Oh god, just look at it. Just look at this beautiful thing. You have to click it for the full view, but it’s SO so worth it. CLICK.
THE FALCONER’s US edition goes to the printers soon (!!), and with that comes two very lovely author blurbs:
“Simply put, my favorite YA paranormal this year. A must read!” (#1 NYTimes Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout)
“A riveting world, a fierce heroine, and electrifying action–I burned through this sparkling debut!” (NYTimes Bestselling author Sarah J. Maas)
I can’t tell you how grateful I am to be blurbed by Sarah and Jen, two incredibly talented authors who have written some of my favourite YA novels of 2012/2013. It’s an honour!
It was 2 years ago this week that my wonderful editor at Gollancz acquired THE FALCONER and its two sequels. How time flies! In celebration, I’m posting something very special for you that I haven’t shared with anyone.
So many people ask me if I write to music. To me, it’s such a personal thing. No matter how good a song is, if it doesn’t connect in some way with what I’m writing, then I can’t use it. So my playlist was carefully curated over the 3 years I worked on THE FALCONER. The lyrics of each song are all connected in some way to what goes on in the novel, to either characters or scenes. So now that THE FALCONER is out, and you can read it, I wanted to share it with you. I hope you enjoy!
Technical note: (I am embedding the playlist from both Grooveshark and Spotify in case you fancy one over the other — however, know that I was unable to find 2 of the songs on Spotify)
It’s here! It’s finally here! It’s THE FALCONER’s book birthday in the UK.
It’s been such a long time coming, and I’m so happy you guys can finally read it. It’s your book now!
If you’re interested in sampling the book, the first three chapters have been posted online.
And Amazon has a look inside the book, including the lovely extra material at the back — Aileana’s Bestiary! http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Falconer-Elizabeth-May/dp/0575130407/
Thank you all so much for your support and your excitement. I’m so glad to finally share this book with you!
The Falconer is a book now. A finished book.
It’s hard not to get sentimental about seeing it in hardback and done, done, done.
I came up with the idea in the spring of 2010, about a noblewoman who hunts the fae in historic Scotland. I didn’t know how to write it. I was already sending another manuscript around to agents (the 9th one I’d written), and putting all of my rejections for it in a neat little email folder to keep track of.
Rejection, rejection, rejection. Everyone kept saying, “Keep trying! Keep sending it out! All it takes is one yes.” I don’t blame agents for rejecting that manuscript at all. If I had managed to find my one Agent “Yes” and one Editor “Yes”, it would have been a terrible debut. I don’t think I would have come to love it later. I think I would have come to hate it.
After receiving 2 rejections of the full manuscript in the same day, I decided to put #9 away. Now, don’t feel sad about #9. It was a good stepping stone novel. It was a good experience for me. Rejections, I believe, are good things. They are learning things. If #9 hadn’t been so soundly rejected, I would never have started manuscript #10.
I began manuscript #10 in the early summer of 2010. After my querying experience, I just wanted to write a book with all my favourite things in it: romance, folklore, strong girls, technology . . .
I didn’t intend for it to be a serious thing. I had spent a long time researching publishing, trying to be published, since I was a young teen. I wanted to write a book for the simple joy of writing, and that was it.
It wasn’t until I had finished the first draft of what would later become The Falconer that I realized it was the first story I wrote that I thought was worthy of being published. Not just that, but worthy of me taking the time to make it right. The first draft wasn’t very good at all. It was messy pure joy writing, unsophisticated and chaotic.
I just wasn’t good enough to write the story. I didn’t have the skill or the understanding of the characters to get much out of them beyond the words on paper. There was little nuance in my main character, Aileana. And yet I knew there was so much more to her.
So, I wrote the manuscript again. From scratch.
Aileana is a challenging character, not an anti-hero but not-quite-a-hero. She is a girl. A strong girl, a grieving girl, a vulnerable girl. It wasn’t until I wrote her that I realized that every other protagonist I had written were defined by single personality traits. Aileana was not a character easily defined, and therefore not easily written. I didn’t have the skill to write her at the time, either.
I wrote the book again. It was a much cleaner draft about a girl who had mastered the art of pretense to hide just how very angry she actually was. Anger, you see, was not proper. Ladies weren’t supposed to be angry. They were supposed to be nice.
That was the book I wanted to write, the book I wanted to be my debut. Edits and edits and edits and 39 months from the time I typed its first words, it became this:
A book. A beautiful book that I’m proud to have written.
Happy Falconer Friday! Today’s sample is another chapter of THE FALCONER up for you to read!
The first chapter has been posted over on the fabulous SciFiNow website, in all of its gorgeous typeset glory: http://www.scifinow.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Falconer-Chapter-1.pdf
And the second chapter is over on the Gollancz blog, and they’re giving you a chance to win an ARC! http://www.gollancz.co.uk/2013/09/its-falconer-friday-are-you-ready-for-chapter-two/
Happy Falconer Friday! Today’s teaser isn’t a wee one, it’s the whole first chapter! Go have a read over at the Gollancz Blog! http://www.gollancz.co.uk/2013/08/friday-reads-the-falconer/
It’s the end of the week, so you know what that means! It’s Falconer Friday! Fierce Fiction is giving you another opportunity to win an advanced reader’s copy this week, and they have a sneak peek at THE FALCONER’s first page: http://fiercefiction.tumblr.com/post/57784299086/woot-its-friday-and-that-can-only-mean-one
And starting today I’ll be giving wee book teasers on my blog. So this is Teaser #1!
It’s here! Falconer Fridays just kicked off over at Fierce Fiction, and every week they’re going to be giving away signed ARCs of THE FALCONER, and revealing exclusive content, images and films to you! So do pop over and visit to win your copy this week:
Follow Fierce Fiction to get more Falconer Fridays updates, or check the #FalconerFridays hashtag on Twitter.
In addition to that, a signed ARC is being included in the fantasy bundle over at YA Highway in celebration of their 4 year anniversary! They are giving away a lot of other amazing prizes, too. Details here: http://www.yahighway.com/2013/08/ya-highways-4th-anniversary-giveaway.html
xx Elizabeth May
My Goodreads giveaway for The Falconer‘s ARCs ended on Saturday and it was a phenomenal success. Thank you to everyone who entered and for those of you who graciously spread the word. If you didn’t win, do stay tuned for more giveaways!
But congrats to my two winners! Here’s a quick snap before this lovely goes to the post office: