Today I’m participating in the blog tour for a brand-new blog: Tales of the Lonely Sun! This amazing blog is run by four teen girls, and it features posts about books and writing, plus a short story contest! The winners for their contest will be announced on Thursday, so subscribe to their blog to be notified about that (and get the info on how to enter the next contest; they happen every two months).
This post is going to be long, but I promise it’s all interesting. And if you stick around to the end, there’s a giveaway!
About the blog:
We’re four girls who love reading, writing, and most importantly, Jesus. The Lonely Sun emblem symbolizes the Light amidst the Darkness, an illustration of the world and how it’s always been.
We hope to focus on reading and writing books that are full of light opposed to books centered around darkness. The Tales of the Lonely Sun team are spreading the word about good moral books, and how to write them.
We host a seasonal writing contest for writers looking to share their work, and offer book reviews for the book dragons among us.
Tales of the Lonely Sun is run by Carlye, Merie, Jorja, and Mya. I’ll share their bios later. But first, I’m excited to show you our interview! I asked the girls some questions, and one or more of them answered each one.
1 // What first inspired you to start this blog? (Whose idea was it?)
Merie: Funny thing — Carlye and I both had this idea around the same time! I actually contacted Abigail Harder about it first, but then Carlye contacted us, and so we decided to merge the two together. (Abigail doesn’t post, but she judges for the short story contests 🙂 )
2 // Why do you write?
Jorja: I write because there is no feeling quite like reading an amazing book for the first time, and I want to share that feeling with people through my writing. I also want the world to have less books where, if you recommend them to someone, you have to start out by warning them of inappropriate content. I blog for pretty much the same reason, I want to share books that have given me that “this is an amazing book” feeling, and give people some advice that has helped me so that they can write their own.
Carlye: I write because I have too many thoughts and my brain might explode if I don’t put those thoughts down on paper. It’s been my dream ever since I was a little kid to be an author, so someday I hope to fulfill the younger me’s dreams.
Merie: I write because I have stories I want to share.
Mya: I write because I want to create a book that gives someone a love for reading — and mainly because I love stories. I have ideas for characters and places that I couldn’t just ignore… and why would I? Writing is a lot of work, but mainly it’s a fun adventure.
3 // What is your favorite word, and why?
Jorja: My favorite word is probably “quirky,” because I usually like the things that it describes, and it’s fun to say.
Merie: That’s such a hard one. I know words in three languages, so how am I supposed to answer this? I’ll just pick one and go with it — “grace.” It’s such a graceful word and describes the meaning so well. I also just feel really happy when I hear it in Chinese or Korean, because everyone needs grace.
Carlye: My favorite word is probably “lovely.” It rolls off your tongue, makes you think of sweet and simple things, and is lovely to say.
Mya: I like rare words with deep meanings. “Meraki” is supposedly a Greek word which means “to do something with soul, creativity, or love; to put something of yourself into your work.” In a more practical sense, I use the words sketchy and deranged quite a bit… 🙂
4 // What is the one question you’ve always wanted to be asked?
Jorja: That is an excellent question. Probably: “Why do you like reading so much?”, but only if the person asking genuinely wanted to know the answer. Or maybe, “What do the stickers on your water bottle mean?”
Merie: To be honest? “What are your thoughts about patriotism considering your background and experience?” I have so many answers to that.
Carlye: I don’t know how to answer that. Maybe just a simple, “Who could you never live without?”
Mya: Now that I think about it, there are a lot of things I like to rant about… I suppose one could be, “What’s the point of reading?”
5 // Answer that question.
Jorja: I love reading because of the characters. Of course I love epic plots and extraordinary kingdoms, but usually characters are the dealbreaker for me when it comes to reading. I love meeting them, and being able to experience their feelings and adventures with them. I could go on about what I like to see and don’t like to see in characters, and my favorite characters and least favorite characters, but I’ll probably cover those topics in blog posts eventually, so I won’t ramble here. XD As for the stickers on my water bottle, they each come with a story of their own.
Merie: Oh. Well, patriotism is oftentimes a silly topic. I say that because people don’t get it. As a patriot, you love the people of your country. Your country flag symbolizes the people. Not just the government, not just the military, not just… whatever. The people are the ones who matter in the end. We created these countries, for Pete’s sake; we should be given the freedom to love more than one nation! And I hate it when people say their country is the best country… there’s no group of people that’s better than any other, since we’re all flawed human beings and it’s not like we have more or less flaws than anyone else. As for the land itself, well, it’s of the earth, and it won’t last, so enjoy it while you can. There, I rambled and you didn’t want to hear it…
Carlye: Well, first off I could never live without Jesus and my family. And my friends, both online and offline. To me, friends are some of the most valuable things you can have, and once you find the friends who stick by you, you can have the loveliest of times. I can’t imagine life without my friends. Texting them late at night or fangirling over movie and book characters, or just being there when they need someone.
