guest character interview | Rory

Hi, y'all!

I am doing an interview with the main character from Allie Taylor's story, Rory. I'm reading what she has so far and GUYS IT'S AMAZING.

We talked over the phone for the interview (OVER THE PHONE GUYS) and it turned out amazing. Allie posted the part where she interviewed my MC for my Snow White retelli-- wait, you haven't heard about that yet?

Oh, bother. Now I'm gonna have to tell you all about my book. *dies in terror*

Well, in short, I'm entering the RoogleWood Press novella contest and the theme is a Snow White retelling. The MC's name is Eira (pronounced Yair-ah) and she is who Allie interviewed. You can check her interview with Eira out over HERE.

Well, let's get on to the actual highlight of this post: las interview.

(questions will be in bold, answers in regular, and if I want to add something it'll be in italics).

1. What would Rory do with a few hours of free time?

She would probably be reading. She is a straight A student, so she might also be doing extra circular stuff.

2. Does she have a "person of interest"?

Yes, his name is Brizen and he goes to the same school as Rory (oooohhh I like that name). He is sort of like a big brother to her (but, more than that probably. ;D). Brizen is a little tender and can be a bit harsh. He doesn't like opening up to people.

3. Does she like music?

She loves music (hurrah for music!). Rory's aunt is very musical and usually has it playing in the house.

4. Is Rory - in the world's terms - more of a "girly girl," a "tomboy,"or in the middle?

Rory is very much in the middle (Great choice! I'm in the middle, too :D). She works on a farm, but also has a big sister, Bessy, whom she looks up to. Bessy is very ladylike.

Thanks for the interview, Allie!!! I had a bunch of fun (and cannot wait to read more of Rory's story). You can see Allie's writing/personal blog @ The Depth of My Faith. IT'S REALLY COOL. It is undergoing some changes, so if things look a little messy...well, yeah, you'll know what's going on.

ALSO: things have been changing so rapidly in my life I'm just like *mind explodes*. First, I HAVE GLASSES (which I think I might have mentioned before). New glasses = new author/blog photo so I'm really excited!

Second, I'm taking a photography class through the school year, so y'all better get ready for a bucket load of photos to come your way come school again!

Third, you guys asked for a picture of my now three and a half week old sister, Saria (pronounced Sah-ri-ah), so, here ya go!

ADORABLE!! We had her newborn pics taken by a friend who is a photographer, and I got to go and watch. She was so adorable in all the poses!

What do you think of Rory?

Do you like character interviews?

What about my novella?

Do you think my baby sister is cute?

Until we meet again,


when you by gifs... | the writer version

Because who can't resist doing a When You by Gifs post? Especially one about WRITERS?

Moi, of course.

So, lets begin. Because us writers have many strange things we do and they must be brought to justice with gifs.

When you come up with a novel idea because you've been searching your brain for one after abandoning an old and terrible idea (true story):

When you are annoyed Microsoft Word says that the name of your character isn't an actual word:

When you have writer's block:

When it's hopeless because you can't find the perfect title:

When you're editing:

And editing:


And when you FINISH editing:

When you realize that after alpha and beta readers comes more...editing:

When someone wants to know what you're book is about:

When someone loves your book:

Do you enjoy When You posts? I do. Do you ever feel like any of these? Are you a writer?


happy birthday to THE OLD RIVER ROAD

It’s been one year since Ivy Rose’s debut novel was released! To celebrate The Old River Road‘s first birthday, the eBook will be discounted to $.99 on Amazon July 8th - 10th. Also, she is revealing the title of book two in the Long Lake Legacy series.

