Sunday, May 22, 2016

Jason, Lizzy, and the Ice Dragon, a fantastical middle-grade novel by award winning author, Charity Marie.



In today's Author Spotlight, I had the distinct pleasure to meet the wonderful and fantastical, award winning author Charity Marie. She discusses her new novel, Jason, Lizzy, and the Ice Dragon, a middle grade fantasy

What is your book about?

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.

What inspired you to write this book?

There were a lot of inspirations for this book but probably the biggest inspiration was my daughter. She was diagnosed in 2015 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. She was also struggling to make friends and being very bullied by others.

Who is your favourite, and least favourite, character in the book?

My favorite character is Abigail. She’s an ice dragon - how cool is that? Probably my least favorite character is Merlin the wizard because he’s a little bit sneaky (but I still like him anyway).

What draws you to this genre? Do you write in any other genre?

I fell into this genre a few years ago. I never expected to write children’s literature, let alone an entire series. Nor did I expect to win my first award for children’s literature. There’s been a lot of firsts which keep me going. But most importantly, the readers keep me writing. The feedback I’ve gotten for my work, and the interest has simply been phenomenal. In addition, there’s something very unique about writing for a younger audience. Knowing that I could be writing a book that may change a child’s life and give them a love of reading is something I’m very passionate about as an author.
I do write in other genres and am currently working on a YA novel called How to Adopt a Dragon. It started as a write-off with my husband but I liked the idea so much I decided to make it a book. I’m also working on the third book in Jason and Lizzy’s Legendary Adventures as well as an adult suspense series called The Angel Deveron Series. I like to branch out, try different things in writing, and am constantly challenging myself to do more with my writing. 

Is this a standalone book, or can we expect more?


This is part of a series but can be read as a standalone book if you haven’t read the previously published book, Jason, Lizzy, and the Snowman Village. There will be at least four more, the next of which is planned for sometime in 2017. It’s called Jason, Lizzy, and the Luckless Leprechauns. I enjoy coming up with new adventures for Jason and Lizzy and finding new challenges for them to overcome. Who knows, maybe the series will go beyond six books but at this point that’s all I have planned.

Tell me about you and what drew you to writing? Are there any authors who inspired you to become a writer yourself?

Believe it or not, writing was simply an evolution for me. I look back on my life and can see how each step built the foundation for my career as a writer. It started with a retired teacher who offered to tutor me one day. I had failed kindergarten and was in danger of being held back again before she stepped in and helped me with the foundational learning I needed. That was a priceless gift that I’m still talking about years later.
When I was a freshman in high school, my English teacher assigned us a writing prompt. The assignment was for 1 page but I wrote 14. I’ve been hooked ever since.
Reading also inspired me. Stephen King is probably the first author to make me think I’d like to write a book. Terry Brooks inspired a love of fantasy. Love for my kids inspired me to write for other children.

Other than your own book, what is your favourite novel?

I have to name just one? Geez, that’s almost impossible. I would have to say Lord of the Rings (but even that’s a trilogy so I’m still kind of cheating).

Have you written other books we should know about?

It won the Reader’s Favorite Award in 2013 for children’s literature, beating 10 other books from around the world. I was utterly stunned that I won (and still am). The book is going to be re-released this winter with an updated cover to match the branding direction the series is going in. I made the tragic mistake of choosing a last name that was too difficult for my young readers to remember or spell and have changed my author name to Charity Marie to make it easier. I had a lot of children asking me how to spell and say my name, which I never considered.

If you could advise aspiring writers on only one aspect of authordom, what would your advice be?

Know that you can’t please everyone with your work. Some people will love it, some will only like it, some will disagree with it, and many will ignore it. But as long as you’re writing for yourself first and are writing truth as you see it, you really can’t go wrong and will produce quality work.

Where can we find your book?

You can also order an autographed copy here: http://www.charitymarie.com/jason-lizzy-and-the-ice-dragon/

Where can we find out more about you? 






