by Erin Pemberton
GENRE: Young Adult Fantasy
In a land plagued by war, King Dorvin and Queen Shiara are expecting their first child. They are excited until the good fairies tell of a prophecy; that their daughter is the key to winning the war against the Shadow tribes. To protect her, mages of the kingdom create a tower to keep her and her guardian hidden until her eighteenth birthday. When Ella turns 18 she leaves the tower, only to find that her parents are dead and the Shadow tribes now control the kingdom. Trained as a warrior, and aided by the good fairies, Ella must now bring her subjects together and prepare for the final war.
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“If you don’t tell me your name, you’ll find out the hard way,” Ella responded calmly even though butterflies were carrying out their own battle in her stomach. The magic was showing her just how far she could throw him with its use. She was beginning to think of it as a whole separate entity within her mind.
Just as she pulled her arm back in preparation of launching him through the night sky, he shouted “Erek! I’m called Erek.”
Ella, bemused, smiled serenely at him as she placed him none too gently back on the ground. “That wasn’t so hard, now was it?”
Erek mumbled something under his breath but made no attempt to say anything else.
“What are we going to do with him?” Ella asked, turning to look at Tia.
Tia, ignoring Ella’s question, took a step closer to Erek, grabbed the rope that bound him, and pulled him toward her. “What do you mean we’re trespassing on your land? This land belongs to Dorvin, king of Fablina,” she hissed, apparently taking care to spit in his face as she talked.
The ugly smirk appeared on his otherwise handsome face, a mirthless laugh consuming him. “My tribe killed and replaced your king seventeen years ago. This land belongs to the Shadow tribes, and you are as good as dead.”
Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself! I live in a little town in Ohio called Washington Court House. I’m married to a wonderful man named Jason and together, we have five kids ranging from 21 to 10. I’m currently a teacher, but I’m in the process of transitioning to a preschool supervisor position. I love the beach, sea turtles, Christmas, and candy. I am extremely busy, it seems like all the time, but when I do have time to slow down, I love to read and paint.
Tell us about your book? How did it get started? I was watching Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter with two of my boys when I got the idea that I wanted to rewrite a fairy tale. I decided on Rapunzel because as a child, I couldn’t grow my hair out very long so I loved the idea that some women could. Moreover, it was always one of my favorites. From there, The Prophecy was born.
I knew I wanted to create my own race of villains because that’s just what I do and I knew that I wanted my princess to be locked in a tower. How else would you know it was supposed to be a spinoff of the popular fairy tale? Then, it was just a matter of getting the different pieces and parts together as I went along. I have to admit, until I wrote the story, a lot of it was a surprise to me as well.
How do you create your characters? I normally base my characters off of people in my life or ideals that I have. Most of my main characters are sarcastic, but that’s because I’m extremely sarcastic myself. My two main male characters, Jack and Erek, are based off my husband in both looks and mannerism. I would watch him then put in some of his characteristics.
I also just sometimes see the characters in my mind. They become real to me so I describe them as I see them.
What inspires and what got you started in writing? I don’t know if anything really inspired me, I just thought it would be cool be a writer someday. I loved reading because it was a great way to escape reality, so I thought, “Hey, I can do this. I’m pretty creative.” Plus, language arts was always my best subject. I liked being able to make the answer fit the question.
Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?) I have a laptop down in my boys’ gaming area that I go to. There are definitely times that I would like to kick them out of that area, especially when they start yelling at the TV, but for the most part, it’s a nice quite area that I can retreat to. I like to have my phone and a drink nearby, because sometimes my story writing gets so intense that I have to have a break or two thrown in there just so I can give my mind a break. Sometimes getting the story out is just as overwhelming as advertising it.
How do you get your ideas for writing? I love to walk and think about different stories or the big parts of my stories. A lot of times when I’m writing one book, I’ll get another idea for another story. So I just take notes for the new story in my notebook and plug along with the story that I’m currently working on. But as to where the ideas actually come from, I couldn’t’ tell you. My mind apparently needs lots of breaks from reality!
What do you like to read? I love to read what I write, young adult fantasy. Some of my favorites are any of the Percy Jackson series or any of the series by Rick Riordan, The Fable Haven series, Harry Potter, and several of Tamara Pierce books. I love Cassandra Clare books too. I have several different stories that I circle through. Once I find a book set I love, I generally read it several times.
What would your advice to be for authors or aspiring in regards to writing? Don’t ever give up and be true to yourself. The world is going to tell you what you should write or how you should write it, but in the end, it’s your work so it has to make you happy.
Anything else you’d like to share? I don’t read reviews for my books for the exact reason I listed above. I write because it makes me happy, it’s something that I enjoy. When I let other’s opinion creep into my mind, my writing changes and becomes just another job. So, I stay away from reviews. I appreciate them and know they’re necessary, I just don’t read them.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
I’m just a small town girl, living in Ohio and making up worlds for my characters to live in. A preschool teacher by day, I live with my amazing husband while dreaming of walking hand in hand with him on the beach just searching for seashells. Together, we have five incredible kids, who are starting to make their way in this world as they take on college, high school, and elementary school. I love Christmas, the beach, seashells, painting, reading anything fantasy related, and in my very little spare time, creating new worlds for others to enjoy.
Author’s website: https://july2219812.wixsite.com/epemberton
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