Top book blogger, Pragmatic Mom, covered the exclusive interview between me and my editor, Karen Chaplin. Click HERE to enjoy this interview and to enter the giveaway for a chance to win an ARC of LANDFALL, character trading cards, and a book poster of STARFIRE (but hurry, the giveaway ends a few days from now).
I've decided to periodically feature Guardian Herd readers on my website. These are kids or adults who've contacted me to share something amazing they've done to show their appreciation for the Guardian Herd books or characters!
My first subject is Riley Packer. She created a Guardian Herd diorama and entered it into a 4-H fair, winning first place! I was so impressed, I asked to interview her. Riley agreed (with her mom's approval of course).
And now introducing: Riley Packer...
Riley Packer with her dog, Jinger
Riley Packer is a 6th grader living in Erie, IL. She loves horses, dogs, reading, art and gymnastics. Her favorite books are from the fantasy genre including The Guardian Herd series, The Land of Stories series and the Harry Potter series. She has one younger brother and one younger sister and one pet, a yorkie named Jinger.
She is on a gymnastics team that practices twice a week and a member of her local 4-H club and church youth group. She has always liked to write stories. Even before she could spell, she would tell her mom her stories to write down and Riley would draw the illustrations. Every year in elementary school Riley sent a story to her local PBS Kids Writers Contest and in second grade she won first place for her story. Her hobbies include reading, drawing and playing with her siblings, cousins and friends.
Interview between Jennifer Lynn Alvarez and Riley Packer
What a thrilling week it's been! The cover of LANDFALL has been revealed in a whirlwind blog tour full of informative interviews and swag giveaways! Everyone's response to the cover has been fantastic.
In case you missed it, here it is!
The Guardian Herd #3
Coming to Stores 02/02/2016
Art by David McClellan
The interesting thing about this cover is that I thought it would be the most difficult to draw. The scene pictured takes place in the Trap, which is a thick, dark forest. In my mind, the scene was quite busy and dim, but I really wanted a forest scene.
These are my exact notes to my editor regarding my vision for the cover:
On Friday, I drew the winning name for May's giveaway. A boy won this time. His name is Drew Z. He won a STORMBOUND tote bag and a poster of Anok!
Here's the winning video from my YouTube channel (yes, I have a YouTube channel, which I needed like I need a hole in my head, but there you go.) I'm learning to like it though because I can talk directly to my readers--and that's fun! Here's the video of the May giveaway.
Watch closely to see the INCREDIBLE prize I'm giving away in JUNE!! Ahh! It's gasp-worthy (if you like flying horses, otherwise, not so much).