1. How did you react when you first saw the cover?
I didn’t really know what to do because it was amazing and bright and deadly, and it didn’t look like many covers I had seen before. I loved it. I felt so, so lucky that it was the cover for Mask of Shadows.
2. What advice do you have for younger and aspiring authors?
Keep writing. Write everything you can, read everything you can, and keep your hobbies. Learn everything you can or want to learn. You don’t have to go to school for writing. You don’t have to be any sort of person to be a writer other than someone who writes. Yes, getting published is hard and can be harder depending, but you can do it and many would love to help.
3. Do you write friends/family into your books, or do you keep them separate?
Oh, no. They’re separate. Very separate.
4. What were your favorite books as a child?
Lirael by Garth Nix, Circle of Magic series by Tamora Pierce, Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith, and weirdly the Mallory books by Carol O’Connell.
5. What's your favorite part of the writing process?
I really enjoy my second round of revising when I rewrite everything to make it tighter. I think it’s very calming.
Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But genderfluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class―and the nobles who destroyed their home.
When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand―the Queen's personal assassins, named after the rings she wears―Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge.
But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive.
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