The blog tour celebrating the release of The King's Scrolls is here! The King's Scrolls is the second book in the to be six book series Ilyon Chronicles by Jaye L. Knight. It's an amazing series that I am now pretty sure has passed up my long time top favorite Narnia. Ilyon Chronicles is a fantastic story of faith and standing up for what you believe in, even in the face of persecution, of friends and family, of daring adventures and dangerous faith-filled missions, and every book is better than the last. For book one, Resistance, I had the pleasure of interviewing Prince Daniel. For book two, The King's Scrolls, I was able to interview Marcus Altair, the oldest brother of twins Kyrin and Kaden.
Hello, Marcus. Welcome to my blog. Could you introduce yourself to my readers?
*nods politely* Thank you for having me. I’m Captain Marcus Altair. I’ve been a soldier in Arcacia’s army for about eight years now. It’s in my blood. My father is also an army captain, and my grandfather is a renowned general.
What do you do for fun?
Thankfully, my family lives close to the fort where I’m stationed, so I like to go home when I can to see my mother and younger brothers. I’d never not want to be a soldier, but it is nice to just relax at home once in a while. I like to read too, when I have the time. I’ve always been interested in history.
Reading and history are something we have in common, then. Who is your best friend?
I have quite a few friends at the fort, but I’m closest to my brother, Liam. I know he doesn’t like the army very much, but I like having him around. He’s very good at listening when you have something on your mind.
It's always nice to have someone willing to listen. What’s your favorite childhood memory?
Probably back when Kyrin and Kaden were still at home. Our father built us a fort in a swamp near our house. We had quite a few grand adventures there. And some, well, not so grand. *chuckles* I remember Kaden and I disagreeing, and when there’s that much mud around, it’s not a good mix. But looking back on it now, I wouldn’t trade away those memories for anything.
The fort sounds fun. It's always great to be able to play with your siblings as children, even when you don't always get along perfectly. Do you prefer hanging out with your mother or your father?
Both, for different reasons. I see my father more since we’re both stationed at the same fort. It’s difficult to find the opportunity to truly spend time with either one of them unless I’m at home, especially if my grandfather, the General, is around. His relationship with my father is a bit rough.
What is your biggest fear?
Failure, I suppose. I’ve worked so hard to get where I am, and I don’t want to disappoint the General. He’s done a lot to help me succeed. I don’t want him to feel any of it has been a waste or that I’m reflecting badly on him.
Failure is hard. But sometimes failure at one thing leads to success at something even better. If you weren’t in the army, what would you want to do?
Honestly, I don’t know. I’ve always wanted to be a soldier. I dreamed of it all the time as a little boy. I can’t imagine doing something different. I suppose I’d look for a job in security if I had to leave the army. It would be the next best option for my skills.
That makes a lot of sense. Have you ever disagreed with your grandfather about anything?
He can be very harsh sometimes. I don’t always agree with his methods, especially when it comes to Liam. I would like it if he could be a bit more understanding at times, but I understand his desire for discipline. He didn’t get to where he is by being lax.
That's certainly true, that he didn't get where he is by being lax. How far does your loyalty to your grandfather and the emperor go, especially in regards to your family?
Loyalty is one of the most important things to being a soldier. We all have to trust that we have each other’s backs. And the General and the emperor are our leaders. They deserve our greatest loyalty. I’m also loyal to my family. Those loyalties shouldn’t clash unless some decide to follow . . . different paths.
Which leads us to certain siblings of yours. How did you feel about Kyrin and Kaden being taken to Tarvin Hall?
It was hard to get used to. I missed them a lot. It was hard to understand for a while why they had to go. I know I asked my father more than once if he could bring them back. But now I understand what an honor it was for them to be chosen for such training.
An honor, yes, but it has led to an unlikely turn of events in their situation. Would you be willing to listen to Kyrin’s side of the story of her traitorous action?
I’d listen. I want to hear her story and try to, at least, understand the reasoning behind her actions. It just doesn’t seem like the sort of thing she would do. Kaden, maybe, but not Kyrin. Then again, we’ve barely seen each other growing up. People change, I guess.
They do change. Thanks, Marcus. It was great having you here!
