HERE'S A SAMPLE!
From the Author
When teenagers are exposed to trauma, their personalities can be deeply affected, and I wanted to show just how deeply a person's development can be affected by tragedy and pain. In this way I think my protagonist is somewhat unrelateable at times, because for most of us, our childhoods aren't nearly as scarring. On the flip side, Adenine's trauma, with help from her friends, makes her more resilient, and demonstrates just how strong and courageous the human spirit can be. No matter how affected we are by injustices, we can rise above them. Adenine takes her pain and instead of externalising that pain by lashing out at others or seeking revenge, she takes the path of empathy and love (especially in later books), and most importantly, grows a wild passion for seeing justice served the right way.
I wanted to build a world full of loveable characters, and interesting societies, that when forced together, create conflict and tension based on differences of beliefs, rather than alluding to cliches of good and evil.
This story focuses closely on the development of her character, and the psychology of her very closely mimics those who've suffered from PTSD, complicated grief, depression, anxiety, and it also shows what happens what can happen to the psyche when the development of a child's brain is stunted by adversity.
While I've written stories before, none of them have seen the light of day, but this story wanted to be published. It has its own life force that on rare occasion, has made me teary eyed.
This year will bring the conclusion of Adenine's narrative, but the story doesn't end there. A new series will spring from this one. The lands of Arcania won't know what hit them!