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Once Upon an Adventure Part 3- Targeted Author Q&A

It’s part 3! And we have the lovely Jes Drew with us today!

1. Well, there was the phase when writing to be an author was part of me wanting to be everything at once, and then there was the stage where I realized that was all I was really good at. The latter began when I was fourteen.

2. Targets is about Emily Rogers dealing with what should be downtime with her family after a stressful summer- but instead the stakes are higher than ever before. Even deeper than that, though, it is a processing of many of the heartbreaks and disappointments I faced during the long gestation of the Castaways trilogy. And in a way, if you don’t mind me getting all philosophical, it’s every [wo]man dealing with living a normal life- and the fear that it could all be gone in a moment.

3. Well, Targets just seemed like the natural conclusion to the first two books. That’s where the basic idea came from, anyway. How that idea was shaped was, as I said, what I had to deal with personally during that time. I just shared it all with Emily, because I’m nice like that.

4. This book is for everyone, but especially the lonely teenagers like I was, and for everyone dealing with hardships of any kind. I want them to see that it will not always be like that- everything to its season- and that they are not alone.

5. I have written ten other books that are published, and all are available on Amazon in both ebook and print.

6. You can connect with me both on Goodreads  at https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8405352.Jes_Drew  and at my part-time blog Pause for Tales at http://pausefortales.blogspot.com/.

7. My advice to young writers would be  1 Timothy 4:12- Let no one despise you for your youth, but set believers every an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.

Also, keep your imagination ready at all times, read and analyze what you read, and don’t be afraid to write what you want even if it breaks the mold. God gave you your quirks for a reason.

Posted in Author Interview, Writing

Once Upon an Adventure Part 4- Lightporter Author Q&A

Hello everyone!

Our last author for the Once Upon an Adventure Blog Tour!

So without further ado, let me introduce you to C. B. Cook!

When did you start writing with the hope of becoming an author?

It was mostly a couple of years ago when I was still in high school. I’m not sure I ever thought of being an author as a possibility, but one of my creative writing teachers introduced me to the idea of self-publishing. After that, I published my first novella, Paralyzed Dreams, and my writing grew from there!

What is Lightporter about?

Lightporter is the second book in my IDIA series, the sequel to Twinepathy. In Lightporter, Albany and Brooklyn, superpowered twins, have to fight monsters and decide what their friend Blaze is hiding. This builds on the story started in Twinepathy, and I’m so excited with how the series is progressing!

What inspired the IDIA series?

I actually wasn’t planning for this to turn into a series at first. It started out with just Twinepathy, which I was posting as a serial story on my blog. After that, I realized that the story could really be built on in more than one book. I got the inspiration for Twinepathy from the twin telepathy challenge that a lot of Youtubers were doing. The main idea (no pun intended) was just the question What if twins actually had a telepathic connection with each other? and it just built off of that!

Who is the book for and what do you want readers to gain from your book?

Lightporter and Twinepathy are mostly for readers who are looking for fun, lighthearted, clean fiction, mostly something different from a lot of the gritty or dark YA books being published now. I try to incorporate some themes into these novels (like self-control, honesty, trust, etc.), but my main goal is just to provide books that people can enjoy without cringing or getting lost in the darkness of the story.

Have you written any other books, and where can we buy them?

So far, I’ve written two books in the IDIA series, Twinepathy and Lightporter, and you can find them on Amazon through those links! I’ve also published Paralyzed Dreams, and inspirational novella.

Where can we connect with you?

You can connect with me on Goodreads, Pinterest, and my blog!

What tips do you have for young aspiring writers?

Don’t be afraid to try new things, and never stop writing! I wrote for years before I wrote a story worth publishing, and I tried out so many different genres before I found one I enjoyed writing. So keep trying! Every sentence you write is one step closer to you being published.

Posted in Author Interview, Writing, Writing Wednesday

Once Upon an Adventure Part 2- The Princess Ambassador Author Q&A

Hello everyone,

It’s part 2 now, and I am so excited to be interviewing Loretta Marchize!

1. When did you start writing with the hope of becoming an author?

Well, shortly before I got the idea for The Fairy Tale Chronicles I knew that I wanted to become a published author (self-published) and so I began researching. So it wasn’t until last fall.