About the Book
Following the harrowing events that brought them to Landale Forest, Jace and Kyrin have settled comfortably into their new lives and the mission of protecting those under the emperor’s persecution. The fast approach of winter brings with it the anticipation of a quiet few months ahead. That is until the arrival of four mysterious, dragon-riding cretes who seek aid in a mission of great importance—not only to their own people, but to all followers of Elôm.
Hidden in the vast mining valley north of Valcré, a faithful crete has spent years sharing his knowledge with the destitute miners and their families and is known to possess what may be Arcacia’s last surviving copies of the King’s Scrolls—the Word of Elôm. Joining the cretes, those in Landale must find the crete teacher and bring him to safety, but it is a race against time. Should Daican’s men find him first, execution and the destruction of the Scrolls is certain.
When disaster strikes, all seems lost. Could Elôm have a plan even in the enemy’s triumph?
Available on Amazon!
Resistance Kindle Sale
Haven’t begun the adventure into Ilyon? From February 17th - 23rd, get Resistance, the award-winning first book of Ilyon Chronicles for your Kindle on sale for only 99 cents! Check it out on Amazon!
Share in the excitement of the release and enter to win a themed Epic Winter giveaway! Prize pack includes an autographed copy of The King’s Scrolls, a CD by Future World Music (some of Jaye’s favorite writing music), a dragon bookmark, a stone hawk pendant (much like the ones mentioned in the book), and a few packages of Twining’s Winter Spice tea to sip while you read! (Giveaway is open to US residents only. Cannot be shipped internationally.)
About the Author
Jaye L. Knight is a homeschool graduated indie author with a passion for writing Christian fantasy and clean new adult fiction. Armed with an active imagination and love for adventure, Jaye weaves stories of truth, faith, and courage with the message that even in the deepest darkness, God’s love shines as a light to offer hope. She has been penning stories since the age of eight and resides in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.
You can connect with Jaye on her website, blog, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Etsy.
Blog Tour Schedule
Tuesday, February 17
· Tour Introduction at Jaye L. Knight
· Author Interview at Crafty Booksheeps
· Review at Musings of a Middle Age Author
· Author Interview at Seasons of Humility
· Author Interview and Book Spotlight at A Brighter Destiny
· Review and Author Interview at A Writer’s Heart
Wednesday, February 18
· Review at To Be A Person
· Author Interview at Leah’s Bookshelf
· Review at The Destiny of One
· Author Interview and Book Spotlight at Reflection
· Author Interview and Character Spotlight (Liam) at Thilly Little Nothings
· Author Interview at Dreams and Dragons
· Book Spotlight at One Servant's Heart
· Book Spotlight at Venturing to Other Worlds
Thursday, February 19
· Q&A Session at Ilyon Chronicles - Behind the Scenes
· Review and Author Interview at Crumpets 'n' Cream
· Character Interview (Marcus) at Morgan Elizabeth Huneke
· Review and Author Interview at Spreading the Word
· Character Spotlight (Marcus) at Reflection
· Author Interview at Rivershore Books
· Review and Author Interview at Red Lettering
· Review at Written Rest
Friday, February 20
· Q&A Session at Ilyon Chronicles - Behind the Scenes
· Review at Melody Jackson, Author
· Review at Anything, Everything
· Author Interview at Guns and Roses
· Character Interview (Talas) at The Writer’s Window
· Review at O. Scarlett! Reviews
· Review and Author Interview at Zerina Blossom
· Review at Leah’s Bookshelf
Saturday, February 21
· Q&A Session at Ilyon Chronicles - Behind the Scenes
· Review at The American Anglophile
· Review and Book Spotlight at Vic's Media Room
· Author Interview at Butterflies of the Imagination
· Review and Author Interview at Tialla’s Tellings
· Review and Character Interview (Liam) at Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections
· Character Spotlight and Character Interview (Timothy) at Written Rest
Sunday, February 22
· Review and Author Interview at Claire M. Banschbach- Thoughts and Rants
· Character Spotlight (Aaron) at The Art of Storytelling
· Book and Character Spotlight (General Veshiron) at Tell Tale Book Reviews
· Review at Reality Calling
· Character Spotlight (Leetra) at Zerina Blossom
Monday, February 23
· Q&A Session at Ilyon Chronicles - Behind the Scenes
· Character Interview (Captain Darq) at Knitted By God's Plan
· Review at Backing Books
· Realm Explorers post at Letters from Annie Douglass Lima
· Character Interview (Aaron) at However Improbable
· Character Spotlight (Daniel) at Finding the True Fairy Tale
· Author Interview at Pencils Can Change the World
Tuesday, February 24
· Q&A Session at Ilyon Chronicles - Behind the Scenes
· Review at Shire Reviews
· Review and Author Interview at Elvish Pens, Fantastical Writings
· Review and Author Interview at The Pen of a Ready Writer
· Character Interview (Leetra) at A Writer’s Faith
Wednesday, February 25
· Tour Conclusion at Jaye L. Knight
My friend Kendra E. Ardnek just released the newest installment in The Bookania Quests: My Kingdom for a Quest. It's an awesome book that I really enjoyed, and highly recommend. The blog tour celebrating the release of the book is going on now. For my part of the tour, I have an interview with Kendra to share with you!
