I’m so excited to share this! My friend Rebekah has a new book out called “Aveza of the Ercanhelm” and so I’m doing a character interview for her story. Aveza (as seen in the beautiful art below) is both the MC and the name of the title. Below you can find the Q and A. Check out the book coming TOMORROW (Oct 7)! And check out Rebekah at rebekahdevall.wordpress.com
What do you like most about the Ercanhelm?
The Ercanhelm, from the beginning, were a family. The Ercanhelm are a haven. The Ercanhelm live on, in this world but not of it. Beatings, rapes, prostitution… deaths every day. But Ercan and his people live on. Ercan accepted me as one of His own children. The Ercanhelm did as well.
What do you dislike the most?
I dislike Hagan’s oppression. He has made our city and our people… nay. I dislike Hagan, stepfather or not, and that is all I will say on that matter.
Any place you’re scared of?
Tell no one, but I fear the palace. So many secrets are hidden between those walls… so many dark stories from my past.
Can you tell me one secret that no-one knows about you?
So many secrets. The only one I can tell you without endangering myself is this: my name has no meaning, just as, for much time, my life had no meaning.
What about personal fears?
There is little of which I am not afraid, and I hate it.
Who do you trust in your world? Why?
Falk. We have trained together for many years and he has never betrayed me.
Do you have any hobbies?
I must admit I enjoy archery, though especially to relieve stress.
What do you wish to discover the most about Ercanhelm?
Whether or not they will kill me when they discover who I am.
What thing do you like the most about yourself?
I am strong. Despite my appearance, I am strong.
I hate this fear that cripples me, that forces me to hide myself. Fear makes me weak.
Lastly, if there was one thing you want to do or one place you want to go what/where would that be?
I would go to the Haven, outside the city. I would trail my feet in the water of the creek and breathe, for the first time in ten years. I would spend time speaking with my God, Ercan, and forget all the darkness that continually envelops my heart.
This is a Mostly Non-Spoiler Review so be careful if you haven’t read any of the books yet!
When I picked up The Tethered World, purchased at the book signing held by my dear friend Heather Fitzgerald (yeah, I know the author and I’ll be bragging about it ’till the dragons come home), I wasn’t sure what to expect. Some of it had been read at the Manent Writers Group she and I were a part of, but a handful of chapters in no way reflects the entirety of the book.
So, at the small coffee shop where Heather was signing Book 1, I opened the book and journeyed through the eyes of Sadie Larcen to a different world, one I hadn’t expected I would ever discover. I quickly found a corner and continued to read, finding myself unable to put it down, even when my parents were telling me we had to go.
The Tethered World Chronicles have been with me for almost a year now, a very long and hectic one. A couple of days ago, late, late in the night, I finished The Genesis Tree, the final installment of the series and was left reeling, wondering what to do next. For me, reading some books transports me to the land and when it’s over…mixed feelings abound. On one hand, once you enter a land you never truly leave, yet on the other the argument can be made that the moment you read the last word on the last page of the final book, you have to depart. Deal with the ending, force yourself to return to the human world, promising to return as soon as you can. But it is over and, while you can always return, it’s never through the same door you entered. Some series I have never finished because of that reason, and I nearly wanted to do the same with Genesis Tree but the curiosity was too overwhelming.
In three books so many things are discovered, revealed, broken and healed. In Book 1 Sadie learns of the Tethered World, a place below earth where all manner of mythical creatures abound. In Book 2, the Larcens return to the world to save the day dealing with some betrayals and unlikely friendships along the way. In Book 3, the story has to wrap up; threads have to be cut, plot arcs have to be resolved and characters have to deal with consequences and somehow it all has to tie into a big, beautiful bow that has to mean something.
So, the burning question…did it? With a resounding yes. The Genesis Tree is probably my favorite of the series because of this. Somehow, along with several twists and shocking turns, everything makes sense. It’s conclusive, it’s dramatic and it’s climatically satisfying. Without spoiling anything, I can say that this was shocking, funny, and at times truly heartbreaking. It was brilliant and beautiful, keeping me awake late into the night turning page after page. So many things to love in this: the character arcs, the relationships( including friendships, betrayals, and budding romance), the both shocking and anger- inspiring villains, and the themes of faith and loyalty especially poignant in this one, make this story well worth the time to read. This one is darker, but I think better for that. Both darkness and light are showcased brilliantly here, and this story is somehow both bleak night and bright dawn.
Heather L.L. Fitzgerald is an amazing author and an awesome friend, who somehow knows how to weave a brilliant tale that seems effortless. I do hope she writes a large stack of other stories of other worlds (or who knows, maybe the same one) that reaches high and infinitely wide.
I am a traveler, stepping through door after door of endless stories in all forms of the telling, albeit mainly in book form. In some, if not the majority, I leave little pieces of my soul, picking up wisps of characters and filling in the gaps with them. When I entered the Tethered World and the odd and complex lives of the Larcens, I never expected to leave anything behind. Yet indeed I have, replacing it with a small part of Brady (the eldest brother in the Larcen clan) and a bit of Vituvia for good measure.
I’m glad to have been a wanderer in the beautiful and awesomely awesome Land of Legend and hope to return soon…through another door, fully prepared to leave another bit of myself searching for the first part I left behind. Although I’ll probably just manage to pick up a piece of the world instead.
