I got an opportunity to head to a friend’s open mic night that they hosted late last year. Should have posted this earlier. Whoops! It was quite fun. Lots of wonderful individuals stood up to sing, play music, read poetry, and book excerpts. I got to do the last one. Let me know what you think!
Join me for a reading from the third book in the Zaria Fierce Trilogy at the Suntree Viera Public Library. Following the reading there will be time for a Q&A and a chance to get your books signed. There will be a limited number of books available for purchase at the event. Zaria Fierce is the perfect gift for a reader in your life. I look forward to seeing you there!
When: Saturday, December 17, 2016
Book: Zaria Fierce and the Dragon Keeper’s Golden Shoes
Time: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Where: Suntree Viera Public Library
Address: 902 Jordan Blass Dr.
Melbourne, FL 32940
Phone: (321) 255-4404
Hours: Sat. 9AM–5PM
I’m at Emily’s blog Midwestern Book Nerd sharing 9 things that inspired me to write scenes in the Zaria Fierce Trilogy. I hope you’ll hop over and and take a peek.
Emily wrote a wonderful review for the third book, which you can find here:
Zaria continues to be an excellent example of courage, her group continues to be the best of friends despite every single thing they face, and they all show us the importance in being true to you.
Good day! I’m excited to share an interview I just did with Susan of Dab of Darkness. We go all over the map talking about jobs, writing, quests, book covers, artwork, and more. I hope you’ll join us. There’s also a giveaway at the end of the interview for those who would love to try the Zaria Fierce audio books.
Susan has also reviewed the first two books in audio format from the Zaria Fierce Trilogy. I’m thrilled! Here’s what she had to say:
This was quite a fun children’s book that I think will appeal to many adults as well. First, I really like the set up. We’re in Norway so we have the great frozen forests and water ways. Then there’s Zaria, a female non-Caucasian lead in a fantasy story. Lastly, Zaria made a mistake in choosing to break her deal with the river troll Olaf, which sets this whole adventure in motion.
She also has some fantastic things to say about Michele Carpenter’s performance in both books.
Once again, Michele Carpenter did a great job. She has the perfect voice for Zaria and I love how she gives light Norwegian accents to the all the boys. There’s even one song that is actually sung (though I believe another voice actress came in and performed it). Still, it was nice to have that little addition to the book and it was well edited in – the volume was the same, etc.
So with that said, be sure to check out the interview I did with Susan and enter the giveaway.
I saw this prompt go around the blogosphere and wanted to join in the fun. Here are some random facts about me that you might enjoy:
- I love to browse museums. I rarely get the opportunity to do so unless I’m on vacation, but I love museums. One of my fondest memories as a kid was going to a science museum (pretty sure it was this one) in Finland. It was crazy fun and I remember this giant room filled with computer stations where you answered questions about your physical appearance. At the end of inputting in all that detail the computers tell you if you have had a twin go through the process too or not. If you had a twin, or several twins, it tells you how many twins you had. I had none and my mom had one.
- I remember my library card number from middle school for my school library. I don’t know why I know it, but I have a theory: I must have visited the library often without my card for me to have memorized it. In case it was hard to guess from this nerdy fact, I am a huge reader and fan of books. Good thing too, right? I mean as an author it should be a given. LOL (By the way the picture below is not my middle school library, but one in Camden, Maine.)
- On a trip to Antarctica, onboard a big cruise liner, I saw penguins in the water and until they began to “fly” through the wake I was totally convinced they were arctic sea turtles that I had never heard about before. Go ahead and laugh, I do thinking back to it. Give me some credit though because until they moved in the water only the tops of their heads and eyeballs were above the water surface so I hadn’t seen their beaks. I was also really high up above the waterline.
- I like to binge-watch Korean TV dramas on Netflix. Check out Boys Over Flowers. Be still my heart. It was my first show in this genre and is still my favorite today. I also love the shorter Noble, My Love. Sung Hoon could have played Edward Cullen if he’d been a Korean character. Gorgeous.
- This will sound terrible, but I love the Pride and Prejudice films and television shows over the book. When I read the book the only reason I knew who said what and to who was because I had seen the films. There seemed to be a dearth of dialogue tags in the version of the book that I read. I can only hope I somehow had accidentally read an abbreviated version.
- I was an extremely picky eater as a kid, which isn’t to say I didn’t eat, but only that I really ever ate what I was comfortable with. Traveling exposed me to new tastes and my developed palate I attribute to the trips my mother and I took out of the country. I really started being brave on a trip through China. You haven’t had Chinese food until you go. Amazing, blow your socks off delicious food! This isn’t to say your local Chinese takeout can’t be delicious too, because I love that as well, but it’s a totally different experience and flavor profile when you go to the country.
- I love to travel and see new places. One of the things I’d love to do is to take a cruise around the world. That sounds amazing. I’m ready to pack my bags, just give me the money so I can go.
- I collected and played with Beanie Babies, Trolls, Barbies, Polly Pockets, and dollhouses growing up. I would take Polly Pockets to my brother’s basketball games and play with them in the stands. I still have a box of each that I keep for sentimental reasons. Also, I swear my Beanie Babies will be like worth millions later. They’re my nest egg…. Okay so maybe not. LOL
- I never had a dog before getting Oskar. I’m hooked on pet ownership now because of him. Given the right location and finances I would totally be a crazy dog lady with shibas roaming my house and property.
