Sunday, October 12, 2014

BLOG TOUR: Orenda by Ruth Silver

Welcome to the Official Blog Tour for Orenda, the first book in the Orenda Series, by Ruth Silver!

Young Adult Paranormal/Fantasy Adventure Romance
Orenda Series, #1
Publish Date:
April 13, 2014
Patchwork Press

Summary from Goodreads:
Join forces with a parallel universe.

Dark forces, magical creatures, and the world Lil thought she knew collide when a dream transports her to the strange world of Orenda. Stunned and terrified, Lil comes face to face with her doppelganger, Willow, who possesses the ability to travel between the two worlds. Everything Lil knows logically says that Orenda can’t exist, but a small clue may be proof that it was more than an ordinary dream. With the threat of her sister in danger, Lil crosses dimensions but it may cost her even more than she bargained for.

A sword wielding girl, the eternal suit, and a parallel universe come together in this action- packed Young Adult fantasy adventure that will keep readers of all ages turning the pages.



She stepped toward the stone door and bent down to examine the keyhole. “Of course, it's made of dead pixies!”
Bray watched, but refused to approach her after what she'd done to him. “Dead pixies? As in fairies?” he asked, walking to the side window. He glanced outside to see the pink sun gradually setting.

“When silver touches pixies, they die. Their remains, in the form of dust, become a weapon that shields us from using our power. To answer your question earlier, no, pixies are not the same as fairies. It would do you well to learn that, should you ever come across one.”


*Interview with Ruth Silver*

Can you give us some advice on world building?
Don’t let the world overpower the story. Create vivid details but don’t bore the reader. Let them use their imagination some too.
What are some tips for young writers?
Write like there’s no tomorrow.
Find a beta reader you trust.
Don’t be afraid to share your story for feedback. I taught a writing class with teens and very few were willing to share if their name was attached to the story. However, they were more open to the idea when I mixed the stories up and chose my three favorites. Don’t be embarrassed! At least you’re writing.
Can you talk a little about writing YA?
Sure! If you’re interested in writing YA, you’ve got to read a ton of YA novels. It’s the only way to get perspective, especially when you’re an adult! Figure out what you like, what you don’t, what works, what doesn’t. Although most YA novels are in 1st person, you can bend the rules and write in third person close (Cassandra Clare did it and she’s got several series to prove it works).
How do you deal with a negative review?
All authors at some point will receive a negative review. Some will be constructive. Others may be downright nasty with no merit. Ignore them, always. They’re not going to buy another book from you. You’re not going to change their mind that you’re a good writer. Take a breath, move on.
If you’re not with a publishing house, how do you find a good editor?
Editing is an important process in publishing. All novels should use the CMOS (Chicago Manual of Style). If an editor asks how you want it edited, I’d be cautious. This is something an editor should already know (especially for fiction). Ask for a sample edit and see what they suggest. Are they just offering to clean up punctuation or are they going to fix sentence structure and make the story flow smoothly? Know your budget and make sure it’s realistic. Places like Elance make it possible for you to find an editor at a reasonable fee.


**About the Author**
Ruth Silver first began writing poetry as a teenager and reading heaps of fan fiction in her free time. She has written under three unique pseudo names and penned well over a hundred stories.

She attended Northern Illinois University in 2001 and graduated with a Bachelor's in Communication. While in college she spent much of her free time writing with friends she met online and penning her first novel, "Deuces are Wild", which she self-published in 2004. Her favorite class was Creative Writing senior year where she often handed in assignments longer than the professor required because she loved to write and always wanted to finish her stories.

Her love of writing, led her on an adventure in 2007 to Melbourne, Australia. Silver enjoys reading YA novels and sharing her favorite books with other readers. She runs her own book blog and also enjoys photography and traveling.

Her favorite YA genre is a mix of Dystopian & Fantasy which is evident in the upcoming release of her latest book, Aberrant. Slated for release April 2013 by Lazy Day Publishing, it is the first in a trilogy.

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