We are thrilled to be participating in Bloomsbury’s Triple Threat Blog Tour featuring DANCE OF SHADOWS by Yelena Black (Published on February 12th 2013 by Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books), ALSO KNOWN AS by Robin Benway, and HYSTERIA by Megan Miranda. Today, we’ve got an interview with Yelena Black on her drop dead gorgeous cover and the magic of ballet & a giveaway to win your own copy of DANCE OF SHADOWS!
YB: It’s absolutely perfect. Dance of Shadows is about the dark side of dance and how one can potentially be seduced by it and controlled … and it’s also about the beauty of ballet. So really, what more could a girl ask for?
ATUF: Vanessa, the protagonist in DANCE OF SHADOWS is a ballerina. Are you a dancer or can you tell us about the research you did?
YB: I studied dance for many years, though I was never as talented as the dancers in my book. The research I did for the book was through watching many dance productions (both live and filmed) as well as drawing upon personal experience, and reaching out to dancers who have attended schools like the fictional New York Ballet Academy.
ATUF: There is a love triangle in the book between Vanessa, Zep, and Justin. Can you tell us how you approached the romance and why it might appeal to readers who aren’t necessary drawn to love triangles?
YB: I honestly would not say that there is a love triangle in the book. Vanessa isn’t interested in Justin through the novel, and only toward the very end does she understand what his true reason for being at school is. Throughout the story, she is totally consumed and obsessed with Zep. That is who she is in love with—only he isn’t necessarily everything that she thinks he is …
ATUF: If DANCE OF SHADOWS were ever made into a movie, who would your dream or, to keep things interesting, nightmare cast be?
YB: I would cast Emma Watson as Vanessa, Logan Lerman as Justin, and Dave Franko as Zep. Fingers crossed! Also, now that I’ve seen Silver Linings Playbook, perhaps Bradley Cooper could dye his hair and be a very intense Josef!
ATUF: Without giving anything away, can you tell us a little about the paranormal element in DANCE OF SHADOWS and how you decided to connect it to ballet?
YB: I’ve always thought that there is something otherworldly and mysterious about the act of dancing—especially ballet. It wouldn’t surprise me if, throughout history, others felt this way too … and what if there is something “out of this world” about dancing? What would that be, and how might it manifest itself? Those are some of the questions I asked myself as I began to plot this book.
ATUF: Thanks so much for stopping by Yelena. Come back anytime!
Yelena Black is a recent MFA graduate of Columbia University. She currently resides in New York City and is a full-time writer. She has a keen interest in dance and all things devilish.
Giveaway provided by Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books
One copy of DANCE OF SHADOWS by Yelena Black
Available on February 12, 2013 from Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books
Dancing with someone is an act of trust. Elegant and intimate; you’re close enough to kiss, close enough to feel your partner’s heartbeat. But for Vanessa, dance is deadly – and she must be very careful who she trusts . . .
Vanessa Adler attends an elite ballet school – the same one her older sister, Margaret, attended before she disappeared. Vanessa feels she can never live up to her sister’s shining reputation. But Vanessa, with her glorious red hair and fair skin, has a kind of power when she dances – she loses herself in the music, breathes different air, and the world around her turns to flames . . .
Soon she attracts the attention of three men: gorgeous Zep, mysterious Justin, and the great, enigmatic choreographer Josef Zhalkovsky. When Josef asks Vanessa to dance the lead in the Firebird, she has little idea of the danger that lies ahead – and the burning forces about to be unleashed . . .
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