Thursday, July 11, 2013


The Next Big Thing blog tour began in Australia and has wound it's way all around the world to Southern California. It's a great way to discover authors and illustrators that you might not be familiar with and what their latest book is about. Each author or illustrator answers ten questions and tags two more authors who will continue the tour. So this week it's my turn to talk about my next big thing, THE LAST ENCHANTER.

Thank you Janet Squires for tagging me!

Here are the questions:

What is the working title of your next book?


Where did the idea come from for the book?

After I finished writing my first novel, THE ROCK OF IVANORE, I wanted to know what happened next to Marcus, Bryn and all the characters in the book. They demanded that their story continue. The seed of the sequel was a question: What would happen if Marcus gave up something of himself when he saved Kelvin in book I?

What genre does your book fall under?

Both THE ROCK OF IVANORE and THE LAST ENCHANTER are middle grade high fantasy adventure stories.

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

I'm not sure really. I think Marcus could be that cute boy who plays Henry in the TV series "Once Upon A Time." I love that show! Marcus is unassuming but also courageous and fiercely loyal, just like Henry. I also love Lana Parilla who plays the evil queen Regina on the show, but I don't have any evil female characters in my books - yet. Maybe I'll have to create one for book 3.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

While Marcus and Zyll protect the new king of Dokur from being assassinated, Marcus discovers that he is more than just an enchanter's apprentice, much more.

Who is publishing your book?

Tanglewood Press, a small children's book publisher located in Indiana.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

I actually don't remember. I wrote the first draft right after finishing book I, about five years ago. It took a year to write THE ROCK OF IVANORE, but not quite that long for THE LAST ENCHANTER. Maybe six or seven months.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Fans of "The Ranger's Apprentice" series, "The Bartimeaus Trilogy" and "The Lord of the Rings" will love my books. One reviewer called it "Lord of the Rings for kids." Basically, if you like magic, dragons, and sword fighting, then this book is for you.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I mentioned that book I began as bedtime stories for  my son. At the time I was reading some fantasy books out loud to him every night. One night he told me he wanted me to make up a story instead. So I did. That story grew over several nights into what eventually became THE ROCK OF IVANORE. That story grew even bigger into what I hope will be an ongoing series.

What else about the book might pique the reader's interest?

THE LAST ENCHANTER is more than just a fantasy adventure for kids. It's a story about family, and doing whatever it takes to protect those you love the most.  It also has plenty of humor to make you smile.

Next up for THE  NEXT BIG THING is Lisa Gail Green, author of THE BINDING STONE. She will post next Thursday, July 18th. Then on July 25th Dorine White, author of THE EMERALD RING will post!  Don't miss reading about their exciting books!

Lisa Gail Green lives with her husband the rocket scientist and their three junior mad scientists in Southern California. She writes books so she can have an excuse to live in the fantasy world in her head. She likes to share these with readers, and you can find her hanging out on her blog (Paranormal Point of View), Facebook, and Twitter. She has a parrot but would most definitely get a werewolf for a pet if she weren't allergic.

Dorine White's first book in The Cleopatra's Legacy series, The Emerald Ring, was published by Cedar Fort Books on May 14, 2013. It is a middle grade fantasy novel. She is a member of the SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) and the PNWA (Pacific Northwest Writers Assoc.). I highly recommend joining either if you want to become a children's author or illustrator.


  1. Thanks for the tag, Laurisa! Really cool info up there. I love that you point out it's about doing anything for family. :D

  2. Can't WAIT for The Last Enchanter. I can totally see Henry, Jared Gilmore, from Once Upon a Time as Marcus.