A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU Blog Tour {Guest Post + Giveaway}

A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU Blog Tour {Guest Post + Giveaway}

A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU Blog Tour {Guest Post + Giveaway}
A Thousand Pieces of You
by Claudia Gray
Series: Firebird #1
Published by HarperTeen on November 4, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction


Every Day meets Cloud Atlas in this heart-racing, space- and time-bending, epic new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray.

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.

I have the most amazing post by Author Claudia Gray for my stop on the A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU Blog Tour and I’m so excited to be able to share it with you today. A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU is my most favorite book by this author, is one of my all-time favorite YA books, a book I read almost the moment I received the eGalley for review, and a book I plan on reading again and again because I know it will just get better with every read.

It’s a story I can’t talk about without wanting to reveal all sorts of spoilers and gush endlessly about. It has the most amazing worlds, the most amazing characters, and fan-freaking-tastic writing. It’s incredible.

And after reading the author’s “Looking Back” post, I couldn’t help but agree with the choices she made from “first first first draft” to the eARC version I’d read. Though this Station 47 definitely has me intrigued, I wouldn’t change a moment, an instant, of what happened in the story I fell crazy, madly in love with.

Whether you’ve read A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU or have it on the very tip top of your TBR pile, this post by the author is all sorts of awesome. (And yay for Theo!)

Guest Post


by Claudia Gray

Although most books take a while to “cook” – to fully take shape as the novel they’re going to be – A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU came clear very quickly. The vast majority of the concept came together within the first couple weeks I thought of it; some of the scifi mechanics took about two months to work through, and a few elements were altered, dropped or moved. (For instance, one very key plot element in the first book was one I had intended to save for later in the series – until my agent asked me why on earth I’d hold back something that good, and I had no reasonable answer.) Still, compared to the transformation most books go through from first concept to final version – that’s nothing.

Still, I thought it might be fun to look back on my very, very first attempts to work on the idea. Since the concept occurred to me while I was traveling on tour, I did my first writing in Australia and New Zealand, the majority of it in my hotel room looking out on Auckland’s harbor. I’m not going to replicate exactly what I wrote then, mostly because a surprising amount of it survives in the final draft. But I decided to pick out a few early details, talk about how I thought of them – and why they got changed or dropped.

Biggest change:

A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU is missing an entire dimension that made it all the way to my editor at HarperTeen. Yes, “Station 47,” as I called it, was the world Marguerite traveled to immediately after the futuristic London in the beginning of the book. The concern was that this universe felt too dystopian – which didn’t bother me as much, because to me it stands to reason that Marguerite will enter some very dark worlds. However, this was at the point where ninety YA dystopian novels were coming out every month, and my editor thought it might make the book seem less original. What really convinced me, though, was that given the tragic and intense beginning of the book – with Marguerite still reeling from the tragedy of her father’s death – going straight to a world so grim felt like it was too much suffering and misery. Intense emotions and situations come up all the time in the Firebird trilogy, but I didn’t want readers to lose sight of the fact that this adventure could be really exciting, too.

So goodbye, Station 47. I was able to move the important plot elements into other universes – and then I had more time and space to explore the other dimensions already in the book. Since I wanted to write tons more about those places, this ended up working beautifully. Kudos to my editor Sarah Landis for seeing a possibility in a change that felt terrifyingly huge at the beginning – but wound up being the exact right thing.

Smaller details:

* For about half of one paragraph, Theo’s name was Sebastian. I reversed that decision almost immediately.

* This is sort of embarrassing to admit, but in the very first notes, I was calling the Firebird the … Boomerang. That was because I’d just left Australia. In fairness, I felt pretty sure that element wasn’t going to last; it was more of a placeholder. Let us not speak of this again.

* For even less than a paragraph, Nightthief was known as Green Fairy. (The film Moulin Rouge might have played too large a role in my thinking there.) For the entire first draft, actually, Nightthief was called Dreamthief – but then Maggie Steifvater came out with a book called THE DREAM THIEVES, and a slight shift in the drug’s name seemed like the best move.

* Originally, Marguerite wasn’t traveling to avenge her father, Henry – I first conceived of her mother, Sophia, as being the primary target.

* Paul’s original last name was Ivanov. Too generic, I decided. Then his surname became Tarasov, but that never did quite sit right. Still, I didn’t change that one until much later, after a long Twitter poll. (Thanks, Twitter followers!) Markov was definitely the best choice.

* Josie went through a few days of being named Catherine, then a longer period where she was Vicky. But I had until this moment forgotten that – for the first few days – she was married to a guy named Julien, from Barcelona. Wow. I don’t quite remember where Julien got to, but if he was that forgettable, maybe Josie is better off without him.

* Originally, Marguerite wasn’t homeschooled, and she pretty much hated high school – particularly being in the marching band, where she had to wear a huge furry hat and play the clarinet. She hated it so much I had to get her out of band right away, which ended up getting her out of high school altogether. Well played, Marguerite.

Things that changed least of all:

* The first moments on the first page have endured almost verbatim. That doesn’t surprise me – from the moment I thought of that scene, I was positive it was the right place to begin.

* What does surprise me? Some of the first snippets of dialogue I came up with come from a scene in Russia where – how do I put this without providing spoilers? – Marguerite asks Paul to call her by her first name, something the Paul in that universe doesn’t do. That, too, survived nearly word for word. When you read the book, I think you’ll understand why.

Whenever I talk about A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU, I always say that this idea came to me faster and in a more complete form than most books do. That is absolutely true. But even this book had to evolve. Even the most beloved ideas may need to shift in the service of the greater story. I love how A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU came out – especially, I think, because I see all the different books it might have been. The alternate-universe versions of what the novel could look like. And I kind of love them all.

(Except the one where Theo is called Sebastian. Just no.)

About Claudia Gray

claudiaClaudia Gray is a pseudonym. I would like to say that I chose another name so that no one would ever learn the links between my shadowy, dramatic past and the explosive secrets revealed through my characters. This would be a lie. In truth, I took a pseudonym simply because I thought it would be fun to choose my own name. (And it is.)

I write novels full-time, absolutely love it, and hope to be able to do this forever. My home is in New Orleans, is more than 100 years old, and is painted purple. In my free time I read, travel, hike, cook and listen to music. You can keep up with my latest releases, thoughts on writing and various pop-culture musings via TwitterTumblrPinterestGoodreads or (of course) my own home page.

If you want to contact me, you can email me, but your best bet is probably to Tweet me. I don’t do follows on Twitter, but I follow everyone back on Tumblr, Pinterest and Goodreads.



There is a tour-wide giveaway for…

  • (1) A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU Prize Pack consisting of a scarf with a quote from the book, a scented candle from one of the multiverses, and a SIGNED copy of the book – International

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The Tour

Week One

Oct. 27th – The Midnight Garden – Guest Post

Oct. 28th – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Interview

Oct. 29th – BookHounds YA – Review

Oct. 30th – Dark Faerie Tales – Interview with Paul

Oct. 31st – Reading YA Rocks – Guest Post

Week Two

Nov. 3rd – Parajunkee – Interview

Nov. 4th – Two Chicks on Books – Guest Post

Nov. 5th – Magical Urban Fantasy Reads – Guest Post

Nov. 6th – Me, My Shelf and I – Review

Nov. 7th – Page Turners Blog – Review




Rachel (a.k.a. Fiktshun) has been blogging about (mostly YA) books since 2010. She always has and always will believe that reading YA rocks and thinks she's found the perfect place to ramble here at RYAR.