Series: The Abyss Surrounds Us #1
Published by Flux on February 8th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Sci Fi
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For Cassandra Leung, bossing around sea monsters is just the family business. SheÂ’s been a Reckoner trainer-in-training ever since she could walk, raising the genetically-engineered beasts to defend ships as they cross the pirate-infested NeoPacific. But when the pirate queen Santa Elena swoops in on CasÂ’s first solo mission and snatches her from the bloodstained decks, CasÂ’s dream of being a full-time trainer seems dead in the water.
ThereÂ’s no time to mourn. Waiting for her on the pirate ship is an unhatched Reckoner pup. Santa Elena wants to take back the seas with a monster of her own, and she needs a proper trainer to do it. She orders Cas to raise the pup, make sure he imprints on her ship, and, when the time comes, teach him to fight for the pirates. If Cas fails, her blood will be the next to paint the sea.
But Cas has fought pirates her entire life. And she's not about to stop.
For the second year, I’m thrilled to be participating in the YaReads New Author Bash! Hosted by Ya Reads, this is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate new authors! I won the lottery and I’m so excited to introduce Emily Skrutskie! I just love the book, The Abyss Surrounds Us and IÂ’m so excited to have herÂ on my blog today!Â
What was your writing process for TASU? How long did it take you to write?
I actually wrote TASU during the spring semester of my junior year of college. I kept a consistent but relatively light scheduleÂ—I tried to write at least 300 words every day, stealing time between classes and before I collapsed in bed each night. It was my most difficult semester of college academically, and it seems impossible that I somehow passed all my classes AND wrote a book at the same time.
Which character do you think is most like you? How about the character that is least like yourself?
As a fellow blue-eyed, bad-haired, ridiculously self-sacrificing, will-do-anything-for-approval person, IÂ’m going to have to go with Swift. Least like me is a trickier question, since I feel like I infused bits of myself into every character in some way or another. Maybe LemonÂ—Lemon rarely speaks unless necessary, and IÂ’m always unnecessarily speaking.
Is there any news about a sequel or a companion novel to TASU?
The sequel has been written. Things are in motion. Beyond that, I canÂ’t say, but I really appreciate everyoneÂ’s patience! ItÂ’s coming!
What authors inspire you and why?
Maggie Stiefvater for her ridiculously good writing and characters. Leigh Bardugo for her rich worlds and richer wit. Victoria Schwab for her sense of rhythm and her hustle.
Tell us about your journey to get TASU published. Did you always know that you were going to be an author?
I always knew I wanted to be an author, but it was a bit of a surprise when that dream started coming true all of a sudden during my senior year of college. I had been querying books with the intent of getting published since I was fifteen, and TASU was my third. But unusually enough, my editor actually scouted me at an online writing conference and made an offer on TASU before I had even started to query! So I kind of went into this publishing thing backwards, but it worked out!
Do you have any pets? I would love to see pictures!
I donÂ’t have any pets, but I live with my parents and they have a dog! HereÂ’s a picture of us hanging out:
— Emily Skrutskie (@skrutskie) December 23, 2013
Where can we find more information about you and your books on the web?
My website is skrutskie.com, and you can always reach out to me on Twitter at @skrutskie!