IRON Launch Tour: Meet the Characters + Wrap-up

Welcome to the final post for IRON’s Launch Tour. A huge thank you to everyone who participated. Today, you will meet the characters and learn about what’s next for The Redwyn Chronicles…plus help decide a fairytale for an upcoming project in this series.

IRON released yesterday! Thanks to those who preordered, it made its way into the top 100 Christian fantasy books category! I wasn’t expecting that at all.

The ebook is still on sale at $0.99 for the next seven days, so if you’re an ebook person, get your copy now before the price is raised.


Meet Redwyn

Red is my feisty character. She swept in and claimed the story from day one. She’s suffered pain through the years, including losing her parents. This will really come into play in a later book.

I thought it would be fun to make her a detective, but for that, I had to learn how to think like a detective. So, to achieve that, I watched several Hallmark Mysteries and Suspense movies. (This is not a blanket recommendation for Hallmark. They have gone woke and nasty, but some of their older movies are good and do not include this wretched leftist agenda.)

A lot of readers ship her with Denton, and I dislike sinking ships, but I have bad news: that’s not who she ends up with.


Meet Carter

Carter was interesting to write. I didn’t really know his story until I returned to IRON in July 2022. He’s a horse-loving, attention-hating sweetheart with so much pain and too little trust. His character and spiritual arcs reminded me, as I wrote them, that while people will fail and hurt us, God never will.

I wanted Carter to be Red’s best friend. Their relationship is purely platonic, and even familial, which is not something I see much of in fantasy. Was it possible to change the story so they would end up together? Yes, but that wasn’t where I wanted IRON to go. Thus Carter was saddled with a crazy best friend who doesn’t know the meaning of patience and rest. It was fun watching their personalities clash.


Meet Chamonix

Pronounced Shaw-mah-nee, this quiet princess kind of just…happened. Her personality was clear from day one, and while I had to be creative about her issue (the weak lungs/asthma), she was fairly easy to write once I knew the logistics.

Chamonix’s original name was Eileen. But, after watching a Hallmark movie where the little girl’s name was Chamonix, I fell in love with the name and gave it to Veerham’s princess. It fits her much better than her former name.

I’ve always despised the heroines who, when the hero is being beaten up and injured, just scream and whimper and cower in a corner, useless and just aggravating. Chamonix is not a fighter, not like Red, but I wanted to illustrate how strength comes in many different forms. Chamonix received strength of character and faith, even if she can’t run very far without having an asthma attack. No whiny, worthless heroines in this book.

While my male characters are easiest to write, the females are the opposite. I was pleased and grateful at how Chamonix turned out, because it was difficult to really nail her character. She wasn’t sassy like Red, didn’t have Carter’s issues, and, on top of that, she was a princess. I didn’t want her to be rebellious, as is often the case where princesses are portrayed. But I also didn’t want her to be doormat and incapable of thinking for herself.


Fan Art

The incredibly-talented K.R. Mattson made my day when she surprised me with these fan art pictures (my first ever!). She really nailed Red’s and Chamonix’s personalities. (And that wolf and cardinal!)

Redwyn Deathan, drawn by K.R. Mattson

Chamonix Seyden, Drawn by K.R. Mattson

You can learn more about these crazy characters by going to the inspiration board. If you dislike strong female characters who know how to think for themselves (without the current feminist garbage), an overt faith element, and clean romance, IRON is not the book for you

Also, be sure to visit the character interviews! (Linked to in tour schedule)


What’s Next?

I am currently working on Denton’s story, which has yet to receive a definitive name. I will have it up on Goodreads late next week, Lord willing. You can see what I have of the inspiration board here. All I can tell you regarding the story is the first chapter breaks my heart.

The main female character in this little novella has sisters–and they need names! If you have suggestions, drop them in a comment.

I have another little prequel up my sleeve (here’s a hint: the characters’ names begin with C and I…and you meet them in IRON.) But I need a fairytale for them. Let me know your favorite fairytales! Those who provide the tale that I will use will be mentioned in the Acknowledgements.


Giveaway

There’s still time to sign up for the giveaway if you haven’t already.

FIRST PLACE:

An autographed paperback if the winner is a U.S. resident. Ebook if international.

