About the book:
Heather Stone lives in fear of repeating the past, yet she continues doing the one thing that could trigger another disaster. When the police trace an illegal Bible to her house, Heather’s world begins to crumble.
Her father’s life hangs in the balance. No one with the power to help knows or cares. If she tries to save him, she could lead her friends to their deaths. If she does nothing, her father’s fate is certain. Can she evade a hostile police force and win public sympathy before it’s too late?
About the author:
Leah E. Good is a daughter of God, lover of stories, homeschool graduate, and passionate orphan care advocate. She lives with her parents, brother, and Shetland Sheepdog in beautiful New England. You can find Leah at leahegood.com.
Who is your favorite fictional character? (It could be one of yours but also someone else.)
Picking a favorite character is even harder than picking a favorite book! There are so many amazing “people” to choose from. One character jumps immediately to mind, though. Mikkel, from the Viking Quest series. I loved those books, and while Devin was originally my favorite, Mikkel is the one that stuck in my head and heart the longest. Of my own characters, I especially love Zaid, a runaway slave from the civil war era novel I wrote when I was fifteen.
How long did it take you to write Counted Worthy?
I started Counted Worthy in November of 2012. I originally wrote the first chapter as a short story. Several of my friends read it and protested the cliff hanger ending. You can check it out (http://leahegood.com/leahs-stories/counted-worthy/cw-sampler/) to see what they were talking about. I finished the rough draft around June 2013.
I read it. I can see why your friends would want you to continue! Is this your first published novel?
This is my first published novel, but it’s the forth I’ve written since getting serious about writing.
What’s your favorite color?
Light blue. Sky blue. Baby blue. Periwinkle. You get the idea. ;)
Who is your favorite author?
Oh man. Another hard one. I don’t think I can narrow it down to just one. My brother and I both carefully track release dates for books by Jill Williamson and Chuck Black. And Rachel Starr Thomson is a fantastic writer in the indie publishing world.
Ah, yes, Jill Williamson is definitely a favorite of mine.What kind of book covers catches your attention? (And I really like yours, by the way.) :)
To be honest, I’m not a very visual person, so for the most part I live out “don’t judge a book by its cover” pretty well. However, I do use covers to identify my favorite genres, like historical and dystopian. And, of course, I like covers that look professional.
What is one of the quirkiest things you’ve ever done?
My family and friends could probably answer that one better than me. According to them, my life is a continuous list of quirky things. They’re probably right. Completing three-quarters of a twin sized quilt in one day is pretty high on the list, though.
Whoa... that is a lot! If you could live anywhere, where would you want to live?
I’m pretty happy right where I am. Someday I would like to try some non-permanent but long-term missions work, though.
Do you listen to music while you write and who do you listen too if you do?
Nope. I listened to the Narnia soundtrack once or twice while editing, but that was mostly because I was bored. Music draws my attention too much to be able to focus on writing at the same time. I’m slightly envious of the people who do listen to music while they’re writing.
Could you name a few—or at least one—book that is somewhat similar to Counted Worthy? You can use your imagination. :)
I describe Counted Worthy as the Safe Lands Trilogy meets Safely Home. It’s also been described as The Hunger Games meets Safely Home with a dash of Fahrenheit 451. If you haven’t read Safely Home, you should add it to your reading list. One of my top five favorite books.
Ooh, I think I've heard of Safely Home... Yes, I DO need to read it... If you could choose one book to be turned into a movie, which book would it be? (Not counting your own…)
One of my friends and I were just thinking about how great The Shadow Children series would be as movies. Of those books, Among the Brave is my favorite. I’d love to see that as a movie (as long as the movie stuck the book and did it right).
No matter what book is being made a movie, they should stick to the book... they seem to have an issue with that sometimes, though... haha! When did you start writing?
I can’t remember when I first started writing. I got serious about becoming a good writer when I was fourteen.
Do you like to eat while you write?
Sadly, yes. I’ve got a sweet tooth a mile long, but salty will do when there’s nothing sweet available.
About how many words and pages is Counted Worthy?
250 pages, 53,000 words.
What is your favorite writing environment?