Great Summer Reads 2020 Countdown Blitz Day 11!

Karlie Lucas is a school crossing guard by day and a writer/artist by night. 

A graduate of Southern Utah University, Karlie received a B.A. in Creative Writing, with a minor in art. She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, The International English Honor Society, SCBWI, as well as ANWA, the American Night Writers Association.
Karlie is interested in all things magical and mysterious, especially elves and dragons. She is an avid fan of J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling.

When not writing, Karlie can often be found drawing, baking, watching her favorite old school shows, or just spending time with her family.

She currently resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband and a cat named Kally. 

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 For hundreds of years, the gates of Tarragon have been sealed from the outside. Prophecy speaks of the day the last Key Keeper will return and wake the dragons from their spell-cast slumber, returning them to their rightful home.

Seeking to fulfill her father's dying wish, Anwen Porter travels to the Drakonii Mountains where she meets Tyler, a mysterious local with a secret. With his help, she learns more about her clouded past and her own abilities. But when Courtney, a lovesick mage, tries to insert herself into their plans, things begin to go horribly wrong.
With death threatening at every turn, Anwen must learn to rely on her newfound friends to survive. 

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Q&A With the Author:

1.   What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I like to bake, cook, watch movies, draw, paint, spend time with my hubby and/or cat (pending on who's home), spend time with friends, and just do normal stuff, I guess.

2.  What was the hardest part of writing your book, and how did you overcome it? The hardest part of writing this book was probably getting from point a to be to c. The idea started as a dream, which turned out to be the middle of the book, so I had to figure out how to get to that point and where it led once I got there. I prefer to be a pantster when it comes to writing so I just had to pick a point and go.

3. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I would love to go visit Ireland, partly because I have ancestors from there, and partly because it just seems like such a magical place. A lot of legends come from there.

4.  Where do you get information and ideas for your books?
The ideas for my books either come from dreams, day dreams, or snippets from real life. This particular book started from a dream. Other books started from day dreams or something I saw in real life and wanted to elaborate on and make my own. My next project is based off of a parakeet in a grocery store, something that actually happened this Spring, with my own imaginary scenario of what would happen after meeting this bird.

5. Tell us a bit about a future project you are working on? Do you have any little sneak peeks you can share?  
My next big project is probably going to be a children's book about meeting a parakeet in a grocery store (yes, really happened), but from a first person perspective about how the bird just decided to visit and didn't leave. Unfortunately, no sneak peeks just yet. I've got a lot of projects going on at present so I need to make sure I don't overdo on anything.

6. Now that we've gotten to know each other, tell us a story of a favorite childhood activity you used to do during the summer. It can be long or short. Funny, sad, or somewhere in between. Just make sure it's yours. Tell us a story?
When I was a kid, we used to play make-believe games where my siblings and I would pretend to be characters from our favorite movies or television shows. One of our favorites was Batman. I usually ended up being Bat Girl, with one of my brothers being Batman. We would run through the corn rows of mom's garden to "transform" in our "bat caves" before fighting of villains, also played by our siblings. Alas, I don't remember any specific details, but I do remember it was fun. That and we used to make "stews" in the tire swings dad made for us, using dirt, grass clippings, weeds, and water. And mud pies with the metal baking pan toys we had on hand. The one that really got us in trouble was using mom's bread pans to make "bricks" when the garden overflowed from watering.

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