Monday, January 8, 2018

Maggie Joy on The Star Under the City

Maggie, welcome to Homeschool Authors! Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I'm just a Christian girl who loves humans and to write their stories down ;)
I can often be found spending time with people I love, reading WWII stories, in the thick of a mud fight, writing, staring at the night sky, or dancing in the occasional rainstorm we get.
I love Christmas and ice-cream (i'm still looking for someone who will let me put those two things together btw..) and I love to sing.
I couldn’t be more thankful for my wonderful life and the ones in it.♥
With my writing I long to glorify God, capture the special beauty, joy, tears, stories, and moments of life, speak the truth --even when ugly, and inspire others to hope again.

Everyone’s homeschooling experience is different. What do you think made yours unique?
I think one thing that made my homeschooling experience unique and priceless was the extreme focus on God and His word. It put the schooling into perspective and along with every single subject, we were being taught to live more like Christ.

How did being homeschooled prepare you to write?
One of the ways that homeschooling prepared me to write was all the great literature that I always had access to. Along with the fact that I ALWAYS had at least one of my six siblings around to get inspired with and bounce dreams and ideas back and forth. (priceless btw!)

What caused you to start writing?
I found out I loved writing through creative writing school assignments. That coupled with the fact that I soon realized there were hundreds of amazing stories all around me that needed to be told.

What inspired The Star Under the City?
Well, I think I've always loved WWII stories and as I grew to love writing, I wanted to write one from that time period. Then I got the idea for the two main characters in The Star Under the City, and basically everything progressed pretty quickly from there! Finding the Bible verse, Psalm 147:2-4 really got me going and I couldn't stop. :)

Would you give us a synopsis?
When Ellen is suddenly orphaned and dropped alone into a strange city under tight Nazi control, she struggles to survive form day to day.

Her life takes an unexpected turn when she finds a mysterious, metal six-point star that is slightly different from the "Star of David" all the Jews are forced to wear.

Not only does the star feel like a sign of hope, but it sets her on a mission to find out what it really means. As she begins to wonder if she'll ever find answers, she meets Lenz, and her life is flung into a whirlwind of Danger and hardship, new friends and new enemies, and opportunities to learn trust and true sacrifice.

As she attempts to find her place in the conflict, she discovers she is part of something so much bigger than she could ever imagine.

Who will enjoy The Star Under the City?
Readers from all ages have enjoyed The Star Under the City and I was thrilled to get such enthusiastic responses from so many. But it was originally written for teens.

Do you plan to write more books?
I do plan to write more books and will begin on my next novel, currently titled, Alexis Accepted, this November!

Where can people connect with you online?
You can contact me through my blog, Generation Rising, or on Goodreads. :)

Do you have any final thoughts?
I've also written a companion short story called, A German, which you can find for FREE on Amazon (or other places like, Google Play, Barnes & Noble, etc) through my Pronoun page.

Thank you, Sarah, for the interview.

1 comment:

  1. I've always been intrigued with the WWII time period as well. The cover for The Star Under the City is so pretty.