Nov 12, 2011

The Secret of the Keepers! ~Interview with Elizabeth Isaacs

For my very first interview EVER...--don't panic, I've done that enough for all of us-- I am pleased to welcome the very amazing and talented Elizabeth Isaacs to the Writing Cave Camp Out!


Here, Elizabeth. You put on your pink snuggie and I'll bring everyone up to speed on the  awesomeness that is THE SECRET OF THE KEEPERS!

Elizabeth's new book, THE SECRET OF THE KEEPERS is currently climbing the Indie must read list and while the s'mores are roasting let me give you the skinny on this amazing book!


The Kailmeyra Chronicles: Book Two--

Life for Nora couldn't be better; she has married the man of her dreams and loves living in the pristine land of Kailmeyra.

That is, until the darkness threatens her perfect world.

Now war is upon the land. She and Gavin must strengthen their clan and prepare to fight. But the enemy has an ally—one that not only wields power, but holds knowledge of the ancients' secrets. Secrets that could destroy creation itself.

As the darkness grows, doubt seeps in ... protectiveness hinders progress ... and the unthinkable comes to pass.

Bewildered and alone, Nora shoulders the responsibility of leading an entire race to war. As she struggles with decisions that seem impossible to make, she is haunted by one choice.

"No one has ever doubted that you would die for those you love.
The question then becomes ... would you live?"
~Goodreads


Goosebumps, yes?
So, Elizabeth I'm going to jump right on in and say, HOLY COW! 
I thought THE LIGHT OF ASTERIA was amazing but, THE SECRET OF THE KEEPERS just made me sit back in awe!  Every writer has a a certain where-to-start-a-book routine.  For LOA you said you wrote from the middle and filled in the front and back chapters. What chapter or scene was the genesis for THE SECRET OF THE KEEPERS?


Elizabeth:
This was different in the fact that I had no choice but to write the first three chapters first!
:-) But the storyline actually started with a premise and a character. The principal that we all are here for a reason is what drove the plot. The way we got there was through one of my most favorite character that’s ever traipsed through my head, Rune.
Ruuuuune. My secret other world crush. *swoon* Don't judge. I like that rough and rugged type that could possibly shed in the summer.
Er, um, moving on.
What scene of THE SECRET OF THE KEEPERS was the hardest to write and why?

Elizabeth: The scene with Elias and Nora in the badlands. I’ll be honest. I was a little depressed after writing that scene.
I don't blame you. Reading about the badlands was so vivid and filled with despair. I can only imagine the places you had to go mentally as a writer to get there and then to be able to put those feelings on the pages the way you did. *bows in a not-worthy pose*

At the end of the book we are left with this huge revelation about Rune and a missing piece of his heart. With a cliff hanger like that I have to ask: Is there a book three and what hint about the storyline can you give us?

Elizabeth: Book three will, good Lord willing, be out this time next year. Our main characters head back to earth, along with some of our new friends!

SQUEEEEEE!  I loved reading about Kailmeyra, but must say I can. NOT. WAIT to see the new and improved Nora take on Earth.  We should TOTALLY have her over to the Camp Out!


Ooooh, Who else would you invite to the camp out? NO seriously my husband and the boys camp out downstairs on Friday nights which leaves the writing room for us and ANY ONE can come stay the night.

Elizabeth:
Real people: All my writer friends
Characters: Gavin, Nora, Rena, Tark, Elias, Elaine and I call dibbs on Weylin!
Obviously with four boys in my house my cupboards are pretty bare. Whatchya want us to stock for Isaacs' rockin' camp out?

Elizabeth:
Real people: a whole bunch of booze
Characters: some of the Elvin fruit. I’ve always wanted to taste it.
And no camp out is successful with out junk food, what must we have?

Elizabeth:
Stuff to make smores ... both real and imagined. I LOVE smores! (you should try hiding rolo’s in the marshmallows sometime! yum!)

Girl after my own heart! This batch of s'mores is just about ready --no hidden rolo's, sorry-- so are you ready for the speed round? 

Elizabeth: *nods suspiciously* 

Don't worry we're in snuggies, it can't be that scandalous. LOL

black or white?
white!

dog or cat?
Dog!

cake or cookies?
Both!

coffee or soda?
Both~!
naughty or nice?
naughty!

cup ½ full or ½ empty?
 ½ full!
summer or winter?
fall!
favorite g-rated swear word?
Nerts!

*ding, ding, ding*
See, not so bad!

One last question before I let you shed your snuggie. Besides Keepers, what book would you recommend to your Kailmeyra readers?
Elizabeth: That’s a toughy. There are so many great books out there now. I’d have to say Hope Collier’s The Willows: Haven. It’s a great read with some interesting twists and turns along the way. If you liked the Kailmeyra Series, I’d bet you’d like this one too!
Thank you so much, Elizabeth, for stopping bye the Writing Cave Camp Out!!!
In honor of Elizabeth and my first ever interview I'm embracing the go big or go home motto and giving away a Kindle!!! And that's not all! I'll also be loading that precious e-reader with not only THE SECRET OF THE KEEPERS but ASTERIA as well as Elizabeth's recommendation of THE WILLOWS:HAVEN by Hope Collier!!

