I’d like to introduce you all to my daughter, Devin. She has a Hope For Another Day, Blog Tour going on at the moment for her urban fantasy short story Hope For Another Day. When she told me about the blog tour, I knew I wanted to have her blog tour come here. Here is her bio:
I am a writer, dreamer, wanderer & all-time enjoyer of life. I love crafting stories that change lives. I recently finished my first book The Mason of Hearts. It is the first in a Fantasy Adventure trilogy. I am also working toward agent representation.
Hope For Another Day, is being launched on Halloween. Get it here for FREE!
What is the short story about?
After losing her husband to a car accident, Silvia yearns for the normal life she once had and the love she lost. One night, while walking through the forest, her life is turned upside down when she discovers a mysterious secret in the forest.
This is a twist on the fairytales we were told while we were young. It’s a story about fate, loss, and giving life a second chance.
“A rewarding fable about hope’s unexpected resurrection when it seems all hope is gone.” - Erin Healy
“Wow! With “Hope for Another Day,” Devin Berglund has masterfully crafted a story as enchanting as the most captivating fairy tale. It’s a story you won’t soon forget or ever want to.“ -Robert Liparulo
An Interview with Devin Berglund
Who was/is your biggest inspiration? My biggest inspiration? Uffda… I am not quite sure as there have been many in my life that have inspired me. My top 5 are:
- Johan – My boyfriend. (Who actually hosted the blog tour’s day # 1. Check it out: here)
- C.S. Lewis
- My Grandma Doris.
What would your ideal writer’s studio look like? Oh, I love that you asked this question. Because, I can’t wait to have a writer’s studio someday. First off, I want there to be a whole lot of light. So, definitely a lot of windows. Instead of telling you in words, I think I will change it up a bit and use pictures!
Don’t you just loooove this desk? It’s my favorite.
Just wait till you see these shelves.
They aren’t exactly like the Beast’s library in Beauty and the Beast.
I always wanted his library!
I want the door to my writing lounge to have a stained glass window in it.
I think that would be so amazing!
What is one thing you feel your teachers didn’t prepare you for? I loved my college teachers a lot, but I don’t feel like they really prepared me for being an author. They didn’t walk me through the process of querying and pitching agents. Really, anything I’ve learned on publishing – I’ve learned all on my own through blogs, books, workshops, and reading. Totally important to never stop learning.
Favorite thing to collect? Hmm… I am a memory collector. I collect people’s memories… *long silence* haha… okay, I don’t actually collect memories. Haha! Would be cool, but it isn’t possible. Who knows… maybe in a future book. What do I collect?
And… tons of them. I could design a desk out of books if I wanted to. haha. OHHH… and journals!! I just need to fill them all.
What inspires you? Life inspires me. The countryside. The Woods. The Autumn leaves. The rushing ocean. Traveling. Reading. Talking with other creative people. Music.
So many things inspire me.
If you could write yourself into any book, which would it be? And if you were one of the characters, who would you be? And why? Hmm… I would say Narnia hands down. Ever since I was little I wanted to escape into the beautiful land of Narnia. I even can admit that a few times I’d found myself feeling the back of my closet. If only… *sigh* right?
A character? Let’s see… I think I’d want to be myself in Narnia. I feel like the people and land would automatically get me. *snickers softly*
Why/when did you want to be a writer? I must say that I’ve loved telling stories ever since I was old enough to hold a pen. If I wasn’t drawing pictures for my stories, I was writing stories in my journals. And if I wasn’t doing that I was creating scripts. Then I’d direct my sister and brother around in plays – then we’d perform for family on the holidays. I also charged them… a whole quarter.
If you could be a journal, what kind would you be? I would be a journal that is just the right size. You can fit it in your purse or bag, and yet it isn’t so small that you would lose it. It has lined paper and is at least 4-5 inches wide.
What’s your favorite color? Teal/Turquoise, pink, and yellow. haha… I couldn’t just name ONE.
If you were going to teach anything, what would you teach? I would love to teach writing stories to children and adults alike. I think I might set something up sometime.
What are you currently working on? Currently am working on cleaning up my novel The Mason of Hearts, which is the first in a trilogy titled The Created Ones. It should be done in the coming week! Then starting in November, I will be working on a stand alone for NanoWrimo.
How do you get your ideas out? I love writing it out. Just writing it out on paper. I think it all goes back to the days I carried 1 subject notebooks around with me everywhere. In the car. In the restaurant. Everywhere. That’s why I like having a notebook or journal the perfect size to fit in my purse.
Hope For Another Day Questions
What inspired you to write Hope For Another Day - Well, Actually on the 28th of October, I will be talking about in more detail about where the inspiration came to write Hope For Another Day.
What gives you HOPE for another day? Me… What gives me hope for another day? The fact that life gives you second chances and the ability to achieve anything and everything you want to do and become. Jesus actually gives me a lot of hope too. My family and Johan also give me hope!
If you could give a message to the world, what would it be? Oh goodness, my message to the world. I’d love to tell them to wake up and to live their lives. In our world today, I feel that people don’t care as much as they did in the past about life. I’ve seen so many people walking around not caring about how they dress or what they look like and I find that sad. Another time when I was shopping, I saw a mother kicking her children in a parking lot. I mean, who does that? I would tell the world to wake up and to realize that life is precious.
What would your mascot for life be? I love this question. My mascot for life would be…
Raymond the Lightening Bug, to be exact!
For anyone who doesn’t know what movie he was in – he was in The Princess & the Frog.
He is my mascot for life! I choose him because, for one… he is a firefly. Which is an amazing little bug that lights up the night. I want to be like that. I want to brighten up people’s lives. I love to shine and want to make a difference in the world.
Every time I’ve gone to Disney, I search and search for Ray. You’d think the Disney stores would at least have a Ray plush toy or something. BUT NO… I haven’t found him yet.
What about you? Who is your mascot for life?
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