Author Interview: Miri Castor

I’m very excited to have author Miri Castor on the blog today! She’s here to talk about her series, Opal Charm, and the second book will be released this month! Learn more about her book and her inspiration below!

As well, once you’re finished with this interview you can join us on Twitter from 6-7pm CST for the second Ask the Author chat! This is a chance for you to ask your own questions of the authors, whether about the book, writing advice, or general queries! To participate, all you need to do is use the hashtag #asktheauthor and you can also tag Miri @charmedcastor and myself @spinesinaline. See the Ask the Author page for more details.

If you’re not able to join us at this time, you can still ask your questions. Either tweet them earlier in the day, leave your questions on this post, or you can ask them over on our Goodreads group and I’ll make sure they get asked during the chat!

Hope to chat with many of you tonight!

The Path to Dawn (Opal Charm #1)
by Miri Castor

Genre: Fantasy/Sci-Fi
Audience: YA

Opal is a young girl living in Dewdrop, a bustling suburb southeast of New York. Life is a constant struggle for her, until she befriends newcomer, Hope Adaire. With the girls’ friendship slowly beginning to grow, Opal’s life begins to change in mysterious ways, as the secrets of Hope’s enigmatic life begins to unfold.

In the process of taking new paths and unveiling truths, a new world is discovered and with it, the discovery of a Gift a power that can make Opal stronger than she ever imagined. Yet with every truth, lies must be shattered. Now, when Dewdrop and the new world is threatened, this temperamental teen with too much emotional baggage, must learn how to control her Gift, and protect everyone living in her world and the new one—or face the consequences of unmasked truths.

The Path to Dawn is a coming-of-age story geared towards young adults and teens. It is a story that should make one question the power of truth and lies.

Get it here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depo | Indiebound

And get the second book, Hope in Nautical Dusk, on Amazon!

Sam/Spines: Let’s start off with a little game to learn more about you: what are two truths and a lie about yourself?

Miri Castor: My truths: I only used to eat the Oreo cream from an Oreo cookie when I was little. Summer is my favorite season. 1 lie: I love swimming in the ocean. I especially love knowing there are fish touching me when I swim.

S: How did you get started in writing?

MC: I got started with my first story when I was six years old. It was a cute, slice-of-life, short story about me, inspired by many adventure books I’d read. It was incredibly silly, but I did enjoy writing it. It wasn’t until I started writing fanfiction that I took my writing hobby seriously.

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Reminder: Ask the Author Chat

Popping in to say that the next Ask the Author chat will be tomorrow!

Miri Castor will join us on the blog for an author interview in the morning and then from 6-7pm CST you can join us on Twitter to ask your own questions.

Don’t worry if you haven’t read The Path to Dawn! Everyone’s questions are welcome (whether informed or not)! It’s just about having fun and getting to know some new people, so I really hope many of you will stop in and introduce yourself. It can be hard to meet people cuz this blog sometimes feels like a one-way conversation but this is your chance to get a word in 😉

All you need to do is use the hashtag #asktheauthor, though it wouldn’t hurt to also tag Miri @charmedcastor and myself @spinesinaline, and the rest is easy!

Ooh, and you can also grab the badge below for your blog! (First personal badge for this blog!)

That’s all for now! Talk to you tomorrow!


Music Monday: DJ Williams

Time for with another Music Monday (visit this page to learn more about it and how you can join in)!

Today’s feature is all about DJ Williams and his latest novel, Waking Lazarus, which he has written an accompanying soundtrack for. Read on to learn his strategy for pairing writing with music!

Waking Lazarus Goes Beyond the Page

“A captivating visual story with a colorful narrative. Once I started reading it was hard to put down.” Peter Anderson, Oscar Winner, Cinematographer

When I began writing Waking Lazarus I searched for musical inspiration as the story spanned nearly a century. I scrolled through my iTunes playlists and picked out a sequence of soundtracks to help set the tone and mood to help capture each scene as it played out on the page like a film. Working in the entertainment industry as an Executive Producer and Director, I understand how important a piece music can be to enhance the story you’re trying to tell.

As the months passed, Waking Lazarus came alive on the page and I had a thought…what if we created a soundtrack to go with the book. It was something I hadn’t seen done before. A soundtrack customized for the story, and done in a way that readers of all kinds could use it without being lost.

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