My dear friend Hope is releasing her second novella! I don’t usually like fantasy, but I’ve read several of Hope’s yet-to-be-published books (as well as the ones that have been published!) and they are all amazing!!!
Welcome to the launch of Song of the Sword, the second novella in the Legends of Light series! Although the history of Aslaria and the conflict between the Prince and the rebel, Tauscher, flows chronologically though the series, each novella is a stand-alone retelling of a favorite fairy tale. Each story in this nine novella series focuses on one of the nine aspects of the Fruit of the Spirit while also retelling popular fairy tales in a clean, exciting, and inspiring manner.
A glittering sword.
An ancient oath.
A blackened rose.
And a melody which ties it all together.
Evrard and Roinette, twins separated at birth, are caught in a battle beyond their own limited powers. With their ability to walk in the melody realm, catching glimpses of the light and darkness underlying Aslaria, comes even more danger.
Deadly mistbenders. Writhing walls of blankness. Hateful drumbeats. As a warrior in the Melody, Evrard has seen it all. But his own ability in the melody realm pales in comparison to the Prince’s melody, the legendary prowess of past Wingmasters, and even the depth of his sister’s song.
To rescue Roinette and evade the trap almost certainly set for him by those who want his power, Evrard knows he’ll have to be careful. Even if he can find the Wingmaster’s sword, there’s no assurance he’ll be able to defeat a mistbender on his own. In the end, will his and Roinette’s efforts matter if the Prince brings an ancient oath to fulfillment, shaking the very foundation of Aslaria?
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I know I’ve said this many times: I’m not a huge fantasy lover. Hope’s stories, however, are an exception. Maybe it is her suck-you-in writing style, maybe it’s the depth of the characters, maybe it’s the creativity of the setting–I don’t know exactly. This twist on Rapunzel…wow. It was so good. So much less cheesy than the real story. ;-) One little (LITTLE) thing that bugged me was it sometimes got confusing with all the realm-hopping. However, that may very well be because I read too fast and skip over things accidentally.
Hope is a fantastic author. I cannot wait to see what happens in stories to come. It can only get more amazing from here!
My interview with Hope:
When you were ten years old, did you ever think that you would be an author?
When I was ten? Oh dear, I can hardly remember… I already was writing some things, so if you would have told me I would be self-publishing fantasy when I was twenty-one, I probably would have believed you about being a writer though I’d have been incredulous about the self-publishing part. But it was until I was in my teens that consciously began thinking of myself as a author.
What is something that writing has taught you?
Endurance and steady persistence. Writing isn’t always easy. I’ll go through stages in about every story, moving from loving the book, to thinking it’s awful, to recognizing it’s not all that bad. But I’ve learned, no matter my current emotional feelings about the story, to keep writing, to keep going, to not give up. And in the end, I do get somewhere. Even if it takes a while.
Has writing brought you closer to the Lord? If so, how?
Yes, it has. I weave allegorical themes into my stories, and I tend to learn from them as I write. The theme of joy in Song of the Sword is a case in point. I knew the idea of our joy being founded in Christ, and that joy and happiness are not necessarily the same thing. But as I wrote the story and worked through Evrard’s struggle with the source of true joy, I came to a deeper understanding of how our joy is based in Christ alone, no matter what happens around us. Even if we might be in heaviness due to personal sorrow, we can still hold to the joy give us through Christ’s death and resurrection. A joy which transcends earthly suffering.
How do you get through the ‘low points’ in writing?
When I get depressed with my writing, I’ll pray about it. I figure that I want to honor God and inspire people with my work, and that if He wants the story to get done, it will get done. Then I work through it. I write no matter if I’m feeling good or bad about the story, because I know that, sooner or later, my spirits will lift again. The slump might last a few hours, like after getting beta reader feedback (not, of course, that I resent or don’t want the feedback. I need it. I just don’t tend to realize the amount of work I still need to do sometimes) or a few weeks after discovering a gaping flaw in my story.
One trick which helps me, is to figure out what is really wrong. If I look at my story and think it’s awful, the changes needed seem overwhelming. So I sit down and figure out what exactly needs to be done. Maybe the characters lack emotion and I need setting details. Both are fairly big things, but once I know that, I can figure out a course of action. A battle plan. Such as going though one chapter a day and focusing on adding emotion. Then I’ll go back over it and look over where I can add setting details. At the rate of a chapter a day, I can get it done in five weeks… suddenly the whole project doesn’t seem as overwhelming since I know what I need to do and how I will go about doing it.
What is one of your favorite writing-related memories?
That’s hard, there are so many compiled small moments which make up the pleasures of writing. Most recently, my favorite memory is sitting on the tire swing, muttering about a subplot I had to figure out with a minor character. And then suddenly the pieces all snapped together in one great ‘ahhhh’ moment as I realized what I could do and how the solution was already built into the story. I’d just not recognized it before. Those moments are that make writing worthwhile.
About the Author
She has been writing for over five years, and has so many story ideas that she doubts she will ever stop. Her favorite genre to write is high fantasy with a touch of the allegorical. A close second is futuristic suspense. Her goal is to not only entertain with her stories, but to provide inspirational fiction for young adults.
Predictably, she loves reading fantasy, fairy tales, mythology, and futuristic suspense. Her favorite authors include J. R. R. Tolkien, Charles Dickens, Frank Peretti, Mark Twain, and Serena Chase.
Her hobbies include photography, movie making, knitting, tree climbing, writing e-mails to friends, listening to Celtic music, and collecting shiny trinkets for story inspiration.
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