Interviewing #1 New York Times Best-Selling Author Leigh Bardugo (& Enter to win THE LANGUAGE OF THORNS!)

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Today, I'm interviewing #1 New York Times Best Selling Author Leigh Bardugo over at Broadway World! I'm REALLY excited to share our chat with you guys. I love Leigh so much. She's super down-to-earth and always so nice! This past June at the BookExpo, Leigh and I were chatting at a Macmillan Fierce Reads event about musicals, and once she told me how much she loved them, I knew she'd be a perfect fit for BWW!

With THE LANGUAGE OF THORNS coming out tomorrow, it's the perfect time for a chat! (And tomorrow, you'll see a special tour post here at ABS from me!)

We talk about the stories in THE LANGUAGE OF THORNS (What was the hardest one for Leigh to write? Which was her favorite?), her former career as a make-up artist, and, of course, her favorite musicals!

Here's a snippet of what you'll see in the full interview.

How did you decide what sort of tales you would tell in the world of Grishaverse? Some have elements of lore in them while others are wholly original. Did you decide you wanted to include various elements before piecing the stories together or did it happen naturally?

They all evolved from different sources and in different ways. One of the story-within-a-story pieces of Ayama was inspired by an episode of one of my favorite podcasts, Stuff You Missed in History. Many, like "The Witch of Duva," grew out of my discomfort with some of the tropes we find repeated in folk and fairy tales. "The Too-Clever Fox" began with a line from SIEGE AND STORM. I described a character as being like the too-clever fox who thinks just because he has avoided one trap, he'll escape the next. I didn't know the story then, only the lesson it was meant to teach and the impression I wanted to give of the character, so writing the tale was a bit like working backwards.

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Author: Leigh Bardugo
Release Date: September 26, 2017
Publisher: Macmillan


Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns. 

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid's voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy's bidding but only for a terrible price. 

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love. 

Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse. 

This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves. 



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