Chael's Luck Goodreads page is loaded with great reviews. I fell in love with the book before it even came out. Mireille Chester has a wonderful habit of posting blurbs on her Facebook page, so if you follow that, you will never be bored.
To catch a little blurb and a closer look at the story, hop over to the Knights of Dorathan page on Mireille's blog.
Anywho, Mireille was kind and patient enough to entertain a bunch of questions for this stop. I've never taken part in a hop before, so I'm still learning. On to the questions:
1) What was your favorite scene in Chael's Luck to write?
I’d have to say that my favorite scene to write was the one where Chael is kissing the princess. I can’t say why because it will give too much away, but those that read the story will understand. :D
2) What was the most difficult scene to write?
For most difficult, I’ll have to go with Ian’s love scene. I tend to get a little carried away and scenes like that never stay very PG13. Lol Trying to tone it down so I could file this book into the Young Adult section was really hard for me.
3) Is there any certain scene that seemed to write itself?
When Chael sneaks back into Gleama and asks Jasmine to help get him to Mac and the others so he can let them know what’s going on. The part where he’s telling them his big secret, it was great. I just sort of put my fingers on the keyboard and pages later, I went, “Wow.”. lol
4) If you could pick any song out there, which would be the theme song for Chael's Luck?
‘When I look at you’ by Miley Cyrus. It really just embodies the entire story; the whole finding yourself as a person thing and having someone there to help you because they care.
5) Let's say Chael's Luck is made into a movie - If you could pick any actor/actress to play any character, who would it be?
I have actually picked some actors and actresses. The one I couldn’t find the perfect face for was Chael. If others out there have read the book, I’d love some suggestions! For Ian, I’d go with Brock Harris (he’s a model). Mac: Ceasar Curti. He was Mister International 2011. The twins, Harry and Hal, would have to be played by James & Oliver Phelps (they play the Weasly twins in Harry Potter), and for Caleb, I’d go with Liam Hemsworth.
6) If you could take any one thing from Dorathan as a souvenir, what would it be?
Hmmmm…. That’s a tough one. I guess I’d have to go with Ian. Hahaha! Just kidding. Ah, I’d probably want to bring home Chael’s dagger. I loved that Chael’s Luck was carved into the blade.
7) If you could pick a character from any of your other works, who would you parachute into Dorathan to give Chael and Ian a hand and why?
Rainen. I think I’d send Rainen in to help them out. Those causing all the trouble in Dorathan could use a good dose of the Maj Sorceress’s cruelness.
8) There were many scenes that kept me reading long into the early hours of the morning, one in particular was figuring out the Sun's Blood, I couldn't put it down. Is there any certain scene that you've gotten lots of feedback about?
The scene most people bring up after reading the book is the one where Chael reveals his big secret. I’m glad to say that most people are shocked since I was a bit scared that it would be too obvious. What I really like is that once the secret is revealed, readers think back to other scenes and go, ‘omg, that makes sense now,’ and ‘that is so funny now that we know what’s going on!’. lol
9) What was the most interesting thing you found in doing research for Chael's Luck?
I guess here I have to admit that I didn’t do any research. This just came right out of my head.
10) Is it true that Chael's Luck was written during the National Novel Writing Month, and if so, was there any one experience in the process that would bring you back for the next NaNoWriMo?
Yes! I did write Chael’s Luck during Nanowrimo. I had actually never heard of this and when a teacher friend of mine asked me to come talk to her Nano group about writing, I got hooked. I spent every Friday with her highschool class tossing ideas around and playing word games. I tell you, the experience was amazing. To hear those kids talk about books and stories with such passion was great. Since you aren’t allowed to use and existing story for Nano, I decided to work on an idea I’d had floating around. It turned into Chael’s Luck. It was a blast to push myself and see if I could make the 50,000 word count in one month. I will definitely be doing it again this year.
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