Monday, February 15, 2016

Blog Tour/Spotlight: The Starlight Chronicles by Lisa Orchard

Genre: contemporary, young adult
Publisher: esKape Press
Publication Date: September 30, 2015
Number of pages: 289

​ Lark Singer is seventeen years old and already on the way to a brilliant music career. But as she and her band, Starlight, gear up for a competition, life seems to be throwing her a few curve balls. The mysteries of her past seem to be unraveling, and she’s no longer certain she wants to know those answers or how knowing about her past will affect her difficult relationship with her mother. And when her best friend, Bean, changes things between them, all her plans for a musical future are placed in jeopardy. How can she balance her complicated personal life to keep her musical goals on track?

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Lisa Orchard grew up loving books. She was hooked on books by the fifth grade and even wrote a few of her own. She knew she wanted to be a writer even then. Her first published works are the “Super Spies Series.” These stories revolve around a group of friends who form their own detective squad and the cases they solve. “The Starlight Chronicles,” is the next series that Lisa created with musical misfit, Lark Singer as her main character.

Lisa resides in Michigan with her husband, Steve, and two wonderful boys. Currently, she’s working on the next book in the Starlight Chronicles Series along with a few new ideas that may turn into stand-alone novels. When she’s not writing she enjoys spending time with her family, running, hiking, and reading.

1. The inspiration behind this story is the band RUSH. They’ve been around since the sixties and their music is still popular today.

2. What I like about RUSH is the fact that they performed because of their love of music. They weren’t into attention grabbing behavior like so many other rock bands of their era. This is where I got the inspiration for Lark’s (the main character) drive and focus.

3. The series started out as one book and my publisher thought it’d be better if it were split up into three separate stories.

4. Like Lark, I always wanted to play the guitar, but I never got the opportunity to do it.

5. I’ve never watched reality shows like “Survivor,” or “The Voice,” so it’s very ironic that I’ve written a story where winning one is the focal point for my main character.

6. I completed “The Starlight Chronicles” just before I had to undergo chemo therapy. Editing this series, helped me through that process.

7. I wrote this story because I want young girls who are facing adversity to persevere, just because the journey is hard, doesn’t mean it’s not worth pursuing.

8. I’m working on the fourth book in the series, I’m almost done with it. I’m also working on some other ideas that have inspired me.

9. This story comes from my own desire to be a rock star. Hasn’t everyone had this dream at some point?

​ 10. The tenth and final fact is that I said the first sentence in “Gideon Lee” to my husband when we were watching a documentary about RUSH. That one sentence sparked the whole series. Isn’t it funny where our ideas stem from?

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Lisa Orchard said...

Thanks for being a part of my tour. I appreciate it!

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