#MARRIAGEofAaD: Launched, Asked and Answered

Happy Launch Day to “The Marriage of Allyn-a-Dale”!

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Yes indeed, the second book in the Outlaws of Avalon trilogy is officially out in the world, and available via CreateSpace (paperback), Barnes & Noble (e-book), and Amazon (both). Do both Reader You and Author Me a solid by nabbing a copy. ^o^

In honor of the day, I’ve put together a fun Q&A based on this “writing ask game” spotted on Tumblr. So, newcomers to the series and old fans alike, behold: A whole host of things you didn’t even know you wanted to know about “The Marriage of Allyn-a-Dale”!

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Describe the plot in 1 sentence.

If I may wax intellectual…

When budding eros comes up against problematic storge, with hyper philia running amok, it’s anyone’s guess which love will conquer all.

You: Not in Greek, please?

Me: Much love; such angst.

What’s the time period and location in which the novel takes place?

The early 21st century, in a magical island of ancient Britannia disguised as a Renaissance Faire in the American Midwest.

Pick one sight, smell, sound, feel, and taste to describe the aesthetic of your novel.

Sight: An arrow through the heart.

Smell: Assorted flowers.

Sound: An orchestral string section – with featured lute solos.

Feel: A sun-warmed breeze.

Taste: Popcorn, Chinese takeout, and mead.

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How many times does the word ____ appear in the novel?

No word specified, hmm? In that case, the answer is four. An abbreviation of ‘chrysanthemums’ is spoken as an expletive four times.

Which 3+ songs would make up a playlist for the novel?

The book already includes 3 original songs: A cheery spring lovers’ ditty, a sultry jazz number, and a personal piece straight from the heart of Allyn-a-Dale.

What’s the first line of your novel?

May Ellen fought the growing urge to cry.

(For comparison, the first line of Outlaws of Avalon 1 was: “Loren fought the growing urge to panic.” Makes ya wonder who will be fighting which growing urge at Book 3’s beginning. ^^)

Which character is the best liar? Worst?

1) My kneejerk reaction is of course to say Will Scarlet, but while he’s the one most likely to have half the things out of his mouth be technically untrue, the by far better liars would be Little John and Morganne le Fey – the ones with the perfect poker faces.

2) Probably King Arthur. I don’t think the man has a properly dishonest bone in his body.

Which character swears the most? Least?

1) Will Scarlet, hands down.

2) Leila would never.

Which character is most like you? Least like you?

1) The earliest version of she who would become Loren McCaughley was a straight-up self-insert. And even now that she’s Loren for real, we share a number of traits in common – foremost, a mania for all things Robin Hood and a weakness for minstrels. I am likewise a good deal like her adorkable sister.

2) Temperament-wise, I don’t think Leila and I could be farther removed. She’s all sweet-spirited and kind and patient and incapable of seeing the worst in life. You lost me at “sweet”.

Which character would you most like to be?

I’d say Marion Hood is the most ideally situated. All of the best bits of being a Merry Man, less of the torture that comes with being a main character.

Do any characters have distinctive birthmarks/scars?

Allyn-a-Dale’s emotional scars are practically trademark.

What’s a line of dialogue you’re particularly proud of?

Arrgh, the first one that comes to mind hails from spoiler territory! A certain burn from Little John, near the end of Part Sixth. In lieu of that, have this bit from Allyn to Morganne le Fey:

“You are such a creeper.”

Which line from the novel most represents it as a whole?

Never did one so acutely yearn for discomfort as did Allyn-a-Dale.

That or,

“Even if Merlin has our manhood for this, wasn’t it bloody worth it?”

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Tra-la. And remember, if there’s anything else you guys want to know about “Marriage” that the novel’s text doesn’t answer for you – *points to the comments section* – you’re entirely welcome to ask. ;D

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“A Morrow More” … or its Author Interviewing Herself

My series of interviews with the authors of the “One More Day” anthology are coming to an end. (Fortunately, this does not signal the end of the book’s availability! You can still get them through the following links.)

