Wednesday, 13 January 2016

New Year New Books Tour and Giveaway

For the next two weeks the NYNB 2016 Tour is happening. It started on 12th January and will last for two weeks.

Blog tour coordninator, Ama et Bemma hosted the first stop here! There is also a Giveaway, so check it out.

I will be hosting posts of independent authors that are completely new to me so I hope a lot of people can discover some new writers and their books over these next two weeks.

My first author spotlight is on Eva Flyn and her book The Renegade Queen

Read on for an author interview:

Tell us your latest news?
I just published my first novel, The Renegade Queen, which follows the life of Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for President of the United States. She campaigned for the office in 1872, fifty years before women were allowed to vote in national elections.
What inspired you to write your first book?
My father was a political science professor for 40 years and my mother was well versed in feminism, and neither one had heard of Victoria Woodhull or knew her story, I felt that it was important to get it out there for the world so we can understand the sacrifices that were made in pursuit of equality. I first wrote the screenplay and received a lot of positive feedback from Hollywood, and then decided that I should go ahead and write the novel version.

How much of the book is realistic? 
All of the main events in my novel are true and based on years of research.

What are your current projects?
I’m working on the sequel to The Renegade Queen which follows Victoria Woodhull’s later life and I’m also refining the script for The Renegade Queen.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Several interesting items and events were uncovered during my research, but I had to choose which to put in and which to discard. Knowing what to exclude was the biggest challenge.

Do you have any advice for other writers?
Patience and persistence are the keys!


Did you learn anything from writing this book and what was it? 
It is very difficult for me to write sex scenes. I blush when I write them and try to avoid using clich├ęs and tired metaphors, but it is a challenge!

Is there a message in your novel that you hope readers will grasp? 
I would like readers to think about how we treat and dismiss outsiders or radicals. Victoria Woodhull was condemned for her beliefs and suffered for them, but 150 years later every legislation she proposed as become law. We need to consider the viewpoints of others and not discount them so easily.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
Learning about Reconstruction in the United States, the time period after the Civil War. Most historians dismiss this time and their people as failures, but there were some decent, brilliant politicians who were trying to change the world for minorities and there is beauty in that effort.

Are there vocabulary words or concepts in your book that may be new to readers?  Define some of those.
I think it is difficult for most of us to fathom the deeply ingrained societal belief that women were inferior to me. Women were not allowed to vote or to own property after The Civil War. Husbands were allowed to beat their wives as long as a “reasonable instrument” was used and women were not allowed to divorce. It was believed that unmarried women would go to hell for their failure to procreate and become the leader of the apes in hell. Against these conditions, you had brave women such as Susan B. Anthony and Victoria Woodhull challenge these notions.

And there you have it. To connect with Eva Flyn click here!
To purchase your copy of The Renegade Queen follow this link.
And don't forget there is a giveaway. Enter below:
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2 comments:

  1. I have never heard of Victoria Woodhull (yet I consider myself to be well versed in feminism). I hope to learn more about her through Eva's novel! Great post, Rosa!

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    1. This tour is going to be quite an eye-opener!

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