Today I’m excited to be participating in the blog tour for Tricia Mingerink's debut novel, Dare! Tricia has taken part in my tours, so I'm very glad to return the favor as she enters the exciting world of publishing! As part of the fun, I have an interview I did with Tricia. But first, a bit about the book!
About the Book
Courage could cost him everything.
Third Blade Leith Torren never questions his orders or his loyalty to King Respen until an arrow wound and a prairie blizzard drive him to the doorstep of the girls whose family he once destroyed.
Their forbidden faith and ties to the Resistance could devastate their family a second time.
Survival depends on obedience, but freedom beckons. How far does he dare go to resist the king and his Blades?
No matter what Leith chooses, one thing is certain.
Someone will die.
What was the first story you ever wrote?
The very first story I ever wrote was done with crayon pictures in a spiral notebook. It followed the life of a talking horse named Jipsy. I dictated the words to the story to my mom (since I was two and couldn't write yet). I have a very clear memory of her correcting my English to "The tiger is teasing Jipsy" and me getting mad and insisting that it had to be "Tiger teasing Jipsy." I eventually filled 6 70-page notebooks with stories about Jipsy, and that horse did everything from go to church to have a stalagmite form on her back while walking through a cave (written after my family visited the Meramec Caverns when I was six).
What inspired you to start writing?
I can't remember a time when I wasn't writing or making up stories. When I was six, we visited Laura Ingalls Wilder's home in Mansfield, MO. I don't remember much of that trip besides the Meramec Caverns, but I do remember looking at Laura Ingalls Wilder's desk and deciding I wanted to be an author just like her.
What character from your books are you most like?
Leith, though he has many struggles and darkness that I don't. I'm introvert and I struggle with a fear of failure. But I also see a bit of myself in Renna. I tend to worry too much.
What is the most interesting experience you’ve had while writing?
During 9th grade, my best friend and I wrote a book together in the form of letters written back and forth between our characters. We spent a lot of that 9th grade year giggling over letters before class (how we didn't get in trouble for this, I don't know) and debating whether or not I actually killed off a character. I'm surprised no one took us aside for intervention after overhearing our debates. My Friend: "He's not dead. You don't kill your characters." Me: "Of course he's dead! They found his skeleton!" We weren't your typical 9th graders.
If you could spend a day with any historical figure, who would it be and what would you like to do?
Tough one. I'm something of a history buff, so I'd love to meet a lot of them. C.S. Lewis, Laura Ingalls Wilder, J.R.R. Tolkien to name a few. If I had to pick a non-literary historical figure, I'd pick Davy Crockett. I'd love to hike in the woods with him and pick up a few tips about hunting, walking quietly, and the outdoors.
Favorite color? Blue
Cake or cookies? Cookies, especially chocolate chip
Coffee or tea? Neither. I'm a Mountain Dew girl.
Pizza or pasta? Both. I love my Mom's homemade pizza, and I love pasta, probably because pasta is one of the few foods I can make.
About the Author
Tricia Mingerink is a twenty-something, book-loving, horse-riding country girl. She lives in Michigan with her family and their pack of pets. When she isn't writing, she can be found pursing backwoods adventures across the country.
Enter to win a Grand Prize giveaway to celebrate the release of Dare! Prize includes an autographed paperback of Dare, a necklace like the one Renna has in the book with a sterling silver cross pendant, a medieval dagger (not sharp) like the one Leith carries, and Dare-themed bookmarks! (Due to the difficulties in shipping weapons across international borders, this giveaway is open to US residents only). The winner of the giveaway will be announce at the end of the Facebook party on June 10.
- Tricia Mingerink - Announce Release and Blog Tour
- Jaye L. Knight - Author Interview
- Kim Moss - Author Interview
- Shantelle Hannu on A Writer’s Heart - Author Interview
- Jaye L. Knight - Character Spotlight (Leith Torren)
- Kim Moss - Character Spotlight (Renna Faythe)
- Alicia Ruggieri on A Brighter Destiny - Author Interview
- Faith Blum on Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections - Character Spotlight (Shadrach Alistair)
- Nadine Brandes - Character Spotlight (Brandi Faythe)
- Tricia Mingerink - Q&A with characters
- Kathrese McKee - Author Interview
- Gillian Bronte Adams - Character Spotlight (Blizzard)
- Tricia Mingerink - Q&A with characters
- Jansina on Thilly Little Nothings - Character Spotlight (Harrison Vane)
- Claire Banschbach on Thoughts and Rants - Author Interview