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Book Tour: ‘Ancient Tales and Legends Series’ by Cheryl Carpinello

“Unforgettable Characters… Ancient Mysteries Solved… Time-Defying Travel… A Teen / YA / Historical Fiction Must Read… “

Ancient Tales and Legends Series by Cheryl Carpinello

Title: Tutankhamen Speaks
Author: Cheryl Carpinello
Publisher: Beyond Today Educator
Pages: 81
Genre: Teen / YA / Ancient Egypt Historical Fiction

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From over 3000 years ago comes the voice of the Boy King.
 
Scrolls found buried in the basement of the Egyptian Museum. Transcribed in an ancient hand. Record the words of King Tut for all to read.
 
Tutankhamen answers all of the lingering questions, including the big one.
 
Discover the real story behind this famous pharaoh. Transport yourself back to an Ancient Egypt filled with mystery, magic, and danger!

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Growing up in Akhet-Aten

From the time I was able to walk, I had the run of our palace. Usually it was just me and Ankhesenpaaten. We played the normal childhood games.  We would run through the palace chasing and hiding from each other. The gardens and the pools were great places to hide. All too often one of us would fall into one of the pools as we raced by. Then we would move the game outside into the heat so that our clothes would dry. In Egypt’s heat, it didn’t take long. [missing text]

Sailing toy boats

When I was small, palace carpenters made me toy boats. Sometimes these were made to resemble the barges that would carry crops and animals down and up the Nile from one settlement to another. Some were fully outfitted royal barges complete with sails and the poles used when the barge was moving up river. I started playing with these in the palace pools. Later, as I got better at loading them and maneuvering them, I would find a place near the palace where the Nile ran slower. There I would dig out canals for the boats to float in. Sometimes Ankhesenpaaten would help me. One time we had so many canals built that it took all afternoon for our crop barges and the royal barges to enter into the canal system and then sail through and re-enter the Nile. I loved those days with Ankhesenpaaten and the Nile.

Senet

In the evenings we would play Senet. My sisters and I became skilled Senet players, and our games would often last late into the night. My favorite were the casting sticks.

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Title: SONS OF THE SPHINX
Author: Cheryl Carpinello
Publisher: Silver Quill Publishing
Pages: 189
Genre: Teen / YA / Ancient Egypt Historical Fiction

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A grandmother’s gift usually bring happiness. Rosa’s gift: a very different story. Hearing the dead alienated her from classmates. Not good for a 15-year-old.

Many times very insistent, the dead cared little for her surroundings. They even bothered her in class. Dates? Forget that.

Then one day, he shows up in her room. An old dead guy. A really old famous dead guy. In living human form!

Thrilling story of battling good and evil in an ancient world.

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Excerpt from Chapter 11 of Sons of the Sphinx by Cheryl Carpinello

A well-traveled dirt road leads back into the valley formed by the hills on either side. Although not high by my experience, rising up from the sandy floor, the Theban Hills are impressive. Jagged crevices run up and down the sides of the hills, and in many places, man-made square arches can be seen. The Tombs of the Pharaohs. I’m walking in the footsteps of an ancient people. How cool.

I hurry to catch up with him. A mistake, sweat stings my eyes and grit scrapes my cheek when I wipe my face. My shirt is sticking to me by the time I come even with him. Does Re never find a cloud to hide behind? Did I say Re? Now I’m starting to think as an Egyptian. Good grief. Must be the heat. There is no shade anywhere. Like a shimmering mirage on a hot highway, the heat rises in waves off the barren hillsides. No trees can withstand this burning furnace. The only shelter exists under the entrances to the tombs.

Tut hurries ahead, but I may never get here again, so I take my time. We pass one entrance, and I walk over closer to it. Heavy wooden doors covered in hieroglyphs bar the way. Ancient rope—rough, scratchy, and strong—twisted around the door handles and knotted tight, holds them closed. On the right door handle there is a clump of mud molded like those wax seals used on letters. It covers the handle and the rope. Symbols are pressed into it. 

“Tut, what is this for and what does it say?”

He hurries over, curious. 

“Why the rope and this lump of mud?”

“Lump of mud? Oh Roosa, you are looking at the Necropolis Seal placed here by the priests. That it is still here means that the tomb is intact. No one has entered since the burial.”

“Does the seal say whose tomb this is? Is it a pharaoh?”

“No, not a pharaoh. Here.” He points to a set of hieroglyphs. “These state that this is the tomb of the dignitary Ramose.” He pauses. “I remember hearing stories about him when I was young. He was the governor of Thebes during Thutmosis IV’s time.”

“Do all the tombs carry this seal?”

“Yes, but even in my reign, it was becoming difficult to keep the tombs sealed. Thieves continually broke in to steal the property of the dead.”

