Hello! On YWP NaNoWriMo, Kellyn asked some bloggers if they’d like to do a blog tour to up the hype for TLOTV. Normally I don’t do stuff like that, but it’s hard to publish a book if you’re not an adult and don’t have a lot of money. So, without further ado, let’s start the interview! (Hey, that rhymed!)
What inspired you to write The Lady of the Vineyard?
I’ve written several blog posts about this (here and here), but, briefly, The Dressmaker’s Secret inspired The Lady of the Vineyard. TLOTV’s plot is very similar to that of a much earlier outline of TDS’s.
The two books are actually somewhat similar – both are about a child’s need for a complete family – but TDS is the story of finding something hidden while TLOTV is the story of discovering something in plain sight.
Tell us about the main characters of this book.
Well, first there’s Judy, a serious six-year-old accustomed to doing things for herself. She’s actually based of one of my nieces in many ways. Then there’s Adele, Judy’s mother, self-centered and determined not to realize that her life choices are self-destructive. Last but not least, good old Troy, Judy’s father. If you can read TLOTV and not fall in love with Troy, well … who are you!?
When did you start writing?
It depends on what you call ‘writing.’ I’ve been writing poetry since I was about three (I’m not even kidding), although back then it was my mom and sisters who were doing the writing for me. 🙂 Anyway, I started writing actual stories when I was nine.
How did you get into writing?
When I was eleven, I came up with an idea for a novel that I thought was simply fantastic! It was a story about two herds of wild horses, the stallions of which battled for a valley in Nevada. I thought this was a fantastic story, worthy of being published, and I knew then that I wanted to be an author. Well … that story was pretty awful, I realize now, but it was what got me thinking I could finish a novel.
How long did it take you to write TLOTV?
Hmm. I know I finished it on or around the 1st of July, but I don’t remember when I started it. Maybe late April? I couldn’t tell you for sure, but I think it took over two months. Because I’m a slow writer. 😛 And it probably would have taken longer if it weren’t for the fact that I had it pretty thoroughly outlined by then.
What do you like most about writing?
To be honest, it’s cool to escape to a world of your own making and hide for a while. I enjoy that a lot. It’s just good to get away from the world sometimes, especially if you’re introverted me. Besides, writing helps ease the voices in my head. 😉
Who are your roll models, writing wise?
Maud Hart Lovelace, Gene Stratton Porter, Jane Austen, and Charlotte Bronte for historical fiction; for my brief expeditions into the world of steampunk and fantasy, Jules Verne, Shannon Hale, and C.S. Lewis. 🙂
Are you a planner or pantser?
I’m a planner (I definitely know where I’m going when I start writing a novel), but I have some pantser tendencies, too. Like sudden changes of plot mid-writing. However, when the plot changes, I have to go through my book and carefully change it so it all lines up before I can keep on writing. *facepalm* THAT’S WHY IT TAKES ME SO LONG TO WRITE!!!
How do you conquer writers block?
I listen to music, play with my dog, watch a movie, read a book … just do something else until the muse returns. Or stress about it … which happens more often. Quite honestly, it’s never works, but … I can’t help it!
What would the first thing your main character(s) say to you be if you met?
Judy would probably be matter-of-fact and quiet. If she knew I was her author, she’s want to know every detail about what’s in store for her. Adele would ignore me (I’m not cool enough for her) and if we were forced to speak, she’d talk about … herself, probably. Let me know how wonderful she is. Troy, I think, would be the most interesting conversationalist. He’d probably choose a topic he thinks we’d both be interested in (and likely be right about it!) and we’d chat for hours. And I’d fall more in love with him. ❤
If TLOTV was made into a movie, who would you want to play the main character(s)?
Oh, gosh. Um … Adele is Keira Knightley. I don’t know about Judy. Some child actress … maybe just my niece! Although I admit I don’t know about M**** being a good actor. For Troy … huh. I’m gonna say ‘Simon Woods,’ just because he’s the only person I can think of at the moment. But that’s not who I really want to act Troy. 🙂
What audience would you think like TLOTV best?
Upper middle grade through young adults who love historical fiction. I think some adults might like it, too. 🙂
What is your favorite quote for each major character in TLOTV?
Troy: Living without you is almost as hard as living with you. Almost.
Adele: ‘Being in love’ is temporary at best
Judy: Don’t put on your sad-face.
How many books have you written? Where can we buy/read them?
Besides The Lady of the Vineyard (https://www.amazon.com/Lady-Vineyard-Kellyn-Roth/dp/1534685510/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8), there’s The Dressmaker’s Secret, a historical fiction novel set during the Victorian era. You can find it on Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Dressmakers-Secret-Chronicles-Al…), Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28576266-the-dressm…), Barnes&Nobles (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-dressmakers-secret-…), and the Createspace e-store (https://www.createspace.com/5922503).
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