The Lost Girl of Astor Street Blog Tour – Clue 8



Today, I’m super excited to announce that I have a very special guest on my blog!



Stephanie Morrill is the creator of GoTeenWriters.com and the author of several young adult novels, including the historical mystery, The Lost Girl of Astor Street. Despite loving cloche hats and drop-waist dresses, Stephanie would have been a terrible flapper because she can’t do the Charleston and looks awful with bobbed hair. She and her near-constant ponytail live in Kansas City with her husband and three kids.



Stephanie Morrill is the author of The Lost Girl of Astor Street. Today I will be interviewing the main character, Piper Sail. And it launches today!

Stephanie Morrill – Lost Girl

We (and by we, I am of course referring to the seriously awesome group of people helping launch Lost Girl) are doing a clue hunt today, so read on down to find out more about that!




ALT: What is your full name?
PCS: Piper Caroline Sail


ALT: What parts of loving come easily to you? What comes hard?
PCS: I’m a very loyal person, so once my trust and admiration has been won, I’ll stick by you. But it’s difficult for me to develop relationships with people and feel comfortable around them.


ALT: Did you turn out the way you expected you would? The way your parents expected?
PCS: I thought I would be kinder and softer, like my mother, when I grew up. It reoriented me when she died, as if those kind and soft places inside me died with her. I have two older brothers, so I suppose she maybe expected I wouldn’t be a nice, quiet sort of girl. I think my father is a bit proud of that, honestly.


ALT: What do you consider to be your special talent?
PCS: I think most people say that my special talent is being relentless. If I fix my mind to something, I go after it.


ALT: How do you feel about your life right now? What, if anything, would you like to change?
PCS: I feel uncertain about my life right now. High school is almost over, and it’s time for me to leave the home of my childhood and go off to a university somewhere to study … something. I don’t really know yet what I want to do. One of my best friends is off pursuing his dream of playing baseball, and the other, Lydia, will probably get married before too long and start a family. But I don’t really know yet where I fit in.


ALT: What type of clothing are you most comfortable with?
PCS: I like to wear clothes that I can move around in. I’m every so grateful for the turn in women’s fashion, and that dresses have gotten so much simpler.


ALT: Did you like school? Your teachers? Schoolmates?
PCS: I enjoy school … but I don’t know how much my school enjoys me. My home economics teacher particularly dislikes me. It’s kind of a long story, but I once knocked her over when I was sliding down a banister in school. And there’s a time when I borrowed her cardigan to sneak into the teacher’s lounge. So her dislike is somewhat understandable.


ALT: What do you want most and what would you do to obtain it?
PCS: What I want most is for my friend Lydia to be healthy. She’s been having seizures, and I’m really scared for her. I want her to get healthy and for us to have one last perfect summer together before life takes us different directions.


ALT: Best gift to get you?
PCS: The best gift to give me is something heartfelt and personal. I have very simple tastes.


ALT: You’re the kind of person who:
PCS: I’m the kind of person who doesn’t believe in sitting around and waiting for things to happen to her.


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Now! There’s a clue hunt blog tour going on, so hop over to these blogs (I would recommend going in order) and collect the clues. If you follow instructions, you can enter a giveaway to get one of three signed hardcover copies (if you live outside of the US, you won’t miss out – you can win an e-book edition!) Head over to Stephanie’s blog to get more instructions and details.
Clue 1: Stephanie Morrill
Clue 2: Some Books Are
Clue 3: Gabriella Slade
Clue 4: Page by Page, Book by Book
Clue 5: Pens and Scrolls
Clue 6: Singing Librarian Books
Clue 7: Heather Manning
Clue 8: Annie Louise Twitchell
Clue 9: Noveling Novelties
Clue 10: Kaitee Hart
Clue 11: Classics and Craziness
Clue 12: Zerina Blossom
Clue 13: Rebecca Morgan
Clue 14: Keturah’s Korner
Clue 15: That Book Gal
Clue 16: Anna Schaeffer
Clue 17: Hadley Grace
Clue 18: Lydia Howe
Clue 19: Ramblings by Bethany
Clue 20: Matilda Sjöholm
Clue 21: Lydia Carns
Clue 22: Broken Birdsong
Clue 23 & Clue 24: The Ink Loft

And finally, for the clue!