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At the end of the post, I’ll announce the seven winners of my clock charm bookmark giveaway, ooh-ah! But first, a brief Q&A with the author of the anthology’s closing piece, “A Morrow More”. You’ve seen her around here plenty of times before; something about this being her blog. X) Take it away, Danielle E. Shipley, a.k.a. me!

How did you hear about the “One More Day” anthology contest, and what prompted you to submit?

Danielle: Somebody, somewhere, mentioned it in a blog. (I wish I could remember who and where!) The premise sounded workable – (Time stands still, eh?, I thought. That could go in any number of interesting directions…) – and I didn’t happen to be in the middle of any big, time-consuming projects on a looming deadline, so I started fiddling with ideas, and “A Morrow More” was born.

Is this your first published story? (If not, what was?)

Danielle: I believe my first publication happy dance accompanied the inclusion of my “The Swan Prince” companion flash piece “Still Broken” in online women’s speculative fiction magazine Luna Station Quarterly. It didn’t come with monetary compensation (though I believe LSQ has subsequently begun a fund for its contributors), but that first taste of authorial legitimacy is priceless all by itself. If we’re talking non-self-published works with royalties, though, then yep, this is my first. (:

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Custom “A Morrow More” graphic created by fellow “One More Day” author Erika Beebe!

Which of the characters in your story was your favorite? Who was the easiest to write? What about the hardest?

Danielle: For favorite, probably Lorrel, part-Inkborn son of the king. I enjoyed working with the narrator, Raeve, but, well, she’s not a rather attractive prince, is she? She also might qualify as the hardest to write, if only because she had to do most of the story’s talking. As for the easiest to write, that honor may go to the great Morrow More for whom the tale is titled.

If you’d been in the place of your story’s main character, how do you suppose you would have handled their situation?

Danielle: Not nearly as bravely, I don’t think. I mean, I might have ended up performing more or less the same actions as Raeve, but I’d have been a wreck at least for the first while, as my overactive imagination dreamed up reasons for time’s freeze, each explanation more terrifying than the last. I expect the encounter on the mountaintop would have gone differently, since I understand the Morrow More’s way of thinking better than Raeve did. As for the ending… yeah, I don’t know how Raeve stays so even-keeled. I predict further wreckhood on my part.

Besides your own, which of the anthology stories is your personal favorite, and why?

Danielle: Although it’s a tight race between my ultimate pick and L.S. Murphy’s “The Thirteenth Month”, I’ve got to go with Kimberly Kay’s “Sleepless Beauty”. I don’t know if you could tell by my Wilderhark Tales, but I’m a total sucker for a sweet and humorous fairy tale.

If you could read only One More Book before some tragic turn of events prevented your ability to ever read another word, which book would you choose, and why?

Danielle: Um, first of all, this is a special level of cruel. Like, for real. I’ve clearly got a black and twisted mind to have even concocted such a question. Second of all, I would probably end up choosing my second favorite Robin Hood retelling of all time, Robin McKinley’s “The Outlaws of Sherwood”. (Why not read my first favorite? Because I wrote it, and so am a mite closer to knowing the tale word for word.)

If you could listen to only one piece of music for a year (though at least you’re allowed to replay it as many times as you like), which song would you pick?

Danielle: Let’s go with the original Broadway cast recording of “Dancing Through Life” from “Wicked”. It makes me happy, and gosh knows I’ll need that, since I won’t have access to any of my other favorite songs for a year.

You’ve got One More Chance to say anything you like to the good folks reading this interview before its end. What’ll it be?

Danielle: I hope you’ve enjoyed getting to read a little more about the assemblage of authors behind the “One More Day” anthology. If you haven’t read the book itself yet, I’ll be candid: I would like you to. And with such a variety of voices inside, the chances of your enjoying it are high. (:

Now then, onto the winners of bookmarks! A round of congratulatory applause to the following:

Aisazia

Steven Bourelle

Susan Francino

Mere Joyce

Kim Matura

Jamie Ayres

Eric Wilder

Way to go, you guys! I’ll be in touch if I need your shipping information. Thank you for taking part in the “One More Day” blog tour; your lovely prizes will be heading your way soon!

