Thursday, April 24, 2014

Unicorns of the Mist: Interview w/R.R. Russell (+ Giveaway)


R.R. Russell has stopped by the blog today in celebration of the paperback release of Wonder Light, the first book in her Unicorns of the Mist series. The second book, The Unicorn Thief, releases May 2014. And doesn't that title just get your hackles up? Who would want to steal a unicorn? Jerk. I mean, of course I would like my own unicorn, but you just don't up and go and start stealing other peoples! K. Got a bit off track there, sorry. =) 

R.R. has kindly answered a few questions for us today, so lets get to 'em!

1. Lets say unicorns come in different colors besides their lustrous white coats- what color of unicorn would you like?

 Pearly blue!

2. In your own words, you grew up as an army brat. Was there a certain place you really enjoyed  living, or would love to visit again? 

I lived in Korea, Kansas, Hawaii, Washington State, Germany, and California. I loved Washington State, and that's why I moved here after high school. It's the best place in the world, in my humble opinion. 

3. I love the names- Night Spark, Dagger, Ash- of many of the unicorns in your books. Did you have to think long and hard for them, or did they just come to you?

I spent several days brainstorming names for the unicorns and ponies in Wonder Light, experimenting with different combinations. I could pretend it was hard, but really, the whole time I was thinking, "Life doesn't get any better than this!"

4. When writing a series, what do you find is the hardest thing to keep track of? 

I stress the most over each character's hopes, dreams, growth, and relationships with other characters. It's not that I lose track, but it's all about the relationships to me and it can be really challenging to make sure I continue to develop each of them throughout the series. 

5. It's a nice afternoon, and you have a hammock in the shade all to yourself. What snack/beverage are you consuming and what book from your TBR pile do you crack open next? 

Wait! Are you saying you've fixed my broken hammock frame? Who would've thought nine kids in a hammock would kill that thing, anyway? If I were lounging in a hammock in the shade, it would be summer, so I'd be eating a pineapple popsicle and reading Inkspell, the sequel to Inkheart. It's been on my TBR pile 
way to long.  
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Mmm, a pineapple popsicle makes me think of Pineapple Whips. Anyone ever get those at the fair? Delish. Anyhoo, if you'd like the chance to win this set of buttons, just leave a comment. (and plz follow R.R at one or more of her social media links below)

{Image courtesy of Panda Eight Designs}


That red button is exactly how I'd like to see my first unicorn someday(if you know, unicorns were real, but that's beside the point). Doesn't it look like it should be standing on a craggy cliff, staring wisely down at you as you gape up in grubby wonder at it? Sorry, can't help it, big fan of The Last Unicorn here! 


About: R.R. Russell lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest. She grew up traveling the world as an army brat and now travels the country as a coach with a nonprofit judo club. She loves to read and draw, and like Twig, once spent a lot of time sketching unicorns.
 
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The winner of the buttons will be announced 4/28 on Twitter & also updated on this post. Congrats to R.R. on Wonder Light's paperback release, and the imminent release of The Unicorn Thief!

Deep in the heart of a mist-shrouded island, an impossible secret is about to be discovered.

Twig is used to feeling unwanted. Sent to live on a pony ranch for "troubled" girls on a misty, haunted island, Twig is about to discover the impossible — someone who needs her. 
Jolted awake from a bad dream, Twig follows the desperate whinny of a terrified horse out to the stables. There in the straw is a bleating little scrap of moonbeam. A silver-white filly with cloven hooves and a tiny, spiraling horn.

A baby unicorn.

Now Twig knows what secret is hiding in the island's mist: the last free unicorn herd. And a mysterious boy named Ben who insists that this impossible creature is now Twig's to care for. That she needs Twig's love and protection. Because there's something out there in the deep, dense shadows that's hunting for them... 

