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Author Interview: Elle Katharine White

Today I am interviewing Elle Katharine White, author of the new fantasy novel, Flamebringer, final book in the Heartstone series. 

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DJ: Hi Elle! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview! For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Elle Katharine White: Hey there! Thanks so much for having me here. I’m Elle, I write sci-fi and fantasy books and love all things nerdy, especially things with dragons.

DJ: What is Flamebringer and then the Heartstone series about?

Elle: Flamebringer is the final book in the Heartstone trilogy, which started as a reimagining of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice in a fantasy world with dragons and dragon-riding monster hunters. I’d always wondered what life looked like for Elizabeth and Darcy after their happily ever after, and if they had to work as hard to keep their HEA as they did to find it in the first place. For the characters in Flamebringer, the answer to that question is a resounding yes. Unfortunately for them, they have the added pressure of saving their kingdom from a monstrous invasion, which will make for some very interesting marriage therapy sessions later in life.

DJ: What were some of your influences for the Heartstone series

Elle: The first book began with a mash-up of Pride & Prejudice and the movie How to Train Your Dragon, but in the second and third books I wanted to expand the world of Arle, giving it depth and history beyond its Regency counterpart. For that I turned to mythology. (I was and still am a huge myth nerd.) Many of the non-human characters were inspired by creatures I’d met in folklore. Continue reading

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Author Interview: Bryn Chancellor

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Today I am interviewing Bryn Chancellor, debut author of the new mystery novel, Sycamore.

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DJ: Hey Bryn! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview! For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Bryn Chancellor: Thanks for having me, DJ! I am a fiction writer currently living and teaching in Charlotte, NC, although I grew up in California and Arizona. Sycamore is my debut novel, but I also have a collection of short stories, When Are You Coming Home? Both the novel and stories are set primarily in Arizona.

DJ: What Sycamore about?

Bryn: The basic premise of the book is that a newcomer to the small town of Sycamore, Arizona, discovers bones in a dry ravine, which Sycamore’s longtime residents fear may belong to Jess Winters, a teenager who disappeared one night some eighteen years earlier. As the police investigate, the residents rekindle stories, rumors, and recollections as they revisit Jess’s troubled history. The book in part is about what happened to Jess, but for me it’s also very much about the people who were left behind and who grappled with Jess’s long absence in the midst of their own lives and troubles.

DJ: What were some of your influences for Sycamore?

Bryn: Probably the biggest literary influences are Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge, Richard Russo’s Empire Falls, Kent Haruf’s Plainsong, all of which feature small towns and multiple perspectives. I wasn’t really thinking of the book as a mystery novel, though I do like mysteries and spy thrillers as well. I grew up loving Masterpiece Mystery and the Modesty Blaise series. One of my favorite books to teach is Jane Eyre, which thrums with secrecy and mystery.

I based the fictionalized town of Sycamore on the region where I grew up: the small town of Sedona, Arizona, and the neighboring town of Cottonwood, where I attended junior high and high school. A fictionalized version allowed me some distance to rearrange/create features and timelines that I needed. As with much of my writing, I wanted to explore the lives of working people who are sometimes overlooked, both in literature and in reality.

In many ways, I see this book as a love letter to my hometown. Continue reading

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(Guest Post) Book Review: The Fate of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #3) by Erika Johansen


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Her first novel, Stagnant Souls, was just published on Amazon kindle.





The Fate of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #3) by Erica Johansen

Publisher: Harper

Publication Date: November 29, 2016

Edition: Paperback, 496 pages

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 4.5/5

It was everything I was hoping for in a conclusion and then some.
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