May 11, 2015

Blog Tour: Illusionarium by Heather Dixon – Interview and Giveaway


Hello everyone and welcome to our Tour Stop for

Illusionarium by Heather Dixon

hosted by Rock Star Book Tours!

Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!


What if the world holds more dangers—and more wonders—than we have ever known? And what if there is more than one world? From Heather Dixon, author of the acclaimed Entwined, comes a brilliantly conceived adventure that sweeps us from the inner workings of our souls to the far reaches of our imaginations.

Jonathan is perfectly ordinary. But then—as every good adventure begins—the king swoops into port, and Jonathan and his father are enlisted to find the cure to a deadly plague. Jonathan discovers that he’s a prodigy at working with a new chemical called fantillium, which creates shared hallucinations—or illusions. And just like that, Jonathan is knocked off his path. Through richly developed parallel worlds, vivid action, a healthy dose of humor, and gorgeous writing, Heather Dixon spins a story that calls to mind The Night Circus and Pixar movies, but is wholly its own.

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Author: Heather Dixon
Pub. Date: May 19, 2015
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Pages: 368
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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CxC:  Hi Heather!  Thanks so much for taking the time and spending time with us here at Chapter by Chapter!

HD:  Thank you so much for letting me be a part of this!  It’s an honor ^_^


CxC:  Describe Illusionarium in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet)

HD:  An ordinary boy embarks on an extraordinary adventure to save his family.*

*He will very probably die.


CxC:  What was your inspiration in writing Illusionarium?  Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk?

HD:  I’m a pretty visual person, and my stories always start with flashes of pictures in my head—a glimmering aerial city of white towers;   a blazing inferno around a solitary figure;  characters looking over the edge of an airship at a city below;  steam curling around a boy’s outstretched hand.  All of these images were solidly steampunk.  The story began to build around them and more and more images came.  A lot of images I had to scrap, but the strongest image—Jonathan with the steam curling around his hand—that one is still a huge part of the story.


CxC:  Tell us about the main character(s) in Illusionarium.

HD:  Jonathan self-describes himself as being “sort of”.  He’s sort of tall, sort of thin, sort of smart, sort of brown-ish curly hair.  He doesn’t believe he’s anything beyond that…and he isn’t.  At least, not until he starts to stand for what he knows is right.  That’s when he starts to become a solid, absolute person you see at the end of the book.

The other two characters are worth mentioning—Anna, Jonathan’s alternate world sister, who’s both feral and loyal, and Lockwood {my favorite character.}  Lockwood is such a cocky, arrogant jerk, you can’t help but like the guy.  And want to punch him in the face.


CxC:  Do you have a favorite quote or specific part in the book that you really love?

HD: I love it when Jonathan and Divinity—another illusionist his age—are facing off.  She’s such a brat and a terrible person, so of course I think she’s great.  One of my favorite parts is when Jonathan is refusing to help her, due to her {literal} backstabbing:

“Yeah, no thanks,” I said.

“Not even—” Divinity lifted herself on her toes, her lips close to my face, “for a kiss?”

I stepped back.  Divinity lost her balance and stumble-sat on one of the gold chairs.

“Not for a hundred kisses.  Get out of my suite, Divinity.”

“Oh, please,” said Divinity.  “Everyone know kissing  is all boys ever think about.”

“Yes, that’s right, Divinity.  That’s all boys ever think about.  Every bit of me can be reduced into one word: kissing.  Thank you, Divinity, good-bye.”*


*I suddenly realized what Divinity reminded me of.  One of those female insects that, after they mated, would bite off the male’s head and lay their eggs in his body so that when larvae hatched and burst through his headless body’s abdomen, they would eat his entrails.


CxC:  Was there a specific part in Illusionarium that you had an especially difficult time writing?  If so, why?

HD:  You know–{spoilers}–there’s a scene where a character dies.  That scene was hard for me to write.    The characters left behind, the ways they dealt with it…I kinda hurt for them.


CxC:  What sort of projects do you have going on right now.  Any new books coming out?

HD:  I’m reeeeally excited with the freedom I have now that I’m no longer under contract!  I’ve been in and out of a Nutcracker retelling, as well as a book of twisted nursery rhymes.  I’d love to start a webcomic.  And of course, the Disney Interactive project I’ve been plugging away at, with a lot of other talented artists.   {side note–I don’t think I can say what it is, unless this post is published after May 5th.}  The sky’s the limit!


CxC:  It was great having you on the blog today, Heather!  We hope you’ll decide to stop by again someday, and we wish you much success in your writing future!!

HD:  Thank you so very much!  I wish you all the best in your endeavors #^_^#




Heather Dixon grew up in a large family with four brothers and six sisters. She is a storyboard artist as well as a writer, and lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Viennese waltz is her dance of choice. She is the author of the novel Entwined.

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Week One:

5/11/2015– Chapter by Chapter Interview

5/12/2015– Bumbles and Fairy-Tales– Review

5/13/2015– Fiktshun– Guest Post

5/14/2015– A Dream Within A Dream– Review

5/15/2015– Two Chicks on Books– Guest Post


Week Two:

5/18/2015– Mundie Moms– Guest Post

5/19/2015– Falling For YA– Review

5/20/2015– Fire and Ice– Interview

5/21/2015– Reading with ABC– Review

5/22/2015– Supernatural Snark Interview


  1. Amanda

    Congrats on the new book, Heather! Sounds amazing.

  2. Carl

    I loved The Night Circus. If the favorable comparisons are correct, I’m in. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  3. Carol

    I’ve seen this book on the Waiting On Wednesday feature of so many book blogs, and I was sold as soon as I read the synopsis! It’s amazing, I can’t wait to read it! ;)
    Ps.I have a US address but I’m currently abroad, so my IP is not in the US ;)

  4. Alison

    LOVE the cover! Can’t wait to read this one!

  5. Karina Hernandez

    This book looks very interesting. Thank you for the chance to win.

  6. Emma A

    I LOVED Entwined, so I am super excited to see what she does with Illusionaruim!

  7. Emma A

    I LOVE Entwined, so I am super excited to she what she does with Illusionarium! Thank you!

  8. Natasha

    I loved Entwined and I’m really looking forward to this one!

  9. sarah s

    Illusionarium sounds like a great adventurous book I’m looking forward to reading it.

  10. Christina C.

    Such a beautiful cover! I want that girl’s dress so badly. I can’t wait to read the book. :D

  11. Cali W.

    Thanks for the giveaway! I love Entwined and I can’t wait to read this new book. <3

  12. Rachel B

    thanks for the giveaway.
    sounds like a really good fantasy world. looking forward to reading. Cover is pretty awesome!

  13. Kathy L.

    I really liked Heather’s previous book Entwined so I’m super excited for Illusionarium! Also I love that dress on the cover soooo much!

  14. bn100

    sounds interesting

  15. alicia marie

    This book definitely sounds like one I’d like! I’ll have to add it to my tbr : )

  16. Monica M

    I am so incredibly excited for this book. The premise sounds intriguing and the cover is just gorgeous!! Thanks for the blog tour and giveaway!

  17. Shannon

    This book sounds so, so good! I am really excited for it. I love the “tweet” description too- very nicely done, Heather, I am definitely intrigued! Thanks for the chance to win it :)

  18. I put the wrong tumblr link – it’s , that’s how I followed :)
    Thank you!

  19. Mary Loki

    This sounds right up my alley! :D

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