The League of Scribes: Interview With Charity Marie

Each week, The L. Palmer Chronicles uses The Frozen Wizard Staff of Cool Ice Sculptures to bring you a member of The League of Scribes.

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The League of Scribes is a legendary group of authors who write grand adventures in the realms of science fiction and fantasy. They are able to write rich, compelling stories while keeping content in the PG –PG-13 range.

If you have been on a quest to find clean sci-fi and fantasy novels, you have reached the right place.

This week, we present:

Charity Marie

Charity Marie, Author:

Otherwise known by her Code Name: Dragon Whisperer

Dragons just trust me. Perhaps it’s because I don’t fear them. I am in awe of dragons. They’re truly magnificent creatures, from scale to tail. There’s everything to like about dragons. It probably helps that I regularly write stories with them as a central character.

About the Author:

Dragons, wizards, and swords: these are just three of Charity Marie’s favorite things. She loved reading at an early age thanks to the tutoring of a retired teacher. By age 14, she had discovered the magic of writing her own stories and has been doing so ever since. She is the award-winning author of Jason, Lizzy, and the Snowman Village (2012) and author of Jason Lizzy, and the Ice Dragon (2016). Currently she’s hard at work on book three in the Jason and Lizzy series. You can interact with her on www.CharityMarie.com.

Charity Marie’s Work

Jason, Lizzy, and the Ice Dragon

Jason, Lizzy, and the Ice Dragon by Charity Marie:

After losing her parents in a horrible fire, Abigail finds a magical necklace, and is transformed into a powerful ice dragon. Soon, she realizes her new curse.

Jason and Lizzy are called on by Mother Nature to help Abigail. The only way to end the curse is to find the most powerful wizard of all, who vanished ages ago.

Interview

Who would love your books?

Is it fair to say everyone? My children’s books are written on a 3rd grade reading level and targeted to 3rd – 8th graders but anyone who enjoys an entertaining fantasy will enjoy it, regardless of age.

What was the inspiration for your latest book/series?

There were a lot of inspirations for this book but probably the biggest inspirations were my children. My daughter was diagnosed last year with Dyslexia and while we always suspected it, the diagnosis was a blow nonetheless. I wanted to write a story that would give her hope and courage while inspiring her and others. In addition, my own life hit some serious obstacles that had to be overcome so it was a story that kept me going through the challenges.

If a movie of your book were made, what movie(s) would it be most similar too?

I’m not sure I’ve seen a movie similar to this one. How to Train Your Dragon is the only movie that comes to mind.

Do you use music while writing? If so, what music do you use? Is there a theme song for your book?

I listen to a randomized playlist my husband created for me. It contains everything – from blues to rock to alternative to Native American music and then some. The range is wide and it contains over 11,000 minutes of music (and growing). I rarely hear the same song in a day, or a week for that matter.

What authors or books inspire you most?

I’m a huge fan of Stephen King. Not so much for his writing now, but for his craft and his business acumen. He’s been writing longer than I’ve been alive and he’s still relevant today. He’s a great author and has been inspiring me to write since I was 12. At one point I’d read every book he’d written. Another author who inspires me is Terry Brooks. His fantasy Shannara series inspired me into a love of fantasy. Until then I was strictly a horror fan but he opened my eyes to a true and enduring love for fantasy.

If you were conquering the world, what fantasy or sci-fi creature/race/entity would you build your army out of? Why?

Dragons – they can do it all: fly, fight, use magic, and save the world. What’s not to love?

Would you rather ride a galactic unicorn or a space dinosaur? Why?

A unicorn – because they’re beautiful!

When did you decide to be a professional writer?

Becoming a professional writer happened by accident. I have been writing for over two decades. In 2010, the idea for a children’s book came to me during a holiday meal. Two years later I finished it and decided to take the incredible leap of faith and self-publish it. From that point, my fate as a professional writer was sealed – I’m hopelessly addicted.

Are you a planner, a discovery writer, or a hybrid?

I am definitely a planner. For the first ten years of my writing I was a discovery writer but found over time that was too unreliable of a way for me to write. I had more unfinished projects than finished ones. So now I plan out my work and that helps me to make sure a project actually gets finished and I don’t miss any important details (hopefully).

What is your number one piece of advice for aspiring writers?

Read. Read constantly. I recently made the mistake of going a year without really reading fiction and it began to affect my ability to write. For whatever reason, those two activities are linked.

Where do your books fall on the Rating Scale of PG to PG-13 Content (1 = How To Train Your Dragon, 8 = The Dark Knight, 10 = Borderline-R-Rating).

Definitely a 1. They are written to appeal to everyone but especially children.

If you live in a fictional world (besides one you’ve created) which would you choose and why?

I would live in Middle Earth and be a neighbor to Bilbo and Frodo – because Hobbits will save the world and I would not want to miss any of Gandalf’s fireworks.

What’s next for you as a writer? What projects are you working on currently?

I have a lot of projects planned currently. At the moment I’m about ¼ of the way through my first YA novel, How to Adopt a Dragon. Reyna isn’t sure what she wants to do with her life, but being betrothed to the king’s advisor definitely isn’t part of her plan.

I’m also working on book 3 in the Jason and Lizzy series, called Jason, Lizzy, and the Luckless Leprechauns. When an evil wizard steals the talents of an entire Leprechaun village, Jason and Lizzy are called on to help get them back.

No release date is planned yet but I have finished most of the planning for an adult suspense series called The Angel Deveron Series. After losing her husband and son to a mysterious illness, Angel is determined to find out why and make the people responsible pay.

Basically, I have the next five years’ worth of writing planned out. Speaking of which, I should probably get back to that.

To explore the worlds Charity Marie has created, check out the books below:

To Interact with Charity Marie, check out the links below:

Readers:

  • Do you have any more questions for Charity Marie?
  • What is your favorite children’s fantasy book?
  • What magical creature would you want to turn into?

If you would like to join the League of Scribes, please e-mail lpalmer@lpalmerchronicles.com

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