I am so honoured to be part of the Blog Tour for Tammy Lash’s new book, White Wolf and the Ash Princess, by doing an interview AND a giveaway!
Hi Tammy. When did you start writing with the hope of becoming an author?
I never thought I would ever be an author. Ever. I didn’t think I was “smart enough” to be one. I stink at grammar—I make mistakes all the time—I’m scatter-brained and ditzy—*squirrel*—and I have the attention span of an acorn (lol!)…BUT…I LOVED reading and I LOVE stories. I loved listening to my mom. She would tell stories at home and at church where she was a children’s church teacher. When I grew up, I too, felt the calling to teach kids. My husband and I have taught in children’s ministries for over twenty years.
What is White Wolf and the Ash Princess about?
White Wolf is the story of eighteen-year old Isabelle Gudwyne and her journey to the New World. She has many discoveries and revelations along the way, but these are also written to be my readers discoveries, so I don’t want to give too much away. What I can tell you is that Izzy’s life changes dramatically as the book goes on. Her life at the end is very different from the life she had with her guardian Jonathan Gudwyne in the beginning chapters. It’s extremely difficult to peg this book. It’s historical—yet fictional. It’s heart-wrenching—yet inspirational. Laughter, tears, romance, invention…there are so many fun elements to this book. I think there is grain or two of something for everyone in White Wolf.
What inspired White Wolf and the Ash Princess?
The idea for White Wolf started with a trip to the Garlyn Zoo in Michigan’s upper peninsula. I saw a white wolf there and fell in love with him. I just knew I had to put him in a story.
I sat in on my son’s high school English course, One Year Adventure Novel, and I thought…huh…I think I can do this! I had been telling stories to my children’s church kids for years and writing a book seemed to be pretty much the same concept—except instead of dragging my stories on for weeks on end, it was to be chapters instead.
White Wolf became more than just a story about a girl and a wolf. It became a way for me to share my story through Izzy. White Wolf is a story of survival, discovering one’s own faith, and learning what it means to forgive.
Who is the book for?
White Wolf is for readers who like adventure, romance, a little humor, a little bit of tear action, colorful characters and neat things to learn about in history. White Wolf is a fun story, but it is really designed to be so much more than that. It is a love letter to my Lord and Savior, to my husband, my family, my readers and to fellow survivors of sexual abuse. It is my prayer people find hope and healing in Izzy’s story and my own.
What do you want your readers to gain from your book?
It is my prayer, that after reading White Wolf, people will take a moment to examine their own lives and look closer at their pain and injustices. Satan would want us to live in a world of pain and heartache forever. The Lord, however, wants us to be free from burden! He wants to carry each and every one of them for us. I want my readers to find a peace and a freedom that comes from letting go. I honestly believe forgiveness is the pathway towards it. It’s not an easy path to take, but it is possible to travel it successfully with His help.
Have you written any other books and where can we get them?
White Wolf and the Ash Princess is my first novel. The sequel, Letters from the Dragon’s Son, is in the works! The journey will continue six to seven months after White Wolf and the voice in this story is a little moodier, a little gruffer—a little lower. Jonathan Gudwyne will share his story this time around!
Do you have a favourite book( or books)?
Mrs. Mike was my mom’s favorite book. She passed it down to me and it quickly became mine, too! It’s a story about a Mounty and his wife and their adventures in the wilds of Canada. The native culture, the characters and the ruggedness of the book spoke to me as a teen and it heavily inspired the second part of White Wolf.
Where can we connect with you?
Link to Author Central:
Link to White Wolf on Amazon:
And finally, what tips do you have for young aspiring writers?
Everyone has a story to tell…and that everyone includes you! No one can tell your story the way you can. Let your fingers dance across your keyboard and let your words be the song. Make writing a habit and try to do a little bit every day. Before you know it, you may have a novel of your own!
Well thank you so much Tammy for joining me today. And now, ladies and gentlemen, the giveaway!
And if that wasn’t enough, here is the blurb of the book to wet your appetite:
Eighteen year old Izzy’s limited world begins to feel cramped after she completes her self-appointed book dare. After reading two-hundred and fifty books, a thought that had been once tucked away as tightly as the books on her library shelves becomes too irresistible to ignore…”Who am I?”
Memory loss prohibits Izzy from remembering her life before age seven when she was injured in a fire. Jonathan Gudwyne and his head housekeeper rescued her and took Izzy in as their own, but who did she belong to before they took her in?
Crippling panic keeps Izzy from wandering beyond the stables but Tubs, the Gudwyne’s young stable boy, encourages Izzy to go beyond the property’s rock wall to a world that promises possible answers, but also great danger. A scorched castle in the woods and a mysterious cellar filled with secrets sets Izzy on a path to the New World, where she will not only have to face her own terror but face the people responsible for her scars.
It is here, in the untamed wilds of the seventeenth century that she finds love and a home in the most unexpected of places.
If you want to enter this giveaway, simply click here to enter, but make sure that you enter before 8th February.
If you want to know more about Tammy, here is her bio:
Tammy lives in Lower Michigan with her husband and her three children. Izzy’s home in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (Munising) is where she and her family enjoy exploring. Tammy enjoys hiking, kayaking, beach wandering, “hunting” for birch bark and hopes to someday find a porcupine quill. White Wolf and the Ash Princess is her first novel. She is published in Keys for Kids and has been in children’s ministry for over twenty years.
Are you guys excited to read this book? I sure am!