Hi, Kendra! Welcome to my blog. Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Greetings! I'm a 20-year-old writer (wow, it's weird to write that, my birthday was only just the other week!), who loves fairy tales, myths, legends, and especially my God. I'm the oldest of four, homeschooled my whole life, and have been writing for most of it. I also have an invisible rocket in my back yard in which I take frequent trips to the moon.
For anyone who doesn’t know, the Bookania Quests are based on/inspired by fairy tales. What got you to start liking fairy tales in the first place? What is your favorite one?
I blame that on my mother. She used to take my sister and I on walks around the block, telling us various tales, embellished in her own personal style. (Our mother's an amazing storyteller). When I finally began reading the tales for myself, I was somewhat disappointed to find that they didn't include everything my mother's versions did, but I still loved them nonetheless.
Favorite tale. That changes almost daily (sometimes hourly). I tend to go for the obscure ones, though. Such as “Casperl and the Princess,” on which my short story “Woodcutter Quince” is based; “The Jolly King's Daughter,” which is also known as “The Little Good Mouse,” and “The White Cat,” which actually held that place for the longest time running, as it was our favorite story to get our mother to tell to us.
On a similar note, what is your favorite fairy tale retelling?
A few years ago, I would have instantly spouted off Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. However, while it still holds the place of favorite Cinderella retelling (closely followed by the as-yet unpublished Secret of the Hazel Tree by Kirsten Fitcher), I'm not certain it can hold the place of favorite over all. I also adore the retellings in her Princess Collection; Ever After High, and Rapunzel's Revenge by Shannon Hale; Cinder and Scarlet by Marissa Meyer; The Cinderella Theorem by Kristee Ravan; and The Frog who Would Be Prince by Norm DePloom.
So many options, so many great retellings that I have read. Please don't make me choose.
My Kingdom For a Quest is largely about Arthur, who first made his appearance in Do You Take This Quest? What inspired the insertion of Arthurian legends into Bookania?
That's complicated. You see, while I was working on the first two books of the series, I was involved in the YWP NaNo forums, particularly in a chatroom of sorts where a few of us authors would hang out with our characters. A few of members also stole characters from TV shows and RP'd with them, including a girl who had Arthur from Merlin. Despite the fact that I've only ever seen half an episode from the show, one of my Bookania Characters (one that I haven't officially introduced yet, but I'm really looking forward to writing with) developed a crush on him, and proceeded to insist that her love interest have something to do with King Arthur. So I obliged – Arthur was his ancestor 300 years back.
I got Sew published, and it was doing really good, but I kept running into brick walls with writing Take and wasn't even past the second chapter, so I did what I always do in this situation and took the story to my mother. I read it aloud to her, and when we got to the part where Shira is pinning Robin to the wall, mother commented on her motive. Apparently, there was a whole bunch of BACKSTORY there that I hadn't even guessed at. (Nature of said backstory is spoiler territory, however). While discussing this backstory, and its possible repercussions (including the fact that it seriously messed with a subplot I had tried to put in Sew), we realized that it created an opening for an Arthur character.
On one hand, I really liked this, but it messed up a lot of my planned plot, especially the fact that I had an Arthur already worked into the world. Well, no matter, I'd also recently discovered a Robin Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White who were living 300 years ago. I decided that Bookania had a repeating history.
I have to ask, will we see plenty of Robin, Robert, and Eric in this next book? And the book after that? I don’t really want to say goodbye to any of them.
