I’d like to welcome B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree K.A. Lovold to talk with me about her book, Doorway to DeepHollow. K.A. has published several short non-fiction stories in online magazines and some anthologies like Chicken Soup for the Soul and A Cup of Comfort, however raising three daughters proved starting and completing a novel trickier to accomplish. Now that her daughters are older (20, 18, and 13), she’s been able to put much more focus on writing those novels she’s always dreamed of writing! And with the discovery of Indie Publishing, no door is closed. She lives in Minnesota and loves heading up the North Shore and writing in a very cozy cottage where her characters seem to come to life. She also loves spending time outdoors in front of a campfire with her daughters and her husband, Michael, who she’s been married to for twenty-four years.
Hello, Karin! Thank you for talking to me today about your B.R.A.G. Medallion book, Doorway to DeepHollow. First, tell me how you discovered indieBRAG?
Hi Stephanie! I discovered indieBRAG when I was investigating Indie publishing and Indie books. Had never heard of it before but was very excited to find it! Very glad it’s out there for readers and writers alike.
Please tell me a little about your book.
It’s a middle grade fantasy about Gracie, a fourteen year old girl, who discovers a parallel world (on the other side of her locker at school no less) filled with fairies and cool creatures and lots of fun and adventure.
Why did you chose Minnesota as the setting for your story?
Minnesota is where I live, so it was easy to choose it.
Please share an excerpt.
Gracie sighed and started the combination on her locker, but stalled when she felt a slight vibration. When she heard a rustling inside, she let go, stepped backwards, and froze.
She stared at the door to the school, debating whether to bolt again. This girl-in-her-locker business was too much. Gracie had convinced herself that her fantasy book reading had gotten the better of her. What she’d seen was not possible! She shook her head and chuckled. “Knock it off, Gracie. Just open your stupid locker. It’s just a locker.” She worked the combination again in slow motion, took a deep breath and yanked it open.
Gracie’s jaw dropped. There she was. The girl was back. “No, no, no, this can’t be happening,” Gracie whispered under her breath.
Describe Aldermarsh Pond.
Aldermarsh Pond is a beautiful, green, earthy place filled with ginormous trees, mossy grounds and plush grass. Fairies of every size fly or flutter around everywhere. There are even larger “house fairies” who live with Alderite families. Sitting in the center of Aldermarsh Pond is the pond itself, a magical body of water where the fairies give and receive energy to everything else there. Besides the fairies, there are gigantic owls who speak without uttering a word, giant frogs that do speak out loud, as well as butterflies large enough to ride on.
What is one of the hardships that Gracie faces and how does she deal with it?
Gracie’s older brother went missing two years prior, and there is a dark, suffocating cloud hanging over her home life because of it. She longs for happiness and joy in her world once again.
What is the role of Protector Fairy?
She is thought to be good—the protector of Aldermarsh Pond; however, the more Gracie and her friends dig into how this magical doorway brought these two worlds together, they begin to uncover some things about the Protector Fairy they never knew.
Who designed your book cover?
Kim Curtis-Monson painted the cover and Donna Casey from Digital Donna put the title, etc. on it.
What are you currently working on?
I am finishing up Doorway to Deephollow Book 2, which will be available on Amazon by the end of July or middle of August of this year. Besides this, I have a Christian romance novel that’s in the editing phase and will be available by the end of the year. Doorway to Deephollow Book 3 (the final in the series) I hope to have published sometime in 2016.
Where can readers buy your book?
A Message from indieBRAG:
We are delighted that Stephanie has chosen to interview K.A. Lovold who is the author of, Doorway to Deephollow, our medallion honoree at indieBRAG . To be awarded a B.R.A.G. Medallion TM, a book must receive unanimous approval by a group of our readers. It is a daunting hurdle and it serves to reaffirm that a book such as, Doorway to Deephollow, merits the investment of a reader’s time and money.