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At Her Fingertips Blog Tour-Author Q& A

Hello everyone!

I’m so excited to have Kellyn Roth on my blog today for an interview for her new book, At Her Fingertips.

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

Probably when I was eleven or twelve. After I finished it back in 2014, I knew I wanted The Dressmaker’s Secret to be my first published work. That was also about the time I learned about Indie publishing and decided to pursue it.

What is At Her Fingertips about?

Well, because I can never sum it up in my own words, here’s the blurb:

Alice Knight is looking forward to her debut as it means she will be able to carry out her plan. She will have her first Season in London, she will meet her husband, and she will marry him. However, Alice struggles to make her feelings reconcile with her goals.
Alice is sure that, if she can only cling to her plans, she will manage without help from anyone — including God. A childhood friend returning unexpectedly, a charming gentleman who is not all he should be, and an American author with strange ideas about life all make her question the plan.
With the life she longs for at her fingertips, can Alice grasp it?


What inspired At Her Fingertips?

I always knew I wanted to write a book about Alice’s young adulthood – her first Season in London, meeting her future husband, etc. It was just a matter of deciding exactly how that would happen! It took a bit of brainstorming.

Who is the book for?

Young adults who want to serve God in their lives – though I think adults may be able to enjoy this story as well. It’s for fans of historical romance and Christian fiction with strong themes.

What do you want readers to gain from your book?

I’m told I have lots of “little lessons” sprinkled throughout my book – though I don’t see most of them. I’m like, “Whoa … you got that out of this story?” I suppose God must have helped! The main theme is following God – not your thoughts, not your feelings, not what may seem logical, and not what you feel is right.

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

Yes, I have! Other than At Her Fingertips, there are the first two book in the series – The Dressmaker’s Secret and Ivy Introspective. I’ve also written a historical novella set in the 1930s, The Lady of the Vineyard, and its sequel, Flowers. I also have a short story, Esther Acton’s New Dress.

You can find all of these on my website, kellynrothauthor.com. They’re all listed on my ‘books’ page. Feel free to sign up for my newsletter to receive monthly updates and special features!

I’m British, and I was wondering if you’ve ever been to England before and if not, which city or landmark would you visit?

I’ve never been in Britain, though I travel there with my imagination through books, movies, and Google Streetview. 😉 I really want to, though … definitely on the bucket list!

I want to see Yorkshire – you know, The Secret Garden’s setting – and Oxford. The White Cliffs of Dover and basically any old mansions I could find. The Scottish Highlands would be amazing, too, if I had time.

Basically, I’d like to see everything I could! Just drink it all in.

If you could meet a famous person in the Victorian era, who would it be and why?

Abraham Lincoln! He’s one of my heroes. There’s something about him that just makes me happy. I think he was a very good man.

Where can we connect with you?

I’m on the following websites –

Facebook: @krauthor
Twitter: @ReveriesofRuby
Goodreads: krauthor
Google+: +KellynRothAuthor
Instagram: kellbellroth
Pinterest: krauthor
YouTube: Kellyn Roth
Amazon: author/kellynroth
Personal Blog: kellynroth.wordpress.com
Book Blog: reveriesreviews.wordpress.com
Official Website: kellynrothauthor.com

And finally, what tips you have for young aspiring writers?

Don’t give up! Writing is hard, and sometimes it may seem like there’s no point … but there is a point! I wrote a blog post on the subject as it is something I’m very passionate about. Just keeping writing!

Thanks so much Kellyn! And if what you want to know more about At Her Fingertips and Kellyn herself, then simply continue reading 😊

At Her Fingertips (Book #3, featured novel)

Alice Knight is looking forward to her debut as it means she will be able to carry out her plan. She will have her first Season in London, she will meet her husband, and she will marry him. However, Alice struggles to make her feelings reconcile with her goals.

Alice is sure that, if she can only cling to her plans, she will manage without help from anyone — including God. A childhood friend returning unexpectedly, a charming gentleman who is not all he should be, and an American author with strange ideas about life all make her question the plan.

With the life she longs for at her fingertips, can Alice grasp it?

Find Out More!

About Kellyn

Kellyn Roth was born and lives on a cattle ranch in North-Eastern Oregon. Always fascinated with telling stories, she created crazy games to play with her little brothers as a child. Today, she writes Christian and Historical Fiction with a focus on truth and family. Find out more about her and her novels at kellynrothauthor.com

This looks so much fun, don’t you think?

