Today, I’m excited to be a part of the White Wolf and the Ash Princess book tour! I’ll be bringing you a review and an interview with the author.
One thing I love about this book is that it was written with OYAN (One Year Adventure Novel). Since I know many teens participate in that, it’s inspiring to see a book written with the program get published.
About the Book
Eighteen-year-old Izzy’s limited world begins to feel cramped after she completes her self-appointed book dare. After reading two-hundred and fifty books, a thought that had been once tucked away as tightly as the books on her library shelves becomes too irresistible to ignore…”Who am I?”
Memory loss prohibits Izzy from remembering her life before age seven when she was injured in a fire. Jonathan Gudwyne and his head housekeeper rescued her and took Izzy in as their own, but who did she belong to before they took her in?
Crippling panic keeps Izzy from wandering beyond the stables but Tubs, the Gudwyne’s young stable boy, encourages Izzy to go beyond the property’s rock wall to a world that promises possible answers, but also great danger. A scorched castle in the woods and a mysterious cellar filled with secrets sets Izzy on a path to the New World, where she will not only have to face her own terror but face the people responsible for her scars.
It is here, in the untamed wilds of the seventeenth century that she finds love and a home in the most unexpected of places.
This book was overall enjoyable. The plot and pacing are slow, but that makes it a nice, relaxing read. I adored Jonathan, Izzy, and Miss Margaret, and they were fun to follow. The prose held my attention (which doesn’t happen often for me with longer books). Plus, the Christian themes were done well and were believable. However, there wasn’t much conflict at first and the plot points could have been stronger, and in the second part of the book, it was hard to keep track of the “white” and “red” names and who was related to who.
I’d recommend this to girls 12+ who like charming fairy tales. There was minor violence, but no language. The plot was based on the author’s own abuse story, but as she says in the interview below, she uses third-degree burns to represent her scars so there’s no mention of anything inappropriate. There’s not much else to say about content in the romance department, except for a couple kisses and two people falling asleep against each other (happening between an engaged/married couple).
Interview with Tammy Lash
- What sparked the idea for White Wolf and the Ash Princess?
I wrote White Wolf and the Ash Princess while sitting in on my son’s high school English course, One Year Adventure Novel. I am a survivor of sexual abuse and I wanted to share my story with others. Sexual abuse is an extremely painful topic and I didn’t want to bring further hurt or pain to the girls this story was meant to help, so I told my story through Izzy and her scars. Her eleven-year journey to forgiveness and love mirrors the first eleven years of discovery and healing in my marriage to my husband of twenty-eight years.
- How long did White Wolf and the Ash Princess take to complete?
One Year Adventure Novel promised a novella in a year. My novella into a full-length novel and it took 5 years from conception to publication. 5. Years. It was my first attempt at a story of this length. I have served in children’s ministries for twenty-plus years and have told hundreds and hundreds of stories. I wrote a few of them down, but most were written on loose pieces of notebook paper or on the back of church bulletins.
- What was your favorite aspect of writing it: planning, drafting, editing, or publishing?
The planning stage is hands down my favorite. I would daydream about the story on long car rides, while doing dishes, or at night when I should have been sleeping. The first draft for me is the most difficult because it takes me awhile to find the words that I want. I can spend up to a month on a single chapter. I won’t leave a chapter until the words have a certain melody to them and I won’t leave for the next chapter until the last one says exactly what I want it to say. I’m extremely OCD that way!
- Which scene was the most fun to write? Which character?
My favorite scenes to write in Part One (the England portion) were the garden and ship scenes. In Part Two (the wild New World), it was the Windego scene all the way to the end. I honestly read those often when I’ve hit a dead-end in my new book. It helps me get my head back to who Izzy is and who Jonathan needs her to be in the next book.
- Do you like to listen to music as you write? Were there any songs you used specifically for inspiration while writing White Wolf and the Ash Princess?
RED heavily influenced White Wolf and the Ash Princess. Beauty and Rage was the newest album that was out at the time, so that one played quite a bit. Colton Dixon’s “Anchor” and About a Mile’s “SOS” and “Oxygen” shaped the ice scene. Colton’s “Through All of It” makes me sigh every time I hear it. It’s the theme song for the last chapter and I literally played it on a loop for days while I was wrapping the book up. The kids now intensely dislike Colton Dixon!
- Are you planning on releasing more books in the future you can talk about?
I am!! I’m so excited about the next stories to come in the series! My next book in the White Wolf Series is Letters from the Dragon’s Son. It begins six to seven months after White Wolf. This book is in Jonathan’s POV and it tells the story of his journey to find what Izzy has already discovered. We will learn more about how he became Izzy’s guardian and how he was involved in her brutal past.
There will be a third book in the series that will feature a female lead that I can’t disclose quite yet because she has an interesting role in Letters that’s still kind of hush-hush. (I like to keep as quiet about my books as possible and let the reader set off on a journey of his/her own.) What I can tell you is that this female lead will be paired up with Avery of White Wolf and the Ash Princess and they will have quite the adventure together. They tell me their story will involve a trained eagle and a possible trip to England. This story will be dedicated to those with physical limitations and those who are called to remain single.
An author friend of mine and I are working on a children’s devotional-type book together. It will be combining her fantasy world of Vikings and dragons with my Native American world. We have an amazing artist on board and this promises to be a super, cool project!
I also have a Christmas story that I wrote for my mom a few years back that I’d like to dust off and possibly publish. The illustrations are still a toss-up between photos or hand-drawn artwork. Letters from the Dragon’s Son is top priority right now, so this little side project will have to wait a little bit longer!
Wow! I have really enjoyed talking with you! Thanks for coming by to chat! If you’d like to know more about White Wolf and the Ash Princess and the works to come, you can find me at the following places:
Tammy lives in Lower Michigan with her husband and her three children. Izzy’s home in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (Munising) is where she and her family enjoy exploring. Tammy enjoys hiking, kayaking, beach wandering, “hunting” for birch bark and hopes to someday find a porcupine quill. White Wolf and the Ash Princess is her first novel. She is published in Keys for Kids and has been in children’s ministry for over twenty years.
On an unrelated note, as I said in my last post, I made changes to my design! I have a new header, I updated some of the images in my older posts, and made the text darker. I also created a monthly email list of including roundup of my recent posts and updates on my writing life. I’m incredibly excited! You can sign up here or on the right sidebar.
That’s it for this post! I hope you enjoyed getting to know more about White Wolf and the Ash Princess and its author. You can enter the giveaway and check out the rest of the tour at rufflesandgrace.com.
What do you think of White Wolf and the Ash Princess? Will you be reading it? Did you enter the giveaway or buy the book? Do you do One Year Adventure Novel? Share your thoughts in the comments!