Interview with Destiny Soria, Author of IRON CAST

iron-castBefore we get started… just look at that cover. I love it.

Here’s a quick blurb, so you can fully swoon before we interview Destiny Soria, author of this amazing debut, IRON CAST from Amulet.

It’s Boston, 1919, and the Cast Iron club is packed. On stage, hemopaths – whose “afflicted” blood gives them the ability to create illusions through art – captivate their audience. Corinne and Ada have been best friends ever since infamous gangster Johnny Dervish recruited them into his circle. By night they perform for Johnny’s crowds, and by day they con Boston’s elite. When a job goes wrong and Ada is imprisoned, they realize how precarious their position is. After she escapes, two of the Cast Iron’s hires are shot, and Johnny disappears. With the law closing in, Corinne and Ada are forced to hunt for answers, even as betrayal faces them at every turn.

Sounds amazing right? So let’s keep learning more about Destiny Soria below!

When you were a teenager, what did you think you’d be when you grew up?

For a while, I really wanted to be a marine biologist, but that was only because I thought marine biologists just played with dolphins all day. (I was that girl with the matching dolphin bedspread, sheets, and wall decals.) Once I figured out you had to like science to be a biologist, I decided on my next career path, which was archeology. And yes, that was only because I thought archeologists were all like Indiana Jones and Lara Croft. True confessions: there’s still a tiny part of me that wants to be Indiana Jones someday.

What time of day do you love best?

Early morning on a Saturday, when you wake up and realize that you don’t have work that day, so you get to drift back to sleep…

Share one quirk you have that most people don’t know about.

You know those little bubbles on the drink lids at restaurants? I can’t take a drink until I’ve popped them all down. It’s become so much of a habit that I don’t even notice I’m doing it anymore. On cheaper lids it’s almost impossible to press them all down at once, and I have been known to struggle with a lid for fifteen minutes before finally succeeding.

What’s the strangest job you’ve ever had?

I backpacked through New Zealand for seven months after college, and for six weeks I was a tour guide at a haunted prison in Napier. My fellow backpackers and I slept in actual prison cells and used the same facilities the prisoners once used. I never saw a ghost, but some of my fellow guides had spooky encounters—including a bloody handprint that appeared on the underside of one woman’s pillowcase in the middle of the night…

Talk about one thing that’s making you happy right now.

Just now, my cat Sophie was rolling around on my bed, trying to look cute so I would pet her. Then she rolled right off. I try to take pleasure in the small things.

Thanks so much for joining us, Destiny!! Both you and your book are fabulous 🙂

destiny-soria-2Destiny Soria grew up in a tiny town in Alabama that you’ve never heard of, where she spent her summers playing with sticks in the woods and exploring such distinguished careers as Forest Bandit, Wayward Orphan, and Woodland Fairy Princess. After college, she ran away to New Zealand for seven months and only pretended to be a character from Lord of the Rings on special occasions. Nowadays she lives and works in the shadow of the mighty Vulcan in Birmingham, AL.

For more information about Destiny and her book, she’s just a click away on TwitterFacebookGoodreadsInstagram, and at www.destinysoria.com.

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Jenni L. Walsh spent her early years ​chasing around cats, dogs, and chickens in Philadelphia's countryside, before dividing time between a soccer field and a classroom at Villanova University. She put her marketing degree to good use as an advertising copywriter, zip-code hopping with her husband to DC, NYC, NJ, and not surprisingly, back to Philly. There, Jenni's passion for words continued, adding author to her resume. She now balances her laptop with a kid on each hip, and a four-legged child at her feet. BECOMING BONNIE (Tor Forge/Macmillan, 5/9/2017) is her debut novel that tells the untold story of how church-going Bonnelyn Parker becomes half of the infamous Bonnie and Clyde duo during the 1920s. SIDE BY SIDE, telling Bonnie and Clyde's crime spree story, will be released in the summer of 2018. Please learn more about Jenni's books at jennilwalsh.com.