- I dressed up for every Harry Potter premiere starting with the release of book four. Some of my favorite costumes were Moaning Myrtle, Rita Skeeter, Voldemort, and Luna Lovegood. My least successful were Professor Trelawney and Nymphadora Tonks. I even made props. When I was Voldemort I made papier-mâché masks for my friends so they could go as my Death Eaters. As Luna, I created a Quibbler magazine that could be read “upside down.” I never won a costume contest though. They were rigged. I was robbed. I’m sure of it. 😉
So what did you think? Are we “twins” in any way? 🙂
I got a chance to be on Brevard Notes again for my books. I was interviewed by Joe Crews regarding the third book in my Zaria Fierce Trilogy. We talked about the folklore in the series, the artwork, the narration, and more. I hope you enjoy. Thanks for watching!
Hi everyone! In case you missed it here are the videos from when I did a few live videos this past week leading up to the release of Zaria Fierce and the Dragon Keeper’s Golden Shoes, the third book in the Zaria Fierce Trilogy. Oskar pie steals the show I think in both cases. xoxo
Unboxing Zaria Fierce and the Dragon Keeper’s Golden Shoes:
Midnight Book Release Pajama Party:
#teamstaglord #teamhart #teamellefolken LOL
Thanks for watching!
In other news the print and ebook versions are available at Amazon. The audio book version is coming soon. Michele is hard at work putting on the finishing touches.
Lots of great reviews are starting to come in for the third book. Check them out!
Zaria is able to fall on her friends for support and their continual encouragement give her just the confidence she needs to keep trying, to persevere. They never hold her mistakes against her and won’t allow Zaria to take the blame for being tricked. For me, it’s one of my favorite parts in reading this series, well that and the unique qualities that each character brings to the story.
As always, I’m completely mesmerised by how much the Norwegian folklore is present in these books. There were a few new “beasts” such as the banshees and the mares (which scared the living hell out of me to be honest) but the same old creatures made a cameo. We had the trolls, witches, the dwarves, the ellefolken, dragons, the lot. The fantasy in these books is strong and so beautifully explore and described I almost felt like I could wander through Norway and stumble upon these eerie creatures and realms.
Recommended for middle grade collections where fantasy is popular. I’d book talk this with other hero’s journey tales like CS Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia and Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson/Magnus Chase series; they’ll have a firmer frame of reference when you present the series with these popular fantasy tales. Talk up Zaria as a strong female character who overcomes her fears and self-doubts to outwit monsters, and save herself and her friends!
A: All of them. I’ll miss Zaria for her sweetness, Filip for his protectiveness, Hector for his guidance, Merry for her motherliness, Aleks for his navigational abilities, Geirr for his good-natured pessimism, Christoffer for his wonder, and Olaf for his pirate speech. Mostly, when it’s over I will be proud of them and myself because together we accomplished much and shared a great story. What are you going to miss?
A: Not particularly, but that said I do base some of the conversations, situations, and reactions characters get into or say on my family. I think that’s why they ring so true to readers. We’ve all had at least one of these experiences.
Oh wait, just as I was about to wrap this question up it occurred to me that yes, it’s been suggested by beta readers who know me in real life that my puppy, Oskar was inspiration for Vingar, a character from the third book. I see a lot of him in parts of Vingar’s character, so you could say Vingar was based on my puppy. The beta reader also said because she saw the connection to Oskar that it was hard for her to see Vingar as a creature you wouldn’t want to be near, to touch, or have brush up against you. Then I showed her Eoghan’s illustration of Vingar. Once she saw that she totally understood. LOL Eoghan’s great at bringing the fantasy creatures in the series alive.
A: I’ve always known.
Before Zaria’s story could be written I had to find out what her adventures would be, but I always knew her character arc would be the journey from timidity to bravery.
When the story came I knew how book one of the trilogy would end, and how the last book would end. Everything in between was a vague blank white space. I let the story and characters tell me what would happen as I wrote.
Events in book two clued me in on new scenes that would happen in the final book, but the final showdown and its outcome and fallout have always been known.
Great news! I’m scheduled to appear on April 11, 2016 at the Queens Library/Corona Community Library, where I’ll be doing an author reading and book signing event. Please join me at 3:30 PM for an hour of fantasy-filled fun. I’m told parking can be tough so plan ahead.
You can click on the flyer image to print out a copy for your fridge and to color. If you do, bring it to the event. I’d love to see your finished masterpieces. There should also be some additional coloring pages available at the library. You can find these same coloring pages on my website if you would like to print at home.
I will be reading from Zaria Fierce and the Secret of Gloomwood Forest, the first book in the Zaria Fierce Trilogy. After the reading there will be time for a Q&A session where you can ask me questions about the book, writing, publishing, and more. Copies of both books will be on hand for purchase. I hope to see you there!
Details for Book Signing and Author Reading Event:
When: Monday, April 11, 2016
Time: 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Where: Queens Library/Corona Community Library
Library website: http://www.queenslibrary.org/corona
38-23 104th Street
Corona, NY 11368
Phone: (718) 426-2844
Hours of Operation:
Monday | 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cost of Books: $15 ea. Limited supply available. If you can, consider purchasing a copy beforehand to bring with you. Details for purchasing can be found here.