Grab your coffee cup, friends, because we have a visitor this morning.
Today, I am thrilled to have Beth Teliho, author of one of my new favorite books, Order of Seven, join us for a stop along her blog tour. I reviewed Order of Seven not long ago. You can check that out here. Go ahead, the coffee is still brewing.
Now that you’re back, let’s get comfortable and learn about some of the truths behind Order of Seven…and stick around for the very end because you can win a very cool prize!
TMoM: Your book has clear undertones (or maybe not so under-) of respect for the environment and protecting the world. There is also a strong message of connectedness to the earth, to other humans, to all living things, really? Where does that come from?
BT: It came from my bones. It’s everything I believe, so much so that it doesn’t even feel like a belief as much as a truth. That connectedness and my love for nature/science will most likely always make its way into my stories one way or another. That being said, from the very beginning I had a clear and deliberate intention to have it be the undercurrent of this particular novel.
TMoM: In what ways do you see Order of Seven as a vehicle for promoting ecological and environmental consciousness?
BT: I hope it plants a seed, or at least leaves readers with a feeling of positivity and connectedness. Other than that, I don’t have some big agenda. I just wrote the story I wanted to read, while threading it with things I love or that I think are important.
TMoM: In my years as a high school English teacher, students would often protest when it came time for discussion, arguing that we should leave literature alone, just enjoy the story, and not try to find meaning. They would often insist that authors intended no meaning at all. What are your thoughts?
BT: As an author, it’s incredibly rewarding to have readers understand the meaning you worked so hard to embed, but I do understand from a student’s point of view how tedious this can be at times when all they want to do is read for the love of stories.
I do think discussion is important, though. I read Life of Pi with a college class and learned things I may never have picked up on had I read it on my own, and these details are what made me love the story. I also think these dissections also teach readers – and potential writers – how much more goes into the story than what meets the eye.
Plus, when you’re an adult you get to have these discussions with your book club. #wine
TMoM: In Order of Seven, Devi and her friends will certainly leave behind an important legacy. What legacy would you most like to leave?
BT: Deep thoughts, with Beth Teliho…. Haha Okay, seriously, I would love my legacy to be compassion. I don’t mean to sound cliché or obvious, but I really believe in compassion for others, for animals, for the environment. Be kind. Be helpful. Care.
Karma, dude. Now let’s hold hands around the campfire and sing Kumbaya….
TMoM: What would you most like your readers to take away from this story?
BT: Positive feelings, a head-banging-cotton-mouthed book hangover, and an insatiable thirst for more.
Now about that prize… When you read Beth’s book, you’re going to need a bookmark…enter here to win an autographed Order of Seven bookmark!
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BETH TELIHO is a writer, artist and tree hugger who lives in Texas with her husband and two adventurous sons. Restless in the mundane, she writes about the abnormal, paranormal and otherwise fantastical because that’s what quickens her heartbeat. She laughs at inappropriate jokes, and prefers spicy food and margaritas to almost anything. One day, she hopes to live in a treehouse, where she can be an eccentric introvert with at least
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