Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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Have you ever come across a vain, impetuous little creature called a Mandie, and had to quickly dodge one of her poisonous darts? Or, have you ever imagined having to sing to a fruit to get it to peel open? Perhaps you’ve bumped into freakishly large, blue men, called Dreads? Well, with all of that, along with evil Nymphs and blood thirsty Banelorgs – these are things you’ve only likely experienced if you’ve had a nice long visit to Lynniah.
Corrah’s life suddenly and drastically changes with the unexpected and inexplicable death of her loving mother, Lillian. She and her two sisters, Gaela and Stormy, are suddenly thrust into the unknown and sent to live with their mysterious Aunt Rainee, who lives in the seemingly bewitched village, called Lynniah. Living in a house that their mother’s family had occupied for hundreds of years, they find clues that begin to unlock the startling reality that they are all part of an important magical heritage. A heritage that has been kept secret to save them from a dark and powerful enemy. Corrah has to find a way to battle and balance the onslaughts of loss, young love, and learn to uncover the personal power she has hidden inside her to overcome overwhelming adversity.
Interview With Author A.L. Bawden
Can you talk a little about what your book is about?
It’s a coming of age fantasy story about three sisters who have been through a lot and are about to go through much more together. The world they live in is full of mystery, enchantment, and various creatures that they had no idea existed. It’s a story about magic, love, and of overcoming the power of evil.
Where did you get the idea for the book?
I had a very vivid and intriguing dream which inspired the idea, and it just grew from there.
What message do you want readers to get from reading the book?
I think the main message in my book is about relationships and how important they are to us in our lives. Family ties and love are so important.
How long did it take to write the book?
Longer than it should have, ha, ha. I started it and then lacked the confidence to finish it. I wrote a few chapters and then it sat for a couple of years until I finally had the courage to let a friend of mine read it. She encouraged me to finish it, but it still took me writing it off and on about a year after that, having to juggle other things in life. But when I actually sit down and just write it flows quite well, and so with the sequel I am going to manage my time better and make writing it a top priority.
Who is your favorite character, or what character was the most fun to write?
Hmm, that’s tough, but I think I’d have to say the Wizzle. Even though he’s such a simple character, he adds a lot of comic relief to the story.
Can you talk about how you wrote it? Did you do any outlining? Did it take you in unexpected directions?
I’m not an outliner, but I have a notebook where I jot down ideas and possible story lines as I think of them. My notebook is very messy and scattered, and I’m probably the only one who would be able to make any sense of my scribbling. My story took several unexpected directions. I like to be an intuitive writer and let the story lead me as I write it. I get the best inspiration that way.
If you could go back and change anything in the novel, what would it be?
I don’t think I would change anything.
How did you come up with the cover?
The beautiful thing about that is that I have a wonderful brother who is a great cartoon artist. I let him read my book and he designed my cover, and he did an amazing job.
When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I started writing poems and short stories when I was in elementary school and I remember telling my mom over and over that I wanted to be a writer.
What was the first story you ever wrote?
I wrote a short story in High School that was a thriller/chase story. People were always asking me to read it out loud because the ending was quite surprising. Sad thing is that I lost the only copy I had of it.
What are you working on next?
I am writing the sequel to The Enchantress of Lynniah right now, but I also have two other novels that I’ve started – one about fairies and the other is a paranormal mystery.
What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Live your dream and write. Don’t get discourage when there are bumps in the road. Never, ever, ever give up!
How do you juggle writing with family time?
It is hard because I have three kids and a very large extended family, but I try to write in the quiet morning hours after I’ve taken my kids to school. I find that when I’m in the writing ‘mode’ though, I tend to forget everything, which is probably pretty jarring to my family sometimes, ha, ha.
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“I loved this book! It had a bit of everything…fantasy, adventure, romance, intrigue, and really unique characters! I was immediately drawn in and it held my attention throughout the story. It’s the type of book I could read over and over again. I highly recommend it if your looking for a fun read.” ~Shelly on Goodreads
“This book was awesome! It stayed with me for days, I kept thinking about all the characters. I can’t wait for the sequel!” ~Emma on Goodreads
The moonlight leaked sparingly through the rigid thickness of trees in front of Lillian, giving barely enough illumination and just enough time to jump over the large roots, rocks and other unrecognizable obstacles, as she ran with all her might to elude the enemies behind her. She knew from the sharp snaps and crackling of leaves and twigs that they were gaining up on her fast. Dreads are large, but not quick on their feet, and to her advantage none of them were on horseback. The fortress couldn’t be too far ahead, she thought. And she knew that if she reached it she might find cover enough to cast some effective spells. The deep grunting of Dreads closed in behind her. She held her hand up against the sky with a beckoning motion, causing large branches to crack violently; hoping to create a more solid barrier between her and her savage foes. Glancing after, she could see that it had worked, if only for a moment. She tried to gain speed, but her legs were becoming tight and sore from the constant, grueling chase. Arrows continued whizzing violently through the sky all around her, as she reached the top of the small hill ahead – that’s where she could finally see it. Foreboding as it was, with its black, slick, and sinister design; it still looked very extraordinary in the moonlight. She had reached the fortress at last. It had taken years to discover how to disarm the protective enchantments around it, and now she was finally here. Four members of the Great Council, her companions, had been killed tonight on this deadly quest and she simply couldn’t bear to fail them all now. As she scanned the open clearing around the building, she noticed that more Dreads were standing guard and preparing for the oncoming chase that was imminently obvious by the arrows, yells, and loud trampling coming their way. Lillian continued to rain debris in their path, frantically casting spells behind her as she ran. Taking cover behind a large tree, she began enchanting the rocks to fly in the direction of her pursuers. Loud grunts and angry howls echoed through the forest as the rocks made contact. A few moments of near silence ensued, giving Lillian the confidence she needed to break away from the tree and descend the slope in front of the fortress. She speedily moved down the slope, hiding between trees and large rocks on the way to conceal her. It seemed as if her pursuers had finally fallen behind! She triumphantly moved nearer to the entrance, when all of the sudden something hot and forceful struck her violently in the back. The heat surged through her body rapidly, causing instant paralysis. As she fell backward onto the hard earth, and just before her eyes closed, a long black haired figure hovered over her, piercing her with dark and soulless eyes.