Saturday, March 31, 2012

"First 5 chapters" blog tour - Meet Starr West - Tomorrows Child

Tomorrows Child By Starr West

There was a girl.... 
lost in despair
alone in a world she didn't recognise
a prophecy she didn't understand
a future she refused to accept
a past she couldn't remember
a dream that brought it all together
and a love... that made it all worth while 

Character interview with Psyche From Tomorrows Child

Welcome Psyche. It is wonderful to have you here with us today.

Psyche:  Thank you, it is an honour to be here.

Describe yourself in one word : 
Psyche: Searching  

Describe the world you live today? 
Psyche: Broken!  Everything I took for granted was basically stripped away.  And when I lost my mother – I was left alone in a world that I barely recognized anymore.  A part of me just wanted to die too, so I could be with her.
The thing I’ve noticed the most is that it’s quiet, I mean really quiet. I notice the silence all the time, especially at night. I sneak out and watch the sky, just like I used to do with Mum. And there is nothing. Sometimes the frogs are going crazy or the crickets are so loud it makes my head ring. But on other nights you can hear the tiniest sound. Even if you didn’t notice it before, there was always sound, a gentle hum that reminded us that life existed.
Sometimes you don’t notice things until they are gone.   

How did your magic come to you and explain to us how it affects you?
Psyche: Magic, at first I had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn’t just dreaming.  Sometimes I still do! 

How did you meet The Goddess Persephone? What is she like?
Psyche: When I first met her, it was pretty scary. She’s a Goddess after all! And she doesn’t have a reputation for kindness, but I think that has a lot to do with being “Goddess of the Underworld” rather than anything she has actually done. But I owe her my life and she is a lot more normal than I expected. It’s not like we sit around drinking tea and chatting or anything but she feels like a friend and I know I am safe with her around.

What can you share with us about your Hellhound attack?
I try not to think about this too much because fear can paralyse you and stop you living. But, everything happened so fast, I was so scared; my heart was pumping so fast, so loud. I thought this is it, I'm going to die and I'm not going to be able to say goodbye to the people I love… but at least I would get to see my mother again. The scars I carry from that attack are an important reminder that I survived. Being a survivor is the most important thing these days.  

Tell us about your training and what the purpose behind it might be?
Psyche: You mean my Warrior training? I loved training.  Training gave me confidence.  I don’t feel like a helpless victim anymore, a burden to the others.  Now I’m fighting back and I am prepared to do anything if it means I never have to feel helpless like that again.

You own a Bedford bus?
Psyche: I love that old Bedford bus.  It will always remind me of the days I spend with my mother, and all of our adventures on the open road.  It really was such a special time with my mother.  A time I treasure.

What is your favourite iTunes song at the moment? and why?
 Psyche: Seven Devils all around me by Florence and the Machine. It reminds me that evil is all around and I should always be prepared. 

Who is Phoenix?
Psyche: The love of my life. I would be lost without him J

Tell us about where you live and the tribe?
Psyche: Mount Misty – a magical place – the place I call home.Mount Misty is awesome. There used to be this little town perched on the top of a mountain but it’s more like a ghost town these days. There are hardly any people left, but I expect things will get better eventually. The valley, where I live with my grandmother, is surrounded by rainforest. Some of the trees are thousands of years old, I recon. The down side is that it rains a lot; we get a lot of fog and misty rainy days especially in the winter. There are about 10 families in our ‘tribe’. They spent a lot of time preparing for the end of civilization and I am very thankful for this. I guess if it wasn’t for them, I would be dead already. It’s horrifying to imagine what could have happened.   

Describe Libby, your grandmother, to us please. 
Psyche: Libby is a survivor. She has spent most of her life preparing for mankind's stupidity.  Libby never took anything for granted.  I thank the Goddess everyday for Libby.Libby is amazing, she knows so much about everything. I love that she has kept all those old books and family diaries. The only thing that’s annoying is that she is always teaching me things. Every day is like being at school but I guess it’s because I have so much to learn and Mum isn’t here to teach me anymore.

What are your dreams and hopes for the future?
Psyche: To see a world free of war, starvation, sickness, greed.  And perhaps one day, to have a family. But it is hard to think about bringing a family into a world that is so broken.
Maybe the best we can hope for is that tomorrow will be a little better than today.  

Your favourite thing in the world?
Psyche: In the old world, I had heaps of favourite things! Every day I had new favourites. These days are much simpler – hot water for baths are high on my list and our gatherings are really cool.

Who is your idol?
Psyche: Definitely Phoenix 

What message do you have for us?
The earth is fragile. It should be handled with care if we want our children to have a future where their day is full of laughter instead of the sounds of war. Where they can eat until their bellies are full.  Where a long life free of sickness is a given, not a luxury.  A world where there is abundance and "greed" is an endangered species.
Take notice of the little things and find joy in simple things; take off your shoes and walk on the earth – get your feet dirty and go outside and hug a tree. I mean that literally, really! Wrap your arms around tree and feel the emotions that flow. You will be amazed. Thanks for having me here today! This was so much easier than Libby’s magick training or my warrior training.

Meet Starr West Author of Tomorrows Child

Author Bio Starr West
Starr lives a rural life in Far North Queensland, Australia. She is a wife and a mother to four amazing and sometimes boisterous boys.
Writing has always been a passion but it wasn’t until she was asked, ‘If you died tomorrow, what is the one thing you’d regret?’
It’s a pretty confronting question but the answer was to write and publish a novel. That was enough motivation to get started and within 6 months, she had finished the first draft of Tomorrows Child, the first book in a series of Paranormal Fantasy Novels.
Starr is involved in a number of community projects and enjoys learning ‘lost skills’ such as baking bread, making soap and candle making. Her boys can light a fire with two sticks and find their way out of the rain forest.When she isn’t running after children or writing, she can be found in the garden growing vegetables or in the kitchen making things from scratch.
I began writing Tomorrows Child in about 2009 and finished the first draft in about 6 months. I have lost count of the number drafts this story has been through and the amount of times it’s been edited. At one time, I actually thought I’d lost the manuscript in a computer meltdown. In 2011, I enlisted a professional editor, designed my cover and finally made the decision to self-publish.These days, I spend my time juggling family life with work, writing, promoting and reading work from other self-published authors. When I am not writing for myself or for others, I am usually hanging out in the garden. We are fortunate to live in a small country town where life is simple and the pace is a little slower than it would be if we lived in the city. We still manage to fill our days with activity but it seems less stressful! I am currently working on the second book in the series and expect to publish it in the second half of 2012. 

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