I’m so excited to share that my friend Heather McCorkle is releasing her first book on August 15! Heather and I made our decisions to publish around the same time and although our journey’s have been slightly different (Heather used Abbott Press, a division of Writer’s Digest, to publish her book while I used Createspace) we’ve both faced the same highs and lows, fear and excitement!
Heather’s official bio:
I am an author of young adult fantasy, in all its many sub-genres. Helping other writers and supporting fabulous authors is my passion. When I’m not writing or surfing my social networking sites, I can be found on the slopes, the hiking trails, or on horseback. As a native Oregonian, I enjoy the outdoors almost as much as the worlds I create on the pages. No need to travel to the Great Northwest though, you can find me here, on my blog four days a week, and Monday night’s on Twitter where I co-moderate the #WritersRoad chat with my good friend TS Tate.
Heather’s debut novel is a young adult fantasy novel titled The Secret of Spruce Knoll.
Following the tragic death of her parents, Eren Donovan moves to Spruce Knoll to live with her aunt. Little does Eren know the entire town of Spruce Knoll is filled with “channelers”~a magical group of people who immigrated to the small Colorado town when they were driven out of their own lands.
Channelers are tied to the fate of the world. As the world slowly dies, so do
they~and they alone have the power to stop the destruction of Earth. Now, Eren learns she not only lives among them, but she is one. When she meets local boy Aiden, his charm convinces her that being a channeler may not be all bad.
Doesn’t that sound intriguing? I can’t wait to read it!!! But all this talk about secrets makes wonder what kind of secrets are really going on in Spruce Knoll so I cornered Heather and asked:
A dying world, that sounds so mysterious. What’s the secret, why is the world dying and how are your characters tied to it?
Heather tried to weasel her way out of the question until I threatened to leave her alone with all six of my children. Then she couldn’t spill fast enough:
Not unlike our own, the earth in my novel is in peril because of harmful practices with waste, fuel, and overpopulation. In the novel, each bit of earth that is swallowed by cities causes fewer and fewer channelers to be born each year. They need to live among nature because they are closer to it than most humans. But, as the forests, jungles, and plains disappear, channelers are in danger of disappearing as well. Eren must face not only what she is, but the fact that her kind are going extinct.
Now I really want to read it! And I bet you do, too! So run over to Amazon and preorder your copy right now!
Heather’s hosting a fabulous giveaway to celebrate her release! And it ends August 31.