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Twig and Ben are unicorn riders- guardians whose job it is to keep the last free unicorn herd safe. But a new danger is threatening the beautiful, mysterious creatures of Lonehorn Island. A thief from Terracornus has snuck onto the misty island and stolen Ben's loyal unicorn, Indy. There's only one path for Ben and Twig- straight into the secret, shadowy heart of the island and through the passage to Terracornus. 
But their missions is unexpectedly complicated by a secret Ben has been hiding. A secret about the Queen of Terracornus who has enslaved all the unicorns of Ben's homeland. A secret that could save them all- or start a war. 
UPDATE: The winner of the buttons is Kimberly Afe!

39 comments:

  1. This looks cute :) I love unicorn stories, but this seems like a new twist on them. Fun interview!

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  2. Well this sounds right up my street! Of course unicorns are real, (for me anyway!). Great buttons will look R.R, up when next on Twitter.

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    1. Oh, yes, this is definitely up your street, Suzanne! =)

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  3. This looks lovely! Thanks for the info.

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  4. What fun titles...and I love the covers!

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    1. They are great, very whimsical! And whimsy's my middle name. (not really, it's Jean) =D

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  5. I watched The Last Unicorn dozens of times growing up. Loved it. Looks like the books would be a good selection to read to my daughter.

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    1. Wait- there's a movie?! I've only read the book. I need to remedy this asap!

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  6. Ooooh pretty badges (as we call them over here)

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  7. Nice interview--congratulations to R. R. Russell. I love the magical book covers.

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  8. I love, love, love the concept for this series!! It so appeals to the horse-loving girl inside me :( Great interview, ladies, and congratulations R.R.!

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    1. Another horse-loving girl here! Getting to take horse back riding lessons was one of the high-lights of my tween years. =)

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  9. Great interview you two! And I'd love to see an Unicorn posed like that, looking all noble :) (Have you read Rampant? Definitely a *different* take on unicorns--kinda interesting!)

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    1. Yes, I did! It was definitely different, as I was used to unicorns being...well, majestic and noble! =)

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    2. I know, me too! It's interesting to see that turned on its head...and kind of disturbing at times :)

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  10. I love these covers. Very Harry Potter feel to them. Great interview! Now, I'm intrigued about unicorns and the Pacific Northwest.

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    1. Good comparison- now that you say that, I totally see it.

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  11. Fun interview & really cute buttons!! I love great new finds - thanks!!

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  12. How adorable! I was horse crazy when I was young, and I'm sure lots of girls will love these sweet stories about unicorns. :)

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    1. I'd say you're right, Lexa! And so was I. ;)

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  13. Hi Leandra .. thanks for visiting yesterday ... I love Unicorns but I think the blue badge is the one I'd choose .. I can imagine the stories would fire kids' brain power for them to dream away ...

    and exactly who would steal a Unicorn .. love the concept of RR's books - cheers Hilary

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    1. The blue is very pretty too! =) Thanks for stopping by, Hilary!

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  14. Sounds fun, and yea, spending afternoons coming up with unicorn names is a dream ~ Lovely interview!

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    1. Naming things in stories is definitely one of the perks! =)

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  15. I haven't read this and would love to. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. And...pearly blue unicorns sound about perfect.

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    1. I think that'd be my first color choice too! =)

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  16. Blue unicorns sound fantastic, and I like the blurb. Congrats to the author.

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  17. These are great covers! It must have been fun traveling as a kid and getting to see so many places, but I'd imagine the actual moving part was never fun.

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    1. That would be hard, I'm sure. Packing up is the worst. All the junk we accumulate over the years!

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  18. The books look great - I love the covers on these. Washington is a great state, lived there for a while - most of my family is still there. :)

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    1. I've visited Washington once and loved it! It was in Sequim and the weather was beautiful. No rain and the days were just perfect!

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  19. Congrats to R.R.! What a lovely cover and a very interesting description. I haven't had a Pineapple Whip in a long time. The last was in Disneyland a couple of years back. Looking forward to going back in a month or so! And aren't those buttons just adorbs! :)

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    1. It's 10:30 here at night, and my mouth is watering thinking about one of those Pineapple Whips! *sigh* And, ooh, Disneyland- have fun!

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