Character Interview With Zaria Fierce By Keira Gillett

First printed book or first printed edition of Zaria Fierce and the Secret of Gloomwood Forest in Keira’s hands.


Editorial NOTE:

Dear Little Pink Bloggers,

Some of you may remember Keira Gillett. She is a Little Pink Blog writing alumnae (and my Phi Mu sister/roomie from University of Florida 🙂 — full disclosure folks!).

In the past, I’ve written for her blog and Keira was an active voice in our community from our earliest days.

Therefore, we can’t tell you how excited we are to share the following with you: a character interview with Zaria Fierce.

Who is that?

The main character from Keira’s brand new book!

That’s who!




Tomorrow, March 6, 2015, Keira will be releasing her first novel, Zaria Fierce and the Secret of Gloomwood Forest (illustrated by Eoghan Kerrigan) and we are excited to host this exclusive preview.


Sasha xx

Quote from Zaria Fierce and the Secret of Gloomwood Forest



My name is Keira Gillett and I’m the author a brand new trilogy, about an American girl who moves to Norway, meets a troll, who then kidnaps her friend, and now she must go on a quest to save her friend. My book, Zaria Fierce and the Secret of Gloomwood Forest, releases tomorrow on March 6, 2015.

Today, I’m interviewing a special guest – the girl of the hour herself, Zaria Fierce.

Keira Gillett: Zaria, why don’t you start us off by telling us a little bit about yourself?

Zaria Fierce: Hi, everyone. I’m Zaria and I’m twelve. I like to read books… a lot of books… mostly fantasy. My papa’s in the Air Force (he’s a pilot), and my mom is an online professor. We just recently moved to Norway.

Keira: I bet that’s an adventure!

Zaria: I’m pretty excited to start school soon and make friends. I’m generally a shy person, but I’m used to making new friends because of all the moves for my papa’s job.

Keira: Do you move often?

Zaria: This will be my fourth school in four years. So, I guess we do.

Keira: Does moving so much bother you?

Zaria: Not really. I mean, it sucks to leave behind friends, but I’m used to it and there’s always e-mail. Besides, moving to Norway is so cool. I can’t wait to go exploring.

Keira: You have no idea.

Zaria: What’s that?

Keira: Oh, nothing. Never mind. Tell me as an avid reader, what are your favorite fantasy books?

Zaria: I’m glad you didn’t limit this to my favorite fantasy series. That would be a terrible thing to do to a girl. I like many of the big names in the genre – you know the ones I mean, like Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and Artemis Fowl, but I’m really anticipating a new series about a wizard who controls lightning. I hope to get it for my birthday.

Keira: I see you’re carrying a big book on Norwegian fairy tales. How are you enjoying it?

Zaria: I love it. My favorite stories are about the giants, fairies, elves, and trolls.

Keira: So you like trolls?

Zaria: Oh, definitely!

Keira: Are you sure?

Zaria: Er… yes? Why?

Keira: No reason.

Zaria: You’re acting weird. Do you know something?

Keira: Who me? Of course not! Ha. Oh, gee, is that the time? I really must be going. It was a pleasure to chat with you.

Zaria: You’re not wearing a watch.

Keira: The alarm on my phone went off.

Zaria: I didn’t hear anything. What’s going on?

Keira: You’ll find out soon… like tomorrow. That’s soon, right?

Zaria: That’s not at all suspicious.

Keira: Nope. Not at all. So glad we’re on the same page. Everyone say goodbye to Zaria for now. I hope you’ll join us tomorrow for the book’s release!

Zaria Fierce and the Secret of Gloomwood Forest


Book Blurb: On her birthday, Zaria Fierce finds her usual path to school blocked by an ugly river-troll. At first she’s surprised and curious, but then Olaf threatens to eat her, which is an act Zaria could not in good conscience consent to, so Zaria counteroffers. A deal is struck and she goes to school, but Zaria is about to learn the hard way that one does not trick a river-troll and expect to win.

Early Reviews:

“With kids interested in “Frozen,” with Anna and Elsa, this would be a natural progression.” – Judi Oswald, Reference Librarian

Purchase your copy of Zaria Fierce today.


Geirr stooped to pick up some decent-sized sticks, and Zaria bent to grab a few too. They talked amicably and walked, stretching their legs, until they were too burdened by their loads to keep going.

“My arms are going to collapse,” Zaria huffed. Her breath fogged around her face, covering and then revealing a well-pinked nose and cheeks. “Let’s head back to camp.”

“Sounds good to me,” Geirr said and turned around to do just that. Zaria followed and collided into him, dropping her load of kindling all over the ground.

“Hey!” she exclaimed, as she went to gather them. “Why did you stop?”

“I don’t think we’re going to find camp,” Geirr said, worrying his lip. He juggled his armful of wood and pointed haphazardly forward. “It’s like pea soup.”

Zaria looked up from playing fifty-two pickup and saw what worried Geirr. In front of them was a wall of fog, thick, viscous, and impossible to see through. She gulped and carefully set down the pile she’d been working to gather again. Was it her imagination or did the fog seem to be breathing? It crept closer in stages. Not fast enough that she saw it while looking directly at it, but if she looked away and back, it most definitely moved.

“Uh, Geirr,” Zaria said, slowly gaining her feet. “I think we should move and fast.”

Geirr looked at her puzzled. “I don’t think fast is an option here. Now if you pick up your stack and stick near me maybe we can Marco Polo our way back to the others.”

“Geirr,” Zaria hissed, her voice ratcheting higher. “The fog is moving.” He didn’t look impressed. The breathing sounds from within the fog grew louder, distressing Zaria. “No seriously, it’s moving like it’s alive.”

Geirr looked back again and stared hard, trying to penetrate the fog with his gaze alone. Zaria started to ease away, firewood forgotten.

“Come on, Geirr, we have to move. Can’t you hear the breathing?”

“That isn’t you?” he asked, alarmed.

“No!” Zaria shouted. “Run!”

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Keira Gillett author pictureAuthor Bio: Keira Gillett is a technical publications librarian, book blogger, world traveler, artist, and now author. She graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Drawing and Painting. From an early age her mother instilled a love of the written word, as such she has always been a big reader. Her first book, Zaria Fierce and the Secret of Gloomwood Forest, is about a young girl who must complete a quest to save her friend from a nasty river-troll.


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  1. Thanks for having me today, Sasha! I’m so glad we could get together to do this. And I love that you grabbed the photo from Facebook where I’m holding the book. I was so happy to get it in the mail. (I kept going down to see the mailman, every day, just waiting for it.)