Sonora and the Eye of the Titans
Publication date: January 14th 2017
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
The King is dead, and the capital city of Titanis has fallen. The world of Sonora is at war, and the only hope against the onslaught of the Titan army lies with the last royal descendant of Zeus, who is being covertly sheltered on Earth in the secluded mountain town of Sandy, Oregon.
Allora is a shy, intelligent sixteen-year-old, trying to get through the gauntlet of high school while coming to terms with her otherworldly origins. After getting into a fight at soccer tryouts, Allora’s emotions boil over, and her hands suddenly burst into flames. She has harnessed the power of hadrons at the highest level, but at extreme cost. The magical outburst projects an energy signature that is detected by a group of assassins tasked with killing Sonoran rebels.
To survive, Allora, Katie, Dax, and Tanner must find a powerful ancient artifact known as the Eye of the Titans. With the help of a guardian known as Sasquatch, they will have to fight off creatures, solve complex riddles, and navigate magical caverns, all while enduring advanced calculus, jealous girlfriends, and prom.
1.) What inspired you to write Sonora and the Eye of the Titans?
I awoke from a very vivid dream in June 2009, which took place in another world called Sonora. For the next 4 hours, I wrote about the dream on a yellow notepad. The next day, I began a 3 month process of writing, and eventual had a first copy of my manuscript completed. I wasn’t even sure what to do at that point. It was as if I was possessed by the story.
It wasn’t until I had a completed manuscript that I decided to publish the book. It took me a few years of figuring out the editing process, as well as whether I should do traditional publishing or do it myself.
2.) What was your favorite part in writing this story?
I loved writing the comedic dialogue or humour aspects of the characters. Also, I love coming up with a new interpretations of existing folklore. Such as a spin on greek mythology or popular stories told from a different angle.
3.) Do you have a favorite character that you wrote for this story?
Sas! He is a bumbling Sasquatch/Bigfoot. I would say he’s a mix of Harry Henderson and Chewbacca. I love that character!
4.) Did you get any writer's block while writing Sonora and the Eye of the Titans?
I never got writer’s block while working on the first book (Sonora and the Eye of the Titans). It flowed out of my head seamlessly for some reason. The second and third book have been a different story. They are much more difficult to work through because you really have to maintain a full grasp of the series, and the direction you want the characters to take.
5.) Do you have any new projects coming up and if so can you tell us about it?
This series is in five parts, so it will take a bit of time to complete, but I am thinking about working on a prequel series that takes place around the time of Zeus. That one should be fun to write!
I’m a writer, skier, and wanderer. I grew up in Portland, Oregon, but currently live in the beautiful mountain resort town of Sun Valley, Idaho. I love history, mythology, and the fantastical interpretations that have been incorporated in my debut young adult urban fantasy series called Sonora.
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