The Rainy Day Writer Blog Tour: Stop #3 {Bonus Post}

Hello, my friends! 

Today, I have the pleasure of bringing you a bonus post (So yes, we’ll still be having our usual post tomorrow!) because of my wonderful writing friend, Agnès. She’s launching her author blog! Exciting, right? And I had the lovely opportunity to interview her, about her life, writing, and new blog.

Hello, Agnès, and welcome! In case my readers haven’t met you yet, would you mind introducing yourself? 

Hi, Pearl (and all of her readers)! My name is Agnès, and I am a writer, a reader, and a born-again daughter of the One True King.

Why do you write? 

Ever since I was little, I’ve had stories and words and characters running around in my head. Both my mother and my grandmother love writing, and so all of us were encouraged to stretch our imaginations and write! However, it wasn’t until I finished The Warden and the Wolf King (book 4 in the Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson) that I realized how touching writing can be, and I wanted to craft something that would be as powerful to some person as The Wingfeather Saga was to me.

What is your current project about? 

My current project is a four-book series called The Saga of the Stars, and it follows the story of a young girl. A small blurb is:

There is an island, far away from here, that sits upon a lonely sea, miles away from the mainland. This island is called Stella, and the Stars, the Kalran, once lived in that place.

But the world is broken now. The Stars have gone out, and the once beautiful island is a place of tragedy.

In the middle of that island, eight of the First-ones, the Álinmikor, are waiting for adventure. But will they be ready when it calls?

How long have you been writing? 

I have always listened to stories but it wasn’t until March 2020—more than two years ago now!—that I started writing seriously.

What are your hobbies, besides writing? 

I love to read, sew and be outside (I live in the beautiful Colorado Rockies), and drawing is a favorite pastime of mine (although I am rather terrible at it).

Where do you get your writing inspiration? 

Everywhere I can, I guess! Whether it’s from games I play with my family, random thoughts I have, or a picture, I try to store it away so I can use it somewhere.

Who is your favorite author? 

I have many authors that I like, but I think my favorite would have to be Andrew Peterson.

What genre do you write? 

I’ve always felt a preference for fantasy, but I do dabble in other genres (dystopian, contemporary, poetry), from time to time.

What do the words, “writer’s block” mean to you? 

Sitting down and the words won’t come. I usually will have the scene in my head, but I can’t think of the words, at all. No words come.

What is one tip you’d offer to a new writer? 

Enjoy it! It’s so easy to get caught up worrying about editing or publishing or platform or a bunch of different things. Keep your love for writing!

What is your blog going to be about? 

I am a child of God: my blog will not shy away from my faith.

I am a writer: my blog will have updates on my writing, snippets from it, and writing tips.

And, I am a reader: my blog will have author interviews, reading tips, and book reviews.

That wraps it up! Thank you so much for the interview, Agnès! ❤ 😀 

I hope you all enjoyed it and thank you so much for reading, friends!. Don’t forget to check out the next stop on the tour, which will be posted on Lilianna’s blog, Write Outside the Lines. There, she’ll have a post reviewing the new book, The Star That Always Stays, and an interview with the author, Anna Rose Johnson. Here’s the schedule:

Finally, don’t forget to visit the official, Rainy Day Writer blog. 😀 Have a beautiful day and thank you for reading!

WORDS BLOG TOUR: STOP #7

Hello, my friends! 

I have a super fun post today and one that I really enjoyed putting together! One of my amazing writing friends, Kaley, is doing a blog tour to celebrate the launch of her author blog, Words. The tour has been amazing so far and if you haven’t already, go check out the first post here!

Today, I had the pleasure of doing an interview with Kaley–She has some fantastic answers, and her WIP (work-in-progress) sounds amazing.

Anyway, let’s get started! 

Welcome, Kaley! In case some of my readers haven’t met you, would you mind introducing yourself? 

Thanks for having me, Pearl! I’m a teenage author and musician with a passion for the Lord and helping others through relatable characters that go beyond stereotypes or the norm to be as unique and supportive of those around me as possible. 

What is your writing mission statement? 

My mission is to give everyone a mirror that shows how beautiful they are through powerful words and relatable situations. I love creating characters that are normal, not super pretty girls who happen to be in the dork group and hence they act like fools and the mean girl hates them for no reason. Everyone is deeper than that. I’m trying to write the reality of the soul, not just the stereotypical teen.

What’s your current WIP about? 

I would say my most current WIP is one I’m not ready to explain, but I’ll tell you a little bit about the one I recently finished, What Matters Most. It’s about three teen girls in their first year of high school getting lost in a desire to be worth something and nearly losing the very people who saw it from the beginning. It’s about realizing that your worth doesn’t come from Tricia liking your hair or Lily thinking you’re fat or Mike having a crush on you. It comes from who you were inside, all along, and I believe that true friends are those that see it in you.

I also believe that this worth was predestined by God, long before even the world began. He loves us and so we have worth, not because we’re good or perfect but because He chose us and we are His. I don’t highlight this point as much in the book in order to reach even those who don’t believe in the Lord, but I believe it with all my heart. 

What is one thing you like to do, besides writing? 

I spend most of the time when I’m not writing (or doing school or wasting time, for that matter) on photography and music. Music is like putting on a stethoscope and magnifying the heartbeat of writing and I love it so much. I play guitar and ukulele (and technically piano). Writing songs isn’t counted as writing for me because I rarely get writer’s block or lose motivation. I just feel the flow or I don’t. Photography is seeing the simple, basic things from a whole new angle, appreciating how they are and what they are. Really, all of my hobbies are about changing the light cast on everything and learning to love things that a lot of people don’t care about.

