September 22, 2016
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Operation Tenley Jennifer Gooch Hummer
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Meet Tenley Tylwyth, an Elemental Teen born with the power to produce weather. Cool? Not really. Elementals who can create weather make Mother Nature angry. It’s time she got rid of them. Only one thing is standing in her way—Fair Ones. These ancestors of fairies keep kids like Tenley safe, but when rookie Fair One, Pennie, fails to do so, she’s forced to travel to Earth—a place where no Fair One wants to go. Now, Pennie has forty-eight hours to convince Tenley to give up her power. It won’t be so easy. Tenley’s got a way with wind. And after falling deep into Mother Nature’s gardens, where trees grow upside down and insects attack on command, a little wind might be just what Tenley needs to survive. Even if it kills her.
Operation Tenley (The Fair City Files #1)
by Jennifer Gooch Hummer
Publication Date: September 13, 2016
Thanks so much for taking the time and spending time with us here at Chapter by Chapter!
Thank you for having me. I am excited to be on your blog.
Describe your book in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet)
A thirteen-year-old girl who can produce weather must protect humans from an evil and vindictive Mother Nature, intent on destroying us all.
What was your inspiration for writing this book? Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk?
I’ve always been fascinated with fairies. I am a true believer in nature fairies; beings who take care of the Earth. So I twisted the idea around. What if Mother Nature was the antagonist? What if, after watching humans destroy her Earth for so long, she finally decides to get rid of us all? From there, I created a story world of Fair Ones (an updated version of fairy godmothers) and Elemental Teens (kids born with weather powers) and Mother Nature’s army (made up of Weathers and Insects).
Tell us about the main character(s).
Tenley Tylwyth, 13, is obsessed with winning America’s Next Most Inspirational Teen. And she needs votes. She’s running her campaign on nail art, Building Confidence One Nail at a Time, and protecting red heads (gingers) from bullies (not that they need it.) Tenley is over-the-top but also (hopefully) endearing. She discovered her Elemental power too early and has a definite way with wind! The last things she wants to do is give it up.
Pennie is Tenley Tylwyth’s Fair One. She protects Tenley from being discovered by Mother Nature, who is out to capture all Elemental Teens. But Pennie is too nice—she has allowed Tenley to use her wind power too early. Now, Pennie must travel to Earth to convince Tenley to give up her Element, which won’t be easy.
Do you have a favorite quote or specific part in the book that you really love?
I love the scene when Laraby comes back down to Earth to give Pennie her stopwatch, and ends up leaving with the garage door opener.
Was there a specific part in the book that you had an especially difficult time writing? If so, why?
This is my first fantasy novel so the story world with all its rules and reasoning was the hardest to write. It all makes perfect sense to me as the author, but the challenge was laying out the story world to the reader without giving them an “information dump.” It’s tricky. I hope I’ve achieved it.
What sort of projects do you have going on right now. Any new books coming out?
I am working on The Fair City Files, Book II, as well as the screenplay for Girl Unmoored (my first novel). I also have a new novel nearly finished and a screenplay started. I try to always have a few projects going so when one manuscript is turned in for editing, I have others to work on.
It was great having you on the blog today! We hope you’ll decide to stop by again someday, and we wish you much success!!
Thank you so much for having me. Bloggers are so important to authors and I very much appreciate the space you give us to talk about our books. We couldn’t do it without you!
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