If you are a writer, and on Twitter, with the addition of a few new followers you will likely connect with one of the most social authors I know online, Erin Albert. Erin is recently published and her book, The Prophecy, came out in November of last year. It is my pleasure to have my friend, and new critique partner, on my blog as my first (of hopefully many) author spotlights. It is an honor to have her talk about her new fantasy book and answer six questions to help us get to know Erin and her writing style better.
The Prophecy Back Cover
Growing up on a small farm in the kingdom of Vanguard, seventeen-year-old Layla Givens lives a deceptively tranquil existence. But her carefully constructed life quickly falls apart when she’s abducted by a religious zealot who proclaims her The Fulfillment of an ancient peace prophecy and whisks her away to marry her greatest enemy.
Wilhelm, Prince of the Ethereals, is reluctant to meet his new bride. He’s grown up believing Vanguards are evil, an enemy to fight and fear…not love. Can he set aside his prejudices and work alongside Layla to bring lasting peace after centuries of war?
Nash, a loner who has never fit in, carries a huge secret, one big enough to destroy both kingdoms. When he accidently meets Layla, he’s no longer content to live in the shadows, but he must resist his growing attraction—for her safety and for the longevity of the two kingdoms.
When Nash’s secret is revealed, a firestorm sweeps through both realms, with Layla at the center. Now she must choose between duty and desire while the fate of two nations hangs in the balance.
The Prophecy Blurb
Even though she had no chance to escape now, Layla shoved the Elder with all her might. The blow sent him flying into the baker’s door, which splintered under the force, and she darted forward. The Vanguard soldiers moved to block her.
“We are all Vanguards,” she pleaded. “Please let me go.”
For a moment, they hesitated. Layla used the opening to slip around them. She ran as fast as her legs would carry her, but they proved to be too slow. Within moments, the soldiers leapt upon her, knocking her to the ground. Wrenching Layla up by her hair, they dragged her back to the Elder, whose face now bled from his encounter with the baker’s door.
“I see you’re going to be trouble.” He brushed the dirt off his robes. “You can’t escape your destiny, girl.”
Story Juggler’s Questions
1. How did you come up with the idea of The Prophecy?
The idea pretty much came out of nowhere. One night, I was watching a movie, and the words “Ethereal” and “Vanguard” popped in to my mind. A little while later, the names Layla, Wilhelm, Nash, and Samson did as well. The story just grew from there.
2. What is your favorite part of The Prophecy?
I think my favorite part is the interaction between the characters. They are all so vastly different yet must come together for this one cause greater than themselves. One character is absent for a good portion of The Prophecy but factors heavily into the sequel and trilogy. His interactions, particularly with my main character Layla, were super fun to write.
3. Did you write the ending that you wanted or the one that needed to be told for the characters?
There isn’t technically an ending to The Prophecy since it’s the first book in the trilogy. But I will say The Prophecy did not conclude the way I originally planned. The ultimate ending of the whole series remained up in the air until I actually wrote the last few chapters.
4. If you could meet anyone in history, who would it be and why?
I would meet William Shakespeare. I am a HUGE fan. When I took Shakespeare’s Tragedies in college, my professor said Shakespeare had a profound understanding of human nature. He theorized Shakespeare did a great deal of people watching. So, I’d love to people watch with Shakespeare and get his take on everyone around us.
5. If you were stuck on a space flight to a distant planet and could only take three books with you which ones would you bring?
Romeo and Juliet (technically a play), Othello (technically a play), Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
6. Are you working on any science fiction stories? If so can you divulge what they’re about?
I am working on a young adult futuristic thriller. It’s not technically a sci-fi per se, but it has a lot of sci-fi elements to it with the space age-ness of the world. The story centers around a young woman who has an unknown-to-her family legacy in a resistance group aimed to prevent an epic, technologically advanced battle between two theologically opposed regimes.
Erin Albert is an author and fitness trainer. Since she picked up Morris the Moose Goes to School at age four, she has been infatuated with the written word. She went on to work as a grammar and writing tutor in college and is still teased by her family and friends for being a member of the “Grammar Police.” In her free time, Erin enjoys acting, running, kickboxing, and, of course, reading and writing.
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