How about you?

Would you like to have lived in the Victorian era?

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London in the Dark One Year Anniversary-Author Interview

London in the Dark

Hello everyone! I am so excited to be interviewing the wonderful Victoria Lynn as part of her one year anniversary for her book, London in the Dark, today. I hope you’ll enjoy the interview and stick around for more excitement afterwards!

 Hi Victoria. When did you start writing with the hope of becoming an author?
Probably about 3 years ago. I have always enjoyed writing, but didn’t much have the distinct hope of being published until I realized that was a possibility.
 What is London in the Dark about?
London in the Dark is about a Private Detective in London just after the turn of the century in 1910. The story is focused around him and his sister as they seek to maneuver the mystery that is surrounding them and the life challenges that have come at them.
What inspired London in the Dark?
The idea of what it would be like if someone like Sherlock Holmes had a sister. That was the main idea. 😀

That sounds really fun. Who is the book for?


Anyone who loves historical fiction with a dash of mystery and suspense. And those who enjoy deep stories full of emotion and depth.
Sounds like something that I’d read. What do you want readers to gain from your book?
I hope that they learn that even though life can be difficult and at times, full of pain and sorrow, God is always still there in the midst of it with us. He will never leave or forsake us.
 So true. Have you written any other books and where can we get them?
I have one other book aside from London in the Dark. It is a contemporary christian fiction called Bound. You can find it on amazon, here. https://amzn.to/2ITPlCN
I’m British, and I’ve always enjoyed my visits to London. Have you ever been to London before?
I have not, I have been on google street view so much though. LOL! It is my biggest hope one day to go.
If you could go back in time through history, where would you go?
Oh, that is such a hard call. I am huge history buff and love so many different eras. Probably 1910 just because that would be the most applicable. But to be honest, I am very grateful that God has me living in the time that I do.
Where can we connect with you?
You can first and foremost find me on my blog, but I also inhabit facebook and instagram under the handle @victorialynnauthor. 😀
 And finally, what tips you have for young aspiring writers?
First and foremost it is to just write. Set yourself small, achievable, daily goals and make them happen. You’ll find success if you can create a habit of writing.

Thanks so much for having me on your blog! ❤

Thanks for letting me interview you! And if you want to know more about Victoria and her book, you can find read her bio and the blurb of her book here just to whet your  appetite:

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About Victoria:

Victoria Lynn is in her 20s and if she’s not writing, she is probably sewing, singing, playing the piano, washing dishes, creating something with her hands, or learning something new. She has a passion for serving her Creator, encouraging others and being creative. She blogs at http://www.rufflesandgrace.com about writing, fashion, modesty, her walk with God and life. She lives in Michigan with her parents and 8 siblings.

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London in the Dark blurb:

London, 1910

Budding Private Detective Cyril Arlington Hartwell has a conundrum. London is being ravaged by the largest run of thefts in recent history. His hunch that it is all tied together may put him and those he loves in more danger than he could have reckoned.

Olivia Larken Hartwell is just home from boarding school for the summer anticipating time with her adoring parents.She misses her absent brother, Cyril, hoping for the day he will finally come home. But tragedy strikes, causing upheaval for all concerned and changes her life in a way she never could have imagined.

Olivia, Cyril, and their friends must bring the hidden to light, seek to execute justice, and dispel the darkness that hovers over London… and their hearts.

I don’t know about you, but this books sounds really exciting! You can buy the book here . If you want to continue celebrating the one year anniversary of London in the Dark, why don’t you join the party over on Facebook. There may or may not be some  appearance from the main characters … 🙂 

How about you?

Have you ever written or read a Historical mystery before?

Have you ever visited London? I’d love to know!

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Camp NaNoWriMo #4-The Outline

Hello everyone!

So, we practically have two days to go, and some people still haven’t got an outline yet! Aaargh! But don’t worry, today we are going to do a “Scribbled Outline”

Why a scribbled outline? Because if you want to try outlining with the help of KM Weiland’s website  Helping Writers Become Authors, you may be outlining for a while, three months perhaps? And you’ve only got two days to outline.

