Hello readers! I’m sure some of you have heard of Kellyn Roth (by now you should since you’re following my blog.) Today is the third day in her blog tour for the latest release in The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy, Beyond Her Calling!
*I’m so excited you don’t even know*
At twenty, Ivy Knight feels as if she hasn’t accomplished anything of worth. Her life stretches on before her, empty and pointless. Though her faith in God and her mental abilities have been strengthened, she still doubts herself. Does God have a purpose for a socially awkward, often confused and frightened young woman?
Jordy McAllen has just returned to Scotland after his education in London. Though he has accomplished a lot for a farm lad such as himself, he fears that what everyone has always said about him may be true: he won’t really make a good doctor. Determined to prove himself, Jordy snatches up the opportunity to become the doctor in the village of Keefmore near his parents’ farm.
Helping Jordy with his work at Keefmore seems like the perfect opportunity for Ivy. Still, she doubts herself. Is there a purpose to Ivy’s life?
Today we have the sweet main character of this new release here with us for an interview! First I’ll share a little bit about Ivy Knight.
Ivy is a twenty-year-old young woman from Kent in England who spends her spare time reading and enjoying music. She is also the main character of Ivy Introspective and Beyond Her Calling, and she’s a side character in the other Chronicles of Alice and Ivy books. Her perfect day would be spent inside playing the piano with her loved ones nearby. Find out more at facebook.com/musicofivyadeline
Some random facts:
-Ivy’s name has actual meaning. Ivy, the plant, is a symbol of faithfulness and fidelity. Her second name, Adeline, has to do with her twin. Both Alice and Adeline mean ‘noble.’
-Ivy has a form of autism (high-functioning), acute anxiety, and is generally just super imaginative and introverted (which is not related to her being neurologically atypical).
-Ivy is four minutes younger than Alice and was two pounds lighter than her at birth. She’s now three inches shorter.
Would you mind introducing yourself for the readers?
Hello, I’m Ivy Knight! I live in England with my parents, but I get to travel to Scotland (again) in this novel! I’m a twin – the younger twin. I don’t know if you heard, but I’ve never been quite like everyone else. Miss Roth would call it “mentally disabled” or “neurologically atypical,” though we don’t have those sorts of terms in my day. The more common terms are “simple” or “idiot” or “mindless.” I love reading and playing the piano.
Let’s dive right into it, have you ever been jealous of Alice?
Oh, no! Of course not. Alice is my favorite person in the world! Well, besides Mama and Peter and Jordy and Violet and … a lot of other people! I love people. Even though a lot of them are scary. Or mean.
But … if I’m honest, sometimes it is hard to not wish I was Alice. I’d like to be like her. She’s a wonderful woman, and she’s so much better than I am. I wish I could be as talented and special and smart as she is.
Who is your role model, and why?
Well, I suppose either Mama or Alice! Or Nettie. I can’t decide which. I love Mama, of course, but I don’t think we’re very like each other. But she always takes care of me, and she loves me more than anyone in the world. Alice, of course, I’ve always wanted to be like, and Nettie is the most wonderful woman in the world. She’s my former nanny, and now she lives nearby, and she gives excellent advice. I’d like to be as calm and collected and brave as she is. I get scared or suffer from anxiety easily, and Nettie never does. At least, I don’t think so.
What was the worst moment in your life?
There were a few moments when I was twelve when I believed that my parents didn’t care about me … well, that no one did. I was absolutely miserable. But it wasn’t very long until I realized that wasn’t true – of course, it couldn’t be true! Of course, it was always hard when I became dangerously ill, but I don’t think being physically hurt was ever as bad as grief or anxiety or other mental issues.
What’s your favorite food?
Ginger biscuits, of course.
If you could tell your author one thing, what would it be?
It’s Miss Roth’s book, so of course, I don’t want to bother her. But … I suppose it might be nice if she could help Violet be a little less confused? I know she can do it. She did it with Mr. Parker and Mama. So just … give Violet a little more God? I mean, I shouldn’t ask Miss Roth to meddle with Violet’s faith … but please do! She needs help.
How do you like to spend your afternoons?
Curled up on a sofa with a good book and a roaring fire! Oh, and a nice cup of tea! Maybe there’d be a piano nearby that I could play when I felt like it.
What are some of your hopes for the future?
Some of them would spoiler my novel, but I will say that I’d like to grow stronger in my faith, read a lot more books, and learn how to handle life situations I didn’t think I’d be able to before my book began.
What makes you excited?
Good books! And people I love. And things that are perfect. And music, of course. I love music.
Thank you for joining us, Ivy!
Now, a little more information on The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy, the author of this fantastic series, Kellyn Roth, and the book itself.
You can buy or view Beyond Her Calling here:
Enter the giveaway to win a signed paperback copy of Beyond Her Calling here:
And of course, the author’s bio:
Kellyn Roth lives on an Eastern Oregon ranch with her parents, little brothers, border collies, cats, and a few dozen cows and chickens. Always a lover of a good story, and especially of telling one, she’s been writing since she was seven and published her first novel at fourteen. Now a homeschool grad, she divides her time between penning her next Christian historical novel, creating professionally silly articles at kellynroth.blog, and her actual life. Actual life plays second fiddle sometimes, though.
Find out more on her website: https://kellynrothauthor.com/
And last but not least, the blog tour schedule:
Saturday, October 20th
Intro Post // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries
Author Interview // Molly @ A Sparkle of Light
Review // Lisa @ Inkwell
Review & Character Interview (Jordy) // Amie @ Crazy A
Character Interview (Ivy) // Jo @ The Lens and the Hard Drive
Book Spotlight // Annie @ Letters from Annie Douglass Lima
Sunday, October 21st
Theme Day // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries
Guest Post by Character (Ivy) & Review // Grace M. Morris
Book Spotlight // Erika Messer @ Maiden of the Pages
Author Interview // Angela R. Watts @ The Peculiar Messenger
Monday, October 22nd
Ivy Day // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries
Character Interview (Ivy) // Loretta Marchize @ Just Writing
Review // Andrea Cox @ Writing to Inspire
Character Interview (Jordy) // Liz @ Home with the Hummingbirds
Author & Character Interview (Violet) // Julia @ Julia’s Creative Corner
Review & Character Spotlight (Ivy) // Caroline Kloster @ Inside the Autistic Life
Tuesday, October 23rd
Jordy Day // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries
Author Interview // Faith Blum @ Bookish Orchestrations
Review & Guest Post // Cara @ Jessie Bingham
Guest Post // Lindsi @ One Beginner To Another
Character Spotlight (Ena) // Shannon McDermott @ Shannon’s Blog
Wednesday, October 24th
Violet Day // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries
Guest Post // Germaine Han @ The Writing Mafia
Review // Jana T. @ Reviews from the Stacks
Thursday, October 25th
Real Life Day // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries
Book Spotlight // Gabriellyn Gidman @ PageTurners
Author Interview // Sara Willoughby @ Th!nk Magazine
Review // Michaela Bush @ Tangled Up In Writing
Guest Post by Character (Violet) // Peggy M. McAloon @ Peggy’s Hope 4U
Friday, October 26th
Future Day // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries
Review // Abigail McKenna @ Novels, Dragons, and Wardrobe Doors
Review // Gracelyn Buckner @ Literatura
Review // Katherine Brown Books
Review // Bella Putt
Saturday, October 27th
Wrapup Post // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries
Character Interview & Spotlight (Jordy) // Kaylee @ Kaylee’s Kind of Writes
Book Spotlight // Abigail Harder @ Books, Life, and Christ