Welcome to the FFBC: WEST by Edith Pattou-- Interview & Giveaway

/ Oct 18, 2018


(East #2)
by Edith Pattou
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release Date: October 23, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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In the sequel to the beloved high fantasy East, Rose sets off on a perilous journey to find her true love when he goes missing in a thrilling tale of danger, magic, adventure, and revenge.

When Rose first met Charles, he was trapped in the form of a white bear. To rescue him, Rose traveled to the land that lay east of the sun and west of the moon to defeat the evil Troll Queen. Now Rose has found her happily-ever-after with Charles—until a sudden storm destroys his ship and he is presumed dead. But Rose doesn’t believe the shipwreck was an act of nature, nor does she believe Charles is truly dead. Something much more sinister is at work. With mysterious and unstoppable forces threatening the lives of the people she loves, Rose must once again set off on a perilous journey. And this time, the fate of the entire world is at stake.

First Book in the Series


Hello Edith! We are super excited to talk to you about WEST and to have you in our FFBC tours. 


Favorite Book?  

Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin

Favorite TV show?


Favorite movie?

Princess Bride

Favorite Song?

Fireflies by Lori McKenna

Favorite Food?


Name 3 fictional places you would move to in a heartbeat.

Hobbiton in the Shire 

What were your favorite books growing up?

The Narnia books by C.S. Lewis
Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
Agatha Christie murder mysteries

Favorite Quote?

We need never be hopeless because we can never be irreparably broken.  -John Green

What do you find yourself “fangirling” over?

The actor who plays Poldark, Rainbow Rowell and The Rolling Stones

Name a recent book you read that you would recommend to our YA fans?

Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima (the first book of the amazing Shattered Realms series)


Could you tell our readers a little bit about the EAST series?

Published over a decade ago, EAST is the story of Rose who agrees to go off with an enormous white bear in order to save her family, to live in a mysterious castle carved into a mountain. While there, Rose makes a terrible choice and must then set out on an epic journey to right the wrong she did. She travels to the land that lies east of the sun and west of the moon to break a Troll Queen’s spell on the enchanted white bear. It was inspired by the Norwegian fairy tale East of the Sun and West of the Moon. 

What can we expect from WEST?

WEST is set three years after the ending of EAST and Rose must once again strap on her boots and set off on another fantastic and deadly journey to rescue all those she holds dear, including her white bear. There is a lot of action, more than a fewcliffhangers (literally!) and a dollop or two of romance. 

Can you tell us 3 interesting/random things about Rose?

She has purple eyes
She is a master weaver
She is incapable of flirting
(sorry, one more 😊)
She has the super power of persistence

What 3 hashtags would you most associate with your book series? (Could be a word or phrase or anything that would instantly make you think of the series). 


How did you come up with the story? Did you find inspiration in any other story/movie/show and how has this affected your writing?

I hadn’t ever really intended to write a sequel to EAST but a while back I had a “What if” thunderbolt of an idea, which I can’t tell you here because it would be too much of a spoiler, but it set me on the path to telling a new story about Rose and her white bear. As to inspiration, because WEST isn’t based on one fairy tale the way EAST was, I found myself drawing on a whole range of folk and fairy tales—Grimms, Hans Christian Anderson and Greek and Norse mythology. And of course since I’m a big lover of fantasy films and TV, I was inspired by such shows as Game of Thrones and The Princess Bride.  

Tell us your favorite quote from WEST.

I had lost a kingdom, but gained a life. A life with Rose. –White Bear 

If you had to pick one song to be the Theme Song for WEST– Which one would you pick?

One Woman Army by Kate Earl

Are there any recommendations you could give your readers to be in the “perfect mood” to read WEST (specific music, snacks…)? 

Listen to One Woman Army (see above), Ship to Wreck by Florence and the Machine, and East of the Sun, West of the Moon, Diana Krall. 
Snuggle up in polar bear pj’s and drink hot chocolate (not slank!!) and munch on Norwegian pastries and cloudberries. If you don’t happen to have access to Norwegian goodies, substitute any tasty pastry of your choice and some raspberries. 

What’s next for you? 

I’m currently finishing up a chapter book about a girl and some fainting goats. And I’m also making notes for a possible third volume in the EAST series. Haven’t decided if it will be called NORTH or SOUTH! 😊

Thank you so much for everything, Edith!

Edith Pattou is the author of several fantasy novels, including East, an ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults. She is a graduate of the Francis W. Parker School, Scripps College (B.A., English), Claremont Graduate School (M.A., English) and UCLA (M.L.I.S.). She is married to Charles Emery, a professor of psychology at The Ohio State University. They have one child, a daughter.

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