Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Guest spot with Emily Ford author of 2:32 a.m. with giveaway!

One of my most frequently asked questions is: How did I begin the writing process for The Djinn Master’s Legacy? I’ve always felt slightly awkward answering this, because unlike other authors, I didn’t set out to write a novel at all, let alone a trilogy.

In fact, I’d long considered myself a storyteller, not a writer. So my “writing” began more in the “telling”.

Although I’ve written in some capacity or another my entire career, my greatest creative outlet began at my children’s bedtime. It was there I honed my skills as a story creator making up “quick” five-minute tales before either they, or I would fall asleep. As time passed and my kids grew, the stories became longer, more sophisticated and unique to each child. They became my harshest critics, not only did they catch every inconsistency to the tale, but it was challenging to keep the plot one step ahead of what they expected. They could be very tough customers!

In what felt like an instant, my children began spending more weekend nights away from home, and our stories fell by the wayside. My head, however, was still buzzing with a tale that wasn’t going away. So I decided to write it down and give it to my kids as a gift. Hopefully one day it would bring back memories of past tales, and they would want to share it with their own kids.

The story began as a single scene in my head, and quickly moved into another, then another. Before I realized it, I had written clear to “the end.” Once finished however, there seemed a dimension missing. So I began adding what would later become the beginning of the first book, and wrote until I met up with the original scene of the story.

Five years, two additional books, three editors, and at least eight revisions later, that single scene is not only still present, but it rests squarely in the center of the first book, 2:32 A.M.

AND THE STORY BEGINS...

In the early morning hours nearing her 17th birthday, Cat Townsend woke to the sudden blur of a mysterious unknown man sitting on the edge of her bed. She did not feel fear -- rather a strange calmness overtook her. In an instant their eyes locked, he lightly touched her hand, and then he disappeared into the nothingness of night.

Caught in that undefined place between asleep and awake, the moment felt hazy and surreal. A chill ran down Cat’s spine as she glances at the time – it’s 2:32 a.m.

What unfolds in the first book of The Djinn Master’s Legacy trilogy, is young Cat’s personal struggle with the overwhelming choice to accept a destiny of magic. As she contemplates the merits of unparalleled power, her new and ordinary world in Savannah, Georgia is understandably shaken. The closer her decision gets, the more twisted her life with family, friends and boyfriend becomes. Will she choose to give up everything she cherishes?

Find out, in 2:32 A.M. The time everything happens.

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