CLUE NUMBER EIGHT:




realizes,


Good luck!

~AnnieLou~

Guest Post – Character Interview with Tyne Griffin


Tyne is another good friend from my writing group. Due to time zone differences, most of our conversations end up being in the middle of his night and early morning for me. (The fact that I can be awake and functioning that early sometimes bewilders him. But it bewilders me too, so we’re all good.)

Tyne is a 19 year-old writer dude who primarily writes romance of the rainbow with other themes such as paranormal, coming of age, magical realism, and world domination. Having penned over a million words in the last year, he’s in the process of polishing his first book for publication. He spends his time hiding from the world under his desk, except when he has to go play the part of retail worker. Someday he hopes to earn a spot in a specific publishing company and help someone with his novels.


The character I’ll be interviewing is Hugo Kloven. Hugo is the Club President of Phantasmal, a paranormal investigative club at his high school. After struggling with reoccurring and suspiciously baseless anger issues, the once high school football star gave up the life of school politics, scholarship chasing, and university schmoozing, in order to enjoy one filled with things he actually liked – friends, ghosts, and the only person he’d ever love. He stands at a towering an muscular 6’10, has short spiky blond hair, and brown eyes. Boasting a clumsy grin and a heart of gold, he’s a gentle giant standing in the shadow of the wildly successful Kloven family legacy.

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ALT: What is your full name?
HMK: Hugo Maximilian Kloven, it’s nice to meet ya.
ALT: When you walk into a room, what do you expect people to notice first about you?
HMK: Probably how unfortunately brutishly large I am. It’s good for football, to be this huge, but people get intimidated by guys of my stature.

ALT: Did you turn out the way you expected you would? The way your parents expected?
HMK: There was a legacy placed on me when I was born to the family that I was. Kloven is a last name associated with power, success, riches, it’s quite a shadow to stand in. My parents expected me to be a famous football player, my brother expected me to be popular, and I expected myself to stay a lonely bully my entire life. But here I stand, proud to say that I am none of those things.

ALT: What is one physical attribute you’re proud of?
HMK: Once I may have just said my hair, and don’t get me wrong, it’s still awesome. But I have recently come to value my general stature. Having strength like I do, being this large and scary, having hands that can easily crush, is quite the responsibility. But now I know that I can use my strength, towering build, and powerful hands to protect, not harm.

ALT: What is one physical attribute you would change?
HMK: Once I would have said my general build, as I stated before, it was something I perceived as dangerous. But now I’d just love to be a little shorter, just a little. It’s hard to dance with the love of my life because they’re quite short.
ALT: If you were granted three wishes, what would you ask for?
HMK: I would first wish to prolong the life of someone I love who is terminal, even cure them if it was allowed. Secondly, I’d wish for bright futures for the members of my football team, despite their cynical future outlooks. And for my last wish, it might be a little selfish, but I’d wish that the bright high school days spent with my club members would never end, that we could be happy like this together forever.

ALT: What was/is your relationship with your father?
HMK: My father is an actor, I’m sure you’ve heard of him, he’s in everything. But once you get through all his bravado, he’s just an angry bully too. We are similar in that way, at least we were, but that just led us to clash. I say with utter confidence that I’d love to knock him on his back for the things he did to my brother. We don’t get along.

ALT: With your mother?
HMK: My mother is a model. You know that fancy shirt in the closet? That one so nice you never wear it? Yeah, she was the model who debuted that. She walks with the click of her heels and a swagger that can slice through the air but other than that, I don’t know much about her. I can’t recall a normal conversation I have ever had with the woman. We rarely fight, like my father and I do, but we definitely are very distant.

ALT: Siblings?
HMK: I miss my brother every day. I was close to him, but when I was young I felt as if he tried to keep a wall a between us. I wanted so much to learn more about ghosts, the most important thing to him. But he’d always push me away. That was until that one October night when he gave into my begging and took me out to investigate with him. That’s when I lost him.

ALT: In your relationship with others, how do you interact differently with family than with friends? Why?
HMK: I rarely have the displeasure of interacting with my parents, but when one of them happens to be around, we’re very distant. I was painfully close to my big brother before he passed away, but since then I haven’t had much of a ‘family’. I’m very lucky to have an extraordinary group of friends that make up my club at school. I try to be open with them and protect them, but even when I fail they’re always there to pick me up, then carry me up a flight of stairs after I have my head handed to me in a fight.