“Stage Fright” … or an Interview with its Author, Anyway!

The “One More Day” blog tour has come to an end, but the fun’s not over yet! For one thing, the anthology is still totally available. ;D (Have you bought yourself a copy yet? ^^)

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And for another, my series of interviews with each of the authors who contributed a tale to the book continues! Let’s hear it today for Erika Beebe, scribe of the anthology’s sixth story, “Stage Fright”.

Hello, Erika! Tell us: How did you hear about the “One More Day” anthology contest, and what prompted you to submit?

Erika: J. Keller Ford and I met through various blog hopping. She’s been a beta reader to my YA novel I’ve had in the works for some time. She pointed me to the contest and encouraged me to try even though I was knee deep in my novel. I didn’t think I could switch characters. It’s difficult enough to track one in your head at a time, but I let go of my doubts and set my novel aside. I analyzed J. Taylor’s theme and thought about all the moments in my life where time could have potentially stopped. I had never scored the lead in a musical or a play in high school, but I did remember reciting a giant passage from Romeo and Juliet my freshman year in front of the entire class. I got lost in the words and the feelings, trying to experience Juliet’s emotion. I also tried to make it my own. The problem? I remember the teacher smiling at me, pulling me aside after class and telling me if I remembered hugging myself and rocking myself through the whole dialogue. 🙂

Is this your first published story? (If not, what was?)

Erika: Yes, it is, and I’m hoping it won’t be the last. 🙂

Which of the characters in your story was your favorite? Who was the easiest to write? What about the hardest?

Erika: Hannah is definitely my favorite. I poured some of my own hopes and dreams into her internal chaos. I don’t think any of my characters were difficult to write. Sometimes the feel of the dialogue can be a bit of a challenge, but music helps me differentiate thought and feeling between the characters.

If you’d been in the place of your story’s main character, how do you suppose you would have handled their situation?

Erika: I am hoping the same way as Hannah did. 🙂 Try to make friends until it’s impossible. Then face the truth. Realize you only do your best and be you.

Besides your own, which of the anthology stories is your personal favorite, and why?

Erika: Anna Simpson’s Time Piece. I like the pace and I love the plot. Anna can craft a mean plot and I couldn’t put the book down.

If you could read only One More Book before some tragic turn of events prevented your ability to ever read another word, which book would you choose, and why?

Erika: This is a hard question to ask as I gravitate to many different books for different reasons. I suppose I would pick the second book in the Angel Burn series, Angel Fire, by L.A. Weatherly. I’d accidentally checked it out from the library thinking it was the first book in the series, but I became involved so quickly and wrapped up in the worlds of her different characters, I read it cover to cover. I love angel stories. I loved the complicated twist in Weatherly’s depiction of angels. She is also a great writer of hope, and I hung on, because her characters refused to give up.

If you could listen to only one piece of music for a year (though at least you’re allowed to replay it as many times as you like), which song would you pick?

Erika: Tricky question as my songs vary with my mood. I will pick the song I listened to nonstop while writing Stage Fright to capture my character’s emotion: Kelly Clarkson’s, Catch My Breath.

You’ve got One More Chance to say anything you like to the good folks reading this interview before its end. What’ll it be?

Erika: It’s been a privilege to visit Danielle’s blog. Thank you for taking the time to read this post and be a part of our exciting anthology, One More Day.

Erika Beebe

About Erika Beebe:

Inspired by her first grade teacher’s belief in her imagination from the first story she ever wrote, Erika has been a storyteller ever since. A dreamer and an experiencer, she envisions the possibilities in life and writes to bring hope when sometimes the moment doesn’t always feel that way.

Working in the field of public relations and communications for more than ten years, she has always been involved with writing, editing, and engaging others in public speaking.

