Clumsy When Exhausted: 3 New Things Happening on This Blog Now  

 

I managed to get a total of four hours and forty-five minutes of sleep last night. Long story, don’t ask.

Number 1: You may have noticed that beautiful banner dangling up there—yes, up, up, right there. That black thing, with some gold on it, and some stairs.

That, my dear tribesperson, is the official announcement. I’m publishing again, and this time a full novel, Aveza of the Ercanhelm. Keep your eyes open. I’ll be doing a giveaway and possibly some contests in between now and the publication date (set for October 7—yes, I’m celebrating my birthday by working. Of course.)

Number 2: You may also have noticed the little pop-up, saying “Join the Tribe”.

That’s a good thing.

Inserting your email into that little pop-up signs you into my email list. This means I can send you a monthly newsletter, filled with all that’s new on this blog, personal updates, and news on upcoming books—right to your email. I thoroughly recommend doing that. 🙂

Number 3: I’m so tired, I’ve forgotten what Number 3 was. If anyone sees it, let me know. *whistles* “Here, Number 3! Here, boy!”

Oh, I will also be doing a Facebook launch party this time around. Keep an eye—or two—out for that.

 

Once again, thank you for dealing with sleep-clumsy me! Until next time.

 

 

 

 

Go Teen Writers and the 2017 Liebster Award Nominations

The Liebster Award is spread from blogger to blogger to give smaller blogs some extra love!

I was nominated by Stephanie Oplinger over at http://www.studiodiary.stephanieoplingerarts.com. Definitely check out her site! The nomination post is here (http://www.studiodiary.stephanieoplingerarts.com/2017/08/2017-liebster-award-nominations/). Thanks, Stephanie!

Here are the rules for the nomination:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog. Try to include a little promotion for the person who nominated you. They will thank you for it and those who you nominate will also help you out as well.
  2. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”.
  3. Write a 150-300 word post about your favorite blog that is not your own. Explain why you like the blog, provide links.
  4. Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 200 followers.
  5. List these rules in your post
  6. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post. (They might not have ever heard of it!)
  7. Post a comment in the comments of –> the award post <– so your post and blog can be viewed.

 

My favorite blog is hands-down: GO TEEN WRITERS (goteenwriters.blogspot.com).

I first discovered this blog as a newbie writer. I’d been writing poetry for three or four years and was looking for something more. There had to be something more I could do with my writing.

The ladies that run Go Teen Writers ae fine Christian ladies dedicated to helping young writes such as myself grow. Fun-filled tips, raw honesty—these are the ladies for you.

Stephanie Morrill’s Ellie Sweet books taught me that first person present point-of-view is possible. Ellie’s journey was so real, especially to me as a young writer.

Jill Williamson’s Blood of Kings series was the first Christian fantasy I read, and has influenced my writing ever since.

Guess which genre I write now? Christian fantasy in first person POV.

Thank you, ladies, for the amazing influence you’ve had on my life and on my writing.

I definitely recommend their blog!

 

Now, for my nominations:

  1. Quill Pen Writer
  2. Wanderer’s Pen
  3. Annie Louise Twitchell
  4. Windy Peri
  5. Aly Cat Author
  6. Rachel Rossano
  7. Holly Davis
  8. The Magic of True Love
  9. Getting Writing Right
  10. Doran Creations
  11. Romantic Typewriter Gardens

 

Go forth and conquer the blogging world!

 

 

“The Last Cities of Earth” Anthology with Editor Jennifer Brozek

Howdy, howdy from my end (yeah, yeah, I know, that’s more Western than tribe-speak. Whatever).

As you’ve probably noticed, I’ve deviated from my usual format of interviews on Wednesday. The reason: the Last City of Earth campaign ends on September 1 and I– being the scatterbrained person I can be at times– didn’t jump on the bandwagon early enough to schedule the posts with more time.

The Last Cities of Earth project can be found over at http://tiny.cc/LastCities. Both the artwork and the premise look absolutely amazing. Definitely check it out!

All else aside, meet Jennifer Brozek, editor of the Last Cities of Earth project!

 

Jennifer Brozek

Hi, and thank you for agreeing to do this interview on Jeff Sturgeon’s Last Cities of Earth (http://tiny.cc/LastCities)!

Tell me about the Last Cities of Earth anthology you will be editing.

