IRON: Character Interview with Carter + Book Spotlight!

Today I’m interviewing Carter from Madisyn Carlin’s Christian fantasy/fairytale retelling Iron! (Guys, I LOVE Carter and this interview was sooo much fun to do!) First up, we have some book information, giveaway news, then the character interview! Enjoy!

Book Information:

Genre: Christian Fantasy/Fairytale Retelling

Age: New Adult

Inspiration Board

IRON Blurb

Enforcing justice comes with a price.

Detective Redwyn “Red” Deathan will stop at nothing to uncover those behind the ruthless kidnappings of multiple children. But things are not as they seem, and Red’s efforts are thwarted at every turn. With each discovery the danger grows, putting Red and the lives of those she cares about at risk. Can she reveal the mastermind’s identity before she herself becomes a target? 


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What IRON Isn’t/Is

IRON – A Christian Fantasy Cinderella Retelling

What IRON isn’t.
1) A general market “clean” book.
2) A magical fairy tale retelling.
3) Light and fluffy.
4) YA (Young Adult).

What IRON is.
1) A Christian Fantasy.
2) Nonmagical.
3) Deep. Different from DECEIVED and not near as intense as SR, but still deep because it deals with human trafficking.
4) NA (New Adult).
5) A story with three (3) POVs in the organized, structural the author always follows

Giveaway Info!

First Place Prize: An Autographed Paperback if winner is U.S. resident. If the winner is an international resident, then they win an ebook.

Second Place Prize: An Ebook in the reader’s choice of Mobi or epub.

Giveaway Link:

About the Author!

Madisyn Carlin is a Christian, homeschool graduate, blogger, voracious bookdragon, and author. When not spending time with her family or trekking through the mountains, she weaves tales of redemption, faith, and action.
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Character Interview with Carter!

Hi Carter! I’m so excited to be interrogat- *coughs* interviewing you today! 😀 First off, what are five words you’d use to describe yourself?

Thank you for having me, Miss Saraina. And your interrogation can’t be any worse than Red’s.

Five words? I guess I would use dedicated, determined, and good with horses.

Would Red agree those words fit you?

She would agree on the last one, but I think she would replace the first two with stubborn and cowardly

I’m sure a few people out there are curious about your family. Can you tell us a bit about them? 

*exhales* My real family or my stepfamily?

Mother and Father passed years ago, leaving me with my stepfather, Draymond, and my stepbrothers, Antony and Denton. Denton’s fine, I suppose. Has a good eye for horseflesh. Red doesn’t care much for him, but then, she dislikes the majority of folks. Draymond and Antony are not my most favorite people in the world. Red really dislikes them.

What’s your favorite setting (woods, mountains, beach, etc.) and what does it mean to you?

I’ve never seen the mountains or beach, and forests are fine, but I most prefer the meadow just behind the palace. A mixture of deciduous and coniferous trees line it and there are often birds around. It’s my favorite place to ride.

What’s your friendship like with Red? Do you feel your personalities clash, or are you more similar than one would expect? 

Red is my best friend. Our personalities do clash, especially when her stubbornness and feistiness really emerge, and when I am not being as proactive as she wishes me to be. I wouldn’t say we have the same personalities, or even really similar ones, which often results in some irritation on her part. Red annoys me at times, but I’m stuck with her and more fond of her than I often let on. 

Everyone has pet peeves, but is there something you absolutely cannot stand?

I can’t stand untidy workspaces. You will only slow yourself down and lessen your chance of creating a quality project.

Do you have a hidden skill few people know you possess?

I do not, but Red would argue I am more stubborn than people initially believe. I don’t think that’s a skill, though.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be just like my father—a master horseman who could win over any horse no matter how difficult and obstinate.

What is now one of your dreams for the future?

One of my dreams is to just survive without incurring more of Draymond’s wrath. 

Thank you so much to the remarkable and talented author for giving us a peek into Carter’s thoughts! (And, of course, thank you, Carter, for going along with this. :P) 😉

MC: Thank you for having him, Saraina! I hope he didn’t give you much trouble. 

CB: You are welcome, Miss Saraina. Thank you for not modeling your interrogation after Red’s. 

IRON Release Tour Schedule

Monday, September 26 

Madisyn Carlin | Introduction + Behind the Scenes

Vanessa Hall | Book Spotlight + Review

Quilling in the Pines | Book Review

Saraina | Character Interview + Book Spotlight (You’re here!)

