Sunday, July 29, 2012

Blog Tour: Flight of Blue -- Author Interview and Giveaway

Please give a big welcome to A.E. Howard, who is giving a blog tour for Flight of Blue, a middle-grade fantasy that was just released on July 24th! I recently finished reading it and thought it was great (review to come tomorrow!) Here are the details for the book:

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Title: Flight of Blue
Author: A.E. Howard
Publisher: Elder Tree Books
Series: Keeper of the Keys Chronicles, Book 1
Summary: (taken from Goodreads)
A cursed traffic light. A rip in the fabric of the world. A possum sorcerer injured on a quest for revenge. 
Kai and Ellie embark on a journey to return the sorcerer to his home. Entangled in events that could destroy the world, Kai must choose whether to accept the role he was born to play, but isn’t sure he wants.

But let's step away from the book for a moment and learn more about the woman behind it all. I bring you all: A.E. Howard.

Once upon a time there was a little girl who read a book and thought, one day, I’ll find another world. Many years later, after a near death experience at a traffic light, she passed a possum dying on the side of the road. She stopped, and with its dying breaths, the possum imparted a tale so wondrously strange, she drove home realizing the new world she’d been searching for was right there all along. So she embarked on a quest of mythic proportions, traveled far and wide to the farthest corners of this world to uncover its secrets. Now she’s bringing the story to you.
Between chasing chickens off the porch and raising her son, A.E. Howard tells tales of the three Realms, and the boy who changed it all.
Visit her personal blog: (Biography taken from A.E. Howard's author page)

1. Flight of Blue sounds like the perfect children's fantasy. Which fantasy stories were your favorites growing up? 

Define “growing up.” I’m pretty I’m still doing that most days ;-) I actually came to fantasy stories via the Chronicles of Narnia and Harry Potter in my late teens/early twenties. Sad, I know. But I was hooked from then on. I’ve devoured Tolkein, L’Engle, Susan Cooper, Lloyd Alexander and Ursula LeGuin among some of the more “classic” fantasy writers.

2. Magic is always a tricky thing to deal with in writing. Some writers create a sort of "Law of Magic" for themselves, treating it like physics or another science. Did you set up any rules for how magic works, or did you just go with it?

Brandon Sanderson (one of my favorite current fantasy authors) says something along the lines of, it’s as important to define what your magic can’t do, as to figure out what it can do. And this has proven to be a very useful guideline as I worked out what the various orders of sorcerers and wielders of magic can and cannot do in the world of the Keeper of the Keys Chronicles.

3. Though your characters are young, can you see yourself in any of them?

Oh definitely. I think it’s hard not to write some of yourself into your characters. I identify with Ellie’s zanyness, Kai’s insecurities, but also that overarching realization that you stick by your friends no matter what, even if you have to go into the Realm of Darkness after them.

4. If you could collaborate with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? And what would the title of the book be called? 

Ooo. I’d love to collaborate with Madeleine L’Engle. Or Susan Cooper. But I have no idea what the book would be called. I have to get part way into writing something before I ever get a title.

5. Do you have a daily writing routine? If so, what is it? 

Well, I have a toddler, so my routine works around his routine ;-). I typically write when he naps, and then some nights after he’s gone to bed. Every night when I have a deadline looming. So other than trying to keep my desk clean so I can get to writing right off, I usually just make a hot drink, check facebook and twitter for a few minutes, and then minimize everything but my doc and dive right in.

Now for some fun facts:
6. Night owl or early bird? 

Before my son was born, definitely a night owl. Now I am unfortunately both most days, and while I like the early morning, I also like sleep, so I’d probably revert to being just a night owl if he ever decides to sleep past 7.

7. Name one food you would never eat. 

Hmm. Two things jump to mind. Beef, because it makes me sick. And then, anything insect related is probably out forever as well.

8. Finally, where is your reading (or writing) refuge? 

Reading, either in the big comfy chair in the living room, or in bed at night. Writing, at my desk in our library. Having a wall of books behind you is good writing inspiration.

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