For the main Last Cities of Earth anthology, I’m working with a high caliber list of authors like Jody Lynn Nye, David Gerald, Ian Douglas, Brenda Cooper, Mike Resnick, Kary English, and Steve Perry. Each author has chosen a different city from all over the world to write a thrilling adventure in this unique universe Jeff Sturgeon’s has created. No city will be repeat and every city will have its own original piece of art associated with it in the coffee table art book.

 

Given the chance, what part of the Last Cities of Earth would you most like to visit?

Based on the stories being written, I believe I’d most want to visit Mexico City as written about by Raven Oaks. I’d wanted to go along with her sky pirate in her air ship. I think it would be a fascinating way to see the world.

 

Which would you least like to visit?

Based on the stories being written, I believe I’d least like to visit Australia as written about by David McDonald. I’ve been to Australia. Everything there is already trying to kill you. In the future, I think it would be that much harder to survive.

 

Finally, what are you working on outside of this project and where can readers find you?

Beyond editing this anthology, I’m working on a couple of novel projects. One is original—YA horror, and one is tie-in and currently under NDA. Also, I will have a new podcast series called Five Minute Stories, released in September through Apocalypse Ink Productions. You can always find me on Twitter: @jenniferbrozek or Facebook or Instagram—though, my instagram is mostly cats. Visit my website to see all my publications: www.jenniferbrozek.com

This Wednesday’s World: “Worlds Akilter” by A.J. Bakke

A happy Wednesday to the tribe! The sun is shining and I have A.J. Bakke here with the world of Deart from Worlds Akilter.
1. Your Worlds Akilter Series tells the story of little folk in a world called Deart. Tell me about Deart. How is it different from Earth and from other fantasy worlds, and what inspired you to write a story set there?Deart is a world full of endless possibilities. I love endless possibilities and I despise being caged in by maps and rules. Generally, it is low tech and moderate in magic, but it really depends on what area you visit.

Rampant, bouncing rutabagas are not outside reality on Deart! Check Attack of the Killer Rutabagas for those nefarious veggies! Also, soul devouring parrots can be a thing!
So far, my stories revolve around humans and lidra, though there are several other races on Deart.
A big aspect of the relationship between Deart and Earth is that a long time ago, a massive magical war sent Deart careening through dimensions. While the world yet thrives, it sits poised to fall through a tear in dimensions and obliterate Earth. Deart is about four times the size of Earth, so it will win. S
ince both planets are so close together, portals can connect them, or a moment of instability can land someone on the wrong world(surprise!).
Oooone last thing! A big theme in my books is that cats are attracted to magic. Very important!
2. Given the chance, what part of your world would you most like to visit?I’m a fan of fascinating, magical places in nature, so I’d love to visit Emryel Haven which is introduced in my book, Magic is to Dance. I’d have to find a shrink spell first, though! 

In this area, the lidra live on towering columns of rock that jut up from pools of boiling hot water. Steam constantly shifts around the bases of the towers. Stone bridges arch between tower tops. Waterfalls decorate the sides, creating a mysterious haze and dancing rainbows. The hot water below is colorful from different kinds of minerals and algae. 
Plus, I can ride crow-sized dragons there, assuming I can get the shrink spell to work properly!

 

3. Which would you least like to visit?


I know nasty places exist on Deart, but I haven’t yet explored them. However, I’m not a fan of huge, crowded cities, so I’d probably avoid the Crown City in Jablaheer. It would be like trying to drive in Seattle or Portland during rush hour, but in a carriage instead of a car. 


4. Finally, what are you working on and where can readers find you?

I am currently working on Magic is to Fly, book two in my Magic is to Be trilogy. You can find me on Facebook, here: https://www.facebook.com/headintheskyhalfatoeinreality/

And I have my own, nifty site: ajbakke.com

All the Single Ladies: I’m Single, So What?

 

What is the world’s most annoying question?

For me, it’s this one.

Usually, it’s not even directed at me.

It’s a question asked to my parents, usually in my presence:

“So, when are you going to start having grandkids?”

Grr.

Just because Mom stopped having kids, it doesn’t mean I have to start.

In this day and age, at least where I am, relationships are everything. Ten, eleven, twelve-year-old girls hook up and break up by the month. Girls not much older are making out (and worse) around street corners, in abandoned stadiums, in cars on the side of the road in dark alleys.

The radio is constantly playing songs with lyrics that are far too dirty to quote here. The way those songwriters look at girls is appalling.

