Irish Banana Tour: Q&A with Wintersong Authour S. Jae-Jones

Posted February 20, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, interview / 3 Comments

Irish Banana Tour: Q&A with Wintersong Authour S. Jae-Jones

Irish Banana Tour: Q&A with Wintersong Authour S. Jae-JonesWintersong by S. Jae-Jones
Series: Wintersong #1
Published by Thomas Dunne on February 7th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, romance, Retelling
Pages: 448
Format: ebook
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Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.
All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.
But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.
Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Irish Banana Tour: Q&A with Wintersong Authour S. Jae-JonesWintersong by S. Jae-Jones
Series: Wintersong #1
Published by Thomas Dunne on February 7th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, romance, Retelling
Pages: 448
Format: ebook
Buy on Amazon
Goodreads
four-stars

Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.
All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.
But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.
Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Q&A

I enjoyed Wintersong but the thing that intrigued me the most was the setting. Especially because I’m such a huge fan of the movie. I’m thrilled that I got the chance to interview S. Jae Jones about it and ask my most pressing questions.

When I first read the description of Wintersong, I immediately thought of the Jim Henson movie, Labyrinth. Where you a fan of it before you wrote this book? If yes, who is your favorite character? If no, have you watched it now?

Yes, I was absolutely a fan of the Jim Henson film. My favorite character is obviously the Goblin King, but I love, love, love the Worm. I don’t know why, but every time he says “’Allo” and “Nah, I’m just a worm” I crack up.

I love how you wove music throughout Wintersong. Liesel has an aptitude for composing. Which, if any instruments do you play? Have you ever composed music to go along with your writing or did you have a specific playlist you listened to while writing Wintersong?

I am a true musical dilettante in that I play quite a few instruments but am a master of none. I’ve studied voice and piano the longest, but I also play the flute, guitar, harp, clarinet, and percussion. Unfortunately, I’m not a composer. I, like Josef, am an interpreter, not a creator. However, I did create quite a few playlists for Wintersong, with both instrumental and lyrical music. I listened to the instrumental playlist while writing, and compiled a playlist of songs during the revision process.

Are you a fan of more classical music or more current music? What are some favorites of yours?

I genuinely don’t have a preference, and in fact, you will find that classical music and current pop music hits aren’t all that different structurally. I love anything with a catchy and memorable melody, from Taylor Swift to Mozart.

Is Wintersong a retelling of the poem Der Erlkönig? What drew you to the poem and the story?

Wintersong isn’t a strict retelling of Goethe’s poem, but the figure of Der Erlkönig or a “fairy king” exists in many forms across Europe. I love the intersection between fairy folklore and the concept of death (I’m very goth, but a cheerful one), and I wanted to explore that. The Germanic setting actually came first because I wanted to write about music, and I specifically wanted to write about Mozart (and his older sister). In the end, I never did write about Mozart, but I was influenced by the musical zeitgeist of his time—the transition from Classical to Romantic. Franz Schubert actually wrote a Lieder set to Goethe’s poem, and he was a rising star of this exact time period.

I read on twitter that there might be a Wintersong two in the works. Can you confirm or deny this rumor?

Confirmed. The sequel will be out in 2018. J

About the Author

S. Jae-Jones, called JJ, is an artist, an adrenaline junkie, and the author of Wintersong, forthcoming from Thomas Dunne in February 2017.

Born and raised in sunny Los Angeles, she lived in New York City for ten years before relocating down to Dixie, where she is comfortably growing fat on grits and barbecue. When not writing, she can be found rock-climbing, skydiving, taking photographs, drawing pictures, and dragging her dog on ridiculously long hikes.

 

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Tour Schedule:

Week 1:

2/13: The Irish Banana Review – Review

2/14: That Artsy Reader Girl – Mood Board

2/15: Pandora’s Books – Review

2/16: Swoony Boys Podcast – This Or That

2/17: Krista’s Dust Jacket – Review

Week 2:

2/20: Emily Reads Everything – Q&A

2/21: Quite the Novel Idea – Review

2/22: A Binding Attraction – Makeup Inspirations

2/23: Fiction Fare – Review

2/24: Icey Designs – Quote Candy 

Giveaway:

3 Finished Copies of WINTERSONG (US Only)

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3 responses to “Irish Banana Tour: Q&A with Wintersong Authour S. Jae-Jones

  1. danielle hammelef

    Thanks for the post and interview today! I love that music ties into this book so much. It does fit Bowie, doesn’t it?

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