Food Fit For Fae

I was considering that I don’t really focus much on food in the Amethyst Epiphany series as of the moment. I have heard from other authors and writers that they talk about food a lot in their tales. I do mention meals and feasts, but very rarely do I go into the details of what they’re having.

Recently, I found a picture of rainbow grapes. They’re not rare, but they certainly are beautiful. I thought it would be a very fitting fruit to include with a future meal scene with the fae.

What kind of foods do you think suitable for the fae? Mine are a little different than your typical garden variety. They’re like us so I do think some eat meat and some choose not to and get their protein in other ways like nuts, milk, eggs, and cheeses.

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International Faerie Day!

2007Well, today seemed a good day to post about Amethyst Epiphany what with it being International Faerie Day today and all! Calliope is pretty excited about this day. She’s going to celebrate it by swimming because she thinks it’s a little too hot.

I agree, but I can’t have that luxury today. I can’t go swimming with Lyssandra and Callie or Callie’s Uncle Oliver. Today I must work.

So whatever you’re doing today, remember the faeries! Never let the magic die.

You do believe in faeries, don’t you?

Characters and Resonance

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I think there’s going to be more to my Colors That Bind trilogy than just the three starting books. I’ve written a few short stories about these characters and sent them in for publication. One was published. However, I mean, I feel that there’s going to be more than even that. I’ve been getting ideas for the stories of some of the children of the characters that I fell in love with in this series to start with.

However, with two books to go on the trilogy I’m trying to focus on them. I have ideas for both. I still haven’t gotten any progress or updates from my old dying laptop if my story was salvageable, at all. I really do hope so. It would suck to have to start from scratch all over again and lose all my progress on the second book. Especially with my brain brimming with the ideas of Calliope’s children who wouldn’t come into play until well after the trilogy is over. 

I’m pretty excited. My book is due out in October. However, there still seems like there is so much work to be done. I’m trying to keep afloat and remember what needs done and when. Amethyst Epiphany is a beautiful book, in my humble opinion, and I can’t wait to share all of it’s beauty and lessons with you. I can only hope that the characters mean as much to the readers as they do me.

What are some of the qualities of the characters you’ve connected with?

I’ve always felt the deepest resonance with the eccentric, outcasts of stories. I seem to know their agonies and their shy, anti-social tendencies along with the beauty of the craft that they pour their heart and passion into. 

Mermaids Vs. Faeries

Amethyst Epiphany is the debut of my Bound By Color trilogy. As I’m sure you’ve come to notice by now it centers around my fae girl Calliope Griffin and the relationships she makes in her father’s country. She struggles from going from ordinary girl to finding herself to be a fae princess and all the responsibilities that come along with it.

Well, lately I’ve been thinking a lot of the mermaids I’ve included in that series. I have ideas, but I’m not entirely sure if I’ll act on them or not. But I do have a bit of something rattling in my mind for a spin-off series tied to the Bound By Color trilogy that centers around my mermaids since they aren’t the prominent characters of these books.

I was thinking of having appearances and mentions of Calliope and the land-dwelling company from time to time but centering on Lyssandra who is the first mermaid Calliope meets in Amethyst Epiphany, and her first true friend from her father’s country.

For now, however, I am trying to stay focused and continue my work on the Bound by Color Trilogy. I keep getting scenes from the third book, but I’m not finished with the first. I might have to write these scenes down and even start on the third book before going back to the second which sounds very backward to me, but my mind isn’t being too cooperative so it may be the way I have to go. We shall certainly see.

My question is if you had to pick would you be: a mermaid or merman or a fae? 

Originality

It’s always something that I crave. I despise the same old tired troupes, but who doesn’t? We all tire of the cliches that have been beaten to death like a dead horse.

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” ― Oscar Wilde. So bearing the word’s of Mr. Wilde in mind I’m trying to apply this to my novel. Not in the tale itself, though, as it tends to write itself and I tend to get really original ideas (not to toot my own horn or anything). But rather in the way I promote and market my book.

I want it to stand out from the rest. I want people to look at it and read it and come back to it time and time again because it’s unforgettable. I want to leave a ripple that will cause a pond to change.

So Amethyst Epiphany is going to be a reality soon, and that both thrills and terrifies me. I’m working on it’s sequel, it’s true, but it just seems sad that one third of the journey is going to be over already. I love these characters and these places, and now it’s time for me to wing them into the minds of others so they can love them and adore them as much as I do. I’m really hoping that my promotion strategies and marketing are unique enough to grab attention. Because I know my story’s good. My editor told me that. Several times. They may be biased, but I happen to like their opinion.

This is both terrifying and exciting all at once.

Ponderings and Other Things

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about my novel.

Amethyst Epiphany was so easy to write, but I’m having some problems with it’s sequel Crimson Betrayal. I actually have more ideas for the third novel than I do the second, so I’m hoping that issue is soon resolved. I hate it when my mind gets ahead of itself which happens quite often for me. My thoughts fly quicker than my fingers can possibly keep tempo.

I really quite like this series. I’m planning on it only being a trilogy, but who knows? I might end up making it into a four book series like Christopher Paolini did with his Inheritance series. Don’t know, only the future knows what it shall hold. I have so many novels in me waiting to be born that it’s hard to say what will happen.

I really love the faeries of my series so much. Each one has a unique look specific to them even if they resemble their parents closely because I feel people like snowflakes while all the same thing are individual and beautiful in their own, there’s some nuance and little quirk that makes them the person they are which makes them different than anyone else.Which is what I tried to convey in my creatures and characters.

Each faerie has typically two and sometimes even three colors in their wings, and their markings are widely varied. Some have typical shapes like moons and stars, while some of them have actual animals.

If you were a faerie in my realm, what do you think your wings colorization and markings would be?