If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
The ability to see through solid objects, because I am forever misplacing things (keys, phone, shoes) would be really handy. But the ability to survive without sleep would probably be more practical, as I’m so busy I never seem to get enough sleep.
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
A 10-year old girl left an Amazon review saying Storm Clouds was the “best book she’d read.” Loved that. As an author, I really don’t think there’s a better feeling than knowing you’ve really connected with a reader.
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Middle-school often “punishes” those who are different, but if you really want to be happy and successful you have to claim your own space and that is what Jaycee is learning to do.
Hm, it depends on my mood, but potato chips are always a winner.
What book are reading now?
Spackled & Spooked, by Jennie Bentley
What’s your favorite season/weather?
I love late spring and early fall. Late spring because everything is finally green and growing after a long winter; early fall because the colors are just absolutely gorgeous. And both because the temperatures are just about perfect – I hate extremes on both ends of the thermometer.
What was your favorite children's book?
I adored anything by Dr. Seuss. His rhymes were amazing, and the silliness was just a joy to read to my kids.
Beach or Pool?
I’d have to say beach. Not only is soft sand just a pleasure to stand on, it’s easier to find a quiet spot on a beach than at the pool.
What is one book everyone should read?
Oh wow, just one? I’m going to go back to Dr. Seuss and say, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! I think it’s got a great message of “sometimes things aren’t going to go your way, but you’re an amazing person; stick with it and you’ll do amazing things.”
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
Always! I’m wrapping up revisions on the third Hero’s Sword book before I submit it to the publisher, then I’ll start book four and I’ve got a plan for book 5. I’ve got the final scene in the Hero’s Sword series written and I hope the series works out the way I hope so I can use it. Jaycee is going to do amazing things (at least I think so). I also write crime fiction under a pen name (Liz Milliron) and I’ve got a couple short story projects (two of which are pending publication) in the works there.
Hero’s Sword Vol. 2
Genre: fantasy -middle grade
Publisher: Delabarre Publishing
Date of Publication: April 24, 2013
Cover Artist: Jen Domani
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Eighth-grader Jaycee Hiller is beginning to fear she only imagined her trip to Mallory. But when a rainy afternoon leaves her with hours of playing Hero’s Sword, her favorite video game, she finds herself drawn back into the game – literally.
STORM CLOUDS is the exciting second volume of the HERO’S SWORD saga – chronicling Jaycee Hiller’s trials in eight grade, and her exciting adventures in Mallory, the setting of her favorite video game. Jaycee enters the video game realm via a special controller and is caught up in the action of this fantasy realm.
In STORM CLOUDS, a valuable jewel belonging to the neighboring estate of Devin, the Sapphire Star, is missing, stolen at the Fall Consortium. Lady Starla stands accused of the theft. Devin’s demands are clear: return the Star or they will take it back by force.
Now it’s up to Lyla Stormbringer to find the Star and the thief. before Mallory finds itself at war.
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