Amy Ewing, author of The Jewel, has been on a blog tour this week and we’re lucky enough to be her last stop!
Violet Lasting is no longer a human being. Tomorrow she becomes Lot 197, auctioned to the highest royal bidder in the Jewel of the Lone City. Tomorrow she becomes the Surrogate of the House of the Lake, her sole purpose to produce a healthy heir for the Duchess. Imprisoned in the opulent cage of the palace, Violet learns the brutal ways of the Jewel, where the royal women compete to secure their bloodline and the surrogates are treated as disposable commodities. Destined to carry the child of a woman she despises, Violet enters a living death of captivity – until she sets eyes on Ash Lockwood, the royal Companion. Compelled towards each other by a reckless, clandestine passion, Violet and Ash dance like puppets in a deadly game of court politics, until they become each other’s jeopardy – and salvation.
A shocking and compelling new YA series from debut author, Amy Ewing; The Jewel is The Handmaid’s Tale meets The Other Boleyn Girl in a world where beauty and brutality collide.
Amy sat down with us and shared a bit about her writing process and a few insights into what life would be like for her inside the Jewel.
On her last day as Violet Lasting, Violet dresses in her pyjamas. Where did you get the idea for that?
You know, I don’t really know! I never actually thought about it as a choice – I just wanted her to wear her mother’s bathrobe and the PJs came along for the ride. But I like that she would wear something subtly unconventional. Raven is the bold one, wearing pants when most women don’t. Violet is wearing what’s most comfortable, what makes her feel most like her.
What music did you listen to whilst working on the book?
I don’t listen to music when I write. I listened to a lot of Bach’s cello suites during the morning with my coffee, sort of to get myself into Violet’s head. But during the writing process, it’s all quiet in my house. However, I have tried a friend who makes me playlists after I finish each book and they are always fabulous!
If The Jewel was being made into a movie, who would you cast in the lead roles?
Violet: Chloe Grace Moretz
The Duchess: Lucy Liu
Raven: Malese Jow
Garnet: Zac Efron (if he was blonde!)
Lucien: Benedict Cumberbatch or Tom Hiddleston
Dr. Blythe: Morgan Freeman
Annabelle: Saoirse Ronan
What three personal items would you take into Southgate?
My grandmother’s opal ring that I wear every day, a sundress that belonged to a friend I lost very suddenly, and my guitar.
If you lived in the world of The Jewel, which Circle would you live in within the Lone City?
It might be horrible to admit, but I would love to live in the Jewel. I love the dresses and the places and the parties – not so much the cruelty and the killing and the buying of young girls. But I also would love to live in the Farm. There’s a part of me that enjoys being in nature and living a simple life.
Fashion is a large part of living in the Jewel. Do you have a favourite fashion designer?
Oh dear. I don’t have one! It probably seems like I’m super into fashion with this book, but honestly I am totally fashion-ignorant. If it’s long and flowy and weird, I’ll probably love it.
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