Friday, August 9, 2013

A Warm Welcome to Emma Right!

It's so nice to have this young adult fantasy author with us today!
 

Is there a story behind your book Keeper of Reign?

When I first began writing Keeper of Reign in 2008 it was just a story I made up for my five kids then. They wanted a fun, adventure story set in a fantastical setting and as a mom, I wanted the story to be more than just a fairy-tale. I wanted them to learn about the importance of loving each other--as they grated on each other a lot --and the importance of family, and the value of persevering and so on. So I wove these themes into the tale, at the time called Kingdom of Reign. Then I thought, hey, maybe I could publish this…hence the journey to self-publishing.

 

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
Eleazer in the prologue. He's the King's helper, and he knew the King personally, yet even he felt fear, and didn't have total confidence that what the King had left for the people of Reign, Books written in the King's own blood, was enough to overcome Gehzurolle (german word for "confounder'). And that feels like how things are for me sometimes. Even after all the miracles I have seen and witnessed I still have fear, and that is what the enemy will use to try to overcome me. Eleazer appears only in the prologue, (and some mention in the story) but I have been toying about writing a prequel which will expound more on the history of the King and how the curse came into Reign. I couldn't include all this back story in Keeper of Reign, Book 1, as it would have slowed the plot down, and also for 11 to 16 year olds, ( my target readers) this would have been too much history.



What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?

Probably rappelling down 180 feet down in Moaning Cave with my son. it was a bel--shaped cave and it was scary. i called the name of Jesus all the way down--I figured if He couldn't help me, who could, right?


 

What is your favorite season of the year?

Mid-Fall, when all the leaves have turned different colors. And when you walk under some of these they make a wonderful rustling sound as your feet crush on them.

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them? I dread cleaning up small spaces--like those odd drawers where we dump everything inside. Just the idea of hundreds of small things to sift through and decide what to throw and/or keep daunts me.


 

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?

I like to include the theme that with God all things are possible, and how all things work together for good for the Believers. And how if we seek His will, His Word, His Wisdom, we will end up better than when we first began. I tried to include these ideas into Keeper of Reign, and I hope to weave biblical messages into my future stories as well.

 

Where do you escape for some quiet time to reflect, pray, read, etc?

The only times I have that's "quiet" is when my kids are in bed, so I try to sleep way after them, or stay in bed a few moments after I get up to ask the Lord for strength and wisdom to cope with each day's issues. What other question would you like us to ask you? (Please type out the question and then answer it as well)



What do I hope Keeper of Reign accomplishes?

I wanted to write an allegorical fantasy about the fall of man and the redemption story set in a fantasy setting that's filled with danger and adventure. Something young readers can enjoy but still have a Christian message.
I hope my readers (11 and up) can see that with the power of the gospel, we can overcome our problems and difficulties. I want to empower young readers with this message, that if they seek the truth (the Ancient Books, in Keeper of Reign) they will find wisdom and answers to life's problems. It doesn't mean the answers are going to come easy, but persistence will pay off, and the BIble has all the answers.

 


When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?

I am currently editing Dead Dreams, a young adult thriller, and that should be ready December 2014. And I hope to have Keeper of Reign Book 2 out early 2014. Some readers (book bloggers, mostly,) have asked me to write a prequel for Keeper of Reign. I might. Time is my enemy these days.



About the author:
Emma Right is a happy wife and homeschool mother of five living in the Pacific West Coast of the USA. Besides running a busy home, and looking after their five pets, which includes two cats, two bunnies and a Long-haired dachshund, she also writes stories for her children. She loves the Lord and His Word deeply, and when she doesn't have her nose in a book, she is telling her kids to get theirs in one.
Right worked as a copywriter for two major advertising agencies and won several awards, including the prestigious Clio Award for her ads, before she settled down to have children.


You can find her on the web:
Blog: Facebook: Penterest: Twitter:

You can purchase the book on:
Amazon

Emma Right is giving away a copy of Keeper of Reign. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post. (It's not too late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post)
 
 
 
 
Happy Reading!
Caroline Brown

2 comments:

Lisa Lickel said...

This is such an amazing story, and I'm not just saying that because I know and love Emma. She's worked so hard to get the story out in public, and if my kids were in a different cycle of life right now, I know they'd love it.

Anonymous said...

Sounds awesome! :) undsy1223@gmail.com

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