About the Book:
COMING JUNE 13, 2014
Title: Queen of the Loch
Series: Children of the Loch Saga
Author: Elizabeth Delana Rosa
Published: Expected publishing June 13th, 2014
Word Count: Approximately 42,000
Genre: YA Paranormal
Nineteen year old, Jaelyn Adena McDonnell, known as J.J. to all, just found out she is not who she thought she was. On her twentieth birthday, a handsome man shows up on her porch with a marriage edict and news that the grandfather she has never met, has died. Her world is about to change forever. J.J. must make the perilous journey to the Loch and take her place on its throne. With no idea, what is expected of her and dark forces closing in at every turn, will J.J. be able to accept her destiny or will she be stopped before she can? Come join this first person account of a young woman’s journey to finding herself and those she meets along the way. Previously released as a free novella named Child of the Loch, this is a completely new novel based on the same premise with new characters, renamed characters and completely revamped story-line. The novella has stayed in the top 20 of Christian Fantasy and Science fiction Free Kindle since its publishing date in November of 2013. The expected publishing date is June 13, 2014. While it maintains a great level of clean reading and it references a faith, it is in no way preachy.
1) When did you first realise you wanted to be an Author?
When I was in Kindergarten, I fell in love with reading and from there it transitioned into a love of writing.
2) What would you say is your interesting quirk that only happens when you are writing?
I often need noise and chaos to write. My family is always doing something or my animals are making craziness. It makes me feel happy to be able to write through the eye of the storm.
3) What was one of the most surprising things you learned in writing your books?
I love writing 1st person. Some people despise writing that way but I appear to be able to connect better with the characters. When I write 3rd person, I feel I disconnect from the story and what’s happening, I want to bring people into the thick of it and the characters feelings at that moment.
4) Where did you get ideas for your books?
My inspiration comes at the weirdest times. I’ve some ideas hit me in the shower, in dreams or just things I see. It can be something as simple as watching my family living their daily lives.
5) Out of all the books you have written which is your favourite and why?
Queen of Loch is the first full-length novel based on my novella, however, I’m really loving several of my WIPs…works in progress.
6) What people do you think will love your book the most?
I think anyone 15+ will enjoy it. It has some violence, births, minor romance and the spirit of adventure throughout the story.
7) What do you think makes a good story?
A good story touches people’s hearts. It makes them connect emotionally, whether it’s because they care about the characters or despise the protagonist.
8) Who are some of your favorite Authors?
OMG. You had to ask…I love my Indie Authors and have interviewed so many I can’t pin any down. : )
9) If you could pick one actor to play a character in your book in the movie version, who would it be?
I think a good person for Jaelyn is America Ferrera, even though she’s a little bit older than the character.
10) Who are some of the people that influenced your love of writing?
I have to say my mom is amazing and supportive. She really just got me into reading and encouraged my writing since I could hold a pen.
11) Is this book considered a dark Sci-fi book such as aliens who wish to decimate the earth or something lighter such as ET? Of course Sci-fi doesn’t necessarily mean aliens but it is a good example of the genres extreme polarities.
This book is closest to Urban Fantasy, it takes place in the mid-west of the US and the mythical land of the Loch, which is something very different. It’s almost steam punk in that it has a very old world feel but modern conveniences and magic.
12) What kind of TV shows do you like and do you find that as a Sci-Fi Writer that you gravitate toward Sci-Fi Movies and Television such as Lost in Space or Stargate?
I gravitate toward anything sci-fi or with swords. I love Netflix and currently finishing up Season 3 of the Walking Dead. I grew up watching Stargate, Star Trek: The Next Generation, the A-Team and reruns of the Incredible Hulk. I can’t resist them and binge on marathons all the time.
13) Sci-Fi is often grouped with the Fantasy and Paranormal genres; do you find a close connection between them?
Absolutely, I enjoy both genres and sub-genres. I find my love of these overflow into my writing.
14) If you had one piece of advice for an aspiring Author what would it be?
I have advice for life in general. Be kind and surround yourself with kind people. That’s it. There are plenty of mean and rude people in this world.
15) What would you like to say to friends and family of Authors (not just your own)?
Let your writer write. People think writing is easy, but it takes a lot of fortitude to put something out that people can critique without censorship. Encourage them when you can.
16) What projects do you have up and coming?
I have lots of projects but my sole focus right now is Queen of the Loch.
Excerpt From Queen of the Loch
Chapter 1: The Nightmare- The gray overcast sky darkened the room. Shadows grew larger then transitioned into smaller versions of themselves. They played on the slick, molding walls of Castle Loch. King Athelstan McDonnell, Blessed Monarch of the Loch, Second of his Line, lay in the large, downy bed of the royal room. Thick colorful quilts piled high onto him, covering the King from head to toe, yet he could not feel their heat.
Athelstan ‘s teeth chattered uncontrollably occasionally cutting his tongue leaving red streaks on the pale white surface and sores that did not heal, an oddity considering his ancestors and his descendants always healed immediately from wounds. In fact, the McDonnells aged and died but injuries rarely brought them to their end. Whatever plagued the King was not normal. The man fought for his breaths, both inhaling and exhaling the air from tired lungs. His shallow rasps whispered eerily in the hallways of the bricked castle.
Prophets both aged and young, racked with visions gathered themselves at the foot of his bed. Hooded robes and veils covered their faces as they sang the old, healing chants and death songs to the Lord of Light. Their melodious wails reverberated throughout the room and echoed off its corners creating a harmonious chorus of mirrored voices, much like Gregorian chants.
Elizabeth Delana Rosa has always been a writer. When she first learned to write in Kindergarten, she wrote about pigs who “groo” wings and became “butterfys.” Elizabeth knew way back then that she would have a love affair with writing. It overtook her life and has been a constant companion. Now over 20 years later, that love flows over into writing blogs, reviews, poetry and fantasy novels. Lastly Elizabeth is a big nerd. She loves Fantasy, YA, Paranormal Romance, and Sci-Fi books. Her dream is to promote Authors and help them reach the highest level of Success, while writing her own YA and NA Fantasy Novels. She often says,
I hope that my stories connect with people of all ages, genders and races. All it takes is a good story to unite people who wouldn’t normally be on the same side.