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A Misplaced Child by Heather Michelle is on virtual book tour. The young adult fantasy stops at Readeropolis with an author intervi...

A Misplaced Child by Heather Michelle is on virtual book tour.

The young adult fantasy stops at Readeropolis with an author interview.

Be sure to enter for a chance to win the giveaway for a $20 Amazon gift card (1 winner) or a bookmark (5 winners) and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).

If your book had a candle, what scent would it be?
Pine needles and the air right before it starts to rain. 

What did you edit out of this book?

I didn’t remove a ton. You may notice the book is a bit longer than it needs to be. THere was a scene I removed from the beginning with Elodie’s family dinner that slowed down the pacing a little, and in my original outline there would have been an additional adventure to the Twoshy. Most of what I removed was extra words or exposition that slowed things down.

Is there any writer which brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
As an extreme introvert who has a terrible case of imposter syndrome, the idea of talking with an author I admire terrifies me. That being said, Tamora Pierce is a big influence for me, and I would love to be her friend and help her take care of stray cats. 

Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?
Most of the characters come to me as I outline. I look at the plot, what needs to happen, who we will meet, and then shape the character from need, throwing in some fun personality traits to make things interesting. My main characters I never really intentionally came up with. It felt more like, “Of course my story would have an old wizard mentor with an unknown past who dotes on the main character but hates everyone else. Of course there’s gonna be a boy with all the personality traits my main character is lacking and is always there when she needs them most.”

What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?

I’ve purchased and read quite a few writing for dummies books and watched a lot of youtube videos talking about story and writing, just to make sure I knew all the important things. But honestly, that’s a bit of a joke. There are no true rules of writing. You do what works best for you, and if something isn't’t working, try something else. When I leaned about my weak skills with writing, like using filter words, ect. I researched more into them to make sure I really understood it, ect, but for the most part, you become a better writer by just writing, and getting feedback, then listening to some of the feedback, throwing out other feedback, and continuing to write. 

For this specific book, I did do some research into topics I knew I needed for the story. Different forms of government, castle structure, things like that. Elodie loves plant magic. She loves knowing what a plant can do both medicinally and magically. I’ve done a lot of research for different plants, then used things like folklore to help give ideas for the magical side. 

Do you see writing as a career?
I believe writing can be a career if you are willing to invest in it and work hard towards it. Right now this is not my full time career, it’s just an expensive hobby. But maybe one day in a few years I will get there. 

What do you think about the current publishing market?
From what I’ve read and seen over the last few years, the publishing industry has changed SO much. Listening to publishing advice from authors who got started 10+ years ago, can be fun, but it’s not realistic anymore. Self publishing has changed so much, and made writing very accessible. For me I started out thinking traditional publishing was the way to go. So many people turn up their noses at self publishing, and I was one of those people who felt that way before I had really done some research. I have a full time job, I saved up for cover art and editing and my marketing budget. If you can do those things, and not skimp where it matters, you can be really successful with self publishing. I’m just getting started, but I have a lot of hope it will go well. 

A Misplaced Child
The Misplaced Children Book 1
by Heather Michelle
Genre: YA Fantasy 

Torn between two worlds, which will she embrace?
Elodie Harper is heir to the magical kingdom of Aluna. Trapped by an evil wizard in an illusion; Elodie grows up caught between two worlds, one of magic, and one of technology.
As the facade of her mundane life of lies and fake smiles cracks, her kingdom crumbles in the absence of its ruler. Join Elodie as she navigates both lives not knowing which to embrace, and which to push into the back of her mind and forget as a bad dream.

Heather Michelle is an emerging author of young adult fantasy. She lives in Acworth, GA with her cat Mister Bingley and a slew of unique roommates.

Growing up, Heather Michelle spent more time living in her imagination than outside of it. Small town life sandwiched between the redwood forests and the Pacific ocean provided a rich scope for the imagination. Before the age of twelve, Heather Michelle was not a reader, but a chance encounter with a rented audiobook launched her into the vast world of the printed word, and she never looked back.

Follow the tour HERE for special content and a giveaway!

$20 Amazon gift card – 1 winner, Bookmarks – 5 winners!

1 comment

Get carried away with love!