88 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for the awesome interview TP!

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    1. It was an absolute pleasure to find out more about your awesome book.

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  2. This book would be perfect for my son. I will have to get a copy of it for him.

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    1. Please let me know if you have any trouble ordering a copy!

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  3. This book sounds like a good read. Ice and dragons are right up my alley.

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  4. What a unique and brilliant concept for a novel. I've never read a book where the main character was a dragon, That will be so amazing to delve into! Plus Ice Dragon! How awesome is that?! Loved the interview & Felicidades ├ępicas! on all your amazing awards.

    Great interview TP!

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    1. Thank you so much for the great comment Enricoh! What a great response!

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  5. What what whaaat? She became a Ice Dragon?? I need to read this! That is an awesome character.

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    1. I like to think so too Ana! Thanks for posting!

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  6. Sci-fi is a beautiful and exciting genre, especially for kids and young adults! This will help improve their imagination. This book is so interesting and it's a must read!

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    1. Oh thank you so much. I'm absolutely flattered and humbled, thank you!

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  7. We could use a few more series books. Ill be looking for this for us to read this summer.

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  8. Wow, I like dragons so as my family too! I'm sure that our family will love this book!

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    1. Lexie - thanks and I am sure you will!

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  9. My son is starting 6th grade in the fall. I know he would love this book :)

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    1. Mine is in 6th grade now and I told him about it last night and he is super excited to read it.

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  10. This is a great interview! I bet my daughter would like to read this over the summer.

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    1. Michelle, I'm so glad you enjoyed the interview! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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  11. Abigal the ice dragon definitely sounds like my favourite character too. I have always found the concept of dragons fascinating.

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    1. Ana - I'm so glad! I love dragons too! In fact, my next book is about dragons and is called How to Adopt a Dragon. :)

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  12. Oh wow adding this to my must read list. I have been reading a lot of YA books lately adn have loved them.

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    1. Rebecca - thanks for checking it out!

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  13. What a great interview. Her book sounds very interesting. I have a niece who will love this.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by the interview, I'm so glad you liked it!

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  14. What an amazing interview. I could totally see my son reading this book and he doesn't even like to read.

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    1. Krystle - thank you for stopping by. I hope you'll pick up a copy for him. I love encouraging children to read - it's my favorite thing to do!

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  15. Awesome interview. This sounds like a very interesting book.

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    1. Laura - thank you so much for stopping by!

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  16. Thanks so much for sharing this. I will have to check it out for my boys.

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  17. so awesome, I will definitely be checking it out! thank you

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    1. Lyndsey- thanks for stopping by and checking out the interview!

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  18. When I taught sixth grade writing, all my kids told me that the first thing you had to do when writing fiction was to get rid of the parents. If you look at the number of successful books, the parents are removed in Ch. 1 or even before! :)

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    1. Terri - this is very true. The parents have a brief moment in the book but it's nowhere near the beginning. Thanks for dropping by!

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  19. This sounds like such an engaging read. I'll be sure to share it with my friends who have middle grade readers.

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    1. Blythe - thanks for stopping by and sharing with friends. I really appreciate the support more than you can ever know.

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  20. We have a pet bearded dragon and a frilled dragon, so dragons are a big selling point in this house LOL! My stepdaughter is ten; I am going to check this out. I'd like her to be reading this summer!

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    1. Oh that is so neat that you have dragons for pets! Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

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  21. This book sounds interesting, my nephew loves dragons so he would probably love this book.

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    1. Katy - I bet he would. Thanks for stopping by!

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  22. That is really an honorable and sweet way to be inspired. And yes, ice dragons are the best, better than anything else! I would love to read the series, great to hear that it's not just a stand-alone.

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    1. Karl - thank you so much for your comment, it warmed my heart. I'm glad you like that it's a series!

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  23. Oh.. you normally associate dragons with fire but this one is ice?! Awesome. Poor girl - I can't imagine being turned into a dragon.

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    1. I agree Rachel - it would be hard being an ice dragon.

