Fellow lovers of books, please join me in welcoming Paige Bleu to Limelight
1. Please tell us the name of your book. Finding Summerland, Book 1, ‘The Ameryn Chronicles.’
2. When did you know you wanted to be a writer? I was born a dreamer and storyteller. When I was happiest, I would write, when I was saddest, I would write even more! Writing is like breathing…very organic. It feels natural to me, like it’s woven into who I am. I forgot that for a while and got caught up in a different place. I’d felt like I’d lost site of who I was and drifted unfulfilled. Writing brought me back to center. It helped me recognize myself again.
3. How long have you been writing? As a child I wrote poetry and short stories. Then as I got older, my writing became more serious and I won several essay awards. I guess I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t writing. Not until I grew up and swerved off course. I always loved reading too. I would lay out in the waist high grass on a blanket, and read for hours, daydreaming about the stories as I watched them play out in the clouds. It was like food for my imagination and I had the munchies all the time!
4. Are you self-published? Yes ma’am. Never even submitted. I like doing things on my own timeline. I’m a bit bohemian 😉
5. What has been the most difficult part about being a writer? Time! Writing consumes me. I could write for hours, that actually works best for me. Things will just start unraveling from my mind and flying onto the paper. I always want to stay and finish it all. It’s really difficult for me to turn it off. It will keep me up all night and make me crazy. But I have a job that requires a lot of travelling and road trips. It doesn’t lend well to my obsessive writing habit, so there’s a bunch of juggling to make it all happen. I have to manage my time so there’s balance.
6. Who are the authors who inspire you? There are so many wonderfully talented writers that have inspired me. It would be difficult to choose one. But since you asked me to, I’d have to say C.S. Lewis. I fell in love with the abstract world he created and was heavily influenced by his willingness to push boundaries. He also had underlying messages and parables hidden in his stories. They were so artfully done, you would pick up on the subtleties, without being distracted by them.
7. Do you outline your story before you write, or do you wing it? Both. I brainstorm a lot and end up with all this ‘stuff’. Then I shuffle it into categories and end up with outlines. Additionally, I also write entire chapters sometimes without planning to do so. I’m an anomaly.
8. Do you begin writing your scenes as dialog or plot? I’m a free spirit with no formal training. I don’t even know what that means LOL! I write from the heart. Sometimes it’s messy and crazy, other times it’s magic.
9. Tell us more about the universe in which your book is set? It is set in modern day earth, but the Ameryn race we are introduced to inhabit the inner earth’s ocean. They are an ancient race, cousin to the Atlantean’s. It is a complex story line though, and that brief introduction in book 1 is only the beginning. The series is going to be 5 long, so there’s time to create plausibility. I like to think…’What would it really be like, to be awakened to the world beyond the veil?’ So it’s a gradual process.
10. Who are your favorite characters in the book? Why? Definitely Wesley, even though he’s totally rich, and a male—he resonates with me. There’s a fragility to him. By all appearances he has it all, but still feels lost. He’s searching for something. That’s where I was when I was writing too. Lost, scared, and complicated…not a rich boy though LOL!
11. Describe the book’s theme? The biggest theme is that this world is far more infinite than any of our minds can conceive. Caught up in materialism, we’ve lost site of what’s real. Loving, learning, creating and most importantly….knowing yourself and finding true self. This story is an evolution of Wesley’s journey of waking up, breaking down his paradigms, learning what’s real and what matters.
12. How did you come up with the idea for your book? Honestly…heartache. Not over a boy, but over the loss of my business. I started daydreaming more, trying to escape the dark place I was at. It came to me then, and eventually I started writing it down. I know it sounds cliché, but it’s true, so I’m saying it. It would keep me up at night!
13. What is next on your agenda? Book 2 in the series, ‘LivEternal’ is well under way. Next step is editing, which is the worst part for me. Then onto the next. With 5 books to flesh out, it’ll keep me busy for a bit.
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