Dorine White is the author of the recently released The Emerald Ring, an easy-read adventure story about a girl who finds a special ring in her grandmother’s home. This ring takes her on adventures to ancient Egypt. I enjoyed reading this book as much as I enjoyed getting to know a bit about Dorine!
Dorine White graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in Humanities. She is a member of the SCBWI and the PNWA. She writes middle grade and YA fantasy and lives in the beautiful, but rainy Northwest with her husband and six children. You can find Dorine at her Website- http://www.dorinewhite.com/ at her blog- The Write Path- http://www.dorinewhite.blogspot.com/ on Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/dorinewhite and on Pinterest- http://pinterest.com/dorinewhite/boards/
Me: What was the inspiration which led you to write this book?
Dorine: I was actually a Humanities major in college. I love anything to do with ancient cultures and mythology. When I began writing The Emerald Ring I wanted to combine my two loves, culture and fantasy. I had so much fun writing the book. I researched ancient Egypt and the lore behind gemstones, it was a blast.
Me:Sounds like it! Who was your favorite character to write and why?
Dorine: Sara is my heorine, and I loved writing about her. She is based on several different people I know, including my awesome niece Carissa, who is part Guatemalan. I also loved writing Sara’s best friend Heidi, a semi-gothic character that loves the occult and likes the color black.
Me: I loved reading Sara’s adventure! What are some of your favorite middle-grade books?
Dorine: I love anything Rick Riordan. Fantasy always grabs me too. There are so many books out there, it is hard to pick. I like Emily Rodda, Brandon Mull, Susanne Young and Tony Abbott.
Me:Fun choices! Speaking of choices, which do you chose? Peanut butter or bananas? Pumpkins or seeds? Root beer float or liquorice?
Dorine: Bananas. Rootbeer floats! Yum.
Me:I agree! Thanks for joining us here at MUF today, Dorine and good luck with The Emerald Ring! If you’d liked to win a copy of this fun read, just fill out the rafflecopter form below!
Twelve year old Sara Guadalupe Bogus spends the last few days of summer anticipating middle school and helping her Grandma Dora around the house. Her ordinary life turns upside down when she discovers an emerald ring once belonging to Cleopatra. Touching the ring sends a lightening like zap through her system, while putting the ring upon her finger causes it to stick like glue. Now strange things are happening to Sara. She has troubling visions, can understand animals and learns to transform herself into an Egyptain cat. However, the worst thing is the strange man that shows up in town. He is hunting for the emerald ring, and will not stop until he acquires it. With the ring stuck on her finger, Sara has no choice. She can be hunted, or become the hunter.
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