Depending on where you look for your information, 116 out of every thousand girls between 15-19 years old (in Bolivia), are pregnant. That’s 10% of all 15-19-year-old females in this country.

Just because every other girl that was in my youth group five years ago is married or a single mom now—that does not mean I have to be.

 

Note: I am not saying that all things relationship-related are bad.

I know some awesome married couples, and others who are in a process moving towards marriage.

What I’m saying is: The way most people look at relationships is bad.

“In a relationship” on Facebook might last a couple of months. “We’re dating” means “This guy’s a friend with benefits; I’ll break up with him in two months.”

People change significant others about as often as they change clothes.

 

There’s the most annoying question. Guess what the most annoying statement is?

“God has the right guy planned out for you. You just have to work on being the right girl for him.”

First off: Who says God has a partner planned for everyone?

Jesus Christ himself was single.

The Apostle Paul was single.

And it wasn’t just men. There were single women in the Bible too.

In fact, check out this list of single people in the Bible.

  • Mary Magdalene
  • Mary, Martha, and Lazarus
  • Miriam (Moses’s sister)
  • Jeremiah (specifically ordered by God NOT to marry)
  • Elijah
  • Elisha
  • Daniel
  • John the Baptist.
  • Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego
  • Barnabas

Now, don’t you tell me “God has marriage planned for every one of his children” when the evidence is right there in the Bible.

I don’t claim to speak for God, but the evidence up there convinces me that, maybe, just maybe, God doesn’t have marriage planned for everyone.

*gasp* How dare I say such a thing?

“You be the right kind of girl, and God’ll give you the right kind of guy.”

I’m sorry, but… no. Absolutely not.

Am I supposed to be focusing on improving myself for the elusive future Prince Charming?

So I spend all my time reading my Bible, teaching kids, improving my relationship with God. I put extra effort into my makeup and my hair and improve my relationship with the people around me…

All so I can find a good guy? What if I never do?

Nope. Nopedy nope nope. Absolutely none of the decisions I make in these days, while I’m single, should hinge on finding a guy (doesn’t mean I’m making the mistake of sleeping around—not doing that).

 

I understand God’s commandment to be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth. I understand that children are a blessing. I understand that a full quiver of children is good in God’s eyes.

But just because children are a blessing does not mean I need to rush into a relationship to have them.

Just because marriage is a sacred thing before God does NOT mean that all of my decisions today need to hinge on a future marriage that may or may not happen.

 

GIRLS: Let’s enjoy being single while we can.

Singleness is our time to be independent, before moving out from our father’s house and into our husband’s (if we get married).

Even Jesus says that being single is a good thing. In Matthew 19, he and his disciples spoke on divorce, and this is what followed (verses 10-12).

His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry.

But he said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given.

For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mothers’ womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.

Eunuchs meaning: not married.

Singleness has its advantages.

Selfish as it sounds, we don’t have to worry about others. If God calls us to Africa, then to Africa we go. There’s no husband nor children to consider.

 

Singleness also has its disadvantages.

Yeah. Just because I’m not married doesn’t mean I don’t have sexual desires. It doesn’t mean I don’t want kids (though I’d probably be a terrible mom—I have no sympathy).

It doesn’t mean I don’t hurt when I see all the people my age getting married and having babies.

I believe we all long for companionship, a spiritual partner, a soulmate. I also believe that not having a husband is helping me to grow close to God, relying on Him, instead of another human being.

 

But all of the above will never stop all those people who say, “Oh, you’re still single?”

Here are some good comebacks either I or my online buddies have come up with:

“I’m too busy polishing up my armor of God to worry about finding a guy.”

“He’s obviously out riding a tortoise very confused.”

“I’m in a long-distance relationship. My boyfriend lives in the future.”

 

 

This conversation:

“Where’s your boyfriend?”

“That’s a really good question. I’ll let you know when I find him.”

 

Or this one:

“Why aren’t you married yet?”

“I’m overqualified and I like men with brains.”

 

Speak up, girls. Why are you still single?

And what are your best comebacks for that question?

 

Dude, She’s Hot: The Difference between Attractiveness and Beauty.  

 

I don’t qualify as beautiful. I’m over twenty pounds overweight (though, who on EARTH created those “your weight should be” charts? They obviously don’t like pie or donuts or… food.).

