A Turn of Light Blog Tour: Author Guest Post With Julie E. Czerneda

Julie E. Czerneda has kindly agreed to guest post here about her work, and share her inspiration for becoming a writer in honor of her newest release, A Turn of Light.

 

 About The Author:

Many of you know Canadian author Julie E. Czerneda as the former biologist turned science fiction novelist published by DAW Books NY. You may have read her Clan Chronicles series, or be a fan of Mac or Esen from her other work. Maybe you’ve heard she’s an editor. Also true. This spring, however, prepare to meet the Julie you don’t know. After three years of work, she’s letting out her whimsical side with the release of her first fantasy novel, A Turn of Light, also from DAW. The setting, Marrowdell, is based on pioneer settlements in Ontario. There are toads. And dragons. The magic? All her own. For more about Julie’s work, including book excerpts and upcoming events, please visit www.czerneda.com.

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 Guest Post:

Every job has its hardships as well as its joys, but surely there are easier things to do for a living than write. Believe me, it’s something I’ve pondered a few times over my twenty-plus years as a professional author. I’ve checked what it would take to upgrade my education; delightful pastime of itself, being a student. Even cast an envious glance at the cheerful person handing me my Timmies’; life seems so simple from the customer side of the counter.

What keeps me there — what keeps me writing — isn’t the fame or fortune non-writers imagine. (Yes, I earn a good living and I’ve hordes of wonderful readers who can spell my name.) It’s self-awareness. I could, and have, earned more. While I adore my readers, I’ve worked in biology teaching labs with hordes of wonderful students also good with the name. But the writing life offers something to me I haven’t yet found elsewhere. Something that makes me glow.

Freedom. To make things up or be rigorously accurate. To put myself in the public eye, or be a recluse. To write whatever I want, how I want, and when.

Heady stuff. It comes with the freedom to fail/starve or succeed/eat, but by my efforts and standards, no one else’s. Yes, there are times I’d like a modicum of security. They’re rare and usually involve a desire for new shoes. Otherwise, I’m happy as I am.

The proof, if I needed any, came with A Turn of Light. I write my stories for myself, first and foremost. I need each to be better than the one before, to improve and learn as I go. So far, I’ve managed that. My dread of 3rd person came and went. (In the Company of Others) I wove a ridiculous number of plot threads into a coherent whole for The Clan Chronicles. Even made a character who blew up under stress a favourite of my readers. (Beholder’s Eye) Still, I’d done what amounted to four stories, most told in multiple volumes, yes, but just four. Moreover, the style of writing, the language of the storytelling, was the same in each.

Could I do more? I’m a biologist, not an English major; to this point I’d written pretty much as things came out of my head. Plop. Yet as a reader I love the craft and skill of fantasy authors.

I’m a person who learns by doing. I had the freedom to do this, so I did. A Turn of Light was the result. I’ve mentioned elsewhere that I’ve wanted to write this little fantasy story for a very long time. I knew I’d fail if I tried too soon. (There was the 3rdperson thing.) I put everything aside for it. Poured everything I had into it. And, I must say, it was worth the effort.

Other than my ridiculous craving for a challenge (trust me, I did have second thoughts, especially while at Timmies), what inspired A Turn of Light? It was the same itch that started me scribbling in the first place. I wasn’t satisfied by what I read. I wanted, well, my kind of fantasy. Admirable characters. Whimsy and wonder. Love and letters. A dragon and a horse and toads. (As I recall, I was also rather annoyed with The Frog Prince.) So that’s exactly what I wrote and I’ve never had so much fun.

Freedom. Grab it with both hands. Hold on to it. As a writer, as any creative person, it’s yours for the taking. You’ll be glad you did — and so will we.
  A Turn of Light:


Title: A Turn of Light

Author: Julie E. Czerneda
Publication Date: March 5th 2013
Publisher: Penguin Canada

The village of Marrowdell is an isolated pioneer community, but it is also the place where two worlds overlap, and at the turn of light–sunset–the world of magic known as the Verge can briefly be seen.


Jenn Nalynn belongs to both Verge and Marrowdell, but even she doesn’t know how special she is–or that her invisible friend Wisp is actually a dragon sent to guard her… and keep her from leaving the valley. But Jenn longs to see the world, and thinking that a husband will help her reach this goal, she decides to create one using spells. Of course, everything goes awry, and suddenly her “invisible friend” has been transformed into a man. But he is not the only newcomer to Marrowdell, and far from the most dangerous of those who are suddenly finding their way to the valley…


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Happy reading until next time!