SECOND Place:

An ebook in PDF or Epub format.

Enter Here.


Schedule

You can find the tour schedule here.


Once again, thank you to everyone who helped make this tour possible, and thank you to the lovely commenters. The giveaway winners will be contacted next week.

Which are you partial to: boisterous female characters or quieter ones? What elements/themes do you think are crucial to fairytale retellings? Which of these would you like to see more of?

*all graphics plus the cover designed by Mountain Peak Edits & Design

IRON Launch Tour: Introduction + Behind the Scenes

Welcome to “IRON’s” launch tour. I am the exhausted author/host, Madisyn Carlin.

WHAT IS IRON?

IRON isn’t:

1) A general market “clean” book.

2) A magical fairy tale retelling.

3) Light and fluffy.

4) YA (Young Adult).

IRON is:

1) A Christian Fantasy.

2) Nonmagical.

3) Deep. Different from DECEIVED and not near as intense as SR, but still deep because it deals with human trafficking.

4) NA (New Adult).

5) A story with three (3) POVs in the organized, structural I always follow.

IRON INFORMATION

Genre: Christian Fantasy/Fairytale Retelling

Blurb:

Enforcing justice comes with a price.

Detective Redwyn “Red” Deathan will stop at nothing to uncover those behind the ruthless kidnappings of multiple children. But things are not as they seem, and Red’s efforts are thwarted at every turn. With each discovery the danger grows, putting Red and the lives of those she cares about at risk. Can she reveal the mastermind’s identity before she herself becomes a target?

Paperback coming soon.

AUTHOR BIO

Madisyn Carlin is a Christian, homeschool graduate, blogger, voracious bookdragon, and author. When not spending time with her family or trekking through the mountains, she weaves tales of redemption, faith, and action.

Want to connect? https://linktr.ee/madisyncarlin

BEHIND THE SCENES

Why “IRON” for the title?

I originally chose IRON due to the original blurb, but since that ended up not making the cut, I used it to signify an extremely pivotal moment in the book–specifically for Red. You’ll have to read the book to find out which scene. 😉

Why the cover?

I received some comments (and saw some) about how the cover did not look like a fairytale retelling. I concur with that. It doesn’t. But it does fit IRON.

The cover was originally a filler, but Mom saw it, asked if it was the actual cover, and that’s how this book received the cover it has.

Why a Cinderella Retelling?

When the first seeds of IRON were planted, I had Redwyn investigating different fairytales, but from the moment I put fingers to the keyboard, the story took a different direction. I found myself writing a Cinderella retelling, but it also went beyond a fairytale retelling. Serious themes were incorporated, new characters were introduced without my planning them (Ward being one of them), and the book took a completely different direction.

IRON went from being a novella to a word count of almost 100,000.

I wanted IRON to be short, around 40,000. Well, 40,000 came and went, and I upped the word count to 65,000. The same thing happened to 75,000 and 85,000. By the time I wrote, The End, IRON was at 97,500 words.

IRON wasn’t supposed to be self-published.

I began IRON in 2019 with the intent to submit it. That did not happen, and only when I first collaborated with a fellow writer in early 2022 did I contemplate returning to IRON. It went from being a half-baked idea to being a long, long book.

IRON was my first fairytale retelling attempt.

My second attempt is the first book in a side-series to The Redwyn Chronicles. If you read the book and thought there were only four kingdoms and one continent, think again. This side-series has a Celtic, Viking-ish feel, and I’ll give you a hint: the first book is a Beauty and the Beast retelling, complete with wyrms, missing legs, and nefarious siblings.

IRON GIVEAWAY

If you like thick paperback books, you don’t want to miss out on an opportunity to win IRON .

Giveaway Information

First Place Prize:

An Autographed Paperback if winner is U.S. resident. If the winner is an international resident, then they win an ebook.

Second Place Prize:

An Ebook in the reader’s choice of Mobi or epub.

For an extra entry point, comment and tell me your favorite fairytale and/or fairytale retelling!