Quite a while ago, Randie Garrick listened to me rambling on about my writing and how much help I needed. She suggested that I ask Abby for help. As someone who is OCD protective of my work and wary of meeting new people I rather shyly caught up with her outside of church that very day (yes, that day, I’m weird like that) and asked her if she would read three of my chapters. She agreed instantly and even asked me a week later for it. I brought her the handwritten chapters and her advice and editing was truly amazing.
Abby continued to assist me with my writing, coming at least once a month to hang out with us for several hours and give me kind advice, given in such a way so as to not discourage me. She suffered through some 3 or 4 books of mine, all handwritten and at a early stage of the editing process.
Abby is a true friend. Not only do we share love for so many fandoms, be it war/action movies, books or heavy metal, just to name a few of our favorite things, but her help in my storytelling has been incredible. She started a writers group which has continued to provide me with the advice and suggestions I need in my writing. Even though she is the not there currently, her spirit is and that means more to me than she could know. She is giving, she is brave, she is quirky and cool. She has greatly influenced by creation of good female characters because of this.
I asked her last January to write a graduation speech for me and I have it to this day, reading it often for encouragement. I want to share some of the things that she said because I think it really shows what an incredible woman Abby is:
You stand at the end of childhood and the beginning of adulthood with adventures, battles, sufferings, and great joy ahead of you.
One of your favorite quotes is the well-known line from Robert Frost: I shall be telling this with a sigh somewhere ages and ages hence: two roads diverged in a wood an I – I took the one less traveled by and that has made all the difference.
So, what do I say as a woman with a few more milestones under her belt, to you a woman about to face them? What do I say about the ‘road less traveled’?
The true road less traveled, and more important than any career, friends, dreams, aspirations, life goals or your family is your church. All around you the world is screaming to at you to pursue happiness, pursue your dreams, live life, get out there and be a roaring woman.
What you need to do is invest yourself in your church. Look, listen, pay attention, and figure out how you can serve your body. Value the preaching of the Word. Make this your life’s priority and you will be on the narrow, less traveled road.
This is more important than a boyfriend, romance, true love, getting married, having kids, your sisters and your parents. Your church is your first thing. Not second. Not third. First.
After that and only after that comes everything else.
You have faced trials already—health issues, relationship issues, life issues—and, I hate to tell you, you will face many more. Life here on earth is a constant battle, constant hand-to-hand combat between our remaining sin, the sinful world, and following Christ. But God, who is rich in mercy, is working all things for our good. Each trial, each bit of stress, each battle is working to make us more like Christ. More battles are coming in your life. Cling to Christ and his word.
I hope and pray that as you end one stage of your life and sort through what you want the next stage to be that you’ll be a faithful church member, feed on the preaching of the word, and grow in wisdom and grace.
She is such an inspiration to me in my life. Her writing is stunning and I love whenever she shares some of them with me, at times asking me to edit them, as if I could somehow help her even though she’s a far better writer than I could hope to be. Her faith has been used as an awesome means leading me through many a valley. I am so happy to spend whatever time I can with her, be it watching a movie or letting me sit with her during Sunday school which I know must be a little trying to have me there every week!
Such a role model and I’m happy to have met her and to have her in my life. Abby, if you’re reading this, thank you for being an amazing, funny, smart and truly awesome friend. You really are supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Yes, I finally got to use that in a sentence!
Mothers day today! Time to celebrate my mom for a moment.
In one sentence, I could honestly say that she is awesome. But my mom is such an amazing person it’s hard to describe what awesome means in one sentence. Or several. But try I shall.
My mom is smart, funny, emotional, and opinionated. Very opinionated (I mean she’s an ENTP which should be completely understood if you talk to her for 5 seconds). The MBTI test said that it would take roughly 12 minutes to complete. My mom took 5 minutes, knowing almost every answer instantaneously. So when I say opinionated, you can understand what I mean.One cannot just walk by her without noticing something amazing about her. That is, if she doesn’t stop you to complement you. She loves people, and really enjoys spending time with them. I’m fascinated with how much energy she has, (how she could possibly find the time for all these people).
Not only that, but she’s a writer. An amazing one at that. And an extremely brave one. She fearlessly brings her rough/once edited drafts every month to writers group, when I’m so critical of my quadruple edited version. Somehow she makes hers feel nothing like a rough draft.
My mom is also wickedly cool. She is a fangirl and is right beside me watching my shows or grinning at Benedict Cumberbatch or any of the other plethora of actors I love. She loves most of the movies I enjoy. There are times when I wonder who is the bigger fangirl. Then I realize that she doesn’t binge like I do so….We also share the love of the same music, so much so that she is often asking me what band or song is being played. Not only that, but she fuels my passions. My love for writing, my fascination for stories, and my weirdness with everything else has been strengthened by her. She read to me when I was little, she builds up my passions by giving me things that remind her of my fandoms.
She loves stories, and loves to talk for hours but she also listens too. For someone who is not afraid of speaking in public, I have seen that she will be silent and let me rant when she thinks I need to. She is so passionate about life and all of its infinite mysteries, so inspired and honest with the world. She truly is an inspiration to me, and, because she is so very willing to share herself with the world, she should be praised and appreciated for everything that she is.
For, above all else, she’s my mom, and I wish to always see her smile and happy, and no matter what, that will always be important to me,
Thanks to my mother, I have been exceedingly blessed and am humbling praising God for her everyday.
In Hebrew, Patricia means “noble”, which is certainly fitting for her. Her middle name means “grace” or “God has favored me.” Well, I know why that’s my middle name. I have been blessed with an awesome family and an truly incredible mom.