Sorry it has been a while since I posted, but I’m here with another post today about Kellyn Roths book Ivy Introspective!
About the Book
In a world that doesn’t understand her, how can she grow?
Ivy Knight lives her life in a blur of confusion as the world passes her by in a tumultuous melody. She isn’t the perfect daughter or student, but as long as she can be with her family, she doesn’t mind watching rather than living.
Mrs. Chattoway treasures both of her granddaughters now that they’re reunited. When Ivy’s parents enroll her in a Scottish school for unique children, she’s happy to chaperone.
In a new place with a new guardian, Ivy discovers a special talent that helps her see the blurred world in a new way. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel, and Ivy becomes determined to find it—and help others do the same.
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About the Author
Kellyn Roth is a Christian historical women’s fiction & romance author from North-Eastern Oregon who loves border collies. A ranch girl with a love for storytelling, she’s been writing since she was seven and published since she was fourteen.
Kell lives in the country outside a small town in North-Eastern Oregon with her family, cat, and three puppy-dogs. When not writing, she teaches writing and talks about writing, but she also enjoys other things. She just can’t think of any right now.
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What was your inspiration to write Ivy Introspective?
I always knew I was going to write a story about Alice’s sister, Ivy. So I did. I’d somewhat impulsively said she’d had mental issues in book 1 (darned little 14-year-old me!) – so I had to do the research. And once I did, I realized writing a story about her was going to be challenging at the least!
However, I was determined to do so – and more than that, to help her. Because it’s not easy having any minor learning disability or anxiety or anything of the sort even in today’s world. In the Victorian era, it was more like a death sentence.
So, slowly, I found a way to help! And that’s the story I wrote.
Your story is set in the 1870s. Why did you choose that as the setting for your book?
Because I randomly decided to write a book about a girl growing up in the 1900s six or seven years ago, and if you want to write a novel about her parents, who ended up interesting you more, you go back to the 1870s. *shrugs*
There wasn’t any particular reason, though, except that it’s a fun era to write in. I really admire the Victorians! In a “but don’t even send me back there” way.
Who is your favorite character?
For Ivy Introspective, either Violet or Jordy or Ivy or Felix. *winces* I really can’t narrow it down any more.
Right now I’m liking Violet most, though.
Can you share with us something about the book that isn’t in the blurb?
Violet is a character, and she is ridiculously snarky. You will love her.
Also, Jordy is a character, too, and he is ridiculously Scottish. You will love him.
My long-form answer to queries for non-blurb information about the book is this:Ivy Introspective is a Christian women’s fiction novel with …
-A young girl and her grandmother learning to embrace who they are in Christ and conquer fear together
-Mental Health Rep
-Misunderstood Musical Prodigies
-Misunderstood Prodigies in General
-Ergo, Awesome Scottish Accents
-Sweet Friend/Snarky Friend Cliché
-Recovery from Emotional Wounds
-Strong Families Becoming Stronger
-Learning to Develop Healthy Friendships
-Being Stronger and Smarter Than You Think
What was your process for coming up with a cover? It is a beautiful cover by the way!
Well, thanks! I hire out cover design because it’s a vastly complicated business not fit for an amateur. 😉
My designer Carpe Librum Book Design deserves full credit, from concept to final draft!
What were the key challenges you faced when writing this book?
Portraying a neurologically atypical young woman with anxiety was definitely challenging for me, as was portraying the other McCale House students.
I also was worried about showing Nora’s full character arc without shoving her in a corner or allowing her story to take up so much screen time that it obliterated Ivy’s. So that was definitely a challenge!
If your book was to be made into a movie, who are the celebrities that would star in it?
Honestly, I’m not picky. I care more about how the actors and actresses portray the characters’ personalities and the situations they’re in than anything.
I also don’t know any modern child/teenage actors/actresses, soooo I really don’t have an answer to this! I’d let someone else pick and focus on getting a script put together.
And there you have it peeps! Hope you enjoyed reading about Ivy Introspective! And if you want to learn more about the book, make sure to follow along with the rest of the blog tour!