Character Interview with Reanna from The Depths of Atlantis

Welcome to Day 4 of our blog party celebrating the upcoming release of The Depths of Atlantis by Hannah Carter! Be sure to tune back in tomorrow for a surprise announcement…For today, I have the exciting opportunity to interview the main protagonist, the princess of Atlantis herself, Reanna!

*Reanna enters and joins the Unicorn Writer on stage*

The Unicorn Writer: Welcome, Reanna! I personally LOVE you and your story, and I’m so excited you are here to talk with me and readers today. I know we are all looking forward to learning more about you. To start, what are your favorite hobbies?

Reanna: Thank you so much for having me here, Kayla! I’m kind of amazed you think I’m worth interviewing, because I feel like I’m kind of… boring, I guess? But as far as hobbies go… I like swimming—kind of a given for a once-mermaid, right? I like watching Netflix and movies. I really like calling myself a cinephile, just because it sounds fancier than “I like to sit on the couch and binge watch stuff.” And I love spending time with my mom and sister, too. 

The Unicorn Writer: You have a lot of challenges in your life, including depression and anxiety. What advice would you offer people battling similar demons?

Reanna: First, I’d like to offer them a big hug through the computer screen. I know it can be tough and seem like there’s never going to be an end. I feel like I live in that hopeless way too much. Depression and anxiety can be so separating, right? It makes you feel like you’re a burden if you speak out or that you should have your crap together and you’re a failure if you don’t. So my advice is: don’t. Don’t isolate. Don’t withdraw. Reach out to those you trust most, whoever that is, and, if they truly deserve your heart, let them hold it. Because you’re not alone. 

The Unicorn Writer: You have endured a lot, and it seems that there is much more that will happen in the rest of the series. What would help you most on your journey moving forward (no spoilers)?

Reanna: Hmmm…what would help me most? For my birth mother to become a different person. For her to wake up and realize how awful she’s been and then turn over a new leaf. For her to apologize for everything she’s done and become the best person she could be. I know that’s unrealistic, I know it…but that’s what would help me most. 

The Unicorn Writer: What are your favorite types of books to read, in any dimension? Do you have any favorite titles?

Reanna: My favorite book ever is The Little Prince! I love the philosophy behind it, the quiet gentleness. I think those are the sort of books I love the most, too. Books that feel like a hug. That leave you feeling a little cozy inside—you know what I mean? I guess that means I like aesthetic books the most, maybe? 

As for genre, I’ll read about anything—but it is kind of funny to me to read fantasies and see what people think mermaids and werewolves and elves are like.

The Unicorn Writer: Where is your “happy place”?

Reanna: A calm, relaxing beach where I can hear the waves break against rocks. I can feel the sand beneath my feet, and there’s a lighthouse to my back. I’ve always loved the aesthetic of lighthouses ever since I was a little girl. Anyway, there’s patchy fog as it rolls in, and the scent of fall and saltwater in the air. My family is with me sometimes, and sometimes I’m all alone. I’m in my Spider-Man sweatshirt, and everything is right in the world. 

The Unicorn Writer: If you could have any snack right now and binge watch any Netflix show, what would you pick?

Reanna: Okay, I’m going to bend the rules a little bit—does it have to be a Netflix show? Because I’d kill to watch the first Tobey Maguire Spider-Man trilogy right now, or maybe a Ghibli movie. I’d binge either the Tobey trilogy or Howl’s Moving Castle, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Spirited Away if I could. But if it has to be a Netflix show… I dunno, maybe see what anime they have? If all else fails, I could always boot up some Murder, She Wrote and relax. 

And I’ve rambled a lot, but you also asked about a snack. A nice PB&J sounds good right about now. 

The Unicorn Writer: What have you learned, or are learning, on your adventures so far?

Reanna: Oh, um… hmm. That’s interesting. I think I probably need to learn a lot of stuff… self-love being one of them. And recognizing my own worth. And not how to be so anxious. But a lot of these are kind of lifelong lessons, so something tells me I may be working on them for a while. 

The Unicorn Writer: Let’s play a quick round of Would You Rather. First, Would you rather outwit Trevor in banter in such a manner he is stupefied speechless for 24 hours or help win the swim championship at school?

Reanna: *laughing* Outwit Trevor, hands down. I mean, swim championships are nice, but a silent, stupefied Trevor? That’d be the best day of my life.

The Unicorn Writer: Would you rather have to ride a roller coaster next to a stranger or talk in front of a looming, intimidating crowd (like the Council)?

Reanna: *chuckling nervously* Roller coaster—at least it’s over kinda quickly, right?  

The Unicorn Writer: Would you rather swim with a dolphin or explore a dark, damp tunnel of unknown length alone?

Reanna: EW! These are my two worst fears ever. Is “neither” an option? …No? Urk, okay. Uh… swim with a dolphin, maybe? As much as I hate them, I’d rather deal with the devil that I know than the devil I don’t.

The Unicorn Writer: Last one. Would you rather go on a mountain hike every Saturday for the rest of forever or fight a creature from Fiastro once but with no back-up?

Reanna: Fight a creature once but with no back-up. I mean, I’d probably die, but at least it’d be a quick death… whereas hiking every Saturday would be a slow, torturous death sentence that dragged on for years…

The Unicorn Writer: If you could tell any one person anything, what would you say and to whom?

