Black City by Elizabeth Richards – Interview & Blog Tour Giveaway

Author Elizabeth Richards:

Elizabeth Richards is an award-winning journalist, who spent her early career reviewing videogames before making the bold (or crazy) move into travel writing, despite suffering from terrible travel sickness.

In her spare time, she ran a successful lifestyle website aimed at teenage girls, where she got to interview many of her favourite bands, go to gigs and basically blag loads of free swag all in the name of ‘research’.

Elizabeth lives in Buckinghamshire, England, with her husband. Black City is her debut novel.

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Can you see yourself in any of your characters?

Very much so! I think I’m most like the four principal friends in the book – I’m inquisitive like Natalie, sarcastic like Ash, a slob like Beetle, and a book geek like Day.  They all have a little part of me in them.

What is your dream cast for your book?

Ooooh! That’s a good one. I think someone a bit weird but beautiful, like Ezra Miller, would make a good Ash (but more how he looked in We Need To Talk About Kevin, rather than The Perks of Being A Wallflower). As for Natalie, I think Aimee Teegarden from Friday Night Lights would be absolutely perfect casting; and Henry Czerny from Revenge would make a suitably sinister and scary Purian Rose.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Learn to accept criticism with grace.  

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?

I’ve just finished Phoenix, and am working on book #3 in the BLACK CITY series. Then once that’s done, I have a new dystopian/sci-fi series up my sleeve, and possibly a contemporary novel too! I’m really looking forward to next year. Although it will be sad to say goodbye to the cast of Black City, I’m excited about exploring new worlds and falling in love with a whole new cast of characters.

What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?

Gosh, I haven’t been to the movies in such a long time because of book deadlines, I don’t even know what’s coming out. Oh! The new Twilight movie. That should be fun.  Regarding books, the next one on my TBR list is CREWEL, by Gennifer Albin. Can’t wait! 

Harry Potter or Twilight?


Night owl, or early bird?
Night owl.

One food you would never eat?
Oysters. Bleurgh. 

Skittles or M&Ms?

M&Ms (but specifically the peanut ones, otherwise it’ll be Skittles)

Print or Ebook?


Black City 

A dark and tender post-apocalyptic love story set in the aftermath of a bloody war

In a city where humans and Darklings are now separated by a high wall and tensions between the two races still simmer after a terrible war, sixteen-year-olds Ash Fisher, a half-blood Darkling, and Natalie Buchanan, a human and the daughter of the Emissary, meet and do the unthinkable–they fall in love. Bonded by a mysterious connection that causes Ash’s long-dormant heart to beat, Ash and Natalie first deny and then struggle to fight their forbidden feelings for each other, knowing if they’re caught, they’ll be executed–but their feelings are too strong.

When Ash and Natalie then find themselves at the center of a deadly conspiracy that threatens to pull the humans and Darklings back into war, they must make hard choices that could result in both their deaths.

Phoenix (Black City #2):

The much anticipated second book in the enthralling Black City series.

Engaged to be married, Ash and Natalie are just starting to build a life together, when things in the United Sentry States go from bad to worse. Ash and Natalie find themselves at the center of the turmoil when dictator Purian Rose threatens Natalie’s life unless Ash votes in favor of Rose’s law—a law that will send Darklings and other dissenters to a deadly concentration camp known as the Tenth.

Ash can’t bring himself to trade Natalie’s life for those of millions of Darklings. The only way to save everyone is to escape Black City and find the Ora, a powerful weapon that could take down Purian Rose for good. But fleeing the city and finding this weapon is easier said than done, if it even exists, and becomes a quest that could tear Ash and Natalie apart, even pushing them into the arms of others.

Fast-paced and absorbing, Phoenix is a delicious, steamy can’t-put-down read.

Tour Schedule

Tour Giveaway:

2 Finished Copies of BLACK CITY
2 Pre-orders of PHOENIX
Ends 11/30/12

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