How to enter is so super simple! 
Did you leave me a comment? 
Do you follow my blog?
Are you a Mindy Ruiz fan on Facebook?
Did you tweet this interview link?
Each yes answer is an entry to the go-big or go-home giveaway!
Winner will be chosen at random at the end of THE SECRET OF THE KEEPERS blog tour November 21st at 11:59 pst.

And don't forget to go follow my dear friend Elizabeth Isaacs on the following:
And finally, don't forget to check out THE SECRET OF THE KEEPERS and the rest of the blog tour.
November 13th-- The Readiacs
November 14th--Patricia's Peculiarity guest post
November 15th--Larissa's Bookish Life
November 17th-- The Reading Angel
November 18th-- Tracy Riva Interview with Nora
November 19th-- Late Bloomers
November-20th--Amaterasu Reads
November 21st--Book-crazy



35 comments:

  1. I've been curious about the Kailmeyra Chronicles for awhile now. :) Great interview!

    I follow your blog.
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  2. Great interview, thanks for the giveaway.
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  3. So loving the sound of these books, Elizabeth! And love your idea of going big on the giveaway, Mindy...heck, love your blog, period. ;)

    I am a follower, "like" you on FB, and am on my way over to Twitter now. Best of luck on the blog tour, Elizabeth, and congratulations on the new release! :)

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  4. Super great interview!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    New follower: GFC- Aeicha @ Word Spelunking
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    :) Aeicha
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  5. Commenting? Yup! (At least, I think...)

    Thanks so much. This is amazing.
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  6. Fun interview and the books sound quite interesting. And thank you for the awesome giveaway!

    Facebook fan - Clockwork Reverie
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    Take care!

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  7. That was a great interview! Mindy is a new author for me - I need to find The Light of Asteria
    I'm a new GFC follower: Michele
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    I tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/rlawrence110/status/135568861314555904

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  8. Stories with secrets tend to me emotional for me which I like a lot. Nora's world seems so dark, I just know I'll be rooting for her. Thank you for the interview and wonderful giveaway.

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  9. Mindy,

    Don't enter me in the contest, as a participant in the tour I exclude myself. I just wanted to say you did a great job with your first interview. Congratulations and here's looking to forward to more of them in the future.

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  10. Loved this interview! Beth is an amazing author.

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  11. Great interview :) (littlesillysally at gmail.com)

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  12. Hi Ms. Ruiz, *waves*
    I am a new follower to the blog (and twitter :) for both you and Ms. Elizabeth). Ms. Elizabeth is also a new author for me, but I love this interview... she seems like such a great person :D Thank you so much for hosting this giveaway! Please count me in! looking forward to your future posts :)

    Diana

    +1 Comment
    +1 follow via GFC The Lovely Getaway
    +1 facebook like via Lovely Getaway

    Thanks again <3

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  13. Ah! Forgot my email, my mistake... forgive me?

    Diana
    lovelygetaway@gmail.com

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  14. sounds wonderful!
    roswriting at gmail dot com

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  15. Nice interview, got to the site via twitter, now im intrigued! Book sounds awesome! I commented, followed, fanned, and tweeted! Now off to look up the book!

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  16. Great interview, great contest!
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  17. Love ROLOS----Yummy
    I am a follower on facebook, GFC, Blogs, and now I commented
    thanks audie(at)wickerness(dot)com

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  18. Great interview, I definitely want to read this! I follow your blog and I have wanted to read Haven by Hope Collier as well. I will definitely tweet that when I get my computer.

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  19. I loved this interview! I am a follower of your blog. I also liked you on Facebook. Thanks for the giveaway! jennphilg@yahoo.com

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  20. I have put the Kailmeyra Series on my reading list. It sounds wonderful.

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  21. Thanks so much :) I have those books on my wish list!
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    +1 Follow on Twitter natcleary and tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/natcleary/status/137569289266933760
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  22. Congratulations on an awesome first interview! You did a great job! This book sounds awesome! I still have to read the first book but I've heard great things about it and it's already on my wish list:)

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  23. I have so badly wanted to read these books!!!
    The interview was fantastic & I'm glad Ms. Isaacs took the time to chat with us=)
    +1 I follow via GFC as Luvdaylilies
    +1 I tweeted the interview link here~http://twitter.com/#!/Luvdaylilies/status/138431576508858368
    Thanks for the chance~A Kindle and the books would be like Christmas!
    Lethea B
    Luvdaylilies at Bellsouth dot net

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  24. 1) I'm so wanting this! I'm also very interested in the new book! 2) I am a GFC follower, 3) I like you on FB, 4) I tweeted - https://twitter.com/#!/xocaisgood/status/138436196522135553

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  25. Great interview! Sounds like an amazing book, and I'm now following your blog AND a Mindy Ruiz fan on FB! Also tweeted the interview link oh purleeze let this be my lucky day! stumarvel at yahoo dot com.

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  26. I hadn't heard of this series yet, but now I'm excited! I love anything that mixes magic and war!

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  27. Tweeted by- brandisbooks https://twitter.com/#!/brandisbooks/status/138736469304025088
    Liked on FB- Brandi O'Bannon
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    and commented :)
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  28. Great interview -- flying commas and all! :)

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  29. Hi!
    Fun interview :D Thanks.

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    cayce006 at yahoo dot com

    Have a nice day. And good luck to everyone!

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  30. using my sis's account lol.
    fantastic interview, sounds like an amazing book as well :)


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