I have acne. On the bad days, it looks like a beard, down both cheeks.

Despite being a cosmetology student, I cannot apply makeup well. I spent hours the other day doing and redoing my model’s smoky eye—honestly, is it supposed to be that hard?). That means I can’t cover up said acne.

I wear glasses. I have braces (for more than four years now—don’t ask), but not only that, I also have a bad overbite. Which means, instead of having this:

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I have this:

Braces2

And this:

 Braces3

Why yes, that makes both eating and speaking difficult. Thank you for asking.

At this point, you’re either blanching at all these obvious pictures of teeth (courtesy of Pinterest), or you’re thinking, “Come on, girl, suck it up. It ain’t that bad.”

Yeah. I could talk for hours here about how painful it is to spend more than twenty minutes to get two stinking pieces of rubber smaller than you pinky fingernail to stretch between two pieces of nearly-invisible metal, only so they can chain your mouth shut and give you pain.

I can talk about how annoying and embarrassing it is to have to pull these things out in a public restaurant. I can talk about no sooner brushing your teeth and putting those things in before being informed that your favorite dessert is done.

I can also go back to my earlier comments and talk about how embarrassing it is to have a bra twice the size of any of your younger siblings, or not to be able to share clothing with your sisters because yours are all “too fat”.

I can talk about how annoying it is to work with glasses and one of those health-face mask things, because you can either breathe or see, and not both.

By the world’s standards, me being beautiful is, well, laughable. Teenage girls these days are taught that beauty is this right here (also courtesy of Pinterest):

 

Yes, yes, I know, there’s some push for plus-size models and actresses right now, but I believe the main standard most girls see these days are like these actresses above.

I googled “beauty quotes” just now, and guess what I came up with?

A girl should be two things, CLASSY and FABULOUS. – Coco Chanel

Just have fun. Smile. And keep putting on lipstick.

Inner beauty is great but a little mascara never hurts.

Beauty is power; a smile is its sword.

So, if I’m not “classy” or “fabulous” by the world’s standards, then I’m not beautiful? If I don’t wear lipstick, I’m not beautiful?

Admittedly, there were some quotes in there that I can agree with.

No beauty shines brighter than that of a good heart.

Beauty is being the best version of yourself on the inside and out.

Be yourself because an original is worth more than a copy.

A beautiful thing is never perfect.

 

Here are some particular quotes about beauty that have kept me in good stead many times. When I have been worried about not measuring up to the world’s standard of beauty, when I have fought the urge to dress in more revealing clothing or draw attention to my body:

Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. –Proverbs 31:30

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. –Psalm 139:4

He hath made everything beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heat, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end. –Ecclesiastes 3:11

But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart. –1 Samuel 16:7

 

Now, isn’t that nice? The braces, the terrible makeup, the bra size… they don’t matter in God’s eyes.

I know, I know. God’s not here, at least not here-here. He’s not the one standing on the side of the street, rating the girls that walk by. He’s not the one wanting to borrow your pants or going bra shopping with you.

But, in the end, who’s going to be around longer? The people that judge you, or God?

You may not believe in God the way I do, but let me tell you this:

Your neighbor’s not going to be there forever.

Your family’s not going to be there forever.

For Pete’s sake, your boyfriend may not be there forever.

Style changes. Fashions come and go.

What’s not going to change? Your inner beauty. Your confidence. Don’t be afraid to step out and just be you. You don’t have to be a skinny, dewy-faced seventeen year old that fits into leggings and halter tops and looks good in the color green.

Writers: You don’t have to write paranormal romance with a sex scene every other chapter. You don’t have to include a pairing in every other story you write.

Someday, this “necessity” for a sex scene in every novel will die out. Someday this “strong female characters must wear boob armor” trope will die out.

And when it does, I’ll still be here writing.

Stop basing your worth on other people’s opinions, and start thinking long-term. Your body’s going to sag and get wrinkles, but your soul’s still gonna be there.

Now, what are you going to do about it?

 

 

 

 

“A Rose By Another Name,” by Rachel Atterholt

Thus far, my “This Wednesday’s World” posts have all been of published books (with the exception of Rachel Rossano’s Living Sacrifice). I present to you now Rachel Atterholt’s A Rose By Another Name, which is an entry in Rooglewood Press’s Snow White retelling contest, in which I’m also participating. 🙂

I’m always in favor of hearing more from unpublished authors.

