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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Giveaway of Healers Apprentice

Prism at A Girl Of Many Colors is giving away
a signed copy of The Healers Apprentice.

It is a really great book and
I know this even though I
haven't read it yet!

The giveaway ends on October 4th
there are 4 ways to enter,
Blog it.
Comment saying you want to be entered.
Follow her.
And answer the questions that Melanie Dickerson asked in her interview with Prism
and her is Prism's review of it.
So go and enter it!!!!!!!!!!

Here is the trailer for it...



Sierra

P.S.I promise I'll post soon!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Answering a Comment

Ms.Morrill,
Your welcome!
I had a lot of fun interviewing you!
You should totally read them Hollywood Nobody series
it is a really good series.I kinda,sorta didn't
remember her name and that is why
I didn't say anything before...oops.
But they're a really super awesome series.
Sierra

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Interivew:Stephanie Morrill

Here it is...
(I am in black and she is in purple)


HI Ms.Morrill!
Here is your first question:
(BTW, sorry this took so long,I had an unscheduled trip to my Great-Grandmothers for a week)
Also if there is anything you want taken out just change the ink to red.
1.What profession did you want to have as a child?
Sierra
(This interview went back and forth in emails)

No worries :) Hope it was an enjoyable trip.
From the time I was in first grade, I wanted to be a writer. We had writing time everyday in class, and it was my favorite part of the day. I wrote absolutely crazy stories. The kind that I think might be held up as evidence in court that I was mentally deranged even from a young age. But I loved experimenting with writing even back then.
Lol.
Yes it was great thank you.
2.How do you get ideas for your books?
Most my story ideas come from looking at real life situations and asking "What if?" Like with the Skylar books, I explored the idea of two sisters who were beautiful, but in completely different ways. Or the story I'm working on now came from asking, "What if someone had committed to never telling a lie?" It's amazing how once you start looking, story ideas are everywhere.

3. Speaking of the sisters
Skylar's sister gets pregnant.
Almost all teen authors write about pregnancy,drugs,abuse,sex and other stuff like that.
Is this something that you feel like is right?
Should teen girls that pick up the book somewhere read it and think that even though they have done something bad that there is still forgiveness and become a Christian? Or should it be something like divorice or soemthing they've gone through where they don't want to read about and want to read something happy.Another problem with doing this is some Christian girl who hasn't reached these topics, picks up the books and learns about them?What is your view on this?


I can't speak for all authors who write for teens. For me, I didn't write Me, Just Different thinking, "I have something to say about teen pregnancy, and Abbie will help me say it."  The issues flow organically from the story.
Is it right to discuss such issues? My view is who better to talk about life's realities than Christian authors? Secular authors are certainly discussing them. I see no reason why Christian authors shouldn't tackle the same subjects and shine The Light on them.
A teen (and his or her parents) should be in charge of deciding what they can handle in their reading material, not me. But there isn't a thing in my books that I hadn't dealt with in some capacity by my 8th grade year.

4.You write all teen books as far as I know,
do you see your self one day writing adult or children?
It was a good, important question. I'm glad you asked it.
can't imagine myself writing children's books. I've yet to have a good idea for one. 
My passion is for writing for teenagers. I have a few adult projects that I'd like to test out, but writing for adults intimidates meI feel like I survived high school fairly unscathed and have good things to say about life during those years. But I often still feel like I'm figuring out this whole adult thing. I have mornings where I wake up and think, "Whoa, I'm an adult!" So for now I'll stick with fiction for teens.
6.Favorites!
Favorite subject in school.
Favorite food.
Favorite book (hard?).
Favorite TV show.
Favorite movie.
Favorite artist (music).
6.Favorites!
Favorite subject in school.

English. Shocking, I know.
Favorite food.

I love, love, love food, so this one's hard for me. Probably homemade bread.
Favorite book (hard?).

Yikes, two hard ones in a row. Of classics, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Of current authors, The Passion of Mary-Margaret by Lisa Samson. Of YA, This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen.
Favorite TV show.

I'm kinda in-between favorite TV shows. I would have said The Office, but it's kinda gone downhill during the last season or two. I think overall my favorite show is probably Gilmore Girls.
Favorite movie.