Reanna: Tell them anything, not ask? Hmm. I would tell my adopted mom—my real mom, even if it isn’t biological—how much she means to me. Like, really means to me. She is the best human being in any dimension. She saved me, and I’m sorry for all the crap I’ve put her through as an angsty teenager. She means the world to me, and I want to tell her everything I’ve held back. All my secrets, everything about Gaia, my birth mother…I’d tell her everything. *getting a little choked up* Just so she knows. And make sure she knows how much I love her. 

The Unicorn Writer: Our time together is coming to a close. Thank you for being here today! Is there anything else you would like to add? 

Reanna: Wow, is our time over that quickly? I had so much fun with you today, Kayla. I guess that I’d like to add that I hope that everyone who is struggling with something today reaches out if they need it. You’re not alone—we’re all in this together, you know? Cue the High School Musical karaoke. 🙂

Want to Spend More Time with Reanna??

Pre-order your copy today from Amazon or directly from SnowRidge PressThe Depths of Atlantis releases soon on November 2 – That’s this upcoming Wednesday!

Be sure to come back tomorrow for a surprise announcement!

Also, remember to check out author Hannah Carter through her social media channels, Amazon author page, and website to stay up to date!

Character Interview with Laile and Gregory from The Depths of Atlantis

The celebration of the upcoming release of The Depths of Atlantis by Hannah Carter continues today with more character interviews! Join me as we welcome our next guests, Laile and Gregory.

*audience applauds as the characters enter stage and sit*

The Unicorn Writer: Welcome, Laile and Gregory! Your banter in Depths is one of my favorite things about the book. I know the readers, along with myself, are eager to get to know you both better. To start, how did you two meet and become best friends?

Laile: *grinning* First off, I’m honored to be one of your favorite parts of Depths. I am pretty adorable and hilarious, if I do say so yourself.

Gregory: And humble, too.

Laile: *rolling her eyes* Anyway, I don’t remember ever not knowing Gregory. Our parents were very close, so we were kind of thrust on each other from a young age.

Gregory: I feel the same. It feels like Laile is always there in all my earliest memories. Even our birthdays are only a few months apart. But I’d say we became very close when her parents started taking care of me after my parents died. My grandmother is still alive, but she’s elderly and I know she was overwhelmed trying to take care of both me and my little sister. Cynerra and Damien have taught me so much, and they made me feel like part of the family.

Laile: But not, like, as a son. We didn’t adopt him or anything. That would be weird. *laughing nervously* I mean, I definitely don’t see you as a brother. You don’t see me as a sister, do you?

Gregory: Oh, no. 

*uncomfortable silence*

Laile: Anyway, next question?

The Unicorn Writer: How would the other fare on missions without the other?

Gregory: Laile would fare exceptionally well. As a Council-ordained guardian, she’s had years of training and worked very hard. She’s also a gem fairy, which means that she can manipulate the earth—dirt and such. She can even transmute the ground and turn it into jewels. She prefers to use diamond weapons. All in all, I’d say she is very formidable—the only thing she needs me for is to remind her that, on a top secret mission, she should not be humming. And singing will definitely give away your position to the enemy.

Laile: *grinning, blushing a little* Oh, come on, Greg. I couldn’t do half of what I could do without you. He’s a phenomenal wizard and alchemist. My mom’s one of the best alchemists in the world, and I’m a less-than-stellar protégé. But Gregory excels on my behalf.

Gregory: Oh, I’m still leagues behind Cynerra. I just enjoy learning from the masters of the crafts.

Laile: Well, you’d do fine on a mission without me. But—you probably shouldn’t ever attempt it. We’re the dynamic duo, you know? Always together.

Gregory: …*clearing his throat*… Ah, yes. Next question, please. 

The Unicorn Writer: Laile, you are a guardian. Can you explain the importance of that title and what you did to earn it?

Laile: I’d love to! So, basically what a guardian means is that I am a Council-ordained bodyguard of sorts. Whenever there are people in need: be it high-profile politicians, people in danger, orphans, or other vulnerable souls—the Council will appoint a guardian to take care of them. I knew from the time I was, mm, maybe—seven, I think?—that I wanted to be a guardian. So I studied lots of diplomacy, geography, various cultures, and passed an aptitude test with my gem fairy skills. I’ve still got a lot to learn, but with my family’s position in the Capital, my age, and the fact that I begged and pleaded a lot

Gregory: Not to mention that the war has drained pretty much all of the Council’s other soldiers and guardians…

Lalie: *shooting him a stink-eye* Ahem. Like I said, the Council appointed me to be Reanna’s guardian. And I’m not going to waste this chance to go down in history as one of the youngest guardians ever. I’m going to do something really grand. 

Gregory: I didn’t mean to imply that Laile was in no way capable or that they’re scraping the bottom of the cauldron when they picked her. But these are highly unusual circumstances, so I’m sure that had something to do with it as well.

Laile: *sweating, mentally putting extra pressure on herself to prove her worth* Ha…um…yeah, next question, please!

The Unicorn Writer: Gregory, is there a magical skillset you want to acquire in your repertoire of spells?

Gregory: Oh, I’m glad you asked!

Laile: And I’m not. We’re gonna be here forever now…

Gregory: One thing I’ve been fascinated by lately are the lost arts. See, years and years ago, before wizards and witches came to the continent of Solis, they lived on reclusive islands. It’s rumored that they could do many things other magical races could not—mind read and speak, use telekinesis, give prophecies, even talk to zephyrs and other spirits—but years of persecution and hiding our magic made these skills more and more rare. Now, we rely mostly on spells to accomplish anything, but we’re not nearly as powerful as the elves. It’s a shame that our more unique talents have been lost. I’d give almost anything to meet someone who could train me in the lost arts.

