Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Fractured Light Blog Tour: Giveaway, Guest Post and Interview with Author Rachel McClellan

Character Interview with Llona & Christian from Fractured Light
LM: Llona, how do you feel about having to constantly be on the run? Did you think it would never end? 
**Laughs** That’s exactly how I felt. Constantly looking over your shoulder really sucks. And it got bad there for awhile. I remember in Wisconsin there was a guidance counselor who really took an interest in me and was asking all kinds of questions. I moved within a week. Looking back and knowing what I know now, I can see I was just paranoid. 
LM:  Llona, that’s a pretty name...what is its meaning?
It means “Light”. But so do a bunch of other names like Elena or Claire.  For a long time I wished my parents would’ve given me a more normal-sounding name, but ever since Christian started saying it, I’ve grown to like it. 
LM: Llona, when you first laid eyes on Christian, what went through your mind?
First, shock that someone was touching me, especially a male, but then I saw his eyes. It wasn’t a love-at-first-sight sort of thing, but more of a “knowing”. Does that make sense? It’s like when you find that perfect pair of jeans. You just know. 
LM: Llona, you and May have an interesting friendship, why do you think it works well for you both?
I love May. She’s as close as what I’d imagine a sister would be. And I don’t think it’s just our secret that bonds us. We have a lot in common. Like movies, our favourites being The Count of Monte Cristo and Step Brothers. We also like tennis and basketball. But the best part of May is her sense of adventure. She doesn’t shy away from change, which I love, because it makes me want to be better.
LM:  Christian, you are stretching yourself thin trying to protect Llona, why are you trying so hard to protect her? Are you afraid you will fail?
(Squirms in his seat) If I fail then Llona’s dead, so yes, I am afraid. I tried hard not to get emotionally attached, but Llona is so different from other Auras and even other girls. There’s a strength inside her that’s going to change our whole institution and I’m honoured to be by her side. 
LM: Llona, what does it feel like being an Aura? Controlling light?
At first it was extremely difficult, especially with the moon’s cycle messing with my abilities. I think that’s one of the reasons why I shied away from others. I was such a spaz half of the time. But once I learned how to control it and turn it into something I could use to protect me, I embraced it. One of these days I’ll make a bumper sticker that says, “Light Rules”.
LM: Christian, what do you feel about Llona not being taught about Auran abilities?
It’s definitely hurt her, knowing the basics and such, but she’s also more advanced than other Auras. They don’t know what Light can really do. My only hope is someone at Lucent will see and start adopting what she’s doing. It will make a huge difference on their survival. 
LM: Christian & Llona, describe each other in three words.
Christian: Three words to describe Llona are unique, courageous, and selfless.
Llona: Christian can be best summed up as loyal, kind, and determined.
LM: Your lives have changed drastically since your journey began, what do you hope for the future?
Christian: I hope Llona enjoys Lucent Academy. Something tells me she’s in for a huge shock, though. I also know something not even Llona knows yet. Is she near you right now? Good. I’ll tell you just don’t say anything to her. (Takes a deep breath.) I just received a call from Llona’s aunt. You know the one who sits on the Auran Council? Anyway, they want me at Lucent Academy, and even those it’s for some kind of disciplinary court thing, I can’t wait to surprise Llona! 
Llona: (sighs) The future scares me right now. Even though I learned to control Light and even killed a Vyken, something’s changed. Christian’s not with you, is he? Good. (Looks around) Something’s inside me, like a new strength, but it’s dark and not…right. In a way I’m glad me and Christian have some time a part. I’m afraid he’ll see this new side of me and, well, not like me anymore. 

Music that helped create Fractured Light
I love music, and I can’t write without it. It inspires me and helps me create strong scenes. I hope that through my stories, just like music, people will feel something, whether that’s happiness, sadness, anger or fear. There are several bands who helped create Fractured Light.
Llona’s presence and voice was the strongest when I listened to Sick Puppies and Secondhand Serenade, specifically the songs Fall for You, Suppose, All the Same, and Pretend.
When Llona would free-run through the streets or forest, I’d listen to My Chemical Romance, House of Wolves or Chiodos, Two Birds Stoned.
My action/fight scenes were always written to James Dooley or Epic Score. Powerful music and I highly recommend it to all writers.
Llona’s and Christians song was Your Guardian Angel by The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus.
Other bands I listened to for various scenes were 10 Years, songs Dying Young and So Long, Goodbye. The band Red, songs Pieces and Let Go.
In the sequel to Fractured Light, Fractured Soul, the music turns darker because the subject matter is darker—Llona having to deal with the Vyken poison inside her. The bands Hurt, Red, and Chevelle have helped with this. Did I mention I love music?

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  1. Oooh it's hard to choose. I love going to the Library and I love going to a book store. I guess with my short funds right now, the library is my best friend.

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  3. The book sounds really interesting, I'm going to have to check it out :D

    And I love that you have a playlist for your book like a lot of authors, some cool songs there.

    And I think it would have to be a bookstore, but a proper one with lots of old books, so you have that wonderful leathery, musty smell :D

  4. @miranda that's so good. I just dicovered 2nd and charles in a town not far from my home,it was a wonderful big book haven

  5. Bookstore!!! I love them! <3
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. Um,hmm...I like bookstores, but I have to restrain myself from buying everything. In a library, I can grab a lot of things in sight and take it home for a while and read it. A deadline tends to make me read faster...even though I've had a lot of fines building up lately. I just want you to know that I LOVE the character interviews, and thanks for the giveaway!

  7. I used to love to go to the library, but now it is so difficult to get to that I have switched to my favorite bookstore, although I no longer walk out with ten books at a time LOL Thank you for the character interview. I always enjoy them so much :)

  8. Bookstore. I prefer to read a new books. I like the smell of new books.

  9. When I was growing up the library was my absolute favorite place to go, but now that I am older I enjoy the bookstore with smell of new books and depending whcih book store it is, coffee!! :)

  10. Definitely the bookstore - love to spend time deciding which to take home!


  11. That's a hard one..hmm, I'm not sure. I love the thought of the library being free and I can check out as many as I'd like. But, book stores are so genuine to me. But, I usually don't have enough money. So, I'll go with library.

  12. I love going to bookstores. The atmosphere is very relaxed, and the smell is wonderful. Especially when there is a coffee shop! They have big fluffy chairs and couches. It is very relaxing. BUT, I can't afford to go crazy in a bookstore, and that would very easily happen. That is why I adore a public library. Lots of books to check out for free. A great place for kids. The bad thing about it is the atmosphere is just not the same as a bookstore. I don't have the desire to sit and read at a library. I would rather just go home. Sorry I was long winded and thanks for the giveaway!

  13. As much as I love supporting authors by buying their books, I tend to spend more time at the library.
    Thanks for the great giveaway

  14. Why must i choose. I love the Bookstore because it has all the new releases and there are plenty of them but the library is like being at home so I'm going to have to pick the library

  15. Library and sometimes bookstore.

  16. I love the used books stores. I can get lost for hours.


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