    When seventeen-year-old Clara Boutwell married her dashing coworker, William McDonald, she was convinced her life was near perfect. The journey before them as newlyweds in the great city of Chicago was promising and exciting. But a frightening disease soon takes William in its grip, forcing them to the clean air of the western frontier in a desperate attempt to save his life. But pioneering doesn’t prove to be easy, with miles between neighbors instead of fences. On the eastern Washington prairies, the McDonalds face hardships and trials in a new world where everything is tested, from physical endurance to emotional strength—down to their relationship and faith in the Lord.
    This novel tells the incredible true story of Clara and William, the great-great grandparents of the author, in a sweet narrative full of laughter, tears, and the struggles of an early pioneering family. Prepare yourself to share in their experience as you read this account of a pioneer family in Washington state, and see their lasting legacy that has endured into the fifth generation.

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MOCK COVER, not the final product

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Check out the other blog stops this weekend...

Abigayle Claire @ The Left-Handed Typist
Faith Potts @ Stories by Firefly
Victoria Lynn @ Ruffles and Grace
Jesseca Wheaton @ Whimsical Writings

About the Author

Ivy Rose is a young novelist with a passion to create beautiful fiction. She’s been accused of wearing out coffee makers and clearing the entire house of its chocolate supply. Armed with a desire to create scenarios readers can easily relate to, she writes in many genres about ordinary individuals faced with extraordinary choices. When not studying for exams, she can be found practicing fiddle, TaeKwonDo, or ATV-ing the Pacific Northwest.

Have you ever read The Old River Road, or any of Ivy Rose's books? You know, it's her birthday too, so HAPPY BIRTHDAY IVY!! Congratulate her with me for publishing an awesome book a year ago!


the get to know me tag | how much do you REALLY know about me?

(SORRY this is late but apparently my mom had a BABY yesterday so I've been kinda busy #notashamed)

Apparently, a while ago, May did this Get to Know Me Tag thing and then I realized WHEN HAVE I ACTUALLY EVER TALKED ABOUT MYSELF besides here and here? Yeesh, that's not much.

You guys probably think I'm some alien robot creepy stalker dude. That or a pink pony trying to take over the blogiverse. #goals

Now, I guess I'll stop talking about me and get on to this post about me. :P

Name: Anika Walkes (though I go by Anika Joy as an author name because someday I'll probably get married so, yeah).
Nicknames: Ani and Joy are the two I can actually think of.
Birthday: November 15. NOVEMBER BABIES ROCK. (Also SQUUEEEE because May has a birthday 2 days after me).
Star Sign: Scorpio because #ScoprioRocks
Occupation: I am a full-time procrastinator. Oh, you meant a real job, huh? I am a student. Yeppers. A full time homeschooled middle school student if that's actually an occupation...
Hair Color: Dark brown.
Hair Length: Well, it depends. I originally have curly hair, so, if it's curly it's shoulder length, and it's past my armpit if it's straightened.
Eye Color: Dark hazel/brown.
Best Feature: Uh...I guess either my hair or my skin color. That's what most people say.
Braces: None. I don't need them and never will (hopefully).
Piercings: I got my ears pierced when I was 4 years old. I love them, too, though it is a bit hard to remember to wear them.
Tattoos: Eh, no.

Righty or Lefty: Righty. Though just like May said, my left thumb goes over my right when I clasp my hands and my left ankle goes over my right all the time so...yeah. Weird.
Real Holiday: I'm not sure if Thanksgiving counts...if not, then Christmas.
Best Friend: My BFF Ava! Our moms have been very good friends since they were kids, so I guess the disease passed on. :P
Award: To tell the truth...I've never won an award. Never in my life. :(
Sport: Volleyball.
Concert: Uh...a Christian bluegrass concert.
TV Show(s): Uhh...umm...baa...daa...aaaaaahhhhhh...I don't know. Full House, maybe? I like the new Disney show, Andi Mack, too. The Flash is a cool one. And D.C. Legends.
Color: Turquoise. I plan on redoing my room that color.
Songs: HA I was prepared for this one because I have a playlist of my favorites (and don't worry, it's only five songs) and they are: When Can I See You Again by Owl City, Diamonds by Hawk Nelson, Livin' on a Prayer by Bon Jovi, That's What I Like by Flo Rida ft. Fitz, and How Far I'll Go by Auli'i Caravalho.
Restaurant: I shall not answer this question because IT IS RIDICULOUS. HOW CAN ONE HAVE FAVORITES?
Books: I also shall not answer BECAUSE THIS IS A REALLY STUPID QUESTION.