Laile: Wow, I’ll be honest. That was a shorter answer than I thought we’d get. One time I think he lectured me on the lost arts for two hours—no joke.

The Unicorn Writer: What’s your favorite part of your journey so far (no spoilers!)?

Laile: Meeting Reanna! I’ve idolized her ever since I was a little girl. When she first ran away, I was seven years old, and the story captured my imagination. I mean, a runaway mermaid princess—what wasn’t to love? Now, getting to meet her… it’s surreal. And to know that I’m her guardian… I don’t even know how to process it. It just makes me so excited! 

Gregory: Getting to learn new spells with Laeserno. It’s not every day that a spellcaster gets to train under an elf, and I just want to soak up all his knowledge. Even if he is just a violinist, and not the most advanced magic wielder of his kind.

The Unicorn Writer: On Earth, specifically in the United States, we celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of the month of November – which starts in just a few days. It’s a holiday where we acknowledge things and blessings in life we are thankful for. Can each of you tell me the three things you are most thankful for?

Gregory: Obviously, Laile and her family. I don’t know where I would be without them. My family—my sister and my grandmother. 

Laile: And don’t forget friends. I wouldn’t want to live without all my best friends—Greg, Aimee, and now Reanna. Sometimes, I’m more thankful for them than I am my own family. I mean, have you met my brother Kal and my sisters Wren and Lark? Some days I want to ship them out to Fiastro. But I’d probably rescue them before a cannibalistic centaur ate them.

…Probably.

The Unicorn Writer: What have you learned, or are learning, on your adventures so far?

Laile: I’ve learned a few shocking secrets about my mom…does that count?

Gregory: And I’ve learned some new alchemy skills…but I don’t think that’s exactly what you’re asking for.

Hannah: Don’t worry. They’ll both learn a lot of things during their adventures…they just can’t share because of spoilers. 😉

The Unicorn Writer: Let’s play a quick round of Would You Rather! First, would you rather fight Atlantean guards with no backup or face a cannibalistic centaur?

Gregory: Oh, that is a hard one. But probably Atlantean guards, solely because centaurs themselves are almost extinct. I don’t encourage the cannibalistic tendencies they’re rumored to have—at least in some sects—but I don’t want to fight a dying magical race.

Laile: Yeah, but if you do fight one—you’d automatically become a legend, just like my mom. So I’m going to have to pick the cannibalistic centaur. I wouldn’t kill it, though. Just knock it around a little. Maybe build it a nice diamond prison cage before it ate me.

The Unicorn Writer: Would you rather be remembered in history for something misinterpreted as bad or forgotten as an integral part of doing something good?

Gregory: Forgotten as an integral part of doing something good. As long as I can go to sleep proud of my choices, then that’s all I ask.

Laile: *sweating* Mmhmm…

Gregory: *rolling his eyes* I know. You’d much rather be remembered in history for doing something misinterpreted as bad, wouldn’t you?

Laile: Well—she did say misinterpreted! And that means that I did the right thing at the time. So I can still live with myself, even if my reputation is sullied. And if I’m controversial, all the more people will talk about me. I’ll probably even get hundreds of books written about me, each discussing me in a different light, and you know how it goes—eventually almost all villains are seen as the heroes. 

Gregory: *dryly* Mmhmm.

Laile: *fanning herself* Haaaa… next question, please! 

The Unicorn Writer: Would you rather lose all magic for 24 hours or trade abilities with each other for 48 hours?

Gregory: Trade abilities for 48 hours. I’d love to see what it’s like to be a fairy.

Laile: I’d say the same. I’d like to cast an ignis spell for once, or do something that didn’t require dirt.

The Unicorn Writer: Last one. Would you rather forget to bring snacks with you on a long journey or get rained on for a majority of the long journey?

Gregory: It depends. Are you counting all food items as snacks, or would I still be able to have big meals? If I’m still able to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner, I’d pick forgetting to bring snacks. But if the snacks are the only thing I can eat, it wouldn’t do me much good to have a sunny trip, because I’d die of starvation, anyway.

Laile: Excellent point, but it doesn’t change my answer in the slightest. I’d pick get rained on. I can always shrink myself down to a crystalline size, and water just slides right off of my diamond body when I do that. But really—a trip without snacks? That’s not any sort of trip I want to be on.

The Unicorn Writer: If you could share anything with each other, right now, what would that be?

Laile: *sweating even more now* Oh, uh… I…flying fig-whits.

Gregory: …*clearing his throat* …You’re stepping on my foot.

Laile: OH! Sorry, sorry—um, next question, please! 

The Unicorn Writer: Our time together is coming to a close. Thank you both for being here today! Is there anything else either of you would like to add? 

Gregory: Just—thank you, Kayla, for hosting us, and for throwing a week long party celebrating Depths of Atlantis. We really appreciate it.

Laile: Yes! And thank you to the readers for coming out to learn more about us. I hope you’ll pick up a copy of Depths to read all about our adventures.

Gregory: Thank you!


Want to Spend More Time with Laile and Gregory??

Pre-order your copy today from Amazon or directly from SnowRidge Press! The Depths of Atlantis releases soon on November 2!

Be sure to come back tomorrow for our last character interview featuring the princess of Atlantis herself, Reanna!

Also, remember to check out author Hannah Carter through her social media channels, Amazon author page, and website to stay up to date!

Character Interview with Trevor and Adam from The Depths of Atlantis

As part of the Blog Party in celebration of Hannah Carter’s debut YA fantasy novel releasing November 2, today I get to sit down and chat with the characters Trevor and Adam (accompanied by Hannah of course)!