Mya: I’ll sum it up by quoting my English class: “Reading is the doorway to a whole universe of ideas.” Also, who doesn’t want to go on adventures in a magical land with the (fictional) love of their life?
6 // Name three books on your TBR.
Jorja: My TBR is extensive, but 3 books on it are A Time To Die by Nadine Brandes, In 27 Days by Alison Gervais, and Lockwood and Co. by Jonathan Stroud.
Merie: Dare by Tricia Mingerink, Coral by Sara Ella, and Hood by Stephen R. Lawhead.
Carlye: Coral by Sara Ella, Hide and Seek by Mya Gray (the one and only), and Graffiti by Savannah Brown.
Mya: The Jinni Key by Bethany Atazadeh, 100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons, and Rebel by Marie Lu.
7 // What is your favorite Bible verse? Why does it matter to you?
Jorja: My favorite Bible verse is Romans 8:38-39 (yes, I realize that’s two verses) because it brings me so much comfort that nothing can stop the Lord from seeking us and loving us.
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38-39 ESV
Carlye: 1 Chronicles 28:20 because it shows how God is always there so we don’t need to be discouraged or depressed.
Then David said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous and do it. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed, for the Lord God, even my God, is with you. He will not leave you or forsake you, until all the work for the service of the house of the Lord is finished.”
1 Chronicles 28:20 ESV
Merie: Colossians 3:11 is one of my favorites of His promises. Our identity is not within ourselves but in Him.
Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.
Colossians 3:11 ESV
Mya: Psalm 27:1. I love it because it reminds me to trust God and know he has a perfect plan. I don’t have to be afraid.
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
Psalm 27:1 ESV
I loved reading their answers! Questions #4 and 5 are always my favorite to ask (:
about the bloggers
Carlye is a teenager who lives in fictional worlds. She is a fangirl and when Carlye isn’t writing or reading, she’s listening to music and dreaming about books. She’s a follower of Jesus and hopes to spread the Word through her writing. Carlye resides in the southwest of Canada with an unhealthy amount of books. You can check her out on her blog Carlye’s Camera and her Instagram.
Merie Shen is an artist at heart, a daughter of ministry, and a Chinese-Korean spy. Thanks to a lifetime surrounded by three very different and very strange cultures, her love for world folkways and folklore constantly infiltrates her writing. From the beginning, her stories have been inspired by C.S. Lewis instead of Tolkien, Lewis Carroll instead of Harry Potter, fairytales instead of Disney, and Kung Fu Panda instead of Marvel (don’t ask). She also spends time drawing what appears in her mind or in nature, discovering and rediscovering the magic of books, and staring off into space. Her mascot changes with her daily moods and she blogs at Imperial Scribis.
Merie lives in the fascinating city of Beijing, with her missionary family and their cat, whose name is either Kipling or Mimi or maybe both.
Jorja Ayres (pronounced Georgia Airs) is a 15-year-old Christian writer, reader, and fangirl. Her hope is to help the readers of Tales of the Lonely Sun navigate around some of the beginner mistakes that she has made, as well as share some writing hacks that made things simpler for her. Her dream is to one day be able to give her readers the same feelings that she has experienced when reading some of her favorite books, as well as share positive themes that shine bright in this dark world. She lives in Southern Arizona with her family, dogs, and hedgehog.
Mya Gray is a Christian teen with a love for imaginary worlds and fictional characters. While she spends the majority of her free time reading and writing stories, she also enjoys photography, blogging, and playing piano. Mya is an online high school student who resides in the Midwest with her parents, younger siblings, and cats. She blogs at Life from Behind a Camera.
The giveaway runs until December 15th, so you only have today and tomorrow to enter.
one winner will receive
- a SIGNED COPY of Hide and Seek by Mya Gray
- a hardcover copy of Romanov by Nadine Brandes
- bookish & TotLS stickers
- a $10 Amazon gift card
- assorted tea bags
Open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only. This giveaway is not affiliated with or endorsed by Nadine Brandes. (It is, however, affiliated with and endorsed by Mya Gray.)
I hope you enjoyed this blog post! Tales of the Lonely Sun is an amazing blog. Go check it out!
Until next time,
P.S. If you want to check out the other blog tour stops, follow this schedule: