Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Interview with J. Keller Ford - Author of the Chronicles of Fallhollow

I have a little something different planned for the blog today, to celebrate the release day of Bane of the Dragon King by J. Keller Ford, I have a short interview with her that I want to share with you all.

If you missed it last month, I reviewed an ARC of Bane of The Dragon King here on this blog. The book is the third and final installment of Ford's YA fantasy series The Chronicles Of Fallhollow published by Month9Books. It comes out today, so it's now available for you to all go out and get it! I have been lucky to read ARCs of the whole trilogy, so it's little bittersweet for me that I have to say goodbye to these characters whom I have come to love.


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Fallhollow is at war. The sudden deaths of the only two heirs that could have saved it has plunged the entire land into chaos. Despite all the magic thrown at him, the Dragon King still lives. Hope for any sort of victory seems faint until Charlotte discovers a secret that could change the course of history.

Armed with the power to set things right, Charlotte embarks on a perilous journey with the sly and cunning Prince Izmayel Ascatar Venniver IV, Lord of the peaceful Edryd dragons. But her journey of peace is thwarted, and Hirth's most fearsome enemy plans to use Charlotte to destroy the kingdom and claim the universe as his own.

As Fallhollow and the Kingdom of Hirth descend into a battlefield of bloodshed and death, David, Trog, and the warriors of Hirth march toward war with an impossible plan to bring down the Dragon King, destroy his armies, and return the kingdom to its former glory. All they need is a little faith, a few extraordinary surprises, and a lot of magic of the most unexpected, generous kind.

This book is the final dramatic and magnificent conclusion to the Chronicles of Fallhollow trilogy.
Let's dive into the interview!

This is the third and final book in the series, was it as bittersweet for you as it was for me to close this chapter on David & Charlotte's story? Do you think you will ever visit Fallhollow again?

Oh my gosh, Deanna, you have no idea how hard it is to part with David, Charlotte, and especially Trog. I have lived and breathed these characters for long I sometimes feel lost without them cruising around in my head or shouting something at me. I also know that some people are going to hate the ending but to be true to what Charlotte and David have wanted since the beginning, I had to end it the way I did, which is bittersweet in itself. They each have more growing to do. They each have their own way of processing everything that has happened to them. Eventually, with time, I’ll revisit Fallhollow again. I already have plans for that, but it won’t be for a long time. These two kids have been through a lot. They need their space from me, because I’d throw them into some other chaotic adventure and they’d wind up in a mental hospital somewhere from a severe breakdown. 😊 It’s best for all involved if I walk away.

What advice would you give to any aspiring writers?

Write from the heart. Write what you want to write. Don’t try to go with the trends because if you do that, by the time your book is finished and you’re ready to publish, that subject will probably not be a trend anymore. More than anything, stop procrastinating. If you want to write, you have to show up every day and write. It can be a paragraph. It can be a hundred pages. It could be gobbledygook. It doesn’t matter. Just write. Before long, you’ll have a manuscript. It won’t be pretty. It won’t be ready to submit to a publisher, but you will have completed a book. Pat yourself on the back and do something to celebrate. You’ve accomplished something many people don’t. More than anything else, don’t compare yourself to others. It will only make you feel like your writing is garbage. I know. I do it all the time and it really makes you feel down and depressed. Be happy you’re not like someone else. Be proud you’re an original. Run with it and celebrate your uniqueness.

If you could travel to any fictional world from a book, where would you go?

I like Wonderland a lot. So many silly creatures and things that appear as they aren’t. There are foods to make you big and small and crazy hatters and silly rabbits with pocket watches. I would love to go to a place like this where I can do the insane because being sane is crazy. The villains are unique and terrifying, and the Jabberwocky is a beast born of nightmares. It’s such a quirky place that I think I would fit in quite well.  

What 3 YA books that you love would you recommend to my readers?

Without a doubt, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS is tops on my list. Oh my gosh, I cried so hard when I read that book. It touched me on so many levels and the book remains with me to this day.

Next on my list is actually a set of books, THE LUNAR CHRONICLES. I LOVED every one of these books and Captain Thorne remains my favorite book boyfriend.

Third is THE PRINCESS BRIDE. I know this probably isn’t a YA book but I first read it when I was around 14-years-old and fell in love with it. It’s still my go to novel when I’m feeling sad or lonely. It’s such a wonderful love story full of action and adventure.

What do you love the most about the YA genre?

Freedom. Adult books are so regimented. They have to follow norms of adulthood. With YA, the characters are still learning. They’re allowed to make mistakes. They’re free to experiment and stray away from the norms. Coloring outside the lines is encouraged. Characters in YA can show they aren’t as irresponsible as some adults think kids are. Sometimes they have really good ideas because they see life through different eyes. I love writing it for that reason. I remember feeling invincible at times when I was a teen and my mind was always filled with ideas and solutions. I love watching all that unfold in YA stories. I love watching the characters grow into these amazing individuals. It’s escapism for me, a way to break out of the restrictions of adulthood. Besides, most of them are plain fun to read.

Thanks to the author for answering these questions and for the great writing advice. I know this aspiring writer it definitely trying to take it to heart! Be sure to check out J. Keller Ford's fantasy series and stay tuned for what else she has in store!


J. (Jenny) Keller Ford is a scribbler of speculative fiction and YA tales. As an Army brat, she traveled the world and wandered the halls of some of Germany’s most extraordinary castles in hopes of finding snarky dragons, chivalrous knights, and wondrous magic to permeate her imagination. What she found remains etched in her topsy-turvy mind and oozes out in sweeping tales of courage, sacrifice, honor and everlasting love.

When not torturing her keyboard or trying to silence the voices in her head, Jenny spends time collecting seashells, bowling, screaming on roller coasters and traveling. She is a mom to four magnificent and noble offspring and currently lives in paradise on the west coast of Florida with a menagerie of royal pets, and her own quirky knight who was brave enough to marry her.

Happy Reads Everyone!