Monday 29 September 2014

Interview with Leigh Bardugo + A Giveaway!

Hello lovely readers of my blog! Today I have a special interview for you with the author of the brilliant, amazing, glittering Grisha Trilogy, Leigh Bardugo. I was soooo excited to talk to Leigh as I am the HUGEST fan of the trilogy (review of Ruin&Rising coming soon!) and was curious as to how she came up with the idea to write it. I was invited to an event in August to celebrate the launch of the latest book in the trilogy but unfortunately wasn't able to make it, so I was so relieved I was still able to do an interview! There is also an exciting giveaway, which I will tell you about below the interview... 

1)      How did you find inspiration to write The Grisha Trilogy?

The idea for the trilogy really began with a question: what if darkness was a place? That idea led to a lot of other questions: what if the monsters that you imagine there were real and you had to fight them on their territory? What kind of power would it take to create such a place? What kind of power would it take to destroy it? And all of those ideas contributed to the creation of the Shadow Fold and everything else really arose from that initial inspiration. But I think there is a myth about books; that they come from a single idea, when in truth writing a novel doesn't require a single moment of inspiration it requires daily inspiration.

2)      What is the best and worst thing about The Grisha Trilogy being a fandom?
Honestly, the best thing about it is that I get to see the enthusiasm of readers expressed in fan mixes, playlists, and edits and art. I get to see them connect with one another and see them share their enthusiasm for the books. The worst thing about it is when conflicts arise in that fandom, and I see people being unkind to each other over something I created.

3)      Do you tend to form characters or a plot first?
It is really impossible for me to pull those two things apart.

4)      Is it more fun creating villains or heroes? (I.e the Darkling or Mal/Alina?)
My villains are my heroes - they are just part of a different narrative: every character is a pleasure to create. Some are easier than others and some speak with louder voices, but once I get to know them I treasure them all.

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And now for the giveaway! All you have to do is comment below on this blog post with your favourite fantasy read, or your favourite character from the Grisha Trilogy- you can enter as many times as you like... No limit! The closing date is Monday 20th October 2014, so get commenting!

There will be ONE lucky winner, who will receive the whole trilogy... That's Shadow&Bone, Siege&Storm AAANNNDDD Ruin&Rising! What are you waiting for? GET COMMENTING BELOW!

If you would like any further information on my giveaway policies, visit my page here.

If you would like to read my review for Shadow&Bone and Siege&Storm click on the titles!

Good luck <3


  1. Wauwee, awesome giveaway! Interesting interview too...I like that Leigh says her villains are heroes as well, that they are part of their own narrative. SO COOL for an aspiring YA author to hear :) Neat. Thanks for the giveaway opp! My fav fantasy read is between Song of the Lioness quartet by Tamora Pierce or Magician by Raymond Feist :)

  2. My favorite fantasy reads are The Song of Fire and Ice series by George Martin, Throne of Glass by Sarah Maas, Gilded by Christina Farley, The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa, and so much more! I have yet to read the Grisha Trilogy so thank you so much for this amazing giveaway! :)

  3. The Codex of Alera by Jim Butcher is awesome

    1. Congratulations Margaret! You have won the giveaway! Please email me on for details of how I can get the books to you :)

  4. Also Brandon Sanderson's books. All of them.

  5. A Song of Ice and Fire. By George R. R. Martin