The Unicorn Writer: Welcome, Trevor and Adam! I know the readers, along with myself, are eager to get to know you both better. To start, describe each other in three words.

Trevor: Hufflepuff feral cat.

Adam: That’s literally not what the assignment was. It’s not to make a sentence; it’s to pick three words. Like this: prat, obnoxious, jock.

Trevor: Are those your three for me or just three examples?

Adam: Take a wild guess.

Trevor: And here I was trying to be nice. Can I adjust my three? Feral, stubborn, jerk. No, wait—I can’t forget that you’re a sappy puppy-dog around Reanna, either.

Adam: I am not!

Trevor: You literally are. Your crush is so obvious. Can obvious be a word?

Adam: You get three words. You’re way past the limit! And—I do not have a crush on Reanna.

Trevor: *humming Can You Feel the Love Tonight*

Adam: *burying his red face in his hands* Can we please just move on? Please?

The Unicorn Writer: What do you think each other’s best feature is?

Adam: I mean, he’s got nice eyes, I guess.

Trevor: *cackling* Dude. I am 99% sure she means personality.

Adam: *sputtering* Well—I—I mean—I thought it was weird…

Trevor: *dying too much to even answer*

Adam: *blushing and trying furiously to leave the interview or die*

Hannah: All right, I’ll answer for both of them. I think Adam likes Trevor’s humor, and Trevor likes how much Adam cares. But since they’ll never admit it, you’ll just have to take my word for it.

The Unicorn Writer: Now, describe Reanna, the main character, in three words.

Trevor: Ditzy, smol—that’s smol spelled S-M-O-L—and whatever the word is for people who will chase a butterfly and fall in a hole. Most likely to be abducted because she believes the guys in the white van really have candy?

Adam: Gullible, maybe? Naïve?

Trevor: See, even Lover Boy agrees with me.

Adam: *blushing* NO! That—I wasn’t agreeing with you! I was trying to give you the word you were looking for!

Trevor: Really? Say that I’m wrong.

Adam: Well—she’s tender-hearted. That’s my first word. And…

Trevor: And what we see here now is a man trying furiously to not expose his crush in front of the whole world.

Adam: Shut up. You’re such a jerk. Maybe I should have used that back on question number one!

Hannah: BOYS. DO NOT MAKE ME STEP IN HERE. FOCUS. Put that one brain cell you guys share to work.

Trevor: It’s not me. It’s Lover Boy over there that’s holding us up.

Adam: *crossing his arms, scowling* Fine. Tender-hearted, imaginative, and loving.

The Unicorn Writer: What motivates your feelings toward Reanna?

Adam: That’s so easy. Because she’s wonderful. Because she’s so giving and caring—she’ll do anything for anybody because she loves them that much. And she just doesn’t see that she is, and she doesn’t ever care about herself, so somebody’s gotta do it for her, and—

Trevor: *clearing his throat* I’m Reanna’s teacher in the School of Hard Knocks. The first time I ever met her, she chased a butterfly, fell in a hole, and sprained her ankle. Both Adam and Reanna need me. I swear, at the wedding, I better get half the gifts because I’m the one that kept them both alive this long.

Adam: Shut up! I’m not in love with Reanna!

Trevor: Oh, sure. You were about to write a novel if I hadn’t interrupted.

Adam: *grumbling under his breath* 

The Unicorn Writer: What’s your favorite part of your journey so far (no spoilers!)?

Trevor: As much as I complain about the company, learning fencing isn’t half bad. Maybe one day I’ll be able to pull off some sweet Legend of Zelda cosplay or something with my newfound skills.

Adam: …I dunno. I guess I kinda like hanging out with Trevor. Sometimes. Kind of. Maybe.

Trevor: Aw, are we gonna kiss a little?

Adam: Shut UP! I can’t even do anything nice for you. Whatever, scratch it off. My new answer is hanging out with Reanna, whenever that happens.

Trevor: *humming Can You Feel the Love Tonight louder*

Adam: *burying his face again* I swear I’m gonna kill you one day. I swear it.

The Unicorn Writer: If you had a magical power, what would you like it to be and why?

Adam: Oh, easy. I’d want to be a water manipulator. Kinda like a water-bender from Avatar: The Last Airbender

Trevor: Mmm…nah. Think bigger. You didn’t give any parameters, right? So I’m thinking something like Doctor Strange, or even Zelda or Sheik. Just total magic control, no spells, nothing. Just think and it happens. I could literally do whatever I wanted.

Adam: And you’d probably still only use it to score touchdowns.

The Unicorn Writer: What have you learned, or are learning, on your adventures so far?

Adam: First off, you’re asking the wrong person that question. Trevor doesn’t learn.

Trevor: DUDE! It was literally my turn to go first!

Adam: Really? And what would your answer have been, oh-wise-Gandalf? Because aside from how to be a bigger nuisance, I don’t think you’ve learned a single thing.

Trevor: Wrong. I’ve learned how annoying you are, for starters.

Adam: *rolling his eyes* I didn’t have to learn that. I already knew it.

*sounds of them bickering back and forth for a good five minutes, all redacted for our sanity*

Hannah: Boys, I swear. Answer the question or I will spill all your dark secrets right here and now.

Trevor: *clearing his throat* Umm. I’ve learned that there’s a lot more to the world than I thought.

Adam: *shifting nervously* And that there’s more to people than I thought if I just give them a chance. 

The Unicorn Writer: Let’s play a quick round of Would You Rather. First, would you rather play football or learn fencing?

