Dust Blog Tour Stop #3 – Interview with Kara Swanson, Author

Posted June 3, 2020 by Phyllis Helton in Author Introductions, Blog Tours, Giveaways /

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Dust Blog Tour Stop #3 - Interview with Kara Swanson, Author

Pixies and pirates, lost girls and boys, gather round to hear the tale of a lad who never grows old!

For the month of June, bloggers from Neverland and beyond will be providing clues to lead you to the pirate’s booty! Will you visit the Mermaid Lagoon, the Indian Camp on this magical journey?  Will you be chased by the ticking crocodile as you sail the Jolly Roger?

Stop chasing your shadow! Sprinkle on a little pixie dust, think some happy thoughts, and fly away with me to find out!!

First, I want to introduce you to Kara Swanson, the fabulous author of Dust.

Kara, thank you so much for joining us here for this adventure! We are excited to learn more about you.

What was your dream job when you were a child?

My dream job would have been to be a Broadway star or to be a recording artist πŸ˜€

What is one thing that would probably surprise your readers to know about you?

…I grew up in the jungles of Papua New Guinea for sixteen years

…I’ve had Lyme Disease since I was fifteen

…I was first published as a teen

…I work full time in the publishing industry as an author coach and marketing manager

…I have a Chinchilla named Oliver (yes, from Oliver Twist)

…I am a Missionary Kid who is now a Pastor’s Kid

…I am a huge Marvel nerd who wants to be best friends with Tom Holland

…I’m an ENFP who thought she was an ENFJ for years

…I was actually not a huge Peter Pan fan, but I did enjoy the stories, and I think that having a little distance from nostalgia actually gave me a better vantage point on writing Dust. πŸ™‚

I’m an ENFP, too! And am sorry to share one other trait with you – the Lyme Disease. So sorry!! 

What themes connect all the stories you’ve written or want to write?

The power of light to overcome the darkness that we all might fight–either inside ourselves, or in the events outside of us that we may not have chosen.

What was your dream job when you were a child?

My dream job would have been to be a Broadway star or to be a recording artist πŸ˜€

What is your favorite Bible verse?

Isaiah 40:31 –

Those who wait on the Lord will renew their strength. They will mount on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. <3

What a comfort those words are!

Describe your writing style.

My writing style tends to be a mixture of rich, aesthetic word choices that really bring to life the visual of the story and can feel almost poetic…and raw, punchy shorter sentences that carry a lot of weight.

How do you go about researching your books? Do you prefer online research or physical books?

I like to research online for broader or more vague things, but for Dust I took a lot of notes physically in a hardcover copy of Peter Pan to really make sure I was touching on all the elements from the classic story.

If you had the opportunity to live anywhere in the world for a year while writing a book that took place in that same setting, where would you go?

I might choose to live in Croatia, maybe! Or New Zealand? I grew up in Papua New Guinea as the daughter of missionaries, so I’ve already lived in some pretty unique places.

I have to say, you are the first one to ever answer Croatia! Though I can see why. I bet it would be fascinating to live there.

Other than the ability to create your own happily-ever-after endings, what is your favorite thing about being an author

One of my favorite things about being an author is seeing my words, my heart woven into paper, connecting with readers and resonating in a deeper way.

What are you working on now?

Shadow, the sequel to Dust. Hint — it takes place almost entirely on Neverland.

What is the most fun thing you did in the name of researching one of your books?

Does a trip to Disneyland count as one of the most fun things I did in the name of researching my books?


What is your favorite genre to write, and why?

My favorite genre to write is perhaps Urban Fantasy or Paranormal. I love grounding unique fantasy elements into a gritty, familiar world.

What is your favorite place to write? Can you describe the ambiance and what we would see if we were there with you? If we were there with you, what would we see, hear, and smell?

I usually sit on my bed, propped up in pillows, with fairy lights on, a cup of coffee beside me, some character art or story aesthetics pulled up on half of my computer screen, while I plug away on writing on a blank word document.

Well, I for one am glad that your Word document didn’t stay blank and am looking forward to the release of Dust!

Readers, if you haven’t preordered your copy yet, the links below will allow you to do that today.

Dust Blog Tour Stop #3 – Interview with Kara Swanson, Author


by Kara Swanson

Series: Heirs of Neverland #1
Series Rating:
Published by Enclave
Publication Date July 21, 2020
Genres: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Young Adult
Setting: England Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 18-24
Written for: High-School/Young Adult, Middle School
Pages: 368

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

Also in this series: Shadow

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The Pirate’s Booty (aka Giveaway)

Here’s how it works. Starting June 1st 2020 you will find a blog post every day for the month (a few days will have two posts!) for a total of 36 posts from start to finish! You will collect 36 clues (or keywords), one from each stop on the tour. Each clue will stitch together to create a passage, and each stop will lead you to the next until you end up where you started again!

Note: Please pay attention to punctuation and capitalization!

If you manage to successfully collect every clue, then, at the end, you will be redirected here to submit your findings!

Now, for the gold! For any of you Lost Boys and Girls who find the treasure, you will have earned a whole treasure chest of pirate’s booty! Inside the chest you’ll find the following treasures:

  • Bookmarks
  • Print of Dust art
  • Peter + Claire Character Cards
  • Signed Bookplate

And, if that isn’t good enough…

For the one Lost Boy or Girl who first claims victory over that codfish Hook and his crew…….

Your treasure chest will additionally include an autographed Advanced Reader Copy of Dust with exclusive notes from Kara in the margins!!!

That’s right. You heard me. πŸ˜€

But only the one brave enough to best the pirates, wild enough to evade the mischievous pixies, clever enough to outwit Claire, and swift enough to beat even Peter himself can have that treasure chest.

Treasure Map

If you end up as lost as Tootles’ marbles, you can always return to London, aka Grace Bought’s blog to begin your journey again! – Dust Blog Tour Kickoff

Allie Anderson’s blog is Stop #2. Be sure to stop there and grab the keyword

You are on Stop #3. Your keyword for the stop is: created

Books Three Ways is Stop #4 – be sure to stop by here between June 4 and June 30 and continue the hunt!

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5 responses to “Dust Blog Tour Stop #3 – Interview with Kara Swanson, Author

  1. Oooo! Researching about Disneyland does indeed sound like it would be fun! Also, I had no idea that she wanted to be a Broadway star!