This week I’m participating in a blog hop tour, an opportunity for authors to introduce a character from their recent or upcoming novels. I was invited by Carrie Anne Noble, winner of this year’s Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Young Adult category. I met Carrie at a writer’s conference last year. Carrie’s YA fantasy, The Mermaid’s Sister, will be released February 24, 2015, by Skyscape Publishing. I can’t wait to read it! You can pre-order The Mermaid’s Sister on amazon.com. Check out Carrie’s blog at at www.carrienoble.com.
1) What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person? Patience McDonough is a fictional character.
2) When and where is the story set? Most of the story occurs at Verity College in a fictional town called Hades, Mississippi, in June-July, 2014. The historical parts occur at Heaven on Earth Plantation (which becomes Verity College) in June-July, 1864.
3) What should we know about him/her? A life-long homeschooler, eighteen-year-old Patience is completely impatient. Despite her parents’ objections that she’s earned the grades to go to school anywhere, she’s decided to attend Verity College and live in Hades, Mississippi, with her grandparents. She plans to fast-track her degree and become a doctor ASAP.
4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life? Patience’s big plans are threatened from the beginning. Besides her horrible first day, she finds that Verity is really rundown, just as her parents feared. Poppa acts so weird she fears he has Alzheimer’s. Patience has to work a ridiculous amount of hours inputting data from Verity’s ancient paper files into their new computers (their first ever!). She quickly falls behind in her schoolwork, something she’s never done before in her life. On top of that, she suspects somebody of stealing millions from the college. Oh, and a psychopath wants to kill her.
5) What is the personal goal of the character? Patience wants to become a doctor like her grandpa McDonough, one who cares for the whole person, not just his/her physical symptoms.
6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it? Whitewashed is the first novel in my three-book On the Brink YA suspense series that follows three homeschooled friends as they step out into adulthood. Check out the On the Brink page of my website to read more.
7) When can we expect the book to be published? Whitewashed released February 15, 2015, from Mantle Rock Publishing. It is available on Amazon in both Kindle and print formats.
I’ve invited Tamera Lynn Kraft to continue the blog hop tour:
Tamera Lynn Kraft writes Christian historical fiction. She’ll be telling about her novella A Christmas Promise, published by Pelican Book Group and available at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GM59GN4/ref=rdr_kindle_ext_tmb, http://pelicanbookgroup.com/ec/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=37_47&products_id=512, and http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?item_no=48711EB&item_code=WW&netp_id=1206746&event=ESRCG&view=details