Today I’m participating in The King’s Scrolls blog tour for The Ilyon Chronicles by Jaye L. Knight, a series that I’ve heard only good about, and really want to read. Stay tuned for an interview and a giveaway!
About the Book
Following the harrowing events that brought them to Landale Forest, Jace and Kyrin have settled comfortably into their new lives and the mission of protecting those under the emperor’s persecution. The fast approach of winter brings with it the anticipation of a quiet few months ahead. That is until the arrival of four mysterious, dragon-riding cretes who seek aid in a mission of great importance—not only to their own people, but to all followers of Elôm.
Hidden in the vast mining valley north of Valcré, a faithful crete has spent years sharing his knowledge with the destitute miners and their families and is known to possess what may be Arcacia’s last surviving copies of the King’s Scrolls—the Word of Elôm. Joining the cretes, those in Landale must find the crete teacher and bring him to safety, but it is a race against time. Should Daican’s men find him first, execution and the destruction of the Scrolls is certain.
When disaster strikes, all seems lost. Could Elôm have a plan even in the enemy’s triumph?
Available on Amazon!
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About the Author
Jaye L. Knight is a homeschool graduated indie author with a passion for writing Christian fantasy and clean new adult fiction. Armed with an active imagination and love for adventure, Jaye weaves stories of truth, faith, and courage with the message that even in the deepest darkness, God’s love shines as a light to offer hope. She has been penning stories since the age of eight and resides in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.
1) What is your writing process like?
I suppose that kind of depends on the book I’m working on. Each one is unique in certain ways, but I do sort of follow a standard process. As soon as I have an idea I know I want to work on, I pretty much just start writing. That is how I get to know the characters and get a feel for the story. I’m not much of an outliner, but I do take alot of notes. I try never to do much editing as I’m writing the first draft. I just get it written, no matter how cringe-worthy it might be. It’s better than frustrating myself trying to get it perfect and then getting sick of the story. And I actually enjoy editing. It’s a huge relief to me to finally have a story out of my head and down on paper/Word document. Once I let it sit for a bit, then I begin my intense editing phase. After I’m happy with it, it goes off to my beta readers. I then apply their changes and print it out for a final read through before the finished copy goes off to a proofreader. Once I apply those corrections, it’s ready for publication!
2) Who is your favorite character and why?
Jace! Yeah, I adore him. He’s my favorite character of any I’ve written over the years. He and I share a lot in common as far as our personalities. He’s so easy to write because I understand and know him so completely. That makes writing really fun. I’ve just loved progressing through his story line and watching him grow.
3) Do you have any tips for writers who may be facing the daunting task of editing their novel?Definitely brush up on the writing craft. Skim over some of your favorite writing articles or books, especially if they’re about something you really want to improve on. When I started editing Resistance for publication, I knew I wanted to focus specifically on deep point-of-view since that was something I really noticed in my favorite novels. So I read a ton about deep POV and worked hard to apply what I learned. Also, one thing that really helps me is reading a couple of pages of one of my favorite books right before I sit down to edit. By reading the work of an author I really admire, I see what I’m striving for and it helps my brain pick out things that just don’t sound good in my own writing. I also suggest printing your book out at some point and reading it aloud. That really helps me find where sentences aren’t flowing the way I want them to.
4) What’s the best experience you’ve had as an author?
Well, last year Resistance won a bronze medal in the Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest. To come to the realization that I was an award-winning author was beyond incredible. I mean, you dream about such things when you start writing, but it’s a really, really hard job, and sometimes it just doesn’t feel like you’re getting anywhere. So to have that happen was amazing. But even more than that, I’m enjoying the growing fan base Ilyon Chronicles has. I have an Ilyon Chronicles group on Goodreads that has been very active, and it’s absolutely delightful to read and interact with everyone on there. Just like winning an award, you dream of dedicated readers, but actually achieving that is beyond awesome.
5) What is your go-to writing fuel?
Movies. And books. And music. 🙂 It depends. Great movies always inspire me and make me want to write. The visual aspect of it is really great for fueling my imagination. But I do get a lot of inspiration from books as well. However, I don’t have a lot of time for movies or reading, so music is what I turn to most often. I LOVE epic music. I listen to a lot of artists like Audiomachine and Future World Music.
Thanks for letting me interview you, Jaye! Now here’s a giveaway and the rest of the blog tour schedule.
Share in the excitement of the release and enter to win a themed Epic Winter giveaway! Prize pack includes an autographed copy of The King’s Scrolls, a CD by Future World Music (some of Jaye’s favorite writing music), a dragon bookmark, a stone hawk pendant (much like the ones mentioned in the book), and a few packages of Twining’s Winter Spice tea to sip while you read! (Giveaway is open to US residents only. Cannot be shipped internationally.)
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