Tuesday, March 27, 2018

BLOG TOUR & AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Jennifer Ellision for "Over Raging Tides (Lady Pirates, #1)"

Over Raging Tides 
(Lady Pirates, #1)
by Jennifer Ellision
Publication date: March 20th, 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
The pirate crew of the Lady Luck lives by many rules, but chief among them is this: they do not allow men on board. 
That’s a rule that quartermaster Grace Porter is willing to break when a shipwrecked young nobleman offers her information of an omniscient map, stolen from his warship by an enemy vessel. Until now, the map was only the stuff of legend… but with its help, Grace may finally be able to hunt down the Mordgris, the sea monsters who stole her mother away from her. 
Unfortunately, some members of her crew have other plans… 
To find the map and face the Mordgris, Grace will have to confront her past, put the Luck between warring nations, and uncover treachery aboard the ship. And ultimately, her revenge and the destruction of the Mordgris will come at a hefty price: the betrayal of her crew. 
Grace promised them they wouldn’t regret this. 
She just isn’t sure that she won’t.

~AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Jennifer Ellision~

1) What gave you the inspiration for the storyline?

The main inspiration for Over Raging Tides came as I watched Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and was irritated as I mulled over the fact that Keira Knightley’s character is the only key female character.

What if there were more? I thought. What if there was an entire crew of female pirates for the world to contend with?

Shortly after, a vivid scene for Over Raging Tides jumped into my head. I jotted it down immediately. No spoilers, but, it made it to the final draft!

2) Are there any hidden themes in the book that you hope readers will discover?

Hmmm… not really hidden “themes” per se, but I dropped some foreshadowing for certain things that I hope they’ll pick up on! Some clues’ meaning will be clear by the book’s end; others by the duology’s end.

3) Are any of the characters based on real people you know?

I wish! I know many bad-ass ladies in real life, but unfortunately I don’t know any lady pirates.

4) Who has influenced you most as a writer?

Tamora Pierce by a landslide. I couldn’t begin to count how many times I read and reread her books as a teen. My copy of Alanna: The First Adventure is very well-loved. Pierce’s cast of (mostly) female fantasy heroes inspires me to this day.

5) If you could have any three literary characters over to your place for game night, who would you invite, what would you play, what would you serve, and why?

I’d invite Hermione Granger (J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter), Veralidaine “Daine” Sarrasri (Tamora Pierce’s The Immortals), and Cress (Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles).

We’d play Taboo because it’s a favorite game of mine and I bet Hermione would be fantastic at it—getting teammates to guess a word while explaining it in an “out of the box” way is a fun mental challenge.

I’d serve Baked Brie with raspberry jam and crackers—another favorite of mine and always a crowd pleaser… I just hope that none of my guests are lactose-intolerant! *fingers crossed*

6) Do you feel that you can ever have too many books?

My gut instinct is to say “no.” But on thinking a little more, if you find yourself literally up to your neck in books… it may be time to cull your shelves. ^_~

Author Bio:
Jennifer Ellision spent a great deal of her childhood staying up past her bedtime with a book and a flashlight. When she couldn’t find the stories she wanted to read, she started writing them. She loves words, has a soft spot for fanfiction, and is a master of the fangirl flail. She resides in South Florida with her family, where she lives in fear of temperatures below 60 Fahrenheit. 


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