Middle readers will find that The Rock of Ivanore fits nicely among the traditional fantasies they so enjoy. They will also appreciate its fresh and inventive take on the genre.
- Tell us a little about yourself and how you became a writer.
- I wish I had been born one. World building is so important in your book, especially since Marcus and his companions go on a quest. World building is not only the setting but also the magic. I loved your use of the key and Xerxes, the walking staff. Can you share some of how you developed your world and its magic? Where did you get the idea for the key and Xerxes?
- I love reading fantasies and the sames ones as you. That is so awesome how you came up for the idea for the key and I agree that Xerxes is such a cool character. One of the things I loved about Marcus was that he was not that proficient at magic at the beginning of the story. Tell us about his character development and how his magical growth plays into that.
- I think adults, including me, can relate to that too. I loved the plot twists that I didn’t see coming all the way to the end of the story. Did you know your entire story when you started or did it come to you as you went? Do you have any tips on weaving in plot twists that still leave the reader guessing?
- Your book is written in third person and not always from Marcus’ POV. I love writing in third person limited POV. Most people who switch POV use first person, at least for some of characters. What made you decide to stay with third person? Do you have any advice on multiple POV’s in third person?
- That's great how much you learned about technique from reading his book. Tell us about your road to publication.
- So glad they e-mailed you. It reminds me of Jay Asher's story that if 13 REASONS WHY didn't get published, he was going to quit writing. I’ve read interviews with you where you’ve said that it’s different marketing a middle grade book than a YA book, especially on the Internet. I’ve heard this before and many of us see this, which is one reason we try to promote middle grade authors through the Marvelous Middle Grade Mondays. Share what you mean by this and what you’ve done to try to overcome some of the challenges in marketing a middle grade book.
- That's such an awesome resource you created. And I love high fantasy but know what you mean about some blogs, agents and publishers not being interested in it. You’ve written a great post on turning failures into success. Can you tell us about this and how it’s worked in your own writing career?
- That is such great advice and I love the magic connection. What are you working on now?
Can't wait to read the next book in your series. You can find Laurisa at her blog and website.
Laurisa generously provided an ARC of THE ROCK OF IVANORE for a giveaway. All you need to do is be a follower (just click the follow button if you’re not a follower) and leave a comment by midnight on July 27th. I’ll announce the winner on July 20th. If your e-mail is not on Blogger, please list it in your comment. International entries are welcome.
Marvelous Middle Grade Mondays was started by ShannonWhitney Messenger to spotlight middle grade authors. Check out the other Middle Grade group:
Brennan and Meyrick Murphy
Julie from That's Swell
Here's what's coming up:
Wednesday this week Casey has a guest post scheduled with Shannon Wiersbitzky on staying focused and she's giving away THE SUMMER OF HAMMERS AND ANGELS.