Title: Bound by Prophecy
Author: Melissa Wright
Released: April 19,2013
Synopsis via Goodreads:
Twenty-two-year-old Aern is done watching his brother destroy the only thing that matters. He never wanted to take Morgan's place among council, never wanted to rule their hidden world. But when the key to the prophecy is found, a young girl named Brianna whom Morgan will destroy, Aern knows he has to take action.
What he really wants is for things to go back to normal. But now he’s kidnapped a girl, and his brother's men are after him. His only hope is to join with the Division, but they have plans of their own, and it's the last thing Aern is willing to do.
Emily just wants her sister back. She doesn't care about the prophecy, or know what's at stake. But when she goes after Aern, the truth of the matter uncoils, and Brianna isn't the only one who's in danger. Suddenly, they’re at the center of a secret war, and unless they can work together, they'll both have a sacrifice too big to make.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Melissa Wright is the author of the Frey Saga and the upcoming Descendants series. Melissa spends her time working on novels, but when not writing she can be found on goodreads and pinterest.
I had the opportunity to be able to ask Melissa Wright a few of my favorite Question now here are her answers. I hope you enjoy them. I know I certainly did!
1. When and why did you decide to be a writer?
I didn’t actually decide to be a writer until I’d finished two books in the Frey Saga. I’d always been the creative type: painting, drawing, sculpture, but writing a novel wasn’t really part of the plan. And then I read a book with friends that we really enjoyed and, on a bit of a whim, decided to give it a try. Initially, that’s all it was. That first story was meant to be passed around between friends, simply as entertainment. But once I really got into it, I knew it was something I couldn't live without. When I wasn't writing, I wasn't happy. That was three years ago, and I haven’t looked back.
2. What do you think is the hardest part when writing a book?
I’m sure it’s different for everyone, but for me, it’s time. Like anything, the only way to get it done is to sit down and do it, but I have so many other responsibilities. It seems like when the creative mood strikes, I’m never free to get the story down. The upside to this is, when I do finally get that time, everything is already worked out in my head, ready to hit the page. I suppose if I had plenty of writing time, there would be a shortage of words now and again.
3. Do you have any advice for other writers?
The best advice is to write. You’ll see that remark a lot, I’m sure, but it is the truest way to be a writer. It’s so easy to get distracted, to study or social network or plan your novel, that sometimes you miss the big picture. If you want to be a writer, you have to write. It’s the best way to become better at your craft and the only way to finish that work in progress.
4. Are you currently working on any new projects (besides the Descendants series)?
I’m always jotting down the next idea. I had first chapters of several paranormal fantasy stories going and three quarters of a novella complete when Bound by Prophecy came to me, and it simply demanded to be written. I’m nearly half finished writing book two in this series, and then I’ll have to decide whether to keep going or pick up one of the others next.
5. What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
Wow. This is a good question. Honestly, when I first started out, I took every negative review and comment to heart, regardless of its source. The worst were the ones that suggested anyone who rated my work highly must have been paid to do so. I mean, that’s just plain mean. When an editor says “this needs work,” I’m fine with that (and trust me, there was plenty of that sort of criticism the first go round) and I’ve learned to use those type of critiques to improve my craft. The biggest compliment is always that four am email from someone who’s lost sleep because they simply couldn’t put the book down and had to tell you right then how much they loved it and can’t wait for more. That pretty much makes my day.
6. What inspired the idea for Bound by Prophecy?
The idea for Bound by Prophecy came to me while writing Rise of the Seven (book three in the Frey Saga). I was playing with the notion that if the fey and elves went to war, no one would be left but the humans and a few magical half-breeds. I imagined them in the current world, only a sliver of that power left, and Aern and Morgan were born. Emily seemed the obvious counterpart to his laidback style and wit, and the rest of it just sort of fell together.
7. What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write in Bound by Prophecy and why?
My favorite chapter was probably the first one, because I was so nervous about writing from the male perspective in first person. I had some serious doubts about being able to pull it off, but once I got Aern on paper, he was just so “there.” And his first interactions with Emily, yeah, those were the most fun.
8. Will there be more than two books in the Descendants series?
I think so. I’m currently in the middle of book two and I love the characters so much, I can’t think of parting with them just yet. At this point, I would say there will probably be four total, each alternating leads.
9. Tweet Alert! If you only had 140 words or less to tell us about Bound by Prophecy, how would you write your tweet?
Boy meets girl. Girl thinks boy is psycho. Boy thinks girl is pain in neck. Fate thinks boy and girl should work together to save the world.
10. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you, thank you, and thank you. Writing is awesome/ amazing/wonderful, but nothing is as rewarding as sharing it with readers and getting great feedback for all your hard work. I appreciate every single one of you and hope Bound by Prophecy lives up to your expectations.
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