Author Guest Post with Tricia Riel: Zephrum Gates Blog Tour

Tricia Riel has kindly agreed to guest post here about her work, and share with us her inspiration for her family friendly series Zephrum Gates. The second novel in the series Zephrum Gates and the Strange Magical Treasure will be out soon.

About the Author: 


Tricia Riel… is the author of “Zephrum Gates & The Mysterious Purple Haze” and the full series of Zephrum Gates books.  She has been involved in creative pursuits of all kinds since her first big role as a snowflake at age 5.  She has a Bachelor’s degree from the Visual & Performing Arts School at Syracuse University in NY and a Masters Degree in Acting and Theatre Arts from Humboldt State University in CA.

Trish writes YA fantasy to empower youth to believe in themselves, and because learning how to care for our environment is simply more fun when reading a witty magical story.

Trish has written numerous stage plays & has some of her early poems published.  She was involved with the performance art scene in San Francisco for some time & also performed numerous educational plays for kids throughout the SF Bay Area.  For years, she has worked as a drama teacher at “Kids on Camera” (a TV Acting School in San Francisco, CA).  She has been a physical coach at “Circus Smirkus” in Vermont, at “Camp WinnaRainbow” in Northern California, “Swivel Arts” in San Francisco, at “Island Gymnastics” on Martha’s Vineyard, & at “Arcata Playhouse” in CA.  In addition to those camps, she has headed numerous theatrically based school programs in many other parts of California, in Rhode Island, & in many other locations.

She juggles, works as a clown, a voice-over actor, and an Astrologer.  She does contact improv, practices gymnastics, and does a variety of circus arts.  Trish has done all of the narration & characters for her Zephrum Gates Audio Books.  She has a trapeze in her living room and she loves to work on films and travel internationally.  She has the most amazing doggies in the world, and she writes most of her books while hiking in the woods.  She can also write while she sleeps.

Guest Post: 

The Inspiration for writing the Zephrum Gates books.

Well… I love Science Fiction & I’m a big Harry Potter fan.  I just couldn’t wait for another one of JK Rowling’s novels to come out while she was in the midst of writing the HP series.  Sooo… I decided to write my OWN magical story.  This way, I could have something fun to read while I was waiting for the next Potter book.  The “writing bug” took me over.  Who ever knew that writing would be such great fun?

The inspiration for the FIRST Zephrum Gates novel (“Zephrum Gates & The Mysterious Purple Haze”) was actually to “discover” a magical explanation for air pollution (the “purple haze” in the sky).  It’s not just my love of Jimmy Hendricks.  🙂

I’m an advocate of green environmental ways & I hope to expose people to living in harmony with the earth in such a FUN way that they don’t even realize that they’re learning something.  J

In a similar vein, “Zephrum Gates & The Strange Magical Treasure” was my way to make sense our world’s economic problems.  My “fictional understanding” tells me that it’s GOBLINS that are at the root of these things.  We might not know it NOW, but the truth WILL be revealed at SOME point.  Bwa.. ha.. ha.. ha.. ha…



About The Book:
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Zephrum Gates and the Magical Treasure
Author: Tricia Riel
Publication Date: October 15, 2013
Amazon Publishing 

What do a greedy goblin, a lovesick Dragon, and a not so helpless girl have in common?  From the moment the floating treasure chest appears above the water, this rollicking fairy tale brings us back to the wonderful world of Zephrum Gates.

Goblins are at work and are doing their best to restore their nefarious leader to ultimate power.  Although Strasidous Rowpe has been reduced to a mere wisp of ether, his malevolent influence continues to inspire Goblins… and threaten Zephrum.

Zephrum is helped by a number of eccentric and magical people at her school, the newly started (Fiddlesticks School for Alternative Thinkers with Unusual Abilities).  There, Zephrum and her friends develop their innate talents, learn circus arts, meet strange magical beings, and end up putting on a lively theatrical show that is “out of this world.”

Although some of the teachers try to use science and earth wisdom to understand the chain of quirky catastrophes that keep happening, they can’t really do much to keep Zephrum and her friends away from perplexing predicaments, strange sightings, and misplaced magic.  Can she escape the dark doom that goblins have created for her?  Can her friends keep her from the clutches of a distraught Dragon?  Will they save the day and thwart the feeble efforts of Strasidous Rowpe… before all is lost?

“Zephrum Gates & The Strange Magical Treasure” will tickle your funny bone and keep you glued to the page as you bounce from one unforgettable event to the next.

Find it Online:

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Happy Reading!