So today, I am just going to give you a very simple and easy template which covers the most important elements of your story, one that many books and films use. And pantsers, don’t you dare run away. You’ve got to at least have a slight sense of what you are doing before you crash and burn.

The Hook, i.e. The Beginning, – This is where your main character is introduced, along with his/her world and character traits that makes your reader have a sense of empathy/relatability for him/her and wonder what will happen to this character.

The Inciting Event, i.e. The First Game Changer,– This is the moment that shakes your protagonist’s world and pushes him/her into new territory, one that is out of their comfort zone, causing them to make choices that they may or may not have considered before.

The Response to the Change– Here, your protagonist will stumble around, trying to figure out how to deal with the choices that they’ve made regarding the change and how to make them work. This is a great place to display the flaws of your protagonist and realistic mistakes that they would make if this was actually happening for real.

The Second Game Changer– This is the wake up call for your protagonist that they need to solve this problem, or more problems will come out of it. This has to be really clear for the reader that there is a main problem, and the effect on the protagonist must also be really clear.

The Midpoint– Your protagonist is taking the fight into their own hands with determination, and is really struggling.  This must cause the tensions to rise for the reader.

The Blow- Your antagonist, who has been at it with the protagonist all of this time, makes a blow, and causes your protagonist to feel defeated and nearly lose all hope.

The Golden Piece- After a lot of struggling, your protagonist has found another, and very important, piece of the puzzle which will help him/her to continue to solve the problem. This is also a good idea to have a personal revelation  or the moral of you story finally embraced by your protagonist.

The Ultimate Climax– This is where good and evil have a head-on collision, where your protagonist pours out total determination and becomes the hero everyone was hoping he/she was.

The Resolution – This is where everything is tied up, and your protagonist has settled down with a new mind-set. You could say that this is your Happy Ever After, unless it is a sad story,.

And there you have it! A very quick outline that will help you when you are writing! The best part? It can be used for anything- from a 500 word story to a 50,000 word novel.

How about you?

How do you outline?

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Camp NaNaNoWriMo Prep #3-The Vision

Hello everyone.

Eek, Camp NaNoWriMo is nearly here!

So today, we are going to be talking about the vision for your book, or rather a book vision.

What is a book vision?

It’s the ideas and themes of the story and the ideal person that you are writing too.

What?

Ok. let me give you an example with my novel from last year and my project for this year’s Camp NaNo.

When I wrote my first novel last year, I originally  my vision was going to be just about girls having good friendships. But as I started to edit my novel, I realised that I had not just written about girls overcoming their issues. I had written about teen girls who were dealing with bereavement and exploring the ideas of trust and the value of strong family relationships and friendships. Once I realised what the overall view was, I knew that I was going to have to start over and make those themes come out even stronger.

For the children’s book that I am writing next month , I know very well what the themes are going to be: They are about honesty, and standing up for what’s right, even when everyone around you is doing wrong. And now that I know what my themes are, I can confidently write this book.

So, here are two examples of themes for a book, but what about the ideal people that you are writing for? I mean, you can’t please everybody and some people will be more touched by your story than others.

One way that I suggest is by writing an open letter to your one reader who is having to deal with your story’s themes in their life. As you start to do this, think about what kind of people are dealing with those themes- are you writing to a teenage girl who has been diagnosed with cancer? Are you writing to a little boy who has just gotten told off for something that he didn’t do? Are you writing to a young woman who is off to uni? Are you writing to a teacher who is leaving his school?

When you envision the person, think of their language, how they react to certain things and talk to them. Do you have any experiences that you can relate? What are their hobbies? What kind of people do they hang out with?

Once you have written one letter, think of other people who might benefit from your story and write them letters as well. This is the basis for creating characters.

Hopefully, you have now covered  the themes of your book and who your potential audience is going to be. But these are my ideas, and maybe you have another way of forming a vision for your book 🙂

In the next blog post, I will be talking about (gulp) outlining, so stay tuned.

How about you?

Do you have a vision for your book?

Do you have another method for creating a vision?

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Camp NaNoWriMo Prep #2- Schedule

Hello everyone.

Today, I am going to be talking about how to schedule for NaNoWriMo.

This process doesn’t usually take long, maximum a day or two.

