The Eternity Gate Author Interview and Giveaway!

About the Book

Book: The Eternity Gate

Author: Katherine Briggs

Genre: YA Fantasy

Release Date: September 12, 2023

Destroy the key. Save her people and herself.

The Eternity Gate is found, and kings and monsters battle over its legends of treasure. But rumors whisper that someone stole the gate’s ancient key.

Seyo, handmaiden to the princess, keeps three secrets. First, she’s gifted in fire, not light, and may as well be cursed. Second, she translates a prophecy warning that the gate does not offer treasure but judgment. Third, Jorai, the scorned prince and Seyo’s confidant, entrusts her with the key and disappears.

Surrounded by war, Seyo and her companions embark on a journey to seek help from a faraway empire and find Jorai, unaware of the trap awaiting them. But what should Seyo do with the key? Who can survive judgment, especially someone as flawed as her? Will hiding the key—or destroying it—save her people or ensure their defeat?Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

Katherine Briggs crafted her first monster story at age three. Since graduating from crayons to laptop, she continues to devour and weave fantasy tales while enjoying oolong or chai tea. Katherine, her coadventurer husband, and rescue dog reside outside Houston, where she classically educates amazing middle school students, teaches ESL to adults, and studies other languages.

More from Katherine

Hello friend,

Journey. Friendship. Choices. Do these three words resonate with—even haunt—you too?

As I mature, I see my life and those of others’ as a journey. Aren’t you glad that, through Jesus, it’s leading somewhere amazing, and that the twists and turns have a purpose?

Believing thought leaders look at trends in current culture and diagnose that we’ve forgotten how to be a friend. What ingredients make a strong friendship? A listening ear? Sacrifice? Loyalty? Speaking truth in love? Encouragement? Are you honored to participate in an “unlikely friendship,” meaning someone who is different from you?

I’m sure you’ve faced many choices, even those of the impossible variety. Are you facing such a choice right now? Can you remember a past impossible choice and the light, albeit hard to see, that was always shining through?

Seyo, the main character in my debut YA fantasy The Eternity Gate, can relate. Even though she hides that she inherited the wrong gifting, her enemy’s gifting, she embarks on a journey across dangerous lands to save her country, despite feeling unworthy. She travels with friends and makes some surprising new ones. Along the way, she’s faced with unfathomable choices that will determine the fate of her home. Choices much too big for her shoulders, but that’s because she, like us, has Someone far more powerful helping her.

I encourage you to grab a tasty, warm drink. Since it’s autumn, I suggest The Republic of Tea’s pumpkin spice latte, and you can click here to grab the recipe. Sit back, relax, and remember:

  • What part of your journey has made you stronger?
  • Is there a friend you can reach out to with an encouraging word?
  • Small actions change the world. Don’t give up.

Sip your cozy drink and please enjoy Seyo’s journey. I hope The Eternity Gate invites you into a grand adventure.

Sincerely,

Katherine Briggs

Author Interview

  • Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say? I do hear from my awesome readers, which always makes me happy. We hang out through my email newsletter (please join us at https://katherinebriggs.com!) and on Instagram @katherinebriggs_author. They like to tell me about their favorite and current reads. Right now early readers have been busy helping support The Eternity Gate’s launch by posting beautiful reviews. They are superheroes!
  • How do you overcome writer’s block? Do you have any advice for others in finding their process to overcome it? I translate writer’s block as “missing information” or “missing character motivation.” I overcome feeling stuck by going backwards in my story, where I often find that I didn’t delve deeply enough into my character’s motivation and forced him or her to do something that doesn’t make sense.
  • How did you come up with the title for your book? This book has had many titles! I’ve always been impressed by the simple names for Shakespeare’s plays. I decided to follow suit, and my publisher liked the choice. That felt like a win because publishers have changed many of my short story titles. 😉
  • What is the most valuable piece of advice you’ve been given about writing? The most influential piece of artistic advice I received came from a beloved ballet teacher, but I think it applies to many things beyond dance, including writing. She said, “Those who ‘make it’ are the ones who persevere.” Of course, there are different seasons in our lives, we need to take breaks and rest, and sometimes we need to shelve a writing project (often temporarily). However, we shouldn’t stop writing when it becomes hard. And the term “make it” deserves to be defined and reevaluated often.
  • Is your writing space pristine or organized chaos? My writing space used to be pristine, but now it’s covered in sticky notes. So I think it’s becoming a bit chaotic? I think I’ll do a deep clean after The Eternity Gate officially launches and Book 2 reaches my developmental editor’s inbox. J

Blog Stops

Bliss, Books & Jewels, September 21 (Author Interview)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 21

Texas Book-aholic, September 22

Through the Fire Blogs, September 23 (Author Interview)

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 24

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, September 25

Artistic Nobody, September 26 (Author Interview)

Madi’s Musings, September 26

The Book Club Network, September 27

Guild Master, September 28 (Author Interview)

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 29

Blogging With Carol, September 30

Labor Not in Vain, October 1

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, October 2 (Author Interview)

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, October 3

Simple Harvest Reads, October 4 (Guest Review from Mindy)

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Katherine is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Barnes and Noble gift card and one hardcover copy of The Eternity Gate!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/27fb7/the-eternity-gate-celebration-tour-giveaway

6 comments

    1. My favorite part is probably learning more about my characters and seeing them grow :).

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