Author Chat with Annie Sullivan (A Touch of Gold) Plus Giveaway!

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Today we're excited to chat with Annie Sullivan, author of A Touch of Gold.  Read on for more about Annie and her book, plus a giveaway!

 

Meet Annie Sullivan! 

 
 Annie Sullivan grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. She received her Masters degree in Creative Writing from Butler University. She loves fairytales, everything Jane Austen, and traveling. Her wanderlust has taken her to every continent, where she’s walked on the Great Wall of China, found four-leaf clovers in Ireland, waddled with penguins in Antarctica, and cage dived with great white sharks in South Africa. 
 
 
 
Meet A Touch of Gold!
 

Gold is wealth. Wealth is power. Power is a curse.

King Midas once had the ability to turn all he touched into gold. But after his gift—or curse—almost killed his daughter, Midas relinquished The Touch forever. Ten years later, Princess Kora still bears the consequences of her father’s wish: her skin shines golden, rumors follow her everywhere she goes, and she harbors secret powers that are getting harder to hide.

Kora spends her days locked in the palace, concealed behind gloves and veils, trying to ignore the stares and gossip of courtiers. It isn’t until a charming young duke arrives that Kora realizes there may be someone out there who doesn’t fear her or her curse. But their courtship is disrupted when a thief steals precious items from the kingdom, leaving the treasury depleted and King Midas vulnerable. Thanks to her unique ability to sense gold, Kora is the only one who can track the thief down. As she sails off on her quest, Kora learns that not everything is what it seems—not thieves, not pirates, and not even curses. She quickly discovers that gold—and the power it brings—is more dangerous than she’d ever believed. 

 
 
 
A Chat with Annie Sullivan:

1. What gave you the inspiration to write this book?

The idea for A Touch of Gold came about after watching the movie Pirates of the Caribbean. I started thinking about all that cursed gold and how inconvenient it was to have to hunt down and keep track of every piece. That really got me thinking about cursed gold, which led me to thinking about King Midas. I typically like to write about strong female characters though, so I started looking into what happened to King Midas’ daughter. In one version of the myth, she gets turned to gold. I always wondered what happened to her. Being turned to gold really has to take a toll. A Touch of Gold explores what that toll is and the effect cursed gold can have on a kingdom.

2. Who is your favorite character in the book?

Oh man, that’s a tough one. I, of course, love Kora, the daughter of King Midas, but I also love her cousin, Hettie, because she’s full of spunk and spirit and doesn’t take ‘no’ for an answer.

 

3. Which came first, the title or the novel?

The novel! My working title was “King Midas’ Daughter,” but I changed it to A Touch of Gold when we went out on submission to publishing houses. I felt like the title had a nice ring to it and encompassed several different themes of the novel.

 

4. What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?

Without giving too much away, there’s a scene where Kora and Hettie have to take on a certain creature, and they’re the only ones out of the entire crew who can do it. I loved that these two women are out their fighting bravely for what they want. They’re not going to sit back and be damsels in distress. They’re going to take their futures into their own hands and saves others in the process.

 

5. Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?

Writing is a continuous journey. You are never done learning, and the more you write the more you will improve. No matter how far in your career you are, there will always be days when it’s hard to write or there might be books that are harder to write than others—and that’s okay. Take a step back and remember why you started this journey and just don’t give up!

 

6. What do you like most about the cover of the book?

What’s not to like??? My favorite part is the gold streaming down from the top of the cover because it’s this burst of bright color against the dark background. It’s shimmering and enticing and really catches your eye.

 

7. What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2018?

Nightblood by Elly Blake. It’s the third book in the Frostblood Saga, and I just love this series. I read Frostblood when I was in a major reading slump, and the quick plot, inventive world, and witty characters drew me out of that slump. I can’t wait to see what happens next!

 

8. What was your favorite book in 2017?

I loved Caraval by Stephanie Garber because you’re swept into this dream-like fantasy carnival where you’re never sure what is going to happen. The book kept me guessing until the very end. Although, I’m going to cheat and name a second book. I also loved The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. It has such a powerful message that I think we need right now.

 

9. What’s up next for you?
I’m drafting up a potential sequel for
A Touch of Gold and working on several other fantasy and fairytale-related books. I want to be the female version of Walt Disney with all the retellings that I want to write!

 

10. Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?

I definitely enjoy drafting more. It’s a fun time to let my imagination run wild and dream up exotic locales, unique creatures, and enticing plots. Revising feels more like getting into the nitty gritty, and I don’t think it’s nearly as fun because, even though you’re making the story better, it’s not as free creatively.

 

11. What would you say is your superpower?

My actual superpower is finding four-leaf clovers! I find them all the time, and when I pick them, I press them in books. So be wary if you ever open a book in my house...four-leaf clovers may just fall out everywhere!

On the other hand, if I got to pick a superpower, I think I would want the abilities to fly and heal. I would love to be able to get places quickly without driving, and healing people would be such a great thing that would change so many lives. 

 
 
 
 
 

A Touch of Gold

By: Annie Sullivan

Release Date: August 14, 2018

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Dianna G. on Saturday, 11 August 2018 09:03

What a pretty cover! I like that it has some elements of the old legend.

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What a pretty cover! I like that it has some elements of the old legend.
Marisa Fort on Sunday, 12 August 2018 16:50

The cover is amazing and the synopsis is awesome!

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The cover is amazing and the synopsis is awesome!
Candice Gigous on Friday, 17 August 2018 08:50

The cover is pretty with flower and gold dust. The synopsis is an interesting take on the King Midas tale. Sounds like an amazing read.

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The cover is pretty with flower and gold dust. The synopsis is an interesting take on the King Midas tale. Sounds like an amazing read.
Tiffany Engler on Monday, 20 August 2018 09:45

This book sounds so good and I love the cover!

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This book sounds so good and I love the cover!
Taffy Lovell on Sunday, 26 August 2018 16:52

I love the GOLD on this cover!

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I love the GOLD on this cover!
Colleen Burns on Tuesday, 28 August 2018 09:56

This looks like a great read.

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This looks like a great read.
Courtney Gendreau on Wednesday, 29 August 2018 21:06

It looks like a great read and the cover is BEAUTIFUL!

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It looks like a great read and the cover is BEAUTIFUL!
Renee Moore on Friday, 31 August 2018 19:23

This sounds like an amazing book, with a beautiful cover. Would love to add it to my collection!

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This sounds like an amazing book, with a beautiful cover. Would love to add it to my collection!
Danielle Hammelef on Sunday, 02 September 2018 14:28

The cover is beautiful and the synopsis sounds unique and exciting.

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The cover is beautiful and the synopsis sounds unique and exciting.
Penny Olson on Thursday, 06 September 2018 20:44

The cover is beautiful and golden. I love the idea of a Midas sequel.

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The cover is beautiful and golden. I love the idea of a Midas sequel.

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