Happy Wednesday! Today the Inspired Prompt welcomes author, Hope Bolinger. We’re so happy you could join us. First question:
Who is your favorite author?
Hope: This is the hardest question you’re going to ask me. I think C.S. Lewis tops all others. I admire his ability to excel in multiple genres, and man, the man can’t write a bad book.
I completely agree…he can not write a bad book. I have loved everything I have ever read of his.
If you could write about anyone or anything fiction/nonfiction who or what would you write about?
Hope: I love to write what-ifs. I like to take reality and twist it just slightly. What if time travel existed? What if super heroes also had to balance a school life along with their hero duties. Anything set in contemporary times where I can have fun blurring the lines of reality.
Oh how fun! I love when a book puts my imagination to work. Now about one of your characters…
If you could spend time with a character from your book or another book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?
Hope: OK, let me narrow it from my books and another book.
From my book: I love my character Hannah. She just does what she wants, is incredibly quirky, blunt. I have a feeling we’d spend the day pulling pranks.
From another book: Who doesn’t love Anne of Green Gables? She has such a wild imagination, I know we’d have the afternoon full of memorizing poems, reenacting scenes of famous literature, and being dramatic.
Hannah sounds like a fun character to get to know! Thanks so much for dropping by!
Giveaway: Make sure to leave a comment for the chance to win Hope’s latest book, Blaze.
If you can’t stand the heat, don’t walk into the fire.
Danny knew his sophomore year would be stressful . . . but he didn’t expect his school to burn down on the first day.
To make matters worse (and they were about to get a lot worse), he — and his three best friends — receive an email in their inboxes from the principal of their rival, King’s Academy, offering full-rides to attend the town’s prestigious boarding school. Danny wants nothing to do with King’s Academy and says no. Of course his mother says yes. So off he goes to be bullied and picked on for not being part of the popular and rich “in crowd.”
From day one at King’s, Danny encounters hazing, mocking insults from girls at the “popular and pretty” table, and cafeteria food that, for such a prestigious school, tastes as if it were purchased from a military surplus supply warehouse. If he survives, Danny will have to overcome his fears of failure, rejection, and loneliness—all while standing strong in his beliefs and walking into the fire.
Hope Bolinger is a literary agent at C.Y.L.E. and a recent graduate of Taylor University’s professional writing program. More than 300 of her works have been featured in various publications ranging from Writer’s Digest to Keys for Kids. She has worked for various publishing companies, magazines, newspapers, and literary agencies and has edited the work of authors such as Jerry B. Jenkins and Michelle Medlock Adams. Her column “Hope’s Hacks,” tips and tricks to avoid writer’s block, reaches 2,700+ readers weekly and is featured monthly on Cyle Young’s blog, which receives 63,000+ monthly hits. She is excited for her modern-day Daniel “Blaze” to come out with IlluminateYA (an imprint of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas). She enjoys all things theater, cats, and fire.