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Fellowship of Fantasy Writers Blog Tour – JoElle Martin

Welcome to day 4 of the tour! Today I have a character interview with Lily Kingman from JoElle Martin’s Dreamer’s Forest Series. Before we get to the interview, let’s learn a little about JoElle and her writing:

me me meJoElle was born in the Pacific Northwest. When she was a young girl, she moved with her family to Guadalajara, Mexico. She has since lived in South Texas,Central Texas, the Bay Area of California, and now her home is in Northern Nevada.

Today she spends most of her time wandering the scenic highways of America with her husband and creating new worlds and characters for her novels.

JoElle comes from a large family. With two older brothers and three younger sisters, she enjoyed the middle spot while growing up. (She was the official tattletale – a title none of her siblings ever let her forget). Though she loved playing outside as a child, she was also a bookworm.

Married shortly after graduating high school, she and her husband have been happily married over 30 years. (Which is a big reason JoElle firmly believes in happily ever afters!)

When they are home, JoElle and her husband enjoy visiting their son, daughter in law, and four grandchildren.

Ever since she was a little girl, and wrote her first multi-page story in fourth grade, JoElle knew she wanted to be a writer.  She competed in Journalism in high school, winning several awards in feature writing. JoElle writes both fiction and non-fiction. In addition to her novels, book bridgeshe has written a number of feature stories of community interest for local newspapers on subjects such as volunteering, guide dogs, homeschooling, and the Explorer program. She served as a regional editor for a homeschooling newsletter and has had a number of short stories and articles published in print magazines and e-zines.

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Now let’s get to know Lily:

Character Interview with Lily Kingman of the Dreamer’s Forest Series by JoElle Martin

Where were you born, and what was it like growing up there?

Here. In the Pacific Northwest. I’ve lived here all my life and I had a wonderful childhood. I have the best parents in the world and an amazing older brother. I grew up playing in the woods. It’s been great.

book secretWhat is the happiest memory from your childhood?

My entire childhood was happy. One of the things I loved doing most, besides hiking in the woods, was laying on the roof of our house stargazing with my brother William.

Who was your best friend growing up?

I’ve always had good friends, but my brother William was always my best friend. Well, until high school, when I became really good friends with Alyssa and Amanda. They are like sisters to me.

Who is your enemy? What makes you enemies?

Because of our family secret, Victor captured Dreamer and me. But we’ve come to an understanding. I don’t think I have an actual enemy right now. However, I think misunderstandings between people and cultures can always result in conflict; which is sad.

Tell us a little about your world, and where you fit in?

Wow! Tough one. Being part human and part fairy, I belong to two worlds. But, it isn’t too different from people who grow up in multiracial or multicultural families. I am lucky that I was raised to believe that being different was something to accept and appreciate. I admit finding out some of our family secrets as a young woman was difficult, but love from my husband, Dreamer, and my family made it easier to go through the process of my own acceptance.

What is the most important lesson you’ve learned about life?

Realizing that we can be ingrained with wrong ideas; and trusting a new viewpoint when you realize you are wrong. Dreamer, he’s an elf, taught me this when I met the Dragon race in FeyTerrah. From storybooks I had always thought that dragons were make believe and in the books they were portrayed as dangerous monsters. I’ve come to learn that they are a noble and peaceful race.

my books moonlightWhere is the best place to visit in your world? What places should visitors avoid?

The best place is the meadow where the unicorns live. Watching the unicorns in that beautiful setting is an amazing experience. Dark Shadow Forest can be dangerous; I wouldn’t recommend anyone go in alone or at night.

Do you have a secret you’ve never told anyone? Would you tell us?

Yes. I have secrets. My family has secrets. My husband has secrets. No, I won’t tell. That’s why they are secrets. (They are revealed in the novel series, by the way.)

Have you ever been in love? How did that work out for you?

I am deeply in love with my husband, Dreamer. We’ve only been married a month, so far so good.

What is your favourite food? If it’s an usual one, could you describe it for us?

Anything my mother cooks. She is amazing. She and my dad run a Bed and Breakfast and it is famous for her food.

What was the most exciting adventure you’ve ever been on?

The one I was just on. This past autumn I found the gateway to FeyTerrah, discovered my family secret, and met my husband. Very exciting adventure!

Name some of your bad habits. If you could change something about yourself, what would it be? Why?

Hah! I am glad you didn’t ask my mom this question. I have many terrible habits. Probably my worst is allowing doors to slam after I go through them. But I wouldn’t change that. Even my mom wouldn’t want me to, it is who I am. I have changed some during my recent adventure. I don’t want to change who I am, but I do want to become a better person as I go through life. I think that should be everyone’s goal.

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  1. 10 January, 2015    

    Great post.

  2. 9 January, 2015    

    I hate when doors slam behind me unintentionally.
    Secrets, however, are what makes the world go round.

    Great post. Fun read.

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