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Book Tour Q&A: Lady Night by Rita A. Rubin

Today we're taking part in the book tour organized by Escapist Book Tours for Lady Night by Rita A. Rubin! Continue reading for the book blurb and a Q&A with the author.

About the book

Derek Draco is finally learning to put the past behind him and enjoy life with his friends and as a Guardian. But when news of a string of recent murders reaches them, Derek finds himself having to return to the place he had hoped to never set foot in again—Windfell. The town where his parents died.

Meanwhile, Jared, the Prince of Aloseria and Derek's best friend, finds himself helping to uncover a sinister plot brewing in the shadows. It soon becomes clear that not only could the fate of their world be under threat, but that dark plans may lie in wait for his friend.

On to the interview...!

Thank you so much for joining us for this Q&A! We’ll start off with one of our standard podcast opening questions–tell us something great that’s happened recently.

I recently finished drafting the slice-of-life fantasy romance I’ve been working on since November.

What are you currently reading or what’s up next on your TBR? What made you pick up this book?

Right now, I’m reading Pane by Bailey Elizabeth, a self-published, horror/thriller novella. I picked it up because it was the book of the month for the book club I’m a part of.

Describe your book in 3 adjectives.

- Cold

- Mysterious

- Fantastical

How different is the final version of this book from the first draft?

In the first draft of Lady Night, instead of it being a murder mystery that needed to be solved, it was children going missing that needed to be found. There were also a couple of characters who got cut from the story completely.

Has your writing process changed since you wrote the previous book? If so, how?

When I wrote Amulet of Wishes, I was a pantser, which is part of why I think it took me around three years to write. With Lady Night, I had the story all plotted out before I even started drafting.

Are there any challenges specific to continuing a series vs starting it?

I think starting a series is easier because there’s a lot more freedom to change things to your liking. But when you write the sequels, you have to make sure that characters and world building stay true to how you introduced them in the first book. Unless you’re willing to do a complete start over, you can’t really let yourself think of how you could have done things in the story differently. But when you’re writing that first book, it’s like the sky’s the limit.

Which location that appears on the page in the book would you like to visit?

I’d love to visit Ember, the city where the main characters live.

Which do you find harder, starting a series or continuing a series?

Continuing the series.

If you had to swap the roles of two of your characters, which would be more disastrous to the story?

If I had to swap the roles of the protagonist, Derek, and Draken, the antagonist, these books would go through some pretty drastic changes and become a story about revenge.

Is there anything you can tell us about any current projects you’re working on?

Right now, I’m in the middle of working on a slice-of-life fantasy, romance called Of Knights and Books and Falling In Love, which I’m hoping to have published sometime this year.

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer a few questions for us! Do you have any parting thoughts or comments you’d like to leave for our readers?

If there’s any aspiring authors reading this, make sure to write what you’re passionate about and not just what’s trendy at the moment.

And finally, where can you be found on the internet if our readers want to hear more from you?

I’m Twitter and Instagram under the username @ritarubin9. I’m also on Goodreads.

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