Monday, October 21, 2019

Rin Chupeco Interview - The Never Tilting World

Photo Content Rin Chupeco

Rin Chupeco has written obscure manuals for complicated computer programs, talked people out of their money at event shows, and done many other terrible things. She now writes about ghosts and fantastic worlds but is still sometimes mistaken for a revenant. She is the author of The Girl from the Well, its sequel, The Suffering, and the Bone Witch trilogy.

ISBN: 9780062821799
ISBN 10: 0062821792
Imprint: HarperTeen On Sale: 10/15/2019
BISAC1: YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Fantasy / Wizards & Witches


“The Never Tilting World is what happens when Garth Nix meets Mad Max: Fury Road. It’s a dark, lovely, and even timely look at a world that’s fallen apart, with just the right blend of epic action and twisted magic.” ―Tara Sim, author of Timekeeper

“Visually vivid, magical, and exhilarating.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Dark and richly drawn, The Never Tilting World is a lavish fantasy about sisterhood, sacrifice, and finding strength in a treacherous world. Chupeco’s writing is lushly descriptive, transporting me to the brink of the abyss; while reading it, I could swear the world stood still.” ―Heidi Heilig, author of For a Muse of Fire

“Multiple plot twists and a breathlessly cinematic tone will attract fantasy and romance fans alike.” ―Booklist

“Complex, brutal, romantic, and terrifying. With a phenomenal cast of characters who stick to your bones and vivid worldbuilding that shows up in your dreams, this is a book that demands to be experienced.” ―Dahlia Adler, author of Under the Lights and editor of His Hideous Heart

“This rich fantasy spotlights power’s corruptive influence, love’s redemptive nature, and the urgent concerns of climate change. The tale’s scope and creativity astound.” ―Publishers Weekly

“A great choice for fantasy shelves.” ―School Library Journal

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
When I first started out, I had no one to be a mentor for me. I had to do a lot of research and querying via trial and error, while at the same time being told by many that the US publishing industry wouldn’t be interested in stories outside of the country. And now it feels very odd to know that I am considered a veteran in this field by some. But I’m now in the position to talk to other writers who want to take the same path and tell them that yes, this is a feasible option and that it’s possible, and it’s been gratifying to have people tell me that my books are their incentives to be writers themselves, especially among other Filipinos living in the Philippines!

Can you tell my Book Nerd community a little about your new book; THE NEVER TILTING WORLD?
THE NEVER TILTING WORLD is about a world called Aeon once ruled by twin goddesses, wherein a horrible catastrophe has split the world into two, where one half stays in perpetual darkness, and the other a constant desert. Two girls, each growing up on different sides of the world and led to believe that her twin sister died in said catastrophe, are now racing against time to find a way to heal the world before both the elements and the monsters plaguing it consume Aeon completely - but doing so means returning to the place where the world broke, and confronting all the demons therein.

For those who are unfamiliar with Odessa, how would you introduce her?
She is first and foremost, a romantic at heart. She consumes romance books despite the difficulty of procuring literature in the aftermath of the world breaking, and still likes to dream about when the world was a better, kinder place by living vicariously through the characters she reads about. She’s a little on the naive side but that’s not necessarily her fault. She’s a sickly girl with a strange condition no one knows how to cure, so she’s been confined to the most part in her mother’s tower. But she does have a rebellious nature and is fond of sneaking into the city and into its lone book shop - not knowing that an encounter she would have there would change everything.

What part of Lan did you enjoy writing the most?
Weird as it sounds, writing about her trauma really helped me in processing my own as well. As someone who grew up in a place where therapy is looked down on as a sign of weakness, it took a very long time for me to accept that I needed help in anything, much less that I wouldn’t be weak if I did. Some of the resistance Lan puts up is something I’ve dealt with myself, so it actually wound up being very therapeutic!

What was the most surprising thing you learned in creating Haidee?
The most obvious characteristic I had in mind when writing her was that she’s an absolute gearhead who’s fond of inventing things and trying to see how everything else works. But what I didn’t expect until I was well into the story was her absolute stubbornness and single mindedness in getting what she wants, which is why it’s so easy for her to talk Arjun into doing things her way even when she doesn’t make it sound like a command.

1. Tarquin Holloway (THE GIRL FROM THE WELL) - the character I’ve written who’s probably the most like me. I knew this fortune teller once who told me I had a negative aura: that I would invite ghostly activity wherever I go, but I would probably be the one least likely to be affected by their presence. So that concept was something I incorporated into his story, too - although I actually don’t believe in ghosts (though so many people have claimed weird things happen around me, like the fortune teller claimed).

2. Kalen (THE BONE WITCH) - Kalen’s probably the first character I wrote who I didn’t try to base off my personality in some way. He’s definitely the first character I wrote that I based my ideal guy off of - kinda grumpy on the outside but real gooey on the inside, who rarely falls for anyone but goes down hard when he does. He also seems to be the most popular character I’ve made, so maybe I did something there.

