Julia Hughes - writing thrilling adventures - time after time after time.
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Waking up with a start sometime last week, after an incredibly successful free run with "The Griffin Cryer" I realised
a) KDP select was due to run out on "A Ripple in Time", and
b) a free promotion would tie in with the anniversary of the Titanic's sinking.
"A Ripple in Time" isn't solely about the Titanic tragedy, but hopes to explore a biblical phrase that intrigues me:
"For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known." (King James Bible: 1 Corinthians 13:12)
In other words: "Bad stuff happens to good people, only God knows why, but one day, we might get to see the whole picture."
In "The Magician's Nephew" (C S Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia) Aslan tells Digory that had he stolen an apple from the "Tree of Life", rather than received one as a gift, his mother would have made a recovery from terminal illness, but in days and years to come, they would both look back and think it better "she had died." Strong stuff in a children's book – but Lewis's own mother died when he was very young, and in later years, the love of his life, the American Joy Gresham, also died far too young. If I could turn back the years, I'd haunt Lewis until he granted me an interview: but keep to the rule laid down by Dr Who and his tardis gang: – no tampering with pivotal moments in time.
"A Ripple in Time" free to download from Sunday 14th March to Thursday 18th March.
"Write what you know" – and that's pretty good advice – but …
If C S Lewis or J K Rowling had taken this to heart – there'd be no Narnia and as for a world without Harry Potter and Hogwarts – imagine! But that's exactly what our favourite authors do – they put their imagination to work. What is it like to ride through Narnia on the back of a lion? – C S Lewis knows and explains all in the wonderful "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe".
Since Mr Lewis is one of my favourite authors, I've read many biographies on the great man, and I don't believe Lewis has ever even ridden a horse, let alone a lion. Yet effortlessly, he allows us to ride with Lucy and Susan on Aslan's back through Narnia.
J K Rowling's Harry Potter books are packed with magic – naturally! For many readers, what makes Potterworld and Hogwarts especially realistic are the many imaginative touches – the portraits of past headmasters hanging in Dumbledore's office, moving staircases, and of course the marvellous and now internationally renown game of "Quidditch".
Hands up all those who dream of grabbing the "Snitch" and winning the cup for Gryffindor! Had Miss Rowling only written what she knew, Harry and friends might be playing cricket. Apparently, JK has explained that she knows this world so well because Harry has been a constant companion since her school days, which weren't by the way spent at any boarding school!
My imagination is nothing compared to those two fantastic authors, so I'm sticking to the advice above, and writing only what I know. That's why I've enrolled in Griffin Master Romulus's next intake of Griffin Rider recruits, and I plan to become an expert in griffins. Learning to fly – how hard can it be? If Frankie Shaunessy can do it, anyone can!
Wren Prenderson; "A Ripple in Time" best hero.
"The Griffin Cryer" best Urban Fantasy. Thank you to the hard working judges and everyone who voted at the eFestival of Words, organised by Julie Dawson, of Bards & Sages.
A Raucous Time, A Ripple in Time, and The Griffin Cryer. Thank you to Julie and her hard working panel of judges and reviewers.
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