Her two young children help keep her creativity alive and the feeling of play in the forefront of her mind.

Giveaway going strong! To enter to win my personal raffle for a beautiful clock charm bookmark (as seen below), leave a comment for Erika (and/or for me)! (And if that comment should happen to mention that you’ve just purchased a copy or two of the “One More Day” anthology, firstly, thank you!, and secondly, extra raffle point for you. ^.^)

I’ll announce the giveaway’s seven winners during my interview series’ final post next Monday! Good luck to all entrants! Stay tuned!

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“Sleepless Beauty” … or an Interview with its Author, Anyway!

The “One More Day” blog tour marches on! Have you bought yourself a copy of the anthology yet? ^^ How about copies for your friends and family? And you know, I bet your local library would love one, too. ;D

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Continuing my series of interviews with each of the authors who contributed a tale to the book, today I joyfully present to you my pal Kimberly Kay, scribe of the anthology’s fifth story, “Sleepless Beauty”.

Hello, Kimberly! Tell us: How did you hear about the “One More Day” anthology contest, and what prompted you to submit?

Kimberly: I subscribe to a weekly newsletter by Duotrope.com. They compile all sorts of information on what publishers actively seek and when the deadlines are. I try to keep an eye out for anything that I can do a fairytale spin off of, and once I realized a sleeping beauty tale fit snugly into a time themed anthology, I wrote up “Sleepless Beauty” and sent it to my critique group (shout out to Ashley, Sarah, and Miranda!) for review. With their aid, I edited it nice and neat. Deciding to actually submit it was the hard part, though. I’m sure I’m not the only writer who second guesses their skills—especially with the submission period being amongst finals when I was fully frazzled. However, on the last night of the contest, I tackled my nerves, and borrowed a computer from my coworker to submit “Sleepless Beauty” just minutes before the deadline closed. I don’t recommend that kind of procrastination.

Is this your first published story? (If not, what was?)

Kimberly: Are we ignoring the embarrassing attempts at poetry published in school anthologies? I’ll assume so. My first published story was called “Pegasus Flight.” The Yahoo group I subscribe to advertised that “Stories for Children Magazine” was hosting a “Wacky Dreams Story Contest”. I wrote up a loose, lighthearted piece about a little girl who had to help a lost Pegasus find its parents. The entry ended up winning third place, and was rewarded with publication. Aaand I got a snazzy iTunes gift card out of it. All in all, not a bad deal!

Which of the characters in your story was your favorite? Who was the easiest to write? What about the hardest?

Kimberly: I’m not sure it’s legal to pick favorite characters. I mean, they all have their strengths and weaknesses. However… *Glances slyly over shoulder* I will have to admit that I found a favorite in Prince Edwin because he is just SO over the top—which, consequently made him the easiest to imagine, and the easiest to write. As for the hardest, I’ll go with Ben. I always get tense when I have to write any sort of love interest, because, you know, the whole story sort of falls flat if you don’t get the part of the dreamy guy done right.

If you’d been in the place of your story’s main character, how do you suppose you would have handled their situation?

Kimberly: You mean what would I have done if I were the servant of Sleeping Beauty and realized she’d just pricked her finger, and we were all doomed to fall into a curse by sunset *GASP* unless Miss Beauty’s true love could be found to wake her and prevent us all becoming living statues for one hundred years? Weeell, like Aesira my first thought would have been to try Miss Beauty’s last love interest. Also like Aesira, I’d steal a horse, but instead of fearing it, I’d relish the moment—as I adore horses, unlike my heroine. Tragically, I likely wouldn’t have had a love interest of my own to keep my temper in check around (Besides being taller than Ben, I think I’d be too much for him to put up with), and would thus have ended up smacking Prince Edwin, and consequently sucking him into the curse with the rest of us, and ruining any sort of chance of a happily ever after. Dang. Good thing I wasn’t in Aesira’s place.

