Michelle Isenhoff

Month: April 2013

Taylor Davis: Mount St. Helens

This is the fourth in a four-part series about researching my newest novel, Taylor Davis and the Flame of Findul. (Part 1: Medieval Weapons; Part 2: Tyburn Hanging Tree; Part 3: Submarine Technology.) The climax of Flame of Findul takes place within the cone of Mount St. Helens, so I had to learn a bit about the […]

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Chronicles of Narnia, book three), by C.S. Lewis, 1952

MMGM is a weekly meme hosted by middle grade author, Shannon Messenger.  Lewis does a great job creating different adventures within the Narnian series. Of all the installments, books one and two are probably the most alike. After that, characters begin to shift, settings change, and the plots vary widely. In The Voyage of the Dawn […]

Taylor Davis: Submarine Technology

This is the third in a four-part series about researching my newest novel, Taylor Davis and the Flame of Findul. (Part 1: Medieval Weapons; Part 2: Tyburn Hanging Tree.) The research for Flame of Findul was very minor compared to what goes into a work of historical fiction, but the quest for information still took me […]

The Secret DMS Files of Fairday Morrow, by Jessica Haight and Stephanie Robinson

MMGM is a weekly meme hosted by middle grade author, Shannon Messenger. This is a fun chance for me to review a book that hasn’t been published yet. Jessica Haight and Stephanie Robinson run a popular blog that goes by the same name as their book. After keeping in touch for a year or so, I decided […]

Taylor Davis: The Tyburn Hanging Tree

This is the second in a four-part series about researching my newest novel, Taylor Davis and the Flame of Findul. (Part 1: Medieval Weapons.) The research for one particular scene in Flame of Findul took me back several hundred years to a time when a little crossroads town named Tyburn had become synonymous with capital […]

Prince Caspian (The Chronicles of Narnia, book two), by C.S. Lewis, 1951, Book Review

In this second Narnian installment, the four Pevensie children return to the magical land they once ruled, called back by Queen Susan’s horn. They land at the ruins of Cair Paravel just in time to free the Old Narnians from the evil, usurping King Miraz and put the rightful heir on the throne. For though […]

Taylor Davis: Medieval Weapons

Today I’d like to share the first in a four-part series about some of the interesting things I learned while researching my new novel, Taylor Davis and the Flame of Findul. First topic—medieval weapons! Each of my four main characters has been matched with a primary weapon that fits their strength and personality. Broadsword The Flame of […]

The Foundling and Other Tales of Prydain, Lloyd Alexander, 1973, Book Review

MMGM is a weekly meme hosted by middle grade author, Shannon Messenger. (Finally! A meme that fits perfectly with my content!) Most of you know how much I LOVE the Chronicles of Prydain. They’re an older MG fantasy series (1960’s) that won plenty of awards in their day, yet they have a lingering worth for today’s readers. […]

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