Click over to Muggle-Born.net for a behind-the-scenes look at the writing and editorial process of The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom. It’s all part of the huge, multiple-website-spanning Fairy Tale Fortnight extravaganza.
Learn all sorts of interesting things about me (like my love for oatmeal and Avatar: The Last Airbender) in this in-depth interview with Jean Vallesteros of Book Nerd.
The first three chapters of The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom are currently available on the Facebook page of Walden Pond Press. Click here to see how it all begins — for free!
From the Mixed Up Files of Middle-Grade Writers is a wonderful blog the focuses on the vast and rich world of literature that falls between books with a reading level posted on the cover and books with swear words. It’s also the site of my very first interview for The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom. In this Q&A, you will learn about my character creation process, hear about my sympathy for witches, and discover the dangers of reading-while-walking.
In this exclusive Hero’s Guide excerpt on the blog, Mod Podge Bookshelf, you can be introduced to tween princess Lila, the only of Hero’s Guide’s heroes not to be based on a pre-existing classic character. Once again, the excerpt is accompanied by awesome artwork by Todd Harris.
The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom has received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, who says, “Healy’s fast-paced debut is overflowing with suspense, humor, and carefully developed characters. Healy injects age-old characters and fairy tale tropes with a fresh, contemporary sensibility, resulting in a crowd-pleaser with laugh-out-loud lines on nearly every page.” Full text of the Publisher’s Weekly review is posted on the Reviews page of this site.
Head over to You Know, For Kids to read the wonderful recommendations, reviews, and commentary from dad-blogger extraordinaire, Myles McDonnell. Whether you’re looking for books, TV, music, or movies, you’ll find fantastic suggestions, laid out for you with spark and panache. Oh, and there’s a very nice review of The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom there as well.
Zip over to Novel Novice (where I’ll also have an interview next month) to find an excerpt from The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kigndom. This snippet reveals some of the backstory between our Cinderella and, Frederic, her Prince Charming. It’s accompanied by more lovely art by Todd Harris.
Two more fantastic book blogs have posted exclusive excerpts and sneak peek art reveals from The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom. The first, on The Book Rat, details a bit of villainous backstory. The second, on A Backwards Story, gives you a glimpse of the might Prince Gustav in action. I hope you’re as blown away by Todd Harris’s illustrations as I was.