Let’s all welcome Suzi Davis, author of Sapphire Sun, which I reviewed yesterday (my review) on the blog to Peeking Between the Pages. I have enjoyed all the books in The Lost Magic Series: Amber Frost, Silver Dew, and Sapphire Sun and I’m hoping there will be at least one more. Suzi was nice enough to take the time to write up a guest post for us today entitled Just Fiction? …
I am often asked about the inspiration behind The Lost Magic series but it would actually be easier for me to answer with what didn’t inspire me than what did. These books are composites of all the different aspects of my life, dreams, experiences and my over-active imagination. There are certainly aspects of reality intertwined within the story but overall, it’s just my imagination – it’s just fiction. No one seems satisfied with this answer though.
A close friend once announced to me that it was obvious to her that Sebastian “is really” my husband. This made me giggle. It still makes me smile. I couldn’t imagine my husband saying or doing half the things Sebastian does, even though I love them both. But I must admit that the close bond I share with my hubbie (who I’ve been in a relationship with since I was 18!) has certainly influenced parts of The Lost Magic series. The characters in my books represent no one I know specifically and yet everyone I have ever met. There are fragments of myself and all my experiences in every single character in these books. But who “are” these characters in real life? They’re no one. It’s just fiction – right?
People sometimes have difficulty separating real actors from the characters that they play. In this way, I think many people also struggle to separate the real from the imagined in fiction. On some level, mustn’t we all believe that what we are reading might be real? Would we be able to buy into books the way that we do otherwise? The best books are the ones you find yourself emotionally invested in, the books that you dream about, the ones that you wish were real. Or at least, it’s that way for me.
I was once surprised when an acquaintance told me that he wouldn’t read my books because they went against his religious beliefs. Yes, I’m dropping the taboo “R-bomb” in this post but I think it’s an interesting discussion, so hear me out. We all have our different beliefs and I am by no means criticizing another person’s faith or conviction. I wasn’t disappointed in this person but I was surprised. Just because I have written a story about magic, reincarnation, spells, spirits and past lives, it doesn’t necessarily mean that I believe in all these things or that I expect my readers to. It’s fiction. BUT because I hope to have written good fiction, I also hope that my readers can believe these things exist in Gracelynn and Sebastian’s world. I want the possibilities to feel real within the story, inside the books. I want the characters to feel so life-like that people have to assume these characters exist somewhere in the real world. So really, I should be flattered when people assume that there’s more truth to my stories than there is. But, when it comes down to it, the characters and storylines are just fiction, as are some of the concepts and ideas. The emotions though, they can be real. And that is what I hope my readers will enjoy most about my books.
Thank you so much Suzi! For me stories are supposed to take me away to another place and time and that’s what I love about what you write because that’s exactly what your books do for me!
About Sapphire Sun
You can’t escape the past. You can try to forget but it never truly leaves you. It is a part of who are you are; it has shaped you, it will shape your future. It is the shadow behind you. You can’t outrun it, you can’t hide from it or deny it – the past will always exist. Who you once were is still a part of who you are today. This, I now understand.
My name is Gracelynn Stevenson. I tried to destroy The Lost Magic. I tried to erase the past. I tried to make things go back to the way that they once were. I failed. And now all the happiness I thought I had found, has been lost to the shadows…
About Suzi Davis
Let me tell you a bit about myself. I am a 28 year old British-born, Canadian writer and artist. I have a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts, a certificate in Special Education Assistance and I am working towards a Masters degree in Educational Psychology. I live in a small town on Vancouver Island (in British Columbia) with my husband and 2 year old son.
I love and live to write. I’ve been writing stories and poetry for as long as I can remember but in recent years my focus has centered on writing Young Adult and Teen novels. This genre allows me to explore such high-interest subject matter as relationships between families, friends, young lovers and more. I have many fond memories of my own teenaged-years and love to delve back into that magical time when every experience is new, fresh, and emotionally charged. I have a specific love of detailing the dynamics of the relationships between my characters and exploring their emotional growth. I am also interested in writing about the supernatural; there is always an added element of magical fantasy to whatever tale I spin.
I feel that my trademark writing style lies within my realistic characters that take on a life of their own beyond the words written on each page. My artistic inclination is evident in the vivid descriptions I provide of the beautiful, natural settings (usually on the West Coast of Canada) in which my stories take place. I try to employ my wit, poetic sensibilities, and sense of humor in my writing to both entertain and intrigue readers, making my novels impossible to put down. My goal is to take readers on an exciting, emotional journey through fast-paced plots full of surprises, twists and turns.
I love to write – there’s nothing I’d rather do, and I think my passion for writing is evident in the high-quality, exciting and endearing stories that I tell. I hope you enjoy what you read and I encourage all of my readers to contact me with any and all opinions, reviews, questions and comments you may have. I find one of the greatest pleasures in writing is connecting with my audience. I will always read every comment I receive and will try my best to respond when and where I can!
GIVEAWAY DETAILS (US/Canada – eBooks of Complete Series or Paperback of 1st in Series)
You can either choose all three of the eBooks: Amber Frost, Silver Dew, and Sapphire Sun OR a paperback copy of the first in the series- Amber Frost if you if your name is chosen in this giveaway. To enter…
- For 1 entry leave me a comment entering the giveaway.
- For 2 entries, follow my blog. If you already do just let me know so I can pass the entry on to you as well.
- Tweet, Post on Facebook, or Blog for 3 entries.
This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents and I’ll draw for the winner on Saturday, March 16/13. Good luck!