Besides your own, which of the anthology stories is your personal favorite, and why?

Kimberly: Ooo, that’s a tough one. It’s definitely between “A Morrow More” by Ms. Danielle E. Shipley (why does that name sound so familiar?) and “Stage Fright” by Ms. Erika Beebe. “A Morrow More” I loved because the original set up of the world is engaging, and the humor makes me smile every time I think about it! “Stage Fright” has such beautiful, thoughtful character creation that gives me chills. Both humor and deep characters are something I value when I read, so I’ll decisively be indecisive and say both!

If you could read only One More Book before some tragic turn of events prevented your ability to ever read another word, which book would you choose, and why?

Kimberly: Probably “Entwined” by Heather Dixon. For one, it’s my all time favorite fairytale retelling (ironic, because I didn’t even know “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” was a fairytale until after reading this book). This was the story that really got me engaged in other people’s retellings (something I’d neglected to do, entranced as I was with writing my own). In “Entwined” the characters are funny and engaging, with all sorts of interesting twists and turns, not to mention creative characters, engaging love interests, and the most attractive, terrifying villain I’ve ever read. I’d put him on my wall of villainy right next to Loki, of The Avengers. #nerd

If you could listen to only one piece of music for a year (though at least you’re allowed to replay it as many times as you like), which song would you pick?

Kimberly: Wow, and I thought picking a favorite character was hard! While I had only a handful of characters to choose from, I’ve got hundreds of songs in my iTunes library to sift through. *Dwells on it for a ridiculous amount of time.* In the end, I’d probably pick “Something Beautiful” by The Outsiders. It’s a lovely, upbeat song based off the Biblical story of Joshua and Moses, and it explores Joshua’s emotions after finding out he’d succeed Moses in leading a nation, and basically his plea to become part of “something beautiful” rather than fall flat on his face. While being spiritually inspiring and uplifting, this song also reminds me of the main character of one of my latest projects who, after having an unexpected mantel thrust upon him, must learn how to turn the poor situations to his advantage and become part of “something beautiful”. Because of the multiple ways to interpret this song, I never grow tired of it!

You’ve got One More Chance to say anything you like to the good folks reading this interview before its end. What’ll it be?

Kimberly: Wow, that’s a lot of pressure, huh? I think I’ll go with: Eat cookies. They are good for your soul. Especially chocolate chip.

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About Kimberly Kay:

When Kimberly was younger, she was incredibly timid. She didn’t talk much because she was afraid of what others would think of her. Instead, she expressed herself through drawing. Eventually, art alone wasn’t enough. There were some things she couldn’t express with pencils, so she began talking, and when she did, she realized she had something to say. Now no one can get her to shut up! Worse, she’s discovered she can put those words into writing to share what she has to say with even more people.

Kimberly writes short stories and novels—usually fantasy fairytale retellings. Scattered within her works are things she loves: horses, fencing, archery, and so much more. With her friends, she writes fun fan-fiction that expands her creativity, (and shows what a nerd she is).

Through writing, she has found confidence and freedom.

Also on the “One More Day” blog tour:

Emi Gayle

Mythical Books

And Over It

Lauren Scharharg

Don’t forget, we’ve got giveaways going on! This way to the Rafflecopter to enter to win a “One More Day” paperback, e-book, or some sweet swag. And to enter to win my personal raffle for a beautiful clock charm bookmark (as seen below), leave a comment down where comments go for Kimberly (and/or for me)! (And if that comment should happen to mention that you’ve just purchased a copy or two of the “One More Day” anthology, firstly, thank you!, and secondly, extra raffle point for you. ^.^)

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“The Thirteenth Month” … or an Interview with its Author, Anyway!

The “One More Day” blog tour marches on! Have you bought yourself a copy of the anthology yet? ^^ How about copies for your friends and family? You know Christmas is just around the corner. ;D

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Continuing my series of interviews with each of the authors who contributed a tale to the book, today we welcome L.S. Murphy, the anthology’s headliner and scribe of its center story, “The Thirteenth Month”.