TOUR SCHEDULE

Monday, September 26  

Madisyn Carlin | Introduction + Behind the Scenes 

Vanessa Hall | Book Spotlight + Review 

Quilling in the Pines | Book Review 

Saraina | Character Interview + Book Spotlight 

Tuesday, September 27 

Kristina Hall | Book Review 

Tower in the Plains | Book Spotlight 

Wednesday, September 28 

Joy C. Woodbury | Book Review 

Allie Jo Anderson | Character Interview 

The Bookdragon’s Alcove | Book Spotlight 

Thursday, September 29 

Neath the Hackberry Reading Club | Book Review 

Quilling in the Pines | Author Interview 

Christine Smith | Book Spotlight 

Friday, September 30 

Saraina | Book Review 

Rainy Day Writer | Character Interview + Book Spotlight 

Of Blades and Thorns | Book Spotlight 

Saturday, October 1 

Madisyn Carlin | Meet the Characters + Wrapup 

Old-fashioned Book Love | Book Review 

Penny Zeller | Saturday Spotlight 

Book Review: Secrets in the Shadows

Warring Brothers, Manipulating Advisors, and Secrets in the Shadows.


Author: Kaitlyn King

Publisher: Pen in Hand Publishing

Genre: Christian Fantasy


ABOUT:

Warring Brothers, Manipulating Advisors, And Secrets in the Shadows.

Whispers of a silent civil war swirl through the halls of Endor.

In the wake of King Hadrian’s attack, Tridan and his friends are now being exalted as heroes. But can these thirteen-year-olds save the kingdom from itself?

As Prince Altholos’ coronation approaches, Prince Oliver starts his campaign to take his brother’s place on the throne. Noble families are forced to choose sides and covert battles rage throughout the land.

However the next generation of conquerors longs to do more. Can they bring peace to a castle where there are secrets in the shadows of every corridor?


RATING:

5 Stars


REVIEW:

Secrets in the Shadows is the first book I’ve read by King, and I definitely recommend it. The book’s intriguing cover portends an equally intriguing plot, which contains all manners of hilarity, faith, vile antagonists, and action.

The Plot
There’s a lot going on in this book, and you need to read thoroughly to keep in mind the multi-faceted plot. There are numerous POVs, which King handles well, and so much action, both the fighting type and the emotional type. Lots of intrigue, heroism, the opposite of heroism (you’ll know what I’m taking about when you read this), and just a good, solid plot that keeps you on your toes. (And I did not see that certain plot twist coming.) I do recommend reading Book One before Secrets in the Shadows so you have a clear view of what’s going on.

The Settings
The settings are well-described and well-thought out. I could easily imagine myself standing amid the forgotten church’s ruins and sneaking down corridors as evil plots are afoot. King does well placing the reader right where characters are, whether it be a secretive supper, the training grounds, or the woods.

The kingdom and all of it’s numerous lords and nobles and their lands were also developed quite well. Worldbuilding is by far one of King’s greatest strengths.

The Characters
There are several POVs, most of whom are tweens and young teens. Each character has a part to play, and they play it well. I liked how they grew emotionally and maturely during the story. Each character is distinct in voice and personality and I liked how King intertwined their lives.

Other Thoughts
There’s also a good dose of levity, which balances the more serious parts of this book. A nice allotment of sarcasm and amusing circumstances will keep you chuckling.

The best part of this book is the faith. We see broken characters, scared and scarred characters, and characters who just want to do the right thing. King expertly wove a beautiful faith aspect into each of these, gently illustrating how no one is too far from God’s mercy and how simple acts of kindness can be used as witnessing. I’m not necessarily an emotional reader, but I definitely teared up during a scene or two.

Content Warning
Some parts of this story may be considered intense for younger readers, but they didn’t bother me. Polygamy is considered normal by secular nobles (clearly not condoned by the author), there is some violence, but it’s handled well, and just a general assortment of thugs, nasties, and villains. There’s only a hint of romance.

Filled with intrigue, good versus evil, faith, and memorable characters, Secrets in the Shadows is a book you’ll want to add to your TBR.

Story Snippets

I usually aim for two posts a week. I wrote a book review earlier (I think it was Monday?) and was hoping to finish a “What’s the Difference” post or a post about constructive criticism in reviews, but I’m too tired to put much thought into anything right now.

So I’m doing something a bit different today.

Story Snippets! I want to know what you’re writing–tell me all about your writing project by dropping a snippet or a line/sentence or two from your current WIP(s). Or, if you’re not a writer, tell me what you’re reading. If you want to do both, please feel free to.