1. Your Snow White retelling (whose title I forgot to ask you. *gasp*) is set in the land of Albaland. What is different about Albaland compared to our normal world, and what inspired you to set a retelling there?
The working title of my Snow White retelling is “A Rose By Another Name”. The difference to our world and Albaland is probably two big things, one being that this land is very much an Arthurian Medieval setting with all that entails and second there aren’t many people left,at least near the kingdom, most having run when the queen took her reign. I have always wanted to write in a medieval setting and so have and as I created certain places in my story, it all naturally settled to one place.
2. Given the chance, what part of Albaland would you most like to visit?
I would really love to visit the dwarves home. It’s so rustic and cozy, I would love listening to them singing their german songs all through the night.
3. Which would you least like to visit?
Probably NightMoors. I really don’t think it would be a good idea for a writer like me who has imagined quiet a lot, to go to a place where your darkest imaginings come true. I would most definitely need lots of therapy after that.
4. Finally, what are you working on and where can readers find you?
Currently, besides this story, I’m working on a handful of short stories that will be published on fellowshipandfairydust.com or put in their magazine, and I am also working on the final edits of two books, one a fantasy, the other a western. You can find me on moonlightandwolfsfire.com, my blog or my social media handles.

Light, Mom’s Birthday, and Proverbs 31

 

This weekend has been hectic. First, Friday night, the lantern parade. Schools and public institutions gather together to parade around the main city square in a show of unity and to have some fun.

Saturday. I was up before dawn getting ready, and then went to work for three hours before skedaddling on up to town for the civic parade (which I managed to miss, along with most of my classmates, but that’s another story). Same story as Friday night except daylight, which means sunshine, heat, and a ton more people.

And today is Sunday. Bolivia’s Independence Day and my Mom’s birthday.

All of the above has worked together in my mind to have me considering three things: Light, Mom’s birthday, and Proverbs 31.

Yes, these three are related. The Proverbs 31 woman is a light in the world, and Mom is both of the above.

 

Proverbs 31:10-31 (KJV)

Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.

She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.

She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.

She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.

She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.

She girdeth her loins with strength and strengtheneth her arms.

She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.

She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.

She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.

She maketh herself coverings of tapestry: her clothing is silk and purple.

Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.

She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.

Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.

She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.

Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.

Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.

Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates.

 

Mom:

Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

 Truth. A virtuous woman, in whom one can confide a heart, a woman who is willing to work hard, to provide, to be resourceful, to care, to give, a wise woman—her price is far above rubies. Rubies can’t buy the things that last forever.

The lanterns from last night have me thinking about light and about the Proverbs 31 woman.

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Those little lanterns can be bought for just over a $1 here, but a real light in the world cannot be bought.

Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.

Mom, you’re a light in this world, an example, and I love you.

It’s so easy to take you for granted—up before dawn, so good at everything you do that I don’t even know where to help. A meal on the table three times a day, every day. You’re the real-life Wonder Woman.

Thank you, for everything that you do. Thank you for everything you’ve taught me, for the example that you’ve shown.

I love you.

 

What about you? Who is the mother-figure in your life, and how does she compare to the Proverbs 31 woman?

 

What Makes You Different

I’m different– weird, even.

I was the ten-eleven-twelve year old who read Lord of the Rings, War and Peace, The Scarlet Letter and others—for fun. My greatest adventures were sneaking “adult” books off Mom and Dad’s shelves to read.

I have 300+ books on my Kindle, and am continually picking up more.

Give me a book over a friend any day, and music over conversation.

I love coffee. I love writing in the middle of the night, when the only sound is the clickety-clack of my keyboard and my roommates snoring and talking in their sleep.

I’m that girl that likes Gladiator, Dark Knight Rises, and Tron, but writes fairy tale retellings. I’m the Independent Fundamental Baptist missionary kid who writes harsh fantasy that usually ends in death. I prefer mysteries and thrillers over Christian fiction.

I listen to classical and instrumental music, in a country of rap and rock.

Swearing? Nope.

Never had sex, don’t care for a husband (if God sends me one, I’m not arguing, though). I’ve never had a crush on video or book character.

I’ll take a long skirt over pants any day and heels? I can take them or leave them. Same goes for makeup.

*gasp* You’re so weird!

 

What about you? What makes you different from the people around you?

