars, but am obsessed with The Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver. They’ve inspired me to try a YA mystery!
8. What are three adjectives to describe There Once Were Stars?
Naïve. Obsession. Change.
About Melanie McFarlane
Melanie McFarlane is a passionate writer of other-wordly adventures, a little excitable, and a little quirky. Whether it’s uncovering the corruption of the future, or traveling to other worlds to save the universe, she jumps in with both hands on her keyboard. Though she can be found obsessing over zombies and orcs from time to time, Melanie focuses her powers on writing young adult stories to keep the rest of the world up reading all night.
She lives with her husband and two daughters in the Land of Living Skies.