Book Giveaway & Author Interview: Griffin Rising by Darby Karchut

Welcome to Author Darby Karchut!


Darby Karchut is a writer, a teacher, and a compulsive dawn greeter. She lives in Colorado with her husband and owns more running shoes than high heels. Visit Darby Karchut at:


If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
My Swiss army knife
Pepto-Bismol (all those coconuts!)
Bear Grylls

What is one book everyone should read?
The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind. Okay, just kidding. Actually, I would choose The Amy Vanderbilt Complete Book of Etiquette. Enough said.

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Rolled oats, cranberry juice, and coffee

Night owl or early bird?
I make early birds look like slackers

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.

Because even a hero-figure needs a father-figure. Once in awhile.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
Griffin Rising is the first in a four book series. The second book, Griffin’s Fire will be released next April.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?

The Lord of the Rings (I have action figures!)

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash. There is a running joke about it in all the books.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Read loads of books in your genre as well as outside your genre. And turn off the TV!

If you could choose only one time period and place to live, when and where would you live and why?
I’m such an Anglophile, so England during the High Middle Ages would be lovely

What is your favorite quote?

“To whom much is given, much is expected.” (Saint Paul)

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
A bard.

How did you know you should become an author?
When I finished writing Griffin Rising. I’ve never written a thing until then. I never even want to be an author! The idea just slammed into my head one day. Kind of like an avalanche, except I could still breath.
What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
“Try the haggis. It’s delicious!”

Hidden talent?
I can read classical Latin. Fluently

How do you react to a bad review?
Same as from a bad fall on the ski slope. Get up. Check for any broken bones, learn from it, and move on.

You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?
More stock in Catepillar Equipment

What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?
TV show: “Supernatural”. I know, I know, but come on – Castiel is a dreamboat.

Finish the sentence- one book I wish I had written is…. The Ranger’s Apprentice series.

Griffin Rising by Darby Karchut:
For centuries, rumors have abounded of a lowly caste of supernatural beings known as the Terrae Angeli. Armed with the power to control Earth, Fire, Wind and Water, these warriors secretly serve as guardians for mortals in danger.

But for one young angel-in-training, Griffin, life is hell as a cruel master makes his apprenticeship a nightmare. On the verge of failing, a new mentor, Basil, enters his life and changes it forever.

Taking on the identity of father and son, Griffin and Basil forge a special bond where honesty and trust go hand in hand to secure Griffin’s destiny as a Terrae Angeli. Griffin’s belief in himself and the love of a mortal girl are the perfect combination in overcoming the darkest days of his life. But will it be enough for him to succeed?

For Griffin, it’s time to angel up.

Giveaway Details:
1 paperback copy open to US & Canada
1 ebook open Internationally
Ends 6/17