Hello readers! I'm here with another post for Morgan's blog tour, this time an interview with the author herself. Enjoy!
About the Book
“Sir Roland has invited us to visit for the Autumn Feast.”
“Do we have to go, Papa? I couldn’t feast with the most crooked politician in all of Briznom.”
As the daughter of a Briznomian vassal lord, Vannie Cumberland has spent her childhood immersed in the world of politics. Relations between Briznom and the neighboring country of Calhortz are strained due to the tyrannical rule of the strytes. A proposed alliance could calm relations between the two countries, but would come at the cost of Briznom’s freedom.
When her father’s political archenemy invites them to the Autumn Feast, Vannie uncovers an evil scheme endangering the life of someone close to her. Personal enmity comes to a dangerous head as Vannie struggles to expose the corruption and stop the alliance. Time is running out.
Events are becoming too big for her to handle. Will Sir Roland’s son help or will things finally spiral out of control?
About the Author
Morgan Elizabeth Huneke is a homeschool graduate who lives in Georgia. She has enjoyed creating characters and writing stories since early childhood. Books have always been a big part of her life, never more so than when working at the local library. Her other interests include reading, playing the piano and violin, and politics.
You can connect with Morgan on her website, blog, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest.
Now the interview:
1. Greetings and Salutations, Morgan! Can you tell us a bit about your new release?
Hi, Kendra! Espionage is the companion to Time Captives. This is the logline: “In the midst of an alliance controversy, a nobleman's daughter must expose a heinous scheme by her father's political arch-enemy to force him to align with the evil strytes of Calhortz.” It’s a fun and exciting story with a good message, and it helps to set up for Crannig Castle.
2. It's been a while since I last interviewed you. Can you tell us what's been happening with you? Any new ambitious projects you've undertaken? Writing lessons you've learned?
Well, for one thing, I got a job at my library. That’s pretty cool. I joined the worship team at church last summer, and I love it. I also turned 20. I completed Camp NaNo last July, and spent the last four months completely rewriting the project. It’s my outer space dystopian, and I love it even more than I did before, but I hit a snag in the climax this time around, so draft 2 is sitting unfinished for now. What can you do when your protagonist refuses to be rescued because the measures they would need to take are against his principles? This book is my first YA and also by far the longest, so I’d say it’s pretty ambitious. Writing lessons? Sometimes you have to take a break to recharge, and that’s okay. Also, while a simple journey of discovery might be cool while you’re writing it, it’s pretty boring the second time around if there’s not much conflict. Hence the rewrite of my NaNo project. Now if I can figure out just what to do with Luke…
3. You're an INFJ. Could you tell me how you think that affects your writing/writing style?
Um, there’s an unrealistically high percentage of INFJs among my characters? It’s always hard for me to say how me being me affects my writing. I don’t know any other way to do it. I guess being equally right brained and left brained (which is apparently common for INFJs) helps me maintain a balance between narrative and description. But I try to write deep character POV as much as I can, so it doesn’t always sound like an INFJ thought process. Or maybe that’s all a part of being INFJ.
4. List four reasons why my readers need to read your newest release.
1. It’s exciting.
2. Vannie and Kyle are awesome.
3. The good guys are willing to lay their lives on the line to fight for what’s right.
4. You’ll understand Crannig Castle just a bit better if you read Espionage first.
5. What do you hope readers will take away from this book?
You should show people mercy, because that’s what God did for us. And that doing the right thing isn’t always easy, but it is always the right thing to do.
6. Do you have a favorite character in this book?
Tough, tough, tough. Probably Kyle, with Vannie only a fraction of a point behind him.
7. What was your favorite scene to write?
Hmm. That’s a hard one. I did really like writing the midnight scene in the corridor because it was a scene taken almost directly from the dream that inspired the book. It was neat to see it turn from a dream scene that didn’t completely make sense into an important scene for the book. But I also liked writing the final scene. Because it really meant something. (I especially loved writing the random sequel scenes sitting in Word documents on my computer, but they’re not publishable yet.)
8. When will I get to read Crannig Castle??????
Soon, I promise. You’ve fulfilled your end of the bargain. But it probably needs another edit before I email it to you.
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