Mar 13, 2013

Blog Tour: The Faith and Fate of David Ghent‏

In the Lucen city dwell the descendants of Righteous and Fallen angels. Kept hidden from the rest of Earth and governed directly by Heaven, each descendant is given a chance to prove themself loyal to Heaven, and obtain salvation. For most, the task is encouraging and fair, but for David, it’s devastating. 

David Ghent has waited twenty-one years to fulfill a prophecy foretelling the destruction of Lucifer’s power on Earth and Heaven, saving himself and the entire world from Hell’s power. His training is complete, the city prepared. As the battle commences, the city’s most beloved daughter, Layla, suddenly appears at the Hellgate. David is then faced with an impossible choice: fulfill the prophecy, or save her life. The consequences David faces after choosing Layla force him to question his entire life, and his loyalty to Heaven. As the aftermath of failure unfolds, David discovers that the real battle against Lucifer has just begun.

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About the Author
           Maren grew up in Rochester, NY, which is why much of her work is set in the East. She moved to Provo, UT to attend Brigham Young University in 2004. Meanwhile, she received a license in cosmetology in 2006, and graduated with a B.S. in Home and Family Living-Clothing and Textiles in 2009. After graduation, Maren worked as a cosmetologist/barber, while her husband finished his own degree in Special Education. After he graduated, they settled in Spanish Fork, UT, where they plan on staying for a long time.

Now Maren is a stay-at-home mom, part-time piano teacher, cosmetologist, and writer. Amidst the buisiness of being a housewife, she loves reading, writing and playing music, vacationing, going on dates with her hubby and friends, throwing dinner parties, and sewing. She enjoys collecting books, and hopes someday to have a library big enough to fit all of them. Currently, her two pretty-enough-to-be-displayed-bookshelves are overflowing, and she's got books stashed all around her house. Open a random drawer, you'll probably find one.
Maren's previous work includes a short comedy, "A Tale of Two Cemeteries," and a middle-grade reader, The Treehouse. The Faith and Fate of David Ghent is her first published novel. Find out more about Maren at, or on FacebookGoodreads, and Amazon.

1. Describe your book in three words.
Intriguing. Emotional. Satisfying.

2. What inspired you to write about angels?
Honestly, "angels" was a secondary concept. I wanted to write foremost about David, and his evolution as a hero. His fight needed to be epic and have huge consequences. What better setting is there than a Heaven/Hell context? Thus came David's world, where angels and demons are just a part of his life.

3. If you were an angel would you be Righteous or Fallen? And Why?
Hopefully Righteous! According to the novel, you're considered Righteous if you're loyal to Heaven and its mandates (being a good person, being moral, honest, etc...) I try to be loyal to the type of Heaven that I wrote about.

4. Where do you usually write?
Sitting sideways on my couch, so that my dogs have room to cuddle with me while I type.

5. What is the one thing you always need with you when you are writing?
My water bottle. If I sit down without it, I have to pop up ten minutes later because I'm so thirsty and too distracted from my work.

6. What are your top 3 favorite books/series of all time?
The Hiding Place, To Kill a Mockingbird, and the Harry Potter series.

7. Your favorite movies or tv shows?
Nothing can top Frasier for me as far as television goes. Buffy the Vampire Slayer comes in at a close second. Movies? I hate having to pick! What's Up Doc, and Pride and Prejudice.

8. What should we expect from you in the future?
I'm working on an adult novel that chronicles the lives of two childhood friends from abusive homes. It's deeper than anything I've ever done before, so it might take some time to perfect. I'm shooting for a release date of January 2014. I also want to write a novella sequel to my comedy, "A Tale of Two Cemeteries," and have it ready for Halloween. I also outlined a prequel to The Faith and Fate of David Ghent, though it might be a while before I'm ready to dive back in David's world.

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