Blog Tour for The Fire Wish by Amber Lough- Interview + Giveaway

 The Fire Wish (The Jinni Wars, #1)photo by John Wesley Mannion

The Fire Wish is a beautifully written, fast paced book about the Jinn stemming from the Middle Eastern mythology. I loved the vivid descriptions of the scenery and was transported to this area that I’ve not often read about. Lough’s story focuses on two very different girls who found themselves connected in unexpected ways.

Thank you Amber for joining us today!

I believe The Fire Wish might be the first young adult book I’ve read set in the Middle East. Looking at your website, I read that you spent some time there. Could you relate how that experience inspired your writing?
Thank you. I’m so glad people are starting to read/write more books set in the Middle East. I went to the Bahrain School for 7th and 8th grade, but I didn’t return to the region until I was 24, when I arrived as an Air Force Officer in Kuwait. I spent the next several months in Iraq (and an R&R in Qatar). Because my personal experience was nothing like what my characters experienced, most of what I used for the story came from the physical surroundings. Everything else I either researched or, in the case of the Jinni Cavern, made up entirely.

Since your novel focuses on mythology could you tell us about some of your research? What was the most surprising information you found?
For starters, I hadn’t known that jinni mythology is nearly as old as the local people. I don’t know why, but I had the impression that the idea of jinn began with the 1001 Nights and Scheherazade. According to believers, jinn are as real as you and I, and they are everywhere. *cue mysterious music and far-off wailing* I developed my own version of jinn, but kept it based on the original mythology, just as many writers have done with the Fae.

Your characters are all very well rounded and fleshed out. Did you relate to any one of them more than the others?
Thank you! I must admit that I am a little bit like all the characters. I see the world the way Najwa does, I’m impulsive and self-centered (sometimes) like Zayele, and I love science and music as much as Kamal. (Speaking of which, you should really try to find some oud music. It’s gorgeous.)

The Fire Wish is your first published book; could you tell us about the experience? How does it feel having Laini Taylor recommend your book?
It’s bewildering! I’m in the middle of a move, as well, so my mind’s about as sharp and clear as wet coffee grinds. As for having Laini Taylor blurb my book—well, it’s a dream-come-true. To have one of your favorite authors read (and like!) your own story is magical.

Is there anything specific that you’d like your readers to take away from your novel?
I want them to have fun while reading it, and to come away with the knowledge that they, too, can break down the walls of bigotry and hate.

About the Book:
The Fire Wish (The Jinni Wars, #1)A jinni. A princess. And the wish that changes everything. . . .

Najwa is a jinni, training to be a spy in the war against the humans. Zayele is a human on her way to marry a prince of Baghdad—which she’ll do anything to avoid. So she captures Najwa and makes a wish. With a rush of smoke and fire, they fall apart and re-form—as each other. A jinni and a human, trading lives. Both girls must play their parts among enemies who would kill them if the deception were ever discovered—enemies including the young men Najwa and Zayele are just discovering they might love.

Look for The Fire Wish available from Random House now.

 

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Giveaway:
Random House has been kind enough to provide a copy of The Fire Wish to one US winner.
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Comments

  1. says

    3 wishes. Hmmmm
    1. I think one would have to be – Being able to go to disney any time I want 🙂
    2. I would say a lot of money but I think I would prefer enough to just pay off all my bills and live in comfort
    3. A house of my own in a quiet little town with lots of mom and pop shops.

    Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

    • says

      I’ve never been to Disney but I’ve heard it’s such a fun experience. We hope to take our son one of these years. I’m with you about having enough to pay bills and be comfortable.

  2. says

    My three wishes would be…
    1. For my son to be cured of his illness.
    2. For everyone’s school loans to be forgiven.
    3. For everyone in the world to have at least their basic needs met everyday.

  3. says

    Argh I’ve been wanting to read this ever since I got declined from the ARC. Well anyways, I have a hard time coming up with wishes so:
    1. For everyone to be respected and have equal rights no matter what
    2. For there to BE DRAGONS that we can ride and be friends like in HTTYD
    3. Have everyone have a lifetime supply of delicious food.

    As you can see, I’m only serious about the first one (just kidding, I’m serious on all of them).

  4. says

    Great interview, Kristen! It’s quite intersting to see that the author served in the military before she started writing!
    This book sounds fantastic and I’m adding it to the TBR list, cause we need more books about the Middle East and Jinnis!!

  5. says

    Can’t wait to read this book!
    My 3 wishes:
    1. Peace and justice for all.
    2. A dream house completely paid off.
    3. Unlimited B&N gift card.

  6. Kara says

    If I had three wishes I would wish for
    A payed off dream house
    To be able to use every part of my brain.
    Good fortune in the family line. We always read about family curses. . . why not wish for the opposite?
    Can’t wait to read this. Middle Eastern Mythology sounds interesting! The book sounds awesome, thanks!

    • says

      Oh, very nice–I’d not thought about that but you’re right–always family curses. It is a shame that we don’t use all or our brains.

  7. says

    Only three wishes? D:
    And I’m guessing you can’t wish for more wishes? 😛
    Fine. -pouts-
    1. An ARC of Isla and the Happily Ever After
    2. Get rich (aka I can buy alllllll the books).
    3. [Saving this wish for later so the Jinn will stay with me always ;DD]

  8. annie page says

    Wish first
    I would wish my daughter did not suffer so much in her grief
    I would wish that my sister was not so sick that she is slowly dying with what it wrong with her
    I wish that the world was not always fighting each other over land and religion and power

  9. erinf1 says

    this sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing! I’d pick: 1) good health and secure futures for my family 2) be independently wealthy so that I can stay at home and read! 3) be able to go back in time and force my friend to go to a doctor much earlier than he had and maybe the cancer could be stopped.

    • says

      Wonderful wishes. I honestly hadn’t thought much when I put that as the comment question but I’ve gotten the most heartfelt responses.

  10. Emma A says

    1) The ability to pin any outfit on pinterest and have it show up in my closet
    2) The ability to read minds (and have the ability to block people out if I want to)
    3) To grow 3-4 inches taller and still keep my hips, waist and chest dimensions the same (so in other terms, not grow proportionally)

    Thanks for the giveaway! I want to read this book so bad!

  11. Chelsea B. says

    To always be comfortable money-wise.
    To bless good days on all the ones I love.
    To lose 50 pounds.
    Priorities, ya know? 😉

  12. says

    That I would win ever contest I ever entered for the rest of my life
    That me and my family get to live in complete inner peace and happiness
    That I could somehow end all crime

  13. Kayla says

    1) For there to be equality and basic needs met for all
    2) Ability to speak to animals
    3) Ability to jump into any book world I want at any time! 😀

    Fun question to think about 🙂

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