You will see lots of Robin and Eric in Kingdom – Eric's even a main POV. However, Robert informed me that as the crown prince of Locksley, he really needed to get back home, and since this whole war thing wasn't really his style, could he please be exempt? He's in two chapters.
In book four … um … you'll see a lot of Robin. Robert will get into a few chapters, probably in the second half (haven't written them, but I do know that he's important.) Eric though. He and Robin Hood get kidnapped. The current plan is that he'll be in the interruptions!
Honestly, I sat down once to figure out what it would take to get Robert to go on a quest again, and it involved me removing pretty much every ally he had and stacking the odds against him so high, it'd be impossible for him to win. He's never going to officially leave the series, I do know that, but he's never going to be a main character, save in short stories.
Which of the Bookania characters would you most like to spend the day with?
Maryanne. I haven't introduced her yet, but I've done pre-writing with her, and she's such fun. She'll be the main character of several installments, and she can get herself in out of more trouble …
Let’s talk about writing. I get writer’s block quite a bit. What do you do when you get stuck?
I go work on something else, read a book, take a walk, play a computer game, run around like a crazy person in my backyard, fix supper, realize my room is in desperate need of cleaning, knit a scarf …
Basically, anything I can to get away from my story. Eventually I'll come up with a way to break through on my block, or else guilt will drive me back to the story and I'll just push through it.
I really like to drink tea while I write. Do you have any special drinks or snacks for writing? Any specific Bookania ones?
Um, I snack on whatever I happen to have on hand, which right now involves a lot of chocolate, because of after Christmas sales. I really like tic-tacs, and popcorn's always great. As for drinks, I usually just stick with water, though I'll occasionally heat some water and fix myself some tea or hot apple cider. I'm picky with my teas though, preferring vanilla or strong fruit flavors.
Nothing specific to Bookania, however.
What is your favorite part of writing?
Either the plotting stage or the rewriting. I love plotting because the story's still pristine and perfect in my head, and I like rewriting because I already have my blazed trail, and now I get to polish the story.
On a final note, do you have any advice for someone, like me, who would love to write a fairy tale retelling, but doesn’t know where to start?
Start with a fairy tale. Whichever you choose to retell, find as many versions you can, including other retellings. Immerse yourself in the story until you find its heart, and then make it your own.
Arthur is the rightful king of Briton, but his Uncle Mordreth refuses to give up the regency. Arthur and Grandfather are now returning with allies to wrestle the kingdom from his uncle's grasp. But not all is as it seems among his allies, and everyone has secrets. New loves, old loves, lost loves, kingdoms conquered and kingdoms stolen. Who is the real "rightful heir" and will the nearly forgotten sword in the stone finally answer this question?
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Kendra E. Ardnek loves fairy tales and twisting them in new and exciting ways. She's been practicing her skills on her dozen plus cousins and siblings for years, "Finish your story, Kendra", is frequently heard at family gatherings. Her sole life goal has always been to grow up and be an author of fantasy and children's tales that also glorify God and his Word. You can read more about her on her blog, knittedbygodsplan.blogspot.com.
Four of Kendra E. Ardnek's other books are free on kindle today!
Today some other homeschooled authors and I are having a one day only eBook sale. For today only, each of these books costs only 99¢ apiece on kindle. Just follow the links below for some great deals. Both my books are in it. Now's a good chance to get them for 66% off their usual price.
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It Took a War
The Heart of Arcrea
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The Isle of Arcrea
When I decided to create a fantasy world (a long time ago, and trust me, it has gone through many, many very needed changes), it was only natural for there to be fantasy races. Some (like talking animals) got cut. Others (like the merfolk) came in later, like halfway through writing Time Captives. Some of them are my own version of already existing fantasy races. Elves, for instance. Others (strytes, kalicans) I made up myself. Strytes even didn't become a race of Calhortea right away. Probably the longest still existing Calhortan race, besides humans, of course, are the kalicans.
The kalicans are the first that Emily, Allan, Jill, and Joey meet on their arrival. I'm not much of a sit down and worldbuild kind of person, so I kind of made them up as I went along. And, honestly, the kalicans, like most things in Calhortea, are a mishmash of countless things from our world.
