Author: Diana Harrison
Published: November 2012
After fifteen-year-old Emmy Rathers unintentionally summons a strange glowing cloud during a break-in, her mother rips her from her home, her father, and her world, forever.
When she lands in the rustic, militant land of Methelwood, she is told she’s a crafter– a person who can perform magic by conjuring souls of the dead. But starting life over normally in the midst of grieving for the life she has left behind, while at the same time attempting to fit in in her new war-obsessed school, becomes impossible when she begins to hear a voice in her head. Complicating the matter further is the fact that the voice belongs to a boy at school named Breckin, who just also happens to be the most powerful crafter in the world, and the future ruler of Methelwood.
But that’s not the worst part– suddenly Breckin’s most hostile adversary is coming out of the shadows and trying to kill her. With no other choice, Emmy must travel deeper into this bizarre, dark world she is so unfamiliar with to find out why this is happening to her, and more importantly, how to stay alive.
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Writing the Story You Wish Existed
I’m not one to take writing advice. I personally don’t believe there is any one universal piece of advice that applies to every writer, and thank goodness for that, or I’d be screwed. I don’t write everyday like they say to. I didn’t start out writing short stories and work my way up. I don’t write what I know – I write about people who summon dead souls in little glass balls for crying out loud. However, there is one thing that stuck with me through a lot of years that is so simple, yet so true: Write the story you wish existed, but doesn’t.
Writing-wise, I pretty much live by this rule. It just makes so much sense. I write about certain things that I wish were represented more, I get rid of things that annoy me, and I keep things that I love about other novels I have read, and smush them all together to make my favourite kind of story. (Does this sound like a bad recipe?) Such things include:
1) The main character suffering from unrequited love
2) Nail-in-your-side-groan-worthy-gut-wrenching teen angst
3) Corporeal souls
4) A completely made up mythos
5) Healthy female friendships
6) Grrrl power not in the form of Xena Warrior Princess (although she IS awesome!)
7) A pain-in-the-ass bad boy that really is a pain-in-the-ass
8) A redheaded male love interest
9) Inserting my own weird humor
10) Having a family live in a coffeehouse
I just hope that I did a good job with all of these. I sure had a fun time writing them.
Thank you very much for having me on your blog!
About the Author:
Diana Harrison is a proud Canadian, currently studying English literature at the University of Calgary. With a passion for books, magic, and teens, as well as being a chronic daydreamer, it is only logical that she is a young-adult fantasy writer as well.
You can friend her on Goodreads.
Her debut novel, THE KEEPER’S CURSE, releases in November 2012.
Contact the Author: Goodreads
Now for the good news! Diana and the team are so kind enough to offer my lovely readers five Ebook copies of her book. Who can enter? Everyone as long as you reside in this planet! Yes, folks, this giveaway is open internationally. Click the link below to direct you to the awesome Christmas presents. Tour wrap-up will be on December 25 and the lucky five winners will be announced. Happy holidays everyone!