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Author Bio (Short)
Adrienne Young is a born and bred Texan turned California girl. She is a foodie with a deep love of history and travel and a shameless addiction to coffee. When she’s not writing, you can find her on her yoga mat, scouring antique fairs for old books, sipping wine over long dinners, or disappearing into her favorite art museums. She lives with her documentary filmmaker husband and their four little wildlings beneath the West Coast sun.
Author Bio (Long)
The very first time I was told I was a writer was by my third-grade teacher, Mrs. Zweig. But the first time I believed her was in fourth grade when I wrote a poem of retribution to the class bully for tearing the pages out of my math book. Even the principal paid me a compliment before giving me detention.
My great loves in life are food, history, art, and yoga. My obsession with the past has influenced many of my stories, and I am continually inspired by it. I love learning, and will buy any art history book I can get my hands on. Most of all, I am enraptured by the human spirit and our connection with each other and everything around us.
Writing is a sanctuary for a solitary soul—an opportunity to leave this life and tell the story of someone else’s. Fact or fiction. I have found myself transfixed, creating heroes and building the walls of a fantasy world with the keys of my laptop. The sun goes down, the coffee is poured, the sweater is donned, and I am gone. I am following the breadcrumbs of something waiting to be chiselled out of the storm of words swirling around in my head.
In the past, I have had the opportunity to share my writing as a regular contributor to Darling Magazine. I also served as a writer, assistant editor, and member of the creative team for The Pink Room, an Emmy Award-winning documentary investigating human trafficking in Cambodia.
These days I am fully immersed in the imaginary worlds of my books.
Release Date: April 24, 2018
Hardcover: 352 pages
North American Publisher: Wednesday Books
Foreign Rights: Germany (Harper Collins) The Netherlands (Unieboek Spectrum)
“With Sky in the Deep, Adrienne Young has brought to life fascinating, multi-dimensional characters in a starkly beautiful world. Everything is rich and evocative. The ice melts against your skin at the same time the adrenaline takes hold of your heart. This is a gripping story, richly told.” – Renée Ahdieh, #1 NYT Bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn
“Fearless in its exploration of family, forgiveness, loyalty, and love, Sky in the Deep is fierce, vivid, and violently beautiful. This book will wage a war with your heart as brutal and as bold as the battles inked in its pages.” – Stephanie Garber, New York Times Bestselling author of Caraval
“Brutal and beautiful, with breakneck pacing and starring a heroine that will make you want to run into battle with her, Sky in the Deep is a stunning debut that will leave readers enchanted and breathless all at once.” – Roshani Chokshi, NYT Bestselling Author of The Star-Touched Queen
“A dangerous and brutal world navigated by an equally fearsome girl—Sky in the Deep is a delicious tale filled with fierce battles, shocking betrayal, and a slow-burn romance that’s as hard fought as the wars raging between the two clans. Readers will welcome this vivid gift to the fantasy genre, as will fans of darkly lush historical settings. Wholly unique and instantly addictive, I was captivated from its opening lines.” – Kerri Maniscalco, NYT Bestselling Author of Stalking Jack the Ripper
“Bleak, beautiful, and deadly, Sky in the Deep is both a gritty, gut-wrenching tale of war and a thoughtful meditation on identity, family, and faith–a story with the ferocity of its main character as well as her raw and tender heart.” – Traci Chee, NYT Bestselling author of The Reader
“Heartrending, heart-mending: this book broke my heart into a thousand pieces, then put it back together even stronger than before.” – Kayla Olson, author of The Sandcastle Emire
“Eelyn is the new serious warrior we need. She is bound by honor and blood feuds, stalwart in her beliefs, and incredibly strong. But her respect for tradition is tested by something more powerful. Sky in the Deep is Eelyn’s journey toward reconciliation with her family ties and the world around her. A totally engrossing read with a gorgeous icy setting – perfect for fantasy readers looking for something special.” – Johanna Albrecht, Children’s Manager, FlyLeaf Books
“Sky in the Deep is one of those books that once you pick up, it holds you in its grip until you turn the last page and remains with you after finishing. Young expertly portrays a girl unexpectedly caught between loyalty to her blood and loyalty to her clan when she sees her supposedly dead brother fighting with the enemy on the battlefield. Eelyn is a fierce heroine who is guided by her attempts to make sense of the truth around her as things she has regarded as true battle with the truths she discovers. For those looking for an action-packed fantasy complete with complicated family dynamics and a stellar romance, look no further.” – Rachel Strolle, Teen Bookseller, Anderson’s Bookshop Naperville
“Sky in the Deep is a beautiful and tightly woven Nordic-inspired fantasy that masterfully explores grief, trust, and friendship. Tense battles, a heart-wrenching slow-burn romance, and simple but lovely world-building make this one a winner.” – Allison Senecal, Old Firehouse Books
“Sky in the Deep hurt to read. The Aska and Riki raise their children to be warriors— they are brought onto the battlefield well before adulthood and made to kill and maim their counterparts. It is a harsh and unforgiving world in which to grow but above all, this is a novel about humanity and heart— and how it is in our nature, first, to love and accept our fellow man given only space and time. You’ll read moments of brutality and heart-stopping violence but also the sweet ache of new love blooming and the beauty of tender moments to which we are so naturally inclined. This is a new story that reads like something old, treasured and familiar.