Adam: Fencing. At least people won’t tackle me and give me so many concussions that I’m as arrogant and stubborn as Trevor.

Trevor: That’s funny—me, stubborn? You’re the stubborn one.

Adam: I’m not nearly half as stubborn as you. You’re like talking to a brick wall.

Trevor: And you’re like talking to a feral cat that’s just had a bucket of water dumped on them.

Adam: That sounds like some weird Southern expression.

Trevor: *sarcastically* Aw, bless your lil’ heart. Anyway, football—but if it was real sword combat, I’d pick that.

The Unicorn Writer: Face Smaug or fight orcs?

Adam: Face Smaug. I think I relate to Bilbo more than Frodo, if I’m being honest. And not just because he’s played by Martin Freeman, who is one of my favorite actors.

Trevor: That’s totally why you chose it. And you are a Bilbo. But I’m more like Aragorn, so I’m gonna say fight orcs. Imagine how cool I’d look, surrounded by all these orcs, just slaying one after another, Aragorn style.

Adam: Please ignore my friend, Viggo Mortensen is his man-crush.

Trevor: Dude, please. You’re blind if Viggo Mortensen isn’t your man-crush. Tell me you wouldn’t give your left big toe to become Aragorn.

The Unicorn Writer: Drink water or something with caffeine?

Adam: I’m…um…not allowed to have stuff with caffeine usually. It makes me too wired.

Trevor: Heaven help us. I don’t even want to know what you’re like wired if this is your normal.

Adam: *curling in on himself and casting shifty glances at Trevor*

Trevor: But, for the record, I’d probably choose water, too. I’m not too big on soft drinks, but sometimes I like Coca-Cola or something like that.

The Unicorn Writer: Kiss your nemesis or slap your best friend?

Adam: Um, I don’t have a nemesis, unless you’re talking about Trevor.

Trevor: You did say I have pretty eyes.

Adam: Shut UP!

Trevor: *cackling* Well, I do have a nemesis, and I’d pick slapping Martin, my best friend, on the football field any day.

Adam: Ew. Why do football players slap each other’s butts? That’s just so weird.

Trevor: Hold on—I never said the butt. I mean, a nice helmet slap will suffice.

The Unicorn Writer: If you were dropped in the middle of Fiastro together and were only given a bag with three items of your request in it, then what would those items be?

Trevor: First off, where the heck is Fiastro?

Adam: *rolling his eyes* It’s the desert area west of Capital City.

Trevor: Oh. Then, probably some water and a gun. And some clothes so that I can look like Rick from The Mummy. You know, I’m pretty sure he’s my celebrity look-alike.

Adam: You wish you were as good looking as Brendan Fraser.

Trevor: What are you talking about? We’re practically twins.

Adam: Are you serious? Brendan Fraser is an icon. A legend. S-tier. And you are…you.

Trevor: *scowling* Yeah, whatever. Shut up and answer the question for yourself.

Adam: Okay, fine. For me, I’d want some magnets—three of them—so I could open up a transportation portal and get out of there.

Trevor: You and your portals. Why not some water or a gun?

Adam: You really wanna face the cannibalistic centaurs after dark?

Trevor: Understood, portal us out of here. *rolling his eyes* Gaia is weird.

The Unicorn Writer: Our time together is coming to a close. Thank you both for being here today! Is there anything else either of you would like to add? 

Adam: Thank you for having us today, Kayla! I hope we didn’t cause too much trouble.

Trevor: And remember, definitely include that bit where Adam broke into hysterical wailing about how much he loved Reanna in between questions three and four. I know he said to strike it from the record, but I really think for posterity, we should—

*sounds of scuffling as Adam tackles Trevor*

Adam: Shut UP! I never did that!

Hannah: It’s okay; I’ve got them. Thank you, Kayla, for interviewing these two idiots. I really appreciate it—and don’t worry. I’ll round them up before they hurt anything.

*more sounds of fighting in the background*

Hannah: 😅😅😅


There’s Still Time to Pre-Order!

Pre-order your copy today from Amazon or directly from SnowRidge Press!

Also, remember to check out author Hannah Carter through her social media channels, Amazon author page, and website to stay up to date!

The Depths of Atlantis Release Week Celebration!

Happy Wednesday, friends!

Though I usually share on Saturdays, today marks the start of a special celebration. One week from today, The Depths of Atlantis by Hannah Carter releases through SnowRidge Press! Now through release on November 2, I will be sharing special blog features daily to help celebrate!*

What’s this YA Fantasy Book About?

Book Blurb: Many kids run away. Reanna did, too: only she went to another dimension.


Reanna may have bartered away her mermaid tail for a one-way ticket to Earth, but apparently, her mother—the queen of Atlantis—didn’t get the message. Now Reanna finds herself kidnapped and back on the dimension of Gaia, where a whole continent is in danger, caught up in a war over her fate.


The longer Reanna runs away from her mother, the more desperate and barbaric Queen Arana becomes. And when Reanna learns of the Queen enslaving countless elves in concentration camps, Reanna knows that she can’t let her fear define her decisions. If she doesn’t step up, she will forfeit not only her own life, but also the lives of the elves and her new friends—including two boys from earth, whose past and futures are inexplicably tied to hers.


Along with her new friends, Reanna sets out to stop the war, reclaim her mermaid tail, and rescue the captive elves, all before the rest of the world sinks to the depths of Atlantis.

