June 10, 2016
Hello Readers! Welcome to our Tour Stop for
Shadow (The Romany Outcasts 2)
by Christi J. Whitney!
We are thrilled to have Christi on the blog today for a quick Q&A.
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The second volume in this incredible YA trilogy.
Sebastian Grey used to be a normal teenager.
Now he’s become a creature whose sole purpose is to act as guardian for secretive gypsy clans.
When the Romany gypsies claim Sebastian as their guardian, he is given a second chance to protect Josephine Romany, the girl he thought he might never see again.
But Sebastian is having his own problems. His transformation is still ongoing, and not everyone trusts the new gargoyle within their clan.
Then a tragedy pushes him to make choices to fulfil his duty, choices that might cost him everything.
Thanks so much for taking the time and spending time with us here at Chapter by Chapter!
I’m happy to be here and super excited about this tour!
Describe your book in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet)
A YA fantasy about a secretive clan of Gypsies who pull Sebastian into a world of secrets, shadowy creatures, and a destiny he cannot escape.
What was your inspiration for writing this book? Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk?
Well, my inspiration came from a few different places. I’d had the character of Sebastian in my head for a while, and I’d always wanted to pay tribute to my favourite fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, but it was actually while doing some family research that I developed my idea for this fictional Roma world.
Tell us about the main character(s).
Sebastian Grey thinks of himself as a pretty normal teenager – a bit socially awkward, but creative, with a witty, sardonic kind of personality. He makes decent grades, has a great group of friends, and he lives with his foster brother, tattoo artist Hugo Corsi. I’m biased, of course, but I really love Sebastian because he represents the types of characters I’ve always been drawn to in books, film, and television.
Do you have a favorite quote or specific part in the book that you really love?
I’ve always had a soft spot for stories involving personal transformation. Sebastian goes through exactly that throughout the course of Grey – but in ways he never would’ve imagined. I definitely enjoyed writing scenes where Sebastian had to directly confront what was happening to him. I also loved getting to write some of his uncomfortable, awkward moments.
“This was it. I had to go stand up there with this new girl who was doing all kinds of unexplained things to my insides. I stumbled out of my seat, head numb and legs wobbling as though I’d never used them before. I struggled to maintain some semblance of composure as I walked with heavy steps to my own funeral.’
Was there a specific part in the book that you had an especially difficult time writing? If so, why?
Writing from a first person POV can be a challenge when it comes to other characters. Sebastian has limited interaction with a couple of characters that still had to be sufficiently developed in order to push the story along. Writing those scenes was sometimes difficult.
What sort of projects do you have going on right now. Any new books coming out?
I’m thrilled that the release of the second book in this series is due out on June 2. Shadow was a joy to write, and I’m excited to be able to share the next chapter of Sebastian’s story. I’m currently writing book three of the series, which is due out sometime next year. I’m also working on a YA sci-fi and editing an older project.
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 hosting me! I hope you enjoy the Romany Outcasts Series as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it!
OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES:
Can you still love with a heart of stone?
Sebastian Grey always thought he was a fairly normal teenager – good friends, decent grades and a pretty sweet job in his foster brother’s tattoo shop.
But when Romany gypsies arrive in town, Sebastian discovers that his world is not what it seems. There is an age-old feud between his family and the gypsies – and this isn’t the only secret his brother has been keeping from him. His life is not his own. The girl he’s been dreaming about has just turned up at school, and he feels compelled to protect her at all costs.
Even if that means life might never be normal again.
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