Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Giveaway+Interview

Giveaway & Author Interview ~ The Sound & the Echoes by Dew Pellucid

This is a very exciting post because it will be Lunar Rainbows' FIRST official GIVEAWAY!  And I'm thrilled to feature The Sound & the Echoes by Dew Pellucid.

So for those of you who aren't familiar with The Sound & the Echoes, here's the synopsis:
 
Imagine that everyone around you has a mirror image living somewhere else. Your world is like a sound, which produced that other world of echoes. And in this land men are governed by a terrible law--every Echo has to die, if his Sound dies.

One Sound especially must die. The Prince's Sound. The Fate Sealers and Fortune Tellers will make sure of that! Because after this Sound dies, the Echo Prince will have to die too. Now, twelve-year-old Will Cleary is about to discover that he is the Sound the Echoes are hunting.


And so begins his perilous adventure into a see-through, sparkling world, filled with spying crystal balls, an eerie fortress of castaway children, a hunt for clues in an ancient book of riddles, and a last-chance escape through a frozen gem-studded lake into a secret land that holds the key to placing the Prince on the throne and returning freedom to the Echoes.

 

**If you missed my review of The Sound & the Echoes click here to check it out!**

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Author Interview with Dew Pellucid 

 Lunar Rainbows: Firstly I have to say I thought the world building for the Echo Realm was so unique and whimsical! How on earth did you come up with such a magical idea of a translucent shimmering echo realm set in a winter-like environment where every 'sounds' ghostly double exists ?
 
Dew: It all began with a philosophical idea, actually. I was thinking of Plato’s Realm of the Forms, the place where the perfect essence of all things exists. Well, I thought, if I created an Echo realm, an imperfect copy of our world (the way Plato thought our existence was an imperfect reflection of the Realm of the Forms), then what would that place look like? See-through, maybe… Cold, icy, far removed from the sun above-ground. And so it all began.
Then, there were also the memories of my teenage years spent in Montreal, Canada. I’ll never forget the sparkling beauty of my first ice storm, which crystallized the city.
 
    (*LR-As a Canadian myself -(New-Brunswick east of Montréal) I've always thought snow storms, and indeed ice storms have always felt whimsical and enchanting...that's probably why the Echo Realm was particularly attractive to me!)

 
LR: What about all the innovative magical items and settings (i.e. the Crystillery, the cold fire mushrooms, the lake of eternal ice...even the abundance of crystal balls felt fresh and original) What inspired you to create them and establish how they worked?

Dew: The Crystillery was an early idea. I wanted an object that could bring memories to life. As the story progressed, the Crystillery became the symbol of individuality and the right of every Echo (and Sound) to his own life.

 
The crystal balls became the symbols of a culture in which men turn to superstition above reason. Why do they do that? Well, in a world where Fortune Tellers can come knocking on your door, ready to execute you at any moment just because a stranger (your Sound) dies… well, in that world, people start to wish fervently for good luck. “Oh, please, let Fortune be kind and spare the ones I love.” So the Echoes worship the moon, which looks like a giant crystal ball, and they have crystal balls everywhere. What a fun building block the crystal balls became in the creation of “The Sound and the Echoes”!

As for the Lake of Eternal Ice… Ah! This one is unique. I don’t know when it all started, but somehow I had an idea in my head of this glistening, eerie frozen lake with gems trapped under the ice. “Where did the stones come from?” I finally had to ask (half-way through building the story). I was walking in the park when it came to me. Crystillery stones! From there the story of the Echoes became more complex. Fluid Conway was born, and so was the revolt against the “Law of Death”.


LR: What struck me while reading the Sound & the Echoes was how believable and realistic the characters were amidst such a magical setting that was the Echo realm. Especially the friendship between Will & Peter...how fun were those scenes to write? Was that friendship based on a real friendship you shared with someone?

Dew: Will and Peter became my children and best friends. I gave birth to them, but when I spent time with them, I was a kid again too. I think they are realistic because they are real to me. And yes, writing the scenes was a ball. I frequently cracked myself up (well, Will or Peter did). It’s always been hardest for me to write comic relief, but it’s always the part that surprises and entertains me most.

LR: According to the acknowledgements at the end of The Sound and The Echoes, it says that In a period of four years, The Sound and the Echoes was rejected by over 180 literary agents. ...which is completely mind boggling to me, especially after having read and enjoyed it. Did you ever get discouraged? Do you have any words for other hopeful authors who might experience the same sort of road-blocks as you did?

Dew: Still a painful subject, I’m afraid. Yes, it was hard (still is), but I never learned so much about world-building and writing as I did with this novel. My creative intellect leaped forward. And it all happened because I knew how excruciatingly hard it would be to get accepted by a literary agent, and I wasn’t giving up!


