Today I'm a part of the blog tour for my blog tour company, ABG Reads Book tours and I have New Adult author Rebecca Rynecki here talking about her book, The Secret World of Alaina Downs.
Title: The Secret World Of Alaina Downs
Author: Rebecca Rynecki
Genre: New Adult/Fantasy
Number of Pages: 252
When Alaina stumbles into a world that she only thought existed in her mind, she is understandably a little bit freaked out. Who wouldn't be? Characters that she had written down years ago are walking, and talking, and telling her that she is the only one who can save the princess and the kingdom of Isleen. Um...okay. As she travels down to the southern kingdom with Sir Gabriel, a really hot knight, she falls off horses, has an interaction with an evil witch, gets attacked by a sea creature, and even falls from lust into love.
How did you come up with the concept for the Secret World of Alaina Downs?I've always, as most of us have, wished that I could go into another world much like Narnia or Wonderland and when I was twelve I wrote a play about a girl named Alaina who fell into a secret world of her own. It was acted out by my sister and some of the neighborhood kids. The name of the main character was taken from a girl I went to school with. It gradually progressed from that to a "let's throw a young woman into her own fairy tale complete with a hot knight."
Do you have a favorite scene from the book, if so what it is?
What do you love most about Alaina as a character?
How does The Secret World of Alaina Downs stand out from other New Adult books?
Did you have to do any research for the book? If so, what was the most interesting thing you learned?
Who are your go-to authors and have they influenced your writing at all?
My favorite author is Marion Zimmer Bradley. I absolutely inhaled The Mists of Avalon and there are definite influences which you see some of in this book, especially with the names. Her steamy scenes were also a uh...influence. Jane Yolen is another who has an amazing ability to take fairy tales and folklore and put them in different situations. Read her book Briar Rose to see how brilliant she is with that. And I haven't read everything by this author but I go back to Orson Scott Card's Enchantment all the time. It was him using the character of Baba Yaga that started me down the path of learning about her.
What other projects do you have coming up?
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Book two: The Knights Ill Thought Bargain
Two years have passed since Alaina and Gabriel left. Forty years have passed in Isleen. The king is dead. The queen's powers are weakening, and an evil sorceress is intent on furthering her own agenda. An agenda that involves a bargain that Gabriel made.