#GirlsConqueringBooks: EMILY SKRUTSKIE

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HELLO VOYAGERS. We're here on our very first day of #GirlsConqueringBooks event. Today our guest is the lovely and talented - Emily Skrutskie. And give her a big congratulations... BECAUSE THE ABYSS SURROUNDS releases today!!!!! We love this book quite a lot in the TBV fam and we wanted Emily to be the first one up to share the joy of her book and the greatest relationship we have seen in a book.
aaaaaand here's a little more about Emily's book - THE ABYSS SURROUNDS US - before we start on the post!

Title: The Abyss Surround Us
Author: Emily Skrutskie
Publisher: Flux
Publishing: February 8th, 2016
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Goodreads blurb:
For Cassandra Leung, bossing around sea monsters is just the family business. She’s been a Reckoner trainer-in-training ever since she could walk, raising the genetically-engineered beasts to defend ships as they cross the pirate-infested NeoPacific. But when the pirate queen Santa Elena swoops in on Cas’s first solo mission and snatches her from the bloodstained decks, Cas’s dream of being a full-time trainer seems dead in the water. 

There’s no time to mourn. Waiting for her on the pirate ship is an unhatched Reckoner pup. Santa Elena wants to take back the seas with a monster of her own, and she needs a proper trainer to do it. She orders Cas to raise the pup, make sure he imprints on her ship, and, when the time comes, teach him to fight for the pirates. If Cas fails, her blood will be the next to paint the sea.

But Cas has fought pirates her entire life. And she's not about to stop.

The Book Voyagers: Why is it important to show healthy relationships (and friendships) between girls?
Emily Skrutskie: In short, because it’s realistic. We want fiction to reflect the world around us, and the world around us is filled with important, complex relationships between girls. We want our stories to model how to navigate those relationships, not just how to navigate, you know, another romance with a guy. And we also want to see those kind of relationships interrogated—to understand what makes them healthy, what makes them unhealthy, and the work it takes to maintain them.

TBV: What gifts do you think Cas and Swift would give each other during Valentine's Day (if they did anything for it at all). 
ES: They’re very practical. Swift would get Cas a pistol. Cas would get Swift an alarm clock.

Emily Skrutskie is six feet tall. She was born in Massachusetts, raised in Virginia, and forged in the mountains above Boulder, Colorado. She holds a B.A. in Performing and Media Arts from Cornell University, where she studied an outrageous and demanding combination of film, computer science, and game design. 

Her short fiction has been published by HarperTeen, and her debut novel, THE ABYSS SURROUNDS US, will be published by Flux on February 8th, 2016!

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