Renaria Book Blog Tour!!
December 5, 2014
— Author interview, blog tour, Renaria, Young Adult Book Reviews
Renaria: Into the Adyton
by J.L. Wilson
A small memento, a universal power…
It’s the year 2126, post-World War V. Leda, age seventeen, bounds through the lush forested region of the Desintor Foothills as a regal, bow-wielding, High-Elf Scout. That is, when she’s logged into her favorite game: Renaria.
One crisp fall afternoon, an unseasonal storm fractures the sky of Trinton, New Texas with splinters of emerald lightning and otherworldly songs. Oddly, no one sees the storm except her brother and their guild mate Travis.
She brushes off the event as a fluke, but she can’t seem to get the song out of her mind. Suddenly, a new quest appears in her game directing her to the blue sand dunes of the Sinare Desert to meet Caleb, a legendary Elf Diviner.
Now she has a choice: Ignore the quest and turn off the game, or dive in and risk everything for a shot at an adventure.
What do you like to do in your spare time when you are not writing?
Oh man! I totally enjoy gaming, I think it is my number one hobby next to reading and writing. I’m currently leveling a Nigh-Elf Warrior in the World of Warcraft expansion – Warlords of Draenor. I also enjoy lots and lots of coffee. Quite a few awesome coffee shops opened in Houston in the last couple of years and I can’t get enough of them!
What kind of books do you like to read?
I read pretty much enjoy all genres of fiction as long as the book has a captivating story. I prefer books that have a quick tempo (anything by Dan Brown or lately Gillian Flynn) and I absolutely enjoy reading fantasy and sci-fi. I think one of my favorites of 2014 was Dawn by Octavia Butler. I read it with the Sword and Laser book club.
When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
Definitely no specific time in mind, but I had the idea of Renaria in my mind for a quite a few years. It took me a couple of years to plot the story out and write it. During my graduate studies in anthropology I learned how important observation and learning from others is in regards to understanding cultures, people, and their personalities and then in turn writing about them.
Your book Renaria is so imaginative and fantastical, where did you attain your inspiration for the story?
Gaming, star gazing, and wishing we, as a species, were already traveling to new solar systems and galaxies. I have this wild idea (or wish) that every story anyone has ever thought of is true, they’re just happening on another planet or universe out there, haha.
Is Renaria your first published work?
Yes, I wrote my master’s thesis, but this is my first published work that is accessible to readers.
How many books do you plan on writing in this series?
I’m leaning towards three!
What was the most difficult part of writing Renaria?
Editing and finding time, I really wanted to get my ideas onto paper without leaving out any emotion. I wish I had lots and lots of time to write, but we all have to deal with that I think!