Thursday, August 22, 2013

Author Spotlight: Alicia Michaels

Hello and welcome! Today I'm excited to welcome fellow Anchor Group Publishing author Alicia Michaels to the Author Spotlight! I'm even more excited to be participating in her Children of the Sacred Earth Release and Blog Tour.


Children of the Sacred Earth is Alicia's newest release and Book 2 in her "The Lost Kingdom of Fallada Series" where she cleverly re-writes Grimm Brothers' fairy tales with a fantasy twist. But ... I'm going to let Alicia tell you more about that...

Welcome Alicia!! So - tell us about your new book.

Child of the Sacred Earth is book 2 in my Young Adult Fantasy series, The Lost Kingdom of Fallada. The series is a mashup of the fairytales as told by the Brothers Grimm. Each book is based on a different tale and this one is drawn from one of their lesser known tales, Snow White and Rose Red. Mostly, this story focuses on Rose Red; Snow White gets her own story later in the series, although she does play a huge role.

Basically, foster kid Jocylene (AKA Rose Red), learns that she is from a mystical, parallel world full of creatures like Faeries and Shape Shifters and that she is one of seven lost princesses. The world has fallen into darkness and a vain queen is working on a takeover. Each princess is needed in the war against evil, and this time Jocylene must step up to the plate. Along the way she will finally have some answers about her past, her family, and her role in the future of Fallada, the mystical kingdom.

I never knew about Red Rose - I'm intrigued! What inspired you to write this book?

When reading the Grimm tales, I was interested to learn that they wrote of two different characters named Snow White. The first, of course, is the more familiar tale of the girl who lived in the woods with seven dwarves. The second, is twin sister to Rose Red, and I found their story much more interesting. Overall, my goal was to take the tale and make it my own by adding a twist of Fantasy, faeries, shape shifters and of course, romance.

How interesting! When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I wrote my first book when I was 12 years old and have been writing nonstop ever since. Even when I was in college studying the wrong major I knew what I was really supposed to be doing. Writing and storytelling has always been a part of my life.

It's funny how our brain manages to steer us in the right direction isn't it? As a busy mom (of gorgeous children, I might add), when and how do you find time to write in your daily life?

I have to make the time because there really isn’t any extra time to be ‘found’. I’m a stay at home mother of three, one of who was very recently born. So, a lot of my day is spent taking care of home and family. I do a lot of writing during naptime and at night when everyone else is in bed. I wish I could say I was one of those organized people that has it all together but the truth is, I make the time whenever I can and try to make the most of it.

I have yet to meet one of those all together people. Even if they say they are - they lie. Lol! Any advice to aspiring writers?
Never stop writing. Never stop learning, and polishing and striving to be grow and develop as a writer. And never give up on your goals and dreams, no matter what they are. Never let anyone tell you your idea has no merit, or you story has no market. If it’s in your mind, it’s meant for someone and you can find success with it.

Absolutely!Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
I actually make a very calculated effort to inject a bit of myself into my characters. In the case of Child of the Sacred Earth, the heroine, Jocylene very much gets her sarcasm from me. I like to put my signature in some way on each character because it makes me more invested. If I know who they are and can identify with them in some way, then it feels more genuine for me to have complete control over their lives and fate.

Very cool! What is one thing that you could not live without?
My laptop for one. Coffee for another. Both are essential to the author!

Ah - we think alike! Do you have any hobbies?
I love to sing and cook. I usually do both at the same time. I also just recently took up sewing. My husband got me a machine for my birthday after I told him I wanted to learn. I just finished my first project—a shirt—and it’s actually not bad!

Cooking and sewing? What are those? I've heard of them I think... If you could have a superpower what would it be?
I’d want super speed. That way I could churn out more books within a year!

Me too! Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
Just to thank them for checking out this interview, and I hope you have the chance to check out my books!

Definitely!! Thank you Alicia! And now... Alicia has a giveaway for you all...


