Friday, April 29, 2016

Wild Swans Blog Tour - Q and A

Today I am thrilled to take part in the blog tour for Jessica Spotswood's Wild Swans. I loved Jessica's other series and cannot wait to check out her new book.

If you haven't been check out the tour, be sure to visit all of the tour stops for even more great content!

Week 1:
4/25: Adventures of a Book Junkie - Q&A
4/26: YA Bibliophile - Review
4/27: Fiction Fare - Guest Post
4/28: Here's to Happy Endings - Review
4/29: A Glass of Wine - Q&A

Week 2:
5/2: Once Upon A Twilight - Review
5/3: The Irish Banana Review - Top 10
5/4: Ex Libris - Review
5/5: Such a Novel Idea - Playlist
5/6: Jenuine Cupcakes - Review

For my stop I got to ask Jessica some questions for a fun Q and A post. She dishes on ice cream, and some inspiration behind her book and more.
The summer before Ivy’s senior year is going to be golden; all bonfires, barbeques, and spending time with her best friends. For once, she will just get to be. No summer classes, none of Granddad’s intense expectations to live up to the family name. For generations, the Milbourn women have lead extraordinary lives—and died young and tragically. Granddad calls it a legacy, but Ivy considers it a curse. Why else would her mother have run off and abandoned her as a child?

But when her mother unexpectedly returns home with two young daughters in tow, all of the stories Ivy wove to protect her heart start to unravel. The very people she once trusted now speak in lies. And all of Ivy’s ambition and determination cannot defend her against the secrets of the Milbourn past….

I am very excited to share this Q and A! A huge thank you to Jessica for taking the time to answer these questions for me and to Hannah for making it happen.

 Twitter pitch Wild Swans (140 characters or less)

WILD SWANS is a contemporary, feminist YA about a complicated family, fierce friendships, & first love, set onthe Chesapeake Bay.

If someone were to make a signature ice cream in honour of your book, what might be included?

Ivy & her little sister Gracie bake together in the book; one afternoon they make chocolate-chip cookie sandwiches with vanilla ice cream. But strawberry ice cream is their favorite. So I think for the signature ice cream, I’d go with strawberry ice cream with chunks of chocolate chip cookie-dough.

Can you share a secret about the setting of your novel?

WILD SWANS takes place in Cecil, a small college town on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay. And Cecil is a total mash-up of two Maryland towns that I love: Chestertown, the small college town on the Chester River where I lived for four years while I attended Washington College, and St. Michael’s, a small touristy town on the Chesapeake Bay where I’ve vacationed half a dozen times.

 What 3 things do you need while revising?

My Macbook Air, a lot of Earl Grey (tea or iced tea, depending on the weather), and an app that will keep me off social media (Forest is my new favorite).

 If you could travel to anywhere, in any time period, when and where would you want travel?

Agh, this is so hard! Right now I’d love to time-travel back to 1826 New Orleans, which is the setting of my short story in A TYRANNY OF PETTICOATS. I love New Orleans, and in the 1820s it was a fascinating blend of cultures: Spanish, French, Creole, American, free people of color from Saint-Domingue, African slaves. But I’d also love to experience World War II on the homefront to see what it was like when my grandmothers were teenage girls.

If you listen to music while you write, is there a song that you listened to while writing Wild Swans?

I listened to “The Mother We Share” by Chvrches about a billion times while writing


I heart books, board games, tea, the color pink, theatre, twirly dresses, and bells chiming the hour. I live in Washington, DC with my playwright husband and a cuddly cat named Monkey. I work part-time as a children's library associate for the DC Public Library. I'm frighteningly enthusiastic.

I use GR to keep track of what I read and to recommend books that I really love.

If you're interested in interviews or guest posts, please contact me at cahillwitch (at) gmail (dot) com. Thanks!
You can learn more about Jessica and her books by visiting the following links

Now that you're intrigued by this awesome sounding book, how about the chance to win a copy? Be sure to enter the giveaway below and you could win one of three copies of Wild Swans! Just fill out the Rafflecopter. The contest is US ONLY, however.

Thanks again to Jessica, Hannah and Sourcebooks. Be sure to follow along all next week for even more reviews, guest posts and interviews.

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  1. Thanks for the post today. This book sounds really good. I have to know what happens and why.

  2. OH I love New Orleans and I can't even imagine how amazing it was back in 1800's!!


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