M.K. Lobb on Writing Her YA Fantasy Debut “Seven Faceless Saints”

“I hope young people can see the messy parts of themselves in Roz and Damian.” When M.K. Lobb started the manuscript that would ultimately become her debut YA novel, she set out to write a book for herself. “I wasn't trying to impress anyone—it was a compilation of all the things I liked,” Lobb says, noting that she wrote seven other books before this one. “And perhaps there's something to be said for writing a passion project like this, because wouldn't you know it, that's the one that landed.” Seven Saints is a YA that tells the story of Rossana “Roz” Lacertosa and Damian Venturi as they navigate the corrupt system within the city of Ombrazia. Hungry for revenge after her father's murder, Roz is ready to take on the powerful saints and their disciples that rule the city. Even if it means joining the rebellion and facing Damian, the youngest captain in Palazzo security history—and a boy who once broke her heart. Damian, who has served his duty without question, must team up with Roz as dangerous murders plague the streets of Ombrazia. And as they work together, they might dig up something terrifying and dark within the city—not to mention the history brewing between them. When writing Seven Faceless Saints , Lobb began by envisioning where she wanted the story to take place. “For some reason, what came to mind were the narrow orange-washed streets of the old Italian cities my parents took me […]

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