Blog Tour, Guest Post & Giveaway: Assassin of Truths by Brenda Drake
Assassin of Truths, the third book in the Library Jumpers series, by Brenda Drake was released last week and we are happy to be a part of the Blog Tour. In our post today we asked author Brenda Drake about her research, you have to see what she says! Be sure to enter the tour-wide giveaway for a $50 gift card!
The gateways linking the great libraries of the world don’t require a library card, but they do harbor incredible dangers.
And it’s not your normal bump-in-the- night kind. The threats Gia Kearns faces are the kind with sharp teeth and knifelike claws. The kind that include an evil wizard hell-bent on taking her down.
Gia can end his devious plan, but only if she recovers seven keys hidden throughout the world’s most beautiful libraries. And then figures out exactly what to do with them.
The last thing she needs is a distraction in the form of falling in love. But when an impossible evil is unleashed, love might be the only thing left to help Gia save the world.
What type of research did you do to create such a rich world?
The research for the Library Jumpers series was mainly for the libraries Gia visits on her journey. I’d read up about each library and studied pictures of them. My favorite library comes from childhood memories. It’s the Boston Athenæum in Boston, Massachusetts. I visited this library when I was a little girl and it was so magical to me. It’s where my love for libraries started. Thief of Lies begins with Gia and her friends, Afton and Nick, visiting this library. Throughout the series, Gia keeps coming back to this library. It’s her tether to home. The library holds so many book and art treasures, and is full of history. The architecture is beautiful with its sweeping ceilings and large windows. The fifth floor reading room is awe-stopping with its tunnel-like staircases that lead to scaffold balconies surrounding the bookcases. I did have to do research to remind me of things that had faded from my memory over time. I can’t wait to go visit it again someday soon.
The real world didn’t need much research. I’ve been to Boston many times, so I had little to research there. For Ireland and Connecticut, I had to do a little more research for them. I did have to study up on swords and armor – grab pictures so I could have a visual while writing. The Mystik world came from my imagination, so I tend to play that in my head before writing.
I would have the coffee table book of libraries that inspired the series open while writing each book. I’d flipped to one of the pictures while drafting a scene in that particular library. The entire time, I would wonder how it would feel to be able to jump to any library in the world. It would be amazing!
Brenda Drake grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. Her fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. With kids of all ages populating Brenda’s world, it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories with a bend toward the fantastical for both younger readers and the young at heart. And because she married her prince charming, there’s always a romance warming the pages. Her favorite books are The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, Kings Row by Henry Bellamann, and Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. When she’s not writing, she hosts workshops and contests for writers such as Pitch Wars and Pitch Madness on her blog, and holds Twitter pitch parties on the hashtag, #PitMad. In her free time, Brenda enjoys hanging out with her family, haunting libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or just reading someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).
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