Great Summer Reads; THE KINGDOM OF NERETH by TJ Amberson
TJ Amberson hails from the Pacific Northwest. With a love of writing in several genres, TJ strives to provide well-written, age-appropriate, & original novels for tweens, teens, and new adults.
Dark times are upon the land of Nereth. Centuries have passed since the rightful heir to the throne was banished. The people are losing hope in ancient legend, which foretells of one who will rise up, overthrow the evil king and queen, and restore peace. Like all others in Nereth, Edlyn has suffered greatly. Orphaned as a child, Edlyn grew up as the serf of a drunken lord. Now a spirited seventeen-year-old, Edlyn works to buy her freedom while fighting off the unwanted advances of Sheriff Hurst. One morning, Edlyn discovers a young man hiding in the stable. He is fleeing from Sheriff Hurst and inflicted with a sword wound that will surely be fatal without her help. In a split-second decision, Edlyn conceals the young man from Sheriff Hurst and begins nursing him back to health. As the young man's strength returns, Edlyn learns that his name is Maddock, and she is stunned to find that he has come from the mysterious land to the north. Maddock soon comes to Edlyn's aid, rescuing her from Sheriff Hurst. Suddenly declared outlaws, both Edlyn and Maddock must escape for their lives to enchanted Ravenshire Forest and then the desolate mountains beyond. As their adventure unfolds, Edlyn and Maddock discover that their meeting may have been more than chance, for their lives prove bound by a fate that neither of them could possibly have imagined.
Q&A With the Author:
Question 1) What do you like to do when you're not writing? When I'm not writing, I enjoy working in my garden, bike riding, taking walks on a sunny day, star gazing with my telescope, and traveling whenever I can.
Question 2) What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? I would say an interesting writing quirk of mine is that I'm much more productive at certain times of the day, particularly right after waking up or in the late evening.
Question 3) Do you have any suggestions to help budding authors become better writers? If so, what are they? For budding writers, my advice on how to improve is to simply keep writing! Just like any skill or talent, you get better the more that you do it!
Question 4) Where do you get information and ideas for your books? I glean information or ideas for my books from just about anywhere - including random ideas popping into my head, online research, dreams, my educational background, witnessing something humorous or inspiring - ideas come from all around!
Question 5) What do you think makes a good story? I don't know if there's a way to articulate perfectly what makes a good story, but I would include on the list: characters that we can care about, a story that intrigues us, storytelling that makes us feel emotion, and a conclusion that satisfies.
Question 6) Tell us about your favorite summer vacation? Or what do you like to do in the summer? Summertime is all about being outside and enjoying sunshine! That can be anything from big to small, including a boat ride, traveling, or a peaceful evening enjoying dinner out on the patio.