Recently I had a opportunity to review KB Hoyle's The Six and I throughly enjoyed it. Now that we are approachin the April 5th release date I am thrilled to be participating in the blog tour to celebrate its release! What better way to celebrate than with a guest post from the author herself!
Stay tuned at the end of the guest post for the giveaway!!!
Inspiration for Alithea by KB Hoyle
I've always believed that an author should write what he or she knows, and in the case of Alitheia, this has been very applicable to me. When you set out to craft a fantasy world, you must be sure that it contains enough elements of reality that it allows the reader to successfully suspend disbelief. Alitheia is so realistic because it is real . . . in the physical sense at least, if not in the magical sense. Alitheia is based primarily on the upper peninsula of Michigan. Everything I describe, from rocks to trees to wildlife to flowers, exists in actuality in the upper peninsula. Perhaps it's just because I grew up going to summer camp there, but the landscape of the upper peninsula was always magical to me, and it only took a simple creative leap to make it into a fantasy land.
Because I made Alitheia parallel to the actual camp on which the story is based, it was very easy for me to picture and translate into words. There are places at the real camp at which I used to imagine fairies flitting through the trees, or gnomes peeking out from their rocky holes. There is one spot, in particular, where the light slants through the cedar trees at just the right time of day and catches dust particles on the air, making them shimmer like magic glitter. And behind this shimmering dust one can also see the sun glinting off the bay just through the trees.
How could a setting like this fail to inspire a writer like me? One needs only to traverse the woods of the upper peninsula of Michigan to find Alitheia.
And now for the giveaway!
The Swag, (from KB Hoyle)
-Skittles and Microwave Popcorn (my favorite snacks at the camp on which the setting is based)
-A packet of daisy seeds (because of the wild daisies that grow in the upper peninsula)
-A garden gnome (to represent the gnomes at Gnome's Haven in my book)
-A miniature composition notebook (to represent Lewis's notebook in the story)
-A candle (a sun-kissed leaves tealight candle with an Adirondack chair holder-for the Adirondack chairs at the camp))
-A eBook copy of "The Six" from TWCS
Learn more about KB Hoyle:
Biography (From Publisher's Website)
K. B. Hoyle is a wife to a wonderful husband, a mother to two rambunctious little boys, an expectant mother to baby number three, and has been a classical educator for five years. She always knew from a young age that she wanted to write stories that would inspire people. Her favorite genre to read and write is Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction, so that is where her journey began. K. B. Hoyle began writing her first fantasy novel at the age of eleven, which proved to be valuable experience and practice for the novels she would publish as an adult.
K. B. Hoyle is currently writing the Young Adult Fantasy series The Gateway Chronicles, but she never stops brainstorming and planning for all the stories she hopes to write in the future.