ALT: How do you fall in love? At first sight? Over a long period of time?
HMK: I have only even fallen in love once in my life. I think I loved them long before I realized it. We had a weird relationship before we were given a common goal but after that, I became aware of my feelings rather quickly. I knew that they were the only person I’d ever love, and that holds true to this very day.

ALT: What are you most proud of in your life?
HMK: I am proud to be Kasper Kloven’s little brother. He was an outcast with the biggest heart, I looked up to him in every way. He looked at life differently and was exactly what I wanted to grow up to be like. When I lost him, I lost my way for a while, but that one thing has never changed. I will always be fiercely proud of my big brother.

ALT: What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done? Why?
HMK: Oh man, I was a bully for so long there are endless answers to that one. But if I had to pick one thing, it was ever raising a fist to anyone in the first place. Or perhaps making that deal with the Demon King. Actually probably that, that caused a lot of problems…

ALT: What are you most afraid of?
HMK: I am deathly terrified of reverting back into a bully, of giving into the anger, of raising a fist to my friends. They trust me to protect them, not harm. It’s always in the back of my mind, what if I’m not a good guy, what if I hurt them, but I do my best to keep pushing forward despite that fear.

ALT: What’s the most important thing in your life? What do you value most?
HMK: My club and its members. Phantasmal is my home, the members are my family. I could never let anything happen to them, they are my most valued thing. I also happen to be madly in love with one of them.

ALT: What do you consider your greatest achievement?

HMK: It’s somewhat of a spoiler, so I’ll censor to the best of my ability. I am most proud of the way I conducted myself in the wake of finding out someone very close to me didn’t have much time left. I told myself I’d hold it together, that I’d keep smiling, so that they could have the best time in their remaining days. It was hard, nearly impossible, to smile through that agony, but I did it. And no matter how long I live, no matter what I do, that will always be my greatest achievement.

ALT: What is your greatest regret?

HMK: I do have a lot of those. As much as I regret every time I gave into the anger, every punch I threw, every time I was the bad guy, there is one thing that haunts me more than all of that. Had I not begged my brother to take me out to look for ghosts that night, he wouldn’t have lost his life.

ALT: Biggest trauma?
HMK: Does watching my brother be annihilated by a car right in front of me at ten-years-old count?

ALT: What is your motto?

HMK: I stole it, but: Life’s too short to be so sad.

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Character Interview – Guest Post with Alyssa Clark




Alyssa Clark has always considered herself a writer. From an early age she’s always written colorful and unique stories. Some of her works have even received awards throughout the years. She is currently working on her novel Queen of Light, and is hoping to be done with her final draft in the next year. She is creative and outgoing, setting to redesign the fantasy genre with her twists on well known fantasy elements.



Today I’m interviewing Roselyn Anora, a character by Alyssa Clark. Alyssa is one of my online writing friends and I love seeing snippets of her work. I’m really happy to share this with you.


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ALT: What is your full name?


RAA: My full name is Roselyn Avital Anora.


ALT: When were you born? What season, sign, etc?


RAA: My birthday is June 18th, so I’m a gemini; a summer baby.


ALT: Ooh, close to my birthday! I’m June 13th. What do you do for a living?


RAA: I am the Queen of Light. I rule in the Kingdom of Light. I make sure all the angels in the kingdom are taken care of, as well as my followers in the mortal world. It’s a heck of a lot of responsibility.


ALT: Do you have children?


RAA: Yes, I have two beautiful daughters, Corinth and Hannatine


ALT: Did you turn out the way you expected you would? The way your parents expected?


RAA: I most certainly hope I did. I never met either of my birth parents. A long time ago I vowed to live my life for them, to make them proud. They were humans and I was an angel, so I’m sure they never expected me to become the ruler of all angels. I hope they’re proud of me. There’s no honor higher than being the Queen of Light.


ALT: What’s the one thing you have always wanted to do but didn’t/couldn’t/wouldn’t?


