Monday, September 26, 2016

PIMPBOOKMAMA: S.A. Larsen's Motley Education

Pimpbookmama here saying when it's getting closer to Halloween, you break out some mystical, and beast-like shenanigans from S.A. Larsen's book, MOTLEY EDUCATION, to get you in the spirit of the holiday. Just a tad early.

First, I asked her to answer some rather grueling questions before we got into her big book cover reveal and blurb.

1. Tell me about Ebony's (the MC's) best friend, Fleishman. He seems quite the interesting character.

Aw, you started with a question that tugs at my heart. I have a soft spot for Fleish, as Ebony calls him. He's the BFF or GTG - go to guy- that everyone wants. He's loyal, true, dedicated, and smart. Who doesn't want a walking encyclopedia as a best friend in middle school? Makes getting homework done a ton easier. But he doesn't come without his own quirks. He's pretty much scared of anything that could possibly do him harm - animals, insects, germs, or pieces of rock from Mars that just might make it though our atmosphere and smack him in the head- and he's way too practical for his own good. Mix that with his computer brain that has an infinite memory capacity, his dry sense of humor (which really is none), and his shyness, and you'll just fall in love with him. Think a younger Sheldon from Big Bang Theory.

2. What are some of the beasts we'll get to read during Ebony's and Fleishman's battles?

Well, beasts as in mythological creatures, readers will see the different species of giant- some fiery, others chilly, while still another simply drips of dirt and moss. The story weaves in groups of light and dark elves that I've tweaked with uniqueness, but you'll have to read to see what I mean. :) And there just might be a sighting of a serpent or dragon or oversized animal. Maybe. The other sort of beasts could mean a few of Motley's faculty like Headmistress Regina with her beady eyes rumored to be able to fry a student into a pile of ash on the spot. Use caution.

3. What was the easiest and hardest parts to write during your process?

By far the easiest part of writing Motley Education was coming up with inventive and creative ideas. They literally wouldn't stop popping into my head. I actually have more than enough unique scenes, plots/subplots, and conflict for the entire series, which I have set at five books. The hardest part was weeding through those ideas, using some now and saving others for later.

4. How do you gear up for writing/edits?

Keeping hydrated is a must - coffee or wine, depending on the time of day I'm writing; I always have ice water with me, too. Lit candles and my soft, squishy blanket are usually two of my other writing companions. Music, but that hinges on what I'm writing at the time. Oh, and my trusty stone gargoyle, Lars, who sits on a stack of books entitled Potions, Magic, and Spells. He's my desk buddy.

5. Any sage words for writers out there?

Write a lot. Read even more than that. And do both outside your genres of interest. You'll be surprised at how that exercise will soften the jagged edges of your craft and technique skills.

**Couldn't have said it better!! And what a hottie Sheri is! Want proof? Check her bio pic below, cover reveal, the blurb for Motley Education, and how you can pre-order it!!

Title: Motley Education
(Book One: The URD Saga)
Author: S.A. Larsen
Release Date: October 10, 2016
Goodreads -

Forget having a lively after school social life, Ebony Charmed is fighting to keep the entire Afterlife alive.
Ebony’s less-than-average spirit tracking abilities are ruining more than sixth grade at Motley Junior High: School for the Psychically & Celestially gifted. Her parents argue so much her dad moved out. And, even though he’s scared of his own shadow and insists on bringing his slimy, legless lizard everywhere they go, Ebony wouldn’t survive without her best friend, Fleishman.
When Ebony’s Deadly Creatures & Relics’ project goes missing, she learns her missing project is one of the keys to saving the spirit world. Now Ebony and Fleishman must battle beasts from Norse Mythology to retrieve her project before spirits are lost, the Well of Urd dries up, and Ebony loses all hope of reuniting her family. But someone lies in wait, and he has other plans...including creating a new world of spirits without them in it.

Motley Education has been aligned with Core Standards for grades 4-7. A guide will be available on the author’s website to download for FREE after the book’s release date.

About S.A. Larsen
S.A. LARSEN is the author of Motley Education, the first book in a middle grade fantasy-adventure series. Her work has appeared in numerous local publications and young adult anthologies Gears of Brass and Under A Brass Moon by Curiosity Quills Press. Look for her debut young adult novel, Marked Beauty, set for release in 2017. Find her in the land of lobsters, snowy winters, and the occasional Eh’ya with her husband of over twenty years, four children, a playful pooch, and two kittens.
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Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats to Sheri. Love her cover and her interview. Fleishman sounds like a friend we all want.

Bish Denham said...

I think I already love Fleish! And the book sounds like a wonderful romp. Congratulations Sheri!

S.A. Larsenッ said...

Thank you, ladies! Tammy, you RAWK! already know that. ;) Merci from the bottom of my heart!

Pat Hatt said...

Yep, read and go outside your genre with both it and writing, sure learn a lot more.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's cool you have enough ideas for all five books. Can't wait to see what you do with the dark elves.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Congrats Larsen and reach for the stars with your stories!

S.P. Bowers said...

Congrats! reading and writing are the best things for people who want to be published!

H.R. Sinclair, Southpaw said...

Congrats to S.A. Larsen. I love the premise and adore the cover!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Excellent advice to keep everything. I've had stuff that I never thought I'd use come back to inspire me.

Best of luck! The story is definitely intriguing.

Mark Noce said...

Love the part about keeping or wine:) I think I'll stick to coffee while writing, wine is for celebrating afterward:)

Kristin Smith said...

Yay!! Congrats to Sheri!!! And great interview ladies—loved it!!! :)

Neurotic Workaholic said...

I wish my sixth grade year was as exciting as Ebony's, and I wish I had a best friend like Fleishman back then too! It might have made it easier to deal with middle school.