Author Q & A with C. L. Rivers

C. L. Rivers has been writing nearly her whole life, but until recently she was mainly focused on non-fiction and particularly sports journalism. That all changed one night – but you’ll have to keep reading to find out why. (No spoilers from me. Nope. Nuh-uh.) Check out her novel “PrinceFall” here.

Pitch the concept of your book in 2-4 sentences. 

In the city and land of Nye’t Pahl, a young man, Teyan of Domine, comes of age trained in the traditions of his people to serve.  Told from the perspective of his personal writings and those of his closest friends, his son, Jett, discovers the man his father was and the ultimate betrayal that kept him from ever knowing the man.  A true beginning of an epic fantasy adventure. 

If readers like these three books, and these three movies, they’ll most likely enjoy your book. What are those movies and books?

Compared to the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and even the journey of real-life heroes “Lewis and Clark” in their exploration of the new lands of North America, “PrinceFall” has been hailed as a “gripping yet intimately told story of a multi-generational family” written in a “innovative style” that “makes it a classic tale”.  Similar stories include, “The Chronicles of Narnia” and George R.R. Martin’s “Game of Thrones” series.  Also, a comparison to “The Inner Light” episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation have been made as has Ayn Rand’s famed book “Atlas Shrugged”.  Truly a unique perspective unlike any fantasy story written – per early reviews.

Is this book a part of a series? Which part in the series is it, and how many are there/will there be in the series?

“PrinceFall” is the first book (a short prequel, if you will) of the PrinceFall/KingRise series. The second book, “Maelstrom” and final book “KingRise” are to follow.  A sample of book two is included at the back of book one.

What’s an aspect of your book, be it plot, character, political commentary, or so on, that people might not expect to be there just by reading the description or looking at the cover?

“PrinceFall” is an introduction to not only a people, but a unique land of diverse character, politics and subplots that involve intrigue, love and betrayal.  Based on a dream the author had that was partially inspired by the family history (genealogy) her maternal grandmother was fond of researching, the idea that history often repeats itself and a personal inspiration about how a society might deal with the introduction of new doctrines and government that could threaten their core ideas of freedom.

What inspired you to write this story?

I was inspired to write this story after having a very vivid, profound dream that found me asking, “How did my ancestry make me who I am today?” as well as a deep feeling that world events often shape us in unexpected ways – will we, as a people, hold on to our ideals and values or succumb to new ones handed to us as “truths” – when, in fact, they may not be true at all?  Is there something intrinsic in the DNA of those who hail from ancestors, like I did, that opposed tyranny at great risk in favor of liberty and freedom? From my personal lineage/relation to great leaders like Abraham Lincoln and George Washington as well as a great thinker and observer in Samuel Clemons, among others, is there something in my biology that makes me cherish those ideas as well even though I just recently discovered those relationships?

Anything else you’d like to add?

My goal is to entertain, first and foremost, but also to present a series that asks the reader to think about how their lives may be impacted by both nurture but also by nature.  By placing the reader in a fantasy world, I hope to give them a story that is moving emotionally but also inspiring, encouraging them to find their unique selves.

Get PrinceFall on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

You can also find Christina on Goodreads or at her website, http://christinalrivers.wordpress.com.

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