Girl in the Shadows
(Girl on a Wire #2)
Published by: Skyscape
Publication date: July 5th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Eighteen-year-old Moira Mitchell grew up in the shadows of Vegas’s stage lights while her father’s career as a magician soared. More than anything, Moira wants to be a magician too, but her father is dead set against her pursuing magic.
When an invitation to join the Cirque American mistakenly falls into Moira’s possession, she takes action. Instead of giving the highly coveted invitation to its intended recipient, Raleigh, her father’s handsome and worldly former apprentice, Moira takes off to join the Cirque. If she can perform alongside its world-famous acts, she knows she’ll be able to convince her dad that magic is her future.
But when Moira arrives, things take on an intensity she can’t control as her stage magic suddenly feels like…real magic. To further distract her, Raleigh shows up none too pleased at Moira’s presence, all while the Cirque’s cocky and intriguing knife thrower, Dez, seems to have it out for her. As tensions mount and Moira’s abilities come into question, she must decide what’s real and what’s an illusion. If she doesn’t sort it out in time, she may forever remain a girl in the shadows.
Of course! Girl in the Shadows is about Moira Mitchell, the 18-year-old daughter of a famous Las Vegas magician, who wants desperately to be the first female magician as well known as Houdini or David Copperfield or her dad. But when her dad forbids her from pursuing magic as a career, she decides to run away to the Cirque American--where things get quickly complicated by the discovery she can do real magic and it has something to do with her mysterious absent mother. There’s stage magic, a knife-throwing love interest, lots of the characters from book one about the Cirque, and a centuries-old secret society, for starters.
What inspired you to write it?
I’ve always loved the circus and I’ve always loved magic. So when I began to think about doing a second book set at the Cirque American, focusing on a young female magician seemed like a great fit.
How did you come up with the idea for the cover?
I had nothing to do with it, other than to be ecstatically happy! The cover was done by M. S. Corley and I think we can all agree it’s completely fabulous. The thing I love most is how all these elements of the book are hidden with it (the Ferris wheel!).
If it was made into a movie, who would you like to play the main characters?
Oh, gosh, I’m terrible at fake casting, because I never know anyone’s names.
Is it part of a series or is it a stand-alone novel?
It’s both! It’s set in the world of the Cirque American and has some overlapping characters with Girl on a Wire (and Girl Over Paris, a comic book miniseries that also starts in July)...but it’s a companion focusing on a new main character and can be read independently.
Where is the novel set and why did you choose to set it there?
It’s set at the Cirque American, over the course of its summer season, so the cast travels around the country. I have always loved circuses and so I designed my dream one.
What is it about this genre that appeals to you so much?
I love mystery and fantasy and magic and magical realism and so it all gets mixed into the YA stew of the Cirque world. YA is a very exciting place to work.
What made you want to become an author?
I’ve always loved stories--experiencing them and telling them.
How do you come up with character names?
Trial and error.
Do you struggle to come up with book titles? Do they come before, during or after you've written your book?
It just depends on the book. I’m also married to a writer, and we actually just co-wrote a middle grade together that comes out next year and so I made him come up with the series title (the Supernormal Sleuthing Service). In fact, about half my titles come from him. And I actually had brainstorming help from twitter and facebook and my editor on this one, but ultimately it came out of the prologue.
Name one of your all-time favourite books?
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith.
Who, or what, inspires you?
So many people, so much art, so much of the world.
Where is your favourite place to write?
Anyplace when the words are flowing. :-)
What is your favourite movie that was based on a book?
Hmmm. Maybe Cold Comfort Farm or The Maltese Falcon?
Name two of your favourite authors.
Holly Black and Leigh Bardugo.
Tell us a random fact about yourself.
I took up aerial silks last year. And if that’s not random enough...I floss daily.
Who would play you in the movie about your life?
I’d love a young Claudette Colbert in an alternate universe.
Tell us an interesting fact about where you live.
I live in Lexington, Kentucky, which has several amazing bookstores.
What are your (writing) plans for the future?
I’m working on a YA book I’m not allowed to talk about yet at the moment, and the first in the Supernormal Sleuthing Service books will be out sometime next year.
Tell us one thing that's on your bucket list.
Fly in a hot air balloon over someplace exotic.
Favourite myth / fairytale?
This is going to sound strange, but I love the story of Medea. I always feel like there’s more to it.
Who/What did you want to be when you were a kid?
A writer. But I really wanted to be related to an astronaut.
Thanks for the interview!
My pleasure Gwenda! Fabulous to have you here on Fiction Dreams today :D
Gwenda Bond is the author of the young adult novels Lois Lane: Fallout and Girl on a Wire, among others. Lois Lane: Double Down and Girl in the Shadows, a companion novel to Girl on a Wire set in the Cirque American, are next up in 2016. She’s also hard at work on some secret projects you don’t know about yet.
Her nonfiction writing has appeared in Publishers Weekly, Locus Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and many other publications. She has an MFA in writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives in a hundred-year-old house in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband, author Christopher Rowe. There are rumors she escaped from a screwball comedy, and she might have a journalism degree because of her childhood love of Lois Lane. Visit her online at www.gwendabond.com or @gwenda on Twitter.
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