About the Book
Author: Sofia Simpson
Genre: Young Adult Christian Fantasy
Release Date: February 14, 2023
Elementals don’t mix. They fight over territories constantly and news of their battles is everywhere.
Vela, an Earth Elemental, wants two things: to make it through high school and one day run her very own flower shop. When Linc, a Fire Elemental, strolls into her life, she is immediately thrown into chaos when a bond flares up, connecting them forever. Linc pursues her relentlessly, for connections like this are rare, but Vela wants nothing to do with it or him.
With this news, Vela discovers she and Linc may be a part of an age-old prophecy that could change their world forever by uniting the warring clans. However, a powerful group does not want their pairing to exist, for if it does, the prophecy may come true.
Vela and Linc must keep their bond a secret, for their lives are at risk if it is made public.
Can Vela deny a bond that could unite the battling clans, finally providing peace after centuries of conflict? Will she allow herself to love an enemy?
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About the Author
Sofia grew up moving constantly. Never in one place more than three years, there was plenty of time to daydream during long car rides. College finally gave her a chance to study what she had always dreamed of doing, writing her stories.
She obtained a B.A. in Journalism, married her handsome husband and had two amazing sons. She’s also the proud mother of a 100-pound red rust Doberman who loves to chase around his sister, a fluffy-not-fat-cat.
A big believer in dreaming big, Sofia loves speaking to youth, encouraging them to find hope no matter what their life looks like. Sofia is a daughter of the Lord first and foremost and finds inspiration with stories like King David and Esther.
More from Sofia
I became a Young Adult Christian Fantasy Author so that I could add clean content to the world of Young Adult books. I love writing a great love story, and here’s one that will meet all your expectations of a great enemies-to-lovers romance without the spice. I love writing a story that mixes faith with fantasy, much like Morgan Busse, Nadine Brandes and Sara Ella. And if you’re wondering if the butterfly on the cover has any significance at all? Why, yes, yes it does. Read Terra to find out why.
Interview with Sofia
- What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
Do writing conferences count? Because I’ve gone to two different writing conferences that changed me as a writer. The first was a Christian conference in the Ghost Ranch in New Mexico. I wish they still did that conference, because I’d go back in a heartbeat. The setting was inspirational, but the people were just as wonderful. I learned so much there. The second conference I’ve been to twice, it’s the Vision Conference in Mount Hermon, which is set in the national redwood forest in California. I’ve never experienced the Holy Spirit more among other Christian writers like I have there. I truly felt I was a part of an army of writers who all want to shed God’s light on the world. It’s amazing and the classes have helped me improve my writing immeasurably.
- How do you select the names of your characters?
For my main characters, I research names online. I go to a dozen baby name websites and hunt until I find the perfect ones. But sometimes I want to immortalize my friends and family as a thank you for being so supportive, so I’ll use their names. I don’t always use their personalities, those I want to come naturally. But I feel closer to my characters right away when I use names I already love.
- What was your hardest scene to write?
In my book, Dream Weaver, I had a little girl in my book who was having terrible nightmares of a hallway. Really a door at the end of the hallway. It was incredibly difficult to write about that door because I was terrified of what was behind it. When I wrote those scenes, I had no idea that I was writing about lost memories I recovered ten years later. I was told at one conference by a seasoned writer that I needed to have my character walk in that door, and I remember thinking, I can’t, I just can’t, never knowing that ten years later I would walk in my own door of memories. I finally remembered the trauma that happened behind that door.
- What is your favorite childhood book?
Adventures in the Dark by Jane Carruth. I was terrified of the dark as a child and my mom brought this book home and I loved it. It’s about a little mouse that falls asleep outside and wakes up in the dark. He thinks that normal things in the shadows are monsters. So, all night he’s running from these supposed monsters. In the morning, a friend finds him crying and he takes him by the hand and shows him the things the mouse thought were hunting him. He realizes they were harmless. That resonated with me because my imagination has always been pretty wild and I was scared of silly things like that, too.
- If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager to become a better writer as an adult, what would you do?
I wish I read more as a teenager. I would have loved the YA genre in my teen years. It didn’t exist then, or I would have devoured many books. But I know of other books I would have loved, like The Hobbit, Chronicles of Narnia and Lord of the Rings. I finally read The Hobbit in college, so that started my love of reading again.
- What comes first, the plot or characters?
Characters come first, always, as far as being the most important. This question depends on what you mean, if you mean what literally is written first, it’s my plot. I now write a complete description of my books, so my plot is planned out. So, my plot came first in my current WIP. But I haven’t always done this. With Terra, I started with my character, Vela. I pictured her with the gift of earth, growing and manipulating nature and the story evolved from there. But now that Terra is the first book of a planned four-book series, I have to know where the whole story is going before I tackle book two through four. However, that doesn’t mean I’m plot driven. Just because I know where my plot is going does not mean that my characters don’t drive it all the way there. Because they do, one hundred percent. It’s them experiencing it, so I need them to move my story along.
- Who is the author you most admire in your genre?
Morgan Busse. Her Ravenwood Saga is one of the most impactful series I’ve ever read. I had the pleasure of telling her once that her books are an act of worship as I read them. I felt so close to God and my faith journeying with her characters. Her world building was beautiful, her characters, stunning. I love everything about that series.
- If you could invite one person to dinner, who would it be and what would you cook?
This is such a good question. I would invite Francine Rivers and I would serve her my famous spaghetti, no lasagna, it’s not as messy to eat. She is the reason I started writing. She has a Journalism degree and an English Degree, which I have a Journalism Degree with an English Minor. So, I thought if she can write such amazing books like Redeeming Love and The Mark of the Lion series, maybe one day I can too.
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