Author Interview: Iffix Y Santaph

Today I am fortunate to have fantasy author Iffix Y Stantaph on my blog.
iffixHello Iffix. Tell us about your books. Is there one in particular you are promoting right now? What is it about?
My series of books for middle graders and young adults is a space fantasy called Forgotten Princess. It is based loosely on the tale of Snow White.
Evil alien Queen Kalysta has been seeking to destroy her step daughter, and sent her assassin slave, called the “Shadow Man”, to kill the princess.
The Shadow Man, a mutant who is known as Gavyn to his friends, could not bring himself to kill the princess, but poisoned her temporarily, leaving her comatose and with amnesia. He hid her in an underground world where three alien teens joined together to rescue her.
But the past the princess cannot remember is coming back with a vengeance to destroy her. And the friends must fight for her survival. The first novella in the series is Impulse, and is available now from a wide variety of on-line retailers.

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Book Review: the Kids’ Guide to Writing Fiction

The Kids’ Guide to Writing Fiction

We are all storytellers. Whether weaving mythologies in ancient times or describing the plot of a favorite movie today, humans have, since the beginning of time, loved to tell stories. In THE KIDS’ GUIDE TO WRITING FICTION, students explore the building blocks needed to construct a story: characterization, setting, plot, perspective, imagery, and dialog. Then they will use these building blocks to create their own stories.

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Author Interview: Laurisa White Reyes

Today I am happy to introduce author Laurisa White Reyes. Her new book is The Kids’ Guide to Writing Fiction and sounds great — and I got a chance to review her book, which you can read here.
P10 (2)Tell us about your book(s). Is there one in particular you are promoting right now? What is it about?
The Kids’ Guide to Writing Fiction had its start when I taught creative writing to middle grade and high school students. I wasn’t thrilled with the writing books available for kids at the time, so I created my own curriculum. Fast forward a decade. I’ve written and published several novels for young readers, including Spark Award winner The Storytellers. As an author, I’ve the opportunity to visit over 60 schools and speak with hundreds of students about writing and creativity. I decided that I wanted to reach out to young writers everywhere, and The Kids’ Guide to Writing Fiction was the result.
Geared toward kids aged 10 – 17, the book is not just for those who already love writing, but it is also designed to spark an interest in reading and writing in kids whose academic strengths and talents lie elsewhere. By introducing the six fundamental building blocks of storytelling in a fun and easy-to-“get” manner, kids discover the storyteller that lies within each of us. Their confidence and enthusiasm grow as they see the inner-workings of their very own stories grow.

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Author Interview: Toni Owen-Blue

Not long ago I had the privilege to be interviewed by Toni Owen-Blue on her blog and now I have the chance to return the favour. She’s here to talk about her new middle grade book, Iris, which is just out this week.

Irisfinalfront singleTell us about your book(s). Is there one in particular you are promoting right now? What is it about?

Being the difficult person I am, when I started writing I thought I’d pick two genres to specialize in, that have absolutely no overlap; Middle Grade Fiction and Interactive Romance Fiction. The only thing my works really have in common is the fact I always focus heavily on individual character voice and narrative.

My current release, “Iris” is a realistic Middle Grade Fiction, about a young girl with a difficult home life, and what she gets up to inside her own head to escape. The whole book has a very conversational tone, Iris talks to the reader, even asks their opinion, and using her own strange mix of humour and sharp wit, comments on the life she’s experiencing but has next to no control over as things go from bad to worse.

Tell us about your main character? What makes her so special?

Iris is so many things, she’s imaginative, brave, creative, conscientious and funny in a dry kind of way. Yet she spends so much of the book being put down and pushed to be things that children her age shouldn’t have to be, she’s very responsible, obsessive, amazing at caring for her pre-school brother and a fantastic liar.

But what makes her really special, from the feedback so far, she seems to be connecting with people in the way I really hoped she was going to, everyone’s different, but the way Iris internally voices her insecurities and worries seems to be something that everyone can understand and connect to. Read more

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