Sunday, September 14, 2014

Today, I’d like to welcome my friend and author, Katie Carroll and her main character, Katora Kase, from her YA novel, ELIXIR BOUND. Let’s give a big round of applause for our guests. Katie, I’m happy you were able to visit The Storyteller’s Scroll. We are all anxious to meet Katora.

Katie:  Katora, why don’t you start by talking about exactly what you are up against in your latest adventure?

Katora: “As it turns out, I’ve been lied to my whole life, and by none other than my father. I thought essence was all we produced on the family farm, but I recently found out that Pop, my father, is the guardian of a secret healing Elixir. He called it the greatest healing Elixir ever available to humans, and then he told me I was next in line to become guardian. Now I must travel into the wilds of Faway Forest to fetch the nectar that gives the Elixir its potency…and decide whether or not I’ll become guardian and bind myself to its magic. No easy task!”

Katie: Wow! That must have really thrown you for a loop. What are you feeling now? And please feel free to be candid.

Katora: “Despite the surprise of finding out about the Elixir and the anger at being lied to, I’m excited to be going on such an important quest, though I guess I really can’t go into too many details here…who knows how many people might be seeing this, not a place to be talking about secret missions. Also proud that I have been chosen to lead this quest. And maybe a tiny bit nervous…Faway Forest is dangerous and I have a big decision to make…and there is a certain long-lashed young man going who may prove to be a distraction. I can’t afford to have distractions right now.”

Katie: Oooh…tell us more about this long-lashed young man.

Katora:  “Great Mother! You do know how to bring up the tough topics. Well, his name is Hirsten, but like I said, now is not the time to be dealing with such distractions. I have a mission to focus on.”

Katie: Okay, fair enough. One more question before we run out of time. If you could change any one thing about the world, what would it be?

Katora: The world is full of strange creatures and powerful higher beings who don’t always act in the best interest of humans. I would make it so none of these entities could ever hurt my family. I wouldn’t want my family to live in a bubble or anything like that. What fun would that be? More like I’d want us all to be able to enjoy everything the world has to offer without the threat of being badly hurt or killed.”

Gayle:Thanks so much, Katie for bringing Katora to this fascinating interview. I’m sure my readers are as pleased as I am to meet your main character.

Katie: Thanks for having us, Gayle.

Gayle: “And you are a great sport, Katora. Best of luck on your quest.”

Katora: Thank you, Gayle. Happy to be here.”

Gayle: “And good luck to you, Katie on the launch of ELIXIR BOUND!

YA fantasy
by Katie L. Carroll

Katora Kase is next in line to take over as guardian to a secret and powerful healing Elixir. Now she must journey into the wilds of Faway Forest to find the ingredient that gives the Elixir its potency. Even though she has her sister and brother, an old family friend, and the handsome son of a mapmaker as companions, she feels alone.

It is her decision alone whether or not to bind herself to the Elixir to serve and protect it until it chooses a new guardian. The forest hosts many dangers, including wicked beings that will stop at nothing to gain power, but the biggest danger Katora may face is whether or not to open up her heart to love.

Ebook on sale for $.99 until September 27:

Signed paperback giveaway on Goodreads until September 28:

About the Author:

Katie L. Carroll began writing at a very sad time in her life after her 16-year-old sister, Kylene, unexpectedly passed away. Since then, writing has taken her to many wonderful places, real and imagined. She wrote ELIXIR BOUND and the forthcoming ELIXIR SAVED so Kylene could live on in the pages of a book. Katie is also the author of the picture app THE BEDTIME KNIGHT and an editor for MuseItUp Publishing. She lives not too far from the beach in a small Connecticut city with her husband and son. For more about Katie, visit her website at and follow her on Twitter (@KatieLCarroll) or Tumblr.


Fall Frenzy Writing Contest 2020

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