2. What is The Princess Ambassador about?

The Princess Ambassador is part of a trilogy of fairy-tale retellings. It doesn’t have as much of the fairy-tale vibe as the other two books. It’s about Princess Lily.

Princess Lily White has only ever wanted to become an ambassador, and to make a name for herself. But when she gets sent to the Draton Kingdom and meets Prince Nathaniel Draton, will she change her mind?

3. What inspired The Princess Ambassador?

Well, I got the idea while I was about half-way through The Lost Princess. It was really more of an ‘oh hey, Lily would be fun to write about’ Originally, The Princess Ambassador wasn’t meant to be a full-on novella, but I liked it so much I continued writing.

4. Who is the book for and what  do you want readers to gain from your book?

I would say I aim at young teen girls 13-16. I’d be the first to say that this book has a lot more romance than the first book in the series, but I can also say that it’s a perfectly fine book for a younger teen to read. I want more clean, fun romance for teen girls like me, so that’s what I wrote.

5. Have you written any other books and where can we get them?

Yes I have! The Lost Princess, the first book in the series is on amazon.com as both e-book and paperback.

6. Where can we connect with you?

My blog, lorettamz.com is a great place for that, but I also have a goodreads account- and I’d love to meet you! https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17426459.Loretta_Marchize

7. What tips you have for young aspiring writers?

Push through that first draft! It’s going to be awful, but once you do it it gets so much better. Also, ask for help! Take advice and constructive criticism- but know when you can ignore critism. Read- read as much as you can!

Posted in Author Interview, Writing, Writing Wednesday

Once Upon an Adventure Part 1- Winter Cursed Author Q&A

Hello everyone

I’m so excited this week to be interviewing FOUR authors this week as part of a big blog tour.

. When did you start writing with the hope of becoming an author? I suppose I always had delusions of grandeur. Every book I wrote, I imagined being someday published and becoming infinitely popular. But I would say at the age of fourteen was when I actually knuckled down and started working toward my goals.

2. What is Winter Cursed about? Winter Cursed is a dark fantasy Snow White retelling about an evil queen, a land locked in an eternal winter, and an exiled princess who must do everything in her power to save her people. Unfortunately that includes making deals with the enemies which is where the prince and the dwarfs come in.

3. What inspired Winter Cursed? I wrote Winter Cursed for the Rooglewood Five Poisoned Apples Contest. It didn’t win, but seeing the cover that the collection would be published in, certainly went a long way in inspiring my own story.

4. Who is the book for and what  do you want readers to gain from your book? My book is for YA readers who want to be able to read fairy tale retellings without vast amounts of smut in them. And I would say the lessons I want them to gain from my book is to not make the same mistakes as my characters do- trust me, your life will go much easier if you don’t.

5. Have you written any other books and where can we get them? Yes, I have also written the novel A Week of Werewolves, Faeries, and Fancy Dresses- you can find it here: https://www.amazon.com/Week-Werewolves-Faeries-Fancy-Dresses/dp/1519179715/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1453606507&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=nicky+chapelway

6. Where can we connect with you? You can find me on Goodreads where I am usually active here: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14921514.Nicki_Chapelway

And you can find my Pinterest account here where I have boards of my current books I’m working on: https://www.pinterest.com/nickichapelway/

7. What tips you have for young aspiring writers? I know this is pretty basic advice, but it’s this: Write. Set a goal word count for every day and stick with it. It took me years to realize the importance of having a daily word goal.

Posted in Author Interview, Writing, Writing Wednesday

Kiera blog tour

Hi everyone!

I’m so excited to have Kate Willis here today for an interview as part of her blog tour for her new book, Kiera.

When did you start writing with the hope of becoming an author?

I come from a family of bookworms, so I’ve been interested in reading and writing stories ever since I can remember. 😉 Two big things helped me realized I wanted to become an author. Number one, my older sister Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick published her first book, and I got to see the proof copy. That definitely made me want to write my own book. 😀 A few years later, I still had the dream of being an author when my mom suggested that a story I was writing for a younger sister would be enjoyed by other children as well. I published my first book in 2014, and since then I’ve written several more stories and published another one as a book. 😉

What is Kiera about?

