“Notes” is the title of chapter eight, the first chapter about Hanna Straite. Notes are also what gets Hanna involved in the story. She finds several unfinished notes written by Prince Jorrid, and from them, speculates that there is an evil plot afoot. These notes are rather central to Hanna’s story, despite the fact that she cannot read them herself.
In the paperback edition of Across the Stars, I have included illustrations. The figures in the illustrations were sculpted by my sister Rebekah, and photographed by my sister Addyson. For one picture of Hanna, Prince Jorrid’s notes are scattered all over the floor. I made these by tearing paper into little pieces and crumpling them up. So the all-important notes even made it into the illustrations.
What is in the notes? Well, that’s a secret…one that is revealed in chapters 8 and 15 of Across the Stars.
Marian Walker is Felix’s mother, and Andrew Walker’s wife. She is a good, Christian woman, and the reason Felix turned out so well. Her marriage was not happy; Andrew was a cruel man, who married her only because she had a large dowry. Marian led a miserable life for four years, until Felix was born, but she was a faithful wife, and constantly endeavored to share the Gospel with Andrew. Marian was a good mother, teaching Felix about God and the Bible, something which aggravated Andrew and King Jorrid. Though Andrew was cruel to her, Marian truly loved her husband. It was her greatest desire to see him accept Jesus as his savior.
Marian is not in the Watson narrative, for the simple reason that she died ten years earlier. (This is not really a spoiler because one of the first statements Felix makes mentions that his mother is dead.) She is, however, very important to Felix’s story. There wasn’t really much involved in developing her character. Felix needed a mother who would teach him the things he needed to know, and so that was what Marian became. Her backstory, what little I know of it, rather intrigues me, though. Perhaps someday I’ll write about it.
Marian’s story is rather a hard luck story, but I’m sure she would not want to be pitied. She was not that kind of person. To find out more about Marian, read Across the Stars.
Liza is JudyAnne’s daughter and Anthony’s older sister. She is kind and optimistic, quite the opposite of her little brother. Liza is always able to bring out the best in people, a quality which causes Anthony to reflect, “Maybe she should talk to Prince Jorrid.”
Unfortunately, Liza only appears in one chapter, “The Passing of the King.” However, Anthony does visit her in later chapters and is convinced by her to apologize for his wrongdoing. Even though she is hardly in the story, I really like Liza. She is a great big sister, and I’m sure she is also a wonderful wife (in “The Passing of the King” it is mentioned that she recently got married).
I originally planned a tragic end for Liza and her husband Jason, but when it came to the point, I just didn’t have the heart to do it. Liza is a wonderful young woman, and a very important influence for good in Anthony’s life.
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King Jorrid was a spoiled brat, a cruel man, and a wicked tyrant. The people of Emarot had always dreaded his rise to the throne, however, it was inevitable that one day he should be king. Jorrid’s father, Horrid, was a kind man who loved his people and always tried to help the less fortunate. Jorrid, however, did what benefitted him, even if it meant killing those opposed to him.
In the original draft of Across the Stars, Jorrid didn’t appear in person until near the end. He was often mentioned, but he was only actually in one scene. In the final version, he still only appears once in the Watson narrative, but appears multiple times in the parts about Anthony, Felix, and Hanna. Hanna and Felix have more direct contact with Jorrid than Anthony. Hanna cleaned his room when he was still a prince, and had several confrontations with him. Felix was brought by his father to see King Jorrid weekly, and also ended up having several confrontations.
What to do to King Jorrid posed a problem when I was writing Across the Stars. I wasn’t sure whether to kill him, lock him up, or exile him on some deserted planet. What actually happened to him, you will have to find out from the book.
I can’t say I like Jorrid, but he fills an important role in the story. After all, without him there would be no story.
JudyAnne Williamson is the first Emarotian the Watsons meet, the first Emarotian readers meet, and the first Emarotian I met when I made up Across the Stars. That’s a fact.
