Interview+Giveaway: Piper's Song by Sara E. Tall

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Piper's Song


A YA fantasy by Sara E. Tall
cover of Piper’s Song by Sara E. Tall

Billie thinks stopping her fellow students from committing murder and almost getting kicked out of the Realm is as bad as it gets, but she should know better. Not only are seven of the most powerful students out for her blood, but Sedna —her former enemy turned ally— turns her enemy again when Billie refuses a part in her revenge scheme. What’s more, Alpha Administration’s refusal to address the injustice in their school is sparking a full-on rebellion, and a lot of innocents are going to be caught in the crosshairs. It isn’t just the school either, the Realm itself is overrun with violence and hatred, which will have deadly consequences. Lucian, her self-imposed magical guru, insists Billie’s extraordinary magic is the key to stopping the flood of violence coming their way. Billie knows her magic is extraordinary, but she also knows its destructive power. It might do more harm than good.

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Excerpt

Nothing said, “I’m sorry,” like a scalding hot iron mallet to the face. Especially when you were a Faerie, and allergic to Iron. Saranya and her friends really knew how to make a girl feel special.

At least, we heard they were going to attack me with a mallet, it was hard to keep up with all of Saranya’s schemes to get revenge on me for preventing her from torturing another student. The nerve of me.

I tightened my grip on the empowered soap Iris, my roommate, had given me. It paid to be friends with an Elf, I’d learned, as they possessed the ability to infuse magical properties into a variety of house-hold objects. And all she ever wanted in return was my help getting books down from her top bookshelf.

“Uhh, Billie,” Thea, my other roommate, said. “Perhaps it would be in your best interests to not look so tense? We are supposed to be discussing a class project, after all.”

I loosened my grip on the soap and gave her a quick smile. Thea was terrified of Saranya and the others, but that hadn’t stopped her and Iris from telling me about their plan, or offering to help me thwart it. She had a lot to lose, too. As a Wizard, she had a certain image to keep up, and helping a Misfit against other Wizards would do nothing good for that image.


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An Interview With Sara E. Tall


-What inspired you to become a writer?

I’d say I have two main inspirations. One was all the sword and fantasy games me and the neighborhood kids used to play. I don’t have the energy for that kind of creation anymore, so I write it down instead. I’d also say the books I read as a kid were a huge inspiration. The thought of being able to create entire worlds and people that others could read and enjoy seemed like the most amazing thing in world. Spoiler alert: it is.


-If you could visit your book’s world for a day, what one thing would you do?

To be honest, I’d try to avoid the people as much as possible and head straight for the mountains and other remote nature locations(Which is what I do in this world a lot of the time too.) The natural landscape of the Realm is every naturalist’s dream. Don’t get me wrong the people in the Realm as fascinating, they just think they are better than humans, and that would get annoying real fast. If I thought I could avoid people I’d also sneak into the dome of the Academy. It contains dozens of huge, animated murals that depict parts of the Magi’s history and culture. I think I could study them for hours.


-It’s two in the morning. What does your protagonist reveal in confidence? (Don’t worry, we won’t tell.)

Billie’s terrified of her magic. No matter how much her mentor, Lucian, insists that she can learn to control it, she can’t help but feel like her power is too much for someone like her. She’s afraid the next time she loses control, she’ll take someone’s life. She knows she couldn’t live with that.


-Which of your characters would you go out for drinks with?

I’d definitely have a good time with Billie. She’d have my back while also being wild enough that it would be a night to remember. I’d also love to go out with Sedna, who’s the sometimes ally, sometimes queen bee, sometimes bully to Billie. I might not survive the night with her, but it would also be a night to remember.


-You’re in a tavern, and a dwarf challenges you to a duel. What do you do?

Drum up those old sword-fighting skills I developed as an adolescent and hope that’s enough to keep me from making a fool of myself. It probably wouldn’t be, but I can lean of the side of optimism.


-Is there a genre you could never write? Which and why?

You know, I think I have story idea for just about every genre, though whether or not I can actually write these stories is another question. I think the hardest would be Science Fiction. I tend to put most of my focus on characters, and I think for Science Fiction to work you need a really intriguing concept that pushes the boundaries of the possible, and those types ideas don’t call to me as much.

About Sara E. Tall

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Sara’s enjoyed creating fantastic stories since she was old enough to hold a play sword, around the time she learned how to walk. Gradually she learned to direct her creative energy into writing, and it’s been a downward spiral ever since then. When she’s not writing she’s probably either dancing or reading batman comics. She also loves running away to the mountains of Utah and Montana. Nothing gets more fantastic that those views.


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Comments

  1. I love the cover and think the book sounds great.

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    1. Thanks! I ended up designing the cover myself which was a lot of fun!

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  2. Do you ever get writer's block?

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    1. Hi Jeffrey! And yes, sometimes I do. I don't think I get it as much with Alpha Academy just because I've been working on this series on and off for about 8 years. But I definitely get it with other projects. Usually when I get writer's block I give myself permission to be terrible and just write whatever comes anyway. Usually it helps me pull through.

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  3. WHICH DO YOU BELIEVE ARE WORSE,SINS OF COMMISION OR SINS OF OMISSION AND WHY?

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    1. Bro I feel like I'm back in Sunday School lol. I think it depends but I'd say sins of commission tend to wreak more havoc, so I'll go with that.

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  4. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

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  5. HOW OLD WERE YOU WHEN YOU REALIZED YOU COULD BE A WRITER?

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    1. Realized I could be? 4th Grade. I had a teacher that was really focused on creative writing and it was awesome.

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  6. Which of the 4 seasons is your favorite and why?

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    1. Summer! Because that's when I get to run away to Yellowstone

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  7. TO YOU, WHAT IS A PERFECT DAY?

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  8. TO YOU, WHAT WOULD BE THE PERFECT COMPLEMENT BY A READER REGARDING YOUR WRITING?

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  9. I ONCE READ THE FOLLOWING JOKE.

    I MAN WHO WROTE SEVERAL NOVELS(BUT NEVER HAD THEM PUBLISHED). THE MAN DIES AND GOES TO THE PEARLY GATES AND SEES ST. PETER THERE.

    ST. PETER TELLS THE MAN THAT HE WILL BE TAKEN TO HELL AND THEN TO HEAVEN. HE WILL THEN DECIDE IF HE WISHES TO SPEND THE REST OF ETERNITY IN HELL OR IN HEAVEN.

    IN HELL,THE MAN SEES PEOPLE GOING UNDER ALL KINDS OF TORTURE. IN HEAVEN, THE MAN SEES PEOPLE GOING UNDER ALL KINDS OF TORTURE.

    THE MAN SAYS TO ST. PETER,"I DON'T UNDERSTAND, I DON'T SEE ANY DIFFERENCE IN HELL AND HEAVEN. WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?"

    ST. PETER TELLS THE MAN, "IN HEAVEN, AUTHORS GET PUBLISHED."

    WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THIS JOKE?

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  10. I LOVE THIS PHOTO OF YOU. GREAT BACKGROUND. WHERE WAS THIS TAKEN AT?

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