And, I’m back. Today I’m part of Archer’s blog tour! It’s my first time, and I know this is gonna be fun!
About the book…
All the fairytales you’ve heard are wrong. They’ve all been twisted to be acceptable for general consumption, but I’m here to set the record straight.
I’m Solem Anders, Mirror-Hunter, and this is what really happened.
A Series of Unfortunate Events meets Disney in this short story series as Solem Anders pursues a volatile magic mirror across Ambrel, seeking to destroy it and end its trail of tragedy. But when princess Eira steps in his path and enlists his help to overthrow her mother, he is lured into her Pack by the promise of information. Is this the shortest path to the mirror, or just a treacherous diversion?
With the mirror barely out of reach, Solem’s time is ticking away, and he’ll lose far more than a princess when the clock strikes.
Release Date: May 1, 2019
(Can I just say, I absolutely LOVE this cover. It’s beautiful!!)
About the author…
R.M. Archer has been an avid reader since she was a toddler and has always been a lover of story. Her first exploration of the other side of the page was a mystery at age seven, and though her preferred genre has changed, her interest in writing has not. She’s a homeschooled teenager living with her family in northern Virginia.
What inspired the idea of The Mirror-Hunter Chronicles?
Two Christmases ago I decided to write short stories for everyone on my Christmas list, so I asked a handful of people specifically what they enjoyed reading, including one friend who said “satire.” (Which, it turns out, I didn’t fully understand correctly.) That, combined with a writing prompt I’d wanted to play around with for a while and my recent binge-watching of the first season of A Series of Unfortunate Events, led to Bag of Beans, which was followed by Candy House and ideas for the rest of the stories in The Mirror-Hunter Chronicles.
What makes you particularly excited for this book?
I really enjoy the quirky character voice that Solem has, and the A Series of Unfortunate Events vibe I was able to work in (I think ;D). The excitement of others has also factored in. I love seeing people excited, so I’m super excited to share The Mirror-Hunter Chronicles with everyone, and I hope it lives up to their excitement. XD
When was the first time you thought you’d like to be a writer and why?
Oh dear… I guess the accurate way to answer this would be to go all the way back to my first story. When I was six or seven, I was obsessed with mystery books like The Boxcar Children, The Happy Hollisters, and Nancy Drew, and I decided it would be fun to write a mystery of my own. I don’t remember now what it was called, I just remember the only original character was the villain (everyone else was pulled from the mystery books I was obsessed with), the plot made no sense (for some reason the One Ring from The Lord of the Rings showed up briefly?), and, looking back, the ending was extremely creepy. XD At that point, though, I didn’t really want to be a writer long-term, I was hooked on the idea of becoming a private investigator. Fortunately for everyone, I kept writing stories after I shifted into loving fantasy books and no one was stuck with me as a private investigator. XD It must have been when I was between seven and eleven that I decided writing was what I wanted to do with my life, while I was working on a Legend of Zelda fanfiction called The Half-Elves. That’s the book that really started it all.
How many books have you published?
The Mirror-Hunter Chronicles will be my third. Last February I published the creatively-titled Short Story Collection Vol. 1, followed by Lost Girl. Lost Girl is actually included in the collection, but I decided to publish it on its own as well and so far it’s had a lot more success as a standalone. I’m hoping to have a couple more publications under my belt by the end of the year. 🙂
What is your favourite fairy tale and why?
I don’t actually have a particular favorite. I guess I’d say Beauty and the Beast. Belle is my favorite Disney princess, plus (if I’m remembering it right) the original story of Beauty and the Beast is the least dark of the original fairytales I’ve read. Not that I don’t appreciate Ariel turning into sea foam at the end of The Little Mermaid and actually having consequences for her decisions, but…
Are any of the characters in The Mirror-Hunter Chronicles based off of people in real life?
No, not really. I can’t even pick out specific traits of the characters that they share with people I know, which is a little unusual. Oh wait. One of the characters–Alphen Marrow–does actually look similar to one of my real-life friends. But I think he’s the only one who resembles someone I know, in appearance or personality.
When you first started writing what was your initial goal? How has it changed since then?
