Awakened: Interview with Guest Author, Kriston Johnson
Melinda T. Falgoust
Can fighting for the right side ever be the wrong thing to do? This week's blog explores this question with guest author, Kriston Johnson, in celebration of the release of her new title, Awakened, now available. Read on to learn more about this exciting new title, an interview with the author and a chance to win a free ebook copy of Awakened.
Draven, the tyrant ruler of Elyndia for the last one thousand years, searches for the one who can fulfill his prophecy.
The Paladins, an elite band of warriors sworn to protect their way of life at all cost, search for the one with the ability to bring their world crumbling down.
An innocent girl, tormented by demons only she can see, lives on the brink of insanity and longs for a life of peace.
When seventeen-year-old Jade Rosenberg reads from an antique book, she has no idea she just read an incantation awakening her inherited power. But when opposing - and equally terrifying- groups invade her home, she learns she is descended from an enchanted realm and a member of a powerful race thought to have been hunted to extinction.
Ripped from her world, Jade is forced to seek refuge from those who want her dead. She is given one of two options and the time has come for her to make a choice: assasinate their sworn enemy...
Or sacrifice her soul.
AUTHOR BIO: Kriston Johnson lives in Southwest Washington with her husband, teenage son, and miniature Australian Shepherd. Her home rests at the fringe of an old growth forest that she insists is the home of Jason Voorhees. Her husband thinks that is a ridiculous assumption, because everyone knows it's really Bigfoot. Every summer, Kriston participates in an annual pilgrimage to Faerieworlds, a real-life faerie realm here on Earth, and has an unhealthy obession with Star Wars, The Vampire Diaries, and Iron Man. Awakened is her first novel.
Q. What inspired you to write Awakened?
A. My father-in-law gave my husband an antique knife that was passed down to him from his father. When my husband pulled the copper sheath from the engraved blade I envisioned a wave of magic escaping and transporting the beholder to another place and time.
Q. Can you tell us a little bit about Jade and Gabriel?
A. Jade is girl a girl struggling with an uncertain future and Gabriel is a boy tortured by an unsettled past.
Q. Who was your favorite character to write?
A. It is a tie between Theron and Shada.
Q. If Awakened were to be a movie, who would you cast in the leading roles?
A. Liam Hemsworth as Gabriel, Alexandra Daddario as Jade, JD Pardo as Theron, Chris Hemsworth as Dezmon, and Jeremy Irons as Jesper.
Q. Do you have any future stories in the works?
A. Yes. I am currently writing Transcended, the sequel to Awakened. I also have a young adult Viking story and a middle grade story outlined.
Q. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
A. Yes, write and share your work with others that can offer helpful advice. The best way to learn is by doing. If you are brand new and have no idea where to start, read Story Engineering by Larry Brooks. It gives you a step by step on how to draft a story.
Awakened is all about choices. Your choices can help you win a FREE ebook copy of Awakened. Take the fun quiz below and submit your answers by email to this blog. The first submission received before May 19, 2013 with all five answers correct will be deemed the winner. Remember...choose wisely.
1. Who is author Kriston Johnson's favorite wise, old wizard: Gandalf or Dumbledore?
2. What would author Kriston Johnson's weapon of choice be for an impending zombie attack: gun or machete?
3. Which series by Cassandra Clare does author Kriston Johnson prefer: Infernal Devices or Mortal Instruments?
4. Which superhero ranks higher on author Kriston Johnson's list: Batman or Iron Man?
5. Which fictional sci-fi hero would author Kriston Johnson choose: Han Solo or Luke Skywalker?