Series: The Necoh Saga #1
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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As a young boy, Ryder lived with his family, deep in the caves underneath the Kadin Forest, unaware of the horrors of the world. His simple world was turned upside down one horrible night when Grishma attacked his family, killing his father and kidnapping his mother and younger sister.
From that night on, Ryder devoted his life to killing Grishma. He tracked the monster from Necoh, to our world, and back again. Unfortunately, during his quest, he accidentally transported Brooklyn, a high school junior into his tumultuous world, where she is mistakenly identified as Princess Sophie, the missing princess of Sumner.
Days after Princess Sophie's return, Grishma plots and manipulates the King into drugging and marrying off his only daughter to Prince Algid of Dratun. Desperate to save Brooklyn, who now believes she is the long lost princess, his mother, and his little sister, Ryder embarks on the deadliest part of his quest.
Will he save Brooklyn?
Will she ever regain her memory?
What will become of his mother and sister?
Through epic adventure, loss, and love, GRISHMA depicts the strength of the human spirit and the tight bonds formed by the unique creatures of Necoh.
Interview with Author Kelly Anne Blount
Where did you get the idea for the book?
I’ve always been a creative person. When I decided that I was going to try to write a book, the idea just came to me.
How long did it take to write the book?
Each of the three books I have written so far have taken me about six months to write.
Who is your favorite character, or what character was the most fun to write?
My favorite characters are Cridifer and Pidifer. They fun to write and they hold a very special place in my heart!
Can you talk about how you wrote it? Did you do any outlining? Did it take you in any unexpected directions?
I don’t have a set routine when I start writing a story. Sometimes I just sit down and write and other times I outline several chapters before I dig in.
If you could go back and change anything in the novel, what would it be?
I love my novels and I wouldn’t change anything about them!
How did you come up with the cover?
The amazing Eden Crane, from Eden Crane Designs created the covers for both Grishma and Ayla! She is über talented and I love working with her!
When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I have always loved writing! In March of 2012, I sat down and started writing my first novel, Grishma. Since then, I have written Ayla, the second book in The Necoh Saga, and my first new adult contemporary romance novel, Impassioned.
What was the first story that you ever wrote?
Grishma was the first novel that I wrote. However, when I was little, I filled notebooks with stories of pirates, brave scientists exploring the jungle, and even a children’s book about the serious impact pollution has on our oceans.
What are you favorite books and authors?
I have tons of favorite books! It’s hard to narrow it down to just a few… But, some of my all time favorite include the books from the Inkheart and Trylle trilogies!
My favorite authors are Cornelia Funke, Amanda Hocking, Brandon Mull, Suzanne Collins, Lisa See, Amy Tan, John Grisham, and Harlan Coben!
What are you working on next?
I’m currently working on the third book in The Necoh Saga and I plan to start the sequel to Impassioned in the near future!
What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Write, write, write! Writing takes practice and the more you do the better you get! Also, find a critique group. Share your work and take the constructive criticism as best as you can.
How do you juggle writing with family time?
I try to write when I get home from work. That usually leaves me a bit of time before my husband gets home from work. After we have dinner, I may try and write a bit more or just kick back and relax.
I also write a lot on the weekends too. It works out really well when my husband wants to watch a golf tournament or a day of football (a.k.a. soccer) games and I can sit on the couch next to him and write!
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A booming voice awoke Brooklyn from her flower-induced slumber. “My daughter! My sweet, sweet daughter! You have returned to me!”
Brooklyn’s eyes flew open. Looking around, she took in a large hall with deep crimson banners flying throughout. Each wall was covered with at least ten portraits and several sconces holding candles.
Turning her head slightly, she realized she was slouching in a fancy chair with gold and silver accents. In front of her was a large group of people dressed in strange clothing. The women were wearing brightly colored dresses with tight corset tops and flowing skirts on the bottom. The men were dressed in loose-fitting brown pants, white or tan long-sleeved shirts, and long flowing red capes.
Laro was sitting next to Brooklyn grinning from ear to ear in a fancy velvety outfit.
Where am I? Who are these people?
A large man with a thick brown beard rushed over to her. He reached forward and kissed her forehead repeatedly.
Okay, don’t panic, this is probably just a nightmare. Just breathe deeply and smile.
“Sweet daughter! Where have you been? I have spent every day searching for you since you disappeared!”
Okay, so it isn’t a nightmare and even the King thinks I’m his daughter! “Um, Your Majesty, I think there has been some sort of mistake. I’m not Princess Sophie! My name is Brooklyn.”
Drawing his face within inches of hers he appeared to study her closely.
“Laro! What is the meaning of this? What have you done with my precious daughter? Why does she not recognize her own father?”
Laro cowered in his chair. “Um, Sire, she has been claiming to be this Brooklyn since I met her. I think perhaps her mind has been altered. I’m sure it’s nothing your potion mixers cannot fix — right, Your Grace?”
The King glared at the small furry creature and then turned to inspect Brooklyn again. He leaned so close to her face that she could smell his breath. Yuck! It smells like rotten fish!
Sensing she still wasn’t ready to admit she was the long lost Princess Sophie, he looked at Laro and yelled, “YOU! What have you done to my daughter?” His voice became louder and louder with every word he uttered and a large purple vein protruded from his forehead.
He immediately switched to a softer tone and looked at Brooklyn. “Who did this to you, my sweet Sophie? Why don’t you recognize me? Please tell me. Was it Laro? Has he erased your memory?”
Brooklyn’s eyes grew wider but she was too scared to say anything. What do I do? Should I just play along?
The King slammed his hands down on the arms of his throne and stood up. “That’s it! Take Laro and throw him in the dungeons until this matter has been settled!”
Laro looked petrified. He barely managed to squeak, “But, but, Your Majesty! I was promised a reward! Why aren’t you taking me to one of your finest estates to live happily ever after?”
The King seethed. “A reward? For the traitor that erased my daughter’s memory? Never! Guards, take him now!”