Monday, November 16, 2015

Every Word Blog Tour + Giveaway: Five Zany Questions with Ellie Marney

Hello, welcome to Airy Reads, and this stop on the Every Word blog tour! I'm so thrilled to have Ellie here, especially since I am a die-hard fan of Wattscroft and the Every series. For those of you who have the misfortune of not having read these books yet, here's a little snippet of my thoughts about these books, mostly about Rachel and Mycroft hah.Also, at the end of this post I've included instructions on how to enter to win a copy of your own, so keep your eyes open for that.
Between the banter and the chemistry, the high stakes and menacing villains, and my beloved Rachel and Mycroft, this book has everything you could want in a YA thriller and hands it to you on a silver platter. - taken from my review of Every Word 

James Mycroft and Rachel Watts, our Holmes-Watson pair, are fabulous characters. They are teenagers, with just the right amount of snark and banter in them (i.e. a tad too much to be healthy), and were a delight to read about. - taken from my review of Every Breath 

1. ‘Rachel Watts and James Mycroft have the lurve of all lurves and OTP and Wattscroft foreva’ – discuss:

I am so not the person to answer this question! Because seriously, I’m a bit in love with Mycroft myself – I mean, I have to be, right? I made him up, after all… Would I fight Rachel for him? Uh – no. That girl has some seriously kick-arse moves, and I think that after all they’ve gone through together, she deserves to get her guy.

But honestly, I do think Rachel and James have something that’s more solid than just a high school crush. Their relationship is based first and foremost on friendship – which, to my understanding, is always the best basis for long-term togetherness.

Points against: they are both still teenagers. That is actually one of the things I sometimes struggle with in YA, that there’s this fixed idea that romance between teenagers in high school will be The One Love For All Time, when rationally we know that this is kind of rare in real life – I mean, most people get together in their 20s or 30s. But it’s nice to believe it could happen. I don’t know many couples that got together in high school and stayed for the long haul, but I know a few, and I believe it will happen for Rachel and James (well, I definitely like to think so).

Points for: in terms of potential ‘OTP forever’, they have a couple of things going for them. For one, James is a very passionate guy (ahem), and he’s the kind of person who would carry a flame for a long time. So, yeah, enduring passion ftw! And for her part, Rachel is loyal – in fact, that’s one of her most defining character traits. They’ve been through a lot together, they’ve kind of got bonds that have been forged in fire – actually literally, in Every Word – so I’m optimistic.

So sure, they’re teenagers, and the odds might not be stacked in their favor…but I happen to think this one’s a keeper.

2. Every Word gets a 5-star Kirkus review and breaks records on the NYT Bestseller List, and a famous bartender at the Ritz-Carlton makes a cocktail in its honour. What’s in the cocktail and what is it called:

The cocktail is called Anarchist’s Cookbook, and it contains one part Irish Whiskey, one part Malibu (which is a rather disgusting coconut-rum liqueur popular here in Australia, which always reminds me of summer and being a teenager – make of that what you will), one part Passion Pop (another delightful cask wine which was the cheapest plonk on the market when I was eighteen and tasted vaguely of passion fruit), two parts Guinness (a form of stout), and one part rocket fuel.

The bartender presents it in a delicate crystal glass, then sets it on fire and sprays it around the room at all the other patrons.

3. Writing Must-Haves – snacks, drinks, music…whatever:

CHOCOLATE, THERE MUST BE CHOCOLATE. Preferably of the dark 70% cocoa type, and preferably Lindt. You could throw in some nuts, too – cashew nuts or walnuts are okay, but no almonds, cos those things get stuck in your teeth.

There must be gallons of strong tea, boiled in a saucepan and dolloped with condensed milk (a vice that Mycroft and I share). Late at night, there must be coffee – instant, and also with condensed milk.  There must be no music whatsoever, except the soundtrack playing in my head.

4. What is Sherlock Holmes’ bedroom really like? (If you read the book, you'll know that besides getting caught up in mysteries of her own, Rachel also gets a chance to go sightseeing in London, and what better way to have fun than to visit the illustrious detective himself?)

Quite odd, and not as private as you’d think. See this pic?

This is the photo I took when I went to visit the Sherlock Holmes Museum in London – yes, it’s really real, it’s not something I just made up for the book, and it’s really at 221B Baker Street. Apparently the people who run the museum bought the title for the address some time ago – it used to be a bank, and the legend goes that the bank-folk used to get so many letters addressed to Holmes sent to them that they were quite happy to sell off the property when the opportunity arose!

As a bonus, how does Mycroft compare to Sherlock Holmes, in terms of their bedrooms?

I guess the primary difference between the 'real' Sherlock's bedroom and Mycroft's would be...well, Mycroft has no lace doilies, for one, and for two, Mycroft's chemistry set is right in his bedroom, whereas Sherlock's is in his living room. Also, I think Mycroft's room has significantly more dirty clothes thrown around in it, and the computer... Yep, things have certainly changed since 1880's London :)

5. Something important about my writing process I’d like to share:

When I start a new book, I generally begin the writing in little exercise books – like the notebooks you use in primary school. I write snippets of dialogue, and scene ideas, and notes on characters, and pretty words, and it’s all very messy and not at all organised. Then when I feel like the ideas are actually starting to take shape, I type up what I’ve got in a doc on my laptop, and then I work on the laptop almost exclusively.

I generally use most of the snippets I wrote out by hand. For some reason, writing by hand gets my mind working in a different way to typing on the ‘puter.

