BOOK FUN MAGAZINE - FREE READ

POMPEII by T.L. HIGLEY - SIGNED GIVEAWAY




T.L. HIGLEY’S BIO: From her earliest childhood, there was nothing Tracy loved better than stepping into another world between the pages of a book. From dragons and knights, to the wonders of Narnia, that passion has never abated, and to Tracy, opening any novel is like stepping again through the wardrobe, into the thrilling unknown. With every book she writes, she wants to open a door like that, and invite readers to be transported with her into a place that captivates.


Tracy started her first novel at the age of eight and has been hooked on writing ever since. After attending Philadelphia Biblical University, she earned a B.A. in English Literature at Rowan University. She then spent ten years writing drama presentations for church ministry.

A lifelong interest in history and mythology has led Tracy to extensive research into ancient Greece, Egypt and Rome, and shaped her desire to shine the light of the gospel into the cultures of the past.
She has traveled through Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Israel, Jordan and Italy to research her novels, and looks forward to more travel as her writing continues. Click on the link Tracy’s Travels, to explore some of the fascinating locations of her books.


Tracy is thrilled to bring readers adventures set in the ancient past, and it’s her hope that in escaping with her, readers will feel they’ve walked through these deserts, explored ruins, felt the white sand and blue sea under their feet, and met with the Redeeming God who is sovereign over the entire drama of human history.

1. Did you always know you wanted to be a writer? If not, what put you on this path?

I started writing my first novel at the age of 8, and I think I’ve always been a storyteller. Through elementary and high school I continued to write short stories, poems, newspaper articles, speeches, plays – everything! Through my 20s I wrote dozens of drama sketches for church productions and a few full-length plays. Somewhere along that journey, I decided to learn what I needed to learn about fiction writing, and see if I could make it work. But the written word has always been my ally!

2. What was Pompeii like before it was destroyed by Mt. Vesuvius?
Myself at the Forum with Mt Vesuvius in the background


























Pompeii was actually a seaside resort town for wealthy Romans who wanted to get out of the city. They spent hot summers in southern Italy, enjoying the coastal breezes in their villas, and it was much like any Roman town. Because of the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius that poured ash and lava down into the town, it was essentially “frozen in time,” so we have a very good idea of what the city was like before the destruction. When excavators began chipping away at the hardened rock, they found the entire city intact underneath – down to loaves of bread cooling on a baker’s rack.

Nora: I really enjoyed your book! It was fascinating, suspenseful and horrific all at the same time as there were so many different conflicts and the ever looming wonder about the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. I felt as if I were in the middle of it all! Wow!

3. You traveled to Italy to do research for this book. What was the biggest surprise you learned about ancient Pompeii?
Streets of Pompeii on my trip there









I’m not sure this qualifies as a surprise, but with all my research trips to ancient sites, I am continually struck by how much more we have in common with our ancient ancestors than the differences. As I strolled through Pompeii, I saw beautiful wall paintings in homes and graffiti in the streets. There were shops and places of worship, theaters and a stadium, “welcome” mats by front doors and signs reading “Beware of Dog.” The plaster casts on display, created from cavities where bodies were found and perfectly mimicking the person’s death throes, were the most striking. They were people, just like us. This realization constantly fuels my desire to bring them to life in the pages of my fiction.

Arena where Gladiators fought






















4. You brought your daughter with you along on this research trip. Why is it important to expose children to historically rich corners of the world?

 It was a wonderful trip with my daughter, then a senior in high school. There are so many reasons to travel like this with children. The wider exposure to life outside their borders teaches them about differences in culture, but it also teaches them how alike we are, across all borders. The sense of history, a deeper sense of roots and understanding of human nature, is invaluable.

5. Your author tag-line is “No Passport Required.” What are some of the regions you’ve written about in your novels and the Seven Wonders Series?


 I’ve done a good bit of traveling while researching my novels, including trips to Greece, Egypt, Turkey, Israel, Jordan, and Italy. I’ve sailed between Greek islands, wandered through the ruins of ancient cities like Ephesus, Petra, and Pompeii, and absorbed the fascinating mix of ancient and modern in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. It’s been an adventure, and one I hope to continue with more travel. With each trip, my goal is always to absorb as much as possible and bring it back to give life to my writing, so that my readers can feel they’ve traveled to these places as well, No Passport Required.

