Sunday, October 26, 2014

Curse of the Granville Fortune Book Tour

Enter the give away and then read on down the page for my interview with the author :)

Winner will be drawn November 21, 2014

· Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Curse of the Granville Fortune by Kelly Hashway

Title: Curse of the Granville Fortune (Granville Fortune #1)
Publication Date: October 21, 2014
Publisher: Tantrum Books
Author: Kelly Hashway

Find the fortune, break the curse!

The hunt is on for an ancient treasure tied to nine-year-old J.B.’s family history. He’s been having visions that make him sweaty, lightheaded, and certain he’s turning into some kind of freak—or worse, going insane. But things are worse than he imagined. The visions stem from a family curse. An ancient ancestor was accused of stealing the massive Granville fortune, and now J.B.’s entirely family will suffer.

To break the curse, J.B. must find and return the Granville’s stolen property. But he’s not the only one searching for the treasure. As he sets out on his journey through a dark and foreboding forest, he’ll battle his worst fears and fight terrifying creatures along the way. And when he meets two others who share the missing pieces of his visions and suffer from the same curse, the three soon realize they need to work together to break the curse before it’s too late.

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Thanks for joining us on the blog today, Kelly. Tell us a little about your writing journey.

I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. In middle school I wrote a book, if you could call it that. It was all one long paragraph that I swore I’d go back and revise. I never did. I just kept writing. After going to school to become an English teacher, I knew something was missing. I needed to write. So I went back to school to learn about writing for children. From there I found an agent and started submitting to publishers. 

What do you enjoy most about being a writer?

I love getting to tell stories. I grew up thinking books were the most amazing things because they could take you anywhere. Now I get to do that for others, and that’s just incredible.

What is the hardest aspect of being a writer?

Rejection. It happens to everyone and it hurts. But you have to expect it because reading is so subjective. You have to find someone who loves your book as much as you do.

How much research goes into your story?

It really depends on the book. Every novel requires research, but how much has to do with the topic and the type of characters you cast. I try to do all my research before I start drafting, but I usually have to look up at least a few things once I get into the story, too.

Writers are sometimes influenced by things that happen in their own lives. Are you?

Definitely! I got the idea for Braeden Forest because as a kid I used to watch the trees on the side of the road while my dad drove, and I’d try to find animals in the shapes of the branches. It’s kind of like seeing animals or pictures in the shapes of clouds, only I’m using trees. I love taking things from my life and using them for inspiration in my books.

Tell us about your publications?

I write everything from picture books, to middle grade books, to young adult novels. I even write new adult under a pen name. Basically, I love it all.

What is the most surprising thing about writing/publishing you have learnt?

This was a good surprise, but I learned that writers are really supportive of one another. We love what we do and people who share that love with us. While writing is a solitary act, the writing community is very much a cheering squad and support system.

Top tip/s for writers.

Read everything you can get your hands on, form connections with other writers, and get to know the industry.

Other than writing what else do you love?

Reading (that’s probably a given), running, playing with my daughter, and editing for my clients (I work as a freelance editor).

Who is your favourite author and why?

Rick Riordan. His Percy Jackson series is amazing. I haven’t come across another author who draws me in with his voice and action scenes like Riordan does.

If you had a premonition you would be stranded on a desert island what 5 books would you take?

Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse
The Great Gatsby
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Hex Hall

Five words that sum you up.

Creative, caring, goal-oriented, hopeful, hard-working

How can we learn more?

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About the Author~

Kelly Hashway grew up reading R.L. Stein’s Fear Street novels and writing stories of her own, so it was no surprise to her family when she majored in English and later obtained a masters degree in English Secondary Education from East Stroudsburg University. After teaching middle school language arts for seven years, Hashway went back to school and focused specifically on writing. She is now the author of three young adult series, one middle grade series, and several picture books. She also writes contemporary romance under the pen name Ashelyn Drake. When she isn’t writing, Hashway works as a freelance editor for small presses as well as for her own list of clients. In her spare time, she enjoys running, traveling, and volunteering with the PTO. Hashway currently resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, daughter, and two pets.
Author Links:  Website  | Twitter Facebook | Goodreads

1 comment:

  1. I agree w/Kelly about the writing community being such an awesome place. I recently read an article about Rick Riordan in Publisher's Weekly, he sounds like such a great guy. The kids love him!