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ABOUT ALICIA MICHAELS

Ever since she first read books like Chronicles of Narnia or Goosebumps, Alicia has been a lover of mind-bending fiction. Wherever imagination takes her, she is more than happy to call that place her home. The mother of two and wife to an Army sergeant loves chocolate, coffee, and of course good books. When not writing, you can usually find her with her nose in a book, shopping for shoes and fabulous jewelry, or spending time with her loving family.


CONNECT WITH ALICIA ONLINE

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www.goodreads.com/alicia_michaels
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www.anchorgrouppublishing.com


The Lost Kingdom of Fallada Series


An epic Fantasy spin on the fairy tales as told by the Brothers Grimm
Child of the Sacred Earth is book 2 in the series

ABOUT THE SERIES

Title: Child of the Sacred Earth
Categories: Young Adult, Fantasy, Fairytales, Mythology, Paranormal, Romance
Length: 75,000 words
Release Date: June 15, 2013
Publisher: Anchor Group Publishing

Blurb: Get a degree, get a job, save adorable foster siblings from the clutches of the evil foster mom …
These are Jocylene Sanders’ top priorities as she enters her sophomore year of college. The last thing she expects is to find herself the champion of an entire kingdom. However, that is just what happens when the mysterious Faerie, Rothatin Longspear, appears to her, tasking her with saving a parallel world full of creatures from her wildest dreams.

Jocylene journeys with him into the world of Fallada, hoping for answers about her birth parents and background. What she finds is a mystifying past, and an even more uncertain future, as her heart becomes entangled with the stoic, battle-hardened Rothatin, as well as Eli, the untroubled Panther Shifter with no loyalties and no home. With her heart and soul pulled in so many directions, can Jocylene find the strength needed to become the savior one nation so desperately needs?

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Other books in The Lost Kingdom of Fallada Series



Book 1: Daughter of the Red Dawn
Categories: Young Adult, Fantasy, Fairytales, Mythology, Paranormal
Length: 60,000 words
Release Date: September 15, 2012
Publisher: Anchor Group Publishing
Blurb: These are dark times in the land of Fallada, and I fear that they will only continue to grow darker. Only the return of those we’ve lost will even the score.
It will begin with first line of the prophecy, which foretells of a red sun over the desert sky…
--Adrah, Queen of the Fae

On the outside, seventeen year-old Selena McKinley is like any other teenage girl. Yet Selena has always felt as if she doesn’t belong and is counting the days to graduation and her freedom from the small town that makes her feel so out of place, when the arrival of a stranger turns her world upside down. Selena will learn just how different she is and the truth of where she comes from.
A lost princess, they call her, the catalyst for a war involving a world that Selena was taken from as a child. An evil queen obsessed with her own beauty with a plan to enslave the human race.…the notion seems so silly, yet Selena knows in her heart that it is true. Then there is Titus, the shape shifter whose blue eyes and claims of destiny hold her heart captive. Can Selena find the strength to do what she must while following her heart?

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Prequel: Beyond The Iron Gate (A Lost Kingdom of Fallada Novella)
Categories: Young Adult, Fantasy, Fairytales, Mythology, Paranormal
Release Date: April 15, 2013
Publisher: Anchor Group Publishing

Blurb: In the year 1845, before the mystical land of Fallada was separated from the realm of men forever, the two worlds coexisted in harmony. Man could mingle freely in the world of the Elves and Faeries at will and peace reigned. In the hills of Shropshire, England, just miles from the gate separating the village of Ludlow from the world of mystical creatures, farmer’s daughter Zara Wells longs for answers.

It is not only the golden hair that trail feet behind her, or the strange hue of her violet eyes that separates her from the other girls her village. There is something inside of her, something touched by magic that longs to know more about what lies on the other side of the gate. In Fallada, darkness has begun to spread. As the youngest and most beautiful girls of her village begin to disappear, Zara comes closer to discovering the true circumstances surrounding her birth. Little does she know, that the closer she comes to the answers she so desperately desires, the closer she will come to being ensnared in the dark queen’s web of growing treachery.


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