Today I’m back with another book tour hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. This week there’s a tour for The Edge of Strange Hollow by Gabrielle K. Byrne and I got to interview the author! So keep on reading to find out more about this book and what questions I asked Gabrielle!
The Edge of Strange Hollow by Gabrielle K. Byrne
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Publishing Date: May 18, 2021
Welcome to Strange Hollow. Beware the Grimwood.
Poppy Sunshine isn’t like everyone else in Strange Hollow. She’s not afraid of the Grimwood, home to magical creatures like shape-shifters, fairies, witches, and even a three-headed dog.
Banned from the wood by her parents, Poppy longs to learn everything about it and imagines joining her mother and father as they hunt the forest’s cursed magical objects. So when her only family disappears on a routine expedition, she and her friends must break every rule to save them. But Poppy soon discovers that things in the Grimwood are rarely what they seem.
And the monsters who took her parents may not be monsters at all…
Hi Gabrielle! First of all, thank you so much for doing this interview with me, I’m so honoured! Could you introduce yourself and your book a bit?
Hi! Thanks so much for having me. THE EDGE OF STRANGE HOLLOW is about Poppy Sunshine (a girl
who’s not very sunny) and her adventures in the Grimwood. Poppy Sunshine isn’t like everyone else
in Strange Hollow. She’s not afraid of the Grimwood, home to magical creatures like shape-shifters,
fairies, witches, and even her three-headed dog. Banned from the wood by her parents, Poppy longs
to learn everything about it and imagines joining her mother and father as they hunt the forest’s
cursed magical objects. When they disappear on a routine expedition, she and her friends must
break every rule to save them. But Poppy soon discovers that things in the Grimwood are rarely
what they seem…and the monsters who took her parents may not be monsters at all.
How did you get the idea for The Edge of Strange Hollow?
This book is really an homage to my love of fairy tales, folktales and mythology. I spent hours and
hours immersed in the Grimm brothers’ stories, and in Anderson’s fairy tales from the time I was
very young until now! I’ve also always loved Greek, Norse and British/Gaelic mythology. I wanted to
write about a girl who had a deep love of learning and exploration, and put her in a forest full of all
the beings of my girlhood, along with a few that I made up out of whole cloth – where I could play
with the reader’s expectations, along with Poppy’s.
Why did you want to write this story?
This is the life I wanted to live as a kid–a life of fairy tale adventure. Poppy is headstrong and a bit
reckless (my favorite kind of character) and has to come to terms with her expectations, of herself,
of others, and of her world.
What is your favourite scene in the story?
This book was SO much fun to write. It’s really hard to pick just one scene! I loved writing the Kelpie
attack. I adore when Jute the hob contacts Mack’s parents via penny whistle. And there’s a scene
toward the end with Eta-Two-Brutus (Poppy’s three-headed cerberus) that made my heart
pound…but no spoilers!
What’s your favourite fairy tale?
Another tough question! I think I’d have to choose either Rumpelstiltskin or The Robber Bridegroom
(Bluebeard). I just love a clever heroine and tricksy magic! There are so many good ones though…
and also so many spin offs. I love Undine, the 1811 Little Mermaid inspired book by Fouque. In
mythology, I love the stories that involve the Fates, and of course, Chiron from Greek myth inspired
my boatman who makes his rounds in the Grimwood.
What is something you hope your readers will get from reading The Edge of Strange Hollow?
I want my readers to feel empowered! I want them to feel it’s okay to want and pursue anything. I
also want them to see that even though our expectations (of the world, of ourselves, of others) are
sometimes wrong, that we can reassess, learn, and keep moving forward toward our goals.
What is an author dream of yours that you’re hoping will be fulfilled?
I’m so grateful for the support of all my readers. Of course, I want to keep writing more stories! I’m
also a very visual person, so I love seeing fan art! It would be really fun to see one of my books
become a webtoon or a movie. Seeing images of my work, in any form, is a total thrill!
If you’re curious about what others thought of this book then click here for the full tour schedule. You can see all of the other amazing bloggers and bookstagrammers that are participating on this tour!
About the Author
Gabrielle Kirouac Byrne lives in the rainy wilds of the Pacific Northwest, where she writes fantasy for kids of all ages. Gabby studied opera in Philadelphia, medieval studies in New York, literature in Scotland, and marine biology in Washington. Stories are the common thread that tie all her interests together. When she’s not writing, you can find her fishing spineless zooplankton out of the Salish sea with her family. In Gabby’s debut MG fantasy, RISE OF THE DRAGON MOON, the princess of a frozen Queendom fights to free her mother from the clutches of treacherous dragons. Gorgeous world building, and lush prose will immerse readers in this coming-of-age adventure in which a fierce girl tackles insurmountable odds with wit, strength, and heart.
Giveaway (US Only):
One winner will receive a finished copy of The Edge of Strange Hollow. The giveaway starts on May 17th and ends on May 24th. Click here to enter!
So that’s my stop on the tour for The Edge of Strange Hollow. The author’s description of the story definitely has me interested even more. I’ll have to read this one really soon!