Thank you for the opportunity to talk about my YA fantasy novel, THE CHRONICLES OF TRELLAH.
As a child I was obsessed with all things science fiction and fantasy. I spent countless hours pretending to be Luke Skywalker, brandishing my light saber at Brandy, our beleaguered golden retriever (aka Darth Vader), and untold minutes screaming “Drink his essence!” into my mother’s ear after watching Jim Henson’s “The Dark Crystal” on our green-tinted console TV. I viewed my favorite films countless times, and wore the ink off the pages of myriad books. My fascination with the genre continued through my teen years, then, seemingly without reason, it ended. Suddenly, stories that weren’t grounded in the real world seemed trite and, well, downright boring. I continued to consume all things fantastical throughout my twenties, but the magic was gone. Sure I still loved the idols of my childhood, but was convinced that love was driven purely by nostalgia. I had to face the facts: I wasn’t a child anymore.
Then something amazing happened. Harry Potter and his friends captured the world’s imagination, and Frodo and Gollum’s perilous journey to Mount Doom shined like a diamond on the silver screen. I was once again enthralled, feeling like a kid with each page I flipped and every scene I absorbed. And that’s when it hit me. I never stopped liking and fantasy, the books and films that came out while I was in my twenties weren’t worth liking! Why? One simple word: Character.
The decade of my twenties was bereft of stories anchored by memorable characters. Not a single Han Solo, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones (okay, so I like Harrison Ford), or Frodo to be found. So when I sat down to write my debut YA fantasy novel, THE CHRONICLES OF TRELLAH, I knew that character was the key to making my story memorable. When you curl up with TRELLAH, you won’t just encounter a new world filled with fantastical creatures and imagery, you’ll feel what fourteen year-old Sophina Murray is experiencing through her heart and mind. I can’t promise that everyone will be swept away by my prose, but I can assure you, the reader, that the characters I created have feelings that go well beyond skin deep. Thank you for spending this moment with me!