Blog Party Schedule

  • Thursday, October 27: Character Interview with Trevor and Adam
  • Friday, October 28: Character Interview with Laile and Gregory
  • Saturday, October 29: Character Interview with Reanna
  • Sunday, October 30: Surprise Announcement
  • Monday, October 31: Author Interview with Hannah Carter
  • Tuesday, November 1: The Depths of Atlantis Playlist
  • Wednesday, November 2: Release Day!

Praise for The Depths of Atlantis

“There are no words to describe Depths of Atlantis, but I’m going to try anyway. This book sucked me in from the first page, and Hannah’s unique voice and style will keep you hooked until long after you reach the end. Even when I wasn’t reading it, her characters and their struggles rested in the back of my mind. Her characterization skills are on point and absolutely incredible! Hannah has the ability to create memorable and relatable heroes (and villains) that can resonate with any reader. The worldbuilding of Solis is fantastically unique and gripping. The world allows for this manic, heart-ripping plot that will twist your emotions inside out and upside down in one go. To say this book has changed my life is an understatement. I was fortunate enough to read it at a time when I needed some sign that I was doing the right thing, and Hannah’s amazing protagonists were able to voice what I was going through. Depths of Atlantis is a must-read for all ages, readers and non-readers. This high-stakes adventure is gorgeous and I can’t wait for the rest of the world to fall in love with it as I have.” – Maseeha Seedat

The Depths of Atlantis is a captivating story that pulls readers in immediately with conflict, tension, and angst, and keeps readers hooked with witty banter, relatable characters, and incredible world-building. Hannah’s ability to elicit so much emotion from the reader is an admirable talent. While reading, I felt a multitude of emotions — I laughed, smirked, gasped, cried — and more than that, I saw myself and my own struggles within the words on the pages. The backstories and depth of the characters are so well-crafted, and I just know that Reanna, Adam, Trevor, Laile, Gregory, really the whole cast, are going to help so many people who, like me, resonate with their pain, their struggles, the bad, but also the good, too. The Depths of Atlantis is a must read for fans of fantasy with such tropes as reluctant hero, evil queen, an important quest, and magic; further, anyone who needs a reminder that being loved is possible, even after a lifetime of feeling like they are unworthy or undeserving of love, will find both peace and hope in the first installment of The Atlantis Trilogy. I delightfully, yet impatiently, await the rest of the story, as will all readers.” – Kayla E. Green, author of Aivan: The One Truth

There’s Still Time to Pre-Order!

Pre-order your copy today from Amazon or directly from SnowRidge Press!

Also, remember to check out author Hannah Carter through her social media channels, Amazon author page, and website to stay up to date!

*The normal Saturday posts will resume following the blog party’s conclusion on November 2.

Aivan: The One Truth News

My debut YA fantasy novella, Aivan: The One Truth, has been out in the world for almost 3 months now!

Recently, the cover, which was designed by Hannah Linder, won second place in the Winter 2022 Clean Fiction Cover Art Contest! *cue confetti*

Clean Fiction Magazine, host of the cover art contest, specializes in indie books as well as small presses, and has a mission of connecting readers with the clean fiction they are searching for, whether that is Christian based or secular fiction. If you haven’t already, be sure to check their website out and follow them on Instagram and Facebook!

And…

*drumroll*

Kirkus Reviews stated that Aivan: The One Truth is “a smoothly written religious fantasy enlivened by fiery antagonists.”

Readers online have shared that Aivan: The One Truth is “dynamic;” “well composed;” “an enjoyable, quick read;” and “a must read for Christian fantasy fans.”

A story about self-discovery, identity, and faith.

Book Blurb: Two young people from opposite sides of the Great Continent must make sense of their life.

Rune has grown up all of her life in the mountainous northern nation of Kansanai. As granddaughter of the Senior Elder, she has been a devout believer of the Vihishki gods her whole life. Yet, when a prophet challenges the Vihishki gods against his Aivan, the One Truth, everything she thought she knew is turned upside down. Will she be able to let go of the life she thought she deserved for something far greater than what she could have ever imagined?

Rolf goes through the motions of everyday life in the southern nation of Etalentin. Yet, his routine is disrupted when a voice claiming to be the one true God speaks to him. Listening to his heart, he follows Aivan, but he is thrown temptation after temptation on his journey. Will Rolf be able to resist the temptations in order to fulfill Aivan’s plan for him?

Need to order your copy? Aivan: The One Truth is now available from your favorite book retailers including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Christian Book!

Already read the novella? Remember to leave a review on Amazon and Goodreads! Reviews help authors like me SO much! Thank YOU for your support!

Exciting News: My Work Will Be Featured in the Upcoming Havok Anthology!

I am beyond honored that my flash fiction story “The Once-Stars” has been selected for the Havok Season Seven anthology, Animal Kingdom! I am alongside such talented authors including my dear friend Hannah Carter (she has two AMAZING stories that will appear in the anthology). Click here for a list of all winning authors!

“Many years ago, Caligo looked upon the Moon’s soft, silvery light with contempt. ‘You are nothing. You simply reflect the light of the sun…”

The opening of “The Once-Stars” by Kayla E. Green

“The Once-Stars” originally appeared online through Havok Publishing in January as part of the Fantasy Friday line-up. In July, it was added to the Havok Podcast. Listen to the audio version of the story here!

Havok Publishing features flash fiction. Selected stories are “Free to Read” for everyone for 24 hours. After that, only subscribers can access the stories; however, becoming a subscriber is super simple and it only costs $4.99 for an entire year! PLUS by joining you will qualify for Havok Reader prizes!

