Merri Â what is the name of your new book?
The name of my book is Indigo Traveler
Interesting. What genre does your book fall under?
It is a fantasy. I prefer to call it a Spiritual Fantasy because my characters are seeking to find the spirit within themselves as well as the spiritual outside of them. In turn, they are encouraged to see the spirit within others. It doesnâ€™t prescribe to any one faith, but an universal spiritual perspective which I hope others will be able to relate to.
Tell us where you were born
New Islip, Long Island, New York, but was raised in Sunnyside, Washington. I was a baby when my sister, brother and I were moved to Washington State, so I do not know anything about it at all.
What is the most challenging aspect of being a writer?
The most challenging aspect of being a writer is finding a way to balance home life, raising a teen ager, marketing my book and mixing in the trade shows and book signings I do. Also hoping to make back the money I have invested in this somewhere along the way.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
Indigo Traveler is a complete re-visioning of my first book, Jamie and the Magic Digger. My son inspired my first book because he asked for bed time stories. For Indigo Traveler I wanted to add more detail that the first book didnâ€™t have and add my depth.
Tell us more about it.
Xander Veh, a thirteen year-old from Nampa, Idaho, feels out of place, being very telepathic and is an Indigo Teen. He is the target of bully. Geoffrey, an albino griffin from the CurÃ¡, doesnâ€™t want to fight in the human and Arimaspian war, so he flies away from the field office. As a punishment, he is taken to the World called Nampa and placed in the care of the Indigo Teen. Together, they embark on a journey to understand themselves and how they can help end the Human and Arimaspian war on CurÃ¡.
What other books would you compared to?
My Indigo Traveler Focus group (compromised of pre-teens and teen-agers) compared my book to Harry Potter, Fable Haven and Percy Jackson.
What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader’s lives?
I hope the readers will learn to understand their bullies instead of blaming them for their misery. Iâ€™ve been seeing a lot of memes lately that point out is a sign of maturity to try to understand those who belittle you instead of attacking them. I also hope the readers will learn they are not alone in feeling different and that is okay to be who you are. Take off your mask or false persona, just be you who are born to be.
Is your book self-published or represented by an agency?
It is published by Dreaming Lizard Press, which is my own imprint of Create Space. So it is considered self-published. I would love for an agency to pick it up, though.
Don’t we all… Where can we find your book?
It can also be found in Hastings bookstores in Nampa, Boise, Meridian, Idaho and Richland, Washington. And at the RubÃ¡iyÃ¡t Books, Games, Art, in Caldwell, Idaho.
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