And I’m not a ‘linear narrative’ person, especially not at the start. All the snippets and scenes and dialogue outtakes get pieced together like a patchwork quilt first. That’s how I know if something is really working – when the snippets start to reproduce and multiply, and then I HAVE to get it down on the laptop, and then I can start the process of crafting a story that’s strung together like (to use a Hannibal Lecter metaphor) add-a-beads. Once I have a skeleton structure, then I can add flesh to the bones of the story.

Writing Every Word, the first scene I wrote was actually the warehouse make-out scene. And then I wrote the scene where Rachel tells off Detective Pickup at the police station. And then I wrote the scene with the explosion. See? I’m really not an organised person at all!

Title: Every Word
Authors: Ellie Marney
Series: Every #2
Pub Date: September 8th, 2015
James Mycroft has just left for London to investigate a car accident similar to the one that killed his parents seven years ago...without saying goodbye to Rachel Watts, his 'partner in crime'.

Rachel is furious and worried about his strange behaviour - not that Mycroft's ever exactly normal, but London is the scene of so many of his nightmares. So Rachel jumps on a plane to follow him...and lands straight in a whole storm of trouble.

The theft of a copy of Shakespeare's First Folio, the possible murder of a rare books conservator, and the deaths of Mycroft's parents...Can Watts help Mycroft make sense of the three events - or will she lose him forever?

Sparks fly when Watts and Mycroft reunite in this second sophisticated thriller about the teen sleuthing duo. - Goodreads

Ellie Marney was born in Brisbane, and has lived in Indonesia,Singapore and India. Now she writes, teaches, talks about kid’s literature at libraries and schools, and gardens when she can, while living in a country idyll (actually a very messy wooden house on ten acres with a dog and lots of chickens) near Castlemaine, in north-central Victoria. Her partner and four sons still love her, even though she often forgets things and lets the housework go.

Ellie’s short stories for adults have won awards and been published in various anthologies. Every Breath is her first novel for young adults.

Thank you so much to Ellie Marney and Tundra Books for this wonderful opportunity and I hope everyone gets a chance to pick up this marvelous series, it's a decision you will surely not regret! To win a copy of this book (US and Canada only), enter the Rafflecopter below. And be sure to follow the rest of the blog tour here.

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  1. Great interview, particularly the question about whether their relationship will last. I'm on the lasting side, they do seem to have something very special that extends far beyond and infatuation. Great to be on the tour with you.

    1. Thank you for stopping by! And yes I definitely agree with Ellie's response on she thinks they'll last, there's a very strong bond between James and Rachel that isn't quite the typical teen romance.

  2. I didn't know there was a Sherlock Holmes Museum! I'd so love to visit it if I'm ever in London! Thanks for sharing the photo! I've heard really amazing things about this series so I'm hoping to get around to reading it soon. Thanks for the chance :)

    1. I've never been to London myself, but this is one of the places to visit on my bucketlist! And you're welcome to the giveaway I'm happy it gives people the chance to read these books :)

  3. Such awesome questions and answers!! I find writing make out scenes first is always the way to go ;) And I love your thoughts on Wattscroft's OTPness, I have to say I agree. My best friends met the first week of college orientation, started dating and 11 years later they're happily married. That's not so far off from high school. Every Word is the BEST, I want everyone to read this series!!!! And I haven't been to the Sherlock museum but I did eat at a Sherlock Holmes themed pub! It was quite the experience. Such a fun post :)

    1. Every Word is the best, I definitely agree, I'm currently trying to get as many friends as possible reading this series :) And oh all these questions and answers are all Ellie's brilliance so I wish I could take credit, but nope! I'm glad you had fun reading them though.

  4. There is a cocktail made in Every Word's honor, call the Anarchist’s Cookbook?!! I love it!! Every Word was amazing and I can't wait to get the end of Rachel and Mycroft's story. Btw, my husband and I met when I was 14 years old and we've been married since I was 17 years old, more than 25 years, but I won't tell you exactly how much more. So I guess we're the exception to a lot of teenage romances, but I think Rachel and Mycroft would be, too! Wonderful post, Ellie, and thanks for sharing your thoughts on the series, Eri! :)

    1. Hypothetical actually, unfortunately it doesn't exist in real life, although how cool would that be? That's so romantic and cinema-worthy love then! You're like a true version of Wattscroft, and I hope to see them end up just as you and your husband did. :)

  5. Ellie Marney is hilarious - great interview! Her answer for the first question makes me both nervous and excited. I definitely hope the ship doesn't fall apart before the series ends. I also love how detailed her answer was for the question about her writing must-haves. :D
    Thanks for the giveaway! I'm so excited for this book.

    1. I hope so as well! I love this pairing a lot so I would be heartbroken if anything happened to them! And her answers are so fun :)

  6. Haha, I can't believe there really is a Sherlock Holmes Museum-very cool! Your writing process seems to be really unique, but it works. ;) I'm one of those people that could never not write in chronological order, but writing ideas in a notebook beforehand sounds really useful!
    Great interview!

    1. Thanks for stopping by! And the Sherlock Holmes Museum does sound cool, I'm so envious Ellie got to got here!

  7. I've heard nothing but great things about this series! Upon seeing this blog tour, I went straight to my library to pick up a copy of Book 1. I look forward to finally reading it, just in time to get my hands on Book 2! I love Sherlock Holmes-related stories, mysteries, and (of course) YA, so this should be perfect for me! Thanks for the fun and zany questions (I love this idea!), and for being part of the tour. I enjoyed visiting!

    1. Thanks for stopping by!! And great choice, this is one series you should not be missing out on! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did and that you get a chance to pick up the second one soon!

  8. Well now I've added more books to my TBR because I must read all of these books now!!

  9. Great interview! I like your writing process