Elizabeth, Welcome to The Destiny of One blog. Tell me a little bit about yourself?
First and foremost, I am a Christian, and as daughter of the Most High, I try to live every day of my life to His glory. I am a writer, and have been since I was first taught to hold a pencil correctly. I can often be found scribbling away in some way, shape, or form, whether the scene is being typed out, penned in a notebook, or written in my head and stashed away for later. In May 2012, I published my debut novel, Violets Are Blue, which is available for purchase on Amazon. Though word crafting is my chief interest, I take great pleasure in a variety of pastimes, including reading voraciously, taking pictures with the Canon Rebel t3i my sister and I share (fondly named Marius), dancing, singing, baking in the kitchen, blogging, and watching period dramas with my sisters. In my spare time, I blog at Living on Literary Lane, where I can most likely be found in the library, buried within the pages of The Count of Monte Cristo.
What is Violets Are Blue about?
Violets Are Blue is about an especially tumultuous year in the life of one young girl named Violet Bradshaw. If you asked her what or whom she loved best in the world (after her family, of course), her answer would probably be her hometown of Eastbourne and her best friend, Lillian Prescott. When the Bradshaw family makes the decision to move to America, Vi finds herself losing both in a matter of seconds. Determined to keep up their friendship though an ocean now divides them, Vi and Lill begin to write letters to each other, the former describing her new home, and the latter telling of Eastbourne. But when Lilli sends Vi an eager letter that says the Prescotts will be coming to America — and on the unsinkable Titanic, no less — neither friend can forsee the peril ahead of her and what a testament it will be to her faith.
Who will enjoy reading it?
Whole families, I hope, but it is directed primarily towards young ladies. For those who have asked, there is no bad language, and any romance between characters is veiled, making it clean enough for every member of the family. It does cover some difficult issues, such as factory conditions during the early 1900s, so parents can proof-read it before giving it to their children if they deem it necessary.
If you had to pick one word to describe your book, what would it be and why?
I had a rather difficult time coming up with an answer to this question: I wanted to be truthful, but I didn't want it to sound as if I were patting myself on the back. I asked my family, and they made the following suggestions: True. Real. Moving. And I have to agree with them. It's not joyful all the way through, but it's honest. Both hardship and happiness take their turn on the book's stage, woven together in the tapestry of this family's life.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
I have many, and could easily fill a book with their names alone. As brevity is the soul of wit, I will attempt to keep my answer short (a difficult feat, I assure you) and list C.S. Lewis, Jane Austen, J.R.R. Tolkien, Louisa May Alcott, Charles Dickens, and Baroness Orczy. In the category of more contemporary authors, I greatly admire the respective works of Jennifer Freitag and Abigail J. Hartman.
When can we expect your next book?
I am in the very early stages of writing my novel about the American Revolution, Rifles in the South Field. I hope to publish it eventually, but that day is still far off in the future.
If you had to pick three words to describe yourself, what would they be and why?
Wordcrafter. Though I certainly have a lot of learning and growing to do in this department, I will always be proud to call myself a writer. It's in my blood, and as much a part of me as my blue eyes and dark hair.
Bookworm. I've been reading for as long as I can remember, and couldn't imagine my life without it. Whether early in the morning or late at night, I can nearly always be found with a book (and often two or three).
Dancer. One of my favorite ways to worship the Lord is through the beautiful art of dance. I consider myself very blessed to be able to attend a Christian studio that strives to make Christ the focus in everything.
Do you have anything else you would like to add?
Only that it was an honor and a pleasure to be featured. Thank you for hosting me, Sarah! I hope your readers enjoyed reading the questions as much as I enjoyed answering them.