Shoes: My feet. I'd go barefoot above all. #BarefootIsBetter
Feeling: Hungry because it's 8:30 in the morning and I haven't eaten breakfast yet. Also very numb and achy because I've been sitting in the same position for two hours.

Single or Taken: Single 'till the day I die (or maybe not...).

Eating: I just took a break and ate two pieces of toast and some cantaloupe but HAHA I'm still hungry.

Thinking About: How these new glasses I got are annoying my nose because I've never had glasses before and they annoy me a lot. Also how hungry I am.

Watching: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is playing in the background but I am totally not watching it (maybe)...

Wearing: A pink tank top and blue running shorts and my amazingly annoying but good looking pink and black glasses.


Want Children: Yepperdoodles. I wanna house full of 'em.

Want to be Married: Yes.

Careers in Mind: Author and web/graphic designer. I'm actually considering starting a free web design service...

Where You Want to Live: I have no idea. I'll go wherever God wants me to be.


God: Totally.

Miracles: Yes, I believe in miracles from God.

Love at First Sight: I think that you can have "like at first sight" (as in a crush or something), but I believe that true love develops as you spend more time with the person.

Ghosts: I believe in the Holy Ghost, One of the Trinity, but no, not real "ghosts".

Aliens: No way.

Soul Mates: I believe that God has a person for everyone unless He doesn't plan on them getting married. So, in a way, yes.

Heaven: Yes.

Hell: Yes.

Kissing on the First Date: No, not really. I mean, maybe if you've been friends for a long time and you know that you want to marry each other. But, I wouldn't kiss anybody I don't know I'm gonna marry.

Yourself: I believe that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

I TAG...

If you are a person and you like Hobby Lobby you are officially tagged for this tag. Thank you. *bows*
Were you surprised from any of my answers? Did you already know any of that stuff about me? Would you like to see a picture of my new sibling because BABIES = cuteness.


A QUESTION OF COURAGE | cover reveal

(this is going to be a really quick post bc NaNo has started plus I'm super busy so no really pretty title image :( )

Ok, guys. I am literally so excited because GAH A QUESTION OF COURAGE HAS A COVER.

It is SO BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!! Like, I think I'm in love. AND YOU MUST BE TOO CAUSE IT'S GORGEOUS.

A man. A decision. A destiny. 

Rafe Sullivan never imagined the war would come to his doorstep. But when Pearl Harbor is attacked and America's focus suddenly shifts to the Pacific, he finds he can't ignore the problem anymore. 
Leaving the life he loves behind, he joins up to do what he does best. Fly. 
Yet, nothing could have prepared him for the horrors of war, and the struggle that is going on in his own heart. As an outstanding Navy pilot, he is stationed on one of the few Pacific carriers. But could God be calling him to step out in faith, and go beyond the call of duty? 

Lily Wilson gives her all to help the hurting community around her. With the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the war is brought home to many American families. And as a nurse, she longs to be able to relieve some of the suffering. Yet, her own grief is still fresh in her heart, and though she's made the decision to get on with her life, she can't seem to leave the past behind. When healing at last comes, the guard she placed around her heart slowly begins to crumble. 
But when she receives the news she hoped she would never again hear, can she trust that God’s plan is always right?

Arthur Warrington saw the Navy as an escape from the life he left behind. And it seems good for him. He is able to forge new friendships and distance himself from his past. But when his best friend makes a decision that rocks his world, he is left grappling with the question: what is true courage? 

Three lives. One War. And a search for the Courage to go on.

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And the blurb. Oooohhhh the blurb. I cannot wait to actually read the book. It'll be amazing. <3
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