Welcome to the book tour for The Sherwood Proof by Kristee Ravan! Today I have an interview with the author to share with you. Later in the tour, I will be reviewing the book over at Andi’s Middle Grade & Chapter Books and sharing an excerpt at Andi’s Young Adult Books. Be sure to follow the tour for even more fun! And best of luck entering the giveaway!
The Sherwood Proof
(The Lily Sparrow Chronicles #3)
By Kristee Ravan
Middle-Grade, Fairy Tale, Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 569 Pages
November 23, 2021 by Kristee Ravan
Lily Sparrow has finally created an equation for being a good princess. Things are adding up and making sense, and she’s even growing a measurable amount more excited about her future. But unexpected variables keep being tossed into her equation:
1. Carole Claus is facing her first hurdle as Santa. She needs Lily’s help.
2. Lily’s Half-Birthday–an important Smythian tradition–is coming up, requiring her to find time to prepare for it.
3. Her algebra teacher has an unusual (and stressful plan) for Lily.
4. Lily remains convinced that her mom is hiding something from her.
5. The investigation into the traitor is an on-going source of stress and tension at work for Lily and Calo.
6. Oh, and Calo’s still betrothed to Su’Sauna, making life difficult and confusing all around.
Will Lily be able to place these variables securely in her equation? Will the Sparrow family find a way to convince their critics they are good for the Kingdom? Or will everything fall apart–subtracting all the good will Lily has already earned from her citizens?
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1.) What was the inspiration for this series?
My roommate all throughout college was a math major. One day she confused two pretty well known fairy tales, like saying that Sleeping Beauty had a wicked stepmother. I, lover of books and English, couldn’t believe she had confused something I’d known forever. I started thinking about what it would look like if a logical, math-lover discovered she was really the princess of a fairy tale kingdom. And the next thing I knew, I had characters talking to me and giving me plot lines.
2.) What do you hope readers learn from Lily and these books?
That it’s okay if the plan of how you thought your life was going to go changes. You can be resilient and roll with the new plan.
3.) What do we have to look forward to in the future with this series?
I’ve planned 12 books total, divided into 3 quartets that each cover a significant year of Lily’s life. This first group of four covers her first year in the kingdom. The second quartet will cover her last year of high school in which she must make some important decisions. And the last group will cover….well, I can’t really reveal that without spoiling it.
4.) What makes fairy tales so special and magical?
I think we like the idea that bad is punished and good is rewarded and that there is some kind of “fairy godmother” out there looking out for us and able to help us when we need it. And who doesn’t need a little magic in their life?
5.) What was one of your favorite scenes in this book?
There are lots of places that make me laugh out loud, and there’s a running thread where the dad, King Matt, never gets to finish his meals that makes me smile. It’s hard to pick a favorite scene, but without giving away too many details, there’s one really awkward and intense dinner scene I loved writing. My beta readers had the best reactions to it.
6.) What is something readers may be surprised to learn about you?
I lived in South America for two years–one year in the jungle. I can juggle, and I am three times an adoptive mom.
Kristee Ravan lives in Oklahoma with her husband, daughter, and pet fish, Val (short for Valentine). She wanted to be many things as she grew up including a general, an artist, and an architect. But she never bothered to say, “I want to be a writer when I grow up.” She was always writing stories and thought of herself as a writer anyway. She sent her first story to a publisher in the sixth grade. (It was rejected – in a nice way.) When she is not making up stories in her head, she enjoys reading, juggling, green smoothies, playing dollhouse with her daughter, and hearing from her fans. You can contact Kristee at the Facebook page for her Lily Sparrow books: The Lily Sparrow Chronicles.
Three winners will receive a print copy of The Sherwood Proof (US only)
Ends December 15, 2021