The Threshold Child is my first published novel, and it was released in September 2012. I actually started writing it when I was in high school (more than ten years ago, now), and I worked on it casually over the following few years. I finished it in college, and then it just sat on my computer. Then, last year, my husband suggested that I dust it off and see about getting it published. We figured we had nothing to lose!
It follows the story of a seventeen-year-old girl who has been raised to be a warrior and a spy. She is sent out on her very first mission to help fight a war against magic-users. She is faced with the questions that many of us struggle with during that time of life—discovering who she really is, deciding when to simply follow orders and when to question what she has been told, etc. In that way, it’s easy to relate to the story, even though the circumstances are fantastical.
- What is the heroine of your story like?
The main character’s name is Adesina, and she is a typical teenager in a lot of ways. She occasionally makes bad decisions, and has a hard time dealing with the consequences. She has always been at the top of her class, and so she thinks very highly of her own abilities. It is that very overconfidence that causes trouble, actually. However, she is also very vulnerable in certain aspects. She wants to be valued, and she wants to be recognized. She has never had a stable emotional environment, so she’s still figuring all of that out. On the other side of the coin, she is deeply loyal and fiercely determined. She would do anything for those she loves, and she wouldn’t stop trying until she accomplished her goal.
- How do you develop your plots and your characters? Do you use any set formula?
Most of the time it all starts with a specific scene in my mind. I experience it almost like a movie. I see the setting, the characters, the actions and reactions. From there, I start asking myself certain questions: Who are these people? How did they get to where they are? Where do they go from there? I add layers as I go, and eventually I have an entire story. If there are plot holes or anything like that, I haven’t asked myself enough questions.
- How did you start your writing career?
I have been writing ever since I was in kindergarten (I still have those early drawings with stories written on them). My mom wrote children’s books, and I loved reading those. I wanted to be just like her when I grew up. When I was younger I dabbled a bit with poetry and other short works, but I never felt quite at home doing that. I guess I’m too long-winded! I wrote most of a novel before I began The Threshold Child, but I never finished it. It was a good exercise, though, and it showed me that I really enjoyed writing longer works.
- Has someone been instrumental in inspiring you as a writer?
There are three people to whom I attribute all of my writing abilities. The first person would be my mom. She taught me to love reading and about the fun that could be found in telling stories. The second would be my best friend, Brenda. She is an incredibly talent writer, and she taught me the importance of writing well. I don’t claim to be an exceptional author, but I am always striving to improve my skills. The third person would be my husband. He is the person I talk to about all of my ideas, and he helps me to refine them. He also is the one who encourages me to chase after my dreams and to trust in myself.
- What book are you reading now?
Right now I am reading Shogun by James Clavell. I’ve only just started it, but I’m really liking it so far! I love the classical style of writing, and the story is very well-crafted. We’ll see if it ends up being a favorite or not!
Callie comes from a family of writers, and she has loved telling stories from a young age. She is a wife and a mother, and she currently resides in Utah. She dabbled a bit in poetry and short works while she was in school, and now she focuses on writing novels. The Threshold Child is her first published novel, and she is currently writing the sequel.
Adesina was trained from childhood to serve her land as a warrior and a spy. When she is selected to combat a group of seditious magic users, she must summon all of her talents--some of which have been buried in the deepest part of her.