I first started writing just for fun. I just enjoyed building characters, watching them interact, developing the fantastical worlds they lived in… I didn’t really have a goal with it, which is something I kind of miss now. Now my goal with a lot of my books is to encourage teenagers that their struggles are valid, they’re difficult to overcome, but they can be overcome. With others, including The Mirror-Hunter Chronicles, it’s mostly to provide entertainment and share the worlds and characters in my head with others so they can be enjoyed.
When you are writing, what are some knacks that help you concentrate?
Generally, having music that fits the story playing in the background. Or just music that fits a story; for some reason my brain isn’t picky as long as the music seems to fit a similar style to what I’m going for with the book, the lyrics don’t necessarily have to match up. Also, closing as many tabs in my browser as I can, so I’m not tempted to hop over to them. Email, Facebook, the NaNoWriMo forums, Twitter… all of those things have to go away, even if I’m writing in a totally different window.
Who is your loudest cheerleader for this story?
My parents are both supportive of this project (and all my projects, really. I have awesome parents), but I’m not sure they’d be considered the loudest. The steadiest, definitely, not necessarily the loudest. I think my street team is probably the loudest. They’ve been super excited for The Mirror-Hunter Chronicles and they’ve made me smile multiple times with their sweet, supportive notes. ^-^
Do you play any instruments?
Unfortunately, no. For a while I wanted to learn the violin, and at this point I’d like to teach myself to play the ocarina, but I don’t actually play any instruments right now. Currently I focus on singing, and I’m blessed to have been part of a fabulous, encouraging choir for the past ten years. 🙂
Who is your favourite author?
Can I give a top three? First would be Hannah Heath, author of Skies of Dripping Gold, Vengeance Hunter, and The Terebinth Tree Chronicles. Not only is Hannah a fabulous author, excellent at writing vivid descriptions and deep fantasy worlds, she’s also just a super fun and inspiring person. She’s wonderfully sarcastic, she’s a nerd, she’s super sweet and engages with her followers like they’re friends, she’s dedicated and positive despite her health issues… She’s just all-around awesome. Second is Nadine Brandes, author of the Out of Time series, Fawkes, and Romanov (which is releasing May 7th!). The only one of her books that I’ve read is Fawkes, but I enjoyed it and I’m excited to read her other work. Nadine is super sweet and engaging and quirky, she’s an awesome author, an awesome mother, just an awesome person. Her YouTube channel is quite possibly my top favorite channel, because she’s so quirky and down-to-earth. Third is Kara Swanson, author of The Girl Who Could See and (soon?) Dust. Kara is one of the sweetest, most encouraging, most positive people I think I’ve ever met. She’s super genuine, engaged with her audience, always asking if anyone in the group has prayer requests and she can pray for us… She’s one of those people who simply radiates the love of Christ, and I’m so blessed to have a chance to interact with her online.Honorable mentions: All of the Phoenix Fiction Writers, Wayne Thomas Batson
When did you publish your first book?
Oh, well I messed up and answered this earlier. XD I published Short Story Collection Vol. 1 last February.
Do you eat chocolate when you write? (I had to ask this 😉)
When I have a stash. I don’t have a stash as often as I’d like. ;D
When you’re in a writers slump, do you tend to take a break or push through?
There’s the ideal answer to this and there’s the honest answer, and the honest answer is that I procrastinate like crazy for weeks or months and avoid the project. The ideal answer is that I’d push through and get words on the page even if they’re bad. “The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” – Louis L’Amour
(I can relate to this!!)
Which song inspires you the most?
As far as writing is concerned, it depends on the story. I create entire playlists for each of my projects (I haven’t done this with all of them, but if I have music for a book then I have a playlist), so… even at that it’s hard to lower down. I didn’t actually listen to a whole lot of music with The Mirror-Hunter Chronicles. When I did listen to music, it was either Owl City or my Wonderland WIP playlist. As far as what inspires me personally… there’s still a huge selection. My Monday Mix playlist has a “You can do it” theme, at least for the second half-ish, so that might be the best example.
What is your dream for this book?
Mostly just to make people happy. I want people to enjoy it and maybe laugh a few times. Sometimes I have really deep goals and messages I want to get across with my stories, but this one is just to entertain people and make them happy. 🙂
And there you have it, folks. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Thanks for joining me, Archer!
I’ll sum this up by saying I’m super excited to read this book! I love fairy tale retellings, and this one is quite unique and intriguing.