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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Guest Post The Heart-Shaped Emblor by Alaina Ewing

Published October 2013


For Aislinn Moore, attending college at seventeen isn’t a big deal. Not when compared to the difficulties associated with seeing ethereal beings and having prophetic dreams. 

As Aislinn learns to surmount the obstacles of her talents, she awakens something inside herself—an ancient memory, long forgotten. She senses there are reasons for her gifts, but remains unable to understand them.

When Alexander Welch enters her life, she learns of the Ewlishash—the hope bringers—and thinks she may have found her answer. Alexander is sexy, sweet, and his talents are like something straight out of a Sci-Fi flick. Aislinn wonders if she may be like him, but the more she tries to fit his mold, the more her instincts scream that her destiny holds something even greater.

How do you incorporate your passions in life into your storyline? 

I think as authors we naturally gravitate toward including our passions into our stories. Whether it is something as simple as liking to snowboard, taking pictures, baking, and these are simple to build into your characters’ traits. I love pottery, and though I don’t get to work with clay as much as I’d like to, that’s definitely a passion I wanted included in Aislinn’s world. 

With bigger things like humanity, the state of the planet, suffering of the masses, these things are something I’m extremely passionate about, but they’re also much harder to tie into a storyline without sounding preachy. One thing I do is take something like, extreme poverty, and I’ll have the characters interact and reflect on what’s happening in that circumstance, even if it’s indirectly. In the second book of The Heart-Shaped Emblor, Aislinn is going to encounter some stuff happening in Ireland that is based on real events, but the issue will be brought about and tied to the growth of her and Alexander. I feel no need to preach to anyone about anything because most people I know are aware of the state of the planet, they’re aware of the crap that goes on here, so no one needs a lecture. Sometimes we just need a means to vent or talk about what’s bothering us, and I do use my writing for that. So in this way, I absolutely tie my passions in life into my storyline. 

About the author:
Alaina Ewing lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two boys. She holds a degree in Multimedia Production and is the Assistant Chair for Cascade Writers, a nonprofit Milford-style workshop. She also makes jewelry, dream catchers, and enjoys working with herbs and essential oils. 

Her first novel, The Heart-Shaped Emblor, releases October 11, 2013 with Evil Girlfriend Media. The novel is the first in the Ewlishash Series. Read more about Alaina at:

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