Once there were many kingdoms of myth and legend, but six stood apart from the rest. They may have lost their origins, but they still possessed their elemental abilities of creation as well as destruction. Their rule was about to be threatened by an unseen group, who have waited patiently to make their move.
A group of powerful royal blooded teenagers are about to experience the time of their lives, but also have their lives turned upside-down. They will have to go beyond what they thought possible, stretching their skills, friendship, courage, love, and powers to the breaking point.
Jan 19, 2016
Read from January 10 to 18, 2016
This book was a wonderful read, beautifully illustrated, with a lot of twists and even a cliff hanger ending. I am recently retired and decided to get either a science fiction, or fantasy book, that looked interesting to read in the evenings. I decided upon Elemental Kindoms, even though this book was probably more geared toward the younger audience, I enjoyed it very much and am looking forward to getting and reading the next installment in the series.
I am also impressed, by the fact, the book was written by a father and daughter team.
Interview with Peter and Lauren:
1. Tell my why you decided to write you book. Explain the process of father/daughter collaboration.
Peter: Lauren developed many great characters and plot ideas over several years that she kept talking to us about and eventually we convinced her to share these with others in the form of a book. As far as the collaboration goes, she has a laptop next to my computer, and we worked out the remaining details together.
Lauren: I loved roleplaying and coming up with stories to entertain myself and other people and eventually I decided to write a book about those stories.
2. Is there any autobiographical content in the story?
Peter: I don't believe that there is any autobiographical content, at least for me. I became involved late in the process, so most characters already existed.
Lauren: Some of the characters were based on different people I knew and the character Hope in particular was originally based on me. There isn’t any other content really that is autobiographical.
3. Do you have any works in progress? If so, what are they?
Peter: Yes, book two, Elemental Kingdoms: Grand Deception, is nearly completed. The writing and editing is done. All that is left is the illustrations.
Lauren: We are discussing book three and working out the details since book two is mostly complete.
4. What do you hope to accomplish as an author?
Peter: My most important goal is to support Lauren. As for the book, hopefully the book series will entertain people with its great characters and complex plot and super detailed maps. Most people probably don't realize that there are fourteen maps in the back of book one that Lauren and I hand drew (the maps are based on an actual ancient map). Most of the things in the book series have a basis in real legends and lore. Even the names were derived from different languages (some are a bit of a riddle), which we felt contributes to a better fantasy story.
Lauren: I hope to reach as many people with these books as possible and it inspires them, and let them know that even though you may be young you can accomplish great things if you put your mind to it. I also hope these books make people happy and entertain them.
5. Who are some of your favorite authors and why?
Peter: After childhood I've only read technical, historical, or research books, so my favorite authors would be people like Nicola Tesla's (famous inventor), Enoch, Moses, Paul (contributors to important ancient texts), Linus Pauling (famous researcher who won the Nobel Prize twice, promoter of vitamin C in curing many ailments, and peace activist).
Lauren: There has never been an author that I liked all of their work, so I can’t say that I have a favorite author in particular.
6. If you could have one wish granted, what would it be?
Peter: This is really tough question, since I think most people believe they know what they want most in life, but if/when they get it, they don't want it anymore. With this in mind, I would probably wish that everyone in the world would be able to clearly see the best choices to make in life (that would result in the best positive outcome for themselves and everyone else).
Lauren: There really isn’t anything I want so badly that I would wish for myself, I would probably wish for the world to be at peace and everyone to be happy.
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