Monday, 7 September 2020

Blog Tour + Interview: Ironspark by C.M. McGuire

 Hi and welcome to my post for the Ironspark Blog Tour! I'm so excited to be able to share an interview with the author with you all today, as well as a link to listen to the first chapter of the book. And don't miss the other tour stops for more fun content, just follow this link. Without further ado, let's get to the fun stuff!

by C.M. McGuire
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, LGBTQ+
Publication date: August 25, 2020
Publisher: Swoon Reads


A teen outcast must work together with new friends to keep her family and town safe from murderous Fae while also dealing with panic attacks, family issues, and a lesbian love triangle in C.M. McGuires's kick-butt paranormal YA debut, Ironspark.

For the past nine years, ever since a bunch of those evil Tinkerbells abducted her mother, cursed her father, and forced her family into hiding, Bryn has devoted herself to learning everything she can about killing the Fae. Now it’s time to put those lessons to use.

Then the Court Fae finally show up, and Bryn realizes she can’t handle this on her own. Thankfully, three friends offer to help: Gwen, a kindhearted water witch; Dom, a new foster kid pulled into her world; and Jasika, a schoolmate with her own grudge against the Fae.

But trust is hard-won, and what little Bryn has gained is put to the test when she uncovers a book of Fae magic that belonged to her mother. With the Fae threat mounting every day, Bryn must choose between faith in her friends and power from a magic that could threaten her very humanity.

1. Can you describe Ironspark using ten words or less?
Supernatural meets Buffy but queer fairies, magic, and marshmallows.

2. What was the hardest part of writing Ironspark?
I think finding the voice was the hardest part. I think I must have restarted Ironspark four or five times before I finally decided to risk an unreliable and go to first person

3. What's your favourite quote from Ironspark?
(re: putting out milk for the Fae) “Sounds like all we’ll get is a bunch of stray cats. I don’t want to catch ringworm.” This is one of the few quotes in the book inspired by real life.

4. How do you pick names for your characters? Do any of them have special meaning?
Sometimes I go and pick particular names, sometimes they just happen. For example, Dom and Gwen just happened. Bryn and Jasika came specifically from actresses whom I admired while I was drafting. 

5. What does your bookshelf look like? Is it organized and clean, or messy and chaotic?
It's sort of yes to both. I have an organization system. (Read, Unread, Tolkien, Language, Special Interest, and Comics). Beyond that, it's all over the place but I love to use it as a backdrop.

When C.M. McGuire, author of Ironspark, was a child, she drove her family crazy with her nonstop stories. Lucky for them, she eventually learned to write and gave their ears a rest. This love of stories led her to college where she pursued history (semi-nonfictional storytelling), anthropology (where stories come from) and theater (attention-seeking storytelling). When she isn't writing, she's painting, crocheting, gardening, baking and teaching the next generation to love stories as much as she does.

Chapter 1

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