Today, I am so thrilled to be sharing an exclusive interview with Jaclyn Moriarty, author of A Corner of White, the first book in a lovely whimsical new series. We’re also giving away an awesome prize pack as part of the Colors of Madeleine Blog Tour! Today, The Colors of Madeleine tour also stops by Forever Young Adult to feature “Begging for Blues”!
So check out our interview below, then scroll down for contest details.
Color, in various forms, plays an important part in A CORNER OF WHITE. What color(s) are you drawn to? How do they inspire you, influence you?
I think about colours all the time. I worked as a lawyer for a few years and everything was white, black or blue—the suits, the documents, the folders in which we filed the documents. Strange how colourful childhood is, and how drastically we reduce the palette of our world when we grow up. Now I take coloured markers with me to cafes each day, and plan my next chapter by scribbling ideas in as many different colours as I can. I tell myself that this opens up new dimensions of imaginative possibility. Who knows if that’s actually true, but it’s fun, and I like the way other people in the cafe stare.
I’m drawn to almost every colour with the possible exception of green. I mean, I’m very happy for leaves and grass and hedges to be green. In fact, I think they should embrace the colour—it really works for them. But otherwise I want nothing to do with it.
(I’ve felt this way since I was young. On my 10th birthday, my parents gave me a green dress, matching green shoes, and a green handbag. I will never forget my growing sense of despair—panic, even—as I opened these. I realised I should have told my family how I felt about the colour: but it had seemed so obvious to me.)
Have you ever exchanged letters with someone from another world? (Or maybe just another part of our world?)
When I was fifteen a friend of mine switched to a different school. The school was in the next suburb, and my friend still lived just ten minutes away, but for some reason we decided to keep in touch by writing letters. Over the next several years we wrote long letters to each other every other week, telling each other all our secrets and trying to make each other laugh. My friend wanted to be an artist, and she used to decorate her envelopes and sometimes send me little paintings. This led to two things: (1) a lifelong obsession with the honesty, intimacy and possibility of correspondence (my first novel, Feeling Sorry for Celia, was about a letter-writing exchange between schools, and all of my books so far have been at least partly epistolary), and (2) one of my closest friendships (the highschool friend is now an internationally-acclaimed artist, and has a six-year-old son who enjoys sword-fights etc with my six-year-old son.)
Why Isaac Newton?
Well, when I was first planning my trilogy about the Kingdom of Cello I decided that the ’monsters’ in Cello were colours that have taken on material form. So I started to resarch the science of colour. This led me to Isaac Newton’s work on colour—in particular, the story of Isaac buying a glass prism in a marketplace, and using it to discover the key to colours and light. The more I read about Isaac Newton the more intriguing I found him as a character, so he found his way into the book.
As a huge fan of Philip Pullman, I loved that you referenced the His Dark Materials trilogy. That makes me wonder – what influenced you when writing A CORNER OF WHITE? Other books? Science? Isaac Newton himself?
I also love Philip Pullman, along with other fantasy authors like Joan Aiken, Diana Wynne Jones, Madeleine L’Engle, Garth Nix, Jonathan Stroud and many others whose names I will remember in the middle of the night tonight. Other influences include science (almost everything I read about Isaac Newton sent my plot in a new directions), music and chocolate.
And finally, since we began this interview with a question about colors … what is your favorite color?
Yellow. What’s yours?
Normally I’d say blue, but as I am ten months from my wedding, for which I’ve chosen a color palette of yellow and gray, I’d have to say yellow as well. Readers: what is YOUR favorite color? Tell us in the comments below!
In fact … tell us your favorite color in the comments below to enter this awesome contest:
Enter to win a Colors of Madeleine Prize Pack
In the comments below, tell us your favorite color – then fill out the Colors of Madeleine + Novel Novice Contest Entry Form for your chance to win a great prize pack.
One (1) winner will receive a prize pack containing:
- Moleskine journal
- Coffee mug
- Copy of A Corner of White
- One entry per person
- U.S. only
- Comment below AND use the entry form
All entries are due by midnight (PT) on Friday, March 29th.
Learn more about A Corner of White here:
About A Corner of White
A tale of two worlds, told in brilliant color.
Readers have loved bestselling author Jaclyn Moriarty since The Year of Secret Assignments. Now she gives them A Corner of White, the first in a suspenseful, funny, genre-busting trilogy that brings her fantastic characters, laugh-out-loud descriptions, and brilliant plotting to a fantasy setting.
Madeleine and her mother have run away from their former life and settled in a rainy corner of Cambridge, England (in our world).
In another world, in the Kingdom of Cello, Elliot is in search of his father, who disappeared on the night his uncle Jon was found dead. The talk in the town is that Elliot’s dad may have killed Jon and run away with the physics teacher. But Elliot refuses to believe it. And he is determined to find both his dad and the truth.
As Madeleine and Elliot move closer to unraveling their mysteries, they begin to exchange messages across worlds — through an accidental gap that hasn’t appeared in centuries. On both sides of the gap, even greater mysteries are unfolding — with more than one life at stake.
About the Author
Jaclyn Moriarty is the prize-winning, best-selling author of novels for young adults and adults including Feeling Sorry for Celia and The Year of Secret Assignments. Jaclyn grew up in Sydney, lived in England, the US, and Canada, and now lives in Sydney again. She is very fond of chocolate, blueberries, and sleep.
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