Proud to share with you my FIRST AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Clean Indie Reads:
CIR: What inspired you to write the Larkspur series?
HAWKINS: At age 11, my daughter was struggling to find a book that really grabbed her attention. She loved the Avalon series, loved books about magic and friendship, but also loved to dance, and wanted to read a story with dancers as the protagonists. Until then, I had only written short stories, but when your child sincerely asks you to write a book for them… well, could you say no?
CIR: So this was written for your daughter. Who else will love it?
HAWKINS: Larkspur was definitely written with a female audience in mind. Girls, ages 7-13, will love the dancing heroines, the magical land of Larkspur, the handsome and helpful boys, as well as the dark side of The Realm of Light.
CIR: You mentioned that your daughter liked the Avalon series. Would you compare Larkspur to that or another series?
HAWKINS: Larkspur has been compared to The Wizard of Oz and Narnia. It is a story involving a strange and magical land and those who find themselves lost in it. But what sets Larkspur apart is the element of dance. Most books about ballerinas revolve around the world of dance: rehearsals, performances, eating disorders, competitive personalities. Larkspur is pure fun and fantasy for dance lovers and magic lovers alike.
CIR: Besides dance, what themes play through the series?
HAWKINS: Courage, Love, Faith, and Friendship. These are themes that reach into the hearts and minds of our children as they struggle through adolescence to discover who they will be. I hope that Larkspur’s readers will identify with the characters and their struggles, and find strength and encouragement throughout the pages of this story.