Hi! Today we’re celebrating Laurisa White Reyes’s middle-grade fantasy, THE ROCK OF IVANORE, which released on Tuesday!
The synopsis: The annual Great Quest is about to be announced in Quendel, a task that will determine the future of Marcus and the other boys from the village who are coming of age. The wizard Zyll commands them to find the Rock of Ivanore, but he doesn’t tell them what the Rock is exactly or where it can be found. Marcus must reach deep within himself to develop new powers of magic and find the strength to survive the wild lands and fierce enemies he encounters as he searches for the illusive Rock. If he succeeds, he will live a life of honor; if he fails, he will live a life of menial labor in shame. With more twists and turns than a labyrinth, and a story in which nothing is at it seems, this tale of deception and discovery keeps readers in suspense until the end.
And now for the interview:
Describe your main character in 3 adjectives + a noun.
Humble, brave, generous, enchanter’s apprentice
Describe your book in 3 adjectives + a noun.
Magical, mysterious, adventurous, journey
Describe yourself in 3 adjectives + a noun.
(This is tough!) Curious, motherly, enthusiastic, author (finally!)
If you could travel to any 3 countries, what would they be?
Italy (Rome), Peru (Machu Pichu), Israel (Jerusalem)
If you could take any 3 non-writing-related classes, what would they be?
Language: Ancient Greek, History: Early Christianity, Music composition
If you could have 3 alternate careers, what would they be?
Bookseller, College Professor, Restaurant Owner
What are 3 of your favorite flowers?
Gardenias, Lilacs, Jasmine (I love the smell of Jasmine in the spring!)
What are 3 of your favorite foods?
Sushi, Milk Chocolate (especially Godiva truffles), any kind of pasta
What are 3 of your favorite books?
LILIES OF THE FIELD by William E. Barrett (I’ve read it at least a dozen times), WUTHERING HEIGHTS by Emily Bronte, and GONE WITH THE WIND by Margaret Mitchell.
Yay, GWTW! That’s one of my all-time favorites too. Thanks for stopping by, Laurisa, and happy book birthday!