Again, I am so honored to be included in the upcoming anthology! Pre-orders are now open for the ebook here (physical copies will be announced soon). AND now through November 1, you can order a special edition Animal Kingdom t-shirt — funds raised through the Havok t-shirt sale are used to support authors (like me)!

Be sure to check out Havok Publishing and mark your calendars to attend the virtual anthology launch party on Friday, October 28 at 8:00pm EST!

Author Interview: Addison Dixon

Happy first Saturday of October, friends! To kick of my favorite time of the year, I had the privilege of interviewing indie author Addison Dixon. She is the author of The Star & Cicatrix Legacy series which has been described as “a magical and enchanting fantasy about family, friendship, loyalty and courage.” In addition to writing YA fantasy, Dixon is a tutor and writing coach. Check out our full interview below to learn more!

Q) Describe yourself in three words.

A) Funny, imaginative, and patient.

Q) How long have you been writing?

A) I’ve been writing since I was 11 years old. I “wrote” stories that I never finished. I started A Star Appears, however, when I was 12. I didn’t think it’d be one I’d continue. After much prayer and continuous inspiration, the story stayed.

Q) Why do you write?

A) I write because I want to see more wholesome stories. “Write what you want to see more of.” I also want more young people to like reading. In an age where technology steals our attention, I want to write a story that people will enjoy. In a time when good, fun literature (particularly ones with important messages) is growing rarer—and not just with books, but movies and games as well—I want people to see that it’s not dead. I’m an advocate for good entertainment.

Q) What is your favorite genre to read and why?

A) My favorite genre is fantasy (is that a surprise? XP) I like fantasy, as I like seeing different people’s takes on the genre. Whether children’s, young adult, or adult fantasies, I appreciate how an author writes their stories.

Q) What song would be your life’s theme song?

A) Oh dear. Hmmm. I’d probably say “Burn for You” by TobyMac. I listened to it on repeat while writing A Star Appears. It’s always been a favorite of mine. Burning for God. Being motivated to stand for Him. The lyrics from the song have come into my mind when I’ve felt tired.

Q) Who is someone (real or fictional) that inspires you?

A) There are many who inspire me. My mom is one of the strongest people/women I know. I’d say she definitely has been a huge inspiration to me.

Q) Can you tell us about A Star Appears? What type of readers will enjoy it? What do you hope readers take away from it?

A) Can I put in the summary? XD It’s about a boy named Riley who learns he is the last of a generation of people called the People of the Symbol. He has a star symbol and must battle the villain who destroyed the People of the Symbol years ago. The star symbol is the rarest symbol . . . and, unfortunately, the one the villain despises the most. So, Riley must survive in order for the symbols (which are like gifts from God) to continue. When I say “gifts from God” I mean, like, a flame symbol stands for strength. A leaf stands for healing. A raindrop is for peace, etc.

The types of readers who’d enjoy it are preteens and older. Parents can even read it to their younger children (like Narnia!). Those who like fantasy, and good stories in general.

What I hope readers will take away from A Star Appears is that bravery doesn’t always come naturally. Some might have it as second-nature, but a lot of times, it’s something you must learn, particularly when it comes to standing up for those in need. Another thing is that everyone has a story. Even those who are mean to you might very well behave a certain way because of personal circumstances.

Q) Can you tell us what readers can expect from the sequel to A Star Appears, A Brother’s Battle?

A) It’ll explore both Riley and Dorobonn’s perspectives. Dorobonn is Riley’s mentor. He is an interesting character. He’s based on all the older people in my life. The wisdom he gives is stuff I’ve been told and learned. I’ll also go deeper into Kelvin’s background. A new villain will be brought in, along with a couple of surprising allies. The story is a tad more intense than A Star Appears, so be prepared for a wild ride.

Q) What are your goals as a writer? 

A) I want to promote good stories for people to read. Unless there is redemption and/or the light overpowers the darkness, I don’t get into depressing and negative stories. There’s already so much darkness in the world. Why add on?

Q) Any other writing projects at the moment?

A) Yes! I’m currently working hard on my third book. I’ve been having fun writing it. I’m not going to say who the protagonist is. I want it to be a surprise! It’s probably going to be the most intense book in the series . . . besides the last one (and don’t ask when the last one will come out, ‘cause I don’t know.)

Q) What advice would you offer aspiring authors?

A) Don’t let yourself be discouraged when you have trouble with your writing. Writer’s block happens for all authors and the best thing you can do is either take a break and focus on something else, or even write something else. Don’t feel obligated to change your story for someone else’s standards. It’s one thing to change something in a story in order for the plot to make more sense, but it’s quite another to change something simply because someone didn’t think the story was “good enough.”

Q) Is there anything else you would like to add? 

A) If you believe writing is your calling, don’t hesitate to pursue it. However, there is absolutely nothing wrong with pursuing other careers as well. Those will only serve to enrich your writing. The experiences you have, the adventures you embark on, the people you meet—it all plays a large part in your writing. Maybe writing ends up being a side-hustle, and that’s okay.

Consult advice and wisdom from family and friends. My family is why I wrote, and continue writing, in the first place.

The cover of A Star Appears by Addison Dixon.

Be sure to order your copy of A Star Appears here and request a copy at your local library!

Remember to follow Dixon on Instagram & Facebook to stay up to date with her and her writing. You can also visit her website for more information.

Aivan: The One Truth Releases in ONE Week!

Hello friends!

I’m excited to announce that my debut YA fantasy novella Aivan: The One Truth is releasing one week from today! *cue confetti and happy dancing*

In celebration of the release, I have a few fun things planned including a blog tour that begins tomorrow and runs through July 26. Each blog tour spot will highlight the novella and/or include an author interview. The schedule is as follows:

I hope you check out each stop on the blog tour and follow these awesome bloggers!