“Tomb robbers.”

“Yes. When they were caught, their hands were chopped off.”

I gasp at such horrible consequences.

“You are shocked. I understand that in your time, there does not exist an undisturbed tomb here.” He waves his hand around the entire valley. “Who are these people who think they have the right to touch a Pharaoh of Egypt, even a dead one? They disturb our sacred resting places and steal the items left for our journey into the afterlife. May they all be cursed along with their families.”

I stand beside him, my mouth agape. Up to now, Tut has been determined in his mission, angry at Horemheb, but he hasn’t lost his composure. Until now. I try to find words to soothe him.

“They only want the world to know about the pharaohs of ancient Egypt. How magnificent they were. How they lived.”

He turns on me. “You don’t learn about a people by stealing what is sacred to them. In my time and yours, they are nothing more than common tomb robbers!”

“Scholars have shared what they learned. They search for knowledge. I learned about you from the artifacts in the exhibit.”

“Harrumph! What do you and they know? Nothing. Nothing at all! All you do is seek the treasures and the gold to make yourselves rich.” He spits in the dirt. “You wouldn’t know wealth if you were buried in it. Tomb robbers, the whole lot.”

He stomps away almost at a run, propelled by his anger. I hurry to keep up with him. We round a bend and to the left a small path winds up a cliff and then disappears. His chest heaves with ragged breaths and he’s actually vibrating he’s so enraged.

“We aren’t all like that, you know.” I whisper, wanting to avoid a harsh response. “Some of us understand that true wealth comes from within, from one’s heart, from love for others, and from respect for family.” I pause. “Some of us do.”

He says nothing; he doesn’t turn to look at me, but his breathing slows; his fingers unclench.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Cheryl Carpinello taught high school English for 25 years. During that time, she worked with numerous students who didn’t like to read for a variety of reasons. However, she discovered that even the most reluctant readers became engaged in the classroom and in reading when she introduced units on King Arthur and the works of ancient world writers. Upon retiring, she set out to write fast-paced, action-filled stories in these setting to encourage young readers to read more. When not writing, you can find her reading, spending time with family, and traveling.

“In 2008, my husband and I spent three weeks traveling around Egypt via train and visiting all those magnificent archeological sites. Since we returned home, Egypt has never been far from my thoughts. I truly believe that I left part of my soul in that ancient land. To satisfy my longing to return, I wrote Sons of the Sphinx and Tutankhamen Speaks.

CONNECT WITH CHERYL

Website:  https://www.cherylcarpinello.com

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/ccarpinello

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cheryl.carpinello1

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Author Interview: ‘Legal Crime’ by Samiksha Bhattacharjee

About the Book:

This exciting and captivating page-turner transports you into the fascinating story of sixteen-year-old aspiring singer Fiona Watson who runs away from her family, oblivious to the dangers outside her shielded comfort zone. As she journeys through her new world, leaving her past behind and determined to find a new identity, she uncovers surprising secrets buried deep within her long ago…How do her new friends link to her past? What secrets are they hiding behind their misleading smiles? How much of herself has she really left behind? And how will she cope when she realises that she has made a huge mistake… one that could ruin her forever?

 

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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

My name’s Samiksha and I’m thirteen years old. I’ve always loved reading, so I think that’s what got me interested in writing. When I was younger, I always wrote short stories – in fact, I wrote my first little book when I was five! My writing has got better now, and I really hope that this skill progresses as I get older. 

I started writing Legal Crime when I was seven years old, but the story has developed a lot since then. It’s been a really long journey and I’m so happy that I am able to share it with the world, and I will definitely be continuing with writing; I love it as much as reading!

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

I have insomnia (meaning I don’t actually get a lot of sleep) and so I would say that around 75% of Legal Crime was written and thought of in my bed! Other than that, I would say the living room table as that is where I do all of my other work – homework, classwork (because of Covid-19), art and of course, writing! This is because it helps me to stay closer to my family, which I think is very important especially in this digital age. 

I work better during the evening and the night. For some reason, my brain feels more awake then! The majority of Legal Crime was written during this time, so I think that my favourite time to write would be twilight. Firstly, I think that the transition between day and night is really pretty, and secondly, I love the book (and movie) series! 

3: Where do your ideas come from?

Well, I usually take inspiration from a bunch of things – nature, art, an important issue in the news, etc., but I think that what really drives me is things that happen in my own life, or things that I have seen happen to other people with my own eyes. 

The idea for Legal Crime actually came to me in the bathroom when I was seven years old (I don’t know how; I was trying to think of an idea for a short story!) I wanted to write a story about a runaway, who, through her experiences, comes to appreciate her family. The story as it currently stands is very different and far longer than it originally was, but I still wanted to remain true to the first idea that sparked the beginning of this story. At this time, seven years old and naïve, I never expected my book to be any longer than ten pages, let alone be published!

