When a bitter evil threatens to destroy the kingdom of Arra, a nineteen-year-old farm girl, the orphan Elaina, finds her life entangled with that of the prince. Through her adventures in the royal court, she discovers a remarkable power within herself, and she learns who she truly is, what happened to her parents, and how she came to live on the farm. It also becomes clear that only Elaina can save the region from disaster.
RJ Francis has returned today to rummage through the wonderful words that are the coming of age novel ‘The Orphan’s Secret’. RJ thanks for coming back to chat with me again! I love it when authors return and update both myself and the readers about their progress in the wonderful world of self-publishing. You are back to chat again about ‘The Orphan’s Secret’, so we won’t revisit the bulk of the questions, unless you’ve been working hard on new answers and instead will focus on some new questions I’ve been posing that have hopefully improved since December 2016. Let’s get this party started with the thrills of research. What kinds of worlds did you delve into behind the scenes while building the world of ‘The Orphan’s Secret’?
Yes! Bits of research on ancient cultures, ancient languages, science and technology. And, of course, looking up the definitions of words to find the best one to use.
The blend of the ancient cultural aspects with the modern science and technology must have been fun. When you had this blend going what was the main statement or ideal that you used it to say in your book?
Opportunities to do good and save the world are everywhere. The more we learn about ourselves, the more in touch we become with the “will” of the divine spirit, increasing the impact we can make on society and the world around us.
Are you currently working on extending your impact on society through a new book?
I am working through the final edits of Principality, Book 2, “The Captive Twin” for release later this year. At the same time I am polishing Book 3, which is already written. You are going to love the title of Book 3 but I can’t reveal it yet… Principality is an epic story in (at least) three acts, and much of the tale has yet to be told.
Keep your secrets about Book 3 while awaiting the release of book 2, but I am sure that I speak for the readers in that is comforting to know that the final book has been written and is working it’s way towards publishing. One thing I would like to know is why do you continue to write?
To engage with the minds of others on this human journey, and inspire them through storytelling.
Do you also get to engage and inspire others with your day job, or is writing your main outlet to inspire?
I have held several fascinating roles that must remain a secret.
However, I can say they have involved global travel, intrigue, dangerous neighbourhoods and dodgy situations, and a fair dose of politics. I’ve seen a lot, and you will see that come through in my writing.
As a global traveller do you have a favourite ocean?
I have no favourite ocean. In fact, I have a well-founded fear of the ocean. The ocean almost killed me several times as a child, and I am quite wary of it. That doesn’t stop me from throwing my beloved characters into it from time to time.
Well I hope that you also throw your characters back into the ocean of published books so that all of your eager readers can catch up with them again. RJ, thanks for joining me again and best of luck with the progress of the next two chapters of the Principality trilogy.
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