Have you preordered your copy of Aivan: The One Truth yet? The ebook is available now from book retailers including Amazon (find it here) and Barnes and Noble (find it here)!

Also, on release day (July 26) I will be answering questions through Ambassador International’s Facebook event Christmas in July at 6:00pm! Join the event here to interact with me and other AI authors as well as learn about Aivan: The One Truth and other upcoming releases!

Author Interview: Candice Pedraza Yamnitz

Last week I shared my review of Unbetrothed, a YA fantasy romance, and this week I get to interview the talented author Candice Pedraza Yamnitz! In addition to being an author, Yamnitz is a stay-at-home mom. Residing in Illinois, Yamnitz has many fun facts about herself including:

  • She met her husband salsa dancing, giving her a soft spot for romantic dance scenes.
  • She also has a huge soft spot for quirky mishaps. She stated, “That sums up many of my first encounters with my husband.”
  • Her favorite sport is volleyball.
  • She hates spiders and ticks.
  • Many of her stories are based on her adventures at camp, Puerto Rico, and Mexico.

Learn more with the full interview below!

Yamnitz poses with her book. Photo provided by Yamnitz.

Q) How long have you been writing?

A) I’ve been novel writing for six years, but I’ve been journaling since third grade.

Q) Why do you write?

A) I write to glorify God. I have a heart for teens and children. I wasn’t seeing the story I wanted to see so I started writing.

Q) What are your favorite book tropes? What about least favorite? 

A) I like most tropes if they are done well. I don’t like revenge tropes especially if revenge ends in a positive light. 

Q) Describe yourself in three words.

A) Spunky, Talkative, Assertive.

Q) Who is someone (real or fictional) that inspires you?

A) I’m inspired by my abuela who was orphaned at nine years old. She raised ten children and loved her family fiercely. I admire her heart for God and her tenacity.

Q) Can you tell us what inspired Unbetrothed?

A) Unbetrothed was inspired by my time leading youth group. At that time, I have been wrestling with my own insecurities and change. I wanted to speak to teens who also felt inadequate. 

Q) How does your faith intersect with or influence your writing?

A) I pray during the writing process. My answers to character problems are influenced by my relationship to God. Some stories are more about the fun and other about the message.

Q) Do you have a favorite Bible verse?

A) “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge him and He will make straight your path.” Proverbs 3:5-6

Q) Can you tell readers about any of your current writing projects?

A) I’m writing the sequel to Unbetrothed and editing a time slip dystopian. The timeslip dystopian is about friends who get abducted 100 years into the future.

Q) What goals do you have for your writing?

A) My goal is to continue. I don’t know what God has in store for me next. All of my writing is for teens and children. 

Q) What advice do you have for aspiring authors? 

A) Keep writing. Keep learning. Keeping meeting more people in the writing community.

Q)  Is there anything else you would like to add? 

A) Writing and publishing is discouraging. Learn to fall in love with stories so you can persevere. 

Image provided by Yamnitz.

Be sure to order your copy of Unbetrothed here and request a copy at your local library!

Annnd follow Yamnitz on social media. She is @candiceyamnitz on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and TikTok.

Book Review: Unbetrothed by Candice Pedraza Yamnitz

When I first joined Bookstagram a few years ago, one of my first friends was Candice Pedraza Yamnitz. I was so excited when she debuted her YA romance (with a Latin fantasy twist) Unbetrothed earlier this year. This is a book you will not want to put down!

Unbetrothed follows Princess Beatriz, the princess of Giddel. At age seventeen, she has yet to secure a betrothal in part because she has no magical gift. Her parents throw a ball in her honor where she can select a suitor of her choice, but her choice is out of reach–her best friend, Prince Lux, is betrothed to another and his father would never agree to him marrying a giftless princess. Impulsive and selfish Beatriz makes a deadly oath to go on a quest to the dangerous Valle de Los Fantasmas, a place where no one who enters come out alive. If she fails, she’ll not only forfeit her greatest desire but her kingdom’s safety and possibly her own life. BUT if she succeeds she’ll get everything she wants.

Accompanied by her servant Laude, Beatriz runs away from home. While on the road, Beatriz meets a small groups of merchants. The leader, Zichri, confuses Beatriz. She only has eyes for Lux, no? As Beatriz gets to know Zichri on her journey, she also gets to know herself. But does she really know Zichri or does he harbor dangerous secrets?

This book!! I’m swooning. If the summary alone does not convince you, here are some reasons you should pick up Unbetrothed:

  • Magical gifts (and lack thereof) that have Encanto vibes
  • An oath-bound quest that must be made or face certain death
  • A clean/royalty romance
  • Fairy tale vibes
  • A Latin-inspired fantasy world
  • Political intrigued with plot twists
  • A well-done character arc

In all honesty, you may not like Beatriz initially. She’s selfish and impulsive and bossy and haughty (IFKYK). But despite that, the reader still sympathizes with her. Don’t we all know what it is like to desperately want something? Don’t we know what it is like to feel powerless and unworthy? The character growth is beautifully woven throughout Beatriz’s journey.

Yamnitz is a talented author and after reading, I desperately want a mango as well as more of Yamnitz’s world-building! Overall, I give Unbetrothed 5 stars and I look forward to reading more from Yamnitz.

Photo by @theunicornwriter 93 featuring Unbetrothed.

Order your own copy of Unbetrothed here and remember to request a copy for your local library!

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