Friday, April 25, 2014

Giveaway & Interview The Fountain of the Earth by H.L. LeRoy

Title: The Fountain of the Earth
Author: H.L. Le Roy
Series: The Fountain of the Earth
Genre: YA Dystopian
Publisher: Tranquille Press
Release Date: Nov 22 2013
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Paperback
The first in a planned series, The Fountain of the Earth is set on the West Coast following a catastrophic solar flare that has destroyed civilization, leaving only a few people struggling to survive. After witnessing the vicious murder of her mother, Terra Vonn (15) has a singular focus—exacting revenge on the killers. But before she can complete her plans, savagery intervenes and she is cast alone into a brutal post-apocalyptic world. As she trails the men south through a land filled with cannibalistic criminals, slave traders, and lunatics, the hunter becomes the hunted. Terra quickly learns that she is neither as tough nor as brave as she thinks she is. Worse, she may be the only one who stands between what little remains of civilization and destruction.

Tag Line

Terra Vonn is fighting to survive in a destroyed world,
Surrounded by unspeakable horror . . .
And things are about to get much worse.


1. How did you start your writing career? I’ve always wanted to be a writer and in fact wrote a column for a motorsport magazine, one-act plays and short stories while I earned a living. Now I’m fortunate to be in a position where I can write full time.  
2. Where did you come up with the idea for your book? I wrote a 250 word story about a young girl alone in snowstorm for a contest. I had several people tell me they wanted to learn more about her. The novel expanded from there. That little piece of flash fiction can be found in chapter 3.
3. What books have most influenced your life? I don’t know about influenced but certainly enriched. Not in any particular order, The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach, House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski, Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, Music for Torching by A.M. Homes, Hunger Games, The Mind Readers by Lori Brighton, Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn.
4. What is something people would be surprised to know about you? I did a lot of acting early on. I’ve been in more than sixty plays and used to be a professional lighting designer.
5. If you gave some of your characters an opportunity to speak for themselves, what would they say? Probably express sadness that the world is so cruel.
6. Have you based any of your characters on someone you know, or real events in your own life? No. See number 9.
7. I know we all have that one favorite as for me there are several but is there an Author that you would really like to meet? Of the dead, Poe or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Alive, Robert Crais or Suzanne Collins.
8.  How did you come up with your characters? First a name, then a description and a few personal characteristics. Then I write a biography.
9. Have any of your characters been modeled after yourself? That would be boring.
10. If you could exchange lives with any of your characters for a day which character would you choose and why? If I could be Ormek for a day, it would allow me to see Terra in action.
11.  Is there a piece of advice that you have received that has really stuck with you? If so, what was it? This too will pass. Or, It’ll all come out in the wash.
12. Can you leave us with any little details with Terra's journey into the next book? Things go well for a while, and Aurora begins to grow up. Then the winds of war begin to blow and Terra’s life takes a dark and painful turn.


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H. L. (Holly) LeRoy is an American short story writer and novelist, author of the award winning Street Crimes anthology and the novel The Fountain of the Earth (Nov. 22, 2013), first in a series of young adult adventures. Born in San Jose, California, LeRoy currently resides in Pioneer, California with his family.

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