This fall, readers are being gifted with numerous exciting releases, the latest one being Fable by Adrienne Young.
Fable is a story that follows the 17-year-old Fable who has found her lifelong home in the sea. As the daughter of a powerful trader named Saint, she has always known to follow the rules of the sea, being to never reveal anything important about you. Any information can be used against you when it comes to living on the sea.
After surviving the shipwreck that took the life of her mother, Saint left Fable on an island to fend for herself. For 4 years Fable has been stuck on this island, always having to look over her shoulder, fighting to survive on her own. The only thing that has kept her going is the possibility of getting off this island and finding her father to assume her rightful role on is crew. Once the opportunity presents itself, Fable puts her trust in a young trader named West and his ragtag crew to take her to where she needs to go. Will Fable be able to keep her secrets? Or will they be revealed?
I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to ask Young a few questions on her newest release!
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What character did you have the most fun writing?
I had the most fun writing Saint, and he might be my favorite character I’ve ever written, even though he doesn’t spend a ton of time on the page. I love that there’s this whole mythology about him. He’s like a presence that is always there with Fable, shadowing and/or guiding everything she does. I really love what he brings to the story and I found myself constantly looking forward to drafting those scenes.
What is your writing process like? What do you find to be the most challenging thing to be when it comes to writing?
I spend a lot of time with a story in my head before I actually begin drafting it. This “story development” phase can take anywhere from six to eighteen months or longer and it’s when the characters and their paths are just marinating in my subconscious and also when I’m actively brainstorming and researching. This can be challenging because I really can’t rush a story and sometimes that means waiting longer than I wanted to actually start writing it.
In Fable, you do such a brilliant job with developing the characters, the background history, and the setting. Which of these is your favorite to develop when you started writing/establishing the world of Fable?
My favorite aspect of the Narrows is definitely the dredging. This whole idea of free diving really fascinated me and making it an actual occupation that contributes to trade and the economy was so fun to develop.
fan art by Tara Spruit
Something that is heavily preached in the cutthroat world of Fable, is that your own history/personal life can be used against you. Because of this the characters are quite closed off about their lives, never truly knowing that much about each other. If you were in Fable’s situation, do you think you would be able to conceal your own past/personal history as well as Fable does? Why/why not?
I think I could. I’m a pretty private person and I tend to hold my cards pretty close to my chest when it comes to things that I really care about.
Because of this level of secrecy between each of the characters we end up learning more and more about each character as we read, like any book. What makes Fable so different is that we are right there with her learning these new secrets about those that she is becoming close to, which is brilliant. This is something that really sucks readers in, and it makes the twist and turns, the utter betrayals even more painful. This is a great device to move the story along and connects readers more deeply with the story. Was this something that you knew that you wanted to have in your book, or did it click once you began the writing process?
This is a classic tool a lot of storytellers use, letting the reader/viewer discover a world through what I call a “guide”. This is usually a main character. Think Harry Potter discovering the wizarding world or Peter Banning (Robin Williams) in Hook, getting swept away into Neverland. It’s really effective and practical, but it also allows the reader/viewer to experience the emotional reaction of the main character. There are a lot of things that Fable already knows and understands about this world, the Narrows. She’s grown up in it. But when she steps foot on the Marigold, the ship is kind of a world within that bigger world. The mystery and clues act as a way for the reader to learn a lot of the things Fable already knows about their world while also taking you step by step through her own discovery.
Okay, final question. I know that the sequel to Fable, Namesake is coming out this March and I must say I am really excited to see what is next for Fable and West. Besides Namesake, do you have anything else in the works?
Yes! I currently have two more books slated to come out with Wednesday Books. It’s a new duology that is pretty tightly under wraps right now but will start releasing in 2022.
Young’s highly anticipated release, Fable, is now available to purchase to read. I hope that you all enjoyed this book as much as I have!