Okay, readers. Here’s a post especially for you bookworms.
Author Kellyn Roth is about to re-release and release (respectively) books #1 and #2 in her Chronicles of Alice and Ivy. When I say “about to”, I mean book #2 officially releases tomorrow, while book #1 is actually already available as of a few days ago.
This post is her “visit” to my blog as part of her blog tour. Whether you’ve been following Kellyn’s tour, or are hearing about her for the first time, I invite you to get to know her and her books through the interview below.
(Stick until the end for book covers, blurbs, links to Amazon and Goodreads, and even a giveaway.)
Welcome, Kellyn. It’s exciting to have you as the first person ever (let alone the first author) to be interviewed on my blog!
I’m hosting you here today because something very exciting is happening with two of your books. Could you please tell us about them (name, genre, quick teaser, etc)?
The Dressmaker’s Secret is the first book in my series, The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy. It’s a historical fiction novel about a little girl named Alice on a search to find her father. When she asks her mother questions, she receives no answer, and she begins to wonder if she will ever unravel her mother’s secrets. This seems like a more mature topic, but it’s clean and Christian. I’d say 12+, though, because of the general story-line.
Ivy Introspective, the second book, is set just after TDS ends. It’s about Alice’s twin sister, Ivy. Ivy has a mental disability of sorts. Her parents send her to a secluded school in Scotland to receive some care, but Ivy finds it difficult to cope with the new atmosphere away from those she loves.
When (and how) did you first get the ideas that blossomed into this series, and how quickly did you act upon your inspiration?
I actually began writing The Dressmaker’s Secret as a prequel to a book I wrote ages ago (which I called Untitled Work 3 because I didn’t want to admit I only had one untitled work). I originally got the idea for that series after reading A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton Porter and wishing I could write a book like that. So … the book idea for TDS came from the backstory of the mother of one of the characters from that book.
I know it’s complicated, but that’s really how it happened. I acted upon that inspiration in 2014 while the original idea came to be in autumn 2013 (I think). So a little under a year.
Kellyn, how does the message of your story fit into your creation process (ie. how important is it) and what is the message (assuming there is one) that you would you like readers of The Dressmaker’s Secret and Ivy Introspective to come away with?
I came up with the idea for the message of The Dressmaker’s Secret while revising; with Ivy Introspective, I’d thought about it for months before writing it.
I think if I were to leave my readers with one thought after reading TDS, it would be the importance of both family and forgiveness, as well as leaning on God in times of trouble. I know that’s more than one message. I think the most important is leaning on God in times of trouble, though both forgiveness and family are critical, too.
As for Ivy Introspective, I’d like people to remember that, though some people are different, that doesn’t mean they’re less. Just because Ivy seems simple doesn’t mean she is; she’s just a different kind of intelligent. And even if Ivy was less – even if one human being was capable of being less (or more) than another – God loves everyone, regardless of who they are or what they do.
How did producing these stories change you as a person?
I can’t really say how it did. I know it taught me a lot about persevering and getting things done, about writing and editing, about expressing myself and my ideas in story form. But … I couldn’t pinpoint one thing that changed me in a big way.
From reading your blog, I understand that you identify as a Christian. Did that influence your story – and if so, how?
I don’t identify as a Christian … I am a Christian! 😉
And yes, it did! I write Christian fiction (or at least books with Christian themes) nine times out of ten, so obviously my Christianity is gonna seep in. And then I like to think that God influences all my writing – even if it’s not Christian fiction or Christian-based. I don’t know if that’s wishful thinking or not, but that’s the kind of person I want to be.
Thanks for your time, Kellyn!
As promised, the covers and blurbs for Kellyn Roth’s two new releases:
The Dressmaker’s Secret
After a revealing conversation with the first children of her age she’s ever met, curious eight-year-old Alice Chattoway realizes that one ought to have a father … and she doesn’t. Having determined that his absence is making her mother unhappy, Alice resolves to find him and create a family for herself.
However, Alice’s mother, Miss Chattoway, is reluctant to answer any questions posed about a man she’d much rather forget. While Alice investigates, Miss Chattoway tries to balance her own spiritual turmoil with her need to be both mother and provider to her daughters.
Will Alice ever unravel her mother’s secrets? Can Miss Chattoway let go of the past to reach for the future?
Trapped in a world where she doesn’t belong, twelve-year-old Ivy Knight struggles to keep her head above water as her simplicity is brought to light by her new position as a young lady growing up at Pearlbelle Park.
Worried about their daughter’s inability to fit in, Ivy’s parents decide to send her to McCale House, a boarding school in Scotland for boys and girls like her. However, alone and frightened without her beloved mother, sister, and nurse, Ivy can’t seem to focus.
Will Ivy ever learn what Dr. McCale is trying to teach her? Or will she remain lost in her own mind forever?
Kellyn Roth was born and raised in the country outside a small town in North-Eastern Oregon. Ever since she could talk, she’s had a fascination with words, always coming up with songs, poems, and stories. Now a homeschooled highschooler, she spends her spare time penning historical novels, several of which have been published.
If you live in the US, you might want to take part in Kellyn’s giveaway for a chance to win paperback copies of The Dressmaker’s Secret and Ivy Introspective.
I thought this was for US residents only. Then I found out that there’s a second giveaway for the rest of the world, keeping in mind their prize will come in eBook form.
When you follow the above link, you’ll see something like this:
If you live outside of the US, click the rightward-pointing arrow to see the internationals’ option.
In case you missed it, here is the link to her giveaway: https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/cbb544c91/
(Also, if you reviews books, you can sign up here to receive a copy of The Dressmaker’s Secret and/or Ivy Introspective in exchange for reviews on Amazon, Goodreads or your blog)
The Blog Tour Map
If your interest in Kellyn Roth and her books has been piqued today, you might want to follow her blog tour and see what other tidbits of teasers you can scout out. 😉
Tuesday the 20th
Wednesday the 21st
Thursday the 22nd
Friday the 23rd
-Jordy @ Jordy Leigh (author interview) <— We are here
Saturday the 24th
-May Everly @ Forever and Everly (author interview)
-Zane Jones @ Simple Impossibilities (author interview)
Sunday the 25th
-Dani Eide @ Perspective of a Writer (character interview and spotlight)
Monday the 26th
-Anika Joy @ This Journey Called Life (review of TDS and IvIn)
-Maddy @ Girls Living for God’s Glory (book spotlight)
Tuesday the 27th
-Heather @ Frozen Books Blog (guest post)
-J.C. Buchanan @ Beyond the Amethyst (review of TDS and IvIn)
Wednesday the 28th
-Jesseca Wheaton @ Whimsical Writings for His Glory (author interview, book spotlight)
-Jaylee Morgan @ Jaylee Morgan Writes (character interview and guest post)
Thursday the 29th
-Zielle @ My Homeschool Notebook (review of TDS and IvIn)
-Sarah Briel @ Penumbra Reviews (review of TDS and IvIn, author interview)
-Sel H. @ Hearth (author interview)
Friday the 30th
-Angela R. Watts @ The Peculiar Messenger (author interview)
-Lainey @ Direct My Paths (reviews of TDS, character interview and spotlight)
-Dawn Dagger @ Dawn Dagger’s Official Blog (review of TDS, author interview)
If you’ve read your way through this whole monster-sized post, you’re a trooper! Kellyn has agreed to answer your comments here on my blog for the first day. After that, I’ll take over.