Good morning, world! Today we’re welcoming my dear friend Ralene Burke, who has recently released her first book! It’s part one in a series called Bellanok.
Welcome, Ralene! It’s a delight to have you with us today! Let’s get started. In one sentence, tell us what Bellanok is about.
Bellanok is a haven for myths and legends . . . until a demon finds a way in.
Tell us how Bellanok came to be.
You know, I don’t honestly remember. I just remember the first scene I wrote kept pestering me as I was working on another novel. Finally, I had to put the other novel aside for a bit and crank out the entire first scene before I could move on. After that, I put Bellanok aside for about a year before I came back to work on it.
What is it you hope readers will take away from Pt. One and the story as a whole?
The whole story emphasizes God’s ability to use ordinary people to do extraordinary things. In Part One, Brian deals with impatience and loss of purpose, and how when God says go–well, you have to go.
You have a great cast of characters – tell us about some of the non-human ones.
Well, one of the main characters is Fauna, the Fairy Queen. She’s young and inexperienced as a queen, but she’s always open to the Creator’s guidance. In fact, she struggles with not being able to hear him when she leaves the island. But, in spite of everything, her optimism and trust allow her to push through.
Her guardian on her journey looks human, and he’s anything but. Short-tempered, prejudice against humans, impatient . . . Roman has a lot of issues to work on. You’ll have to read the story to find out who he really is.
*laughs because I know who he is* 😀
Did you have a favorite character while writing? Are they still your favorite? Why?
Roman was the most fun to write because he’s so the opposite of my personality. He’s often the comic-relief, though that’s never his intention. As Brian is finding himself, though, he’s quickly becoming a favorite of mine.
I can’t wait to catch up with Brian in Part 2!
Waffles or Pancakes?
French Toast? 🙂 Okay, if I have to choose, I love pancakes . . . with dark chocolate chips.
HUZZAH FOR DARK CHOCOLATE!
What’s your favorite book you’ve read this year?
Oh, so many good ones to choose from. I think my favorite was probably The Sunken Realm by Serena Chase. Or Heir of Hope by Morgan Busse.
To give readers a liiiiitle bit of a preview here… What can we expect from Part 2?
Well, we’ll be learning about a new world, one that’s new even in the eyes of the inhabitants. Lots of things are changing . . . and then there’s the constant drumming.
Constant drumming?? Like in Doctor Who?? :O
Are you secretly a fairy?
A fairy never tells. 🙂
If you had the chance to spend the day with the Doctor or hanging out in Rivendell, which would you choose?
Um . . . ah, who am I kidding? I’d spend the day with the Doctor. And have him take me to Rivendell.
How many parts in all do we have to look forward to?
There should be 5 parts in all, each releasing about a month apart.
I can’t wait! 😀
Any parting words for us?
Stories are so much more than words on a page. They are an escape, an opportunity to learn and to experience new things. Lose yourself in a story, become someone new. You’ll come out stronger, smarter . . . changed.
YAY! Be sure to check that out, everyone, you’ll be glad that you did ^_^
Thanks again to the marvelous Ralene for being with us today!
Whether she’s wielding a fantasy writer’s pen, a freelance editor’s sword, or a social media wand, Ralene Burke always has her head in some dreamer’s world. And her goal is to make it SHINE! She spins fantastical tales to encourage people to SHINE BEYOND. She has worked for a variety of groups/companies, including Realm Makers, The Christian PEN, Kentucky Christian Writers Conference, and as an editor for a number of freelance clients.
When her head’s not in the publishing world, she is wife to a veteran and homeschooling mama to their three kids. Her Pinterest board would have you believe she is a master chef, excellent seamstress, and all around crafty diva. If she only had the time . . .
Have you read Bellanok: The Reluctant Savior yet? If so, what are your thoughts? And do you like dark, milk, or white chocolate better?