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Two Empty Thrones by C.H. MacLean Virtual Book Tour & Interview

CHMacleanAbout the Book:

With her powers growing every day, fourteen-year-old Haylwen Rightad thinks she’s safe in the magical forest. And now that she finally has the friends she always wanted, what is there to be afraid of?

But she’s not out of the woods yet. Old enemies rip through her beloved forest, threatening to haul Haylwen and her newfound friends away. Their safety shattered, Haylwen and her friends are suddenly at each other’s throats. Is the friendship she worked so hard for already ruined, or is there another, unseen enemy at work?

Haylwen and her brother must unmask this mysterious enemy before they can fight it off. But even if all their enemies are destroyed, the King of the magic users will stop at nothing to ensure he’s still in power when the dragons take over the world. And he’s hidden an enemy where Haylwen would never think to look.

If no one is what they seem, who can she trust?

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For More Information

  • Two Empty Thrones is available at Amazon.
  • Pick up your copy at Barnes & Noble.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.
  • Read Chapter One here.

C.H. MacLean

About the Author

To young C. H. MacLean, books were everything: mind-food, friends, and fun. They gave the shy middle child’s life color and energy. Amazingly, not everyone saw them that way. Seeing a laundry hamper full of books approach her, the librarian scolded C. H. for trying to check them all out. “You’ll never read that many before they expire!” C. H. was surprised, having shown great restraint only by keeping a list of books to check out next time. Thoroughly abashed, C. H. waited three whole days after finishing that lot before going back for more.

With an internal world more vivid than the real one, C. H. was chastised for reading in the library instead of going to class. “Neurotic, needs medical help,” the teacher diagnosed. C. H.’s father, a psychologist, just laughed when he heard. “She’s just upset because those books are more challenging than her class.” C. H. realized making up stories was just as fun as reading, and harder to get caught doing. So for a while, C. H. crafted stories and characters out of wisps and trinkets, with every toy growing an elaborate personality.

But toys were not mature, and stories weren’t respectable for a family of doctors. So C. H. grew up and learned to read serious books and study hard, shelving foolish fantasies for serious work.

Years passed in a black and white blur. Then, unpredictably falling in love all the way to a magical marriage rattled C. H.’s orderly world. A crazy idea slipped in a resulting crack and wouldn’t leave. “Write the book you want to read,” it said. “Write? As in, a fantasy novel? But I’m not creative,” C. H. protested. The idea, and C. H.’s spouse, rolled their eyes.

So one day, C. H. started writing. Just to try it, not that it would go anywhere. Big mistake. Decades of pent-up passion started pouring out, making a mess of an orderly life. It only got worse. Soon, stories popped up everywhere- in dreams, while exercising, or out of spite, in the middle of a work meeting. “But it’s not important work,” C. H. pleaded weakly. “They are not food, or friends, or…” But it was too late. C. H. had re-discovered that, like books, life should be fun too. Now, writing is a compulsion, and a calling.

C. H. lives in a Pacific Northwest forest with five cats, two kids, one spouse, and absolutely no dragons or elves, faeries, or demons… that are willing to be named, at least.

His latest book is the YA fantasy, Two Empty Thrones.

For More Information

C.H. Keep Calm and Answer These Twenty-Five Questions

  1. Do you consider yourself a logophile? If so, have you always been? Absolutely, and always have been. I started reading at age 3, I’m sure because I wanted to learn about all those great words. My logophilia led me to even read the dictionary. (Isn’t logophile a great word, by the way?)

2. What is your favorite color? Forest green

3. Where were you born? Where did you grow up? Born in Minnesota, I grew up in many places, including Hawaii, Minnesota and Colorado.

4. What is your favorite football team? I don’t have one. I’d much rather watch soccer.

5. Who is your favorite author? As of this moment, it’s Brandon Sanderson. But it depends on which book I have in my hand. I have a lot of favorites.

6. What is your favorite book? There are so many! But right now, it’s the one I’m writing.

7. What do you do when you are not writing? Read, of course. I also have another job, and love to go hiking and camping.

8. Do you have a day job as well? Yes, but I hope to be able to answer that question differently soon.

9. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? Pour your love onto the page, give everything you have to your readers.

10. Is being a writer a curse or a gift? A bit of both, like most things.

11. Where do you write? Anywhere I can. Often at a little place down my lane, or in my home office.

12. Do you prefer silence or some noise while you write? I prefer silence but even if there was noise I wouldn’t hear it.

13. What do you typically drink while writing? Nothing. When I’m writing I’d forget it was there anyway.

14. What challenges have you had in regards to your writing life? Balancing my desire to write and my need for sleep. Seriously though, my biggest challenge was believing I could write.

15. When did you first start and when did you finish your book? My first book started four years ago and finished about a year ago. Since then, I’ve written two more and am just finishing a third.

16. If your book is made into a movie, which actors/actresses do you envision playing the parts? I have no idea of what current actors are out there. But I’m also sure I’d know immediately if they were right for the part or not.

17. What does your protagonist think of you? Would he/she want to hang out with you? She respects me, but we’re in different life places, too separated to really hang out for long. But for as long as a walk in the forest takes, we’d be friends.

18. How do you market your book? What avenues work best? I have a marketing consultant who is directing me. Book giveaways leading to reviews and secondary sales are working the best right now.

19. What has been the toughest criticism so far? Readers who like a simple book seem to be turned off by all the twists, turns and mystery in the series.

20. What has been the best compliment? I particularly liked one reviewer’s comment in a five-star review: “Wish I could give this 5 more stars!”

21. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination? While all of the events are purely fictional and any resembles to reality coincidental, someone who knows me well might see true stories tucked inside.

22. How did you come up with the title? The title came with the story. I received the story all at once, and the title came with it.

23. Will there be a sequel? Absolutely. Two Empty Thrones is the second book in a YA fantasy saga, and there are 5 books total.

24. What project are you working on now? I’m going through my second round of edits on the third book in the series, We the Three. At the same time, my editor is working on Fire Above, a separate novel about a young man who dares to dream and starts the first ever dragon-human war.

25. What question did I leave out that you’d like to answer? Who do you have to thank? The love of my life, without whom I would never have believed I could dream.

Please fill in the blank: Keep Calm and Dream on.

 

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