Below are a few snippets from my three WIPs plus a quote from my most recent read. The snippets have not been thoroughly polished, so there may be a few errors.

IRON

“There’re two of us and one of him. What can go wrong?”

“Everything?”

One action-packed scene later:

Heavy breaths announced Denton’s presence. He looked as terrible as Carter felt, with multiple tears in his shirt and blood staining at least half the material. A long cut graced the right side of his jaw with another just above his left eye.

Carter glared. “This is why you never ask what can go wrong.”

“How was I to know someone wanted to use you for target practice?”

The Baker and the Bodyguard

Some explanation is required for this one. I want BatB to be a Redwyn Chronicles prequel novella. I haven’t written much on it, but it’s already promising to be hilarious.

____

Something burned in the kitchen, and it wasn’t her sister’s cooking.

____

Detectives did many things: snooped around, asked questions, wrote answers in notebooks, and used logic criminals hoped they’d forgotten.

What detectives did not do was play bodyguard. That was reserved for common law officers and soldiers and actual guards.

Kaden was not bodyguard material, nor was he interested in changing professions.

Officer Endstrom didn’t care. With his overabundance of mustache quivering and his round eyes narrowed to slits, he firmly reiterated that Kaden had just been demoted from detective to bodyguard.

Granted, he was still to investigate, but his primary job would be protecting a wilting flower who thought a slight cut merited fainting.

Shattered Reflection

Lord willing, this book will release later this year. The brave souls who beta’d this hodgepodge mess of a story will understand the significance of the first snippet. (And *cough* for you betas, I made things a smidge better for Marcus.)

____

“I forgive you.”

____

“You weren’t the only one who fought.”

“I didn’t see you on the battlefield.”

“I was on the council.”

“Which is just another way of saying you were too cowardly to pick up a sword and fight.”

____

“Our reflections are two-edged blades. We can look at ourselves and see, with humility, what God has created, or we can look and see ourselves as worthless because we do not live up to others’ standards.”

“What do you see when you look at your reflection?”

The simple question knocked the breath from him. He hadn’t thought about it through his time as a Night Guard. Afterward, he found himself unable to decide. Was he viewing his Maker’s craftsmanship or a man whose hands were stained by the blood of innocents and those he was unable to save?

____

Heaven help him. Three matchmakers were running amok through the palace.


I just finished ARC reading Forgotten Memories by Penny Zeller. I couldn’t contain my enthusiasm and posted my review early on Goodreads. Forgotten Memories is on a special preorder sale: the ebook is $0.99 only for preorder.

Cover Reveal: Majesty

Today is the cover reveal for Stefanie Lozinski’s Majesty!

Because I’m so wonderful, I’m going to let you stew in anticipation and wonder what the cover looks like as I bombard you with details about the book and author.

Release: Majesty releases October 2022

About:

The sacrifices to the gods have ceased.

A wicked king thirsts for power.

A forbidden love threatens everything. 

Raised from birth to fulfill the duties of his role as Envoy, Wes Cervos had always known where his place was in the Four Kingdoms. But ever since meeting his best friend—a dragon called Celesyria—everything has changed. 

After escaping the prison where he’d been held on charges of blasphemy, Wes finds himself facing new challenges. The Codex Veritatis is still missing. Violent crime has never been more of a threat. Old alliances are wearing thin. And worst of all, the elves are venturing out of Nox. 

With Wes refusing to offer sacrifices to the Dracodei, the people fear that the remaining dragon Guardians will no longer protect them. King Kylan Ursa seeks to raise a force strong enough to keep the rule of Kaveryth in the hands of men, but can he be trusted to wield such power?

Change is in the air, but one thing is certain: the rule of the High One is not going to be restored without a fight. 

Storm & Spire is a Christian fantasy series, perfect for readers who enjoy fantastical creatures, political intrigue, and a touch of clean romance.

To learn more about the author, head over to my interview with Stefanie.

And now for the cover.

Isn’t it intriguing?

Summer Beach Reads Giveaway + Free Book Alert

It’s giveaway time!

DECEIVED is included in the Summer Beach Reads giveaway, where ten Christian fiction books, from fantasy, to historical romance, to suspense and more, are featured. First place winner will receive all ten books (author’s choice of format) and second place wins three books of their choosing (author’s choice format).