What is the first book that made you cry? 

I’ll be honest here: I’ve never actually cried over a book or movie except my own. And I only cried over my own once, when reading a sad part out loud. But I came very close to crying over Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt… it is the saddest book I’ve ever read, starting from chapter one, but he inspired me to really think about people in a new light. His books make me write how I do.

Who is your favorite author? 

Gary D. Schmidt gets first place, but Kara Swanson is a very close second with Jonathan Auxier as a third. They all take things from the perspective people think of first and swap things around. They play with the rules and make classic things their own. I love it.

What is your favorite character that you created? 

A month ago my answer would have been different, but I’ve become really appreciative of my character Amelia. She’s a lost teen in her first year of high school, unsure of why she really wants what she wants but knows she wants it. I thought her character was weak at first and then I realized that no teen girl one hundred percent knows who they are, especially not when they have nobody to look up to that isn’t on a screen. So I’m letting her remain just a little lost, just a little unsure. She has interests and desires but she is growing and that’s what matters to me. 

What genre do you write?

 

I write realistic fiction most but I write in whatever genre best fits my latest idea. I have a plot for a thriller floating around, a new realistic fiction in the works as well as the sequel to What Matters Most, a sci-fi/fantasy on the back burner, and one without any specific genre at all at the worldbuilding stage. 

What do the words “writer’s block” mean to you?

Writer’s block is really a mental block where your brain says “I can’t write right now because I don’t know the perfect words for this part.” I’ve learned to not let it win when I write and it rarely gets in my way now, although I still deal with it sometimes.

When did you start writing? 

I’ve been telling stories for as long as I can remember. Forever. The moment I could form letters on a page and spell enough words is probably when I officially wrote my first story. I’ve lived in many worlds, and this earth is just one. 

What is your blog going to be about? 

My blog is about my passion for words and for others. I’m a little bit of a Christian Abbie Emmons blogger for teens who’s determined to remind you how much WORDS MATTER. Because they do. They’re so important. So you’ll find anything and everything words on my blog. I try to keep it simple, keep it free, keep it fun, and keep it positive. That’s my goal.

And that’s it!! Thank you so much for reading friends, and have a lovely day! Thank you Kaley for the wonderful interview. ❤ 

Click here to check out the next stop on the tour which will go live tomorrow. Here’s the schedule for the rest of the tour. 😀

And then click here to check out Kaley’s blog!

About Kaley

Kaley Kriesel is a 15-year-old Christian author from Oklahoma, USA, where she pursues Jesus and studies from her home. She has been writing for as long as she can remember, and when she isn’t writing, learning, or socializing, you can most often find her playing ukulele or reading a book. She has two blogs, Words and Sketch Scribble Scribe. This tour is for Words.

The Christmas Blog Tour Wrap Up and Scripture Sunday

Hello, my friends!

Welcome back to the Christmas Blog Tour! (New to the tour? Check out Bethany’s kickoff post for more details.)

Today, I’m going to be wrapping things up by sharing three of my favorite Christmas scriptures! Shall we get started?

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

Luke 2:10 and 11

This was the first verse Christmas I memorized, and ever since then, it’s been one of my favorite verses.

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6

I’ve always loved this verse – An excellent reminder of all that Jesus is. That He is mighty, and the Prince of Peace and so many other things.

When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

Matthew 2:10

This verse I only really read and memorized this year, but it’s one of my favorites now,.

I hope you all enjoyed following the tour, and if you missed a post, here are all the links:

Blog Tour Announcement on Bethany’s Blog

Stop #1 on my Blog

Stop #2 on Bethany’s Blog

Stop #3 on Rachel’s Blog

Stop #4 on Anna’s Blog

Thank you all so much for joining us!

Christmas blog tour stop #1: A Peek into the Ski Life in Photos

Hello, my friends!

If you saw the title, a few of my friends and I are doing a blog tour! We wanted to do it earlier, in December for Christmas, but the timing didn’t work out, but we decided to go ahead with it anyway. So here we are with a bit of Christmas in January. Check out the kick-off post by Bethany for more details.

(Also, the only day that worked for me was Wednesday, that’s why I didn’t post yesterday.)

And for my post, I decided to share a few photos from my family’s winter and ski trips. But let me give you some background before we start so you all know what this has to do with Christmas for my family and I.

About five years ago, my parents decided instead of giving us gifts/presents for Christmas, they would get us all skis and take us skiing every week. We’ve continued that tradition, and we’re very blessed to be able to ski every week. I have a pile of photos to show you all. I hope you enjoy it!

A fun ski picture well we are on the lift!

Here’s my little sister, and younger brother on one of the lifts! Aren’t they cute?

Ahh, this photo was taken a few years ago, I’m guessing on one of our ski trips up to Minnesota. I’m the girl in the blue, with my little sister, and older brother ahead of me.

Aww, I love this photo with the clouds and the shadows. I believe my older brother, sister, and I are on the lift, but I’m not 100 percent sure. It was taken a few years ago.

This isn’t necessarily a skiing photo, but it is one of one the mountains we visited so I believe it counts? I don’t know, but it is pretty.

Here’s me, my little sis, and my dad. I just realized how many times my little sister has popped up in these photos. She does love getting her picture taken. 😁

This one is just another pretty photo that we took while we were skiing.

I love how the sun reflects off the snow in this photo.

And that’s a wrap! I hope you enjoyed seeing these photos, let me know in the comments, which photo was your favorite?

Make sure to follow the tour, check out tomorrow’s post on Bethany’s blog.

Thank you so much for reading!