Welcome to the Books & Beverages Blog Tour hosted by Mountain Brook Ink publishing! We’re excited that you are joining us for these two weeks of fun. So far, we’ve met some new, talented authors. The tour began on February 15 and ends its course on March 1. Each stop (including this one!) includes an opportunity to enter for a FREE KINDLE FIRE as the grand prize, as well as three runner-up opportunities to win a $10 Starbucks gift card. (See the bottom of this post to enter. There are only two more days to do so!) The blog tour features the following authors:
Heather L.L. FitzGerald
Debut author of young adult fantasy series, The Tethered World Chronicles
Kimberly Rose Johnson
Multi-published author of sweet romance series, The Wildflower B&B Romance
Angela Ruth Strong
Multi-published author of Finding Love in Sun Valley, Idaho, book one in the Resort to Love series
Today, I’m beyond excited to introduce you to my sweet friend, Heather L.L. FitzGerald.
I can’t recall when this happened—personally, I think that’s the sign of a good friendship—but one dark, rainy evening I found myself sitting in a chair at Starbucks, across from a new friend. Our connections? Jesus and writing. We love them both, and I was thrilled to have the chance to share those things with Heather.
If you’ve paid any attention to my Facebook page, you’ve already been introduced to Heather. She is living the dream (publishing her first novel!), and I couldn’t be happier to promote her new series, The Tethered World Chronicles. Book one, The Tethered World, released on February 1.
You’ll find my review of it here; it’s likely helpful to read it before you carry on with this post. Heather was kind enough to let me interview her, and I’d love to share what she has to say about life in the Tethered World. Let’s get started!
Q: To whom do you think The Tethered World series will appeal most readily?
It’s considered a Young Adult Fantasy but I wish there was a category for Family Fantasy. It’s one that can be read aloud and enjoyed by a span of ages. I’ve been blessed to have reviewers from age 13 up to grandma and grandpa status really enjoy the story. People that don’t normally enjoy fantasy have expressed surprise at how they’ve enjoyed the adventure. This brings me much joy!
Q: Pretend that you live in the Tethered World. (I suppose you kind of do!) What is your favorite thing about life there?
My favorite thing? Hmmm. It would be pretty cool to meet creatures that were considered myth. Whether it was Leprechauns that could turn invisible, or Nephilim that could fly. I also like the idea that these creatures recognize, overall, that God exists and has a plan for their secret world that is tied to our own world, here “topside”. As way of explanation, the Tethered World is said to exist in pockets of our own world. The creatures there once lived in the Garden of Eden and were moved below ground before Noah’s flood. They call people like you and me “Topsiders”.
Q: What did you learn while writing The Tethered World (about writing, about life, anything!)?
The process of finishing the first draft of The Tethered World and the process of getting the manuscript ready to submit to a publisher was a huge learning experience. I learned many technical writing lessons that would be boring to explain. Of course, I learned much about the publishing process too, and the importance of social media in building a network of writing friends and an audience that cares about what you have to say. Though I wish I could hole up on my couch with my laptop and crank out books without a thought for blogging and Facebook, that’s just not the reality. No matter if you’re with a big publisher, a small one, or self-publishing, the burden of promoting one’s book is on the author.
Q: What are you currently reading?
A friend’s epic fantasy (a rough draft) called The Cost of Two Hands. I just finished the Inkheart Trilogy from Caroline Funke on audiobook. Absolutely LOVED that series!
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Be a willing student. Don’t think you can break all the rules and do it your way. Rule breaking is (mostly) reserved for the well-established authors. Find a good mentor and get in a writing group that is supportive and has a mixture of authors, from new writers to professionals. You can even find this sort of group online. Don’t be thin-skinned. There’s always more to learn and you need to be a willing student.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like potential readers to know?
Yes, actually, there is 🙂 Though there are some quirky things that pop up—such as the main character being homeschooled and the fact that she has an autistic brother—they are minor, background items. I did not set out with an agenda to convert anyone to homeschooling or to win over audiences with special needs children. Both things (homeschooling and autism) have come across everyone’s radar (and happen to be a part of my life). I wanted to treat them with the everyday normalcy other authors use for a character going to public school or being from a divorced family. Those are just “things” that help inform the main character’s personality. Anyone, from any walk of life, should be able to relate to the family in the story. They love each other, they struggle together, they have to overcome hard stuff. It’s just life.
I hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know a bit about Heather! Before you go, be sure CLICK HERE to enter for your chance at a FREE KINDLE FIRE!
See you then!
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Heather L.L. FitzGerald lives in Texas with four someones that call her mom and one special someone that calls her his wife. She homeschooled her children—one of whom is autistic—and teaches ballet at a fine arts school in Fort Worth. Heather is a member of the North Texas Christian Writers, and helps to facilitate the Manet writer’s group in Fort Worth, Texas. She loves drinking iced lattes, cloud watching, and getting lost in a good book.
You can connect with Heather on her website/blog, Facebook, Pinterest (belongs to her main character, Sadie), Character blog (Sadie’s mom has a blog about legendary creatures.), Twitter, Instagram, or Goodreads.
Be sure to visit the rest of the stops on the Books & Beverages Blog Tour!
2/15 – http://bluewater-publications.com/
2/16 – www.ghostryter.blogspot.com
2/17 – http://www.gingersolomon.com/blog/
2/18 – http://www.sandrarobbins.net
2/19 – http://www.jlmbewe.com/
2/20 – http://plentifulpursuits.com
2/21 – https://mdeshaies.wordpress.com/
2/22 – http://faithhopeandheartwarming.com/blog/
2/23 – https://agreateryes.wordpress.com/
2/24 – http://thegatheringfire.wordpress.com
2/25 – http://dianasbookit.blogspot.com/
2/26 – http://www.liztolsma.com/
2/27 – http://sarahruut.com/
2/29 – https://sparksofember.wordpress.com/
3/1 – http://www.annaweaverbooks.com/giveaways