Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Review + Author Interview: Clockwork Dollhouse by Jordan Elizabeth

Clockwork Dollhouse
Synopsis

The clockwork dolls seem to be moving on their own. What are they trying to show? 

When Ainsley moves in with her uncle, the governor, it seems like a beautiful situation. An orphan is finding love in an elite household. However, she carries with her the power to reveal her uncle’s darkest secrets.

Review
Absolutely amazing steampunk short story. It's a quick and fun read. I loved the little twist in the end. It's truly magical. It's a well-paced story that is quite entertaining. I always enjoy Jordan Elizabeth's work and this one is no exception, well-written, intriguing, and with an epic ending, I think this story is a must read for everyone.

All families have secrets and Ainsley's is no different. But someone wants to reveal the truth now after all the years. When she comes to live with her uncle it's like her mother's magic has awakened and it seeks revenge. But who knows all their secrets and why would they want to reveal them now?

You must read to find that out.
Interview With The Author

1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve wanted to write since I could talk.  Its always been a dream of mine, and I hope one day that I’ll be able to do it full-time. 

2. How long does it take you to write a book?
I used to be able to write 3-4 books a year.  Now that I have a toddler running amok and a full-time day job, that’s down to 1-2 books a year.  I try to write as often as I can.

3. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
If an idea comes to me, I’ll stop whatever I’m doing to play it out in my head.  I must look crazy, standing there frozen, with a glossy expression on my face.

4. Where do you get your ideas or information for your books?
I get my ideas from dreams.  My information all comes from the Internet.  I can’t imagine having to do research the old-fashioned way.  I feel like too much might be missed.

5. When did you write your first book and how old were you?
I wrote my first book as a toddler.  My grandmother recorded it on a tape for me and then wrote it out.

6. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
Even if you pour your heart and soul into a book, some people will be naysayers.  They’ll want it to be different.  It took a while to realize that everything is subjective.  Be true to yourself and write what you want to read.

7. How many books have you written and which is your favorite?
TIME TO LIVE, my fourteenth book, came out October 2, 2018.  My favorite, though, is ESCAPE FROM WITCHWOOD HOLLOW.  That story still makes me shiver.  I wrote it based on the woods behind my parents’ house and just being in their backyard brings back all the sensations.

8. What is the best compliment you’ve ever received from your readers?
I was told once that my story kept her awake for nights. 

9. Which is your favorite genre to write in and what do you love the most about it?
I love young adult fantasy.  I’m such a sucker for magic and teens who are learning how to be themselves.

10. What do you think makes a good story?
A setting that takes you away.

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