The Next Big Blog Hop

HopscotchBy Elaine Baldwin | @elainehbaldwin

This is The Next Big Blog Hop.

This provides an opportunity for authors to show off their craft and share a little something about what they are writing. I was tagged by @vickivlucashttp://vickivlucas.com/

Thank you, Vicki, it has been a pleasure getting to know you, and I am so excited to venture into the self-publishing world alongside you!

I am tagging William Rameriz. (http://williamtramirez.wordpress.com/ AND http://newauthors.wordpress.com/ )

I met Will two years ago at a writer’s conference and have valued his work ever since. I know you will too! So, hop on over to his blogs and enjoy.

Now, let the questions begin:

Q-What is the title of your book?

If One Falls

Q-Where did the idea for the book come from?

My daughter, now 26, loves to read. When she was in high school and college she struggled to find Christian fiction that appealed to her singleness and lack of sweethearts. It seemed everything was about falling in love with Mr. Perfect and riding off to sunset filled happy endings.

This was so far removed from her experience, she quit reading Christian fiction. These types of books made her depressed and she wondered what was wrong with her. I discovered there were many in her generation looking for more realistic fiction; a paradox to be sure, but I believed it was doable.

I decided to write a story for my daughter and her single friends; a story of courage, faith and friendship in the midst of singleness. Don’t worry, there’s a little romance in the book and even some heartbreak! But, it’s not the central theme. Loving one another even when we don’t feel like it is the main theme I weave throughout the book.

My goal in writing this book/series is to take the reader to a world filled with struggle, conflict and pain, yet rich with determination, hope and love. I want them to see the correlation between the fantasy world of Terrah and our world today and choose to make a difference right where reality has them, especially as single women of faith.

Q-What genre does your book fall under?

If One Falls is Christian Fantasy; specifically New Adult Christian Fantasy. This is a newer subgenre and I am so excited it is gaining ground. A definition from good ‘ole Wikipedia explains it better than I can.

This category is intended to be marketed to post-adolescents and young-adults ages 18 to 30. This age group is considered to be the lucrative ‘cross-over’ category of young-adult titles that appeal to both the young-adult market and to an adult audience. Publishers of young-adult fiction now favor this category as it encompasses a far broader audience. The chief features that distinguish this category from YA Fiction are the perspective of the young antagonist and the scope of the antagonist’s life experience. Perspective is gained as childhood innocence fades and life experience is gained, which brings insight. It is this insight which is lacking in traditional young-adult fiction.

Q-Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

If One Falls will be self-published and release April 2013!

Q-How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Too Long!

Q-Give a one-sentence synopsis of your novel:

Two maidens escaping a marriage auction house are bound together by a prophecy they know nothing about and the secrets they know too well.

Q-What other works would compare to your story?

I’ve always loved C. S. Lewis and aspire to have about 1/8 of his ability

If you love his Chronicles of Narnia, I hope you will enjoy If One Falls. It is the first book from the series; The Books of Allelon.

Q-Who or What inspired you to write this book?

I’ve already mentioned my daughter’s inspiration, but the genre of the book came from one of my sons, age 30. He is a huge Sci-Fi/Fantasy fan and reads everything in that genre he can get his hands on. I really enjoy these as well and thought it would make an interesting combo with the loving one another theme.

Q-What else might pique the reader’s interest?

It is fifteen centuries After the End in the land of Terrah. Generations of Allelon, One Anothers, suffer persecution from Emperor Poros since the exile of good King Ransom so long ago. Tyranny keeps these illegal religious zealots scattered and in disarray. But they are never fully silenced. Only the promise of their king to restore his realm keeps their fragile hope alive.

Wynn knows first-hand the atrocities of her world. Her strong work ethic and sharp mind drive the search for her family. Esa is of royal blood, but she has no desire to return to the father-king who refused to pay her ransom. She’s learned to use charm and beauty to her advantage.

Each has been abandoned. Each is bound to a life of indenture. And each has a secret to hide. When one falls, all they will have is each other. Will it be enough?

Photo Credit:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/pinksherbet/236299644/

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