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Author One-on-One: Heather Brewer and Shannon Messenger

NYT Bestseller Heather Brewer interviews Shannon Messenger about Let The Sky Fall

Heather BrewerShannon Messenger

Heather Brewer: I’m such a fan of strong, kick-butt girls—both in life and in fiction. Audra is so strong, so different than the “rescue me” variety of heroines out there. Where does her strength come from? To be blunt, is she you, in awesome book form?

Shannon Messenger: Ha—I wish! I’d love to claim that I’m as brave and tough as Audra is, but anyone who’s ever seen me around a spider would totally call me out. :) I guess the one thing we do have in common is that we’re both really stubborn, and in Audra’s case I feel like that’s where a lot of her strength comes from. When she sets her mind to something, she will make it happen. She’s also the most broken character I’ve ever written, and yet those fears and insecurities are what push her to be stronger, fight harder, and always stand up for what she believes.

HB: Vane. Can we talk about Vane, please?? He’s precisely the kind of charming rebel that so many readers swoon over. *cough* Yours truly. *cough* Who was the inspiration, if anyone…and can we all date him?

SM: Awww, I’m so glad you love Vane! He’s one of my favorite characters to write—though, I’ll admit, he can also make me want to shout at the screen, “Will you stop hitting on Audra and focus?” (Side note: yes, my characters are probably too real to me…) And honestly, half the time when I reread his chapters I think, Where did that come from??? But that’s what I love best about him. He’s such a boy. And he feels real. He’s a guy who could easily be sitting next to you in your class, or in line in front of you at In-N-Out. Just, you know, with the power to control the wind. And better abs. ;)

HB: There are so many books out there that focus on the paranormal, it can be difficult to stand out from the crowd. Let The Sky Fall totally does! What gave you the unique idea to write about sylphs?

SM:I stumbled across sylphs when I was doing research for my middle-grade series, Keeper of the Lost Cities. They caught my attention because they had very little existing lore, so I could pretty much make up whatever I wanted. And I’ve always been fascinated by the wind. I love how it can be a refreshing breeze on a hot day or a tornado destroying an entire town—and everything in between. Once I started thinking about what it would be like to have that kind of power, the characters sprang to life and refused to go away. I finally gave in one night at four a.m., dragged myself out of bed, and started writing their story. They’ve been bossing me around ever since.

HB: Audra really shoulders some huge responsibilities as Vane’s guardian, and together they face daunting challenges. Can you speak to this personally as it pertains to the writing and publishing process?

SM: Wait—is getting published daunting? Nobody told me!!! No, I hope you’re picking up my sarcasm, because getting published was *quite* the process. I spent nearly four years writing Keeper of the Lost Cities, and the final published version is actually draft twenty. (Yes, twenty!) That’s why Let The Sky Fall started out as my “sanity project.” Whenever I’d get to the point where I wanted to throw my laptop into the street and back over it with my car, I’d take a break from revision and play with Vane and Audra until I fell back in love with writing again. I think that’s the most important thing when you’re trying to get published: do it because you love it.

HB: Okay, let’s get down to it. Who would win in a slap fight: Kaya from Legacy of Tril or Audra from Let the Sky Fall?

SM: Hm, that’s a tricky one, because we both know that with these girls, the slap fight would very quickly turn into a sword fight—or, I should say, a katana vs. windslicer fight—and they both have some mad skills with a blade. I’m pretty sure the fight would end in a draw. But it would be awesome to watch!

HB: What’s next for my new favorite characters? Will there be more books about Audra and Vane (best name EVER, by the way)?

SM: Aw, thank you! And yes, there will be more books! I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone, so I won’t get into any specifics. But I will say: there will be kissing! (one must have priorities, after all…) We’re also going to see a lot more of the sylphs’ world, and meet some really cool new characters, and brave some pretty epic wind battles. Basically I’m doing everything I can to make sure the next books blow everyone away! (Come on, we all knew I wasn’t going to make it through this interview without at least ONE wind pun.)

From School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up-Vane, 17, is haunted by the memory of a beautiful dark-haired girl who appeared during the tornado that killed his parents 10 years earlier. He doesn't realize he's not human until Audra appears and tells him of their shared heritage as Windwalkers, or sylphs, air elementals who can command the wind. Her father died protecting Vane from enemies called Stormers, and she blames herself for calling their attention to his family. She has taken up her father's duties and been specially selected by the Gale Force as Vane's protector. With danger imminent from Stormer warlord Raiden, she has to train Vane to harness his powers as the last of the Westerlies and master the languages of all four winds. And she must also fight her forbidden attraction to Vane, who is betrothed to the sylph princess. Told in the alternating voices of Vane and Audra and set in California's Coachella Valley, this is an interesting reversal of the usual magical girl who doesn't know she's special paranormal trope, and sylphs are a nice change from vampires, werewolves, and fairies. The story is a little slow at first, possibly because of the world-building in the beginning, and only really picks up when the pair battle the Stormers near the end. This first of a series ends with a cliff-hanger. Recommend it to Twilight fans.-Kathleen E. Gruver, Burlington County Library, Westampton, NJα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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  • File Size: 1684 KB
  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 144245041X
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse; Reprint edition (March 5, 2013)
  • Publication Date: March 5, 2013
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0088P4RSA
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Shannon Messenger graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts where she learned--among other things--that she liked watching movies much better than making them. She's studied art, screenwriting, and television production, but realized her real passion was writing for kids and teens. Her middle grade series, KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES, is published by Simon & Schuster (Aladdin) and her YA series, SKY FALL, is published by Simon Pulse. She lives in Southern California with her husband and an embarrassing number of cats. Find her online at shannonmessenger.com.

