Releasing on: September 16th, 2014
On the run for her life, she tries to untangle who she is and what happened to the girl she used to be. Nothing and no one are what they appear to be. But the truth is more disturbing than she ever imagined.
The Maze Runner series meets Code Name Verity, Blackbird is relentless and action-packed, filled with surprising twists.
Anna Carey is the author of The Eve Trilogy (Eve, Once, Rise) and the forthcoming Blackbird series, which hits shelves September 16th, 2014. She studied creative writing at NYU and has an MFA in fiction from Brooklyn College. She likes miniatures, subway generated wind, flea markets, chalkboard silhouettes, dance-offs, arnold palmers, Chinese finger traps, and top-of-your-lungs car singing. She dislikes pennies, paper receipts, and tunafish. For delayed response times, please contact her through this site. For instant gratification, please find her on twitter. @AnnaCareyBooks
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Here’s our Interview –
What made you decide to tell this story in the second person POV and how did that work better than other point of views for you?
The main character wakes up with no memory. She has no well of experiences to draw from, no friends of family to interact with. I started writing the story in first person perspective, but she felt a bit empty. She was hard to relate to and she didn’t have much of an internal life. When I moved to second the story came alive. It was more immediate, and writing in present tense allowed the reader to just be in the moment, experiencing everything as though they were there. I think it makes for a really fun, scary read.
The mystery of the novel, and the reason behind Sunny’s situation – the reveal of these were great. When writing a story like this, how do you decide when to reveal the mystery?
That was something that I figured out in the writing. I’d plotted the book beforehand and knew what the reveals would be, but deciding where they would go was a back and forth during revision. I have a small group of readers I send my drafts to, and those first reads proved invaluable in helping me plot the book. I realized at one point the main reveal came way too late. There was an eleventh hour revision where I ripped the book apart and put it back together again.
Sunny is a bit intense at time and a bit scary. She’s very powerful. When writing such a strong character how do you draw the line between too intense and not intense enough?
I don’t draw a line. I’d rather write a character that’s too tough, too naïve, too silly, too introspective, or too mean, than a character who’s diluted versions of any of those. In revisions, I find it’s always easier to tone things down than to make a dull character come to life.
I admire the fact that you didn’t go for the “instalove” angle in this book. What made you decide to go the more practical route for romance? I kinda feel like it may be a secret for book #2…
In defense of instalove: instalove is a real thing, that really happens in real life. Really!
But I didn’t take that approach here—it wouldn’t have made sense in Sunny’s situation. She knows she’s in serious danger, and she’s not sure who she can trust. Falling in love with a stranger is just too risky. She goes back and forth on her feelings for Ben, and it’s what he does that ultimately shows her he’s worthy of their friendship.
Can you tell us in five words why someone should read this book?
Suspense. Mystery. Danger. Fun. Love.
What are you reading now?
The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith aka JK Rowling. I just scored a The Last Time We Say Goodbye arc. Cynthia and I met after she read the Eve series. I soon fell in love with Unearthly. I’m excited to dive into this contemporary by her, which follows a girl in the aftermath of her brother’s suicide.
What are you obsessed with?
Right now? Boom Clap, Honest Tea, my dog, afternoon naps, DesignSponge, Talking about getting on instagram but not actually getting on instagram.
Let’s talk the cliffhanger. Is it that you hate us? Cause that was beautiful torture.
I totally hate you.
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