Pride and Prejudice. The recent one with Keira Knightley.
Favorite artist (music)]

Muse, by far. Jimmy Eat World and Jack Johnson tie for a distant second.
That is shocking!!!!!!!!!
lol.
You love food?
Doesn't all of America?
I love Chinese food.
And Cheese quesadilla.
And Ice Cream.
And Brownies.
And,Oh right gotta get on with it.Heh heh.Oops.
7.If you weren't a writer what would you be?
Mmm, Chinese food. And ravioli. And mashed potatoes...
Hmm. I'm not really good at anything else. I think I would like owning a book store/coffee shop. So assuming my profession didn't have to be lucrative, that's what I would do.

I love my great-grandma's mashed potatoes!
8.If you could change 100 teens minds about something what would it be(a theme Purity, Pregnancy, Drugs, Drinking etc.).
Superficiality. I think we live in a time where it's especially easy to be superficial in our relationships, our studies, and our faith. I find myself falling into this trap too. A lot of my conversations happen via e-mail/Facebook rather than in person. My mind wanders when I pray or when I'm having my quiet time with God. And I hardly ever complete a task, whether it's making dinner or writing a chapter, without check my e-mail. Especially now that I have a smart phone.

More and more, I feel like our society needs people who love deeply, connect deeply, and think deeply
9. How important do you think it is for tweens or younger teens to pray 30 min. a day and read the Bible 30 min. as well?
This is the second to last question.
 I think it's important to pray everyday and read the Bible everyday. I don't know that 30 minutes is a magical number or anything. Like I don't know that it benefits you any to say, "I'm going to pray for 30 minutes, starting NOW." Ideally, I think you just do both for as long as it takes that day.

And while I think both are crucial disciplines in growing with God, I think it's also valuable to recognize that God loves us regardless.

Good answer!
10.Any advice for young authors?
Yes - tons! That's why I started www.GoTeenWriters.com, a blog where I answer questions of young writers and post lessons geared toward those just starting their writing journey.
That is cool.
I am sorry it took me this long, I have been busy.
I said that that one was the last question but I have just one more!
11.Who is your favorite Christian author and did they inspire you for your books.
It has been so fun interviewing you!
I'll send you a link when I post this.
Sierra
Thanks for taking the time to interview me, Sierra!

My favorite Christian authors are always changing, but right now they are Lisa Samson, Sarah Sundin and Siri Mitchell. When I started writing the Skylar series, I didn't even know Christian fiction existed, so they didn't inspire me then, but they do now.
Once again thanks to Ms.Morrill.
I hope you enjoyed the interview!
XOX,Sierra

P.S.Yes I realize that I left out a question #5.
But hey!I've still got 10 thanks to my "eleventh" question =)

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Coming Soon!

Coming Soon!
An interview with author Stephanie Morrill!
I've sent her the last question so as soon as
she writes me back it's going up. =)
Her are 2 links ,
Girls, God And The Good Life....
has a problem with the page so no links sorry!=(
Until then=)
Sierra
P.S. Thanks Caroline for following me!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

FYI

So on CBD it says that Healers Apprentice won't be released until September 20.So I have no idea but I probably read it wrong so it is not out yet sorry about that.Sierra

More Good Books

So yes a couple of books I just read that are awesome.

First,Katy's Debate the second in the Katy Lambright series.
By Kim Vogel Sawyer.

Katy's is using her debate skills to try and stop
the courting her father is doing she is trying to
prove she doesn't need a mother.
This was well written and is very interesting
because you get to live with the Amish for a bit.
Might be a bit depressing and there is tension between her and her father.She is also crushing on someone at her school(he is a Christian)and there is an Amish boy who is likes her.
I'd give it 12 up. 4  1/2  stars out of 5

Next,
Julia's Last Hope Women of the West #2.
By Janette Oke.

Note!
This is not the same cover as the one I read and I have only read this one in the series and I don't think you have to read them in order.

This was about a rich city girl who married a poor guy and after living harshly for a couple years, they inherit some money.And with it they build a big, nice house.That is what you learn about them. They now have 2, 13 year old daughters(twins).The mill has shut down and half the town leaves.A dozen families remain and struggle through 2 years, they bring in vacationers and plant gardens.It goes through how they survive and their pioneer spirit.The characters have a lot of faith in God and it is very inspirational.
I loved this book!
It was very exciting and it had great characters,
the main family was so well knitted together.
I think this is a "anyone can love it" book.
Very educational and not boring in the least.
I'd say 13 up and 5 out of 5 stars.


I hope you guys liked these reviews =)
Here is something you might like...



It is a book trailer for Melanie Dickerson's The Healers Apprentice.
It is out today!
So if you like it go check it out!
By for now with more soon,
Sierra