Tomorrow, a fellow blogger's going to release her first-ever book, The Mystery on the Train!
About the book:
Ten-year-old Scarlet Paddleburrow is off to a prestigious boarding school in New York. But first, she has to travel there - by train. Along the way, she meets a new friend - Kat Davids, who is also going to the same school. The two girls become fast friends, and spend most of the day together.
When mysterious and frightening things start happening, a chain of events throws Scarlet and Kat smack in the middle of the a mystery.
Who is sabotaging the train and trying to scare the passengers? And why? It’s up to Scarlet - with the help of her new friend - to find out.
The Mystery on the Train is the first book in The Scarlet Paddleburrow Mystery Series, for girls ages 8-12.
About the author:
Lydia Dyslin is a Christian, homeschooled author living in the state of New Hampshire. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, sewing, playing the piano, or spending time with friends. She lives with her parents, her sister Jo, and her two cats, Twilight and Twinkle.
You can read more about her at her blog: Through the Wardrobe.
1: What inspired you to write The Mystery on the Train?
I love an old mystery series for girls called Trixie Belden. I thought it was so different from anything I had read before - like Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys, which had been the only exposure I had to detective stories at that time. I wanted to write something like that, something girls could relate to more. So, I started The Mystery on the Train.
2: How long did it take you to write the book?
About a year, from writing the first draft to editing the final draft. Of course, I took a long break in-between writing the first draft and editing.
3: Who is your favorite character, and why?
Probably Scarlet, the main character - I've put a lot of work behind-the-scenes on her character (which will be shown more in later books.)
4: Do you feel that any of the characters represent you?
I'm the most similar to Kat. I'm a little more on the girly side, and I even have blue eyes and short blonde hair, haha!
5: What is the purpose behind the book?
When people finish the book, I want them to be enthralled with not only the story, but fall in love with the characters. I want younger girls to be as delighted with my story as I was with Trixie Belden.
Thanks for answering the questions, Lydia, and congratulations on your book's release!!