6. Where would you like to set future novels?

I don’t seem to be running out of fascinating times and places! I still have a book I would love to set in Ephesus, and I think some of the other cities of the New Testament would be fascinating – especially a look at how Christianity spread and defeated paganism in the first few centuries AD. Perhaps eventually I’ll work my way forward in time a bit more, to Celtic settings, or even South American. So many places to write about!



7. You’ve written quite a few books Pompei: City on fire; Guardian of the Flame; Petra: City in Stone; City of the Dead; Shadow of Colossus; Fallen from Babel; Marduk’s Tablet; Retrovirus; Garden of Madness. I know that this isn’t a fair question to ask – it’s like asking which of your children is your favorite? – But I’m going to ask anyway. Which book was your favorite book to write? Why?

 My favorite book to write was probably Guardian of the Flame. I really loved the characters of Sophia and Bellus, and the relationship that grew between them. They had lots of smart and funny dialogue, and I loved the interplay with Cleopatra and Julius Caesar in that book.


QUESTIONS I JUST HAD TO ASK!!

1. What are three things you’d rather not live without?

Chocolate. Books. The Internet.

2. A friend of yours just invented a time machine and is going to let you use it, but you can only use it to witness two events in the history of the world. What two events would you love to experience? Why?

Creation and Christ’s resurrection. Because all of life is about reconciliation and a return to our former glory. I’d like to see the earth new-made and see Jesus conquer death, just to understand my own beginning and my future.

3. Name three of your favorite books you read as a kid?


 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.  Tale of Two Cities. All the Sherlock Holmes stories.










4. If you could hang out with two people (alive or dead) in the history of the world, which would it be and what would you do? (Besides Jesus).

 Hatshepsut. Weird, I know. She was a female Pharaoh in ancient Egypt. I’d love to see what it was like to rule a kingdom as a woman in that time.


And I’d travel with the Apostle Paul, through all his adventures.











5. What do you do to relax and get away from life’s stressors’?

I go to Barnes and Noble, order a latte and read whatever catches my eye.









6. What’s one place you’d love to visit that you haven’t yet? If you had the opportunity to go there what would you do?

Only one place?! There are a zillion, but I’ll choose Morocco. I’d love to wander that country, take in the culture and bring it back for a book.

ANY FINAL COMMENTS FOR MY READERS?

If you’re new to my writing and would like to check it out, I have the first three chapters of all of my books on my website, www.TLHigley.com , as well as a free short story you can download and read immediately! Please come visit, read my travel journals and see more pictures!

Tracy


Thanks for stopping by Tracy. It's been so much fun to get to know you and your books. I really enjoyed and learned so much while reading your new book Pompeii. I highly recommend it! Thanks for giving away a signed copy of your new book Pompeii.  I can't wait to read the next adventure you take us to! 
Nora :D





MANDATORY - PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT About the interview for your name to be entered in the drawing.

DRAWING WILL BE - JULY 1st

For EXTRA CHANCES to win this book you can

1. Become a FOLLOWER of my blog (1) entry - please make a separate comment
2. Twitter about this interview and give away!! (1) entry - please make a separate comment
Enter to win POMPEII T.L. HIGLEY - SIGNED GIVEWAY@http://ning.it/jdXthh Please RT
3. Grab my button TBCN or Finding Hope on my site and add it to yours (1)entry - please make a separate comment for each entry
4. Make a post on your blog about this drawing (2) entries - please make a separate comment for each entry

PLEASE REMEMBER to leave your email address so that I can contact you if you win (Use (At) and (dot) so that people won't be able to spam your email address) - I will contact the winner and need to hear from them within 48 hours to claim their prize! Winners chosen using Randomnumber.org.

ALL THE BEST TO YOU

Blessings
Nora :D

********DISCLAIMER: Entering the give away is considered a confirmation of eligibility on behalf of the enterer in accord with these rules and any pertaining local/federal/international laws. Void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents, odds of winning depend on number of entrants *****

26 comments:

  1. Loved the interview. I'm reading Shadow of Colossus now and am really enjoying it. Tracy writes so descriptive that it's easy to transport yourself to the scene and feel/see the surroundings.
    I look forward to reading more of her work. I have a copy of Guardian of the Flame and hope to read it next.
    RedeemedReaders@bellsouth.net

    ReplyDelete
  2. I am a follower of your blog; and love it!
    RedeemedReaders@bellsouth.net

    ReplyDelete
  3. I am fascinated by ancient cultures. Visiting Pompeii must have been incredible to step back in time and see the past come to life so to speak. I'd love to read your book.

