Blog Tour-Becoming the Chateran‏ by SJ Aisling

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Fantasy
Date Published: February 1, 2014

When Princess Rhea’s actions inadvertently condemn two innocent knights to death, she wakes to the hard reality that not even nobility is above the law. All her attempts to remedy the situation only complicate it, however, until she finds herself a fugitive in her own kingdom, having dragged her best friend into the trouble, as well. Their only hope for pardon? To accompany Sir Paladin and Sir Zephen in their sentence:

Slay, or be slain by, the Dragons of Sama-Ael-Fen.

Travelling incognito, they meet with more malicious Phoenixes than could be coincidental, discover the mysterious disappearance of numerous citizens, and come face to face with a reawakened evil power. With the kingdom oblivious to the connection of these dangers, it’s up to Rhea and her outlaw companions to stop the rising threat and redeem their names – if they can survive their quest.

INTERVIEW
1. How long did it take to write BECOMING THE CHATERAN?

I wrote the initial draft of Becoming the Chateran about seven years ago, and worked on it or the books following it in The Chateran Series ever since.

2. What was the hardest scene to write in this novel? The easiest?

The entire second-to-last chapter was difficult to get down. It is the finale of the internal journey Rhea experiences in Becoming the Chateran, so it was a challenge – I wanted to make sure the scenes would resonate believably with readers and give them something to think about.

On the other hand, any scene with Julen Priolee in it came to me almost faster than I could type. This is probably because the ridiculous scapegrace is the embodiment of many things I secretly wish I could be.

3. Can you describe the relationship between the main characters, Rhea, Paladin, and Zephen?

At the beginning of Becoming the Chateran, the relationships between Rhea and the two knights are strictly proscribed – she’s the princess, and they’re loyal soldiers. But as the dangers they face together multiply, they quickly become friends, Paladin and Rhea becoming particularly close through necessity at first, and then through mutual trust and experience.

4. Who would be in your dream cast?

If Becoming the Chateran was ever brought to the screen, I’d love it if it could be a BBC show in the vein of The Adventures of Merlin, and I’d actually prefer newfound or lesser-known actors and actresses. I’d much rather the screen adaption be able to stand on its storytelling and acting alone, not on the allure of famous names (though I have nothing against them, personally).

5. What was the most surprising thing you learned while creating and publishing this book?

Knowing Becoming the Chateran would be published and read by people all over the world really changed the way I approach writing. No longer is it just a personal pleasure for my free time. It is a legitimate means by which I can touch the lives of countless others. While I was writing the final draft of Becoming the Chateran, I discovered my mantra for it and all my other stories: Write to make your readers laugh, cry, and think. When people finish my books, I want them to feel encouraged, affirmed, and challenged.

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Stacia Joy has always loved to tell stories and invent fictional lands and characters. But she never considered becoming a writer herself until age thirteen, when, inspired by a pretend play she invented with a friend, she wrote the first draft of Becoming the Chateran. The story has since expanded into what will become The Chateran Series. Stacia Joy also writes in several other genres, including steampunk and paranormal/science fiction, and occasionally writes poems about buffalo.

Wanting to be able to show others what her imagined universe looks like, Stacia Joy taught herself to draw by studying the work of illustrators like Alphonse Mucha, Arthur Rackham, Kate Seredy, and Jan Brett. She also received training in illustration and graphic design at Madison Area Technical College, and plans to become a full-fledged freelance illustrator before long.

When not immersed in writing or art, Stacia Joy spends her time playing the piano and folk harp, composing music, Irish dancing, singing at the top of her lungs, and learning new things. She also enjoys helping with children’s ministry at her church, and currently resides in the Madison, Wisconsin area with a kitten named Lord Peter Whimsey.

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