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By flamingo1325 VINE VOICE on March 5, 2013
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Captivating, beautiful, and witty, Let the Sky Fall is the perfect mix of so many elements into one whirlwind book. There is so much humor and fun, even with the rougher aspects. From a sweet and totally awkward romance to an intense and even painful story, there is an honesty which completely enamored me from the start.

Vane is hilarious, ridiculous in his own way, and the kind of guy who doesn’t take things too seriously yet isn't totally useless either. He’s a bit lazy, but with the right thing to focus on, he’s intense and determined. One of my favorite things about him, though, despite his ever-present wit, is how different he is compared to many other guy characters in the genre. He’s relatable, he’s genuine and nice, he’s a bit clueless…he’s just so real, in that way of the guy who sits next to you in class, rather than the guy across the room who scares you as much as he intrigues you. I fell harder for him with every page. More than that, though, I loved watching him change and grow, watching him step up and face things that are really pretty scary and intimidating at times… and he doesn’t act totally fearless. He wears his emotions on his sleeve much of the time, and he isn't really ashamed of it either. Vane is just one of those characters who blows across the pages, as alluring as he is amusing, with a hint of a mess to him as well and I couldn’t get enough.

Then there’s Audra, with an airy, lyrical voice to her that is almost stoic at the start, yet morphs into something so different, and much more empathetic towards the end. She goes through tremendous changes of her own, as equally well done as Vane’s, and the interactions, and play offs between these two is easily my favorite part of this entire book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Inky on April 19, 2013
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Oh my goodness. This was an amazing book. I've been anticipating this windy day romance for-like-EVER, and boy did it live up to my expectations. It was beautiful, engaging, and romantic with a side of swoon. Everything I ask for in a book.

The story is told from the perspective of our dual narrators Vane and Audra. Audra is a sylph, an air elemental who also happens to be Vane's guardian. She's got a pretty broken past, and her character is pretty rough to begin with. And let me just say, I absolutely loved her. Her flaws, her problems, her sarcasm, her strengths. It was so awesome watching her breeze by as she changed and hit walls and began her path to redemption. What's especially cool, at least to me, is the other fact that she's Vanes guardian. FOR ONCE, it's a girl. Okay, so maybe it's more common then that, but seriously. Audra is a force of nature! Pun intended. Hands down, I loved her.

Vane, our second narrator, is also kind of AWESOME. He starts out on a very different level, and page than Audra, but he's still so amazing! He has to take in a lot of information, and his emotions went back and forth quite a bit. Yet, it worked. Both of the characters share quite the emotional roller coaster and it made them stronger and just endearing in a way. I could totally FEEL them. But back to Vane. He was also, a teensy by hot. Okay a LOT. I loved him. His thoughts cracked me up quite a bit. And with Audra they are the BOMB!!! Or should I say, a TORNADO? Seriously! The romance picks up and there's already been a sort of connection between them and it just grows into something, ahem, swoon worthy. I loved it all.

The story itself is one that isn't very action packed from the start. It's a quiet build that crescendos into an epic finale.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Once Upon a Twilight on March 8, 2013
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Let the Sky Fall was AMAZING!!! That sentence should be enough for you to go out and buy this book. I devoured this book in no time. First off look at the cover, Beautiful! Once you read the book, it goes hand in hand with the story. I can sit here in front of my computer all day and fan-girl all you want about this Epic story. You know me and how I get when I read a book that is an orginal concept that has never been written before or at least that I haven't heard or read before. Its the same way I felt when I read Breathe by Sarah Crossan and Sophie Jordan's Firelight series. They are all orginal concepts that are new and AMAZING and well-written. This is why I read, so that when a new concept is written I am able to discover its magic.

Let the Sky Fall immediately captures you from the 1st chapter. You are taken into a story that has such an original concept and that concept is Windwalkers. Yes you read the right, its pretty much self-explanatory too. The mythology of the Windwalker is so alluring and poetic but has its dark-side too. I think I now would answer if someone were to ask me, 'what would I choose if I could have superpowers'? I would respond by saying I would be a Windwalker. Who doesn't want to be able to walk on air, listen to its beautiful music and even use the air to your benefit for protection and more, much more. After reading Let the Sky Fall, you'll catch yourself listening to the wind when your outside to see if you can hear anything coming from it. Shannon's writing was so believable and honest, you can actually picture or imagine what the Windwalkers hear. Did I mention already, that this book is EPIC!!! Didn't want to leave that piece of information out.

In Let the Sky Fall you are introduced to Vane and eventually to Audra.
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