It’s cliche of me, but I’ll go ahead and share the official blurb. It explains the book better than I can. 😉

“Kiera is looking forward to her eighteenth birthday. The official end of school, a party with her best friend, and chocolate cake. A sudden military draft, no possible exemptions, had never crossed her mind.

Kiera is terrified! Getting drafted would mean leaving her family, her little friend Jade—life as she knows it.

A surprising offer from Brennan Stewart just might be the answer to her prayers, but an even worse trial leaves her with one question…

If God truly loves her, why did this tragedy happen?”

What inspired Kiera?

When I started writing it, it was simply because it was time for a new story. I decided to write a character close in age to myself since that would be easy. I also had the idea of women possibly being drafted into the military on my mind because it was talked about in the news. Then I posted on my blog that I had written 6,000 words of a novel and wasn’t sure I liked it yet. 😉 Kiera grew into a story about loss, romantic love, God’s love, and pro-life issues. I’m a little bit blown away when I think of what it started out as and where it is now. So what inspired it? A lot of things, basically anything God brought to mind that went with my story. 😉

Who is the book for and what do you want readers to gain from your book?

Kiera was written with young adult Christian women in mind, but it has been enjoyed by many people who don’t fit into this age category. 😉 My mission for this book is to impress upon readers just how strong and unexplainable and deep God’s love for us is. And also to show a picture of human love directly reflecting this. 😉

Have you written any other books and where can we get them?

Thanks for asking! I’ve written two other books, The Treasure Hunt and The Twin Arrows, and published two short stories as Kindle books as well. All of them are available on Amazon. 😉 https://www.amazon.com/Kate-Willis/e/B073R1B9XF

Where can we connect with you?

I am most active on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8287893.Kate_Willis) and my blog Once Upon an Ordinary (https://onceuponanordinary.wordpress.com/). I also use Pinterest to keep track of my many story ideas and crafting projects. 😉 My username is onceordinary. I also collect really funny memes.

What tips you have for young aspiring writers?

My favorite answer to this question is–READ. Read all the books you can get your hands on. Read in different genres. Read old books and new books. Keep a journal about what you read and write down what you enjoyed most about the book. What about the writing style was really good? Who was your favorite character? How did the author make them your favorite? If you read a lot and analyze what you read, you’ll wake up one day and realize the story you’re writing isn’t half bad. 😉

Another answer–don’t be afraid to write things no one will ever read. I have 20+ notebooks of scribbly, scrawly, cringeworthy stories that I don’t ever plan on publishing. They were my practice stories, though, and each one counts toward the books I write today. 😉

Also, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Ask your favorite authors about their journey, their writer’s-block-conquering snack recommendations, and their favorite how-to books.

Enjoy writing, and that’s all for now. 😉 Thanks for having me, Medomfo!

Thanks for being here, Kate 😊

And if you want to know more about Kate, simply read her bio here😊

Kate Willis has been homeschooled her whole life in a loving family that values the Gospel of Jesus Christ, creativity, and thoughtful conversations. She is inspired by red shoes, a good story, little children, and chai tea. It is her desire to serve God in the home having a family of her own in the future. She is the author of The Treasure HuntThe Twin Arrows, Kiera, and two short stories Enjoy the Poodle Skirt and Red Boots.

How about you?

What stories have you written based on what’s going on in the news?

Posted in Monthly R and R

May 2018 Reflections and June 2018 Resolutions

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Hello wonderful people!

It’s June, meaning it’s summertime!

It’s only been three days, and I’m already so pumped up.

I participated in two blog tours last month, travelled to Oxford University, I was able to buy some books there as well :), and I’ve made some huge progresses around the board as well.

In May, I had these resolutions:

  1. Post some book reviews

I did two! And they were awesome books as well, you can read them  here for The Coronation and here for The Rebellion

2. Read more books. 

Yes, and I finished my reading goal on Goodreads! If any of you guys are on Goodreads, I’d love to connect with you here

3. Write two short stories

I wrote a short story and an article, so I was nearly there.

4. Compose another song.

I composed two! I’m so proud of myself considering how nervous I was of the ideas.

Now that May’s done, let’s move onto June:

  1. Start thinking about guest posting,
  2. Compose another piece
  3. Start preparing for Camp NaNoWriMo
  4. Start planning for some projects 🙂

How about you?

How was May for you this year? Have you got any ideas for June?

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