To enter, go here:

FREE BOOK ALERT

DECEIVED’s ebook is free on Amazon tomorrow only (7/15/22), so if you haven’t read it yet, be sure to grab a copy!

If you have read and enjoyed DECEIVED, would you consider leaving a review on Amazon? Reviews are crucial for authors as they convince potential readers whether or not to purchase the book.

Feathers and Roses: Cover Reveals

This is a pre-scheduled post. I am currently out of town. When I return, I will approve and respond to all comments post haste.


Hosted by Jen’s Author Assistance

I am ecstatic to announce the dual cover reveals for Feathers and Roses: All Things Fairy Tale. Jen and I have been hard at work preparing our books and dealing with stubborn characters, and it is so exciting to finally be able to release our covers into the world. Both books are, as you might assume by the title, fairy tale retellings. Mine is Cinderella and Jen’s is Sleeping Beauty.

All graphics are designed by Mountain Peak Edits & Design and the reveal is hosted by Jen’s Author Assistance.

COVER REVEAL FOR: IRON

ABOUT IRON:

Title: Iron: The Redwyn Chronicles, Book One

Genre: Christian Fantasy/Fairy Tale Retelling

Blurb:

Enforcing justice comes with a price.

Detective Redwyn “Red” Deathan will stop at nothing to uncover those behind the ruthless kidnappings of multiple children. But things are not as they seem, and Red’s efforts are thwarted at every turn. With each discovery the danger grows, putting Red and the lives of those she cares about at risk. Can she reveal the mastermind’s identity before she herself becomes a target?

Pre-order link – https://www.amazon.com/IRON-Redwyn-Chronicles-Book-1-ebook/dp/B0B29LH7CZ/ref=sr_1_1?crid=42ZA32L6HZKW&keywords=madisyn+carlin+iron&qid=1654287685&sprefix=%2Caps%2C2295&sr=8-1

Goodreads linkhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/61165765-iron

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Madisyn Carlin is a Christian, homeschool graduate, blogger, voracious bookdragon, and author. When not spending time with her family or trekking through the mountains, she weaves tales of redemption, faith, and action.

Want to connect? https://linktr.ee/madisyncarlin


COVER REVEAL FOR: Of Roses, Thorns, and Curses

ABOUT RTC:

Title: Roses, Thorns, & Curses: The Dreamwalker’s Saga, Book One

Genre: Christian Fantasy/Fairy Tale Retelling

Blurb:

A Fae bides her time, waiting to unleash her wrath on those who betrayed her. A prince seeks the answer to the dream that has plagued him for months. A princess who has lain in slumber awakens to find her world not quite right.

When Sorren finds the answer and awakens the princess, he also finds himself involved with a curse. Before Maelle can exact her revenge she is enslaved by Sorren’s brother, a beast of a man who pits Fae against Fae in his uncle’s arena. Aurana must navigate memory loss and her newfound Dreamwalking abilities that send her between her world and the realm of the Fae. After Sorren and Aurana work with an old friend of Maelle’s to rescue her from the arena, they must seek help from someone who betrayed Maelle if Aurana wishes to control her Dreamwalking before she descends into madness.

When an ancient evil from the Fae realm threatens them all, they must set aside their own agendas to stop the looming darkness and learn that righteous vengeance shall overcome what revenge has left broken asunder.

Pre-order link – https://www.amazon.com/Roses-Thorns-Curses-Dreamwalkers-Saga-ebook/dp/B0B31TVD8F/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3OJLWSLBH7RCW&keywords=roses%2C+thorns%2C+%26+curses+jenavieve+rose&qid=1654287747&sprefix=roses%2C+thorns%2C+%26+curses+jenavieve+r%2Caps%2C573&sr=8-1

Goodreads link https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/61212393-roses-thorns-curses

ABOUT JENAVIEVE ROSE

Jenavieve Rose has had a love for stories and a highly-active imagination her whole life. Creating her own stories and worlds through Fantasy, or any other branch of Spec-Fic, makes her feel closest to her Creator. In doing so she mimics The One Who created all things. She’s inspired by a myriad of different books, movies, and even video games, but especially by fairy tales. She writes stories where good overcomes evil and hope shines all the brighter through the darkness, for those are the stories that mean something, the ones that really matter.

