Curbing curiosities, or an interview with Mary Weber author of Reclaiming Shilo Snow (and a giveaway)


reclaiming shilo snow

Reclaiming Shilo Snow (The Evaporation of Sofi Snow #2)

By: Mary Weber

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Publication Date: March 6th, 2018

Trapped on the ice-planet of Delon, gamer girl Sofi and Ambassador Miguel have discovered that nothing is what it seems, including their friends. On a quest to rescue her brother, Shilo, a boy everyone believes is dead, they must now escape and warn Earth of Delon’s designs on humanity. Except the more they unearth of the planet and Sofi’s past, the more they feel themselves unraveling, as each new revelation has Sofi questioning the very existence of reality.

Meanwhile, back on Earth, Sofi’s mom, Inola, is battling a different kind of unraveling: a political one that could cost lives, positions, and a barely-rebuilt society, should they discover the deal made with the Delonese.

But there’s a secret deeper than all that. One locked away inside Sofi and ticking away with the beginnings, endings, and answers to everything. Including how to save humanity.


 1) A book goes through a lot of different versions and rounds of editing before it’s complete. What are some fun facts” or behind the scenes info you can share about the characters from your book or the world you created for it that may or may not have made it to the final draft of the book?

Aw super fun! Okay, so I originally pitched the Sofi Snow series five years ago (they requested my Storm Siren fantasy instead) and it was going to have zombies! And, of course, they could totally live in the frigid climate of Delon without becoming frozen zombie cubes.

You’re welcome for that, world. I think.

2) Who was your favorite character to write and who gave you the most trouble? If you could ask a character of your choice from the Sofi Snow series one question what would it be?

100% Inola. I remember my editor seeing an early summary and saying, “Are we actually putting a mom’s point of view in a YA story?” And I was like, yes, yes we are, because I need her. *laughs* In one way or another, she’s a piece of all of us. She is our failings, our struggles, our reasonings, and our love that is moving from brokenness to wholeness. She’s also our reminder that there is always more to a person’s internal story. Especially a person we don’t particularly like.

3) What scene from the book are you most proud of (because of how you handled the atmosphere, characters, dialogue, etc)? Is there a scene that you had difficulty with and just had to power through” to finish the book? Or a scene that made you very emotional?

*laughs* Oh man, can I be honest? When I got my editorial letter back from my publisher, she’d suggested separating Miguel’s storyline from Sofi’s. Which meant I rewrote every single one of his chapters within the period of a week. It was brutal and messy and I had no idea what his own journey needed to look like, but by the end of it I was do dang proud of him and who he’d become. 😉

4) What are the top five things we should know as a reader before starting RECLAIMING SHILO SNOW (about the main character, their love interest, the antagonist, their world/home town, their situation, etc)?

Ooh good question. Let’s see, you should probably know:

(1) An alien planet has been parked beside Earth’s moon for the last decade

(2) Sofi’s brother, Shilo, was kidnapped by the aliens of said planet

(3) Sofi has convinced the super attractive ambassador, Miguel, to get her on the planet to search for Shilo

(4) Miguel and Sofi had a short-lived relationship which changed Miguel’s entire internal life – his playboy persona now protects a secret mission

(5) Sofi has just discovered she’s been to the planet before but apparently had her memory wiped

5) What is next for you? What are you currently working on?

Shhh…. *whispers* I’m turning in my next book to HarperCollins this week. It’s a standalone light fantasy that is my ode to women, and comes out March 2018.

Mary Weber

Spider Squealer. Mermaid Believer. HarperCollins YA Author. Lover of old souls. End human trafficking.

Mary Weber is the award-winning HarperCollins author of the bestselling young adult Storm Siren Trilogy, and The Evaporation of Sofi Snow series. An avid school and conference speaker, Mary’s passion is helping others find their voice amid a world that often feels too loud. When she’s not plotting adventures involving tough girls who frequently take over the world, Mary sings 80’s hairband songs to her three muggle children, and ogles her husband who looks strikingly like Wolverine. They live in California which is perfect for stalking L.A. bands and the ocean. She gets nerdy at, FACEBOOK @MaryWeberAuthor, INSTAGRAM @MaryWeberAuthor, and GOODREADS.

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