Author Interview: Julie Eshbaugh
Posted on 16 March 2017
Today, we have a very special guest with us. Julie Eshbaugh is the author of the Ivory & Bone series but that's not all. She's lived in many countries, produced a YouTube web series for which she won the Webby awards and is now all set to release her second book, Obsidian and Stars.
Personality Type (Myers-Briggs): INFJ
Favorite book: So many! Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte is one.
Favorite author: Jane Austen
Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
Favorite Color: Blue
City of your dreams: New York
Favorite TV Show/ Movie: Casablanca is one of my favorite movies. I love classic Hollywood films.
Favorite artist/ band: The Cure
Favorite YouTuber/ Channel: EpicReads
Most underrated book, in your opinion: Ronia the Robber’s Daughter, by Astrid Lindgren (though Amazon is now airing an animated series based on the book!)
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
You’ve lived in many cities. Which one was your favorite? Which one taught you the most as a writer and person?
I would have to say New York is my favorite city. Living there taught me to look at the world without judgment, which definitely helped me as a writer.
You’ve produced a Youtube series for teens that won the Webby awards. Do you think being a scriptwriter and visual storyteller has influenced your writing style? Has it helped you connect better with your audience?
I definitely think writing humor and writing all dialogue taught me a lot. The Youtube series I produced featured my son (who was 13 at the time,) telling stories. I learned so much about structure, timing, editing, and lots of other aspects of writing.
I also made two short films before I started writing novels. Telling a story with images taught me a lot about the importance of setting and how so much can be said without words.
What is one place you still want to visit?
I doubt there is a place on earth I wouldn’t want to visit at least once. I hope to visit Portugal next.
What is the best compliment you’ve received as a writer?
A few people have told me Ivory and Bone is one of their favorite books of all time. I love knowing my book can have a place like that in someone’s life.
If you could steal an author’s writing style, who would it be?
I think Marie Lu is an amazing talent and I would love to write like her!
How did the idea for Ivory and Bone and its come about?
I have always loved learning about prehistory. I was in a museum in London years ago, and there was an amazing exhibit about the prehistoric people who lived in the area where London is today, and it got me asking questions about what those people’s lives must have been like. I kept reading and researching and the idea for Ivory and Bone was born.
What is the most important thing to keep in mind when writing for teens?
I think it’s important to respect teen readers. I hate when adults say things like “teens are our future.” Does that mean they don’t matter now? Of course, teens matter as much now as they will when they are adults. I think it’s important to remember that a person’s life is just as significant when they are a teenager as it will be when they turn 21.
Thank you so much for doing this interview with us. Do you have a message for your readers?
Since Ivory and Bone came out last year, I’ve connected with people from all over the world, and I’m so grateful for all the support the book has been given. It’s an incredible privilege to be able to share stories and have other people enjoy them, and I want to thank all the readers out there for supporting YA literature!
Thank you so much, Julie, for doing this interview with Books & Ballads. We wish you all the best for the future and look forward to more amazing books from you.
Here's a blurb from Julie's book:
Loosely inspired by Pride and Prejudice, Ivory and Bone is an enthralling tale of high-stakes survival, blinding betrayal, and star-crossed love.
Hunting, gathering, and keeping his family safe—that’s the life seventeen-year-old Kol knows. Then bold, enigmatic Mya arrives from the south with her family, and Kol is captivated. He wants her to trust him, but any hopes of impressing her are ruined when he makes a careless—and nearly grave—mistake. What Kol doesn’t know is that underneath Mya’s cool disdain is a history wrought with loss that comes to light when another clan arrives. With them is Lo, an enemy from Mya’s past who Mya swears has ulterior motives.
As Kol grows closer to Lo, tensions between Mya and Lo escalate until violence erupts. Faced with shattering losses, Kol is forced to question every person he’s trusted. One thing is for sure: this was a war that Mya or Lo—Kol doesn’t know which—had been planning all along.
With riveting action and illustrative prose that leaps from the page, Julie Eshbaugh will have readers mesmerized and thirsty for more…So don’t miss the sequel, Obsidian and Stars.