I like to describe the kalicans as leprechauns who live like American Indians and speak with Scottish accents (or as near as I can get to one, which honestly isn't very close. Amy Pond and the Twelfth Doctor have helped a little bit, but not much). So for looks, kalicans grow to be about 2-3 feet tall, slightly taller than Yoda but a teensy bit shorter than a hobbit. They have curly brown or red hair and their eyes are usually brown. They have pointed ears, and are fair creatures. They have an average lifespan of 120-150 years.
Kalicans live in wigwams. Only, their wigwams are made out of leafy green tree branches, not animal skins. Apparently no one else makes wigwams that way, since Pinterest didn't turn up a picture of one. They live largely on what they can hunt and gather, and, though I have yet to see one, I wouldn't be surprised if some of their women took to gardening. Kalicans are also good at weaving, storytelling, certain types of art, and music. Basically, if it's a skill one typically associates with American Indians, they probably have it. One big difference, though: The vast majority of kalicans are Christians. This shapes their society in so many ways. They are kind and caring, friendly and welcoming. They fought against the strytes alongside the elves and Calhortans in the stryte invasion of Calhortz, which has cost kalicans of many generations their lives. They are more than willing to fight for what is right, despite their small numbers. They reside in the small country of Kalica at the foot of the Headstone Mountains, when they aren't being all but wiped out by the strytes.
Kalican names were fun to come up with. For the most part, they are ordinary names spelled in an unusual (though hopefully fairly phonetical) way. The ones I've come up with are as follows: Naythin, Leela (I promise I didn't name her after the Fourth Doctor companion, I didn't know about her then, but I do like her now), Peetur, Meelya, Atkinson, Graiss, Mykall, Sofeeya, Sauliman, Luuke, Evalin, and Ammeelia. Naythin's name was originally Tommis, but then I realized one of the Time Captives had been named Thomas, so it was best to change it.
The kalicans are fun to write about. Their culture is intriguing, and they are such kind little people. I'm looking forward to sharing them with the world.
It's a big, big, big day! Well, yesterday, but it is today, because, see, I'm writing this on Monday to post on Tuesday, since I already posted on Monday. Because this Monday is a big, big, big day! (Yes, I'm quoting Effie Trinket. She is rather stupid, but the quote is so accurate.)
I finished Time Captives! Not completely. I still probably have at a minimum three rounds of revising and editing before it becomes publishable, and probably more like twice that, if The Experiment was any indicator. But every single rough draft of the entire trilogy and its companion is done! I feel like having a party. Seriously, two years and one and two thirds months to reach the end of a rough draft is a long time. I shouldn't complain. I do believe it took Tolkien longer. Sometimes it felt like I would never reach the end. Sometimes it felt like the book stunk and I would never write anything again. I'm done with those feelings. At least for now. I feel at the moment like Time Captives is going to be amazing. There's still more work to do, but it's going to be fantastic. (Make sure your head plays that word in Christopher Eccleston's voice. :D ) After all, I reread the first chapter of Creighton Hill the other day and enjoyed it like it was written by someone else. I love it when I can enjoy reading my own book.
I'm not done with these characters, but I'm already getting sorry to wind down my time with them. I'm thinking I'm going to have to write some short stories about Grant and Eleanor at sea, some things about Adriel and his siblings, most particularly about Ariela, which would mean her and Connor, and bring the Hubbards somehow into my big group of friends which includes the Watsons of Across the Stars fame.
Want some stats? The whole trilogy is currently at 105,107 words with the first and last books somewhere in the neighborhood of 33,000 and the middle one at 39,500. Altogether, it's way longer than anything I've ever written, and even on their own, two books already top The Experiment. Add companion book Espionage in there, and the total comes to 133,682. I've written an awful lot in the last two years. Four books in two years! That's something awesome. It's also by far the largest cast of characters I've ever worked with. It was extremely challenging at times, but I'm happy with the way things are going. It isn't perfect yet, but it's just like this thing I saw on Pinterest.
I've shoveled in the sand, now it's time to build the castles.
I'll give you an estimate on publishing. I'll hopefully get Creighton Hill out by the end of Spring. That's still several months away, thank goodness. Then hopefully The Crossways late this Fall, Espionage Spring of 2016 and The Crossways sometime leading up to that Christmas. It seems like a realistic plan, but sometimes life can go crazy, so I'm not putting down any firm dates or anything. And, hey, it's slightly accelerated from my last plan (which means it's missing a still yet to be written Hanna and Sam Across the Stars sequel. It's still in my plans somewhere eventually.).
