Timekeeper Rising by Allyssa Painter Publication date: August 1st 2015 Genres: Dystopia, Fantasy, Young Adult
Fifty years ago, the sky cried acid and the earth vomited poison, all due to human destruction. Desperate for a savior, the people called out to the Shunned, a group of Fallen angels on Earth, and allowed them to take over. Now the Shunned rule with unspeakable cruelty, manipulating and torturing the humans in every possible way. Marked for death, Iris Ankea will do anything to end their tyranny and rescue her brother and best friend from their clutches. When she learns that she is God’s chosen Timekeeper and has the power to defeat the Shunned, she sets out with the only man who can help her, the one she thinks just might kill her. With a prophecy about her drawing ever near, Iris must race against time to discover her powers before the world, and her life, end. Can Iris force herself to embrace her role and sacrifice herself to save everyone she loves, or will she lose it all?
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Author Interview – All About That Author
This is just a rapid fire, “get to know Allyssa Painter” sort of thing.
Who’s your favorite author?
I… How can anyone ask a reader that? Top 5 (not in any specific order): Jennifer Anne Davis, Kiera Cass, Maggie Stiefvater, Nicholas Sparks, and Dr. Seuss. Other amazing authors: Kelly Oram, Amy Harmon, Maddy Edwards, Scarlett Dawn, Rick Yancey, etc. The list could go on and on.
What are your reading habits like?
Did you not figure out from the first question? I read basically anything. I don’t read horror (I’m not a scary story type of person) and I don’t read erotica. Otherwise, I read pretty much everything. I mainly focus on YA but I also read NA and Adult. I read intermediate and children’s books as well. I love fantasy. I think it’s probably my favorite. But I also love dystopian, paranormal (which is fantasy, but still, people specialize it), romance, contemporary, a little sci-fi, etc. Pretty much, I read anything that catches my eye.
What kind of music do you like?
Everything but rap, I think. Country and Christian music is what I set my radio to, but my iPod also has soft rock, alternative rock, metal, pop, gospel, etc.
I don’t know that I have one. Do desserts count? If not, probably pasta in general.
Candy Cake or Somoa Sheet Cake. Here’s a link to somoa sheet cake: http://www.chef-in-training.com/2015/01/samoa-sheet-cake/ For candy cake, just make a german chocolate cake, poke holes in it, pour a can of sweetened condensed milk over it, then a jar of caramel ice cream sauce, then whip cream, then crush butterfingers (or your candy of choice) over the top. It’s a delicious mess. I do love apple pie too, though. I usually make homemade apple pie at least once a year, either for Thanksgiving or Christmas.
Purple. Especially light purple. Like lavender.
Besides being an author, which I guess I am now, and attending the WV Book Festival as an author, which I will be in October, my dreams include learning sign-language, visiting Italy, being a foster mom, adopting at least one child, and making my family happy. I’m sure I have more, but those are the main ones that come to mind.
Favorite past times?
Besides reading and writing, I love photography, baking, and spending time with my family and friends. Family is a huge part of my life and I’d be lost without them. I also love to do things outdoors and to make things. I make cards and scrapbook, and my husband and I usually come up with ideas of things to make our family for Christmas. Sometimes I work with my dad in our woodshop to create clocks, wooden boxes, etc.
If you won a million dollars what would you do with it?
Y’all are going to hate this answer, ‘cause I’m no fun at all, but here goes. I would save a good deal of it. I would give a some of it to charity (my favorite charities are Wounded Warrior Project, Soldiers’ Angels, Avery’s Angels Gastroschisis Foundation, Huntington’s Disease Society of America, and Autism Speaks.) Then I’d use it on my family. My dad loves football, so I’d buy him tickets to one of the bowl games (I think he really wants to go to the Rose bowl, but I don’t know. I don’t know much about football). I’d take my mom to Italy. We’ve both always wanted to go. I’d buy her some books, too. I’d take my husband to Germany and buy extravagant things for my grandparents, in-laws, etc. Depending on how much I had left over (I don’t know how much I’d save or give to charity), and when I won it, I may or may not use it for a house or new car or something. It would just depend on our needs at the time. Oh, and I’d buy a lot of books.
If you had to move to any state but your own, where would you move?
Probably Colorado, if I actually had a choice. My husband is in the Navy, though, and he’ll be going active duty in a few years, so I probably won’t have much of a choice. But I love CO. It’s beautiful and mountainous and reminds me of home. I don’t think I’d mind NC or MD too much either, though. They’re pretty nice.
Allyssa Painter is the author of Timekeeper Rising, the first in the Timekeeper Duo. She graduated from Sissonville High School and attends Concord University for elementary and special education. She dreams of becoming an elementary teacher and continuing to touch the world around her through the novels she writes. In her free time, she enjoys reading fantastical adventures, spending time with her family, and capturing the world around her in photography and writing.
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