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Welcome! My name is Haley, I'm a 27 year old book-aholic. I'm a book reviewer for the RiverTalk Newspaper. I love reading YA, NA, and adult paranormal mostly, but I do go into other genres on occasion. If you want to talk more one on one about books, please don't hesitate to contact me on facebook or twitter, I love making new bookish friends!

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Jaclyn Dolamore: Author of Between the Sea and Sky and the Magic Under series. 
About this Author from GR: Jaclyn Dolamore was homeschooled in a hippie sort of way and spent her childhood reading as many books as her skinny nerd-body could lug from the library and playing elaborate pretend games with her sister Kate. She skipped college and spent eight years drudging through retail jobs, developing her thrifty cooking skills and pursuing a lifelong writing dream. She has a passion for history, thrift stores, vintage dresses, David Bowie, drawing, and organic food. She lives with her partner and plot-sounding-board, Dade, and two black tabbies who have ruined her carpeting.
Find Her? website . twitter . goodreads

If you could describe yourself in three words, what words would you use?

Head in clouds.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I'm half hipster, half hermit, all cheapskate.

How did the story of Between the Sea and Sky come to you?

It actually goes back to a story I was writing some years ago about a winged boy and a mermaid who were childhood friends, separated for years but they continued to communicate through letters (very occasional letters, since the mermaid had to send them through land channels) and fell in love through those letters knowing it would be hard to ever be together. I never finished that story, and it was set against the backdrop of a war, but the idea kept haunting me.

How was writing Between the Sea and Sky different from writing your Magic Under series? How was it similar? 

Between the Sea and Sky was a joyful book to write. It doesn't really have a villain, the conflict comes from within the characters. They also have both have loving families, though they aren't without problems. I enjoy the Magic Under Glass books as well, but there is a bit more heaviness to the characters' lives.

In Between the Sea and Sky, your main characters name is Esmerine, such a beautiful name, how did you go about picking the names for your characters?

They just come to me, and they have to be right, or else I can't write the book!

If you could have dinner with any of your characters, who would it be and why?

Well, no one has met my character Det yet, but he's my oldest character. He's been rattling around my brain since 1995. I wrote a tribute to his 15th birthday a couple years back which is probably still my best explanation of my long history with him:

So naturally I'd have to have dinner with him. Plus Det was a foodie before *I* was a foodie so I know it would be a good dinner!

What do you believe makes Between the Sea and Sky different compared to other mermaid books being released ?

Where else can you get mermaids AND a bat-winged bookseller love interest?

What can your future readers expect from Between the Sea and Sky?

I hope they find it to be a romantic fairy tale, the kind of book to curl up with when you want to be cheered up, like a warm cup of tea.

What are you working on now, can you tell us about it ?

I just started a new middle grade about a young witch and her familiar who get wrapped up in intrigue and secrets in the oldest city in America, Spanish-flavored St. Augustine, FL, in a gilded age hotel for witches. I just started it a few weeks ago and it's been SO fun to write, but I have to put it aside soon and get to work on my 2014 book, a sequel to my 2013 book, Dark Metropolis...crazy how far one has to plan ahead...

Thank you Jacyln for taking the time to answer my interview questions! (:

Books by Jaclyn:

*Corsets & Clockwork is by various authors, Jaclyn being one of them

  • To find out more about each of these books, visit Jaclyn goodreads page here, or website here
  • To check out my review of the ever so amazing Between the Sea and Sky go here