JudyAnne is described as a short, plump, motherly-looking woman when she is first introduced into the story. She is Anthony’s mother and a first cousin of Felix’s mother. She is a friendly, hospitable, motherly woman with an annoying habit of constantly saying “That’s a fact.”
JudyAnne is introduced in chapter three, which was the last chapter I made up before deciding to write Across the Stars down. JudyAnne likely had something to do with that decision. From the moment she appeared in the story, she had a very distinct personality. She is really nice, and is a person Felix can come to when his life gets too difficult to bear. She has had to deal with great hardship, but still manages to be cheerful. She is a strong Christian, and it is this faith that has helped her through the difficult times.
JudyAnne and her home are rather an anchor for the story. Without her, the history of Emoria would not have been told, and Across the Stars would be missing something that only she can bring. That’s a fact.
Independence is a major theme in Across the Stars. After all, the whole point of the story is to gain independence from tyranny.
American independence is often referred to throughout the story. The characters use the American Declaration of Independence as a model for the Emarotian Declaration of Independence. They often draw parallels to and gain inspiration and insight from America’s struggle for independence.
The Emarotians’ plan is very similar to that of the American colonies. They are attempting to separate from the capitol and establish their own nation, free, and independent of the Emorian crown. Whether they succeed or not will have to be discovered from the book itself.
Liberty is something that is lacking today. As the federal government gains more and more power, they restrict our rights and take away our liberties. By bringing the history of American independence into Across the Stars, I am attempting to remind Americans of this nation’s heritage, and inspire them to fight to regain the rights that God gave to us. This nation needs to be reminded of liberty, to know what our founders did that we might be free, to fight for freedom so that America can be a shining light for the world once more. Maybe Emoria’s struggle for independence can help to do that.
Hanna Straite is a character who was entirely unforeseen at the start of Across the Stars. When I wrote the part about Anthony Williamson, I opened up the possibility that King Jorrid murdered his father. I didn’t really give it much thought…until after I finished writing Felix’s part. Then I remembered the hint about King Jorrid, and Hanna’s story was born.
Hanna Straite is an orphan who works as a maid for King Horrid, Jorrid’s father. She is rather rash and reckless, and she really doesn’t care if she dies trying to save the king. Her friend Sam Hawling, however, would do anything to save Hanna’s life. Hanna has a very distinct personality, but it wasn’t until a few months ago that I realized what made her the way she is. Suffice it to say that she has had a very difficult life. This is not brought to light in Across the Stars (since I didn’t know about Hanna’s past until after I finished writing it), but if I write a sequel about her, which I hope someday to do, it will be explained.
Hanna is far from perfect, but she is very entertaining and I love her dearly.
Aside from the nagging and sometimes troubling memories and questions of his past, life for Will over the last year has been truly blessed. His relationship with Skye grows daily as he plans and prepares a future life for them. However, all he has envisioned is endangered by an unexpected stranger with a shocking identity. Suddenly, Will learns more about his past than he thought he'd ever know, but it comes at a steep price when he and everyone closest to him are thrown into the middle of a dangerous plot that threatens all their lives.
Every Tear, the moving sequel to The Pirate Daughter's Promise, is an example of how God never leaves our side, even in our most troubling and sorrowful moments, taking every tear into account.
--From Molly Evangeline's Website
Every Tear is, in my opinion, even better than The Pirate Daughter's Promise. The plot is more complex, the adventure is more intense, and the ending even more satisfying.
I loved getting to spend more time with old friends...Will and Skye, Daniel, Matthew, John, Kate...and the new characters are great. I love the James family, particularly Emma. Another thing I loved about Every Tear is how it reveals Will's history. I love backstories, so I really liked learning Will's.
The plot is so complex and exciting there is hardly any downtime. There is practically always something happening. The emotions are intense, and I have to say, the bad guys make me really mad (that's a good thing). Throughout the whole book, even and especially at the worst times, the characters always turn to God.
Molly Evangeline weaves faith, romance, and adventure together into an amazing story for all ages. If you liked The Pirate Daughter's Promise, you will love Every Tear.
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