RAA: One thing I’ve always wanted was a normal life; I got the exact opposite. I love being the Queen of Light. I’m one of the two most powerful beings in the universe. But sometimes I think about if I wasn’t born an angel, if I was a normal girl instead. Would I have both my parents? Would I have been a more outgoing child? Would I have less caution and more trust? I know it’s no use pondering hypotheticals right now, but it’s a nice thought sometimes. Human worries seem nonexistent when you’re trying to protect the whole universe from darkness.


ALT: What is one physical attribute you’re proud of?


RAA: I used to hate my white hair, but it’s grown on me now. It’s a beauty that many don’t appreciate. But I think having white hair is a unique beauty.


ALT: What is one physical attribute you would change?


RAA: Sometimes I wish I had more curves and womanly attributes to my figure. Gavreel, my husband, tells me I’m stunning the way I am, but like other women I want to be attractive in the eyes of the world. I don’t think of it as often as I used to, but the thought pops into my mind every once in awhile.


ALT: What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done? Why?


RAA: The worst thing I’ve probably done was a have a child with the King of Darkness, my demon opposite. Don’t get me wrong, I love my daughter very much, but in the eyes of many people it was a sin to have a child with the King of Darkness. But I did it with probable cause. I won’t get into detail about how the world is falling apart and crumbling, but the only way to save it was to create a child who could control darkness and light. It was the only way. I never stole, cheated, broke the law, or anything like that. I had a child with the being who’s supposed to be my rival, but what was I supposed to do? Sit and wait for the universe to collapse?


ALT: What are you most afraid of?


RAA: That one day I’ll wake up and my family and everyone I love will be gone. That the balance between darkness and light is tipped toward the dark end. If that ever happened I’d have to protect a lot of people from a danger I don’t even know if I can stop.


ALT: What’s the most important thing in your life? What do you value most?


RAA: The most important thing in my life is my family. I love them so much. They support and love me no matter what. I value them so much. My life has been one crazy mess, but I still ended up with a family in the end, like a normal person.


ALT: What was/is your relationship with your father and mother?


RAA: I actually never met my father. Apparently I lived with him until I was about two, but around that time Minami Nolan, who was a close friend with my mother, decided she would raise me instead. My father lived in poverty, from what I heard. After my mother passed away he spiraled into depression, drinking and smoking to ease his pains. As a result he became broke. We were forced to live on the streets, though I was too young to remember. I don’t hate or resent my father. We never met. But I’ll still always be Vincent Griffiths’ daughter. With my mother… I was told my mother died not long after I was born. I’d only seen her in pictures. Of course I looked nothing like her, but nevertheless she was pretty. She looked so happy with my father. A long time ago I made a commitment to live my life for her, to make her proud. Even to this day I still miss her, but I hope she looks at me and my life and smiles. Everyone makes mistakes, even the Queen of Light. So, hopefully, to her, the good outweighs the bad.


ALT: Siblings?


RAA: I don’t think I have any siblings. My father disappeared after Mimi (that’s what I used to call her) took me in. He might have had other children beside me, but if he did I’ve never met them.


ALT: Were you overprotected as a child?


RAA: Most definitely. Mimi was very strict. She’d worry when I climbed trees as a kid. We lived in a small cottage in the woods on the outskirts of a small market town. I was rarely allowed to leave the property, and when we did, Mimi always accompanied me. I had little interaction with kids my age, which explains why I read a lot as a kid. The Kaiser’s weren’t as overprotective as Mimi, but they too were strict. One time I wasn’t even allowed to leave the house without Ethan or his son Ismus as a escort. They were so worried something would happen to me in the city. Now I look back at these memories and laugh. Because I did the exact same thing with my children. But to be fair, most queens wouldn’t let their princesses roam the kingdom streets.


ALT: Do you see yourself as intelligent? Uneducated? Brilliant?


RAA: I’ve had broken education throughout my life, but I’m definitely not an idiot. I’m wise and have a large amout of knowledge about many things. You don’t always need a formal education to be great, and I am a living example of that. A girl who went to public school for less than a year and was homeschooled by different people still grew up to be a queen.


ALT: Did you like school? Your teachers? Schoolmates?


RAA: I was enrolled in public school for the first time when I lived with the Kaisers. Mimi homeschooled me, so entering a large high school as a freshman for the first time was no picnic. But overall I enjoyed my experience, even if I didn’t even finish a whole year there. It was a nice change from what I was used to. I love to learn. School was the perfect place for me. I feel bad my daughters are stuck being homeschooled like I was. But being a mother means you have to make tough decisions.