And that's my update. I've still only made one teaser trailer, but I'm planning to do more. Here's the one I already made again.
Ta ta for now!
Joey. His character hasn't really changed from my first idea, but he has definitely changed over the course of the book. Writing chapter 23 the other day, it hit me all of a sudden just how much he has grown up. It's sad, but a proud moment as well. ;)
At the start, Joey is a pretty ordinary ten-year-old boy. He doesn't get along with Emily (big surprise), but he does get along with Allan, Jill, and Anna. Honestly, he kind of likes picking fights with Emily. While he gets along with his other sisters, that doesn't mean he's above teasing them...which he most definitely does. And Allan is quick to tell him to treat his sisters properly.
Joey is very impulsive, and rather lacking in common sense. He rushes into things without thinking, including rushing down a pitch black secret passage at the top of the house, not knowing at which point the stairs back down start.
He's not really much of a reader. He likes stories, but unless his Grampa is reading them aloud, he prefers them to be in a visual medium. Since he did listen to Grampa read, he is familiar with children's classics like the works of E. Nesbit, Rudyard Kipling, and of course C. S. Lewis. I don't think it ever actually comes into the story, but he likes Star Wars and is generally more of the sci-fi type. He would probably think the Watsons' adventures in Across the Stars were pretty cool. They are connected by mutual friends, after all. (Eventually, anyway. This is the year Sara was born.) He also is the type to think that getting captured by pirates is cool. I have a feeling that if he was from a few years later he would rather like Pirates of the Caribbean.
Joey originally wasn't the protagonist. But I think he's a good one. I was talking briefly about it with my sister one morning, and I realized that Joey is the better protagonist because he grows. He changes throughout the story. Jill is more of a static character, someone who influences the protagonist to change. Allan is the same. I'm glad Joey is one of my protagonists. (I would say Adriel is one too, and possibly Eleanor, but Adriel doesn't come in until book 2, which is also where Eleanor's story is told.) Joey's character voice is interesting, and he is a fun character to write.
Jill was named after Jill Pole. Or if not strictly after her, because of her. I only like the name Jill because of Jill Pole. Jill was always a part of the story, even back when she had nine older sisters and no Allan. She was actually the main point of view character for a long time.
Well, as you would have it, things weren't working out so well from Jill's point of view. My sister thought she was boring, didn't like her character voice, and didn't even like the character! She thought she was wimpy and a scaredy cat. Sad for me, since I did like her. Even though at that point I was severely frustrated with the story and my characters and how they just wouldn't get on with their quest.
So then I tried Joey. And it started working. My sister actually started to like Jill. Thank goodness, because having a supposed to be liked character who isn't likeable isn't exactly a good thing. And once I got past having to write the first eight chapters AGAIN, I stopped being so incredibly frustrated with it. Not that it still doesn't give trouble, seriously, I've never had so many uncooperative characters, never had such a large cast before, but I had fixed one of my big mistakes. Jill isn't really the best primary POV character. She's good through the eyes of her little brother. She does get one POV section in the first book, a few in the second, and even more in the third, but for the most part, she is seen by Joey.
On Jill Hubbard. She's very nice. She tries to be a friend to Emily, and she's really close to both of her brothers. She likes to read. Her bookshelf boasted things like Just So Stories, Narnia, and Noel Streatfeild. That did get cut because of the POV change, but we still see her reading Ballet Shoes, and she and her siblings do make references to The Story of the Treasure Seekers. And she is more than willing to participate in Jonathan's Narnia references. She has always wanted a medieval style dress, not unlike me. They're pretty cool, after all. She likes to help people, but like Jill Pole, she does like the comforts of indoors. She's not exactly a morning person, but she isn't a lie-a-bed either. She loves church, and is definitely willing to tell people about God. She is shy, but her compassion is still able to overcome her shyness.
I personally think she's a great character and don't mind her POV, but the sister has spoken. :) Really, it is better the way it is now, but Jill's later POV scenes are just fine, and my sister doesn't usually complain about them. Jill's a great sister, and a good addition to the story of Time Captives.
