I’m sure most of us dream of writing and publishing a book someday. Well today I hope to give you a little push and show you the story of my friend and author E. C. Colton and the launch of her new book, Shards of Sky. E. C. Colton is a Christian, entrepreneur, cat mom, and author of A Change of Heart. She strives to write stories that illustrate deep truths through realistic characters. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her drawing, designing graphics, and scribbling away in a vintage notebook with a cup of tea.
So let’s dive right in : )
Hey Em! Why don’t you start by telling us a little about yourself?
First and foremost, I’m a follower of Christ. My desire is to serve Him with the gifts He has so graciously given to me. Secondly, I’m a writer in a variety of genres–though my main ones are young adult contemporary and dystopian. I’m most passionate about not only touching readers through my writing, but also providing the young adult audience with books that will ignite their faith and cause them to think deeply.
What is Shards of Sky?
Shards of Sky is a contemporary novella set in Colorado, that follows the journey of a girl whose life has been in constant turmoil.
Jenn Fledeen and her brother, Aryon, have been shipped from family to family before finally settling down with their negligent aunt. When a mysterious accident leaves Aryon mute and her with the only thing she has left–a promise–she embarks on a journey to find her father, who may only be as real as a wisp of mist. But she’s being trailed by someone, someone who forces her to question the shattered memories of her past and the person she could become.
How did writing (and publishing/promoting) Shards of Sky grow you as a person?
I’ve grown in so many different ways during this writing journey–or shall I say, adventure. Most importantly, I’ve grown in my faith in God. I remember clearly the journey of writing Shards of Sky–how there were times when I just wanted to give up completely, and leave Jenn’s story unfinished just like so many of my other works. But in those times, I remember sitting down, feeling horrible and unworthy to write this story, and asking God to help me.
And guess what? He did. He showed up in my writing in a way I’ve never seen before. He gave me a purpose for writing this novella. And that not only strengthened my faith, but I also learned to “co-author” with God.
Who is this book for? What do you hope they get from it?
Shards of Sky is for all the broken teens and young adults out there. The underdogs, the ones who are often “passed by” by the world. The ones who know there’s more to life, but just can’t grasp it yet. The ones who want to have belonging, to “be someone,” but don’t know how to get out of the tangled dark web the world spins around them. In writing Shards of Sky, I wanted to show that there is always hope. It might come from an unlikely place, but it’s still there. And the only way to find it is by not giving up, not giving in. Because there is always something worth fighting for in the end even if it’s not visible throughout the journey–whether it be a happy ending, a reunion, or Christ.
In what ways do you relate with your audience? What struggles do you share with them or have gotten over?
When I first started plotting Shards of Sky, I was going through a tough time in my life. During that time, I started asking myself questions Jenn asks herself in the story: What does belonging look like? What is worth fighting for in life? How can I grow despite my past? To me, it just felt like I was staying still, just accepting life the way it was and not doing anything worth doing. But those questions wormed their way into my story and grew roots there. As a result, Shards of Sky explores those questions and what the real sense of belonging really is.
That was awesome thank you so much Em! For those of you interested feel free to check out the further information below and come along with us on this blog tour. Don’t forget to chase your dreams everyone, and if there’s any way I can help, reach out to me. You’re going places.
Official Blurb & Order Link
Will hope prove itself worth fighting for?
Nestled within the mountains of Colorado, life is anything but perfect for two children and their negligent aunt. Yet it becomes even more of a disaster when a mysterious accident leaves Aryon mute and Jenn terrified for their futures. Battling her own sorrow, bitterness, and distant memories, Jenn journeys through the mountains of Colorado in search of their father, who may only be as real as a wisp of mist. The biggest things standing in her way are the miles of seemingly endless forest, her shattered memories, and a mysterious woman trailing her.
As she journeys on, Jenn is forced to confront her past. Has time changed her memories? What will it take to be strong and unhindered by the darkness around her? And does this woman hold the key to her past—her real past?
But no matter where Jenn goes, a shard of sky shines bright overhead as a distant reminder of the hope she’s fighting to hold onto—and the person she could become.
Heart-wrenching and emotionally moving, this story delivers a powerful message of courage and the wonder of hope.
To get the book order it here.
If you do pre-order the book, submit a photo of your order receipt here for the free goodies below!
– Shards of Sky Blog Tour Schedule –
April 9 – Mia Harden at Windows to Mia (interview)
April 10 – Daniel L. Amador at The Right Kind of Writer (review)
April 11 – J. S. Clingman at My Little Hole in the Ground (interview)
April 12 – Allie Jo Anderson at Allie Jo Anderson (review)
April 13 – Althea Truth at Apple Blossoms (interview)
April 15 – Allyson Jamison at Shay’s Scribbles (interview)
April 16 – Addison Vallier at Story Well (interview)
April 17 – Cara from Paper Strider (review)