Sunday, May 6, 2012

Empyreal Fate by Rachel Hunter : Interview

Filled to the brim with forbidden love, an ancient evil, and a nation in disrepair, Empyreal Fate is a tale of riveting bravery and mortal corruption.

The land of Llathala lingers on the brink of war between men and elves, a dark history surrounding each race. Stirred by tensions of the land, a shadow of the past reemerges, taking precedence in reality and consuming the very soul of mans’ mortal weakness. Darrion, the son of a poor laborer, is ensnared in a hostile world, forced to choose between loyalty to his king or the counsel of the elves. Yet Fate has other plans in store, tying his course to Amarya, an elven royalblood of mysterious quality and unsurpassable beauty. But this forbidden connection incites betrayal from members of their own kin, marking them as traitors to the crown. In a land torn asunder, only Fate’s decree can allow such love to coexist with an ancient enmity.

Behold: A Llathalan Annal: Empyreal Fate – Part One.

First off, I would like to thank Laurie for featuring me today. It is exciting to be here, and I am honored for the chance to introduce my novel to you all.  

I'm very happy to see you and get this opportunity to find out a little more about you and your creative process.  I can tell you're ready to get started.  Let's start with your current new release. Tell us about it, please.

Well, Empyreal Fate is Part One of my fantasy series, A Llathalan Annal. As the first novel, it delves into the tension between the races of men and elves, setting the scene for a future war. On the outset, the land is dying, and the races of Llathala are strained domestically as well as outwardly. Due to conflict of the past, neither man nor elf may cross the boundary separating the two kingdoms, yet a lone figure from the kingdom of man does so. And his life is forever changed. 

How do you describe your writing style?

Well, I have an infatuation with words, you see, and poetry steals my heart. As a poet, I have incorporated my fascination of speech within Empyreal Fate, thereby bringing to light the lofty language and mystical tongue of an epic world. Every sentence I wrote flowed through my head along with a beat, and I recounted my tale accordingly. Thus, I wish to share with all the beauty of words and the unique way in which they breathe. So I would say that my writing style reflects a poetic quality; at least, I hear the music within my soul.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Ah – a marvelous question! Childhood… I tend to be nostalgic; don’t you?

I’ve always wanted to be an author. Ever since I could remember, I was jotting down little stories and stapling books together on folded paper. And my nose was always buried deep within a book; in fact, it still is – whenever I get a chance between classes and studies. But, as with most children, I wanted to be many things. I believe my first desire – alongside writing – was to be a teacher. I always enjoyed teaching my little brother how to do math, in particular: multiplying long-hand and completing various problems. But then my tastes changed. My new interest – which still fascinates me to this day –  astronomy. The universe is such a mystery, and I cannot help but wonder what lies beyond our own solar system. I can think of numerous stories to write about that… But what if they could become reality? Now my path lies in psychology and medicine. I am currently attending the University of Oklahoma, and I find that delving into the human psyche grips me most of all. Yet I still find intrigue in various professions. 

Morning Person? Or Night Person? How do you know?

Morning person – most definitely. In fact, I get up around five every morning. I love how serene – how tranquil – it is when the sun is not yet up, and only I have arisen from bed. There’s a certain stillness about the air that soothes me, and I take quite well to the calm atmosphere. It’s almost celestial, actually. I can almost feel the connection with all of life through the quiet. It’s… majestic.  

What would we find under your bed?

Newspapers. Many newspapers. (I told you I was nostalgic!) Not only that, but I quite adore history, and with each piece of news, a part of my own history is sealed. Don’t you love the feeling when you are reminded of something from your past that you had quite forgotten? Well, with newspapers, perhaps I can go back one day and discover the many events that occurred while I was at various stages in my life.  

What do you find most rewarding about writing?

It would give me no greater pleasure than to know I have inspired people in ways that authors have inspired me. I would like to provide readers with the opportunity to be rid of this world temporarily and enter a fantastical realm where the impossible becomes reality. It’s a gift, writing; it’s an art and a craft. And nothing would reward me more than to know I have given a breathing world to another – and hopefully, to countless others.

Entice us, what future projects are you considering?

Well, aside from completing my Llathalan Annal series, I have also begun a new novel of the Steampunk genre with elements in the Victorian era. I am quite new to this form of storytelling, but as it is a part of speculative fiction – with ties between fantasy and science fiction – I find that I am becoming all the more intrigued. I just may have found my new favorite genre. We’ll see.

Do you have a Website or Blog?

Certainly. Feel free to check either one out, introduce yourself, and check in now and then for updates or a bit of shenanigans. Also, you can find links on my website and blog if you would like to connect via Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, etc… See you then!

Also, be sure to check out Empyreal Fate on Amazon, and stay tuned for the release of the print version in May!  

Thank you again for hosting me, Laurie! It’s been a pleasure indeed~

And for me, as well.  Thank you so much!

"Born in 1993, Rachel Hunter has always been fascinated with words and the intricate way in which they combine. Since a child, she has been an avid writer, winding vibrant tales and elaborate stanzas on folded bits of paper.

As the years passed, her love of words never died; her adoration for reading fared no equal. Always with her nose in a book, Rachel took fondly to works spanning all genres. Yet it was the compelling grasp of fantasy and science fiction that wrenched her fascination above all.

In 2007, Rachel was selected a state winner of the Minnesota Promising Young Writers Program. Accordingly, her winning poem, “It All Starts with Creativity”, was published in An Anthology of Poetry by Young Americans.

Senior year of high school proved another momentous year. A winner of the Oklahoma Young Writers Competition, Rachel was awarded with publication of her “Sestina of Elven Regret” in the 2010-2011 anthology, Growing Voices.

In March of 2012, Rachel published her first short story with Trestle Press, titled, “Perfect Nothing“, which recounted her harrowing relationship with an eating disorder and was also fueled by her passion for psychology. But her writing does not end there. While currently pursuing a degree in psychology and in the medical field at the University of Oklahoma, she aspires also to illuminate the creative spark of eager readers. In her desire to incite intrigue, she is simultaneously exploring new worlds and creating vast empires of her own. Empyreal Fate is only the first in her Llathalan Annal series. Indeed, it is only the beginning."

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Life Defined said...

Thank you most kindly for hosting an interview for me and my new novel. It's a pleasure to be here!


Gwen Perkins said...

I agree with the newspapers. Newspapers are such a great way to envision one moment in time and they can show you so much about the world as it was then, from dramatic events to how much things cost.

It makes me wonder what people will think of our present as they look back and see fewer and fewer print papers. Will they start examining the digital world for clues to our society? We haven't archived it very well.

Great interview, Laurie and Rachel!