As I mentioned in Emily's post, Allan didn't originally exist. I'm not really sure when he came about, probably about the time the others lost the eight older sisters they previously had. I know I decided I didn't want Jill to have to be the one in charge. And, being the oldest in a family of girls who really wishes she had an older brother, I wanted to give that to her.
Allan is very responsible and very nice. He is kind to Emily, even though she throws it in his face. On some occasions, he does show his disapproval of Joey's mannerlessness (my computer doesn't think that's a word, but I'm using it anyway), but he only wants his crazy little brother to be a gentleman. He treats his sisters well, like the ladies they are. Well, he still tries to treat Emily like a lady even though she doesn't act like it because he's just that sort of person, but she doesn't like it.
In putting Allan through a character development exercise (I normally don't do those, but I was struggling, and I'm not sure it really helped much in the long run), I discovered that he's not much of one for science fiction. He's not a huge fantasy reader, either, though he does really like Lord of the Rings and he shares the same fond memories of Narnia and E. Nesbit that his younger siblings do. He's really more of the G. A. Henty type. I'm not, but it's okay for my characters to be different from me. Not that there's anything wrong with Henty. They're just boy books.
Despite being more of a historical fiction type, Allan was still very open to the possibility of other worlds, even before they went to Calhortea and had only seen the mysterious writing on the walls. He fairly easily accepts it when there, and is thrown into the role of hero and sister protector. Only problem is, he doesn't really know what he's doing. But he still does his best, and that's what counts. He'll never back down due to cowardice. And as a Christian, he is determined to always do what's right. He'll never tell a falsehood, even if sticking to the truth could cost his life.
Allan Hubbard is a fine young man, and the sort you rarely see in modern books and movies. He is not without fault, but he does his best to do what's right always, not whatever will give him gain. And he's a good big brother. Yes, he's only twelve, but he is beyond his years.
Emily is the oldest of the modern Hubbards. She is fourteen years old, and she acts like it. She despises her four younger siblings and she spares not their feelings in displaying this. She is a skeptic, when Jill mentions their grandfather being in Heaven, Emily tells her to keep her supernatural hogwash to herself. Emily especially clashes with Joey because, while Allan and Jill are goodnatured, Joey really isn't. And when the Hubbards end up in the world of Calhortea, Emily doesn't really take it well.
Emily has been around since the beginning of my ideas for Creighton Hill. I don't remember if her name was always the same, probably not, but her personality was always there.
Originally the "modern" Hubbards (they're the most modern, from the year 2000) were going to be a family with 12 kids, all girls except Joey. Lucky for him, that changed. But even in that early version, there was a snotty fourteen-year-old sister who was mean to her younger brothers and sisters, especially when they speculated about the mysterious disappearances of their ancestors.
Even when the "modern" Hubbards were condensed into a family of five children with a second brother, Emily's role was still not the same as it is today. Her younger siblings, Allan, Jill, Joey, and Anna, were the four to go to Calhortea. Things really weren't working with the book, though. It was agony to write, and honestly, I hated it. I didn't even want to write Creighton Hill anymore. My mom read what I had and made a crazy suggestion. Switch Emily with Anna. I had to majorly rewrite the book, and that was before the rewrite that changed the point of view from Jill to Joey, leaving Anna behind and taking Emily along. It worked! I needed a contagonist, and Emily was it.
Emily will have a character arc over the course of the series. And I also need to go back and give her a few point of view scenes. But she is one of the best developed characters in Time Captives and one of the reasons the story finally worked.
I posted this on Facebook and Twitter sometime before Christmas, but I realized I never posted it here. I created my first teaser trailer for Time Captives. It may not seem like much, but it is actually extremely significant to the story. So without further ado, here it is.
I'm a little more than halfway through book three, where things are about to start hurtling toward the climax, so hopefully soon it'll be done and I can start revising it all so the whole trilogy makes sense together. More updates, teasers, and behind the scenes posts are on the way!
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I am a 19 year old home-school graduate and a Christian children's book author. I'm involved in politics, and I play the violin. I make a lot of my own clothes and I love taking care of children. I generally blog about my books, but I also have an indefinitely running series on my favorite fictional characters. My friends' very awesome books seem to pop up around here quite often. I rarely post reviews here anymore, but my sisters and I regularly review books and movies at ShireReviews.blogspot.com I hope you enjoy your time here on my blog!