Do you love stories brimming with action and romance? Do you enjoy battles that pit good against evil? Do you fawn over complex characters whose gut-wrenching decisions could affect the lives of everyone in the realm? If so, pull up a chair and meet Abby Ryan, author of the YA fantasy series The Light and Dark Chronicles, which starts off with Orphan of the Shadows and continues with The Black Trinity, which releases February 5. The series chronicles the lives of the citizens of Aleunna, the most prominent of whom are Elon, the heir to the Aleunna throne; her adoptive siblings Zedikajah and Gwenhafar; and a trio of unsavory characters named Sheva, Albree, and Tarrek (the "Black Trinity") whose father is king of the dark land of Jasikx.
First of all, tell us about your new novel The Black Trinity.
The Black Trinity is sequel to my first novel Orphan of the Shadows and is full of danger, adventure, hope, music, and discovery.
The best way to describe it without giving it away is to just give you the backmatter:
could feel violence take control of his arms and legs. He felt his
fingers brush the hilt of his dagger, but it wasn’t him touching it. He
wasn’t telling his body to move. If anything, he was telling it to run.
of a sudden, Tarrek felt a surge of evil wash over him. Darkness more
powerful than any he had ever felt ran through his limbs. He couldn’t
help but feel that something vital had changed in the realm, something
between the balance of Light and Dark. If he’d known what Sheva and the
others had just achieved, he would have known he was right…
been four months since Elon said her goodbyes to the streets and has
taken up a life of never ending prosperity. Even though she is now an
envy of others, her life is still not free of trouble. Enemies lurk at
every turn, but not just during her waking hours. Every night now Elon
is haunted by nightmares—awful visions of the future that may or may not
an effort to try and grant her peace, Elon’s adoptive brother,
Zedikajah, soon convinces her to attend a summer program. It is at an
art school in Hûloden Kingdom where summer romance is brewing and
creativity runs deep. Sadly, even there it is not safe.
is plotting to take over the kingdom in a wave of terror and imminent
death. However, they are also facing threats of their own. With a new
enemy pursuing them, the Black Trinity may have more than the Light to
fear. When even the hunter is being hunted, the chance of victory for
Light and Dark is teetering briskly in all directions.
What inspired you to start writing The Light and Dark Chronicles?
did. When I was little God gave me visions. He showed me the books I
would write, and he filled me with a passion to do so. Now I am just so
very connected with all the characters and the world itself. It’s all so
real to me. I believe it’s that connection that keeps me writing.
If you could have one character on your side during a battle, who would it be?
Everybody may think Kaj is the best fighter, but dude, it was Akane who
made him that way. She’s very strong and intelligent, and she’s fast in
the heat of battle. I would trust my life to her any day because of how
strong her determination and sense of loyalty is.
The world of Bratched has an intricate history, a variety of languages
and cultures, and a belief system that mirrors Christianity. How long
did it take for you to develop this world? What was the first thing you
knew about Bratched?
forgot to say that the world has a plethora of intricate governments.
Oh, I guess that’s because I haven’t really written about them. I just
know the build of the government in Alëunná and Zégurkö and the Elves
and the faeries and… yeah, stuff you probably don’t need to know, but me as
the author just was curious enough to discover.
so how long did it take me to develop this world? Well I’ve been
working on it for nearly 14 years now, and I’m still discovering new
things about it! Like the tribes in Èlena that were inspired by our
African tribes and the jungle in North Lèmuel that was inspired by my
recent fascination with elephants and jaguars... Every time I write
something new comes forth.
see, the first thing I knew about Bratched… I knew that it had a realm
named Alëunná which had a kingdom named Ridgámá with a capital named
Ridge Court. The very first story I ever started to write for the Light
and Dark Chronicles took place in Ridge Court. If you’ve read the books
now, though, I’m sure you’d notice we haven’t even been to Ridge Court.
Honestly, I don’t know if we ever will go there anymore… It was just a
part of the developing process for me.
Do you have any writing quirks?
I usually have to write in silence in a closed in space where no one
can bug me.... And people better not disturb me for as long as I write
or they may just get the evil eye...
What are you working on now?
working on 0.2 A Twist on Reality. It is the second book in the prequel
to Orphan of the Shadows in the Light and Dark Chronicles. It’s got
about 3 chapters yet before it’s finished, but I haven’t been writing in
general for about 3 months now. I’m actually focusing more on my
singing and drawing/ painting abilities. I figured it was okay to take a
break from writing since I had done it nearly nonstop since I was in
junior high. (I’m 2 years out of high school now.)
I do finish ATR, I want to finish Mistaken Identity, which is the
sequel to The Black Trinity. I have about 6 chapters left on that.
Do you have any events lined up where people can meet you and purchase your books?
yet. Like I said, I’ve been taking a much-needed break from all this
book stuff. But events will be trickling in soon. People can find
updates about them on my website under the events page. http://lightanddarkchronicles.com
Sounds great, Abby! Thank you for taking the time to stop on by!
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