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The Forbidden Orchid by Sharon Biggs Walker Blog Tour Stop

Hi everyone! I'm so excited to be part of the blog tour for The Forbidden Orchid and feature an interview with the lovely Sharon Biggs Walker today. 


1) Describe The Forbidden Orchid in 5 words. 
How about six? 
Victorian teen plant hunter in China.

2) Has your writing process changed from writing your first book to this one? 

It has.  The editorial process is fairly intense and the first time you go through it can be daunting.  I knew what to expect the second time around and what to prepare for.  I also drafted ORCHID with my editor’s notes from FOLLY echoing in my head.  Having an editor is like having a coach, really.  I’m a dressage rider, and so I look at the editorial process like taking riding lessons.  The more eyes on the ground you have, the better rider you become.  I also had a hard deadline with ORCHID so I had to push through any doubts or feelings of procrastination.  That taught me to think on my feet and try to come up with solutions to plot issues faster.  

3) What or who were your biggest inspirations for becoming a writer? 

My freshman English teacher, Joe Stevens.  He took me aside one day and told me that I would make a good writer. I really admired him and so the fact that he noticed the writer in me before I did really made me look at my dreams and myself in a new way.    

4) If you could time-travel back to any era, which one would it be? 

I always love this question and I never know how to choose one!  I love the Edwardian era because of those gorgeous clothes!  But having researched my latest book I think I’d loved to catch a glimpse of the Victorian era, maybe just to stand on a street corner of London for an hour or so and absorb all those sights and sounds.  I don’t think I’d want to stay long.  I love my modern conveniences too much! 

5) Do you put any of your own characteristics/personality traits into your characters? If so, which ones? 

I have with Elodie in THE FORBIDDEN ORCHID.  I’m the oldest sister in my family and so I know what it feels like to be the responsible one, the one who needs to set a good example for the younger siblings.  I share Elodie’s desire for seeing the world.  When I was 18 I became a national park ranger and I worked at the Grand Canyon and later Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego.  I’ve lived and worked all over the world and I’ve seen some amazing things from the Queen of England at a party at the Royal Mews to the ceremony of the keys at the Tower of London late at night.  I’ve hiked the Grand Canyon and rowed a canoe with Green Peace activists.  I also grew up in a smaller town, so I gave Elodie that same wander-lust, that drive to see what else the world had to offer.  

6) If you could only read three books for the rest of your life, what books would they be?

OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon 
REBECCA by Daphne Du Maurier 

The Forbidden Orchid
Staid, responsible Elodie Buchanan is the eldest of ten sisters living in a small English market town in 1861. The girls' father is a plant hunter, usually off adventuring through the jungles of China. 

Then disaster strikes: Mr. Buchanan fails to collect an extremely rare and valuable orchid, meaning that he will be thrown into debtors' prison and the girls will be sent to the orphanage or the poorhouse. Elodie's father has one last chance to return to China, find the orchid, and save the family—and this time, thanks to an unforeseen twist of fate, Elodie is going with him. Elodie has never before left her village, but what starts as fear turns to wonder as she adapts to seafaring life aboard the tea clipper The Osprey, and later to the new sights, dangers, and romance of China. 

But even if she can find the orchid, how can she find herself now that staid, responsible Elodie has seen how much the world has to offer?

Sharon Biggs Waller
Sharon Biggs Waller grew up around artists and developed a passion for Edwardian history and the Pre-Raphaelites when she moved to England in 2000. She did extensive research on the British suffragettes for her novel, A MAD, WICKED FOLLY when she wasn’t working as a riding instructor at the Royal Mews in Buckingham Palace and as a freelance magazine writer. She also writes non-fiction books about horses under her maiden name, Sharon Biggs. She is a dressage rider and trainer and lives on a 10-acre sustainable farm in Northwest Indiana with her British husband, Mark. Visit her 

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Tour Schedule:
Week 1:
2/29/2016- Two Chicks on Books- Interview
3/1/2016- Bookish Lifestyle- Review
3/2/2016- IceyBooks- Guest Post
3/3/2016- Great Imaginations- Review
3/4/2016- The Book Belles- Interview

Week 2:
3/7/2016- The Eater of Books!- Review
3/8/2016- Addicted Readers- Guest Post
3/9/2016- Fiction Fare- Review

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