About the Book
Book: Journey to Twilight
Author: Charmayne Hafen
Genre: Action Adventure Christian Fantasy for intermediate grade students
Release Date: November 1, 2019
Story Line: Avid fifth-grade mountain biker, Lorna Thompson, moves to Arizona after her parents’ divorce. Unpacking boxes, Lorna begins seeking a way to fit into the neighborhood crowd when a girl named Ally knocks on her front door.
Splashing in the pool at Ally’s house, Lorna learns about the Crestwood Challenge, a bike race created by a scar-faced neighborhood legend, Samuel Black. She hears herself boasting that she can take on Sam Black in his own race and win. Lorna’s words quickly come back to bite her.
Although none of the kids will root for the new girl, an ancient cairn opens to the Land of Twilight giving Lorna an opportunity to win anything her heart desires.
Illustrations are by award-winning artist, Brianna Osaseri.
Thematic: Fantasy ages 9-12; Female protagonist dealing with parents’ divorce finds confidence and friendship in conflict and opportunity; Celtic; Jamaican; Multi-racial; Action-Adventure; coming of age fantasy for pre-teens with some paranormal, mystical places and events.
About the Author
The first book, Journey To Twilight, is about the heartfelt needs and choices of a child of divorce. It also wrestles with what it is like to be a newcomer in a town and school. Charmayne relates personally to these themes as a child of divorce who moved consistently throughout her elementary and middle school years. She believes stories can provide not only a way of escape for kids, but also teach them how to handle difficult issues. As the characters in The Land Of Twilight struggle through different challenges, they come to understand that life requires more than what we do with what can be seen. To truly live, there must be faith in what has not yet come, in what is unseen.
More from Charmayne
Author Interview with Charmayne Hafen
What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
I haven’t embarked on any literary pilgrimages as yet, but I do plan to take a trip to Stone Hinge and explore Ireland. I’m Irish and feel drawn to this land and its people.
How do you select the names of your characters?
I sometimes pick names of people I have known that remind me of the characters in the story. At other times the names just come to me. In Journey To Twilight, the name Lorna, the main character, came to me from what seemed like out of nowhere. Samuel, however, is the name of a boy I knew in fifth grade. He reminds me of Samuel Black in Journey To Twilight.
What was your hardest scene to write?
I would have to say the scene in which Lorna has a heart to heart talk with her dad about the divorce. I am a child of divorce and have a great deal of emotion about the subject. When I journal, the writing is just for me and I feel free to fling my emotion here and there on the page. When I write for my readers, I want to convey the emotion in a way that is enjoyable for the reader. I work to refine and polish until the finished product conveys the emotion in a way that becomes personal for the reader.
What is your favorite childhood book?
I loved the Boxcar Children series. Their ability to survive as orphans in an old boxcar and the adventures they found kept me reading for hours.
What comes first, the plot or characters?
For me, the plot comes first. My writing is plot driven. The characters lend themselves to the story and sometimes they appear unexpectedly. If my story takes a turn that I did not plan in my outline, often a new character will be born. That’s part of the joy of writing- finding surprises along the way.
Thank you Charmayne for your time in letting us get to know you better!
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To celebrate her tour, Charmayne is giving away the grand prize of silver bicycle necklace like you suggested along with a signed hard cover copy of both books!!
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