ALT: How do you react in stressful situations?


RAA: When I was younger, I would get mad and upset in stressful situations. I used to yell, cry, and hole myself up in my room. Now, I normally take a walk to clear my head. I try not to let myself get too overwhelmed with the responsibilities of a queen. And of course my husband, Gavreel, is a big help. He makes sure I never get too stressed out.


ALT: What is your idea of perfect happiness?


RAA: Perfect happiness would be a world where I could be the Queen of Light and actually enjoy being queen and not have to worry about the King of Darkness’ evil plots. I could spend more time with my daughters and even visit towns of the kingdom more often. I want to seem like I’m an approachable ruler. If only that was the world I lived in. My job would be a breeze.


ALT: When and where were you happiest?


RAA: I’m quite happy where I am now. I have a loving husband and two beautiful daughters. But when I was fifteen the place where I was happiest was living with the Kaiser family. After my adoptive mother died, Ethan Kaiser, a police officer at the time, graciously offered to take me in. I loved it there so much. Their house was full of love and warmth. They really treated me as if I actually was their daughter. And though I was only there about a year, my life hasn’t been the same since. They really showed me what a family was and I’ll forever be grateful I was able to be called Roselyn Kaiser.


ALT: What is your greatest regret?


RAA: My biggest regret in life would be not following my heart when it came to love. I’ve grown to love Gavreel over time, but initially I didn’t. I was in love with Ismus, Ethan Kaiser’s son. Yes, he was my adoptive brother, but we had this connection I’ve never had with anyone else. My first love, my only love was Ismus. We dated for a bit of time until queenly duties got in the way. We were so happy together. We probably fought more than other couples, but we were both passionate people. I regret not staying true to my heart and marrying him. He would have made a great king. But being royalty I had to marry an angel, not a human.


ALT: How would you, if you could, choose to die?


RAA: I know one day I’ll no longer be the Queen of Light and my eldest daughter will take my place. When my soul finally gives out, I want to be in the castle with my family. I’ll smile and tell them how much they meant to me, that my soul will guide them in their journeys without me. No blood, no heartache, just peace.


ALT: What is your motto?


RAA: Don’t underestimate what you’re capable of. I know that sounds cheesy and all, but it’s true. I never thought I’d amount to much being an outcast in society. Turns out I was so much more than anyone ever predicted. So never doubt yourself. We’re all made to do something in this world.


ALT: Best way to cheer you up?

RAA: My family always cheers me up. It’s hard to be sad when you have two darling girls making silly faces at you and making up stories about their father just to make me feel better.


ALT: One last question. You’re the kind of person who:


RAA: I’m the kind of person who always keeps moving. No matter what life throws at me, I push on. I’ve been knocked down so many times in my life, but I’m still here going strong.



Characters are the property of the author. Used by permission.

Character Interview – Guest Post with Melissa Holliday





Okay, people! So today I have a guest on my blog.




Everyone meet one of my best friends, Melissa Holliday. She and I met and bonded on a crafting and writing group. She’s such an incredible blessing and an amazing friend, and has helped me out with lots of things. She has the distinguished honor of being the first person outside of my family to read draft five of Spinner of Secrets. She’s also one of like twelve people who has my cell phone number, haha.



For this week’s post, I’ll be interviewing one of Missie’s characters, Harmon Cobb. This is the first time I’ve done one of these so, here goes!

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ALT: So, today I’m interviewing Harmon Cobb, a young pastor who was in a horrible auto accident when he was a child, leaving him scarred. That hasn’t prevented him from going out and doing things with his life, though. Harmon, let’s start with the usual, getting to know you questions. First off, how old are you? Married? Have kids?

HC: I’m in my mid twenties, fresh out of Bible college. Not quite married yet, but hopeful that the Lord will provide a wife in His timing (hint, hint, Anissa!). No kids. Those will come after the wife, I hope!

ALT: What’s your favorite color and why?

HC: Favorite color… Well, I love the shade of dark blue Anissa wore to church last week. It was a dark, gray blue color, like the sky right before the dawn when it’s kind of rainy and foggy.

ALT: What’s a childhood memory?