Tuesday, September 27

Kristina Hall | Book Review

Tower in the Plains | Book Spotlight

Cassie | IG Book Spotlight

Wednesday, September 28

Joy C. Woodbury | Book Review

Allie Jo Anderson | Character Interview

The Bookdragon’s Alcove | Book Spotlight

Charity | IG Book Review

Thursday, September 29

Neath the Hackberry Reading Club | Book Review

Quilling in the Pines | Author Interview

Christine Smith | Book Spotlight

Cassie | Character Spotlight

Friday, September 30

Saraina | Book Review

Rainy Day Writer | Character Interview + Book Spotlight

Of Blades and Thorns | Book Spotlight

Saturday, October 1

Madisyn Carlin | Meet the Characters + Wrapup

Old-fashioned Book Love | Book Review

Cassie | IG Book Review

Penny Zeller | Saturday Spotlight

Weren’t Carter’s answers awesome?!! And don’t you love him too?! 😀 ❤ What are five words you’d use to describe yourself? How do you feel about untidy workspaces? (I’m afraid Carter would find fault with me… I don’t have the most organized workspace 😂) Are you looking forward to reading IRON?


22 thoughts on “IRON: Character Interview with Carter + Book Spotlight!

  1. This was very fun to read! 5 words to describe me would be… audio drama lover 😉 writer and hot-blooded (and is not part of the 5 words lol [I’m always hot that’s what hot-blooded means]). Carter would currently be OK with my workspace. Lol. I’m not a huge organizer. I like doing it but most of the time I’m messy. 😂 I prefer organized workspaces. It’s less stressful for me.

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    1. Yay!!! Oooh, I love that! (That’s funny because I’m actually always cold. 😂 ) GOOD FOR YOU. *high five* Lol, I relate with that… I like being organized, and it’s very stressful when everything’s messy. But I still wouldn’t call my desk very organized. XDD


    1. Hello, Emma! Thank you for your kind words about “IRON”.

      There are two primary differences between New Adult and Young Adult: 1) New Adult usually has main characters ages 18-25, whereas YA has younger, teenage protagonists. 2) NA is written with the 18-25 age range in mind (hence the MCs being those ages). Same goes for YA, only with teens as the target audience.

      That doesn’t mean teens can’t read NA. (For reference, think “Ilyon Chronicles” by Jaye L. Knight.) Just that NA has slightly older protagonists.

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    2. So glad you like him!!! 😀 It is SO GOOD. 😉 Oh, that’s a great question… I believe the main difference is in the target audience. I’ve heard the target audience for New Adult is a little older than the YA one, so instead of readers being around 12 to 18, they’re within the range of 18 to 30 (though that isn’t to say that readers younger than 18 can’t read it, such as with IRON). Also, the main characters in the NA genre tend to be older than those in the YA genre, plus the themes NA tackles are a little more mature. That’s my understanding of it! 😀

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  2. Woooooow. I looked at the pinterest board and am FLOORED. INCREDIBLE. I wanna read this book (sorry if that sounds selfish).
    LOL. But seriously I would love to read this! I wonder if the authors idea for kidnapped kids, etc, was influenced by what’s happening around us today? Cause I mean that is such a real problem, and its so wrong. Good for her!!! 😀

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    1. ISN’T IT AMAZING?!!! (Hahaha, are you kidding? No way! You have to read it someday!!! ❤ 😀 😜)

      Ugh yes, that is so true!! It's very relevant!


  3. AAAAH I LOVED THE INTERVIEW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I DO LOVE HIM!!! AH I NEED TO READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Iron’s a cinderella retelling, right? I have a feeling Carter might be the one who’s supposed to represent cinderella since he lives with his stepfather and two stepbrothers. *considers myself a genius for coming up with that on my own* XD Girl, I don’t have an organized workspace EITHER. I try, really hard. but every time I clean it up two days later it’s a mess again. Papers and books strewn everywhere. And I’m always like, when did I own this much stuff. XDDD I AM DEFINITELY LOOKING FORWARD TO READING IRON!!!!!! Mainly because of Carter. What, I can’t help it. I fell in love with him after reading this interview. XD

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    1. AHHH SO GLAD YOU ENJOYED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀 ❤ YOU DO NEED TO READ IT!!!! Lol yessss, and guess what… I'm reading it and I actually forgot it was a Cinderella retelling until I saw a review and it mentioned it. *facepalm* *also considers you a genius* 😉 😛 Ahhhhh yes!!! It's so hard to keep everything organized XDDD WOOHOO!! You'll love it, I'm sure!!! 😀

      Thank you for commenting, Issabelle!!!

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  4. Ah, so cool that Carter likes horses! As for tidy work spaces…*glances at papers and books spilling off desk* *promptly shoves it under bed* Yeah, messy spaces *tsk tsk* Wouldn’t know anything about that 😉 XD

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