Yay for another blog tour (and a fun one at that)!
I’m thrilled to be sharing a chat I had with author Rachel Kovaciny, who has a wonderful way of retelling fairytales in a western setting.
Grab a hot drink (maybe a doughnut too?) and come sit with us as we chat about hugging characters and the Old West!
About the Book
Twelve Dancing Princesses… reimagined.
Fifty dollars just for asking a few questions? Jedediah Jones figures it must be his lucky day. What dancing and doughnuts have to do with anything, he neither knows nor cares. He’s only interested in earning that money so he can finally eat something other than the apples he’s been living off for days. Once his stomach and his pockets are filled again, he plans to move on.
But answering the advertisement plunges him into a forest of painted trees, twelve pretty sisters, trouble, and more trouble. And, yes, doughnuts.
So many doughnuts.
Can Jedediah Jones solve the mystery and earn that fifty dollars when the whole town has failed? Or will the twelve sisters lose their family’s business no matter what he does?
– Hi Rachel! I am SO excited to be chatting with you today! For those who don’t know you, can you share three words to describe yourself?
Hi! Oh boy, three words? Busy. Homeschooler. Mom.
– I’m a busy Mom here too. 😉 You mention on your blog that when you grow up, you would love to be a fairy godmother. I absolutely love that! What’s one of the first things you would like to do when you become one? 🙂
I think my first job would be to find myself some really comfortable shoes that don’t wear out in a few months. I’d think a magic wand could handle that, right?
I actually have some friends who call me a fairy godmother right now just because I love giving gifts and surprising people with things. I might not have any fairy dust at my disposal yet, but paying attention to what people are into and then finding them a birthday or Christmas or just-because gift that involves their interests and passions does work pretty well!
– Definitely think a magic wand could handle that and totally wouldn’t mind if you could find some of those shoes for us too. 😉 You also mention on your blog that you have a “deep need to hug fictional characters.” What was the last character you either wrote or read that you wanted to hug?
I’m re-reading Persuasion by Jane Austen right now, and wow, Anne Elliot needs a hug. The poor kid. So will Captain Wentworth in a few chapters, but I’m no quite to the part where he needs hugs yet.
– I’ve actually never read any of Jane Austen’s books. *hides* I’m totally up for giving Anne a hug though! 😀 Congrats on your latest release of Dancing and Doughnuts! I don’t think I’ve read an Old West story and thrilled I was able to dive into yours. 🙂 How has being married to a cowboy inspired this story?
Thanks! That’s quite a compliment, that you don’t really read western fiction but you’re interested in mine. I’m honored!
So… my husband is not an actual cowboy. Sigh. It’s my nickname for him. In reality, he has a desk job and a commute, and he wears a tie. But I call him Cowboy because… I love cowboys, and I love him, so that’s been my nickname for him since the first few weeks of dating.
That being said… being married to a kind, honest, loving, honorable, strong Christian man who lets me call him Cowboy has definitely inspired me! Because I know men like him truly do exist, so I can write fictional men like that more believably as a result.
– Aww! I love that! Since this story is a retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, what kind of princess would you like to be in the Old West? (Keeping in mind you haven’t turned into a fairy godmother yet. *winks*)
Well, I’d love to be the sort of princess who is the daughter of a very wealthy rancher with all the land and cattle anyone could desire. The sort of princess who can ride and rope and brand and track and shoot and hunt and generally take care of herself and any hapless princes who happen along!
– That would totally be awesome! I’ve heard on numerous occasions that most authors can’t choose a favorite character, BUT I wonder who you would want to hang out with for a day. Who’s the lucky character to hang out with you? What would you guys do?
Usually choosing a favorite character isn’t hard for me. In my last book, Cloaked, my favorite character was Hauer, no question. I’d marry that man in a hot second (if, you know, I wasn’t already married, and he wasn’t fictional…). But there are a LOT of nifty characters in Dancing and Doughnuts that I realllllly love. Okay, four in particular. If I had to choose just one to hang out with, though, I’d probably go with my protagonist, Jedediah Jones. He’s a Civil War veteran with a million interesting experiences to talk about, and he’s not at all shy, so we could just spend the whole day with him talking and me listening.
– Jedediah is such a wonderful character! I know I wouldn’t mind hanging out with him either. 🙂 Lastly, what is your favorite kind of donut?
I really love sourdough doughnuts. I’m especially fond of dunking them in my coffee!
– I don’t think I’ve ever had a sourdough doughnut! Thanks so much for chatting with my Rachel!
About the Author
Born only a few miles from where Jesse James robbed his first train, Rachel Kovaciny has loved the Old West all her life. She now lives in Virginia with her husband and their three homeschooled children. In her free time, Rachel writes for the magazines “Femnista” and “Prairie Times,” reads, bakes, blogs, watches movies, and daydreams.
Her book Cloaked was a 2018 Peacemaker Awards finalist for Best Western YA/Children’s Fiction.
Ready to meet Jedediah Jones and step back in time for a while? Rachel is giving away an autographed copy of Dancing and Doughnuts, a copy of Log Cabin Cooking, and a Once Upon a Western tote bag! Click the link below to enter. (Giveaway ends September 9th.)
>>> Entry-Form <<<
Blog Tour Schedule
Saturday, Aug. 25 — Summer Book Release Party on Facebook
Sunday, Aug. 26 — Review at Ink Castles
Monday, Aug. 27 — Interview at The Western Desk
Wednesday, Aug. 29 — Interview at I’m Charles Baker Harris (And I Can Read)
Thursday, Aug. 30 — Interview at Unicorn Quester <— You are here!
Friday, Aug. 31 — RELEASE DAY!
Saturday, Sept. 1 — Review at The Flowering Vales
Sunday, Sept. 2 — Review at Meanwhile, in Rivendell…
Monday, Sept. 3 — Review and Interview at Any Merry Little Thought
Tuesday, Sept. 4 — Review at Coffee, Classics, and Craziness
Thursday, Sept. 6 — Review at Seasons of Humility
Friday, Sept. 7 — Interview at Coffee, Classics, and Craziness