Please give a hearty welcome to Aleah Taylor, the author of the soon to be released Mystery on Mount Dust! I was lucky enough to have the chance to interview this lovely lady. If Mystery on Mount Dusk looks interesting, your in luck, a giveaway is down below for three signed copies!
Published by Neverland Publishing Company (September 25, 2015)
Ten year old George Mutton has moved to the mysterious town of Mount Dusk. Tucked away on a secluded mountain, Mount Dusk is the perfect place for restless George to discover adventure, but he might get more than he bargained for.
George befriends dark-haired loner Charlie Redwin and together they uncover the startling mystery of two missing families who vanished hundreds of years ago. At first a seeming pest, George's little sister Maggie eventually becomes an invaluable ally while Charlie's twin sister Yvonne remains a mysterious presence. She appears to know the secrets of Mount Dusk, but is she at all what she seems? Can she be trusted to help them? The children endeavor to find the answers to all their questions, but they end up more personally involved in the mystery than they had ever imagined.
With disappearances, ghastly ghosts and trapped spirits, the children become suddenly entangled in the hidden evil of their town which has lain unseen for many centuries. Can they rid Mount Dusk of the horror haunting it? Or will they become just another chapter in its terrible secret history?
What encouraged you to start writing?
Since I was four years old I’ve had an urge to write. My love of how strong the written word can be and the endless possibilities of a good story encouraged me to write.
Where did the ideas for Mystery on Mount Dusk come from?
I had always written short stories until I turned 18 when I suddenly decided to attempt a novel. I just started writing without any direction in mind and slowly the story came to me piece by piece, a lot of my ideas came from parenting my own son and imagining what he would do in certain situations.
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
To inspiring authors I say don’t become demotivated by your mistakes and let them override your creativity. You will make mistakes, you will write something that not everyone loves. Just stick with it and trust that with every writing attempt you’re becoming a stronger writer. Rewrite something ten times if that is what it takes, just keep going and trust in your abilities.
How do you like your book cover?
I love my book cover! It’s mysterious and dark which suits this book perfectly.
Did you read as a kid?
I have been reading like crazy since I was two, as a kid I had huge stacks of books, plus I would read anything else I could get my hands on. I’ve always had a deep love for literature.
Where did the inspiration for your story come from?
The inspiration for this story was my son, watching him grow up and learning about kids was fascinating, so naturally I wanted to write all about it!
Describe your book.
Mystery on Mount Dusk is a dark mystery novel with hints of magic and a lot of adventure. It’s all about a ten year old boy called George Mutton who moves to a new town and discovers the dark secrets of those who have lived there. With the help of his little sister Maggie, his best friend Charlie and Charlie’s twin sister Yvonne, George attempts to solve a mystery that is centuries old and rid his new town of the secret evil that has been haunting it.
What's your favourite thing to do while reading?
I would have to say drink a coffee and recline in a comfortable chair next to an open window with fresh air blowing in.
Favorite Book to read?
My favourite book is Gone with the Wind by Margret Mitchell because it is a beautifully written novel that you’ll never forget, the characters stay with you forever. But I am also equally fond of David Copperfield by Charles Dickens because it is such an elegant and gripping tale of a life.
What's your Favorite drink?
My favourite drink is coffee, I don’t go a day without my coffee!
Who would you recommend your book too?
I would recommend my book to any middle-grade reader who likes dark magic tales, ghosts and adventure!
Coffee or tea?
Coffee in the morning is my favourite, but I love tea in the afternoon!
If you could meet any author who would it be?
If I could meet any author it would have to be Jane Austen because she had such a quick wit and I’m sure a conversation with her would be full of her signature dry humour.
Ebooks or Hard Copies?
Ebooks are easier to access and sometimes just easier to read, but I’ll always love the feeling of holding a hardcopy in your hand and having a beautiful big bookshelf full of well-worn novels. So I have to say hardcopy.
About the Author:
make beautiful books for everyone to enjoy. That passion has never left her. She finished writing her first book, a work of juvenile fiction, at eighteen and finished her next book, a work of literary fiction, at twenty one.
Aleah says her motivation is an overwhelming surge of creativity and a very deep love for literature. Also an artist and lover of Tudor and Victorian history, Aleah lives in Canberra with her son Tommi.
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