Many people have asked me how I came up with the title Legal Crime. To be honest, it only came into my head very recently. Before then, I had experimented with countless other titles, some too cheesy to even mention. I was going to be happy with ‘I don’t want need you’ (inspired by a note in the story) before the name came to me. I was sitting in an English class next to my friend, and the lesson was about oxymorons. I was scribbling down notes about my story at the back of a scrapbook when I was asked for an example of an oxymoron. Looking up at the board, I saw ‘Cruel Love’ and ‘Freezing Fire’ staring at me and started considering them as potential titles before I thought of ‘Legal Crime’. When my friend told me that that was a really good example, I knew that I had chosen the right title for the book!

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?

At first, I had no plan. I don’t particularly like plans – I find them very time-consuming (but that could just be me). I know that a lot of authors usually plan excessively before even starting to write their book, but I didn’t. I was adding to the story as I went along and had zero planning at first. Then, I realised that the story was not going to make any sense, resulting in me making drastic changes to the storyline and creating a family tree, alongside an extremely vague chapter plan. For other stories, I just let my pen flow with whatever comes to my mind, then edit afterwards.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

In my opinion, at this current time, Young Adult is the best! That may change as I get older, but when I decided that Legal Crime had the potential to be a novel-length book (this was when I was eight years old), I had to do YA! I started reading Young Adult fiction at this time (some people may argue that this age is too young to start reading YA, but I was getting bored of middle grade!) and was very interested in it, as I still am. 

Currently, I love dystopia and fantasy (and if I start another universe of books, this will probably be the genre that I write in…) but at that time, I loved contemporary. I still do, but I read it a lot less than dystopia and fantasy. I suppose I just write whatever genre I have an interest in reading, so that I target people my own age (and older, or even younger!).  

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

Hmmmmm… well, I would say myself as I love acting… but I don’t think I look (or am the right age) to play any of the characters. I would love to encourage newcomers to play the parts if I ever got the chance to turn Legal Crime into a movie/TV series! The film and TV industry has suffered a lot because of this Covid-19 crisis, etc., so ensuring that new budding actors who haven’t got the chance to shine on screen yet, but have got so much potential to do so, would be what I want to happen. 

7: Do you read much and if so, who are your favourite authors?

Yes, I love reading! Choosing a favourite author is… very tricky. I can’t even count how many favourite authors I have! Let’s name a few… I like Karen M. McManus (One of Us is Lying etc.) and also would like to thank her for wishing me the best of luck on my launch for Legal Crime. J.K Rowling is a must. Veronica Roth (Divergent series) and Suzanne Collins (Hunger Games series) are amazing authors! Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments, The Dark Artifices etc.) is awesome, I love her work! Stephanie Meyer (Twilight series) is good, as is Richelle Mead (Vampire Academy series). Lauren Oliver (my favourite book by her is Before I Fall) and Gayle Forman (If I Stay) are fantastic authors too! I like Kendare Blake (Three Dark Crowns series) too, her work is brilliant and would also like to say thanks to her for her advice and well wishes. 

Actually, I think that every single author in the world is amazing!

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

Sadly, I don’t have that much time to read lately. That being said, I still am reading some books, just not as quickly as I would like to. Usually, it takes me a day or two to finish each book but with the added pressure of schoolwork and lockdown, etc., it’s taking me slightly longer.

Currently, I’m reading Sister, Missing by Sophie McKenzie and I’m also looking forward to reading The Gilded Ones. 

9: What is your favourite book and why?

Being asked to choose your favourite book is like being asked to choose which one of friends is your favourite! I can’t choose! I love most YA fiction – anything with some good dystopia and fantasy is currently amazing for me! 

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

I feel that there are so many people out there, especially teenagers and young adults, with such great stories that are simply unheard of because they don’t feel that they have the ability to write a book that can be published. You can write an amazing book that might even be better than you would ever expect it to be! Age is just a number attached to you, don’t be afraid to start writing what comes to your mind. I would say that you should look for inspiration in anything, and the story will blossom in your mind. You might surprise yourself! 

