Rory Power is one of a handful of young and upcoming authors with highly anticipated debut books (see what Powers is looking forward to reading at the end of the interview) that either have been released this spring or are being released this summer. Together they are forging a new path in the publishing world and pushing the envelope. Whether it is the stories they want to tell, the diversity of the characters they use to tell that story or the intersectionality of both, a new generation seems ready to take readers by storm.
Power’s debut novel Wilder Things is out on July 9th, 2019 and she was kind enough to answer a few questions ahead of next week’s review!
2) What do you think (if you think there is one) the draw is to complicated and layered characters?
3) I’ve read that the setting is very important to you. Would you say the setting in Wilder Girls is actually another character, and not just a setting?
4) With your debut novel a less than a month away from publication, have you thought about what you want to do differently during your next project? Or anything you want to keep the same?
My next project is different from Wilder Girls in a lot of ways, but I think the biggest difference is that Wilder Girls is focused heavily on relationships between peers (friends, or love interests) while my second project is really centered on generations of the same family. I can’t say too much about it yet, but it was important to me to explore new dynamics. For instance, where Wilder Girls is really about surviving and continuing, this new book is in part about closure, and I think the style reflects that shift.
6) Wilder Girls has become one of the more hyped books of the summer. Is that a source of excitement, worry or both?
Just to keep an eye out for the incredible books coming this summer and fall! Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim, The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen, The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring and Tarnished Are The Stars by Rosiee Thor are at the top of my TBR.
Bio (All Taken From Permission From Rory Power’s Press Kit):
Rory Power grew up in New England, where she lives and works as a crime fiction editor and story consultant for TV adaptation. She received a Masters in Prose Fiction from the University of East Anglia, and thinks fondly of her time there, partially because she learned a lot but mostly because there were a ton of bunnies on campus.
Wilder Girls is her first novel, and will publish with Delacorte Press on July 9, 2019. She is represented by Daisy Parente at Lutyens & Rubinstein, and Kim Witherspoon at InkWell Management.