Welcome to Debut Author Eilis O’Neal.
Eilis is a writer of fantasy and the Managing Editor of the literary magazine Nimrod International Journal. She started writing at the age of three (though the story was only four sentences long). Her short fantasy has been published in various print and online journals, and you can find links to some of her stories here. Eilis was born, raised in, and currently lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
I’d like to be able to teleport from one place to another. It would save so much time, and make for very cheap vacations!
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Chocolate from Braum’s, which is an Oklahoma-based chain of ice cream stores. It’s better than any other chocolate ice cream I’ve ever had, and scarily addictive.
Is there anything you need in order to write? (ie Chocolate, quiet, music)
I need it to be pretty quiet in order to write. In fact, I’m envious of writers who can manage to listen to music and write at the same time. Also, I need to have ready access to the internet and my research books, because nothing annoys me more than needing to look up the name of a particular part of a ship or whether a word was used during a certain time period and not being able to find out.
Skittles or M&Ms?
M&Ms all the way. Fie upon Skittles that get caught in your teeth!
As a kid I loved Ducktales—watched it everyday. As an adult, I’m more into anime, with my favorite being Revolutionary Girl Utena.
What is your favorite book that has been made into a movie?
The Lord of the Rings. Happily, aside from that really weird section with evil-Faramir in The Two Towers, they’re actually movies I’m happy to watch. (I have a bad track record with books I love being made into movies. I tend to obsess about things that get changed and subsequently have problems with the movie version.)
What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?
I’m not too terribly embarrassed to admit it (since I am here), but I love watching Dancing with the Stars with my dad.
If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world.. which would it be?
The world of Diane Duane’s Young Wizards books, which begin with So You Want to Be a Wizard. It’s our world, but with a really wonderful science-based magic system. As a wizard, you can go all over the galaxy, under the sea, to alternate dimensions, and communicate with everything from dolphins to cars.
What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
I loved, and still love, Tamora Pierce’s Song of the Lioness books. I read them for the first time when I was twelve, and they really influenced my desire to write YA fantasy. Also, I had my first book crush on Alanna’s friend, the thief George Cooper.
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
The False Princess reverses the classic commoner-turned-princess story, and is a blend of fairy tale, romance, suspense, action and mystery–so there’s something for just about everyone!
The False Princess by Eilis O’Neal:
Princess and heir to the throne of Thorvaldor, Nalia’s led a privileged life at court. But everything changes when it’s revealed, just after her sixteenth birthday, that she is a false princess, a stand-in for the real Nalia, who has been hidden away for her protection. Cast out with little more than the clothes on her back, the girl now called Sinda must leave behind the city of Vivaskari, her best friend, Keirnan, and the only life she’s ever known.
Sinda is sent to live with her only surviving relative, an aunt who is a dyer in a distant village. She is a cold, scornful woman with little patience for her newfound niece, and Sinda proves inept at even the simplest tasks. But when Sinda discovers that magic runs through her veins – long-suppressed, dangerous magic that she must learn to control – she realizes that she can never learn to be a simple village girl.
Returning to Vivaskari for answers, Sinda finds her purpose as a wizard scribe, rediscovers the boy who saw her all along, and uncovers a secret that could change the course of Thorvaldor’s history, forever.
A dazzling first novel, The False Princess is an engrossing fantasy full of mystery, action, and romance.
My once read review copy is up for giveaway.
Open to US only.