Welcome to Talisman of El Author Alecia Stone! Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer some questions about your life and book!
Alecia Stone is the author of Talisman Of El (Centrinian, 2012), the first book in the Talisman Of El trilogy. She graduated with a BA in Film & TV and has worked in television for a short period of time before branching out into storytelling. Alecia loves anything and everything paranormal. Her fascination with all things supernatural sparked her obsession with books, particularly young adult fantasy fiction, which she has never grown out of. She was inspired to become an author after reading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen at the age of fourteen.
In 2008, Alecia started working on Talisman Of El, a contemporary young adult fantasy fiction inspired by people who disappeared mysteriously, including, but not limited to, Amelia Earhart and Percy Harrison Fawcett, who went on an expedition in search of an ancient lost city. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys going to the movies, listening to music, and travelling.
Talisman of El Interview with Alecia Stone:
One of my biggest pet peeves if when I’m partaking in an activity of some sort, whether it be cooking (very rare) or dancing, and someone comes along and asks me what I’m doing when they can clearly see what I’m doing. I tend to utter a sarcastic response.
What book is on your night stand now?
I have The Help by Kathryn Stockett (which has been there for a while) and my Kindle. I’m reading The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa and Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles on my Kindle.
If you could have a first edition signed copy of any novel, what would it be and why?
I would love a first edition signed copy of Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie because it’s one of my favourite books of all time and really the book that made me fall in love with literature.
Did you lose any characters along the way?
No, I didn’t lose any characters. Instead, I gained a few characters. There had been a different version of the story before this one which featured fewer characters. I must say, I enjoyed creating the additional characters that are featured in Talisman Of El. They have some unique abilities.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I love to travel. There are so many beautiful places around the world I would like to visit, and I hope I do some day. I also love music, so you’d find me blasting my music around the house. I’ve recently rekindled my love for the Backstreet Boys. I loved them in the 90s.
If you could get front row tickets to watch any performance live, who would you like to go see?
You know, I love the theatre. I saw the performance of The Lion King in theatre quite some years ago, and I’ve always wanted to go back and see the show. It was spectacular. That’s a show I would love to go see again.
What is your writing process like? Do you follow a regular routine?
My writing process is all over the place. I try to write a little bit every day, but that doesn’t always work out. I prefer to write in the morning as that’s when my brain’s most alert, but on a good day, I can pick up a pen and paper at anytime. When I have the writing bug, and I have a deadline, I would say my routine is to do a few hours of work in the morning.
Do you skip around, peek at the ending, or do you read straight through a book?
It depends on whether I’m enjoying a book or not. If I’m not enjoying it too much, but I don’t want to give up on it, I might skip around to get the gist of what’s going on and where it’s heading. If I love it, I want to savour every bit, so I read straight through to the end.
Give us a one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Mankind’s only hope is not human.
What genre does your book fall under?
Talisman Of El is a young adult fantasy fiction.
Tell everyone where they can go to stay up to date on your latest news!
To stay up to date on my latest news, people can join my mailing list from my website (aleciastone.com). Also you can “Like” my Facebook page (/AleciaStoneFan) or the Facebook page for my book (/TalismanOfEl). Centrinian also has a mailing list you can sign up for (centrinian.com).
Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
I’m currently writing the sequel to Talisman Of El, so stay tuned for updates on that. Also, I’d like to thank all those who have been showing their wonderful support for Talisman Of El. I’m glad you’re enjoying the story.
Talisman of El
WHAT IF YOUR WHOLE LIFE WAS A LIE?
Population: Human … 7 billion.
Others … unknown.
When 14-year-old Charlie Blake wakes up sweating and gasping for air in the middle of the night, he knows it is happening again. This time he witnesses a brutal murder. He’s afraid to tell anyone. No one would believe him … because it was a dream. Just like the one he had four years ago – the day before his dad died.
Charlie doesn’t know why this is happening. He would give anything to have an ordinary life. The problem: he doesn’t belong in the world he knows as home.
He belongs with the others.
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