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  24. That sounds like a great book. I'm sure even I would enjoy this one. My girls are not old enough to read these kinds of books just yet, but I'm sure they'd still love it if they could.

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    1. Kathy - I hope you won't be shy and will check out a copy. All my adult fans love the book too. How old are your girls?

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  25. My 11 year old would love this. He's into these kind of books. I might surprise him with this for the summer.

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    1. That sounds like a wonderful surprise Amanda!

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  26. Thank you so much for sharing this awesome interview! I think this book sounds incredible!

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    1. Echo - thanks so much, I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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  27. One thing I love about this is that it's part of a series, but can also be read as a stand alone book. That's such a monumental achievement for any author -- I love this!

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    1. Kait - thank you and thanks for stopping by!

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  28. I love series books that can be also read as standalone books too

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    1. Natasha - I love to read books that are part of a series too! Thanks for stopping by.

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  29. I bet Tyler and Alyssa would love this. They love reading and I love encouraging them to do so.

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    1. This book was written exactly for that reason - to encourage reading. Thanks for stopping by!

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  30. Sounds like the interview went really well. I would love to check this out. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I think it went great, I loved all the questions. Answering them was such fun. Thanks for reading!

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  31. Sounds like a great book for my niece... its totally her genre at the moment!

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    1. Fantasy is so fun! Thanks for stopping by!

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  32. I bet my son would love this. He's starting to get into fantasy and sci-fi.

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    1. That's great to hear, I hope the book will encourage him to read more of it. Depending on his age, he might enjoy The Sword of Shannara series by Terry Brooks (I recommend around age 12) - it's excellent. Eragon is good too.

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  33. I would've loved this as a child... Heck, I think I would love this even though I'm an adult!

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    1. Whitney - I have almost as many adult fans of this book as I do children. In face a lot of people who buy this book buy a copy for the kids in their life and one for themselves! Thanks for joining us!

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  34. This sounds like a super unique series! I will suggest it to my cousin!

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    1. Glad you think so and thanks for stopping by!

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  35. An ice dragon! That's pretty cool. My friend's daughter would probably be obsessed with this story.

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    1. Becca - I know I am. This was such a fun book to write. Thanks for stopping by!

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  36. I think my middle school students who love fantasy would love this book. It has such versatile and magical characters.

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    1. Tough Cookie Mommy - that's great to hear. I offer educators and schools discounts, if you're interested. I'd be happy to discuss further, just drop me a line through my website. I usually offer a 25% discount. I also do speaking engagements and Skype classroom visits to promote reading and writing to kids. Thanks for stopping by!

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  37. I remember when I was at middle school age, I love reading fantasy novels. This one is going to be a hit!

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    1. Nicole - thank you so much and I'm so glad you think so!

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  38. I will have to share this with my daughter and see if it's something that may interest her as she loves to read.

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    1. Laura - I'm glad to hear your daughter loves to read. It's such a valuable skill. Reading has been a pure joy my whole life. Thanks for stopping by!

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  39. I think I have to agree with the favourite character and I haven't even read the book yet haha! Abigail the ice dragon sounds pretty awesome!

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  40. I love her bit of advice for others!! Best of luck to her with this publish!

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    1. Rosey - I'm glad you like the advice and thanks!

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  41. Good thoughts! I never had the guts to publish my writing!

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    1. Aurora - I'm glad you think so. Publishing is one of the hardest things I've ever done but SO worth it. The readers (and people like you) make it so rewarding!

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  42. I love stories that the characters has a magical power. Looks fun to read.

    Mhaan <3 | Mommy Rockin' In Style Blog

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, I'm so glad it sounds fun!

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  43. what great stories. i love fantasy...i watch them all the time. i used to read them as well before blogger.

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  44. It looks like a great story. I'm interested about their adventure on finding the great wizard who vanished.

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  45. This sounds like the type of book I would have greatly enjoyed as a teenager. Great interview! Thank you for sharing.

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