Music also inspires her and her writing, sparking a story idea or fueling her passion on a topic she wants to share. It’s rare to see her without her headphones on and either worship music or movie soundtracks flitting between her ears.

In all she does she strives to do the will of her Father and spread His hope.

Website – https://jenavieves-reveries-newsletter.ck.page/d50bd06259


The blog tour signup is coming soon, so be on the lookout!

Author Interview with Kaitlyn King

Today I am joined by author Kaitlyn King, who has penned multiple devotionals and Christian fantasy books.

–INTERVIEW–

What is your go-to space for writing? 

It depends what phase of writing I’m in. I hand write my first drafts and have started using my writing desk with a candle and mood music to keep me in the writing head space for that. When it’s time to put in on the computer, I sit at my work desk. If I’m just brainstorming then anywhere is fair game: my chair, my bed, my car…

What is your favorite genre to read? 

Fantasy, especially Fairytale Retellings right now. I love seeing the different unique spins on the familiar tales.

Words of wisdom for those who are just starting out on the writing path? 

Keep going! The fact of the matter is, you’re not going to have all the answers when you start out; and no matter how many supporters you have, the voices of the naysayers will play on a loop in your head. Despite all of that, if you keep going, it will all be worth it in the end.

What is your least favorite part of the writing process?  

Editinggggggggg! Ugh! I’m one of those “measure twice cut once” sort of people. I want it to be done correctly the first time. It hurts my heart to see those red lines all over my manuscript.

What is your favorite part of the writing process? 

Brainstorming. I love when I have a new idea and I can’t help telling everyone I see about it, and figuring out the details of my new world, and characters, and adventure! I’ll have notes everywhere for a while, then when I’m ready to get serious about it, I’ll start compiling them all in one place.

Do you focus on one project at a time or do you have multiple projects going simultaneously? 

My mother teases that I write like I read. By that she means, I work on several books at one time. I used to have books I’d be reading at school and different ones at home. Right now, I have 2 fictional series in progress, a stand alone, and a devotional series. And sometimes other ideas creep in so I have to take a break to write them down somewhere, or they won’t shut-up when I’m trying to work on other things.

What project(s) are you currently working on? 

Currently, I am working on the second and third books of my YA Christian Fantasy Series: More than Conquerors, a stand alone YA Christian Fiction book about Angels, a Christmas YA Christian fantasy trilogy, and a devotional series based on a year-long devotion guide I released last year. I know, I know, I sound crazy! Just imagine how many projects I’m not telling you about! 

How do you select the names of your characters? 

I like my character names to hint at what they are hiding or what they will learn on their journey. I don’t always use this method, but I try to most of the time. 

Has there been one particular person who has been a major source of influence for one of your characters? 

I often use people in my life as inspiration for my characters. My uncle was a major influence in how I designed the mentor character in my More than Conquerors series since I have memories of him teaching me to sword fight when I was younger. Don’t worry, the swords were fake.

How do you get inspiration to write? 

My ideas usually come from a “What if” question. What if there was a kingdom that only valued being a conqueror? Or what if my childhood nutcracker collection could inspire a story? It’s hard for me to figure out another way to explain, but basically, I’m inspired by the things around me, pictures, posters, toys, etc. and a “what if” question appears in my head. 

What inspired this series and the characters? 

More than Conquerors came from the theme my parents’ church chose one year. I walked in and there was banner hanging with the words written across a shield. That what if question popped in my head and by the end of the announcements I had the four main characters mapped out scribbled all over my bulletin.

On average, how long does it take you to write the first draft of a book? 

I’m still new to the process. My first book took a year to write the first draft, the second one took closer to six months. I believe I will get faster as I go. 

How do you incorporate your faith into your writing? 

I believe that whatever is in your heart will come out naturally in your writing. I try to show a believable relationship with God. I hope that through my writing I’m inviting others to grow closer to God,

What first inspired or gave you the “spark” to write? What books and/or authors have influenced your writing? 

