You know those online personality quizzes? The ones that can supposedly tell your age/lifestyle/hair color from your favorite food and how you organize your DVDs? Yes. Well. I took one of those last night at 2 a.m. – it’s the sort of thing you do when you should be sleeping, but are really worried about wasting time by sleeping.
Finding out what my job would have been in medieval times was a much better use of that time, right? Sure. Let’s go with that.
Actually, the quiz gave me a cool occupation: Entertainer! Which is perfect for both me and my book, THE STORYSPINNER.
You see, I love telling stories, reading stories aloud, and listening to others share their stories. There is nothing better than having friends and family gathered in my kitchen, exchanging tales while I cook (more likely bake) something fun and festive.
The main character of THE STORYSPINNER, Johanna von Arlo, is a storyteller too, but prefers a less intimate setting. As a member of the Performers — a gypsy-like entertaining troupe — she loves being a spectacle, reeling in an enormous audience, and keeping them in breathless anticipation for each tale’s conclusion.
When her father dies and her family is expelled from their troupe, Johanna is forced to sell stories in the court of an arrogant (and unfortunately attractive) young duke, Rafael DeSilva. And while she loathes her boss, his noble guests are about a million times more despicable. Jo finds herself embroiled in a dangerous game of thrones where she discovers the magically-inclined characters from her stories might be real after all.
It’s a fun, twisty, fantasy and will be out in…TWO MONTHS. (Remember the not sleeping from the first paragraph? My closely advancing pub date might have a little something to do with that).
Or if you wanted to pre-order my book, you can do that at one of these fine retailers: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Blue Willow Book Shop, The King’s English or request it at your favorite independent bookstore.
|Becky Wallace is the author of THE KEEPERS’ CHRONICLES: THE STORYSPINNER, a magical adventure in which a case of mistaken identity exposes a young performer to a danger she could have never imagined and a secret her father died to protect. It will be available from Simon & Schuster in March 2015. When Becky’s not writing, she’s baking cupcakes and teaching her kids ’90s dance moves.