I’m thrilled to have debut author Katherine Linquist on my blog today talking about her children’s book The Twelve-Day Christmas of Silverlenne Forest. Even better, Katherine is giving away a copy of her book to one lucky commenter.
Katherine is a talented young lady. Not only is she an author, but also a modern and contemporary dancer trainee with the Inlet Dance Theater based in Ohio. I’ve known her for years and can’t wait to see what she does next.
I sat down with this busy lady to find out more about The Twelve Day Christmas of Silverlenne Forest.
What inspired you to write this book?
I grew up taking ballet classes at dance studios in town. The studio I was attending needed a Christmas production, and it was suggested that I provide a plotline. I actually didn’t want to at the time. When I tried it, though, it was a whole lot of fun. At first, I tried to stick with easily stage-able content. That was pretty tough, but turned out okay. Then the studio ended up picking a different production, so I was able to include whatever I wanted. I worked on Twelve-Day Christmas whenever the season came around, until Tate Publishing wanted to pick it up. It’s been an enjoyable project.
Tell me about your favorite place to write. What makes it special?
There’s not a specific place, but there is a type of space. The best spots for me involve an open, indoor space with a good amount of natural light. It’s got to be pretty quiet but not silent. Christmas lights are also a personal touch of mine; I enjoy plugging them in when I’m writing quiet or relaxing scenes.
I love the idea of Christmas lights! I may steal it. Now for the important questions. If a celebrity did your audio book, who would you pick and why?
Adam Young. Owl City always brightens my day with his quirky happiness. Ocean Eyes and Maybe I’m Dreaming were my go-to albums for editing this book. Consequently, his voice fits with the atmosphere in my head. I can also picture him having a lot of fun voicing a fairytale. Breanne Duren could join him for the female characters’ voices, too.
Great picks. His voice is dreamy. Thinking of dreams, I wish we got together more often because my kids adore spending time with you. The ten year old can’t wait to be in another play under your direction and the six year old wants to tackle you in football. But since we are going to sneak out to the ballet, let’s get the characters from The Twelve Day Christmas of Silverlenne Forest to babysit. What will their night be like?
Well, if you ask for one princess, you get all three plus a prince and four fairies. No one will want payment, because half of them are royalty in wealthy kingdoms. Also it might be weird for the neighbors to see the fairies’ wings. How about you to go on a cruise or something and just drop them off at the castle? They’ll be perfectly safe now. Although you might want to let Prince Ryan know if you don’t want your kids learning basic swordsmanship. 6 would only get a wooden sword, but I’m not sure about 10.
The six year old would be all over that. What else?
They’ll probably create some massive piece of cloud artwork with Princess Cora. Princess Charlotte will set up a treasure hunt or some similar game for them in Silverlenne Forest. She’ll also take them stargazing, if they want to go. Princess Abigail will teach them how to swing on the forest vines. If you say it’s alright, she’ll do beginning archery with them, too. The Fairies will make sure they don’t do anything too dangerous. Between the four of them, they’ll also show your kids all over the kingdom. Honestly, they’ll both probably talk more about flying than anything else. If you want details of the castle halls, you’ll have to come see them yourself! The King and Queen would be more than happy to have you. Just make sure you’ve got a few books with you; they will want to know what kinds of stories are being told in our branch of the world.
Fun! I hear the Queen makes delicious desserts. What are your quick picks?
- Chocolate, fruit or other? CHOCOLATE. Dark chocolate. White chocolate. Chocolate with caramel or almonds or salt. Yum.
- Warm or cold? Whatever it’s not in the restaurant.
- Buttercream or fondant? Fondant is weird. Buttercream.
- Cookies or brownies? Afternoon: cookies. Evening: brownies. Both with butterscotch chips.
- With nuts or without? It depends, but for simplicity’s sake, without.
Yum! While Katherine and I run off to Silverlenne, here’s a bit more about the book. Be sure to enter the Rafflecopter. One lucky commenter wins a copy!
Princess Abigail watches her kingdom’s Christmas preparations, meets Ryan, and is almost kidnapped within the space of a single day. The king asks Ryan to protect Abigail and her two sisters, whether they are swinging through the forest or bouncing on clouds. All the while, Abigail and Ryan are assisted by their four fairy friends in seeking a betrothal gift that will please the king and queen. It shouldn’t be impossible, but the woods by the castle have proven not as safe as they were before. The gifts keep sensing danger and running away.
An old threat to Silverlenne works to overthrow the king and queen. A new threat joins him, and returns for Abigail. Ryan, Charlotte, and Cora search for her across the kingdom with help from five liquid-sunlight rings, eight dancing milkmaids, and ten lords marching to battle. Abigail works with the fairies to escape her captor’s fortress. Ryan and the others only have days to find her, or they will lose both Abigail and Silverlenne.
You can visit Katherine and see some photos from her release party at http://www.thetwelvedaychristmas.com/