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Ivy Introspective

Please welcome Kellyn Roth to the blog today. She has a new book out and was kind enough to share it with us.

What inspired you to write this book?

I always knew I was going to write a story about Alice's sister, Ivy. So I did. I'd somewhat impulsively said she'd had mental issues in book 1 (darned little 14-year-old me!) - so I had to do the research. And once I did, I realized writing a story about her was going to be challenging at the least!

However, I was determined to do so - and more than that, to help her. Because it's not easy having any minor learning disability or anxiety or anything of the sort even in today's world. In the Victorian era, it was more like a death sentence.
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So, slowly, I found a way to help! And that's the story I wrote.

Is there a message in your book you want people to walk away with?

That they have worth no matter who they are or what they've done, and they are not too far gone for God. It doesn't matter who you are - God loves you. He loves you all the more for your faults because they show how much you need Him. But not only does He love you even in your sin ... but He won't just leave you there. He'll make you into something better!
Is there anything in your book and/or books based on real life experiences?
In this particular one, not really. I've drawn elements from people in real life for all my books (Jordy McAllen is basically my best friend, Bailey, in male form!). Some of my books over the years have been influenced by life events, but my most recent ones haven't.

What books and/or writers have influenced you the most?

My list includes Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Maud Hart Lovelace, Gene Stratton Porter, Kristi Ann Hunter, Roseanna M. White, Sarah Sundin, Tamera Alexander, Karen Witemeyer, and Regina Jennings. It is sorta a random list, but I've drawn inspiration from all of these lovely ladies!

What has been your greatest challenge when writing?

Editing! Gah, who invented it? :P I guess necessity. But that doesn't mean I have to like it!

Are you working on anything new?

Always! Of course I've got books 2 and 3 in the works, as well as a series based on Jordy McAllen's siblings (as adults). It's super fun! I'm also developing a historical mystery novel in the same vein as Rebecca and some of Joanna Davidson Politano's books, and a couple historical romantic comedies.

What have you learned from writing and do you have any advice for other authors?

To keep writing. :P That's generally what I learn from my writing projects - because every single one is individually challenging. Yet I've got to keep on keeping on!

Advice for authors? Make extra sure you understand the writing craft! Dive into character building, story structure, themes - read countless articles and books - listen to all the podcasts - and most of all, write.

I always advise people who are thinking of publishing soon to make sure they've written a lot and read about writing a lot and then applied what they've read to still more writing! And, of course, got lots of feedback from people who know what they're talking about.

Thanks so much for hosting me on your blog today!

Ivy Knight lives her life in a blur of confusion as the world passes her by in a tumultuous melody. She isn’t the perfect daughter or student, but as long as she can be with her family, she doesn’t mind watching rather than living.

Mrs. Chattoway treasures both of her granddaughters now that they’re reunited. When Ivy’s parents enroll her in a Scottish school for unique children, she’s happy to chaperone.

In a new place with a new guardian, Ivy discovers a special talent that helps her see the blurred world in a new way. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel, and Ivy becomes determined to find it—and help others do the same.

About the Author:

Kellyn Roth is a Christian historical women’s fiction & romance author from North-Eastern Oregon who loves border collies. A ranch girl with a love for storytelling, she’s been writing since she was seven and published since she was fourteen.

Kell lives in the country outside a small town in North-Eastern Oregon with her family, cat, and three puppy-dogs. When not writing, she teaches writing and talks about writing, but she also enjoys other things. She just can’t think of any right now.

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  1. Thank you for sharing info about the book and interviewing me! It was fun!

    1. You're very welcome! It was great having you!


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