Character Interview with Jules, a main character in Keeper of Reign
Where do you dream of traveling to and why?
To the Point. But we'd need to find the crown and somehow fix it. Although I don't know how we could do that since we don't even have the pieces with us, and I was told that if we touched the broken pieces before it got fixed our hands would be burned. If we could just get to the Point with the mended crown and all the Elfies in the Kingdom we stand a chance of reversing the curse and we can all grow back to our former size. I must say that the idea of being bigger than a dragonfly is somewhat disconcerting. Maybe we're used to being small.
Who is your favorite author?
I would have loved to have met the author of the Ancient Books. I am brimming with questions. Like how did He know before the event that all these things would happen to us….before it actually happened? And why'd he use His own blood to pen the Books? Grandpa had said that it was to make sure that Gehzurolle and his agents couldn't see or understand some of the messages because of this; that the blood ink had some magical properties. Was that why the King left us? Because he was drained of all His blood? I'd heard about this.
I feel sad when I think about this--that He sacrificed Himself to write all these Words but most of us, even us Keepers, never really took the time, made the effort to see what it is he's trying to say. I'd have to find out more, but I s'pose I should be patient. I s'pose reading the entire Ancient Book collection would give me the answers I've been looking for. But still, it would have been awesome to have met the King.
Tell us about your family.
Jules: Before this whole incident, about our house burning up, and becoming target of Whisperer and even Gehzurolle, himself, I'd say I did get annoyed by some of the bickering that happened pretty much every day. We lived in a really small house in the tree, and we pretty much hear every argument anyone has with anybody.
Ralston, my younger brother, could immerse himself in his drawings, but I'm more the outdoor sort. I'd always sought refuge in the woods, but then the rumors about strange birds and that there were loiterers hit our land and Mom got really paranoid--no going out after dark; only three hours of outside time a day; no unsupervised play for the younger girls --which meant I'd have to tag along. That was why I wanted to run away. Seek Grandpa out. First off, I just can't believe he'd died in that storm. I find it so hard to accept this. He was the only one who bothered to spend time with me--we'd go for long hikes and gather beautiful stones along our walk, and he'd tell me stories from the Ancient Book. but after all I'd been through i s'pose I had a good thing going then. Even if we were cursed and have to be so small.
Do you play any sports?
Jules: I can skip stones on the water really well. We used to have a competition with the other boys and my stones could skid, sometimes, thirty times across the water's surface. I think it's the in the flick of the wrist, and also I'm pretty accurate with my shots, too.
If you could apologize to someone in your past, who would it be?
Jules: It'd be my grandpa, as he'd always told me about the Ancient Books and how I should study them but I never really saw the need or wanted to do as told. Now, I'll never be able to show him that I valued what he told me, and that I won't be a disappointment to him. Sometimes there are no second chances.
What would we find under your bed?
Jules: Ralston my brother. at least that was how our house in the tree was set up before everything went up in smoke--literally. Now I only have the hard ground under the rollout mat Dad supplied, thanks to his army supplies.
Tell us about your favorite restaurant.
Jules: Restaurants? What is that? You mean a place where people gather to eat together? Ah… we call that someone's home. And you'd have to pay them? My neighbors would be terribly insulted if we offered to pay for the food when they invite us over.
Mostly we eat at home but sometimes we have friends or neighbors over, and those were wonderful times when we could share news from further upriver, or down river, or some neighbors could have walked all the way from the edge of the Dark Forest--which would be as far north as any known Elfie is supposed to reside in.
What makes you happy?
Jules; These days if my family could stay together and share a meal without the fear of Scorpents invading, or one of Gehzurolle's agents loitering about trying to destroy us or steal our Books, I'd be happy. Of course , It would be wonderful if Grandpa just turned up, just like that. But he's gone, now. I don't know if I could ever be happy again when I think of him. Although I am hopeful that if we succeed with our next quest we'd be two steps closer to reversing the curse in our Kingdom.
Keeper of Reign
Books written in blood. Most are lost, their Keepers with them. A curse that befell a people. A Kingdom with no King. Life couldn’t get more harrowing for the Elfies, a blend of Elves and Fairies. Or for sixteen-year-old Jules Blaze. Or could it?
For Jules, the heir of a Keeper, no less, suspects his family hides a forgotten secret. It was bad enough that his people, the Elfies of Reign, triggered a curse which reduced the entire inhabitants to a mere inch centuries ago. All because of one Keeper who failed his purpose. Even the King’s Ancient Books, did not help ward off that anathema.
Now, Gehzurolle, the evil lord, and his armies of Scorpents, seem bent on destroying Jules and his family. Why? Gehzurolle’s agents hunt for Jules as he journeys into enemy land to find the truth. Truth that could save him and his family, and possibly even reverse the age-long curse. Provided Jules doesn't get himself killed first.
Author Emma Right
Emma Right is a happy wife and homeschool mother of five living in the Pacific West Coast of the USA. Besides running a busy home, and looking after their five pets, which includes two cats, two bunnies and a Long-haired dachshund, she also writes stories for her children. She loves the Lord and His Word deeply, and when she doesn't have her nose in a book, she is telling her kids to get theirs in one.
Right worked as a copywriter for two major advertising agencies and won several awards, including the prestigious Clio Award for her ads, before she settled down to have children.
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