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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Interview and Giveaway Othrinia's Rain (Rain Trilogy #1) by A.J. Adwen

Published: September 2013


If truth gave a freedom that could destroy all you've ever known, would it be better to live shackled to a lie? 

When the kingdom of Othrinia was split down the middle at the hands of feuding twin kings, leaving Othrinians scattered and the new land of Veodue secluded in desolation, these two lands, worlds apart, became the epitome of light and darkness.

Raenah Brookshire is not a typical Othrinian young woman. She yearns for adventure and chases danger with a passionate drive that is unmatched by the people of her village, Farreloch. It would seem as though her life is rich with possibilities, but she has no idea just how far they’ll take her.

A mystery of her birth is uncovered by sheer chance that leaves her reeling in shock and betrayal. The key to who she is lies in the hands of a dark Veoden stranger who begins to plague her dreams. He has the answers to her undying questions, but refuses to offer them without a price.

Caught between the life she knows and a passion more rich than the darkness before the dawn, Raenah must decide her own fate.

Thank you, Mrs. Adwen
How credible must a fantasy world be? 
The beauty of fantasy is that it can be as wild or as tame as the writer wants it. There are no limits, as long as the reader can’t find the tear in the make-believe tapestry. It must be very credible. The writer must make the most unbelievable things completely fathomable. That is the challenge with fantasy—and also the beauty. Any world can come to life with the right magic. 

From what I have seen, in Othrinia’s Rain “The fight between evil and good takes on a whole new meaning” (Rhonda, Oklahoma). The question is: can good exist without evil, light without darkness in general, and in the Rain Trilogy in particular? 
I don’t believe that one can exist without the other. The question is whether or not they can dwell together. Can darkness exist without being consumed by a flicker? Can a soul that is made to be irrevocably evil also embrace the light? I’ll let my readers decide whether or not it’s possible. 

You spend your time between writing and photography. Does photography influence your writing style? What role does the visual have in your novels? 
I wouldn’t necessarily say that my photography influences my writing style, but I will say that my writing influences my photography. I see things so clearly in the written word; so much that I want to recreate a certain feeling in a photograph. The two arts certainly go hand-in-hand for me. 

How important is the book title, how hard is to choose the best one, and how did you choose yours (if you can answer without spoiling the pleasure to discover ourselves)? 
The book title is vastly important to me. I love it when I’m reading a book and realize half way through that the title actually has a deeper meaning than first glance. For instance, I’m writing a book now called The Choice. Clearly there is a choice to be made, but it won’t be the obvious one the reader might assume before reading. For Othrinia’s Rain, the title is a play on words. I can’t tell you what it is, though. It’s woven into the story. 

There is any proverb that fits the Othrinia’s Rain? 
“There’s no place like home.” 
The question for Raenah is, which home are we referring to?

About the author:
Adwen is an Oregon native, born and raised in the mountains. She currently resides in Oklahoma with her husband and three cats, where she devotes the majority of her time to writing and photography.

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meduza said...

Oh my God! This sounds so amazing! I want to read this! I really do!

Unknown said...

Amazing interview! :)

Anonymous said...

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