Hey everyone!! Guess what, guess what, guess what??? Ivy Rose just recently released her novel, The Old River Road! *squeal of excitement* SO exciting!! :D
When seventeen-year-old Clara Boutwell married her dashing coworker, William McDonald, she was convinced her life was near perfect. The journey before them as newlyweds in the great city of Chicago was promising and exciting. But a frightening disease soon takes William in its grip, forcing them to the clean air of the western frontier in a desperate attempt to save his life. But pioneering doesn’t prove to be easy, with miles between neighbors instead of fences. On the eastern Washington prairies, the McDonalds face hardships and trials in a new world where everything is tested, from physical endurance to emotional strength—down to their relationship and faith in the Lord.
This novel tells the incredible true story of Clara and William, the great-great grandparents of the author, in a sweet narrative full of laughter, tears, and the struggles of an early pioneering family. Prepare yourself to share in their experience as you read this account of a pioneer family in Washington state, and see their lasting legacy that has endured into the fifth generation.
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~ Author Interview ~
Hi Ivy Rose! So, first question for you, what was the inspiration for The Old River Road?The inspiration came from reading Clara’s memoirs when I was around 10 years old. I remember thinking, “Wow, this is so amazing! Someone should turn this into a book!” Knock-on-wood. :)
Well, I'm very glad you decided to turn into a book! (TORR is wonderful, peoples, you've got to read it!)
What is one piece of advice you'd give to fellow writers?
Don't get discouraged, and don't give up. Remember Who you are writing for. There will always be the cosmic kill-joy to say something unking about what you write, but there will be twice as many who are the best cheerleaders ever.
That's a lovely piece of advice! Thank you for sharing that insightful tid-bit :)Sooo, what is your favourite part of The Old River Road?
Hmmm...that's a tough question. I think one of my favourite scenes in the Valentine's Day dance. That one was super fun to write.
Aww, that scene was so sweet! Probably one of my favourites too :) You said that scene was super fun to write, did you have a part of The Old River Road which was the hardest to write?
(SPOILER!!) Probably when Clara and William go through losing a child. The emotions in those scenes...it actually made me cry.
*sniffs* Oh yes, I remember that part. It made me cry as well :'( It was very sad, but beautifully written too :) Now for a fun (and slightly random) question for you: What is one fact about you that people either don't know about or would never guess?
Hehe - this made me giggle. :) Something the people literally laugh out loud when I tell them is that I used to be a painfully shy person. Until I was around seven years old, I was a quiet, mousy, borderline-rude kind of shy. Now, I'm about as extroverted as it gets. Even though it's hard to tell through a screen, just about anyone who knows me knows that I can talk and talk and talk and talk and talk... :)
Haha, well that is very interesting! It also reminds me of a certain sibling of mine . . . ;)
Thank you for the chance of letting me be a part of your blog tour, Ivy Rose, and CONGRATULATIONS on the release of TORR!! :D
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~Blog Tour Schedule~
Friday, July 8th (release day!)
Emily — Review, Spotlight
Jesseca Wheaton — Review, Interview
Saturday, July 9th
Olivia K. Fisher — Interview, Spotlight
Faith Blum — Review, Interview, Spotlight
Hannah E. — Review, Interview
Monday, July 11th
Faith Potts – Review
Rebecca Morgan — Review, Interview
Tuesday, July 12th
Abigayle Ellison — Review, Spotlight
Kenzi Knapp – Review, Interview
Hosanna Emily — Review, Interview
Wednesday, July 13th
Blessing Counter — Interview
Victoria Minks — Review, Spotlight
Thursday, July 14th
Deborah C. — Review, Spotlight
Anna S. Brie — Review
Leona G. — Review, Interview
Friday, July 15th
Hope Ann — Review, Interview
Amanda Tero — Review, Interview
Anika Joy – Review, Interview