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

You can find out more about Legal Crime by visiting my website: www.legalcrime.co.uk and by subscribing to my newsletter at www.legalcrime.co.uk/subscribe. Also, you can follow the FB page for the book by going to www.facebook.com/legalcrimeuk. And, of course, if you have any questions/comments, feel free to drop me an email at author@legalcrime.co.uk and I’ll try my best to answer ☺

About the Author:

Samiksha Bhattacharjee is a thirteen-year-old British author living with her parents and younger brother. She started writing ‘Legal Crime’ when she was seven, and hopes to inspire other children to start creative writing too. She also enjoys acting, singing, drawing and talking (a lot). Find out more information by visiting www.legalcrime.co.uk

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Book Blitz: ‘Blood and Silver’ by Vali Benson

Title: Blood and Silver

Author: Vali Benson

Publisher: Tellwell Talent 

Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction

 

About the Book:

What is a twelve year old girl to do when she finds herself in the silver boom town of Tombstone, Arizona, in 1880, and her only home is a brothel and her only parent is a drug-addicted mother? If she is Carissa Beaumont, she outsmarts the evil madam and figures a way out.After tricking the madam, Miss Lucille, into summoning a doctor for her mother, Lisette, she discovers that Miss Lucille has been drugging her. She and the kind doctor make a plan to try to save Lisette by dosing her down on the drug.

Doctor Henderson tells Carissa that the only source for the drug is a Chinese immigrant named China Mary, who lives in Hoptown, at the other end of Tombstone. Carissa has no choice but to go to the powerful woman for help. Many say that China Mary is the one who really controls Tombstone.

China Mary admires Carissa’s brave spirit, and uses her influence to get her a job at the new Grand Hotel, which will free Carissa from her many duties at Miss Lucille’s. She will work along with Mary’s twelve year old niece, Mai-Lin. The two girls become fast friends.

Then, disaster strikes, and the two girls must work together to stay alive.

With a host of colorful characters and meticulous attention to period detail, Blood and Silver is a story of the best and worst of human nature, the passion for survival and the beauty of true friendship.

 

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“Blood and Silver” was recently named a Finalist in the 2020 Indies Today Awards

 

About the Author:

Vali grew up in the Midwest. She now lives in Tucson with her husband, two sons and grandchildren.

After graduating from the University of Illinois, Vali started and sold two successful businesses before she decided to pursue her real passion of writing. She published several articles in a variety of periodicals, including History Magazine before she decided to try her hand at fiction.

In April of 2020, Vali published her first novel, “Blood and Silver”. That same month, she was also made a member of the Western Writers of America.

 

Social Media Links:

Website: www.valibenson.com

Twitter: @BensonVali

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Author Interview: ‘Escape’ by Emma Eggleston

About the Book:

Laila is Richardsville High’s quirky girl. She’s just biding her time until graduation when she has an unusual encounter with Matty, the all-American boy next door. When Matty and Laila start to talk, he shares a secret with her. He’s a part of a clinical study for a medication called effugium and it can really transport him to other places and times. Will Laila trust Matty enough to try the effugium?

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What people are saying:

“Emma Eggleston’s literary brilliance shines in new and unexpected ways with this debut masterpiece.” – Veronica Rose 

“This book makes you want to laugh, cry and hold somebody you love that tiny bit closer. A great book for teens and adults alike.” -Shannon Bavister

“This book definitely touches on mental health in a way that a majority of teens/young adults feel. I could feel myself relating very heavily to how Matty was feeling in the beginning of the novel. Absolutely loved it!” – Kaylyn Erskins

Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you into writing?

I’m a new author currently studying journalism. I’ve liked to write since pretty much forever! I was writing stories and plays for my family to perform at seven and I never really stopped.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

My favorite time to write would probably be mid-afternoon. I feel like that’s when my brain is working best. I like to write in a cozy place like on my bed or the couch with a blanket.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

I used to get a lot of my ideas from other books, movies, and music, but with this project I really drew from personal experience. I think that’s a good thing because it made the story more authentic and original to the audience.

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?

It changes every time I write a little bit. I really like character-driven stories so during the early stages of writing I usually am more focused on developing their personalities and backstories and then the plot usually just comes with time.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

Escape, is YA magical realism. I’m a young author (19) and so I feel like it’s very natural for me to write young adult books especially if I’m basing it off of my own emotional experiences or things I’ve seen. As far as magical realism goes, I was introduced to that genre my senior year of high school when reading Gabriel Garcia Marquez and I fell in love. 

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

I think that I would want the characters to be played by new actors. If I was lucky enough to see, Escape, become a motion picture, I would want it to be at least one of actors’ debut film because this is my debut novel and I would want to support someone just at the beginning of their career like people have supported me. 

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

I love to read. My favourite author is C.S. Lewis. 

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

The most recent book I read and really enjoyed was The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

A Separate Peace by John Knowles is my favourite book. I remember everybody in my tenth grade English class hating it when we read it, but something about that book strikes a chord with me emotionally. I think the characters are very interesting and unique as well.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Don’t put it off. Start writing now and keep writing. Always try to improve and don’t get discouraged.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?

I’m on Instagram. @eggleston.emma is my username.

 

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Author Interview: ‘Stardust Destinies I: Variate Facing’ by Celinka Serre

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.

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Author Interview:

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.

Website: www.binkyproductions.com

Twitter: @binkyprod

 

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.

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