Interview with L. A. Weatherly

March 22, 2016 Bookish 0

Hi guys!

Today the lovely L. A. Weatherly is hopping by to celebrate the release of her novel, Broken Sky. She’s going to answer a few questions, but first, a little about the book:

Interview with L. A. WeatherlyBroken Sky (The Broken Trilogy #1) by L A Weatherly
Published: March 1st 2016 by HarperCollins
Format: Paperback, 500 pages
Genres: Dystopian, Post Apocalyptic
Source: Publisher
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3.5 Stars

Welcome to a ‘perfect’ world.

Where war is illegal, where harmony rules.

And where your date of birth marks your destiny.

But nothing is perfect.

And in a world this broken, who can Amity trust?

Read my review of Broken Sky here.

Hi, welcome to Speculating on SpecFic! Congratulations on the publication of Broken Sky, the first novel in The Broken Trilogy.

Thank you!

I really appreciate you taking the time to answer some questions of mine. Let’s jump straight in shall we?

Sounds good! *flexes typing fingers in preparation*

1. This story world is amazing! I loved the concept of World for Peace. Where did this idea originate?

Oh, thank you! Well, the basic idea – a society where disputes between nations are resolved by two fighter pilots going up against each other – was the kernel that came first. Then I had to think through the practicalities. How would this actually work? I realised that there’d need to be a neutral governing body, and so the World for Peace was born!

2. Do you use authentic 1940s slang in the book? I loved “telio”. I had a little giggle every time I read it.

Yes, some of the slang was authentic – ‘dish’ for attractive woman, ‘louse’ and ‘heel’ for ‘jerk’ (as in someone who’s a jerk!), and so on. ‘Telio’ is made up, though: it’s a combination of a radio and a television.

3. Your descriptions of flying were superb! How much research did you have to do?

Thanks! And oh, man, I did SO much research. I’m not a pilot myself, and flying a Spitfire (which is what the fictional Firedoves were based on) is quite a specialised skill now anyway. I read lots of WWII memoirs by Spitfire pilots, spoke to experts, and was even lucky enough to fly in a Spitfire (and yes, we did barrel rolls, etc!).

4. Do you believe in astrology? How did the idea of using astrology as a means of controlling a populous come into being?

My mother and sister were both very into astrology, so I was kind of raised with it. (Example of normal conversation growing up: “What sign is he?” “Scorpio.” “Oh, that explains it.”) I definitely don’t believe that your birth chart determines your future destiny, as in the world of the story, but I do think that the personality types can be weirdly spot-on at times. For anyone familiar with astrology, you’ll notice that the characters’ birth chart details all feel accurate for their personalities.

The idea of using astrology as a means of controlling a population came from Hitler’s supposed interest in the occult (which I don’t think has ever been proven, but is a fascinating rumour).

5. Did your writing process for Broken Sky differ from that of the Angel series?

No, not really. I basically take lots and lots of notes to begin with – start to get a feel for the characters and the storyline – and then plunge in. And then spend several months panicking and flailing and drinking lots of coffee until somehow this vaguely book-like thing appears. Then I edit it into something hopefully not-terrible (still panicking, flailing, guzzling coffee, etc). Even now, I stare in amazement whenever a finished book arrives. Um, HOW?

Thanks for the great questions!

About L A Weatherly

Lee Weatherly was born in 1967 and grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. She lives with her husband in Hampshire, England, where she writes, goes on walks, tries out new recipes and has a cat named Bernard.


Thanks again to Lee for making the time, and the wonderful folk at HarperCollins YA for organising this. 🙂

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