Dust

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Kara Swanson (links supplied at the bottom of the post) has given me an incredible opportunity to help share and spread the word about her latest, upcoming release; Dust! I am so excited for this book, and thrilled that I’ve been able to help her spread the word about her new book thus far.

Recently she gave me the option to interview her about Dust for this very blog post. I loved the idea ’cause while Instagram has heard so much about this book and how much I’m truly excited for it, you guys haven’t. I’ve been wanting to share Dust with you all for sometime now but I wasn’t exactly sure how I wanted to go about doing that. When Kara provided me with the option to interview her for a blog post, I knew that’s how I was going to share Dust with all of you.

Here’s a bit about the book before I jump straight into the questions that I sent Kara and the answers she in turn, sent back to me.

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Release Date: July 21st 2020

Snyopsis: The truth about Neverland is far more dangerous than a fairy tale.

Claire Kenton believes the world is too dark for magic to be real—since her twin brother was stolen away as a child. Now Claire’s desperate search points to London… and a boy who shouldn’t exist.

Peter Pan is having a beastly time getting back to Neverland. Grounded in London and hunted by his own Lost Boys, Peter searches for the last hope of restoring his crumbling island: a lass with magic in her veins.

The girl who fears her own destiny is on a collision course with the boy who never wanted to grow up. The truth behind this fairy tale is about to unravel everything Claire thought she knew about Peter Pan—and herself.

Now that you go a rough idea about the book, let’s get to those questions.


Q. What inspired you to write the Dust?

Kara’s reply: I was inspired to try my hand at my own unique take on a Peter Pan retelling after discussing with a friend how much I loved Peter Pan, and yet felt like few retellings truly did the character justice. I’d told her that if I wrote a Peter Pan retelling, I would want to keep it as true to the “original” Peter, the character Barrie created, as possible, while still building off of that foundation. I also told her that I would probably include a side character of my own, someone who maybe had to grown up too fast and could be the exact opposite of Peter, but push him to grow as he helped her rediscover her own belief in magic. I honestly was a little terrified of even trying a story like that, but when I had the chance to mention my concept for Dust to a few publishers at a writer’s conference, and they all loved the idea, I realized that I had something kind of special and needed the courage to just try it.


Q. Peter Pan’s story has been done time and time again. Were you intimidated to write your own retelling of his story?

Kara’s reply: Oh yes. I was terrified. But there were lots of people rooting for me, and I had to set aside the voices in my head, buckle down, and tell the best story I could and just pray it came together in the end.


Q. What was the hardest part about writing Dust?

Kara’s reply: Juggling all the dynamics from the original book, while expanding and giving a fresh take on the fairytale. Also, nailing Peter’s unique voice as a character. That was the biggest challenge, but well worth it in the end.


Q. What was your favorite part to write in this book, whether it was bringing the story to life in your own unique way, or writing a scene that mean so much to you?

Kara’s reply: I just think the whole process of getting to craft a whimsical world, bring Peter and his cleverness to life, pour an honest vulnerability into Claire, and getting to explore magic and pixie dust and flying    all those things were so beautiful and precious to me. This was by far the hardest book I’ve ever written, navigating so many different piece, but I am so honored I was able to build off the beautiful story Barrie created and that is loved by so many.


Q. Do you have a favorite character from Dust & if so, who and why?

Kara’s reply: They each mean something special to me in different ways. Peter is the most vibrant, fun character, but I resonate a lot with Claire, and Tiger Lily is very confidant, wonderful, stable character that I wish I was half as cool as.


Q. Do you have a favorite quote from Dust, and can you share it with us?

Kara’s reply: I have quite a few quotes I like! But this one is special to me: “You were created for more than to bear the weight of your shadows   but you have to choose to no longer let them define you. You have to choose to let the light shine through the shattered pieces.”


Q. Can you relate to any of the characters in this book? If so who and why?

Kara’s reply: I relate to them all in different ways, but Claire probably the most. I wove a lot of my own insecurities into her, and as Claire comes to realize where her identity is truly found, I was preaching a lot of that truth to myself. I’ve dealt with depression, anxiety, fear of hurting those I love, feeling abandoned, etc and so being able to pout a lot of those raw feelings into Claire’s character and journey was really special.


Q.  Are there any secrets from the book that aren’t mention in the blurb that you can share with us readers?

Kara’s reply: Claire Kenton has pixie dust dripping from her fingertips, but when she gets upset or angry or lets her insecurities spill out   her dust turns dark and burns. So she is not quite the classic pixie you might expect. Her heritage is a big mystery that unravels thought the course of the story and ties into Peter’s journey more than either of them expect.


Q. What do you hope readers will take away from this book?

Kara’s reply: A bit of hope and a sense of magic, maybe? To be reminded that we are never alone and that with a bit of faith and trust, anything is possible.


Q. Can you share with us anything regarding you current or next project?

Kara’s reply: I’m currently finishing up the draft of the sequel to Dust, called Shadow! I’m about 70% finished with it.


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A huge thank you to Kara Swanson for giving me the opportunity to help share about Dust and for letting me interview her about the book. Thank you so much! And as promised here are links to Kara Swanson and a pre-order link for Dust.
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~Till the next Chapter~

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