The Next Big Thing!

Hey everyone!  I was just asked by a fellow writing friend of mine Alexandra Corinth; author of The Stories We Tell; to participate in a question/answer blog about my current book and then tag a few of my writer friends to do so also!

As many of you who read my blog know, I’m the author of The Sage’s Eye; book one of The Cellestrian Chronicles.  I have many projects that I bounce around to, but this is the main project that I am determined to finish!  Without further ado, here we go!

What is the working title of your next book?

I’m currently working on the sequel to The Sage’s Eye which will be book two of The Cellestrian Chronicles.  The title is The Mage’s Circle.  A fun fact about The Cellestrian Chronicles is that all of the upcoming titles have an “age” word in them.  It was originally planned that it would be a trilogy but it may turn out to be a series instead.  I’m finding that the second book may be waaaay longer than the first one so it may be split up into two books.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I’ve always been a HUGE fan of fantasy novels with epic journeys and dangerous encounters.  The first book was inspired by Pan’s Labyrinth.  I loved the idea of magic and fantasy being intertwined with real world perils.  Having a dangerous but magical escape from a depressing and dark life intrigues me.  I also like the idea of my reader wondering whether it is all in the main character’s head?  Or is it really real?  The Mage’s Circle delves far deeper into the very real land of Cellestria, and it’s lush history.  (world building has been a trip)

What genre does your book fall into?

Whenever people asked me that about the first one I easily said  that it is a young adult, fantasy/horror.  I stick by it.  The Mage’s Circle will fall into the same category as there are quite a few eerie situations and frightening places for Sara to explore.  We’re talking dark sorcerers and necromancers here.  Strange haunting visions will continue to plague Sara as they did in the first book.

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

Haha, yes I’ve thought about this before.  I’ve always wanted my book to be made into a movie.  It’s like a life long dream.

Sara:  Emily Browning
I love her, I love her, I love her.  She would be my perfect Sara.  But I’m sure she’ll be too old by the time my books ever become movies.  If only!

Idony:  Olivia Wilde
Although her part in this book is small, she still plays a big role and plays a huge role in The Sage’s Eye.  Olivia Wilde with blonde hair.  Idony has white blonde hair, and has a very young regal look to her.

Asher:  Logan Lerman
With golden hair.  Long luscious golden hair.  He’s a bit young, but he’ll grow into it.

These three are just characters from the first book that I have already cast into real life people.  However with the second book I’m still so deep into developing them as well rounded characters that I haven’t fully fleshed out their appearances yet.  I have to go through my process once I’ve developed them as beings including their character flaws/strengths.  From there I go look through head shots on modeling websites and such until I recognize them from what’s in my head.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

I only get one sentence?  GUH!  I hate it when people ask me what my books are about because I’m all like “Uhhhh…well there’s this girl….aaaand…she’s….uuuhhh…” and the whole book is spinning in my head and I’m trying to find a way to spit it out where someone won’t raise an eyebrow and say “Uh. Huh. Interesting…”  But I’ll try:

Trapped in the magical but completely foreign world of Cellestria, Sara is coming to terms with her new found, frightening powers while being led on a dangerous journey to find a portal home.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I have no clue right now.  I’m going to enter the first book into the Amazon contest for the Breakthrough Novel Award which if won results in representation.  I also have an amazing friend pitching my book out there, so maybe by then I will have proper representation.  If not, I will self publish just like I did with The Sage’s Eye.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

Well it’s not done yet.  However the first 50,000 words was completed during National Novel Writing Month 2011; my first time participating and winning!  The first book took me 6-7 years to complete but that was solely due to me not having the drive to actually commit to it.  I’m in it to win it now so I seriously doubt it’s going to take that long.  I completely rewrote The Sage’s Eye from start to finish from December 2011 – June 2012, so I think I can get it done soon enough.  😉

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Weeellll…I’ve never really thought of it.  I draw inspiration from Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit but it’s not really like that.  It’s like a young adult version of that if that makes sense.  When I refer to Tolkien’s books I’m referring to the world building and history.  Cellestria is going to be rich with lore, traditions, races, and deep history.  I’m working my butt off creating this world so I can accurately write the book.  I want someone one day to love Cellestria and want to go there the way I want to go to Middle Earth.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Oh man…I guess the books that I read, the people I meet, and the places that I wish I could be.  But I can honestly say that the idea for each and every book that I have written or will write come from my dreams.  I think I might have a sleeping disorder but each novel idea comes from a long, drawn out dream that I remember upon waking.  I write it down and use it later when I need an idea!

