Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Three Sleeping Beauties and an author interview

Today we have THREE books and an author interview with one of the authors. Three lovely authors got together to publish their books about Sleeping Beauty all on the same day. How fun is that? First up, we have Rachel Roden and her book Rosette Thornbriar. And an interview with her will be following the information about the book and herself. To see other posts about the books and to learn more about Kendra and Morgan's books, you can check out this page on Kendra's blog.

About the Book

Once upon a time, way out west...
Back when they were young'uns, Fleur Guardstone proposed to Rosette Thornbriar with a cigar band ring. However, not long after, she disappeared back into the forest and hadn't been heard from since. However, when Fleur hears reports of smoke coming from that woods, he's determined to find out if it is, indeed, his dear Rosette. If he can get past all of the briars.

About the Author

Rachel Roden is a natural story teller, capable of weaving the most hilarious of fairy tales. She fell in love with the Lone Ranger in her teens, but ended up with a basketball referee instead. Together, she and the Ref homeschool their four children in the Piney Woods of East Texas, as well as any other odd kid who ends up in their house. She might also be the sole human who still uses math after college.

You can connect with Rachel on her blog, twitter, and Pinterest.

Author Interview

 Good morning and welcome to the Bookish Orchestrations blog! I’m excited to have you here and hope you have some fun with these questions. Since this blog is about and for writers, most of the questions will be about writing with a few optional, fun questions at the end.

1. What is your writing process? Do you outline before you start?

An idea pops into my head literally. usually triggered from something said around me, a book I read, or part of the random weirdness of how I interpret information I gather.  I took a writing class in college, it was fun, but the teacher said at the end that I definitely danced to my own style.  Sometimes I do sketch out some form of an outline to keep track of ideas, but mostly, its seat of the pants.  I do my best thinking while walking.   Or talking.

2. How do you develop your characters? Do you use images found online, a Pinterest board, character sketches, or develop them as you write?

Characters just walk in when I need them.  I start writing and say, I need someone, oh, a little girl will do fine, hmmm now she needs a name and Im off again.  The downside to this is that I frequently forget what I name my characters.  Oh, to be honest, my kids all know, I cant remember a name to save my life.  Rarely do I gain inspiration from online, though some are based on characters from other books or movies.

3. What is your best advice for getting rid of writer’s block?

Go do something else for a while.  Talk to somebody about it .. somebody willing of course.  Skip it and come back to it later.   Write nonsense and keep going.  One of those normally works for me.

4. If you could share one piece of advice that you wish someone else had told you to an aspiring writer, what would it be?

You will never write a book that will speak to everyone.  Somebody is going to think it is bad writing.  Somebody is going to hate it.  Somebody will want it banned.  Somebody will tear it apart. But Somebody will love it.  Somebody will learn from it.  Somebody will want to tell everyone about it.  And THAT is the audience you write for, no matter how small.

5. What is your favorite genre?

Books.  Ill read almost anything.  I broke my teeth on biographies - how many first grade teachers only allow their new readers to only choose off of the biography shelves?  Then I discovered the classics on my home bookshelf and managed Alice in Wonderland.  Later I rambled through the normal kids stuff, Little House, Little Women, etc.   Next I rambled through the library in alphabetical order and tripped on Fantasy like Mushroom Planet and the Historical Fiction by Patricia Beatty.  And I still love her books and wish I had some!   Eventually I tripped on the Blue Book of Fairy Tales and devoured that series followed by the entire fairy tale section.  I also found My Antonia while reading the longest books that I could find, one of the few books that Ive read multiple times.  By this time I was in high school, and it seemed obligatory to try out romance . so I read a bunch of Grace Livingston Hill. Did a stint with Charles Dickens and that era.  Then I found Science Fiction and fell in love.  Today, I normally read Sci-fi, Fantasy, retellings, romance, and totally weird stuff, and I seem to like 1800s.  I do not read mystery, horror, politics, crime, or similar.   And my long standing favorite is the Hobbit.  Because it was a tiny kids play in the park that I watched at age 7, that sent me tearing through the library stacks in search of the book that they used for the play, and along the way found so many treasures.  There are a lot of books that come before Tolkien!  (eventually I did run across somebody who listened to what I remembered and figured out what book that I actually wanted, but I was nearly to M by then.)

Fun (optional) questions:
Pizza or Pasta?

Pizza usually.  Though I really like lasagna too.

Favorite movie?

Just one?  Oh.  Um.  Anything from Tolkien or C.S. Lewis or Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy or Star Trek . I have so many!  But they are all Fantasy/ Sci Fi or King Arthur genre.  And dragons.

Favorite Bible verse?

Isaiah 40:31

Coffee, tea, or water?

Herbal Tea

Favorite movie adaptation?

Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.   . just see the movie question above.   Ive recently realized that 90% of the my favorite movies are movie adaptations.  Except Star Trek.

Giveaway and free books

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  1. Great interview! I love that story of searching for The Hobbit and finding a bunch of other books along the way. Fabulous!

  2. Yes, definitely Tolkien or C.S. Lewis. If you don't love those, there is something wrong with you. And it's very seriously.


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