Wednesday, May 29, 2024

"Chromatic" by Ashley Bustamante - Author Interview


About the Book

Book: Chromatic

Author: Ashley Bustamante

Genre: YA Fantasy

Release Date: May 7, 2024

Light is Found in Every Hue

Magus is dying from the inside out, and only the destruction of the barrier can save it. Even color magic can’t defend against earthquakes, strange weather patterns, and erratic wildlife behavior.

After discovering hundreds of captive Yellow magic-users, Ava and Elm fight to set them free. However, new dangers and unexpected enemies await at every turn, forcing them to face their greatest challenges yet. The calamities inside the barrier slowly manifest in the outside world as well, pulling citizens from both sides of the battle into the fray. In this new war, they may not all make it out alive.

Elm and Ava must confront the growing darkness and create a future in a world that has been all but stripped of hope. Can Magus be restored, or is it already too late?


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Author Interview 

1. Do you set a plot or prefer going wherever an idea takes you?
I usually do a mix of both. I typically have a general idea of how I want the
story to go, but I’m not a person who can sit down and plot out every
chapter. I don’t always write linearly, either! I often have specific scenes in
mind that I’ll write down and then tie it all together later.
2. What, according to you, is the hardest thing about writing?
The comparison game. It’s so easy to see what other writers are doing and
to compare yourself and feel you’re falling short. It’s something I struggle
with but I’m trying harder to measure my individual successes instead of
looking at them in relation to someone else’s.
3. Do you need to be in a specific place or room to write, or you can
just sit in the middle of a café full of people and write?
I get distracted easily so I prefer a quiet place when I can get it. But I’ve
also learned to write in odd situations or with a lot of noise because often
that’s the only option in this fast-paced world!
4. When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be a writer?
I can’t think of one particular “Aha!” moment where I decided this was what
I wanted to do. I’ve always liked to write and create stories and made books
often when I was a kid. I wrote in high school and college with the vague
idea of maybe trying to get published someday. But I didn’t start taking it
really seriously until I wrote the first draft of Vivid.
5. Do bits of yourself/friends show up in your characters?
Not consciously! But I think it’s unavoidable. At a writing conference last
year some friends were watching an interaction between my husband and
me and said we were totally Ava and Elm. I think since writers are working
from our own brains, everything is naturally going to be shaped in some way
according to how we see the world.

About the Author

Ashley Bustamante has created stories from the moment she could scribble and staple sheets of paper together. She simply cannot recall a time when writing was not a force in her life. When not running through lines of dialogue in her mind, she enjoys taking photographs and spending time with her husband, three children, and any furry, feathered, or scaly creature she can find. She currently works at Arizona State University.




More from Ashley

Sitting down to write the final installment of the Color Theory series was an emotional experience. I wanted to do well by my readers and do well by God. And of course, I wanted to stay true to the story I set out to write in the beginning.

One of the difficult things about writing this book is that I knew the characters were going to have to face higher stakes and deeper pain than ever before. Given the situation they are in, it had to be that way. But, in spite of what Ava, Elm, and crew will face in Chromatic, this is ultimately a story of hope and triumph.

As I’ve watched the struggles of the world right now and seen what so many readers are going through, I knew I wanted to tell a tale of perseverance. No matter how bleak our circumstances may be, we can still find the light.

I hope you enjoy Chromatic!

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Tell Tale Book Reviews, May 30

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Beauty in the Binding, June 1 (Author Interview)

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Labor Not in Vain, June 2

Guild Master, June 3 (Author Interview)

Simple Harvest Reads, June 4 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Vicky Sluiter, June 5 (Author Interview)


To celebrate her tour, Ashley is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a hardcover copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


Michael Law said...

This looks really interesting. Thanks for sharing and hosting this tour.

traciem said...

Who is your favorite author and why?

Nancy P said...

Looks amazing

Caryl Kane said...

I enjoyed the author interview. Ashely Bustamante is a new-to-me author.