What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

Okay I know I keep bringing up the lore of this book but I am so damn excited about my world building.  A lot of the second and third book revolve around magic and ultimately the tree of life.  I am so inspired by the the tree of life and the stories that surround this mythological tree.  The people of Cellestria are from Spain originally and came through the portal; leaving our world.   This leads into the tree of life where many of the tales come from.  There are so many things I’m adding to my unique world that I just can’t wait to flesh it all out!  I feel like I need to make pictures, and maps and write short histories of places to refer to.  And the magic!  I know it sounds cliche, but this world is literally magical.  I can’t wait!

Time to tag

Okay I don’t know many authors of published works but I do know writers which I will tag now.  I don’t expect anyone here to write this too as I’m not sure if (due to careers) are working on anything at the moment.  But just in case…

1.  Chris Warner – while writing is taking a backseat to work Chris and I enjoy talking about our story ideas together.  I am often encouraged to call him and delve out an idea.  He is one of the reasons why The Sage’s Eye was completely redone.  However, Chris is a fantastic storyteller and I often fondly remember the days of Dungeons and Dragons where my husband and I joined our fellow geeks to bring his stories to life.  (well as lively as we could get them in a dorm!)

2.  James Barnes; aka Robby- Along with the above mentioned Chris; we will soon be working on a short story piece together which I hope we will someday publish as well.  He, like Chris is yet another storyteller from my D&D days.  Though I didn’t play many games, my husband did and I listened to the stories everyone created together.  Both of them are like me where the dark and creepy is a happy place to write.  The stories they tell can bring chills up your spine.

3.  Gavin Musgrove – Literally same deal!  I don’t know if Gavin is working on anything at the moment, but all three of these guys can tell a whopper of tale!  I sincerely hope that one day these guys will flesh out their stories and make them into books I can curl up with/curl next to my husband in fear and read!

4.  Kaitlyn Arrington – a close friend from my sophomore in high school that I talk to on a regular basis.  I know for a fact that she’s probably not working on anything right now at all because she’s in LAW SCHOOL!  🙂  However I spent MANY many a night calling my close friend here and screaming “STORY TIME!” in the phone which meant that she would be listening to me read my current work and giving me tips.  Just like my above mentioned friends she is a brilliant author who I would buy several copies of any book she wrote.

5.  Tamara Scholtz – a close friend who has known me since I was a child through my older sister.  While a high school English teacher (encouraging the future writers of the world to succeed), I know she sometimes finds time to work on her own writing.  I’ve heard that she wrote a book of her own, and I hope that she gets it published so I can read it!

6.  I’m tagging six!  Jeanette Szabo – my (by marriage) favorite great aunt.  This woman writes beautiful poetry and I hear she’s working on a memoir.  She’s currently reading my book and I can’t wait to hear her feedback!  I also can’t wait to read more of her poetry.

Alright, that’s it!  I will be sharing/tagging via Facebook.  Feel free to comment, ask questions, or steal this for your own writing friends!


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jeanette Taylor Szabo
    Dec 28, 2012 @ 13:54:45

    You so inspire me! 2013 is my year to WRITE with a purpose and a passion! It must become a priority and I need to stick with it. I have been writing poetry and journals and short stories since I was in 3rd grade and I am now soon to be 66 so ON with it!
    I am not nearly as gifted as you are, but I want to leave a legacy for my grand children and great grandchildren.
    I wish I could sit down with you sometime and discuss and idea I have for a fiction book that is based on non fiction. An incident that happened to a family member when I was a very young little girl. I cherish the documentation that I have.

    I am very much enjoying The Sage’s Eye! If I did not have grandchildren visiting I would be done so I will get back to it soon! Keep writing dear Niece. You really have a gift!


  2. lenorahoward
    Dec 29, 2012 @ 17:14:10

    Aw thanks Jeanette! 🙂 I agree that we need to have a sit down and talk about our writing. I’d love to hear about your book idea, not to mention a chance to just sit and talk with you! 🙂
    I’m so glad you like my book! I can’t wait for you to read the second one, and I look forward to reading more of your poetry.



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