I’m interviewing Anna Carolyn McCormally, author of YA fantasy “The Six Days”. Welcome to my blog, Anna, and thanks for answering my questions.
1) Please tell us about yourself.
23 years old. Gemini. I live in Washington, D.C.., I manage a tiny used bookstore. Next year I’m starting a master’s program in creative writing that I am just so excited about! I love to ride my bike, go for runs in Rock Creek Park, and cook for big groups of people. I always have a to-read list that is just a little longer than I can handle.
2) Tell us about your book.
At its heart, The Six Days is about a boy named Jamie and his best friend, Nia. When Jamie’s little brother is kidnapped, he and Nia are sucked into the complicated political intrigue of Emanu–a magical world they never knew existed where the Council of Witches is at odds with the human Queen and a rebellion stirring on the borders threatens both. Jamie is given six days to deliver the ransom for his brother’s life, and the book is a race against time as Jamie and Nia have to learn as much as they can as fast as they can about an entire new universe
3) What inspired you to write The Six Days?
That’s a hard questions! Honestly I give a lot of credit to the books I read when I was a kid: Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper, A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin, and others. All those fantasy worlds were bouncing around in my brain…and came out again as something else!
4) How many hours do you write per week?
It really varies. I try to sit down and do a 90 minute writing session at least 3 times a week, but I also take breaks in the middle of the day to write in ten minute chunks, so it’s hard to say. I’d estimate 6 or 8.
5) If you could meet three authors, which authors would you choose?
J.K. Rowling! I know if I met her I would probably just start crying with happiness and wouldn’t be able to talk and it would be embarrassing…but I don’t care! It would be worth it!
Same with Margaret Atwood—she tweeted at me last summer and it was one of the best days of my life because The Handmaid’s Tale and Oryx and Crake are two of my favorite books—they changed the way I think about both real life and fiction.
And while it’s not quite the same, I think Russell T. Davies, who wrote quite a bit for Doctor Who the past few years, has an incredible way with stories. I would love to sit down with him and pick his brain…
6) What are you working on at the moment?
Since finishing The Six Days, I’ve been writing mostly short fiction. But there’s also a sequel to The Six Days in the works, which starts 5 years after the events of the first book. I hope to have a draft of that by the end of the summer!
The Six Days
Author: Anna McCormally
Genre: YA Fantasy
Fifteen years ago, in the middle of the night, Jamie Carpenter’s mother went up to the dark lighthouse on the cliffs. She never came back.
Yesterday, Jamie had a nightmare: his little brother disappearing like their mother did, through the door of the lighthouse, a door that has never opened.
Today, the nightmare came true. Jamie’s brother is missing. And not just missing–he’s been abducted, taken through the lighthouse door into the world of magic that lays beyond.
With his best friend Nia at his side, Jamie crosses into a world he never knew existed–but Emanu is not the fairytale world of childrens stories. Desperate to understand who took Danny and why, struggling to survive in a world of shadowy magic, Jamie and Nia seek the help of the Council of Witches. As they uncover more and more of Jamie’s family secrets and unknown powers, it becomes clear that Nia herself may be something more than human–and that it’s her the Council views as their biggest threat…
Swept up in a dark political game they don’t understand, burdened by magic they don’t know how to use, Jamie and Nia are going to have to learn fast if they’re going to survive Emanu and rescue Danny Carpenter. There are only six days until the gate between worlds closes again.
Anna Carolyn McCormally currently manages a small used bookstore in Washington, D.C.. She has a tattoo of the Deathly Hallows and blogs about YA fiction at http://www.giantsquidbooks.com.. Her short fiction and poetry has been published in pacificREVIEW, Quantum Fairy Tales and 3 am magazine. Follow her on Twitter @mccormallie.