HC: Childhood memory. The most traumatic would be the accident that crippled my brother and left me with all these scars. But I can’t necessarily view it as all bad. Because of the accident, a lot of good things happened. I can honestly say I wouldn’t be who I am today if I hadn’t been in the accident.

ALT: What’s your favorite season of the year?

HC: Definitely summer. After all, I met Anissa in the summer, so that makes it special.

ALT: Would you rather be work an office job or a labor type job?

HC: Hmm, it’s hard to pick. I might enjoy working in the office for the winter months, but during nicer weather, I want to be out and about working with my hands.

ALT: Oh, so both. I’m the same way. Next question… Are you ready for this one? Who was your first romantic interest?

HC: No questions there. The first girl I was ever interested in was Anissa. Truly love at first sight.

ALT: That’s great. We’re right in the middle of the holiday season. What is your favorite holiday and why?

HC: Favorite holiday? Actually, I don’t know if I have one. I like family time, so any holiday that gives me a reason to get together with everyone is my favorite, not just Thanksgiving.

ALT: So family sounds pretty important to you – what does yours look like?

HC: My family is very close knit. There’s no secrets- mainly because we don’t have any reason to keep them, but we couldn’t even if we wanted to (yes, Dad, I’m looking at you and thinking of your eavesdropping). My parents have been married for nearly 30 years, and only have two sons, my brother and I. Mom is a typical mom, she cooks, fusses over her sons, and insists that she and Dad know better than we do how to handle our lives- and she might not be wrong. My dad is a strong man, firm in faith and honest beyond belief. Jasper my brother is a great brother, always supportive of me and encouraging when he knows I’m needing it.

ALT: You’re a pastor. Do you enjoy your work? Is it stressful?

HC: Weeeell, right now I’m a temporary pastor. A friend of mine needed to go be with his son for surgery so I’m filling in for him. It’s stressful! Not to mention, this is the first time since I graduated from Bible college that I’ve been in charge, so to speak, of an entire congregation. But I do love it. The people are friendly and I’ve never enjoyed anything more.

ALT: Do you have any pets? What’s your favorite animal and why?

HC:
Favorite animal. Well, it’s definitely not Pastor Mill’s (my friend I’m filling in for) dogs, Rank and Moe. Those rascals are nothing but trouble. If I had a favorite animal, I’d say goldfish. They are quiet and don’t interrupt one’s studies or sermon writing.
ALT: What do you usually do in your spare time, assuming you have any? 😉

HC: Spare time…. Right now it’s fixing stuff for families in the church. Hot water tanks, stoves… Oh wait, those were both at Anissa’s house. Well, I guess most of my spare time is being spent helping her and her family.

ALT: You keep mentioning Anissa, why don’t you tell me a little about her?

HC: Anissa. Wow, where do I start? She’s beautiful, to start with. Her hair is the most perfect shade of brown, her eyes are always searching faces as if looking for the truth behind their words. From what I gather, she’s had a rough life. I know her father passed away, but I’ve yet to be able to find out anything else about him from her. She plays piano beautifully, though you daren’t tell her that. I’m still praying about it, but I believe that she’s ‘the one’ and I’m going to do my best to seek God’s will about her. She seems to be warming up to me- or at least her mother and sister are. Her sister is… well, she’s something else.

ALT: Oh, I bet. Siblings usually are. Well, thank you for your time, Harmon, and I wish you luck with Anissa!


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Thanks, Missie! 

Characters owned by their respective authors. Used with permission.

Christmas Candles – Guest Post by James K Bond

From the desk of James K Bond

Reader, Writer, Blogger, Father

December 13th, 2016

I like candles.

For one thing, they smell pretty (assuming you get the right kind). They look elegant. And in the few seconds required to light the candle, it’s just you and the candle and the flame. I find that incredibly soothing. Nothing else is in that space with you. There’s space to breathe, space that’s separated from all the hustle and bustle around.

Take time to breathe today, okay? You don’t have to do it all. I know it feels like you have to, but I promise, you don’t. Take a minute to breathe. Admire what you have done already, instead of finishing one project and going right to the next. Just sit for a minute and practice breathing deeply – it’ll help you relax.

Read books, drink water, and smile at people.

Maybe light a candle. Or two. Or nineteen.

James out.



Copyright 2016 by Annie Louise Twitchell
James K Bond is a fictional character created by Annie Louise Twitchell