does not always mark the spot for treasure. Sometimes, the greatest treasures are hidden in unlikely places. Today, I have another fun author interview. Serena Clarke, author of The Treasure of Isian, is here to tell us more about herself and her newly released book. Take it away, Serena!
I am from sunny Southern Utah. I love the heat and I hate the cold! I have a big, loud family of six girls. I have loved writing since I was young. I have taken writing classes in high school and college. My favorite genre is fantasy and romance, but I love almost anything. I have a Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design. I design my own book covers. This is my first novel to be published.
Tell my readers about your book.
Prince Garin is a brave, proud, adventure-seeking prince. Elani is his most trusted servant and she would do anything for him, even die. Their quest to find the mystical Treasure of Isian is immediately interrupted and they find themselves confronted by angry giants, soul-stealing elves, bewitched dragons, a vengeful water-witch, battling foes, and a mysterious kingdom. Elani must face her greatest fears to save her prince and her kingdom. Garin must decide what the most important things are in his life. The couple must decide if they are willing to make a great sacrifice to save the kingdom.
What started you on your writing journey?
I have loved writing for as long as I can remember. I remember writing silly short stories when I was a kid and then I took creative writing classes in high school and college and loved it. I write in my spare time, but I never thought any of my ideas were good enough to publish. Until this book. I loved writing it so much that I knew I wanted to continue to write more seriously and share my stories with others.
Do you have a favorite character?
That is a hard question to answer. I love all of my characters. They become personal when you write about their life experiences and give them emotions and personalities. I would probably say that Elani from The Treasure of Isian is one of my favorite characters. She does not understand how special she is and yet she is full of courage and determination. She does not shrink away from her responsibilities. She understands what needs to be done and she does it without complaining. The way her relationship with Garin evolves throughout the story was really fun to write.
I did enjoy your character development in this story. Each character had complicated layers, like a Twix bar. Speaking of candy bars, which one would choose for your motto in life?
I’d have to say Snickers, because life is boring if it is not filled with laughter and quizzical looks!
Snickers seem to be a favorite of a lot of folks that visit this site. You’re right though. Life would be boring without laughter and fun. Do you have a silly quirk you’d care to share with us?
I love quoting movies! My siblings and I are big “movie-quoters.” There is hardly a conversation that goes by without quoting at least one line from a movie. When I am hanging out with friends or acquaintances, I usually have to stop myself from quoting a movie because I know they won’t understand!
I’d love to be a bug on the wall and hear you and your sisters together throwing quotes at each other (a ladybug…not an icky bug). What are some of your favorite things?
I love to write, I love books, art, music. I love having hobbies and being creative. I like to look at blogs and things like pinterest for ideas for art projects and crafts. Another favorite thing is playing games with my family. We love playing games! Card games, word games, board games, anything!
Your family sounds like a lot of fun! What are you currently working on with writing?
I am working on a sequel for the Treasure of Isian. It will be about a different character’s life and trials and of course a love story. Garin and Elani will reappear in the sequel as side characters. In the sequel, we will find out that everything that happens is for a greater purpose.
I do not usually work on just one book at a time. I like to work on several. When I have brain-freeze on one, I work on another. I am also working on a fairy tale series based on The 12 Dancing Princesses. I am really excited about this series. My characters have such fun personalities. I have never put as much work into developing my character’s personalities as I have with this series. Because there are 12 princesses, I needed to give them each distinctive personalities. It has been a lot of work, but I am really enjoying it. I love fairy tales!
Why should we read your book?
If you love fantasy, romance, adventure, mystery, this is the book to read! The story is full of hope and filled with emotion. There are heart-wrenching moments when you will think all is lost, but there are also cheerful moments that bring a smile to your face and make you want to keep reading!
Your book was super! Fantasy is not a genre I usually enjoy, but your book was a surprising pleasure to read. Your message and writing style was very uplifting. Best of luck this week with your release.
And to my readers, if you’re in search of adventure and hidden treasure, give this book a shot. Leave a comment with your favorite movie quote, candy bar, or anything else, and Serena will choose a winner to receive a free e-book.