Monday, March 16, 2020

Book Tour and Giveaway: The Recollection of Trees by Sadie Frances Skyheart

Title: The Recollection of Trees 
Author: Sadie Francis Skyheart 
Publication Date: November 15th 2019
Print Length: 268 pages
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Fantasy 
Iona Dickinson doesn't know she's a witch...until she unknowingly makes a deadly wish that reopens a 300-year-old curse on her family. Torn between conflicting beliefs of family and friends, Iona must risk losing all of them as she gains self-acceptance in The Recollection of Trees


Sadie Francis Skyheart (1972- ) was born and raised in Michigan. She currently lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, two sons, two cats, and a coonhound. She is a dedicated Detroit Lions fan. She likes to write in lucky Halloween socks, often while listening to Thirty Seconds to Mars or Chloe Moriondo.

THE RECOLLECTION OF TREES debuted as the #1 New Release in Children's Scary Stories and Top 10 Bestselling Teen & YA Ghost Stories. She is currently completing the script for book's feature film adaptation, THE ACCIDENTAL WITCH. She is an associate producer of IN THE DEATHROOM (2020), an award-winning crime drama based on a short story by Stephen King.

- How did you come up with the title of your first novel?
I had a different title for a really long time, and then we had this ice storm that left thousands of people without power for nearly two weeks right before all the December holidays. My family and I ended up staying at a friend’s beautiful home just outside the outage area—they were out of the country and offered it to us. The home was surrounded by gorgeous trees, and I started thinking about how trees witness so much…

- Who designed your book covers?
90% me, 10% my youngest.

- If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I’d probably just make the prologue chapter 1.

- Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learned so much about myself. I had several cathartic moments. Too many to list honestly.

- If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Please cross your fingers that Shirley MacLaine someday plays Grandma Lily. Seriously. I can picture a dozen different actors and actresses playing almost all of the other characters, but the one I’d really, really like to see cast is Grandma Lily.

-What is your favorite part of this book and why?
I love the chapters titled “Premonition” and “Covenant”. I can’t say why without spoilers…they’re just emotional for me.

- If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?
I’d hang with Grandma Lily for sure. We’d make beeswax candles and bake things and just be cozy kitchen witches all day.

- Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?
I mostly have the reigns. I outline everything as a script first, so I know where it’s heading and what road signs I need to pass along the way to get to the ending, but sometimes the characters do get there differently.

- Convince us why you feel your book is a must read.
It’s a journey for anyone who has ever felt on the fringe of “normal”. I try to include characters that all my readers can relate to, so while my main character isn’t LGBTQ, she has friends who happen to be. Same thing with spiritual beliefs. Diversity and pluralism make life so much more meaningful. The overall theme is that there is no normal. Normal is an illusion. I remember as a teenager the pressure to be “normal” felt soul-crushing sometimes. Hell, I feel that pressure even now as an adult sometimes, but the difference is I’ve lived long enough now to know I’ll be way happier if I just do what makes me happy. I didn’t know that when I was younger.

- Have you written any other books that are not published?
Yes. The sequel, and some short stories that will probably end up being a book.

- If your book had a candle, what scent would it be?
Lilacs and roses, with a hint of pipe tobacco.

- What did you edit out of this book?
I can’t tell you, because most of it is going to be in the sequel. Oh—well, I edited out Iona’s siblings.

- Is there a writer which brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
I wish I could’ve met William Goldman. The man wrote books and scripts, in multiple genres…and nearly everything was a big success. He also consulted and influenced numerous other writers. I’d love to understand how he did what he did, because these days the film and publishing industries expect writers to stick to one or two genres. I understand the reasoning—do one or two things really well rather than six mediocre, and it’s easier to market something when the writer is clearly a specific POV. But then there’s Goldman, who did it all. I’d love to be able to do that.

- What are some fun facts about yourself?
I’m a HUGE fan of Thirty Seconds to Mars. I wear Halloween socks every day, all year. I have so many socks that I had a box only for socks when we moved to Chicagoland. I have a coonhound and two cats…and yes, one of them is black. I have about 3x the Halloween decorations than any other holidays. I’ve studied French, Japanese, and Arabic.
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  1. The cover art seems appropriate for the book. Good job.

  2. The cover looks great. I love it

  3. nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

  4. Beautiful cover. I liked the synopsis. It sounds like a wonderful book. Thank you for sharing.

  5. i am absolutely loving the cover

  6. Sounds like a great book. I like the cover.

  7. The cover art is awesome! Love it. Looks like a wonderful book

  8. I like the cover. The title font and colors are very attention grabbing.

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  9. Sounds like an interesting story.

  10. My daughter would enjoy this book

  11. I think the cover makes it look suspenseful.

  12. I really like it. It def draws me in. Thank you

  13. I like the mysterious, almost fairy tale look the cover has.