iUniverse’s Jay Hume tells us about his exciting new fantasy tale, The Crowned Rose.
Please briefly describe your book . . .
My book is called The Crowned Rose and it is the first book in a series called The Light In The Dark. The Crowned Rose follows Amekia D’aterryan, a young woman whose world gets turned upside down when she finds out she has magical abilities which are outlawed by the crown. In her struggle she meets up with a strange hermit named Kytos who also has magical abilities and offers to take her to a group called the Resistance who are working to overthrow the crown. Left with little choice Amekia is rapidly pulled into the center of a war that has been building for years.
And can you tell us a little about yourself?
I grew up in a small town in Nova Scotia, Canada where I graduated Community College with diplomas in Information Technology and Business Administration. I spent most of my teen years lost in books about faraway lands and mythical creatures. I have always wanted to create my own story to help spread the joy of reading. In contrary to all the schooling I took I decided to take up writing as my hobby and passion and it’s been an incredible journey so far.
Do you have any particular literary influences? What inspired you to write your book?
Since I was a very young teenager I’ve spent countless hours reading and re-reading many fantasy books from so many great authors but the two that left the biggest impression were Robert Jordan and Terry Goodkind. In my mind they really achieved what I wanted for my book series which is a world of their own making. It’s incredible to think that one person can create so much detail and so many unique characters and places.
I always though reading was important so I wanted to write a book series that would help spread the love of reading and encourage creativity.
What is the one message you would like to convey to your readers?
Be the light in the dark, because one person can always make a difference.
Are you working on a sequel to your book?
Yes, I knew before I wrote the first sentence of this book that this world I am creating would be too much to fit into one book. The hardest choice I’ve had to make so far was where to actually start telling this story. I really wanted to create an almost living breathing world of my own that has a past, present, and even future that my readers can throw themselves into and really connect with.
Are there any events, marketing ideas or promotions planned for your book? Please feel free to mention any accolades you have received.
I do not have any big events planned yet however I have lots swirling away in my mind. I really believe word of mouth is the greatest asset an author can use and I intent to put it to good use.
What was your favorite part of your publishing experience, overall and with iUniverse?
My favorite part of the process was seeing the final proofs and knowing it was going to be published. The best part of iUniverse is the staff that helped me make it all possible. Everyone I dealt with in the company was very friendly and always had a wealth of knowledge to share.
Finally, what advice would you give to aspiring authors?
It’s all the little details that make a big difference.