The first time I wrote a story, I was in junior high. There was a certain class that I really hated (it was an elective so not one of my core classes) and so I would sneak a book in and read it instead of listening to the teacher. (Yes, bad, bad, bad, and now we’re over it.) One day I didn’t have a book, so I tried to write my own. My mother was very impressed with it, (Of course I didn’t mention the ignoring the teacher part) and insisted I show it to my grandmother (an English teacher.) She promptly used her red pen to edit it. My paper was practically bleeding. I thought that meant that I wasn’t a good writer so I didn’t try again for many years. I went to a camp and met an author who wanted to write books for Christian teens. I was inspired to do the same. I ignored that inner critic and got started. 

Every writer has a message they want to impart to their readers. What is yours? 

That’s a loaded question! I guess I want my readers to know they’re not alone. When I became a teenager, I realized I didn’t relate to the teens written about in books. Most were not written from a Christian perspective. I don’t want other Christian teens to feel that way. 

What is your favorite, underappreciated novel/series? 

I always recommend these two series: The Ranger’s Apprentice series and The Four Kingdoms series. Both deserve all the love in the world. 

What book of the Bible is your favorite? What makes this particular book your favorite? 

Esther, it’s reminds me of a fairytale. 

Who is your favorite Biblical character? 

I don’t know if I have a favorite, but I relate most to Martha. Like her I have a tendency to put working above all else, and need to be reminded to choose the better part.

If you could tell your younger writing self one thing, what would it be? 

Needing correction does not mean you are wrong. I wish I had kept writing back when I was thirteen. I believed that since I was bad at it that that meant I could never be good at it and was wrong for trying. The more you try, the better you will be at it.

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?  

I was sixteen when I felt God call me to be a writer, that doesn’t mean that it’s been an easy path. I’m still working to fulfill that destiny.


To learn more about Kaitlyn, check out these links:

https://authorkaitlynking.com/

https://peninhandpublishing.com/

Facebook: Author Kaitlyn King

Instagram: @authorkaitlynking

Merchandise: https://pen-in-hand-publishing.myspreadshop.com/


Thank you, Kaitlyn, for such a marvelous interview! I know I am definitely a lot like Martha, and I too love fairy tale retellings (and am writing two right now). What about you, dear reader? Which book of the Bible is your favorite? Have you read any of Kaitlyn’s books? If so, which ones?

Feathers and Roses Dual Cover Reveal Signups

I’ve been hinting at another release coming up. May I introduce Feathers and Roses: All Things Fairy Tale, a collaboration with Jenavieve Rose to bring you two fairy tale retellings in September, 2022.

The dual reveal is hosted by Jen’s Author Assistance.

Why feathers and roses?

Feathers are a big part of my Cinderella retelling, IRON, and roses are integral to Jen’s Sleeping Beauty retelling, Roses, Thorns, & Curses (which sounds so intriguing).

Dual Cover Reveal occurs on: June 24


ABOUT THE BOOKS:

IRON (Cinderella)

Enforcing justice comes with a price.

Detective Redwyn “Red” Deathan will stop at nothing to uncover those behind the ruthless kidnappings of multiple children. But things are not as they seem, and Red’s efforts are thwarted at every turn. With each discovery the danger grows, putting Red and the lives of those she cares about at risk. Can she reveal the mastermind’s identity before she herself becomes a target?

(My Note: Think Cinderella x Detective)

Roses, Thorns, & Curses (Sleeping Beauty)

A Fae bides her time, waiting to unleash her wrath on those who betrayed her. A prince seeks the answer to the dream that has plagued him for months. A princess who has lain in slumber awakens to find her world not quite right.

When Sorren finds the answer and awakens the princess, he also finds himself involved with a curse. Before Maelle can exact her revenge she is enslaved by Sorren’s brother, a beast of a man who pits Fae against Fae in his uncle’s arena. Aurana must navigate memory loss and her newfound Dreamwalking abilities that send her between her world and the realm of the Fae. After Sorren and Aurana work with an old friend of Maelle’s to rescue her from the arena, they must seek help from someone who betrayed Maelle if Aurana wishes to control her Dreamwalking before she descends into madness.

When an ancient evil from the Fae realm threatens them all, they must set aside their own agendas to stop the looming darkness and learn that righteous vengeance shall overcome what revenge has left broken asunder.


Both books are Christian Fantasy.

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