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Calligraphy Guild Blog Tour // Interview with Ryuu

Hey, TWNers! *cough* Okay so if you’ve been following the blog tour for R.M. Archer’s latest release, you might’ve noticed a certain someone was supposed to post yesterday. Y’all I have no idea what’s happening to me. I never forget about these blog tours and now this is the SECOND time I’ve forgotten in the last couple of weeks. *facepalm* I think it’s official, I’ve either lost my mind or should REALLY start writing things down. Personally, my vote is for the former. But I guess better late than never!!! Today I have the honor of participating in R.M. Archer’s blog tour for *drumroll*  CALLIGRAPHY GUILD!!!!! You may remember when I did the cover reveal for it earlier this year. If not, let’s refresh your memory!

Dragon ink gives calligraphers the power to set history in stone—or to change it.

Lai Duyên’s dreams are realized when she’s admitted into the ranks of the calligraphers, authors considered trustworthy enough to defend time from those who would change it. She’s thrilled at the opportunity to record her country’s history, and to work with the other calligraphers in her village.

But when Duyên’s guild is set upon by ancient dragons demanding a time-changer be destroyed, her world is flipped upside down. Her guildmates turn on each other, suspicion coloring their every move. To make matters worse, she’s begun hearing the dragons in her head and finds them impossible to block out: a condition that rendered her grandmother insane.

With the calligraphy guild in turmoil and Duyên’s ever-present fear of madness clouding her vision, will the group be able to discover which of their guildmates has altered time before the dragons pass judgment on them all?

EEEEK ISN’T THAT SO EXCITING!!!!!! Especially cuz in this book, there be dragons! (I know, we’ve already discussed this before so you know my love for dragons in books. XD) Now today I am interviewing a FANTASTIC character in this book. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the one, the only, RYUU!!!!

#1. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

My name is Tanh Ryuu. I’m a calligrapher, a brother, an uncle, and I try to be the humorous friend everyone needs. Not sure I always fill that role as well as I intend, but hey, it’s a work in progress.

#2. What’s your favorite hobby?

I play the pipa; that’s probably my favorite. It’s great for relaxing by myself or hanging out with friends, and you can’t really go wrong with music.

#3. How would you describe yourself?

Loyal, fun, charming of course, incredibly talented… *grins* Truly, though, a little mischievous when the situation calls for it.

#4. Which do you prefer: reading or writing?

Writing. I have trouble sitting still long enough to get immersed in a book. It’s a bit easier if I’m listening to someone else read, like Duyên-Mera, but writing comes much easier.

#5. What do you think about the Calligraphy Guild?

I love the guild. It’s like a second home and a second family. I really don’t know how to describe it better than that. It’s always full of laughter and community and encouragement and shared passion for writing and history, plus a bit of light-hearted ribbing and the occasional argument that gets worked out pretty quickly… It’s really just family.

#6. Who would you say is your best friend and why

Duyên-Mera, first of all. She and I got off on the wrong foot, actually, when I stole her ocarina and an ill-advised getaway attempt ended up with the ocarina in pieces in my chest… but we made up after that, got to know each other better, and over time we’ve become… well, more than best friends, really. I’m looking to marry her when things settle down around the guild.

#7. What’s your greatest fear?

Fear? Pfft. Who needs those? *chuckles* I try not to think about mine.

#8. How do you feel about the word “dragon”?

*grins* I love dragons. I’m not sure I have specific feelings about the word itself, but the creatures are amazing. They’re such a mix of majesty and sass and it’s such a bewildering and fun combination. I could hang out with dragons all day.

#9. What’s your favorite food?

Cheesecake. Definitely cheesecake.

#10. What’s the biggest life lesson you’ve learned

Big question. Um… Probably to never take anything for granted, in couple of ways. In one sense, everything is important and the moments we take for granted can be some of the most important moments in our lives. In the other sense, anything can change in an instant and you can’t just wait around to do what’s important or take your blessings and relationships for granted because they might not be around forever.

Aaah wasn’t Ryuu’s answers amazing!!!!! Okay, well, if you’re convinced now to check out this book, then you can preorder your print copy or e-copy, add it to your GoodReads shelf, OR access the first chapter by clicking this link here!

Follow the tour:

June 1st: Lavender Bleu – Author interview; Tasha Van Kesteren – Lai Duyên character interview; Kristina Hall – Book review

June 2nd: Laura Morgan – Book review

June 3rd: Issabelle Perry – Tanh Ryuu character interview (You are here!)

