Featured Book of The Month: An Interview with Kara Swanson 7 comments

Happy Monday! My #destiny17 post is currently being put off, because we are currently celebrating the release of The Girl Who Could See! The Girl Who Could See released June 1st, and I am so happy that I got to be a part of her launch team.  We are hosting a scavenger hunt, and CLUE 8 will be revealed at the bottom of the post, as well as a list of the rest of the visiting blogs.  And for this month’s FBM, I happened to get to INTERVIEW Kara Swanson Herself! Here is some information about Kara and the Girl Who Could See below!


All her life Fern has been told she is blind to reality—but, what if she is the only one who can truly see?

Fern Johnson is crazy. At least, that’s what the doctors have claimed since her childhood. Now nineteen, and one step away from a psych ward, Fern struggles to survive in bustling Los Angeles. Desperate to appear normal, she represses the young man flickering at the edge of her awareness—a blond warrior only she can see.

Tristan was Fern’s childhood imaginary hero, saving her from monsters under her bed and outside her walls. As she grew up and his secret world continued to bleed into hers, however, it only caused catastrophe. But, when the city is rocked by the unexplainable, Fern is forced to consider the possibility that this young man is not a hallucination after all—and that the creature who decimated his world may be coming for hers.



As the daughter of missionaries, Kara Swanson spent sixteen years of her young life in the jungles of Papua New Guinea. Able to relate with characters dropped suddenly into a unique new world, she quickly fell in love with the speculative genre. At seven- teen, she released a fantasy novel, Pearl of Merlydia. Her short story is included in Kathy Ide’s 21 Days of Joy: Stories that Celebrate Mom. She has published many articles, including one in the Encounter magazine, and she received the Mount Hermon Most Promising Teen Writer award in 2015.  


Gabriella: Thanks for coming, Kara!

Kara: Thank you, Gabriella! So grateful to be here. 

Gab: So to start it off, How did you get started as a writer?

Kara: I’ve been scribbling down stories since I could hold a pencil, but it didn’t become something I considered a passion until I was 17, when I co-authored a fantasy novel called “Pearl of Merlydia” (you can find it on Amazon! Or get a signed paperback from moi) with a very dear friend of mine, that I realized it was something I loved to do. Had to do. Even if I never got published, I’d still be writing because there’s so many stories swirling inside me dying to get out.

Gab: Where do you see yourself ten years from now?

Kara: Married, raising a few kids, living somewhere kind of unique (the beach, maybe? I love coastal areas!), a traditionally published author (I hope! Or indie published) and working with troubled teens.

Gab: What is you writing go to food/beverage for writing?


Gab: Who was your favorite character to write in The Girl Who Could See?

Kara: Tristan. Definitely Tristan. A snarky, courageous warrior stud who has curly blonde hair? Who could NOT enjoy that 😉

Gab: What does your writing Schedule currently look like?

Kara: Right now it’s a lot of marketing, getting ready for the release day blog tour and whatnot. I’m hoping to launch into another rewrite of a novel I’m working on called Skyridge. Its about a girl who is the daughter of a fallen angel, complete with wings and snarky attitude. Its her journey to basically finding true freedom in the light and joining the angels in this supernatural war. I generally write about 3K words minimum every night before bed, so I’m hoping to get back into that and bust out this draft!

Gab: Now for some This or That’s, just for fun!

Kara: YAY!

Gab: Coffee or Tea?

Kara: A cold coffee with lots of sugar. A mocha Frappuccino is my favorite 

Gab: Historical Fiction or Fantasy?

Kara: Fantasy. All the way 

Gab: Pen/Pencil or Computer?

Kara: Computer, oddly enough.

Gab: Chocolate or Vanilla?


Gab: Summer or Winter?

Kara: In Summerrrrrr! (Frozen reference? Anybody?)

Gab: Characters or Plot?

Kara: Characters!

Gab: Writing or Editing

Kara: Writing!

Gab: Thank you so much Kara for being a guest on my blog!

Kara: Thank you so much for having me! This was a blast!

So if you have not already, please make sure to subscribe to my blog! I will see Y’all next week.  Please do yourself a favor and read Kara’s new book, The Girl Who Could See and follow all of her Social Media, listed below, as well as CLUE 8, and the list of bloggers I teamed up with for the book tour!

In HIS Joy,

Gabriella Slade

Find Kara online at karaswanson.com

Facebook: Kara Swanson, Author

Twitter: @kara_author

Instagram: @karaswanson_author






About Gabriella

Gabriella Slade grew up as the eldest of seven, two of her sisters being adopted from West Africa. As a homeschooled student, Gabriella spent her free time reading novels and scribbling down stories from a young age, where she discovered her love for fantasy. As a teen, she wrote and edited her debut novel over a period of 3 years. Gabriella has been blogging since 2015. Her blog won the Libester award in 2017. You can connect with her online at gabriellaslade.com

  • Sparksofember

    Good interview, thanks. But the images for the clue are broken?

    • Gabriella

      What do you mean by broken sparksofember? The images look fine on my side, is there something on your side that isn’t working?

  • Sparksofember

    All I see are tiny “broken image” icons and text that says “DISPLAYING CLUE 8 TGWCS BLOG TOUR CLUE .JPG” and if I right-click to open image in a new tab, it goes to a gmail link and I get an error.

    • Gabriella

      Oh dear. It’s working on my end. I’ll try reuploading the images to see if they show up for you. Thank you for letting me know. I’ll try to resolve this issue as soon as possible. 🙂

  • Sparksofember

    It’s fixed! Thank you.

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