I’m very excited to have special guest, Keira Gillett, author of the Zaria Fierce Trilogy on the blog today. Her first book, Zaria Fierce and the Secret of Gloomwood Forest, released earlier this year in March. Watch the book trailer to learn more:
Q: Hello Keira, thanks for agreeing to be featured on Reinreads. Why did you decide to write a middle grade/young adult trilogy?
Keira Gillett: Hi Alysyn! I’m so grateful to be on Reinreads. Thanks for having me. As for your question, I grew up on Nancy Drew, Encyclopedia Brown, Animorphs, Half Magic, Ella Enchanted, and Harry Potter. They were a big part of my childhood. I still remember devouring the books for the first time. I wanted to contribute to a genre that I loved so much as a child and teen (and let’s face it as an adult too!) It’d be an honor to have written someone’s favorite book.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Robert Eggleton, author of Rarity from the Hollow. Robert is recently retired & his novel has received glowing reviews. It was originally printed in 2012, but will be reprinted this year. The novel is described as social science fiction & is intended for any age, but contains vivid & realistic scenes that are not for the faint of heart. Purchase links & author contacts are at the bottom of this interview, but you can jump to them by clicking here.
The novel follows Lacy Dawn, a true daughter of Appalachia, & then some. She lives in a hollow with her worn-out mom, her Iraq War disabled dad, & her mutt Brownie, a dog who’s very skilled at laying fiber optic cable. Lacy Dawn’s android boyfriend has come to the hollow with a mission. His equipment includes infomercial videos of Earth’s earliest proto-humans from millennia ago. He was sent by the Manager of the Mall on planet Shptiludrp (Shop ’till You Drop): he must recruit Lacy Dawn to save the Universe in exchange for the designation of Earth as a planet which is eligible for continued existence within a universal economic structure that exploits underdeveloped planets for their mineral content. Lacy Dawn’s magic enables her to save the universe, Earth, &, most importantly, her own family. Continue reading