Set against the backdrop of a stunning, ancient land of snow and sea, Sky in the Deep is at turns harrowing, thrilling and wondrous to read. It’s been 24 hours and still this story is lodged in my heart like a shard of glass. I miss Eelyn, I miss Fiske; I suspect I always will.” – Cristina M. Russell | Children’s & YA Buyer
Seventeen-year-old Eelyn’s world is war. Raised to fight alongside her Aska clansmen in a generations-old blood feud against the Riki, her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.
Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki if she wants to make it back to the fjord after the thaw. But when she begins to see herself in the people she’s been taught to hate, the world Eelyn once knew begins to crumble. And after the village is raided by a ruthless clan many believe to be a myth, Eelyn is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend who has tried more than once to kill her. Together, they must end the blood feud between their clans or watch their people be slaughtered.
A lush, Viking-age inspired fantasy about loyalty, forgiveness, and the definition of family.
The first six chapters are now available in a Sneak Peek from Macmillan.
Where will Sky in the Deep be available?
So far, it will be published in North America by Wednesday Books, in Germany by Harper Collins and in the Netherlands by Unieboek Spectrum.
Is Sky in the Deep a series?
It’s not a series, but there is a companion novel coming in 2019 that I can’t say much about at the moment.
Where do you get your ideas?
I am a huge lover of art, history and art history! Often, I am inspired by something I’ve learned in this realm. I almost always get my biggest lightning strike ideas when I’m driving, oddly enough. I got the idea for Sky in the Deep while driving in the rain on a country road and listening to Into the Hills by Laurel. I pulled over on the side of the road and covered an old torn envelope with scribbled notes, drove home and called my critique partner, and the rest is history.
How long have you been writing?
I’ve loved to write since I was in elementary school and had the great privilege to have some amazing teachers who encouraged me in it. The first time I dared to dream of writing a book was in fourth grade, staring at a book on the shelf in the library and imagining my name on it. I never let go of that dream but didn’t seriously attempt it until I was about twenty-four. I didn’t pursue publication until a couple of years later and it took several projects and many, many rejections before I sold Sky in the Deep.
What are your favorite books?
Too many to list. Harry Potter, Little Women, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, The Glass Castle, Six of Crows, The Girl Who Drank the Moon to name a few…
How did you get your book deal?
Although my journey to publication wasn’t a quick one, selling Sky in the Deep was. I signed with my agent in February 2017 and she sold the book at auction a month later, on my birthday. I was so excited to accept an offer from Wednesday Books, who were headed into their inaugural year as an imprint. They are publishing some fantastic books by talented authors and I’m grateful to be with them. Most fortunate was finding such an incredible editor in Eileen Rothschild.
How did you get your agent?
I queried a YA fantasy a couple of years before I wrote Sky in the Deep and got a mountain of rejections. After I’d written the book, I did a small batch of queries to agents and I was surprised to find I was getting quite a few requests. An author friend suggested I query Barbara Poelle at Irene Goodman Literary Agency because she represented other authors similar to my style of writing. I cold queried her and got a request the next day. She read the manuscript overnight and called to offer me representation the next morning! I love to tell aspiring authors this story because I think it’s a great example of how queries really do work. It just has to land in the right agent’s inbox at the right time.