Author Interview: Julie Eshbaugh of Ivory and Bone

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Hey guys!

I am here to introduce to you Julie Eshbaugh the author of the book Ivory and Bone. I am so lucky to have her interviewed via email about her book which was released last June 7. It’s such a great honor to have her here.

So without further chit chat, here is Julie Eshbaugh!

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Julie Eshbaugh is the author of the upcoming Ivory and Bone (HarperCollins, 2016). She used to have trouble staying in one spot, having lived in places as varied as Utah, France, and New York City. Julie eventually returned home to the Philadelphia area, where she now lives with her husband, son, cat and dog. Her favorite moments are when the unexpected happens and she cheers loudest when the pitcher gets a hit.bookmark-2inx8in-h-frontAuthor interview

1. First of all, tell us about your book, Ivory and Bone

Ivory and Bone is set at the end of the last Ice Age. The story centers around Kol, a seventeen year old boy, and what happens when his isolated clan encounters two other clans and he meets two girls—Mya and Lo. Ivory and Bone could be described as a prehistoric adventure romance.

2. What inspired you to set the novel in the prehistoric era?

I’ve always loved prehistory. I love to roam around the Museum of Natural History in New York City, staring up at the mammoth skeleton, trying to imagine what it was like to live among them. Then on a trip to London, I saw an exhibit at a museum that showed what the land around London would have been like tens of thousands of years ago. I couldn’t stop thinking about the people who lived so long ago. I wondered about their lives so much, I began to piece together the story of Ivory and Bone.

3. You have stated in your goodreads account that you have done some research for your novel, what struggles have you faced in obtaining the information you needed for Ivory and Bone?

One of the first things I did was narrow down the place and time I was going to research. I’d read a few articles about the first people to travel to the Americas from Asia across the Bering Land Bridge, and I was fascinated by the arguments scientists were having about this group of people. There’s a lot of controversy about when they came and how they traveled, so I was able to find a lot of books and articles about them. I also spent tons of time searching the internet for journal articles, maps, charts, and anything else that might bring the time period to life. I found a lot of information. The biggest challenge was probably sorting through it all!

4. What is the meaning behind the title ‘Ivory and Bone’?

I really don’t want to give too much away (you learn the meaning of the title in the book,) but I can at least say that ivory and bone are both important resources for the characters in the book. They are also both raw materials that come from mammoths, and the mammoth herds have been essential for the survival of the clans.

5. You have such a unique writing style. How did you come up with the idea of writing a book in a storytelling manner?

I didn’t really plan it in advance. One of the first scenes I wrote is the scene that became the prologue, and because of the circumstances they are in, Kol begins to tell Mya the story of everything that’s happened since the day they met. This was the way it came to me—like I was overhearing Kol talk to Mya—so it flowed onto the page that way. Maybe because of the time period and the fact that they didn’t have writing and relied so much on storytelling, it just felt natural. I tried to change it to a straight first-person narrative after I’d written a few chapters, but it seemed to lose its intimacy, so I kept it in this storytelling style.

6. What are your inspiration for the characters, especially Kol, Mya and Lo?

The characters in IVORY AND BONE—not just the main characters but the minor characters, too—were originally inspired by the characters in PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, but with the genders swapped. So Kol was inspired by Lizzy Bennet, and Mya was inspired by Mr. Darcy. But once that idea was in place, they grew into their own people. I think Kol, Mya, and Lo all have a bit of me in them, to be honest. They are each a different side of me. Kol also has a lot of my son and husband in him. I think that’s unavoidable since they are the men I know the best.

7. What are the things that we should expect from the next books of the trillogy?

I don’t want to give too much away, so I’ll just say that Book Two picks up where IVORY AND BONE leaves off, and continues the story of the clans. I hope readers will want to return to the world and find out what’s in store for the characters.

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A prehistoric fantasy—with allusions to Pride and Prejudice.

Hunting, gathering, and keeping his family safe—that’s the life seventeen-year-old Kol knows. Then bold, enigmatic Mya arrives from the south with her family, and Kol is captivated. He wants her to like and trust him, but any hopes of impressing her are ruined when he makes a careless—and nearly grave—mistake. However, there’s something more to Mya’s cool disdain…a history wrought with loss that comes to light when another clan arrives. With them is Lo, an enemy from Mya’s past who Mya swears has ulterior motives.

As Kol gets to know Lo, tensions between Mya and Lo escalate until violence erupts. Faced with shattering losses, Kol is forced to question every person he’s trusted. One thing is for sure: this was a war that Mya or Lo—Kol doesn’t know which—had been planning all along.

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