New author alert! New author alert!
I recently discovered a new publisher (check out Monster Ivy Publishing!) and a new author and I’m fangirling so hard! Mainly, because this new said author is on my list of read-everything-she-writes-because-her-books-are-so-good list.
*squeals* I can’t wait to share all my thoughts tomorrow in a video review so stay tuned!
*takes a deep breath* Okay, I need to remind myself to breathe, BUT I’m very excited to be chatting with V. Romas Burton, the author of Heartmender! It is such an excellent story and already desperately wanting book two.
For now though, check out her stunning book below and come join us for a fun chat all about Heartmender!
About the Book
In the land of Barracks, the economy thrives on the barter of their citizens’ most precious commodity—a human heart. Each year, the Heart Reign festival is thrown for those who have become of age to trade their hearts for their deepest desires. And this year is Adelaide Tye’s year to trade.
After despising Heart Reign for years, Addie endures her Extraction and discovers that her heart isn’t gray and dying, like all other hearts in Barracks, but bright red, alive, and teeming with power.
With a warning from the extractor of hearts, Addie rushes through Heart Reign to make her choice—trade her heart to Schism, the monster who took her brother years before, or go in search of the Mender—a mythical man said to purify hearts and save her own heart. Either decision will rip her away from the one man who has always been by her side.
Knowing there is only one real choice to make, Addie jumps through Schism’s red door and is thrust into a dark and dangerous realm where she is faced with making a trade she may not survive.
For fans of Stephanie Garber’s Caraval and ABC’s Once Upon a Time.
– Hi Vanessa! I’m SO excited to be chatting with you! For those who don’t know you, can you share three words to describe yourself?
Hi Laura! Thank you so much for having me on your blog. Three words I would use to describe myself are ambitious, loving, and inquisitive. Ambitious because I’ve always been goal oriented, so I love overcoming different challenges and trying new things. Loving because I love God and Jesus, my family, and my friends, and try to show that same love to others. And inquisitive because I love to ask questions to better understand things.
– Yes, I can say that I’m very goal oriented too! I saw you mention in your bio you enjoy spending time reading as many books as you can. What’s your favorite genre to read? Any recent books read you would recommend? 🙂
Interestingly, murder mysteries used to be my favorite! But once I discovered fantasy, I fell in love! I’ll definitely read any genre that has a good story, but fantasy is my favorite.
Last month I listened to Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly on audiobook and it was fantastic! I started it thinking it was going to be another Cinderella fairytale retelling, but it completely surprised me! I highly recommend it.
– Oooo! I haven’t read a good mystery in years! I loved reading “The Cat Who” books growing up. I also saw you mention you like watching YouTube videos. Totally awesome! What are some videos or channels you enjoy watching? I have a soft spot for music videos. 😉
Yes! I love to watch YouTube videos to relax. DIYs are some of my favorites to watch, but my husband and I also like the Slow Mo Guys and The Backyard Scientist (we’re nerds :-P).
– Hey, nerds are awesome! 😀 I’ll have to check these out! Many congrats on the release of Heartmender! I absolutely loved loved loved this story and so pumped it’s out in the world. Since the story is a fantastic allegory in many ways, what inspired you to write this story? Did you intentionally set out writing an allegory?
Thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed Addie’s story! It was an adventure to write.
I try to glorify God in everything I do, including my writing. I had written two stories before Heartmender just for fun when I heard a sermon where the pastor asked the audience if they thought God sent us amazing ideas, but we, not thinking anything would come of them, let them pass. Later that week, a few lines of text (that are now in Heartmender!) came to me. I knew an awesome story was waiting to be written from those lines, so I quickly scribbled them down (I still have the notebook with them!). From then on, once I started writing, I couldn’t stop. New ideas of what Addie would encounter next kept coming until I had a (very) rough draft of the story you read.
I believe as a follower of Christ it’s our responsibility to display Christ in everything we do. When I first started writing Heartmender, I didn’t plan any of it. I sat down at my laptop, prayed that God would have me write what He wanted me to write, and began typing! I know that may not work for everyone, but that’s how it worked for me. 😊
– What a powerful story! (No pun intended!) Thank you for sharing and know that I was so encouraged by the “heart” of Heartmender. 😉 Speaking of, I really want Addie to get some real food after all she’s gone through (and to celebrate her story of course!). If you were able to make her dinner, what would you make? (Could be food from the Barracks or from our world.)
Yes! Addie 100% deserves a hearty meal after everything she’s endured! I would probably make her a delicious roast chicken with mashed potatoes and green beans; hearty and delicious! And, of course, for dessert I would make her favorite: cherry donuts.
– Yummm! Remind me to try and find a way to make it to this dinner! 😉 I’ve heard on numerous occasions that most authors can’t choose a favorite, BUT I wonder who you would want to hang out with for a day. Who’s the lucky character to hang out with? What would you guys do?
Hmmm, that’s a tough question. I think I would want to hang out with Claire. Though I love all of my characters, Claire is the one I relate to the most (and put most of my own personality into!). I love her “go getter” attitude and inability to give up. And her sass and snarky comments make me giggle! I think I would enjoy having her over for coffee where we could chat about everything.
– I am fangirling so hard because Claire is soooo cool! How awesome that you both share similar personalities! For my last question, what’s one way your story touched you when writing? What’s one way you hope it will touch readers?
Heartmender was written during a time in my life where I felt just as lost and confused as Addie. Though my circumstances weren’t nearly as rough as hers, I had no idea which way was up. Nothing in my life had turned out how I thought (or planned), and it was hard. Because Heartmender is a young adult novel, I wanted to include those feelings of uncertainty and loneliness, as well as the other emotions of lust, envy, pride, etc. to let young readers know that they’re not alone when they think they are. Christ is always there to listen and to love them.
– Yes, yes, yes! I totally second this and know I saw this message when I was reading. <3 Very excited for this story to be out in the world! Thanks so much for chatting with me, Vanessa!
Thank you! It’s been a blast! 😊
About the Author
V. Romas Burton grew up bouncing up and down the East Coast where she wrote her first story about magical ponies at age seven. Years later, after studying government and earning an M.A. in Theological Studies, V. Romas Burton realized something even bigger was calling out to her—stories that contained great adventures and encouraging messages. Because she couldn’t find exactly what she was looking for, V. Romas Burton decided to write her own great adventure. When she’s not writing, she spends time reading as many books as she can, watching YouTube videos and taking care of her adorable son. Heartmender is her debut novel. You can visit her online at www.vromasburton.com