I’m delighted to be welcoming Lorraine Hellier to my hot seat today as part of her blog tour for YA Fantasy, The Elf King.
Find out which scenes Lorraine Hellier found easiest and hardest to write, great tips for new writers and more.
First, here’s more about The Elf King:
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Matador; UK ed. edition (10 Nov. 2016)
Available to purchase in paperback format.
Bay Leaf is the new Elf King and must take his Oath of Allegiance. His sister, Sweet Pea, demonstrates her love and support on a perilous journey to the Mountain Shrine.
An enchanted book offers advice and guidance from their ancestors and warns Sweet Pea to take care of her brother.
Will her interference resolve Bay Leaf’s heartache?
Welcome to Jera’s Jamboree.
Thank you for inviting me on to your blog.
Please summarise “The Elf King” in 20 words or less.
This children’s novel is a tale of the love and loyalty of family and friends on a perilous journey.
Please tell us about the characters in your book.
The female characters are all names of flowers and the males are herbs.
Bay Leaf is the new Elf King but Sweet Pea (Pea) his sister) tells the story.
Their family feature throughout. There is also a giant, Horace, and a wizard, Bishen.
What scene did you enjoy writing the most Lorraine?
I like to bring different emotions to a book. The scene where Bay Leaf has to give up his forbidden love and choose to be loyal to his destiny actually made me feel sad for him. He tells his sister of his heartache but pleads with her not to mention it again.
I knew what would happen but I won’t disclose here!
… and the hardest?
Bay Leaf’s injuries – I wanted to get the balance right without being too graphic but intense enough to be life threatening, considering the age group of the readers.
Did you do any research? What resources did you use?
I researched the character names using internet and books for flowers and herbs.
Did you travel to any places Lorraine?
Writing this novel coincided with an opportunity to visit New Zealand. I had just started the first draft and the spectacular scenery inspired me to take the elves on a journey.
If your book is part of a series, can you tell us what’s in the future?
“The Elf King” is the first of a trilogy. The sequel, “The Elf Quest,” will be in April 2018. This is Sweet Pea’s task to find other elves to trade for moonstones.
What are you currently working on?
I am currently working on the third in my Elf trilogy. Three Elf Clans are involved.
Are there any tips you could share with new writers Lorraine, anything that’s worked well for you?
Join a critique group. Constructive, not critical, feedback from supportive writers is invaluable. It can be daunting at first but experienced writers can offer really helpful advice to develop a writer’s work. I also found it useful to read other writer’s submissions, giving me insight not only into how they write but also how I could improve my own WIP.
Finally, have you joined any writing groups?
I am a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) an international organisation with groups in various British locations. I meet with the Central and West Regional group. We meet for critique sessions etc. Also there is a very active Facebook page which offers advice and links to useful websites, articles etc. I also meet with a local group of writers who support and encourage me along my writing journey.
Thank you for being my guest today Lorraine.
Lorraine Hellier writes from her canal-side home near the cathedral city of Lichfield, Staffordshire. She visits local schools offering Author Visits and Creative Writing Workshops. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators supporting and encouraging other members.
Lorraine loves to travel, a visit to New Zealand inspired this novel.
The sequel “The Elf Quest” will be published April 2018.
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Don’t forget to check out the other hosts on tour.