Introducing Elizabeth Lavender, author of The Spinning of Deception and Deception’s Hold, who has been kind enough to be interviewed by a interviewing amateur like me. Do Elizabeth a mitzvah and look at her books on Amazon, her Twitter and Facebook, and her web page/blog— all linked below.
ME: How, specifically, did you get the idea for the book series?
ELIZABETH: I would have to say I was inspired by a lot of different places. I have always been a big sci-fi fan, leaning towards the Star Wars world and also Star Trek. I love fantasy though, especially the Narnia and the Lord of the Rings series. I also enjoy the supernatural/thriller element and so I really enjoy reading anything by Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker. So the universe of my books, the world very much has the Star Wars feel to it. The physical battles have the Star Wars and Lord of the Rings combination to them. There is a much deeper battle that runs through the series though. That has the Narnia and the Peretti/Dekker element. The storyline is all of these together.
ME: Describe the books, please.
ELIZABETH: The books are a combination of sci-fi/fantasy, but it certainly has the suspense/thriller element as well. Running through all of the storylines are Christian themes/elements. The series begins with a Dark Lord and the Black Dragon Commander that are using their forces to attack the galaxy and are planning something much bigger to use on the colonies. We are introduced to the group that is trying to stop them, led by a “select few” called sunspearbearers. One is a young man named Dante and the other is a young girl. She is his same age, but she has been trained in secret all this time. A truth from the past is revealed and it sets up a task for Dante. While they try to figure out what the Dark Lord is planning and stop it, Dante gets closer to this battlefield he must face seemingly alone. He’ll be faced with the full Darkness and deception of the Dark Lord. The two sunspearbearers’ worlds must find a way to come together before they lose everything they hold dear to the Dark Lord’s deception.
ME: What were some of the challenges you experienced during the writing process?
ELIZABETH: The writing part thus far has come easy because the story is just flowing. The part that is not so much fun is revising and the publishing/marketing part. With revising, it is difficult because after a while when you have read through your own writing so many times it’s hard to know if you really need to change something or if it’s good to go. You can’t tell if you are improving it anymore. The publishing and marketing part uses a whole other part of the brain that is so different from the writing part that it feels like you are stumbling around lost half the time!
ME: What was the greatest joy you experienced during the writing process (if any)?
ELIZABETH: The writing itself is a joy. I have scenes in my head, dialogue there already waiting to be written for future books in the series. It is awesome when you to get to that part in the series, type it, read through the scene, and realize it came alive on paper just like you pictured it. You want the reader to feel the laugher in that scene, or the Darkness in that scene, or the hope that could still be found, or the emotional weight of that scene, or the spark of romance starting between two characters… You smile because you know you nailed it.
ME: Describe how your Christian faith helped you get through the writing process.
ELIZABETH: My faith is extremely important to who I am. I am a Christian, my faith is in my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. My faith has guided my writing. Yet, the books will not come out and say Jesus or God in any of the series because I want the writing to reach a broad audience. I want readers to ask questions. I had to have a storyline that draws the reader in first, and I hope that has been done.
ME: What can we look for in the series? Is there anything else that runs though it to be prepared for?
ELIZABETH: The series is about the physical battlefield with blasters/sunspears. Yet it is much more about the deeper battle that marks the first two books. Deception and Darkness and everything they bring with them will continue to create battlefields that the characters must struggle with. Those battles can be harder for them than ones with sunspears and far more costly. It may also get them into some awful situations because their enemy is cruel. It seems bleak, and their struggle seems to break them at times. Even as they face such Darkness, I believe you will find another thread throughout the series. I will let you read for yourselves and figure that one out.
ELIZABETH LAVENDER AUTHOR BIO:
Elizabeth Lavender is the author of the Sunspear series. Originally from the Alabama coast, she currently lives in the Dallas area with her husband, Jeff, and her two children. She has a Master’s in counseling from Dallas Baptist University and has studied psychology and English as well. She enjoys science fiction and fantasy and hopes to bring some of that same enjoyment to others.
Come on! Click on the links to Elizabeth’s stuff! You know you want to!
Here are the Amazon links for The Spinning of Deception (Book 1)
Here is the Amazon links for Deception’s Hold (Book 2)
eBook link : https://www.amazon.com/dp/B085PV3GQP
Paper back : https://www.amazon.com/dp/1951741048