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April 4, 2018

Blog Tour: The Call of the Rift: Flight by Jae Waller – Interview and Giveaway

 

Hello Readers!  Welcome to our stop during the tour for

The Call of the Rift: Flight by Jae Waller!

We have Jae on the blog today for a quick Q&A!

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

 

 

 

A rebellious heroine faces a colonial world coming unstitched in Jae Waller’s stunning debut fantasy

Seventeen-year-old Kateiko doesn’t want to be Rin anymore — not if it means sacrificing lives to protect the dead. Her only way out is to join another tribe, a one-way trek through the coastal rainforest. Killing a colonial soldier in the woods isn’t part of the plan. Neither is spending the winter with Tiernan, an immigrant who keeps a sword with his carpentry tools. His log cabin leaks and his stories about other worlds raise more questions than they answer.

Then the air spirit Suriel, long thought dormant, resurrects a war. For Kateiko, protecting other tribes in her confederacy is atonement. For Tiernan, war is a return to the military life he’s desperate to forget.

Leaving Tiernan means losing the one man Kateiko trusts. Staying with him means abandoning colonists to a death sentence. In a region tainted by prejudice and on the brink of civil war, she has to decide what’s worth dying — or killing — for.

 

 

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

Thank you for having me! Your website design is lovely, by the way.

 

 

Describe your book in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet)

Alt-historic fantasy in a parallel world to the Pacific Northwest. A 17yo girl navigates an epic clash between colonists and an air spirit.

 

 

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

It started way back with Canadian Literature class, when I read Monkey Beach by Eden Robinson. I was 20 and it was the first time I’d read a novel set in my province. It was transformative. I gradually realized I needed to write closer to home to be authentic.

 

A few years later I studied Northwest Coast drawing under a Haida/Nisga’a woodcarver, and Aboriginal art under a Kanien’kehaka multimedia artist and DJ. I carried that into my novel-writing class the next semester where I started developing an indigenous protagonist, reworking an old kernel of plot to fit 18th-century Canada (partly so I could have badass characters with swords.)

 

 

Tell us about the main character(s).

Kateiko is a 17-year-old fur trapper and water-caller who clashes with her elders over their isolationist policies. She strikes out alone (well, with best friend in tow) to make contact with a neighbour tribe, but finds a whole lot more than she bargained for.

 

She’s competent and resourceful and convinced she’s right, but also naïve and brash and prone to mistakes ¬¬– sometimes very serious ones ¬– which I think makes her realistic. She’s also brimming with righteous anger, yet determined to stop people on all sides from dying.

 

 

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

“Alcohol is like love. If it doesn’t hurt, it ain’t strong enough.”

 

 

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

The major battle scene! Choreographing battles is a ton of work, since it should be plausible and forward-flowing, but also exciting and meaningful. I had to map the battleground in a notebook to keep it all straight.

 

 

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

The second book in The Call of the Rift is off for edits, but I don’t know the release date yet. I’m currently drafting the third book, which will sort of be a prequel, sort of a companion novel. I’m also on-and-off writing a collection of short stories based on a side character in Flight.

 

 

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 so much; it’s been a pleasure!

 

 

About Jae Waller

Jae Waller grew up in a lumber town in northern British Columbia. She has a joint B.F.A. in creative writing and fine art from the University of Northern British Columbia and Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Now living in Melbourne, Australia, she works as a novelist and freelance artist.

 

 

 

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