Giveaway: The Transmigration of Cora Riley by Ellie Di Julio
Posted by brriske
TITLE: 13 Nifty Things to Know about “The Transmigration of Cora Riley”
There’s a story behind every novel you’ve read. Probably more. There could be a dozen tiny tales nested in the invisible foundation of book you’re holding.
My newest baby, The Transmigration of Cora Riley, is absolutely no different, and I want to give you a wee sneak peek behind the curtain (relatively spoiler-free).
Author’s Note: Where most lists like this are 5-10 items, I’m doing 13. It’s not to freak out the triskaidekaphobes but to mirror the elusive Door Thirteen that Cora must reach in the underworld to get her second chance at life. I like synchronicity, even when I have to create it.
- I swore I’d never write another complex female character in a magical realism setting after writing Inkchanger. Or ever write a series. Whoops.
- Lots of folks ask if Cora is some sort of literary avatar for my own self. The answer is yes. Duh. What’s the point of being an author if you can’t be a badass in your own universe?
- Jack Alexander’s look is based on a guy I dated in college, complete with trisklieon tramp stamp. I’m both afraid and excited for him to stumble on this and try to get in touch with me.
- And by the way, if you’ve read Inkchanger, you should recognize Jack before you hit halfway in Cora Riley.
- Working with Xavier taught me that, while I’m not particularly fond of real children, I have a knack for writing imaginary ones. They’re so much fun!
- Pop culture references abound, if you know what to look for, including Eddie Izzard, Star Trek, and Office Space.
- The car wreck that ends the first section actually happened to me when I was 18. Talk about drawing from personal experience (don’t worry, though – I didn’t die).
- In my mind, The Mistress looks like Charlize Theron from Snow White and the Huntsman – all evil grace and raven’s feathers – but I’m curious about how she appears to other people.
- My original plan was to have 100 underworld doors for Cora to navigate, but after a lot of research, I discovered enough common threads in afterlife beliefs to whittle it down to 12 basic concepts. So much easier.
- The head chef mentioned when Cora and Jack arrive in the Hunting Hall is based on Gordon Ramsey – because I love that guy’s creative swearing.
- I angsted for a full week about the events in chapters 14 and 15. They took the longest to write by far of all the entire book. You’ll see why.
- The fork is not, I repeat, not based on Ariel’s dinglehopper in The Little Mermaid.
- The conversation between Jack and Cora’s father at the end caught me completely off-guard. Naturally, it’s now a major plot point for later books.