Then, an odd thing happened on my way to success. Agents still rejected the book, but I knew that I achieved something special. A book worthy of being shared with others. I still knew there were some hiccups here and there (though I couldn’t really see them any more after 6 years of writing). But overall, I didn’t want to bury the Echo realm in a dark drawer.
So I self-published, and my greatest joy now is hearing from readers like you, Micheline.


To other authors facing the same challenge, I always say: read Berton Braley’s poem: Success (http://bertonbraley.com). And remember that the last line of the poem may come in unexpected ways.

LR: How does your creative process work? Can you write anywhere or do you need a special place/time or setting to really settle down and be productive? Or can you just write anywhere you happen to be?

Dew: When I wrote full-time, I worked from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (eating lunch at my desk). For inspiration I read children’s literature with breakfast. Then I went to my room and thought, structured the story, then wrote. I would listen to different music depending on the task at hand. Yes, I can write anywhere, so long as no one talks to me. But I prefer my office, with my white boards or story wall charts. And always, the atmosphere around me needs to be such that I can disconnect from this world to find my way to the Echo realm.

It reminds me of a scene in a movie about J.M. Barrie (the author of Peter Pan). The writer would open a door in his drab home, but instead of a room… there before him materialized a sunny beach rimmed by a sapphire sea, and distant laughing voices would dare him to cross the threshold into imagination.

LR:  'Dew Pellucid' is a male character in ''The Sound & the Echoes'', but he is also your assumed pen-name while you are in fact a woman, is that correct? How did that come about? Do you give interviews as Dew or as yourself? Or is it more of a mix of both and does it ever get confusing?

 
Dew: I love the confusion I’ve created. Yes, I’m a woman, a boring author that sits in an office all day and writes. But Dew Pellucid, well… he is an ancient Echo, with secrets from another realm and a fanatical love of books. I’d love to be him, and in a way I am him every time I write an interview in his name.

With this fun interview, I’m me, however, because your questions seemed to speak to the creator of “The Sound and the Echoes”, not merely the man who tells the story.

And how did my pen name persona come about? Well, that’s a long story I’ll reserve for another day (a little of Dew just crept into the conversation, I’m afraid).
 
    (*LR-I was hoping Dew would make an appearance :)  He's such an intriguing character and I look forward to knowing more about his story as well!)
 
LR: Are there any lesser known facts about you that you'd like to share with your readers? :)

Dew: here’s a surreal one. My fifteen minutes of fame came when I was 20 years-old. I was a contestant in Israel’s national beauty contest, and I even won a title. And since I spent way too much time worrying about how I look in those days, I touched on the insignificance of outward appearances in “The Sound and the Echoes”.

Here’s a snippet from the novel:

“But I’m the smallest kid in class,” said Will reluctantly. “I look like a scarecrow. Which means my Echo looks like a scarecrow, right? So how can he be a Prince?”

“Nevertheless,” said Drinkwater, turning the ice-blue coin to show Will the engraving of the crowned boy’s head. “This may be the Prince’s distant ancestor, but the Cleary family resemblance is striking… the untamed hair, the thin features… But what you look like and how great you are rarely go hand in hand. Otherwise, we’d have no trouble judging good men from bad, now would we?”

 Thanks for reading, and I hope you’ll visit the Echo realm (http://TheSoundAndTheEchoes.com) soon!

Thank YOU so much Dew for agreeing to do this interview & giveaway! I look forward to more people visiting the Echo Realm!

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 Giveaway!

 The author has generously offered 3 e-copies of The Sound & the Echoes for giveaway 
(for Kindle, e-pub or Mobi)
Open Internationally
Giveaway ends November 23rd 2012
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8 comments:

  1. Awesome giveaway (and cute blog background!!)

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  2. Thanks for the giveaway! This books sounds AWESOME. Even if I don't win, I'll definitely be picking up a copy.

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    1. Awesome! Glad to hear it & good luck :)

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  3. This sounds great - thanks for featuring it as I hadn't heard of it until now!

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    1. My pleasure! It's a fairly new release from a great indie author, I'm happy to spread the word about her awesome story!

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  4. I read the book and thoroughly enjoyed it! I'm exceptionally glad that Dew is getting to be part of this giveaway. The book is very well written and kept me involved in the world throughout the story. I'd totally be signing up for the giveaway if I didn't already have a copy of the book! :)

    Good luck to everybody in this contest!

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    1. Excellent, thanks so much for the nice feedback! I hope the giveaway helps more people discover the Echo Realm :)

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