Saturday, February 23, 2013
by Gennifer Albin
Farrar Straus Giroux
3 lucky winners will receive a free signed copy on Friday, March 1, 2013!
About the Book:
Incapable. Awkward. Artless.
That's what the other girls whisper behind her back. But sixteen year-old Adelice Lewys has a secret: she wants to fail.
Gifted with the ability to weave time with matter, she's exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen as a Spinster is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. It also means the power to embroider the very fabric of life. But if controlling what people eat, where they live and how many children they have is the price of having it all, Adelice isn't interested.
Not that her feelings matter, because she slipped and wove a moment at testing, and they're coming for her—tonight.
Now she has one hour to eat her mom's overcooked pot roast. One hour to listen to her sister's academy gossip and laugh at her Dad's stupid jokes. One hour to pretend everything's okay.
And one hour to escape.
Because once you become a Spinster, there's no turning back.
Check out our Exclusive Interview with the Author Here!
1) When you set out to write a book, are you usually sparked by a story idea or a character?
It's more like a situation. Often I'm driving along—the best ideas come to me in the car—and I hear a news story or a song and it sparks a "what if." I was thinking of a painting when I came up with the premise of Crewel: a girl who can weave the world but doesn't want to.
2) At what time of the day do you feel the most creative?
Unfortunately I feel most creative past 10 at night, which is not doable with two small children. So I've conditioned myself to write when a bell rings...okay, just joking. I've conditioned myself to work in the afternoon, but if I'm on a tight deadline, I will work from 10 pm-3am at a local 24-hour pancake shop.
3) Which came first, the title or the novel?
The novel came first, but just barely! I have to know my title before I can really sink into writing a book, and I spent a considerable amount of time choosing CREWEL. My first idea for a title was TANGLED, but when I googled it I found out Disney stole my idea! I happened on CREWEL while looking at sewing terms and knew it was perfect.
4) What was your favorite book growing up and why?
Anne of Green Gables. I loved Anne, because she was a dreamer with a feisty streak. I gave my main character, Adelice, red hair in honor of Anne.
5) When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer? Have you had other jobs along the way?
I've always written books, including a compelling, fully illustrated retelling of Star Wars starring vegetables OP1 Potato, anyone? I'm fairly sure Darth Vader was a brussels sprout. I unfairly vilified that vegetable in my youth. I tried to write in college and grad school, but I tended to give up about 50 pages in. CREWEL is my first finished novel.
I've had quite a few jobs along the way: mall rat, waitress, residence advisor, fairy, high school teacher, graduate student, video store manager, entrepreneur, blogger, and mommy.
About the Author:
Gennifer Albin holds a Masters degree in English Literature from the University of Missouri. A recovering academic, she turned to writing her own books. Gennifer lives with her family in Kansas where she can be found in coffee shops, dreaming up new worlds. Visit the author online at: www.GenniferAlbin.com
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