Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Chronicle Dark Triad Blog Tour

A. My love of reading is really what led to my love of writing. My parents were avid readers and really encouraged my brother and I to do the same. We were reading the classics by the time we were in fourth grade. I was lucky to have been in school when composition classes still existed and had several teachers who encouraged me to pursue writing. Being a writer is sort of consuming for me. There is a draw to tell a story, and while it may not be a story that will appeal to everyone, it is a story that is burning to be written as I sit down to write. I write more than one book at a time, which is a bit out of the norm from other authors I have talked to about their passion. While they might have 3 or 4 books on the back burner that they will return to at any given time, I actually write up to 5 books at the same time, writing on one on a Monday and the next on a Tuesday. Writing is such an integral part of my life, I am not sure what it would be like to not be an author. I have been writing stories since I can remember. Being an author is not a part of is me.

A. This book was a stretch for me, being set in the modern day world. I really wanted the main character to be a very strong female that young women, and women in general would relate to and to create the draw needed to see Calliah conquer the 12 Affinities as she struggles with who she is. I have a love of Ancient History and was really inspired to develop a character who had to overcome a tragedy only to discover her life was not at all what she had been led to believe and was destined for far greater deeds. I tried to put myself in that position. What if my life was a lie? What if I was descended from the Gods? How would I cope? What would I do? I did a bit of research about the Greek Gods and the destruction of Atlantis and twisted it a bit, making the destruction being the result of an unrequited love possessed by Zeus instead of anger with the entire island being what led to the destruction of Atlantis. Everything just sort of fell into place once I knew what the base line of the story would be. I try to let the characters tell the story when writing.

Character Bio Calliah Orion

Human Name: (the one used to protect her identity) Cayce Zeta
Real name: Calliah Orion
Gender: Female
Age: Just shy of her 18th birthday, or at least that is what she believes.
Ambitions: Marine Biology at Dartmouth
Mortal Keepers: Coral and Jonathan Zeta
Parents: the Okeanide Princess Atimite and Poseidon
Nature: Typical seventeen year-old, a bit withdrawn, and known to be clumsy. Has a love of free driving and the sea.
Loves: Spending time at the Cape, sailing, sitting on the beach, spending time alone.
Hates: People who think they are better than everyone else.
Hair Color: Dark brown, long, with natural curls.
Eye Color: Teal that change colors like the sea and morph with the power of her Affinities.
Build: Tall, nearly 6 foot, with athletic curves.
Affinity: Possesses the Affinities of all 12 Olympians, something that has only happened once before her birth with her half brother Atlas. This means she is heavily Traited.
Fondest Memory: Spending time with her mortal keeper, Coral, who she believes to be her mother until the truth is learned.
Hometown: Hoboken, New Jersey
Place Born: Lycea under the Sea.
Current Residence: Chronicle, the remnants of Atlantis
Peculiarity: She faints at overwhelming news.
Most prized possession: a bracelet belonging to her mother.
Values: extremely loyal, will defend a friend no matter the cost, believes in doing the right thing, is a champion of others.
Powers: the powers of the 12 Olympians belong to Calliah because she is the living embodiment of the Ambergris of Olympus.
Love her life: uncertain…loves both Quinn and Cole. It’s a difficult choice.


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