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Monday, November 22, 2010

Restoring Harmony Blog Tour, Day 2- Interview & Giveaway

Today we are thrilled to have Joelle Anthony on our blog today, the author Restoring Harmony.

Which character surprised you with how they turned out and why?
Probably Randall. He’s much more multi-faceted now than he was when I began writing the story. I know a lot about him that maybe shows through, but probably is just stuff the author knows. It’s kind of fun that way…to know more about your characters than everyone else.

What is one of Molly McClure's character traits you most admire? Why?
Her music. I so want to be musical, but I’m really not. I’m not just saying it either, because I’ve tried. Luckily, my husband is a professional musician, so I am blessed with a lot of music in my life.

What message are you hoping readers take away from Restoring Harmony?
Never give up. But, really, isn’t that the theme of every book? I have been getting emails from readers saying they’re inspired to learn to cook, practice their instruments, and grow a garden. That’s pretty cool!

What or who inspired you to become a writer?
Well, it’s hard to pinpoint one person because wanting to be a professional writer is something that came and went from the time I was very young until I actually started pursuing it in my twenties. My mum always had lots of books around me. And Betsy, my favourite character, is a writer. And my fifth grade teacher got me writing a lot. Plus there are the fabulous storytellers out there who write books that just make you want to write, like Nevil Shute and John Rowe Townsend. So many things throughout my life conspired to make me become an author.

What is one thing you have to have when you write?
Quiet. I really just need silence, or close to it. I can’t imagine writing in a cafĂ© or an airport.

If you could write a favorite fictional character of yours into your story, who would you write and why?
I would have to figure out some crazy way to write Betsy from the Betsy-Tacy books by Maud Hart Lovelace into one of my books. In truth, I already try to name drop the books and characters whenever I can. For example, in Restoring Harmony, the fiddle is called Jewels. In the Betsy books, her mother is called Jules. I actually wrote it that way originally, but my early readers were confused because I refer to the fiddle as “her” and Jules is a man’s name. By then though, I couldn’t think of it as anything but Jules, so I changed the spelling.


Thank you Joelle for being with us today! You can visit Joelle's website to find out more about her writing and what projects she working on next

Thank you to Joelle and The Teen Book Scene, we have an awesome giveaway!! We are giving away a SIGNED book plate and copy of Restoring Harmony! To enter, please fill out this form here-


  1. This is great! Thank you so much for the giveaway and I really look forward to reading Restoring Harmony!!

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  2. I love it when a character turns out more dimensional than the author planned. That means the story is really flowing and is going to be fantastic! I can hardly wait to read this one.

  3. I don't write much, but when I do, I have to have quiet, too. ;)

    Interesting tidbit about Jules.

    The cover is amazing. Thanks for the giveaway.

  4. Hi :)
    Thank you for the great interview with Joelle Anthony & thanks to Joelle for sharing here.
    Also thank you for the opportunity to win her debut YA novel RESTORING HARMONY.
    It was great to learn more about Joelle & her writing.
    All the best,
    PS - The answers from Joelle do not show up in Google Reader. The text is too light.

  5. You guys are so welcome!! Good luck to everyone!

    RK- Thank you for letting us know. That's weird it's not showing up, as it's the standard color on our site. Sorry it's not working for you.