The first step that you need to consider for Camp NaNoWriMo is- Am I going to be able to write every single day? Because hey, it’s April, it’s Easter, you’re probably have a lot going on.

So you will need to check your calendar to see if you have any  activities during April.

But why?

The amount of days you are able to write affects your daily word count towards your goal, which is very important for completion. Once you have counted how many days you can do, you are ready for the second step of scheduling.

The second step that you need to do is to calculate a daily word count, which is very simple:

Daily word count= Overall Word goal / Amount of days that you are going to write

Quick note: When you place your project and your overall word goal on the  Camp NaNoWriMo site, it will automatically calculate a daily word goal.

The third step that you need to do is one that many people miss out, which causes a lot of problems. This is to calculate how long it will take to write each day.

Now before you run away, let me explain why you need to do this. It gives you a fairly accurate account of how long you will spend at the computer or writing in  your notebook for and you can plan ahead when you can write during the day and when you can rest.

So what is the calculation you ask? It’s this:

Daily amount of time writing(in minutes) = Daily word count /100 x 5.

Why do you need to divide by 100 and multiply by 5? Well NaNoWriMo has calculated that people , especially under pressure, tend to write around 100 words every five  minutes.

If I hadn’t known the calculation, but I knew that I can write 100 words every five minutes, I can times the 100 words by any number and multiply 5 by that number to get how long it will take.

I know, it’s math in writing, but it is seriously useful.

And that’s it! That’s all that you need to do when scheduling for Camp NaNoWriMo!

How about you?

How do you schedule for NaNoWriMo?

Our next post in this series, we will look at the vision of your story, and how to go about researching for it.

But before you go, you may have noticed that I bolded one of the ‘I’s today. That’s because my blogger friend Libby May is celebrating her one year old anniversary for her blog with a letter scavenger hunt with all  of her blogging friends. Wanna know more? Head over to The Blog Birthday and find out how you can win some books!

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Camp NaNoWriMo Prep #1-Prepare

Hello everyone.

As you can see from the title, Camp NaNoWriMo is coming soon, and it may be best to start preparing. For those of you who don’t know what NaNoWriMo is, it’s a monthly challenge that runs in November where you write a novel(or a book of any kind) under 30 days. The camps run in April and July.

So, why we do we need to prepare, and  what does it mean to prepare for NaNoWriMo?

Let’s answer the first question:

We need to prepare for NaNoWriMo, because without a structure and a goal, you are going to crash. Even if you are a pantser, you need to think about how you are going to write this novel.

Now that we know the importance of preparing, let’s think about the second question:

Preparing for NaNoWriMo means four things:

  1. Schedule
  2. Vision
  3. Outline(There, I said the O word. But you pantsers had better not run away)
  4.  Motivation

If you prepare for NaNoWriMo with these four things together, you will get very far.

I will give you an example of when I did Camp NaNoWriMo in July 2017.

It was the first time that I had taken the challenge, and I was very nervous.

I was aware that I had to travel during July, so I made a schedule of when I was going to write and how many words I should write for each day.

Then, I started thinking of the story that I wanted to write, and did some research until I was finally happy with the story concepts.

I then began to outline. Having never outlined before, I did a lot of research on my go to source Helping Writers Become Authors. I seriously recommend this place when you are writing.

Once I had finished, I then told my writing groups, my family and my friends what I was doing, and if I ever felt discouraged during the month they were always there to encourage me.

I was able to finish it in the schedule that I wanted to and travel with my family on a very enjoyable holiday.

Now that we’ve had a look at my story, you are probably thinking of how to prepare the four steps for you. Well, this week and next week, I will be giving you a mini series on how to prepare for NaNoWriMo.

How about you?

Are you doing April’s Camp NaNoWriMo this year?

How are you preparing for Camp NaNoWriMo?

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Writing Wednesday: February’s Links of the Month

Hello everyone!

Yes, it really is the last day of the month!

So before we go into March, why don’t we have a look at some blogs and blog posts?

A Blog: Delighting in Him

Why: Moriah is a young writer who encourages others, in particular  young women, with her gift. And frankly, I’ve always been refreshed whenever I visit her blog, and I definitely recommend it if you’re a young woman who just needs some encouragement.

