Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Three Questions with Laura Pauling

   
Published by Pugalicious Press
When Bianca and Melvin brave the jungle to rescue their grandfather, they stumble upon the ancient Maya city of Etza, where the people haven’t aged in 2,000 years. They must learn to work together as they face loincloth-wearing skeletons from the underworld, a backstabbing princess, and an ancient prophecy that says in three days the city will be destroyed. No problem. They’ll find Zeb and zip right out of there. The fact that a crazy king wants to serve Bianca up to the gods as an appetizer is just a minor technicality. But this ancient evil dude has finally met his match.

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Interview with my blog buddy Laura Pauling

1. What was one of the most surprising things you learned while researching or writing your book?
I learned that in some respects, the Maya culture wasn’t too different from ours as far as taking care of family, reacting in fear to climate changes, loyalty, troubles with government. They experienced seasons of recession after drought, which led to panic and battle with other city-states. They might’ve sacrificed prisoners in order to have rain for crops and good fortune with the gods, but we can go to extremes too for financial peace and good fortune.

2. What are three adjectives that would best describe your main character?
Impulsive. Loyal. Adventurous.

3. What would your main character's favorite song (or songs) be? :) 
Bianca adores her grandfather, Zeb. Enough to brave the Ancient Maya to rescue him. He’s smart and collects artifacts that are extremely appealing to her. Ever since Bianca stumbled on Zeb’s collection of jazz records in the attic, she’s a total fan. Of course, when she’s alone in her room, she likes a little Taylor Swift too. She just doesn’t tell her cousin, Melvin.

Thanks, Kelly!
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How To Survive Ancient Spells and Crazy Kings released last week. Pugalicious Press did a fantastic job, and I’m extremely happy with the results. This book would make a fantastic gift for boys or girls who enjoy adventure stories with lots of excitement! You can purchase it on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. You can read the first chapter here. Thankfully, my journey is just beginning and I’m excited to see where it leads. Click here for the list of blog tour stops! Enter to win these prize packages!

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I recently finished reading HOW TO SURVIVE & enjoyed it. Check it out! Thank you for stopping by the blog, Laura! Have a great week, everyone!

19 comments:

SA Larsenッ said...

I loved this interview! And I think Bianca is just awesome. :) More congratulations, Laura!! Thanks Kelly...

Laura Pauling said...

Thanks so much, Kelly! :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hey Laura! It does sound like a cute read for kids.

E.J. Wesley said...

What a cool/imaginative story concept, Laura! Best of luck, and your mc (impulsive/loyal/adventurous) sounds like someone I'd get along with. :-D

E.J. Wesley said...

What a cool/imaginative story concept, Laura! Best of luck, and your mc (impulsive/loyal/adventurous) sounds like someone I'd get along with. :-D

Natalie Aguirre said...

Great interview. I'm really looking forward to reading Laura's book. I love the Mayan connection.

Anita said...

Fun interview and love her three adjectives...looking forward to this book and to seeing more from Laura!

Kelly Polark said...

Thanks for stopping by, Sheri!
Glad to have you on the blog, Laura. Congrats!
Alex- It's super cute and full of adventure.
EJ - Hee! I see you loyal and adventurous...are you really impulsive too? :)
Natalie - Yes, that is a very cool aspect of the book.
Anita - It's a great read, Anita!

Jemi Fraser said...

Love it! Bianca sounds so awesome!! It's interesting to how alike cultures often are despite major difference! :)

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I didn't know they were worried about climate change. I just knew they were an advanced society.

Great interview!

cleemckenzie said...

This book has all the elements of a book I love to have in my library. Great to read about it and to read Laura's interview.

Kelly, I had to stop by to wish you a wonderful holiday season before I packed and left for the rest of the year. So glad I did!

LTM said...

Oh, yay!!! LOVE Laura, and this book sounds TOO CUTE! Also likes a little Taylor Swift... LOL! :D <3

Susan Oloier said...

What an awesome cover and something I'd love for my son to read!

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

Loincloth-wearing skeletons, a backstabbing princess, and three days until the city will be destroyed? Yikes! Sounds like an exciting, tension-filled read. Congratulations to Laura.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Laura's book sounds wonderful. Researching is one of my favorite parts of writing. Yesterday I was writing and realized I didn't for sure if a couple plants I had mentioned actually grew in the location my historical fiction takes place in. Good thing I researched....I changed the plants.

Rena and Denny said...

Sounds like a great book!

lbdiamond said...

Totally loved this book!

Marcia said...

Loincloth-wearing skeletons makes me laugh.

Missed Periods said...

I must get to Etza immediately so I can stop aging!