I just realized I’m a day late (I honestly thought I was scheduled today) and I feel horrible. My deepest apologies to the authors.
Today I am spotlighting Unfortunate Events and inviting you to an interview between myself and the Sisters Three, who collaborated on this book. They must truly be ingenious, because I can’t fathom how difficult it would be writing a book with others.
We have the spotlight first, then about the authors, and finally, saving the best for last, the interview.
Genre: Young Adult Christian Fantasy/Action/Adventure
Authors: Kaytlin, Marisa, & Jaiden Phillips
Cover Art: Jaiden Phillips
Lies are worn as masks, darkness threatens, and fear spreads like fire.
Mazleah has lost its Crowned Prince and the kingdom stands on the edge of ruin. When Kahtan Faber is forced into the King’s army life as he knew it collapses. Thrust onto a team with a brogue-speaking street boy, a secretive lordling, and his hometown bully, Kahtan quickly learns what it means to be alone. As a Blacksmith’s son who has never wielded a blade, he’s nothing more than a failure to those around him.
But when secrets about his teammates are revealed, secrets that could shake Mazleah to its core, Kahtan must decide whether to stand with his team or with his country. Although nothing in Mazleah is ever that simple.
Goodreads Book Link: Unfortunate Events | Goodreads
Amazon Link: Unfortunate Events (The Dragon Prince Chronicles Book 1) – Kindle edition | Amazon.com.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Kaytlin, Marisa, & Jaiden Phillips are a homeschool writing trio of sisters more often known as Sisters Three. They reside in the mountains of Western North Carolina where they spend their time hiking, reading, writing, and spending time with their family.
You can include as many or as few of the links as you want, the main ones to include are the blog and newsletter which can be found under the Group links.
Linktree (Including all Kayti’s links): https://linktr.ee/kaytlinphillips
Goodreads Author Profile: Marisa Phillips (Author of Unfortunate Events) | Goodreads
Goodreads Author Profile: Jaiden Phillips (Author of Unfortunate Events) | Goodreads
Group Goodreads Account: Sisters Three | Goodreads
What is your go-to space for writing?
Rissy and Jaidie’s room, Kayti’s room is too small..lol…so we write in Rissy and Jaidie’s room almost every evening between 9 and 10 PM.
What is your favorite genre to read?
We don’t have a favorite…lol…we’ll read in just about any genre, it’s more the story than the genre that’s gonna judge whether we like it or not.
Words of wisdom for those who are just starting out on the writing path?
Stay true to what God has laid on your heart. Listen to the advice of those who know more than you do. Never sacrifice your style for the rules of today (because honestly, most of the published books we’ve read don’t follow all the rules we’ve been told we should follow…lol…). Write what is laid on your heart, seek God’s heart for your story, and be brave enough to take that leap of faith!
What is your least favorite part of the writing process?
When you have no ideas like it’s just blank up top for no apparent reason…and editing. Editing is just too much like work…lol…Parts of editing are fun but you can only read your own book so many times before it drives you insane.
What is your favorite part of the writing process?
Probably the first and second drafts, first because we just get to write and not really worry about anything, and the second because we’re not really editing we’re more of adding to the story!
Do you focus on one project at a time or do you have multiple projects going simultaneously?
One project at a time, that’s funny…lol…We work on at least three as a group and usually have two each as personal projects. We’d go crazy if we weren’t working on something, so we keep several going at once!
What project(s) are you currently working on?
As a group we’re working on a YA dystopian focusing on three teens from very different lives, it’s been pretty fun! It is titled 5055 and we’re in the first draft. We’re also rewriting an old fantasy project, it’s a little harder to work with but we’re making some progress! Then editing the second draft of The Dragon Prince Chronicles book 2!
And then we each have personal projects, mainly fantasies, though Kayti is working on a western. But we’ll spare everyone those details since most those have titles we’re not ready to reveal yet…lol…
How do you select the names of your characters?
Either pull from our ‘name book’ which is where we’ve collected a ton of cool names from varying sources like road signs, headstones, and movie credits. Or we pick a letter and then start saying names that start with that letter until we find one we like and feel fits the character. 🙂
Has there been one particular person who has been a major source of influence for one of your characters?
