Please join me in welcoming Thirzah to the blog today to chat about her new fantasy novella, The Librarian’s Ruse!
Thirzah was born in the Netherlands, but grew up in Southern Maryland. In her spare time (what’s that?), Thirzah enjoys hanging out with other writers, creating jewelry, and making fantasy maps. As the former managing editor of The Pearl (pearlmag.co), Thirzah has worked with many writers to help them improve their work. Learn more about Thirzah and connect with her on her website, ThirzahWrites.com, and find her on Instagram @thirzahwrites
THE LIBRARIAN’S RUSE by Thirzah
SERIES: Adventures in Eldnaire #1
GENRE: Young Adult Fantasy (Christian)
PUBLISHER: The Pearl
RELEASE DATE: August 7, 2023
ONE MISTAKE. TWO EMPIRES. COUNTLESS SECRETS.
Amelia’s peaceful life as a librarian is cut short when she and her older brother Leon are sent on an errand to Eldnaire, the capital city of the vicious Vilnarian Empire. After witnessing a crime carried out in the woods, Amelia and Leon enter the capital only to be faced with an impossible choice: tell the truth and risk imprisonment, or lie and face far worse if they’re caught.
One deception leads to a dozen more, and before she can put an end to the lies, she and Leon are swept up into Vilnaria’s high society. Amelia finds an unlikely ally in Vilnaria’s handsome new ruler, Emperor Kyvir. But as the secrets and scandals continue to pile up and danger closes in on all sides, Amelia must decide once and for all what matters more: the truth…or her life?
Hi Thirzah! Welcome to the blog!
Thirzah: Winter! Because I get to spend a lot of time with family and it’s the best time of year for me to get some writing done.
Carrie: winter is my fave too 🙂
Thirzah: Tea, because I was raised on it (I was literally three years old when my dad started putting tea in my sippy cup).
Carrie: oh wow! lol
Thirzah: I love both, but I’ll have to go with the ocean, since just the word “ocean” is already making me happy.
Carrie: that’s a definite sign 😉
Thirzah: Definitely print! I love being able to physically hold a story in my hands or keep it on a shelf.
Carrie: I read almost exclusively on ebook for my eyes but I love having the print copies around to hug haha
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Thirzah: My superpower would definitely be mindreading—or something along those lines.
I’m fairly observant, so whenever I’m around people I subconsciously pick up details about them (phrases, gestures, expressions) and catalogue them away in my brain. It helps me understand and empathize with people, but it also makes them worried that I actually can read their minds when I’m able to guess exactly what they’re feeling or thinking.
Carrie: haha i bet!
Q: Who is your favorite book character from childhood?
Thirzah: Definitely Stanley Yelnats from Holes (by Louis Sachar). He was funny and I absolutely loved how kind and optimistic Stanley was, even when he was shoulder-deep in dirt and being stared down by yellow-spotted lizards. To this day, Holes is still one of my favorite stories thanks to Stanley’s unlucky but lovable character and the phenomenal plot.
Carrie: that’s one i still need to read! Yours is a great recommendation though 🙂
Q: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever Googled while researching a book?
Thirzah: Right now I’m in the middle of writing a fantasy story set in a desert, and since there are giant scorpions in this story, I found myself Googling what scorpion mouths look like (spoiler alert: it’s the stuff that nightmares are made out of).
Carrie: ewww! lol
Q: Which character in The Librarian’s Ruse was the most difficult to write?
Thirzah: My protagonist Amelia was by far the most difficult character for me to write. In fact, I didn’t like her or her personality at all through the first two drafts that I wrote. I was super discouraged and wanted to give up on Amelia and The Librarian’s Ruse altogether. Luckily, my publisher and editor encouraged me to keep going, and by the fifth draft Amelia finally won me over. She really grew as a character through the drafts, and I grew as a writer—which ultimately led to the story’s overall improvement.
Carrie: aww that sounds like a frustrating struggle but it was rewarding in the end!
Q: Some authors like to hide little things in their stories. Is there anything you have hidden in The Librarian’s Ruse?
Thirzah: Other than a large amount of foreshadowing for the next story, I actually have a very special dedication at the beginning of my book. I almost didn’t include it in the final manuscript, but after all the great reactions I’ve had from my readers, I’m so glad that I decided to keep it!
Carrie: ooo I’m intrigued 🙂
Q: What is something God taught you while you wrote The Librarian’s Ruse?
Thirzah: God taught me a lot throughout the entire book-publishing process, but I think the most interesting thing that he’s taught me is it doesn’t matter if I become a “successful author” because at the very least, I’m a successful person. Many people went out of their way to support me on my journey to publication, and God used them to remind me that my worth doesn’t come from what I write—good or bad—because I’m not just a writer. I’m a daughter, granddaughter, niece, friend, and even an inspiration to people around me. Which is really cool!
Carrie: He is so kind to us, isn’t He? ♥
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.
Thirzah: As for what’s next, I have a lot of exciting projects in the works. I’m currently in the process of writing the next book in the Adventures In Eldnaire series and my plans are to get it published by the beginning of next year! And as I mentioned during the interview, I’m working on a fantasy novel set in the desert, which I also plan to release sometime in 2024.
What about you? What makes you want to read The Librarian’s Ruse by Thirzah?