May 31, 2019

Blog Tour: Neliem by Clare Di Liscia – Interview and Giveaway

Hello Readers! Welcome to our Tour Stop for

Neliem by Clare Di Liscia

presented by Month9Books.

We are excited to have Clare on the blog for a quick Q&A.

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Half the population of the island of Madera are dead, killed by an unforgiving and indiscriminate plague. Oriana dreams of escaping her life of ruthless cruelty from the people who now rule over those who remain. No telling whom the plague will strike next, Oriana means to find freedom for herself and her people. Drawing strength from ancient tales of her enemy, young Oriana transforms herself from victim to warrior with the help of a mysterious and powerful dagger given to her by a kind and dying boy.
Years later, during her enemy’s betrothal ritual, Ezra, a boy she has never before seen, selects her as his mate. With servitude her only option, Oriana accepts the offer. Whisked away to a seemingly perfect world, Oriana discovers sinister secrets at every turn, including the identity of Tristan, a boy with whom she shares an undeniable but impossible connection.
Why would a boy she doesn’t know wish her to be his betrothed? Why does she feel such a strong pull toward a stranger? Someone in Ezra’s family not only knows the answer to both those questions, but also about the dagger Oriana possesses. He will do anything to stop the union. Now, with everything on the line, Oriana turns inward to find the strength she needs to seize the full power of the dagger so that she may protect herself and save her people.

Neliem by Clare DiLiscia
Publication Date: May 21, 2019
Publisher: Month9Books

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Describe your book in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet)
In NELIEM, Oriana is born into servitude on the island of Madera. Considered unworthy by her own people, fate throws her a twist when she’s selected as the intended of a mysterious boy from the ruling class.

What was your inspiration for writing this book?  Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk?

My father was born on an island, similar to Madera, where he was tormented for being from a different culture and race. He told me stories of kids throwing rocks at him, and how he can to outrun the bullies every day. This image was ingrained in my head. It was the spark that ignited NELIEM.

Tell us about the main character(s).

Oriana is fierce, a definite fighter, earning her the nickname of NELIEM, her oppressor’s legendary hero. Yet she cares deeply for her friends, as well as wounded animals, which she rescues and nurses to health. She’s multidimensional, always weighing her options as she defends herself against discrimination. She’s the oldest unmarried girl in her Village, making her a spinster at the age of 17. She doesn’t believe anyone could ever love her.

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

The first line of NELIEM always makes my heartbeat skip: Against the suffocating dust under the gazebo, a thousand promises fade.

Was there a specific part in the book that you had an especially difficult time writing?  If so, why?

The most difficult part of NELIEM was the love triangle. I needed to show how Oriana, who thought she was unworthy of any love, is torn between her deep feelings for both suitors. Her loyalty and her passion in conflict with each other. It doesn’t help matters that both suitors are amazing in very different ways.

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

I have a modern day Huck Finn MG that’s nearly ready. It deals with discrimination and our concept of right and wrong.

It was great having you on the blog today!  We hope you’ll decide to stop by again someday, and we wish you much success!!

Thank you for having me on Chapter by Chapter. I hope everyone has a chance to read NELIEM.

Born in Queens, New York, Clare Di Liscia moved to California as a small child and grew up in the hills by Dodger Stadium. Constantly roaming the woods, she took to embellishing on the stories of Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle Duck to fill her imagination. To her horror she soon realized there was no way to fit a miniature tuxedo on a frog. Fortunately in sixth grade, Clare won a short story contest with the grand prize of fifteen happy meals. She would like to point out that two of those meal tickets were missing by the time her mother handed over her prize. After traveling extensively throughout South America and the Caribbean, Clare attended KU Leuven, in Belgium for University where she studied Dutch and French. Clare graduated from Cal State Northridge Film School, earning Dean’s List recognition with a BA in TV/Film. In 2006 she placed in the prestigious Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting beating out 4700 other applicants. After joining SCBWI, Clare won 1st place HM in the Sue Alexander for her YA novel, now entitled NELIEM.

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