3. Likh (THE BONE WITCH) - Likh was initially conceived as a one-scene character, but she wound up growing on me so much that she ended up being the heart of the series, really. Her name is actually based on the Tagalog word “likha”, which means “to be”.

4. Cole Nottingham (WICKED AS YOU WISH) - most of you won’t meet Cole until WICKED AS YOU WISH comes out, but he’s a bit like the modern version of Kalen, but a lot more guarded and even ruder. Here’s an early clue: WICKED AS YOU WISH relies on the premise of fairy tales and legends being an actual part of history, and Cole’s last name indicates which famous figure he’s descended from.

5. Arjun (THE NEVER TILTING WORLD) - Arjun is the next one after Tark to be the most like me. I state this frequently enough in most interviews that ask, but what I haven’t mentioned yet is that his love interest, Haidee, is based on my husband, who is extremely intelligent, a genius with tech, a huge explorer at heart, and ridiculously kind. I’m his Arjun, the one constantly grumbling about his plans and always complaining but somehow getting roped into them and then warming up to the idea halfway through.

6. Okiku (THE GIRL FROM THE WELL) - Okiku had a lot of my rage, I think, and it was very therapeutic writing all that out on paper. A lot of characters in the book transferred the evil spirits haunting them into dolls or similar vessels to get rid of the malice that plagues them; in many ways the book did that for me, too. Okiku is based on the ghost from the Japanese ghost story, Bancho Sarayashiki, and I always wanted to write a different, much more satisfying ending beyond the one she got in that story.

7. Lisette (THE NEVER TILTING WORLD #2) - again, you won’t be meeting Lisette until the sequel to THE NEVER TILTING WORLD, but I feel like my bisexual gun-toting hardass is going to be a favorite in 2020. She’s named after one of my good friends, and also the first person I personally knew (even way before I did) to proudly come out and I felt that anyone I named after her had to be just as cool.

8. Tea Pahlavi (THE BONE WITCH) - Tea was pretty much teenage me growing up. I was the Tea who skipped classes I really didn’t like but worked really hard at the ones that I did, the one who can’t sing for crap and could do martial arts but could never seem to beat the infuriating guy in sparring class who made it all look so effortless. I was the Tea who smuggled animals into my room without anyone knowing because I wasn’t allowed to, and the one who rejected a lot of the conservative culture I grew up in and pushed back against tradition and thought I could make a difference.

9. Fox Pahlavi (THE BONE WITCH) - I love Fox. Fox was the whole reason the whole BONE WITCH trilogy came into being. I never had a brother, and Fox was based on the wondering if I did, shortly after I had my eldest son, and knowing my folks had lost an older child before they had me. The whole idea of being able to resurrect a sibling from the dead came from that. The whole series lived or died (literally!) around the strength of the relationship between Fox and Tea.

10. Tala Makiling Warnock (WICKED AS YOU WISH) - the first main character I’d ever written, although it would take seven more years and other published books later before WICKED AS YOU WISH would get its own book deal! She’s everything about me that’s Filipino but she’s also everything about me that feels like I’m still an outsider that never seems to belong anywhere. I don’t want to be a hero, and neither does she.

Frozen meets Mad Max in this epic teen fantasy duology bursting with star-crossed romance, immortal heroines, and elemental magic, perfect for fans of Furyborn.

Generations of twin goddesses have long ruled Aeon. But seventeen years ago, one sister’s betrayal defied an ancient prophecy and split their world in two. The planet ceased to spin, and a Great Abyss now divides two realms: one cloaked in perpetual night, the other scorched by an unrelenting sun.

While one sister rules Aranth—a frozen city surrounded by a storm-wracked sea —her twin inhabits the sand-locked Golden City. Each goddess has raised a daughter, and each keeps her own secrets about her sister’s betrayal.

But when shadowy forces begin to call their daughters, Odessa and Haidee, back to the site of the Breaking, the two young goddesses —along with a powerful healer from Aranth, and a mouthy desert scavenger —set out on separate journeys across treacherous wastelands, desperate to heal their broken world. No matter the sacrifice it demands.

You can purchase The Never Tilting World at the following Retailers:

And now, The Giveaways.
Thank you RIN CHUPECO for making this giveaway possible.
3 Winners will receive a Copy of THE NEVER TILTING WORLD by Rin Chupeco.
OCTOBER 22nd TUESDAY Insane About Books REVIEW
OCTOBER 23rd WEDNESDAY Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews REVIEW 
OCTOBER 24th THURSDAY Random Bookish Banter REVIEW 
OCTOBER 25th FRIDAY bookishaestha REVIEW 

OCTOBER 29th TUESDAY Nay's Pink Bookshelf REVIEW 
OCTOBER 31st THURSDAY A Court of Coffee and Books REVIEW
NOVEMBER 1st FRIDAY Life Within The Pages REVIEW


Post a Comment