Help me welcome Morgan L. Busse, author of the Follower of the Word trilogy. She’s giving away one copy of your choice of Daughter of Light or Son of Truth in your format of choice (paperback or ebook) so don’t forget to comment below to enter the giveaway.
Hi Morgan! Thanks so much for venturing to other worlds with me today. Before we jump into the amazing world you created with your Follower of the Word series, tell me a bit about where you’re from.
I was born and raised in Montana, but moved to the state of Washington during my teen years. I would consider myself a native of the Pacific Northwest. Many of the scenes in my books are based on real places I have visited such as the Oregon coast, Mt. Rainier, and the high desert. I now live in the Midwest, but I miss the rain, the trees, and the mountains back home.
Sometimes (okay, a lot of times), it seems film adaptations of books don’t quite capture storyworld scenes the way authors and readers imagine. What is your favorite film adaptation of a book? Why?
Lord of the Rings, hands down. I remember when I first heard LoTR was going to be made into a movie. I went online and found out everything I could and followed the production of all three movies. LoTR is still one of my favorite movies of all time!
Agreed. The film adaptations are really incredible. Now, let’s talk about your Follower of the Word series, particularly Daughter of Light. How long did it take you to write your debut novel?
Haha, years! I started writing Daughter of Light in 2002 and finished it around 2008. Son of Truth, the second book in the series, took me a year and a half. Heir of Hope took me a year. I see a pattern now. Maybe I’m getting faster?
Definitely a pattern of increased speed, which is great for you readers (ahem…me!). Tell me a bit about your main characters. Who did you have the most fun creating? Why?
Rowen Mar is a quiet young woman who bears the burden of being a Truthsayer, a being with the ability to see inside people’s souls. I don’t know if I would consider writing her story fun per se, but it was definitely a journey. I felt her sorrow, her longing to be normal, and her final understanding of what it meant to follow God.
Caleb Tala is another interesting character. At the beginning of Daughter of Light he is an assassin for the Lord of the Temanin Empire. As I grew to know him more, I realized Caleb had a deep fear: that he would have to pay for all the blood he had shed. His journey is different than Rowen’s. His story is about redemption and how God can save anyone and use anyone no matter their past.
Caleb is actually my favorite character. [big smile] It’s been a while since I read Daughter of Light, introduce me to your villain again. Is there a flicker of good within him?
The main villain in my story is actually not fully introduced until Heir of Hope, the final book in the Follower of the Word series. His name is Valin and he is one of the Shadonae, beings of great and terrible power. He is a good example of how love can morph into something dark and dangerous if that love does not come from a sacrificial and selfless heart. Is there a flicker of good within Valin? I think there once was a long time ago, but he was deeply hurt by people to the point that anything good was extinguished, leaving behind a cold heart.
What message do you hope your readers will take away after reading Daughter of Light and the continuing volumes of your Follower of the Word series?
Hope. No matter how dark life gets, there is always hope. But the journey to hope is a long and hard one.
Before we finish, please tell me a bit about the sequels.
Yes. Son of Truth is the second book in the Follower of the Word series and is available now. Heir of Hope, the last book, was originally slated to release fall of this year, but due to changes in publisher it will now release early 2015. I also have plans for a standalone novel that follows Caleb Tala after the events in Heir of Hope.
Yay! More Caleb! One last question…what advice do you have for fellow writers (published and unpublished)?
Enjoy life. Spend time with your family. Be in fellowship with God. The writing will always be there, but those special life moments will not. Don’t miss out on them!
What if with one touch you could see inside the soul?
Rowen Mar finds a strange mark on her hand, and she is banished from her village as a witch. The covers the mark with a leather glove and seeks sanctuary in the White City. She lives in fear that if she touches another person, the power inside her will trigger again, a terrifying power that allows her to see the darkness inside the human heart . . .
But the mark is a summons, and those called cannot hide forever. For the salvation of her people lies within her hand.
Daughter of Light is the first book in the Follower of the Word trilogy, an epic Christian fantasy series.
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Morgan L. Busse writes fantasy for the adult market. She is the author of the Follower of the Word series, including Daughter of Light, 2013 Christy and Carol Award finalist. Morgan lives in the Midwest with her husband and four children. You can find out more about Morgan at www.morganlbusse.com.
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