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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Sky in the Deep Blog Tour: Q&A with Adrienne Young

Today, I'm sharing a Q&A with Adrienne Young for the Sky in the Deep Blog Tour! I hope you enjoy it ^_^

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
Publisher: Wednesday Books (Macmillan)
Pub. Date: April 24th, 2018
Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Book Depository
The lush, vivid world that's brought to life in Adrienne Young's debut novel is part Wonder Woman, part Vikings―and all heart.

Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient, rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: train to fight and fight to survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield―her brother, fighting with the enemy―the brother she watched die five years ago.

Eelyn loses her focus and is captured. Now, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan settling in the valley, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.

She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family to find a way to forgive her brother while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.

Adrienne Young is a born and bred Texan turned California girl. She is a foodie with a deep love of history and travel and a shameless addiction to coffee. When she’s not writing, you can find her on her yoga mat, scouring antique fairs for old books, sipping wine over long dinners, or disappearing into her favorite art museums. She lives with her documentary filmmaker husband and their four little wildlings beneath the West Coast sun.
Connect with Adrienne: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest
What inspired SKY IN THE DEEP? How did the idea and Eelyn come to you? Do you have any favorite Viking stories? 

Adrienne: The sibling betrayal was definitely the first inspiration for this story. I was driving in the pouring rain on this country road and that first scene just hit me - Eelyn, seeing her brother on the battlefield after thinking that he was dead for five years. I pulled over on the side of the road and scribbled a million notes on an old envelope. I was immediately hooked to the idea and I wanted to know what had happened. I started writing that first chapter and I just never stopped.

What type of research did you do for your characters and world-building? What languages did you study to implement the languages that the Aska and the Riki speak? What was the strangest thing you had to research for this book?

Adrienne: I did a ton of research for this story. I actually really love to research things so it was a lot of fun. A lot of it was stuff like clothing, landscape, weapons, food, etc. But I did a lot of research into Norse mythology as well to build a foundation for this world. The language used is Old Norse, but it’s a dead language so studying it was really difficult. There is a lot of controversy about it among scholars and there’s no real way to fully understand it, so I just did my best based on my own investigation. I’m definitely not an expert! The weirdest thing I had to research was how to tear out someone’s eyeball. Yuck.

What was your writing process like for SKY IN THE DEEP?

Adrienne: Complete and utter obsession. When I draft, I get really buried in the world and I don’t really come up for air until I get to the end. I write as much as I can and limit my intake of other influencers that could mess with my mindset. I don’t watch TV or movies or listen to music that’s not on my playlist, and I kind of don’t have a social life until it’s done.

What was your hardest scene to write? What was the easiest? 

Adrienne: I really didn’t struggle to get this story on the page the way I have with other books so I really don’t know what the hardest scene to write was. But the easiest was the first chapter. I wrote it so fast and it just clicked in so perfectly.

What are some of your favorite and least favorite tropes in books?

Adrienne: I will always love the “strong female lead” trope because I feel like we will just never have enough of them. And I want to see those characters in every shape and color. I hate love triangles. I HATE THEM! I think the reason is because I’ve never been in one and I’ve never known anyone in one and that makes me feel like they are super unrealistic. And if something is unrealistic in my mind, then I can’t relate to it at all.

Which of your characters are you the most like? Who was your favorite to write?

Adrienne: Eelyn! We have so much in common and she really inspires me. But I think Halvard was the most fun to write. I really, really love him.

Do you have a soundtrack for SKY IN THE DEEP? Can you share a couple songs? What would Eelyn’s favorite song be?

Adrienne: Yes! Music plays a HUGE role in my writing process and I have a playlist for every project. The ones I probably listened to the most while drafting SKY are To the Hills by Laurel, Bare by Wildes, and Rise Up – Reprise by Foxes. But a link to the whole playlist is on my site!

What books have inspired you to write? What books are you looking forward to reading this year?

Adrienne: The ones that inspired me to write are nothing like my books. One of the most influential ones for me was A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, because the human element is so beautiful and the author explores so many things in that book that really took my breath away. I wanted to write stories that went deep like that, but I love fantasy so I try to it within that realm.

Any advice on querying? Or writing advice for aspiring writers?

Adrienne: Querying – do not just sign with any agent who will take you. Make a dream agent list of qualified agents who have good reputations and make consistent sales. Query them. If they don’t bite, then write another book that they might want. Believe me when I say it is worth waiting for the right agent!

Any details about the companion novel?

Adrienne: I can’t say anything about the companion novel yet! But I’m hoping that we can start talking about it soon because I am really excited about it!

Brittany: Thank you, Adrienne, for being on the blog today! 

What do you guys think of our interview? Have you read Sky in the Deep yet? Is it on your TBR? Is this the first time you're hearing about it? Let me know! 


  1. Ooh this was amazing and so much fun! I'm about to start this one soon and SO excited.­čśŹVikings is definitely something I don't see a lot of in books?! Need mooore. Also I loved the Q&A (lol totally relate to the writing process question­čśé).

  2. I'm so incredibly excited for this book. I love Norse mythology and unfortunately we rarely see it in YA books. April's Fairyloot will have this bad boy in it, so I should be able to read it by mid-May :D

    Lauren @

  3. I am totally dying for this book and the interview made me even more excited!

  4. I have this on my wishlist to begin with, but I loved the interview and will be looking forward to getting a copy of this terrific sounding book!!

  5. I have not heard much about this book and I am really intrigued now! The Wonder Woman connection got my attention. I am slowly becoming a fan. I love a great playlist for a novel as well. Thanks for sharing this! :)

  6. I definitely agree that the strong heroine trope will always be a favorite. ♥ And I do know a few some people who have been in a "love triangle," but books portray them to be way too confusing, when in fact they're not all that! At least, from what I've seen from my friends.

    - Aimee @ Aimee, Always

  7. YAY :D I took part in the blog tour on this day too, hih. <3 Love your post sweetie :D Thank you for sharing. <3 Just, ugh. I loved this book SO MUCH :D So so so good. <3

  8. I just bought thia one- can't WAIT to read it!

  9. Amazing interview!! You basically answered all of my questions.
    Great post Brittany :)

  10. This book is already on my list and I'm SO curious!! Your interview just wants to make me want to read it more, so thank you! :D

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