Hello, Linda! Tell us: How did you hear about the “One More Day” anthology contest, and what prompted you to submit?

LSM: J. Taylor approached me and asked me to submit a story for it. It was such an honor, there was no way I was going pass up this great anthology.

Is this your first published story? (If not, what was?)

LSM: It’s been so long ago, I totally can’t remember. My first novel is Reaper, and it was released in January 2013.

Which of the characters in your story was your favorite? Who was the easiest to write? What about the hardest?

LSM: Nixon. He was also the easiest. His voice rang in my head. I can’t say what was the hardest. You’ll have to read “The 13th Month” to figure that out. 🙂

If you’d been in the place of your story’s main character, how do you suppose you would have handled their situation?

LSM: Oh, I would’ve totally FREAKED OUT.

Besides your own, which of the anthology stories is your personal favorite, and why?

LSM: That’s like asking me what my favorite book is! All of the stories stand on their own merit. It’s such a great, eclectic mix.

If you could read only One More Book before some tragic turn of events prevented your ability to ever read another word, which book would you choose, and why?

LSM: Anything Richelle Mead writes.

If you could listen to only one piece of music for a year (though at least you’re allowed to replay it as many times as you like), which song would you pick?

LSM: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

You’ve got One More Chance to say anything you like to the good folks reading this interview before its end. What’ll it be?

LSM: Thanks for reading ONE MORE DAY. 🙂

L.S. Murphy

About L.S. Murphy:

L.S. Murphy lives in the Greater St. Louis area where she watches Cardinals baseball, reads every book she can find, and weaves tales for teens and adults. When not doing all of the above, she tends to The Bean (aka her daughter), her husband and a menagerie of pets.

Also on the “One More Day” blog tour:

The Machenwood Chronicles and Other Tales

The Musings of a Fantasy Writer’s Life

My Withershins

Bookworm Lisa

Don’t forget, we’ve got giveaways going on! This way to the Rafflecopter to enter to win a “One More Day” paperback, e-book, or some sweet swag. And to enter to win my personal raffle for a beautiful clock charm bookmark (as pictured below), leave a comment for Lisa (and/or for me)! (And if that comment should happen to mention that you’ve just purchased a copy or two of the “One More Day” anthology, firstly, thank you!, and secondly, extra raffle point for you. ^.^) Also, MERRY CHRISTMAS (Eve’s Eve)!

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“Dragon Flight” … or an Interview with its Author, Anyway!

The “One More Day” blog tour marches on! Have you bought yourself a copy of the anthology yet? ^^ How about copies for your friends and family? You know Christmas is just around the corner. ;D

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Continuing my series of interviews with each of the authors who contributed a tale to the book, let’s have a warm welcome for J. Keller Ford, scribe of the anthology’s third story, “Dragon Flight”.

Hello, Jenny! How did you hear about the “One More Day” anthology contest, and what prompted you to submit?

JKF: I knew about the anthology last year as a published author with J. Taylor Publishing, but the theme hadn’t been settled on. When submissions opened, J. Taylor sent out a message and posted on their website.

Is this your first published story? (If not, what was?)

JKF: No. My first truly published story was The Amulet of Ormisez and it was published by J. Taylor Publishing as part of the MAKE BELIEVE anthology.

Which of the characters in your story was your favorite? Who was the easiest to write? What about the hardest?

JKF: I really like my main character, Amber Jenkins. She’s book nerdy, but pretty. She’s got attitude but she’s nice about it, and she’s also got a crazy fear of heights that she has to face in order to help out her dream boyfriend. She was super easy to write because she was a lot like the hidden me in high school. It’s the way I wanted to be if I’d felt comfortable enough to let her show through. As to a difficult character to write? I didn’t have one. Even Josh Granbury, who should be Amber’s nemesis, was a blast. The interaction between the two was way fun.

If you’d been in the place of your story’s main character, how do you suppose you would have handled their situation?

