I’m interviewing Elise Stephens, author of YA Fantasy “Forecast”. Welcome to my blog, Elise.
Please tell us about yourself.
I’m mama to a one year old boy, I love to swing dance, and my favorite dessert is tiramisu. I write best next to windows with huge amounts of light pouring through them.
Tell us about your book.
Forecast is an adventure story with family drama, romance, mystery, and risk-taking. It’s a story about siblings, growing up, learning to forgive, and trying to fix something that looks unfixable.
What inspired you to write Forecast?
The truth is, I’m totally obsessed with the future.
It’s the easiest thing to spend way too much time thinking about. Yet, most of us know that the wisest thing to do is live in the present, enjoy the moment, and take each day as it comes. And then we go right back and wonder about the future because we can’t help ourselves. I thought, if I could give someone their wish to see the future, would it really be as good as it seemed? I gave 15-year-old Calvin that desire, and gave him access to a magical door that is supposed to give him all the foresight he craved. Then I showed how crazy his world became. It was so much fun. J
How much time per week do you spend writing / editing your work?
It’s a tricky balance. Before my son was born, I wrote and edited about 3-4 hours a day. Now that he’s almost one and settled into a routine of naps, I can usually write around 2-3 hours a day, if I utilize his naps fully. My mom helps with him once a week too—and my writing and I both thank her hugely for it!
If you could meet three authors, which authors would you choose?
Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, and Orson Scott Card! I met Orson Scott Card earlier this month at his literary boot camp in North Carolina. He’s a smart, kind, and encouraging man.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m currently working on a children’s fantasy about a twelve-year old boy living in 1950s Ireland who discovers a dragon egg. It has monsters and secrets and mysterious happenings and songs in it. I have a soft spot in my heart for dragons, especially baby ones.
Author: Elise Stephens
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Calvin isn’t a teenager, not really; instead, he’s spent his life trying to protect his mother and sister from his alcoholic father. Calvin keeps a knife close and sleeps with one eye open, even years after his father has left the family. A summer vacation spent at their late grandfather’s estate promises him and his sister the chance to leave their problems behind.
Instead of blissful freedom, they find the old house harbors secrets at every turn, like a mysterious stone door in the forest with rumored powers to give its entrants the gift of future-seeing. When Calvin faces the return of his seemingly-reformed father, he throws himself through the door to receive the gift of foresight. But the door offers more doubt than certainty, and the future he sees is riddled with disturbing confusion. With a revenge-obsessed lawyer hunting him down and a secret society out to control him, Calvin must figure out how to stop what he’s started before he loses what he holds most dear.
As he battles the legacies of his past and the shadows of his future, Calvin must accept help from unlikely sources, give trust he never thought possible, and learn that the greatest challenges lie not in the things to come, but in the present moment.
Elise Stephens received the Eugene Van Buren Prize for Fiction from the University of Washington in 2007. Forecast is her second novel. Her first novel Moonlight and Oranges was a quarter-finalist for the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Her short fiction has appeared in the Unusual Stories anthology, as well as in multiple journals.
She lives in Seattle with her husband where they both enjoy swing dancing, eating tiramisu, and taking in local live theater.
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There is a tour-wide giveaway for a $10 Amazon gift card, along with these books:
Charis: Journey to Pandora’s Jar (by Nicole Y. Walters)
A Kingdom’s Possession (by Nicole J. Persun
Doublesight (by Terry Persun)
Always and Forever (by Karla J Nellenback)
Moonlight and Oranges (by Elise Stephens)