Hi there! This is the seventh day of my RRBC Spotlight blog tour. You can find details of all my stops here.
Wow! I am having so much fun on this spotlight tour! And I have been blessed with some truly wonderful blog hosts! So, a heartfelt thanks to all the previous stops, and the ones yet to come, and—of course—this one!
All of my published books contain at least a small element of magic, no matter what their genre. That seems to be what I write best. I wonder if some of the magic I have found in my life is leaking into my writing? If you’ve been following my tour, you might well be asking where on earth the magic is throughout all the trauma I have experienced. Well, it is slap bang in the middle of that very trauma.
When I look back, I can see that I found a jewel in the mud that had become my life. I could have crumbled. Given up. Folded. I had to dig deep. I had no idea where I would resurface, or what the landscape would look like. All I had was a deep and enduring faith. A faith in something I couldn’t grasp or name. Different religions call it different things. For me, it expressed itself as the energy of life (the universe) which surrounds and permeates us all. It is us all.
When I felt at my most alone, my most afraid, I found peace and rest in the midst of that ‘energy’. That ‘something’. There was more to mundane life than I had ever thought. This enabled me to let go of my ‘small self’ and all its worries, concerns and self-doubts. It gave me the courage and the determination to continue on. This experience can, perhaps, be best expressed in a poem I wrote recently:
The universe has shown me a thing or two;
No longer shall I argue the merits of being
A Christian, a Buddhist, a Muslim, a Hindu or a Jew.
I used to think I was alone;
Different, distinct and (perhaps) not good enough.
Nowhere could my heart call home.
Such crazy concepts did my mind make into reality;
Until this humble drop of water got lost in an ocean wave—
And found, Unity.
I don’t fill my books with religious things, as I believe everyone has their own choices to make, and their own life paths to follow. What does find its way into my writing, is some force that is greater than our human nature alone. For me, magic and magical beings express this perfectly.
What I hope my readers take away from my books, as well as enjoying a cracking good read, is inspiration and hope. In each of my novels, there is at least one character who undergoes some kind of inner growth during the tale told. In ‘Elemental Earth’ this happens more slowly, over the course of the series. By the end of this first book of the set, the main character is questioning her life so far, and beginning to see her own feelings of inadequacy. She tunnels beneath the surface, even if only just under the ‘skin’. It’s a start. And, of course, she has plenty of magic and shenanigans to help her on her way!
Young Adult Fantasy Fiction
“You turned the god of gnomes into a garden ornament?”
Sarah looked closely, but couldn’t tell if her dad was annoyed or amused—perhaps he was both …
Whilst 15 year old Sarah may be struggling to regain her feet, after being ripped from her everyday mundane life and ending up in a whole new dimension, she still knows how to have a bit of fun along the way. The Earth Elemental isn’t the only one whose feathers she manages to ruffle, and it’s only been four days. Meanwhile, her best friend is missing, and big trouble is brewing. She soon has a lot more to worry about than what happened to her phone or iPod, or even how much of an idiot Caleb obviously thinks she is.
Elemental Earth is the first book in The Mysteries series, and is aimed at Young Adults. Even if you’ve already reached an age where the young ones might call you ‘old enough’, if you’re still young at heart then you’re bound to enjoy these books just as much as the next—err—younger adult.
Age aside, perhaps we should be more worried about what further havoc Sarah’s antics might be about to wreak on the universe as we know it? We’d probably all be sleeping a lot more soundly if she’d only stuck to applied maths and the odd pillow fight. But no, sadly the lure of the proverbial rabbit hole proved just a tad too much. And now she’s taken the plunge, there’s no turning back.
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