JKF: I would have been frozen. I would have cried. I don’t think I would have been as brave.  Nope.  In fact I know I wouldn’t have been. Amber Jenkins is my hero self. 🙂

Besides your own, which of the anthology stories is your personal favorite, and why?

JKF: Oh, that’s easy. Sleepless Beauty by Kimberly Kay.  Even though the ending is predictable, the story is fun, well-written and a joy to read.  I love it when an author makes me giggle out loud and this one had quite a few entertaining spots.

If you could read only One More Book before some tragic turn of events prevented your ability to ever read another word, which book would you choose, and why?

JKF: Veronica Roth’s “Allegiant”. I have to find out how the Divergent series ends.

If you could listen to only one piece of music for a year (though at least you’re allowed to replay it as many times as you like), which song would you pick?

JKF: Oh, heavens, this one is very difficult. It’s like asking me to pick my favorite star from the sky.  Right now, “Show What You’re Made Of” by The Backstreet Boys is on my repeat play, but if I had to pick one song I’d never tire of hearing?  I’ll have to go with Elvis Presley’s “Fame and Fortune.”

You’ve got One More Chance to say anything you like to the good folks reading this interview before its end. What’ll it be?

JKF: Enjoy life. Be true to yourself. Follow your dreams, and don’t ever allow anyone to squash your imagination. And if you ever want to share your life with a four-footed friend, please visit your local shelter. So many abandoned animals need your love and a good home. Take a chance on them and they’ll give you unwavering gratitude, friendship and adoration. They are also a great source of comfort in hard times.

J. Keller Ford

About J. Keller Ford:

J. Keller Ford is a quirky mother of four, grand-mother and scribbler of young adult fantasy tales. She has an insatiable appetite for magic, dragons, knights and faeries, and weaves at least one into every story she conceives. Her muse is a cranky old meadow gnome that follows her everywhere she goes and talks incessantly, feeding her ideas for stories 24/7.

When she’s not writing or blogging, the former Corporate Paralegal enjoys listening to smooth jazz, collecting seashells, swimming, bowling, riding roller coasters and reading. Jenny lives minutes from the beaches of the west coast of Florida with her husband of twenty years, her two sons and a pair of wacky cats and three silly dogs. The pets have trained her well.

Also on the “One More Day” blog tour:

Scribbler’s Sojourn

Happy Tails and Tales

Brooke Blogs

Never Wordless

Aimee Lane

Don’t forget, we’ve got giveaways going on! This way to the Rafflecopter to enter to win a “One More Day” paperback, e-book, or some sweet swag. And to enter to win my personal raffle for a beautiful clock charm bookmark (as pictured at the end of the post), leave a comment for Jenny (and/or for me) below! (And if that comment should happen to mention that you’ve just purchased a copy or two of the “One More Day” anthology, firstly, thank you!, and secondly, extra raffle point for you. ^.^)

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“Dark Rose” … or an Interview with its Author, Anyway!

The “One More Day” blog tour marches on! Have you bought yourself a copy of the anthology yet? ^^ How about copies for your friends and family? You know Christmas is just around the corner. ;D

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Continuing my series of interviews with each of the authors who contributed a tale to the book, give a smile and wave to  Marissa Halvorson, scribe of the anthology’s second story, “Dark Rose”.

Hello, Marissa! Tell us: How did you hear about the “One More Day” anthology contest, and what prompted you to submit?

Marissa: I actually heard about it from Terri Rochenski, who I had befriended on Scribophile and worked with extensively, both on her novel and my own. She had recently had her own short story published in the Make Believe anthology and made a post … I think it was on Facebook … about this anthology. I had a look at it, and honestly, I can’t say what inspired me to write something and submit it. Probably it was because I just love writing, and I’ve always wanted a chance to be published in a bigger sense than a couple of short stories online.

Is this your first published story? (If not, what was?)