This Wednesday’s World: “White Wolf and the Ash Princess” by Tammy Lash

 

1. White Wolf and the Ash Princess is set in the seventeenth century, about a girl named Izzy. What inspired you to set a story in this place and time period?

 

White Wolf is in divided into two parts and it was designed that way to be a “nod” to my two favorite books. Part One is the “prim and proper”, stuffy world of Jane Eyre. Part Two is wide open and wild and it is the complete opposite of the first half. It’s the rugged, untamed New World similar to the one I fell in love with in the book, Mrs. Mike. Mrs. Mike took place in Canada in the 1940’s; White Wolf takes place in the 1670’s. The second half of the book begins on the east coast of the U.S., and the story makes its way up to Michigan.  I love the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and that’s where I got the inspiration for the the wild aspects of the book. Fun Fact: Izzy’s final destination is in Munising, Michigan…my family’s favorite place to vacation.

 

2. Given the chance, what part of the world would you visit in the seventeenth century and why?

Ohhhh! Without a doubt I’d want to visit here….The New World… before there was houses, cars and shoulder-to-shoulder people. It would be nothing but a sea of trees, trees, and more trees! It’d be complete heaven!! I know how it feels when we visit a new spot in the U.P.  It’s so exciting and new! I can’t imagine it on a larger scale. Add discovering a new culture in the mix–WOW–the whole idea is thrilling! I find Native American culture extremely interesting. My mom passed down her favorite book to me when I was a teen and it was Mrs. Mike that’s what got me asking questions. I “saw” America’s First People for the first time. My mom’s gifted book made them a “real” people. Before Mrs. Mike, I didn’t know much about them. To me they were the scary, sculp-stealing “savages” of the westerns that were on TV when I was little on Saturday mornings– or the cute poster cut-outs that my mom used to tape up on our doors at Thanksgiving. You know, the stereotypical chubby “Indian” boy and girl with a turkey feather sticking out of the backs of their heads. They weren’t people to me. They were the dusty figures of our history books. I’ve grown to have a deep appreciation, love and respect for this beautiful culture that is still alive and thriving today. A friend of mine, who is Anishnaabe (Canadian Ojibwe) says it best, “We always talk about native culture in a historical way, but it is very much alive.”

 

3. Which would you like least?

I would say the busy hub-bub of England and the “stuffy” culture that was alive during that time. I LOVE how everyone dressed back then (I’d be on board to bring it all back–but wait–I love my hoodies and jeans, soooo, never mind). I love the decor…and all the “romantic” elements…”girl-waits-for-the-perfect-suitor/perfect-suitor-finds-girl-and-marries-her-against-all-odds” type of thing, but that’s about it. Izzy agrees and you’ll see it in Part One of White Wolf and the Ash Princess.

 

4. Finally, what are you working on and where can readers find you?

Right now I’m working on a “secret” project that my author friend and I are going to reveal at my White Wolf and the Ash Princess Re-release Party July 29th. You’re invited to come, but if you can’t (*sob*, *sniff*), you can catch up on the news here (https://www.facebook.com/events/1856397391038786/?acontext=%7B%22action_history%22%3A[%7B%22mechanism%22%3A%22bookmarks%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22bookmarks_menu%22%2C%22extra_data%22%3A%22[]%22%7D%2C%7B%22surface%22%3A%22dashboard%22%2C%22mechanism%22%3A%22calendar_tab_event%22%2C%22extra_data%22%3A%22[]%22%7D]%2C%22ref%22%3A46%2C%22source%22%3A2%7D)  and/or you can visit  my author page or blog. It’s a super fun project!  I am also working on the sequel to White Wolf and the Ash Princess. Letters From the Dragon’s Son is Jonathan’s story. It’s rather heartbreaking, I must admit, and I feel horrible for him….but……I must say no more because there are many readers who have yet to discover White Wolf.

Readers can find me on my blog (https://tammylash.wordpress.com/), my facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/tammylashauthor/), Pinterest n(https://www.pinterest.com/queenben/), and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/queenloudteefa/?hl=en) and you can find my book on Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073D93YZ6/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1) or you can order on through me personally and I’ll sign it for you.

I ADORE my readers.  Readers are an author’s best friend. They give our books life. Without readers, books would be nothing but pages on a shelf. I truly love and appreciate each of my White Wolf supporters.  So, thank you, dear friends and THANK YOU, Rebekah, for having me on your blog. HUGS!