Today, I am pleased to welcome fantasy author, Adryanna Serrano. I have had the pleasure of reading several of her books and have enjoyed them immensely.
Welcome to the Desu Beast Blog, Adryanna. Tell us a bit about yourself.
- Have you always wanted to be an author?
Yes, although I did try to avoid it for a while. I wrote my first story in 3rd grade and actually remember someone (I can’t remember who now) laughing when they read it. Because of that, even when I wrote I didn’t let anyone read it. It wasn’t until high school that I allowed two friends to read some of my stories.
- What genre are your books?
- What draws you to this genre?
Freedom! I used to write slice-of-life stories. In junior high/high school I wrote two series with 9 books in total. By my sophomore year I was ready to break out of that. It was like…I live life already why do I need to write about it? I wanted to write something fantastic—to recreate the things I could only do in my dreams. So I started.
- What inspired you to write your first book?
Honestly, I just wanted to write a fantasy novel about a boy named River. His name came to me first; the story came later. Like I mentioned, this wasn’t my first book but my first full fantasy.
- Tell me about your main projects.
Currently, I’ve written 3 novels: River of Mecarn, Son of Orōk, and Spirit of Transgression. They’re still in the revision process.
All of my stories take place on Eszailha, my earth-like world. I decided not to work with a magic system but with spirit-given abilities. The spirits of the world, the Eszeha, grant the inhabitants special abilities, but they’re completely natural. I wanted to avoid rules of magic so I went this direction instead. In the first book you meet River, a boy with no ability, and the adventure takes off from there. I promise it’s fun. And heartbreaking. But fun!
- Have you written anything else?
Whyyy, yes! Grad school has forced me to write some short stories, which are NOT my comfort zone. Alas, I now have three, only one of which was not written for an assignment. Blood of the Moon and Desecrate can be found on my blog and Song of the Nava should be up soon. Each of these stories is set on Eszailha as well!
- What project are you working on at the moment?
The next novel I’ll be working on is tentatively titled Eye of Eternity. Other than that it’s grad school and revisions for me!
- Who is your favorite character and why?
Darthan is my favorite character. He’s one of my MCs and I think he goes through the most drastic change. He does some horrible things and he’s a real brat, but I can’t help but love him. Maybe because he’s so unapologetic. He does what he wants and deals with the consequences but doesn’t regret his decisions.
- Who is your least favorite character and why?
Hmmm. Ugh that’s tough. While I do have characters I kind of dislike, they’re all my babies. If I had to pick someone though, it would probably be…Oh my goodness, what is this?! I can’t decide. Give me a minute. Okay, okay, okay. I think I most dislike Arrow because he’s hard for me to figure out. He’s a brainwashed character and I struggle with that. It’s hard to write him when I can’t understand his mindset.
- Which character do you relate to the most and why?
I think it’s a close tie between River and Lhii. River I relate with because of his struggle to find himself and Lhii because of her struggle to handle her emotions and her sense of responsibility. If I absolutely had to pick one, I would say Lhii. She’s a “strong” character, but in reality she’s quite vulnerable. She suppresses her emotions to the point that she can’t handle them and has this idea that she has to take care of everyone when she should really be taking care of herself. I feel you, girl. Sorry I passed that down to you!
- Is there a certain message (s) that you desire your readers to grasp?
I’m not sure if this counts as a message, but I aim for a theme of gray areas. I want my readers to decide for themselves what’s wrong and right in my stories instead of laying it out for them. I create my characters with the thought that everyone is predisposed to both good and evil. So sometimes, the bad guy wins—but that depends on who you think the bad guy is.
- What is the hardest thing for you about writing?
Writing! In all honesty, writing is the hardest part of writing for me. I’m very visual. Before I write, I have a little movie in my head of how things will turn out. In certain scenes, I can very clearly imagine a character’s actions, reactions, facial expressions, etc., but I often find it difficult to put those images into written word. More often than not I’m left unsatisfied. It’s a hard thing to overcome but I can’t really draw or do animation so I work with what I’ve got—words.
- Do you work on an outline or do you prefer to see where the idea takes you?
Up until last year I just wrote, but after taking a class on planning I learned how beneficial an outline is. I don’t make extensive outlines, though, I just write down bullet points of what should happen in a chapter as a guideline. I struggle a lot with beginnings and middles (I almost always start a book with an ending) so without a simple outline I find myself floundering and not writing. Skeleton outlining keeps me on track but leaves plenty of room to move things around as new ideas pop up.
- Who are a few of your favorite authors?
I don’t think I really have favorites. I’ve enjoyed reading Ted Dekker, Patricia Briggs, Cassandra Clare, Christopher Paolini, and David Clement-Davies. But let’s be honest, I read more manga than anything nowadays. I won’t list all the mangaka I love though. Might need a few days for that.
- What author would you love to have a conversation with? Do I get a list to choose from? I’m kidding! That’s a good question, though. I don’t read as much as I should or want to anymore—well, no. I read plenty of required reading for my classes but I rarely enjoy that. All of that to say I have no idea which author I would speak with. Not a clue. I’m bad at decisions, just ask my husband.
- How can readers discover more about you and your work?
The moon fell once.
The sun and the moon fought.
Day and night they warred with each other until the sun dealt its final blow.
If you find someone who survived that day, they will tell you a tale.
They will tell you of the day the blood of the moon stained the ground red.
A bad omen.
Veheneroth stood outside his tent, staring at the sky. The moon had finally risen to its highest point, but something wasn’t right. Red had begun to seep in around the edges of the cold star.
His wife exited the tent behind him and touched his arm. “What is happening?”
He placed his hand over hers and squeezed gently. “The moon is bleeding. Something bad will happen tonight.”
As he spoke, the sky lit up. Flashes of light streaked through the darkness, bright as the morning sun. A deafening roar shook the ground. Veheneroth grabbed his wife as they fell. His lips moved as he asked her if she was okay, but he couldn’t hear his own voice. Warm liquid dripped down the side of his face.
He got to his knees. The ground continued to shake under him, the tremors intensifying with each passing second. He looked up.
It all happened in a moment.
The moon, dark red and menacing, was falling. He held up his hand to shield his eyes as the cold star grew closer. It’s haunting beauty mesmerized him and his vision was filled with red. He marveled at how close it had gotten. He even thought that if he reached out, he would be able to touch it. The moon seemed to hang for a moment, suspended over the earth. Then it shattered.
Continue reading Blood of the Moon.
Thank you for visiting the Desu Beast Blog, Adryanna. Please keep us updated on the release of your novels. Great Success!