Please join me in welcoming Katherine Barger to the blog to chat about her debut novel, Fortune’s Fall!
Katherine Barger is a stay-at-home mom and writer. She writes stories about characters of faith in a world where faith is challenged. When she’s not busy wrangling kids, she’s writing, eating Mexican food or snuggling with her family’s two rescue pets: a dog named Queen Elsa and a cat named Princess Jasmine. Katherine and her forever-forbearing husband live in Mississippi with their two daughters.
SERIES: The Exiled Trilogy #1
GENRE: Inspirational YA Dystopian
PUBLISHER: Anaiah Press
RELEASE DATE: November 3, 2020
While her classmates prepare for elite careers across America, Nyssa Ardelone trains for her secret job as the president’s dream interpreter. But when her mentor lies to the president about the prophecy in his latest dream, Nyssa must figure out why before the lie unravels. What she learns could destroy her own future.
Fearful of a rumored rebellion, the president has launched a gas attack on Nyssa’s hometown, and her mentor lied about the dream to protect the survivors from more harm. When Nyssa learns her parents were injured in the attack, she flees with a stranger sent to steal the antidote—a stranger who claims to know her.
Together, they race to deliver the cure as well as an interpretation of another prophetic dream only Nyssa can provide. But a devastating loss dulls her caution, and she learns too late that not everyone is trustworthy. To survive the president’s deadly pursuit, Nyssa must break every rule she’s ever followed, learning along the way that faith is the only thing that can save her.
Hi Katherine! Welcome to the blog!
Katherine: Both! We have one of each, and I heart them so much. Our dog is an 80-pound tub of fluff, and our cat is a squishy little weirdo.
Carrie: hahaha love it!
Katherine: Coffee. Not so much because of the caffeine though (I drink half caff). I enjoy it because it’s part of my nobody-else-is-awake-everything-is-so-quiet morning routine. 🙂
Carrie: those moments of bliss!
Katherine: Definitely music. Audio books put me to sleep (*sheepish shrug*). Music inspires me.
Carrie: I’m the same way 🙂
Katherine: Could someone please tell my husband (again) that the correct way is OVER.
Carrie: LOL! I’m gonna stay out of that one 😛
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Katherine: I guess this isn’t really a superpower, but can I be Enola Holmes for, like, a day? A code-breaking, karate-fighting, investigative genius who wears awesome clothes.
Carrie: yes please!!
Q: Who is your favorite book character from childhood?
Katherine: Meg Murry! (A Wrinkle in Time)
Carrie: I love Meg and that book!
Q: Characters often find themselves in situations they aren’t sure they can get themselves out of. When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?
Katherine: I got locked in our hall bathroom. This was pre-kids, my husband had just left for work, and I didn’t have my phone. I’d taken the doorknob off to paint the door. (Why did I try to paint the door?! So stupid.) The door swung closed and I couldn’t get out. It was actually kind of panic-inducing. All I could think was: “Well, at least I have water and a toilet, but man, I wish I had a cheeseburger.” I was probably stuck for about thirty minutes before I finally figured out how to jimmy it open.
Carrie: hahaha oh no!
Q: What surprised you about your book or your characters as you wrote Fortune’s Fall?
Katherine: I didn’t set out to write a book with an obvious faith message, but then God sort of showed up. The rest is history.
Carrie: i love how He does that 🙂
Q: Were there any songs that inspired you as you wrote Fortune’s Fall?
Katherine: I’m a big fan of movie soundtracks. (Is that lame? It’s probably lame.) And I listen to a “Chronicles of Narnia” Pandora station while I’m writing. It has everything from (you guessed it) Chronicles of Narnia to the Hunger Games to Lord of the Rings. The song that most inspired me is Regina Spektor’s “The Call” from Prince Caspian.
Carrie: that is absolutely NOT lame – and those are awesome soundtracks too 🙂
Q: What is something God taught you while you wrote Fortune’s Fall?
Katherine: That I need to try to be more like Nyssa, my main character. She never knew what was going to happen tomorrow, but she slowly began to realize that the journey is less about the destination and more about having faith God will sustain her, no matter what happens.
Carrie: definitely something we all need to embrace this year!
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Katherine: Up next is Book 2 in The Exiled Trilogy!
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What about you? What makes you want to read Fortune’s Fall by Katherine Barger?