A Blog Post: Takeover Tuesday: Taylor Bennett’s Everything Wrong Can Be So Right

Why: Taylor has been such an inspiration to me as a teen writer, and her story just shows how when you work hard and have faith, a door will open for you in the form of a miracle, even if you’re a teen writer,.

A Website: The Young Writer

Why: Whilst this isn’t a blog it has  a guidebook with tips from young and veteran authors and many people from the publishing industry and a Facebook community for young writers, i.e. 30 and under, all for FREE! As well as that, they also have a paid programme for young writers which opens for enrolment in January and June. Whilst I’m not part of the programme, the community and guidebook is AMAZING and I seriously recommend you visiting this place. Ok, so I’ve written a lot for this website, but I really, really love it soo…

A Blog Post: How to Write a Query Letter

Why: If you are writer who wants to be traditionally published, this is really useful as you Rachelle’s experience with approaching editors and agents was not only encouraging, but it actually was successful, so we have an idea of what the agents/editors want.

How about you?

Which blogs/ blog posts have you enjoyed this month and why?

See you in March!

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Savoring Single Blog Tour- Author Q&A

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Hello everyone!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today is a day where there are many mixed emotions due to love and singleness. But today, I’m excited to chat with Shelley Black, the author of Savoring Single, as part of her blog tour  on her new book and her advice for those of us who are single today.

Hi Shelley. When did you begin writing with the goal of becoming an author?

Funny enough, I never set out to become an author. My debut release, “Savoring Single,” came as inspired thought that I then developed to become what it is today. It certainly sparked something in me, though, as I already have four more book ideas and outlines ready to make their way to the blank page. It’s become such an exciting adventure!

What is Savoring Single about?

“Savoring Single” is an encouragement to every single girl heart who loves Jesus that there is more to her life than her relationship status and more to her story than a “happily ever after.” My life was on hold for a long time because I was single and believed I was missing out because of it. When in all reality, life is what we make of it, single or married, and can be thoroughly enjoyed and brimming with fulfilment even as we await God’s every promise to unfold. It is in Christ that our truest lives are lived and being single is the perfect time to give ourselves to that journey!

What inspired Savoring Single?

“Savoring Single” is really my testimony. So when God put the idea, and even the first few chapters, in my heart, I went on a road of remembrance of all He had brought me through and where I am in now today. It was remarkable to see how my thoughts and perspectives had changed, how He has changed my heart. Wow. Glory to God. For real.

Who is the book for?

Any single girl heart who is longing for a better way to do single, who wants to live above the depression, rejection and disappointment, who desires a full life and a rich relationship with God. And maybe she doesn’t even realize this is what she wants yet, but knows there must be something more than tear-stained pillow cases, agonizing loneliness and shallow relationships that don’t mirror true love.

Today, of course, is Valentine’s Day. What tips do you have for girls, women or anyone really who is feeling sad because they are Single? 

God’s way of doing things is opposite to the culture we live in. The world says “take,” God says “give.” The world says “hoard,” God says “be generous.”

When we would rather sulk in our pity-party and wallow in our loneliness, watch a chick-flick and scorn our singleness – as the world has shown us so well to do – but hasn’t that gotten you into the same rut you face every year? So how about try something different.

1 Go and be love to someone else. When we give love, we are loved in return by Him.

2 Spend time to love on God. He delights in spending time with you, so go in your room and instead of teasing your emotions with a sappy romance, allow your heart to think on and read scriptures that declare His love and care for you. You’ll be much better off spending those broken moments with Him, I promise!

3 Tune your heart to thankfulness. Without “preaching” a sub-point (smile), I will say this: Eve’s fall came because she believed the lie that God was holding out on her. Sometimes it’s easy to believe the lie, but only if we’re not submerged in the truth. Let the truth of His Word resound in your heart of His faithfulness, kindness, mercy and provision. Thank Him for everything you can possibly think to thank Him for, from your heart. If you run out of ideas, open a Psalm and as you read, thank Him for what David mentions.

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What do you want readers to get out of your book?

I want every girl who reads “Savoring Single” to encounter Abba Father in a deeper way that brings her into a richer, more intimate, relationship with Jesus Christ. Every.single.thing. we could ever hope for or need is in Him. Everything. Life, relationships and even marriage outside of Him is but a vapor of the depth He longs to bring us into by knowing Him. Our sun-parched skin can be momentarily soothed by the sea spray from a crashing wave, or we can swim to the depths of the ocean and drink in the very life our soul is desperate for.

