About the Book:
Prompted by a cryptic message from her deceased master, Niome, a young wizardess, embarks on a journey to discover many truths. Leaving her country, Teloria, behind, and accompanied by her brother, his best friend, her brother’s master and his best friend, she discovers the prophecies that were written in the stars and dictated by the dragons. Being the guardian of the remaining safe magical book of spells, the Compliment Book, Niome and her companions quickly realise that they must go to the dark lands and retrieve the stolen Book of Enchantment from the evil lord who wishes to rule over all the lands. It is there where their Stardust Destinies are revealed.
1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?
I was always a fan of fantasy and sci-fi fantasy. I am a HUGE Star Wars fan, of the Original Expanded Universe, and I love The Lord of the Rings trilogy and other Tolkien books. From a young age, I enjoyed writing, and I wrote a lot for fun. I enjoyed writing oral presentations and turning them into fun skits. I remember writing, on my written project of an oral presentation: “Binky Inc.” as my company name. Today, I have Binky Ink as my writing company name. I just always enjoyed daydreaming and entering fictional worlds, which is probably why I also love video games so much. There is so much creativity to be found in so many places. I wanted to create my own worlds too. But what really got me to writing more professionally was when I had a dream that turned out to be Chapter Nine of Book 1 of Stardust Destinies I Variate Facing. From there, I wrote the beginning of the book, then the rest of the book, then another book, and another, and I’m still writing the Stardust Destinies series of books today.
2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?
I find most of my inspiration comes at night. I believe it has to do with my name. Celinka means “moon goddess” and I am truly a night owl. I am most efficient at night, and most inspired too, especially at the full moon. I like to sit in the living room to write, with my soft blanket covering my legs, and my diffuser diffusing essential oil. It’s cosy.
3: Where do your ideas come from?
A lot of the inspiration I’ve had for anything I’ve written has come from dreams. Stardust Destinies began as a dream; some other parts of the story have come to me in dreams too. I like to imagine that the realm of Stardust Destinies actually exists, and that I’m the lucky one to be able to look into that realm, see and feel the characters, know their thoughts and aspirations, and I am the instrument that writes their story so that the people of this realm can read about these other people who exist in that other realm.
4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?
Sometimes I will plan a bit ahead, especially when it comes to filling in plot holes. A lot of the time, however, I had only a main idea, or a general idea of where things are going. I do write notes for certain scenes, or have certain scenes in mind, but then I have to get to that point or make it make sense. Usually what happens is I start writing and the story unfolds as I write. I am the instrument and my hand moves, and I discover the story as it unfolds on the paper in front of me. Sometimes I write dozens of pages and haven’t gotten to that point in the story I was thinking about writing yet.
5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?
I mostly write Fantasy, High Fantasy to be precise. Though I do write fan-fiction, but that too is fantasy or sci-fi fantasy. I’ve written comedy and drama screenplays for short films, and I enjoyed exploring writing those other genres. However, fantasy comes most naturally to me. I have always been drawn to that genre. I also enjoy dressing up in medieval clothes, or don elf ears on. I think I existed in those times in a past life. I’m drawn to sword fighting and archery and the ancient Celtic magical beliefs of those times. It could be roots from far and distant ancestors. All I know is I’ve always loved dragons, magic, mysticism, and realms with those elements in them are the ones I feel most comfortable in.
6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?
This is a good one. Because I play video games, there are a number of voice actors who I imagine voicing certain characters, but I don’t know if they have the specific look of the character. I think however I do see Stardust Destinies being adapted more into a video game than into a movie, so then I could include those voice actors, such as Jennifer Hale, Gareth David-Lloyd, Troy Baker, Freddie Prince Jr., Lydia Leonard, Ike Amadi, and so many others.
7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?
I have read a number of Tolkien books, including The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Children of Hurin. Tolkien is one of my greatest inspirations. I have also read all of the Star Wars novels from the Original Expanded Universe that take place after the Battle of Endor, and a number of Old Republic books. The Old Republic is after all my favourite era. Other authors I enjoy in those franchises include Timothy Zaan, Drew Karpyshyn, Patrick Weekes, and there are others.
8: What book/s are you reading at present?
I recently read Tevinter Nights, from the Dragon Age video game franchise. Tevinter Night is a series of short stories that act as a prelude to what we might expect in the next game of that series. I truly enjoyed it. I am so obsessed with the Dragon Age video game series and the stories in those books have so many well-written and well-developed characters.
9: What is your favourite book and why?
It has to be The Lord of the Rings trilogy. If I have to choose one, eeeh. That’s a tough one. The Fellowship of the Ring has a lot of character development and establishing settings and story concepts. The Two Towers has one of my favourite scenes where Pippin looks into the Palantir. The scene was strategically placed in the movie of The Return of the King. There are parts in the three books where I got teary eyed, so you can imagine, when watching the movies (the Extended Editions) how many times I cry. There are more touching scenes and moments in The Return of the King. I can’t choose just one, I have to include the trilogy as a whole.
10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?
Write. And keep writing. And don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t. A bit of backstory: When I was in elementary school, I had ADD and Dyslexia. I had a lot of trouble stringing a sentence along, let alone a paragraph. My stories consisted of spiders that wore sunglasses. I could not write well. In fact, I had so much trouble learning to read and write, I had to learn it at home. And then I had trouble understanding what I would read. Reading The Lord of the Rings trilogy taught me reading comprehension. I used a dictionary a lot and reread many paragraphs the first time I read the books. I used to read very slowly too. I didn’t let that stop me from writing. I practiced with oral presentations, works at school, silly dinky stories filled with clichés and typical high school melodrama. I even took a story and turned it into a play for a school project. That was good practice too. I just wrote, even if what I wrote at 16 wasn’t that good. Writing just for the fun of it pays off. Naturally, what I write today is more developed than what I wrote at 20. Naturally, the first chapter of a book requires more editing than the last chapter of the book, because your writing will always develop and improve, your story will always develop and improve. But when you have motivation and inspiration combined, they can be a deadly duo against any doubt or insecurities. The pen is indeed mightier, and you best believe it.
11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?
I have my website where I post everything that I do, from the fiction and fan-fiction I write to videos I make, and all sorts of other projects I’ve got going on. I’m also pretty active on Twitter, where I like to connect with writers and gamers alike.
About the Author:
Celinka Serre is an indie writer and video producer, working in freelance and having fun sharing content on YouTube. She believes in the freedom of creativity and has never let up in pursuing her dreams. Having begun writing Stardust Destinies at age 19, the novel series is but one of her many endeavours , being also a writer of fan-fiction, various indie film screenplays, and a few collaborations as well.