Marissa: It is. I mean, as mentioned above, I have a few short stories published online in a couple of the e-zines that publish a story a day sort of thing, but as far as print stories, or even professionally published, Dark Rose is my first.

Which of the characters in your story was your favorite? Who was the easiest to write? What about the hardest?

Marissa: Well, I only have three. Um … but if I’m honest, I’ll have to tell you, I can’t pick a favorite. They’re all so uniquely different and were so much fun to write. Scarlett’s courage and the need to try to understand what is going on was cool, but I guess I’d say I liked writing the prissy personality of Letta and the [SPOILERS AHEAD] villainous personality of Carlee slightly better.

If you’d been in the place of your story’s main character, how do you suppose you would have handled their situation?

Marissa: Um … curled up and cried? I’ll admit, I am a huge baby and a ginormous coward. While I’d like to say that I’d have been as brave as Scarlett, or that I would have figured out the [SPOILERS AHEAD] villainous twist in Carlee’s personality a lot earlier, [end spoilers] honestly, as soon as I realized something bad was happening, I’d probably curl up on the ground and cry. Kind of like Letta, except without the snobbishness.

Besides your own, which of the anthology stories is your personal favorite, and why?

Marissa: Honestly, I really enjoyed the Thirteenth Month. The story was engaging, and I loved the male perspective. As the only male perspective in the anthology, I think it adds something that none of the other stories can. Beyond that, though, I couldn’t put the story down. The characters and the concept were just amazing.

If you could read only One More Book before some tragic turn of events prevented your ability to ever read another word, which book would you choose, and why?

Marissa: Oh my goodness. You’re asking me to just choose ONE???? Um, well … I guess if I were to re-read a book, it would be my favorite Harry Potter book (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows). If I were to read an entirely new book … The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo. A friend introduced me to it and it looks amazing and if only I had the time to read it RIGHT NOW! Erm, yeah, anyway….

If you could listen to only one piece of music for a year (though at least you’re allowed to replay it as many times as you like), which song would you pick?

Marissa: None of them! I get enough of replaying songs when I work. Radio stations already do that. Although, if I absolutely had no choice but to choose … I’d say ‘Angel’ by Kate Voegele.

You’ve got One More Chance to say anything you like to the good folks reading this interview before its end. What’ll it be?

Marissa: I think I’d tell these awesome folks that if they haven’t read Harry Potter, they should. And that ice cream (especially chocolate) is the most amazing thing that exists. Oh, and of course, in the line of random, I would like to remind everyone that you should never judge a movie based on a book by the book. You’ll ALWAYS be disappointed. Oh, and one more thing, this one meant especially for aspiring writers: I know you’ve heard ‘don’t give up’ all the time. Instead, I’m going to give you a quick piece of advice that I feel is very important. Do NOT, for the love of everything that is good in this world, EVER let anyone else’s criticism stop you from what you do. If it is what you love, the criticism should only make you a stronger and better writer, or a stronger and better person.

Marissa Halvorson

About Marissa Halvorson:

Marissa’s dream of writing came about when she was ten, after reading a particularly inspiring story of dragons and elves. She instantly fell in love with the fantasy genre, and characters soon began to manifest to satisfy her adoration. It started with a forty page handwritten novel, which she dubbed “Dragon Girl” and continued on to more challenging (and better written) works.

Now, Marissa can often be found to be studying literature in English class, curled up at home with one book or another, or with her eyes glued to the computer screen as her newest set of characters manifest.

Also on the “One More Day” blog tour:

Lola’s Reviews

Bookaroo-Ju

The Cover Contessa

Katherine Skye

Don’t forget, we’ve got giveaways going on! This way to the Rafflecopter to enter to win a “One More Day” paperback, e-book, or some sweet swag. And to enter to win my personal raffle for a beautiful clock charm bookmark (as seen below), leave a comment for Marissa (and/or for me) below! (And if that comment should happen to mention that you’ve just purchased a copy or two of the “One More Day” anthology, firstly, thank you!, and secondly, extra raffle point for you. ^.^)

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