Have you written any other books, and where can we find your writings?

“Savoring Single” is my debut release, but like I said earlier, more to come as early as this Spring. You can subscribe to my blog at SavoringSingle.com to stay up to date on blogs, speaking events and new releases!

“Savoring Single” is available at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.

Do you have any other passions other than encouraging others when they are low about feeling Single? 

Oh my heavens. Yes. Worship! It’s the breath of my life and the constant atmosphere of my heart. I also build things, design graphics, spend tons of time with my niece and nephews

Where can we connect with you?

SavoringSingle.com or on Facebook and Instagram: @SavoringSingle

What tips do you have for young aspiring writers?

You are uniquely you and you have a story to tell. There are lives your life touches that others, even me, will never be able to reach. There is great power in the testimony, bringing glory to the One who formed us, redeemed us then renewed us to draw us near to Himself.

“But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus – the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.” (Acts 20:24 NLT)

Let the lives that we live and the stories we share be to the glory of God. There are many creative and unique ways this can happen and His expression through you is all a part of His design.

Well thank you so much Shelley for this wonderful talk. And be sure to buy her book when you have the chance.

And if you want to know a bit more about Shelley, here is her bio:

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Shelley Black has journeyed through being single longer than she expected and has since found joy, hope and purpose from a once begrudged season. She now challenges the status quo of what it means to be single as a modern-day Christian female, with a passion to infuse hope and restore joy to every single-girl heart. Shelley is a loving momma to her pup Lucy, is one proud “T” to six nieces and nephews and serves her local church in North Mississippi as the worship leader. Find her at SavoringSingle.com and across social media at SavoringSingle.

How about you?

How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day today?

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P. S. My good friend Livy organised this blog tour and has organised many others. If you’re a Christian author who would like to have someone organise a blog tour for your upcoming book, then I highly recommend checking her out. Here is  the link to her services

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Writing Wednesday: ‘Write what know’

“Write what you know” the advice that almost every writer on this planet has heard. For some people, it’s easy to do that. But for a lot of people, this advice can be a bit challenging.

What do people mean when they say “Write what you know” Do they mean that you write your life story into your books? Do they mean write only what actually happens around you, not from what you’ve read or watched on TV?

Even now, I still sometimes get baffled from this statement. But then I realised that as a writer, lots of things capture you and inspire you to write. Like when someone annoys you, or when you  read about a person who tried to make pancakes but nearly set the house on fire. There are loads of people, books, countries, languages, schools, places etc. that you already know about that can spark a story

Frankly, I don’t think J. K. Rowling knows about how it feels like  to be a wizard, but then, who does?, but she clearly knew  about school, bullying, different teachers and many other things  that she could incorporate into her stories.  That’s why the Harry Potter books are so popular. I know  Rachel Coker has never been orphaned before, but she was  clearly aware of how painful death can be and adjusting to new environments, so she weaved those ideas into an American WW2 setting. It’s a reason why so many people love Interrupted: Life Beyond Words.

Did you notice a common pattern in the two examples? Each author chose relatable subjects and used them as a basis for an amazing story. And for what they didn’t know, they did some research from observation,  from books and whatever random way that they found something interesting.

So what do people mean when they say ‘Write what you know?’ To put it simply, finding topics, (people, anything) that inspire you to write something. It means that you can  find relatable topics and weave them into a story in a different setting, different characters with an intriguing plotline that keeps the readers wanting to find out more.

And if you don’t know about something, e.g. living in France, not being a Christian, living WW2, you can do some research. The internet is now on almost everyone’s fingertips, so it isn’t as tricky as it used to be.

How about you?

Where do you find your inspiration?

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White Wolf and Ash Princess: Author Interview and Giveaway


Hello everyone!

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.

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  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? 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tammylashauthor/
Instagram: http://instagram.com/tamlash5
Pinterest: http://pinterest/tamlash5
Blog: http://tammylash.wordpress.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TammyLash5
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16373527.Tammy_Lash

Link to Author Central:
https://www.amazon.com/Tammy-Lash/e/B06VY326DT/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
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!

 

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And if that wasn’t enough, here is the blurb of the book to wet your appetite:

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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:

 

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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!

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