As we celebrate the release of Twin Daggers this week, we are featuring a special interview with author MarcyKate Connolly. Learn more about her new release below – and stay tuned for Part II coming later this week.
Get your copy of Twin Daggers HERE.
Congratulations on the publication of your new book! What does it feel like to have Twin Daggers in the world?
Thank you!! It feels amazing! I’ve been working on Twin Daggers off and on for about 8 years, so finally having it out on bookshelves is both surreal and awesome.
How would you describe Twin Daggers to someone who is interested in reading it?
Twin Daggers is a fantasy spin on Romeo + Juliet, if Juliet and her twin sister were magic wielding spies out for revenge in a world of magic versus machines.
What was your inspiration for Twin Daggers?
I often save pieces of ideas that are not yet fully formed in a folder on my computer, one of which was of a fantasy world where magic users are at war with a society built around machines. I’ve also loved Shakespeare since I was a kid, but it took me a while to put the two together. One day I was combing through that folder in search of a new `idea and I was struck by the thought to combine that idea with star-crossed lovers a la Romeo + Juliet. I was captivated by it and began plotting immediately!
What do you hope readers take away from this new release?
The main thing I hope readers get from my book is a fun escape from the real world. Fantasy novels are one of the best ways I know to step outside myself for a bit, especially when the world seems overwhelming (which is does pretty much all the time right now!). Hopefully my book can give readers a temporary reprieve too.
What makes this book special/unique, and why should readers be sure to place it on their TBR (To Be Read) list?
Twin Daggers is a feminist, fantastical reimagining of Romeo + Juliet. So, swoony romance, but with the Juliet character in charge of her own fate. And it’s set in a unique science fantasy (a blend of fantasy and sci-fi) world that’s a little steampunk, a little high fantasy, but with spycraft and betrayals lurking around every corner.