June 4th: Kayla Green – Book review

June 5th: Dawn Dagger – Book review

June 6th: Erin Phillips – Author interview

June 7th: R.M. Archer – Relationships I’d love to see more in fiction

June 8th: Kristianne Hassman – Sairsha Kincaid character interview

June 9th: Naomi Sowell – Book review

June 10th: RaeMarie – Book review

June 11th: Eden – Book spotlight

June 12th: Miranda – Lôi Tora character interview

June 13th: Libby Powell – Author interview

June 14th: R.M. Archer – Calligraphy Guild shout-outs

June 15th: Bethani Theresa – Book review

June 16th: Grace Johnson – Book review

June 17th: Edna Pellen – Author interview

R.M. Archer has been an avid reader since the time she could first make out words, and has always been a lover of story. That interest developed into a love of writing when she was seven (though those first attempts have long-since been incinerated), and she’s been pursuing a career as an author ever since. Archer believes that art can change the culture and aims to write YA speculative fiction that thoughtfully explores a variety of worldviews through the lens of her own Christian perspective.

In addition to writing fiction, Archer keeps up a non-fiction blog of writing tips and book reviews, and worldbuilding is her favorite topic to blog about.

 

Issabelle Perry is a proud Jesus follower, an extroverted writer of historical fiction, and a homeschool graduate. When she's not writing, you can find her reading, jamming to Skillet, bullet journaling, hunting for Narnia in wardrobes, or envisioning herself wielding a magnificent sword (but due to her clumsiness, let’s hope that never happens). This self-proclaimed exclamation mark enthusiast can be found hanging out at Teen Writers’ Nook, a community of teen authors Issabelle co-founded in 2020. Her short story “Fairly Impish” was featured in Owl Hollow Press’s Change the World anthology, and Issabelle is the co-editor for Teen Writers’ Nook’s Imagine anthology and Grace A. Johnson's upcoming Christian romance anthology. What she’s probably doing right now is fangirling about her favorite books to random people or scanning the pantries for chocolate.

13 Comments

  • L. E. Morgan

    I love this interview! Very characteristic! I do want to read the story of the ocarina and their meeting tbh. The questions are great, the answers are great, all round it’s fun!

    • Issabelle Perry

      THANK YOUUUUU!!!!!!! I LOVED Ryuu’s answers to the interview myself!!! OoooOoOooOoo that would be an AWESOME story!!!! Aww thank youuuu, and yes, the answers were fantastic!!! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!! THANK YOU for reading and stopping by TWN!! (Apologies for the late reply.)

  • Emma

    I can’t wait to read Calligraphy Guild!! And that interview was awesome. XD This whole post was so fun! I need to check out the rest of the blog tour!!!

    • Issabelle Perry

      YESSSSS!!!!!! Girl, I think you’ll love it!! First off because there be dragons!!! 😉 Aww thank youuuuuuu!!!! It was totally Ryuu’s doings though for making it so much fun. XD YESSSS YOU DO!!!! AND SO DO I!!!!!

  • Ally M.J.

    This book sounds AMAZING. I especially live the storyline- how do you come up with that? I NEED to read this immediately

    • Issabelle Perry

      I KNOW RIGHT!!!!! Girl, it is awesome!! I think it’s one you’d enjoy!!!! YES YES YES!!!! I have no idea how R.M. Archer came up with it, but I think she’s a genius. 😉 I can’t come up with cool book ideas for the life of me. XD YESSSS!!! *tries to give you my copy of the book*

    • Issabelle Perry

      YES HE IS!!! I love Ryuu!!! YAAAAAAY!!!!! That makes me so glad to hear you enjoyed it!!!! Honestly, I enjoyed reading Ryuu’s answers myself. They were geniusly awesome! THANK YOU for stopping by!!

  • Ellie

    Wow!! This interview was amazing! I’m looking forward to Calligraphy Guild coming out, but I don’t know when I’ll be able to read it. 🙁
    This was so much fun to read!!!!!

    • Issabelle Perry

      YESSSS THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yesssss, I can’t wait for the official release too. Aww, yeah, I feel you sister. I have like the longest TBR list ever so when books release, it’s usually like months or even years later before I read it. Unless I got an ARC copy I have to read and review. <33333
      THANK YOUUUUUUUU!!!!!! I think it was totally Ryuu's doings with making it so fun. 😉

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