    Oh, and I can't live without chocolate, books or the internet either. That would just stink.

    aprilannerwin(at)yahoo(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  4. I'd love to take my daughter on a research trip, too. We've been on a couple of mother-daughter road trips and they really knit us together.
    Ann_Lee_Miller@msn.com

    ReplyDelete
  5. Trouble again with google so posting this Anonym. I would love to read this book!
    Melanie
    melanieinoh2003@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  6. I am a follower of your blog
    Melanie
    Melanieinoh2003@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  7. I have always been curious about Pompeii. Both my sisters were born in Naples, Italy (another town just outside Rome). We lived in a small town on at the base of Mt. Etna on the Italian island of Sicily and I remember being afraid the lava would cover our town like it did Pompeii.

    Definitely added this book to my "to read" list on Goodreads.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Victoria ZumbrumJune 3, 2011 at 7:47 AM

    Great interview. I am a follower and email subscriber of your blog. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

    ReplyDelete
  9. I love your interviews, Nora. I fell in love with Tracy after learning about her on Favorite PASTimes and reading the book on Egypt and the pyramids. Awesome research and characters. And I love traveling vicariously.

    ReplyDelete
  10. "The wider exposure to life outside their borders teaches them about differences in culture, but it also teaches them how alike we are, across all borders. The sense of history, a deeper sense of roots and understanding of human nature, is invaluable."

    I totally agree with what the author says. Please enter me if this is international. Thanks!

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

    ReplyDelete
  11. I'm following Finding Hope Through Fiction.

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

    ReplyDelete
  12. I tweeted:

    http://twitter.com/aikchien/status/78031623475568640

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

    ReplyDelete
  13. Hi Tracy, There are so many places I would love to see but realize I may not have the opportunity to visit but I would have loved to have hidden in your suitcase and traveled with you. Loved your interview and can't wait to read Pompeii, City on Fire. I am adding all books to my wish list and you to my New Author list. Thanks for stopping by to chat and share with us.
    Nora, Please enter me in giveaway. Thanks

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

    Blogger will not let me post on this type comment form so will have to post as anon..
    Tried to fix it and messed it up more. Hoping I can get friends son over to see what is going on. This old lady needs help. lol

    ReplyDelete
  14. I am an old GFC follower and email subscriber

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

    Blogger will not let me post on this type comment form so will have to post as anon..
    Tried to fix it and messed it up more. Hoping I can get friends son over to see what is going on.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Twitter follower and tweeted giveaway
    http://twitter.com/#!/misskallie2000/status/82437849605079042

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

    Blogger will not let me post on this type comment form so will have to post as anon..
    Tried to fix it and messed it up more. Hoping I can get friends son over to see what is going on.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Have your button here
    http://ibooksbooksandmorebooks.blogspot.com/

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

    Blogger will not let me post on this type comment form so will have to post as anon..
    Tried to fix it and messed it up more. Hoping I can get friends son over to see what is going on.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Have your TBCN button here
    http://ibooksbooksandmorebooks.blogspot.com/

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

    Blogger will not let me post on this type comment form so will have to post as anon..
    Tried to fix it and messed it up more. Hoping I can get friends son over to see what is going on.

    ReplyDelete
  18. would love to have this book! my son just finished city of the dead and said it was fantastic!! thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

    homesteading[at]charter[dot]net

    ReplyDelete
  19. i'm a follower :)

    homesteading[at]charter[dot]net

    ReplyDelete
  20. your buttons on my blog @ http://duhpaynes.blogspot.com

    homesteading[at]charter[dot]net

    ReplyDelete
  21. Great interview. Have to say I'd be a little nervous going along with Paul on his journeys. He did seem to get into quite a bit of dangerous situations.

    http://readgreatfiction.wordpress.com

    ReplyDelete
  22. I am following your blog via rss (in google reader)

    ReplyDelete
  23. Enjoyed the interview, Nora. I would love to read this book. Please enter me in the contest. Thanks. Tisha
    tishacleveland at bellsouth dot com

    ReplyDelete
  24. I tweeted
    btw my email address is KristenLoweryFiction at gmail dot com. I forgot to add it to my last two entries.

    ReplyDelete
  25. I added your Finding hope through Fiction Button to my blog.

    KristenLoweryFiction at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  26. I added you book club network button to my blog
    http://readgreatfiction.wordpress.com

    KristenLoweryFiction at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete