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Hi there! This is the eighth day of my RRBC Spotlight blog tour. You can find details of all my stops here.
“I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow; but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.”
— Agatha Christie
I love this quote—it says it all.
On my past tour stops, I have talked a lot about me. Just for a change, today, I would like to throw the spotlight onto Sarah, the main character in Elemental Earth. I’ve never done this before, so please bear with me!
This fifteen year old girl embodies the spirit of the above quote, and shows determination and grit. Sure, she’s confused and angry and let down and unsure, and all the rest of it. But, she keeps on trucking. She doesn’t give up, or waver in her resolve. Once she knows what she has to do, she gets on and does it. And, even though things don’t quite work out the way she would have wanted, she still keeps on trying, even when it looks like she has allowed herself to be beaten.
Time and again, when she discovers her trust has been misplaced, she still manages to find the courage and the strength to try again. She is brave enough to remain open, instead of turning her back on the world. Which is just as well, because I don’t think the ‘elemental’ beings who attach themselves to her would give her much say in the matter!
Trouble is, she isn’t really seeing her strengths. She’s just focusing on where she gets it wrong. Elemental Earth is as much about coming of age, as it is about magic. Sarah’s struggles to find her feet in the new dimension she ends up in, reflect the struggles of her own personal journey through typical teenage angst. Hindered by all the secrets and lies around her, she has to find out who she is and who she wants to be.
The end of the book isn’t as neat and tidy as some would like. However, I closed the book the way I did because I feel that the best art mirrors life, in all its complexities and uncertainties. Not everything is resolved exactly when we want it to be, in just the way we would like. It also gives Sarah a bit more space to get to grips with herself and her new-found abilities.
Sarah’s adventure continues in book two: Air-born, which I am working on now. This series is a first for me on two levels: One, I have not written for Young Adults before now, and two, I haven’t written a series until now. My first two books were both stand-alones. However, if you’ve been following my tour so far, you’ll know I don’t let a little thing like lack of experience stop me! In fact, I’m beginning to suspect that I might actually enjoy a challenge or two . . .
“You turned the god of gnomes into a garden ornament?”
Sarah looked closely, but couldn’t tell if her dad was annoyed or amused—perhaps he was both …
Whilst 15 year old Sarah may be struggling to regain her feet, after being ripped from her everyday mundane life and ending up in a whole new dimension, she still knows how to have a bit of fun along the way. The Earth Elemental isn’t the only one whose feathers she manages to ruffle, and it’s only been four days. Meanwhile, her best friend is missing, and big trouble is brewing. She soon has a lot more to worry about than what happened to her phone or iPod, or even how much of an idiot Caleb obviously thinks she is.
Elemental Earth is the first book in The Mysteries series, and is aimed at Young Adults. Even if you’ve already reached an age where the young ones might call you ‘old enough’, if you’re still young at heart then you’re bound to enjoy these books just as much as the next—err—younger adult.
Age aside, perhaps we should be more worried about what further havoc Sarah’s antics might be about to wreak on the universe as we know it? We’d probably all be sleeping a lot more soundly if she’d only stuck to applied maths and the odd pillow fight. But no, sadly the lure of the proverbial rabbit hole proved just a tad too much. And now she’s taken the plunge, there’s no turning back.
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