Not really, we have a big family so we’ve definitely pulled from all them, but not one more than the others, we don’t think.
Tea or coffee?
Niether…Hot chocolate is our hot drink of choice, we’d take tea if no hot chocolate was available. But we’d rather have cold sweat tea…lol…Southerners, sweat tea is practically in our blood. 🙂
Mountains or ocean?
Mountains hands down every time! We love our mountains and then mountains out west and just…yeah, mountains are awesome!
What inspired this series and the characters?
Well, the original idea (prologue) was born out of boredom, but we kept going with it because we wanted to know how it was going to turn out. We like dragons, okay, love dragons so writing a story where dragons played a sort of mysterious role appealed to us. There were a lot of things that played part in inspiring the story and we can’t, at this moment, pinpoint one.
The characters were in part inspired by our brothers, who are as opposite as opposite comes but somehow get along pretty well, most the time. So we based the easy bonds between the boys off our brothers. Master Finnick gets his wisdom from our dad, though Master Finnick’s harsh side probably came more from Dad’s dad. (We didn’t tell you this, but Papaw may seem harsh on the outside but he’s a big softy on the inside.)
On average, how long does it take you to write the first draft of a book?
Between 2 months and years…lol…it depends on whether we stick to the project. UF was written in 2 months but we have some books that we started over a year ago still waiting around for completion. But we’d say 2-10 months is the average.
How do you incorporate your faith into your writing?
Well, crazy as this sounds…we just write. We pray about it, know most the time that we want to incorporate it but we let God lead on how much and where. Sometimes the faith scenes sideline us and hit so hard we have a hard time keeping up, and other times they bleed in slowly. It really depends. Most, if not all, our books deal with redemption and so letting it ease it’s way naturally into the story is what works well for us.
Every writer has a message they want to impart to their readers. What is yours?
We really hope to convey an overwhelming sense of hope and purpose to our readers, that no matter what the world looks like God is here in control and He can make something beautiful from something shattered. Redemption and Forgiveness are other messages we love to deliver, and also that family is not defined by blood but rather by love. But overall we want our readers to see God in all we write.
What book of the Bible is your favorite? What makes this particular book your favorite?
There are way too many…um, we love reading the Psalms and Proverbs, Jonah and Ruth are a favorites. But there are so many good stories in the Gospels too! Honestly, we can’t pick.
Who is your favorite Biblical character?
We’ve always liked David, and Peter and Paul…just all have really empowering stories!
How did you come to be a writer? Was this something that you always knew you were destined to be or did you arrive at this point via another path?
We think our dad knew we were destined to be writers before we ever though about it…lol…he was always encouraging us to write down stories and is why we started writing. He told us to write down a game we were playing because he said the storyline was good, so we did. And here we are 5 years later, still typing out muddled plots and praying our way through tough scenes.
We think the moment we realized this was what we wanted to do was when we finished our first book, the feeling of accomplishment was nice, but we also had more stories bouncing around our heads, more characters begging to be written and so we kept going!
Thanks for joining me, ladies. Congratulations on your latest release!
Monday, Sept. 12th
Sisters Three – Blog Tour Launch Announcement
Joy C. Woodbury – Spotlight
Abbigail Befus – Review and Spotlight
Tuesday, Sept. 13th
Madisyn Carlin – Author Interview and Spotlight
Rose Q Addams – Review and Author Interview
Wednesday, Sept. 14th
The Introspective Introvert -Author Interview, Sneak Peek, and Spotlight
Saraina Whitney – Review and Sneak Peek
Vanessa Hall – Spotlight and Sneak Peek
Thursday, Sept. 15th
Old Fashioned Book Love – Review and Spotlight
Lorelei Angelino – Review and Spotlight
Jasmine – Review, Spotlight, Author Interview, and Character Interview
Victoria Marinette – Sneak Peek
Issabelle Perry – Goodreads Review
Friday, Sept 16th
Kristina Hall – Review and Sneak Peek
Vanessa Hall – Review
Saraina Whitney – Character Interview
Grace A. Johnson – Author Interview and Spotlight
Natalie Nordby – Review and Author Interview
Hailey Marshall – Author Interview
Sisters Three – End of Tour Post