Thursday, January 14, 2016

Traveler Blog Tour : Q+A with Arwen Elys Dayton


Today I'm thrilled to welcome author Arwen Elys Dayton back to the blog as part of the promotional tour for book two of her young adult fantasy series, Traveler. I asked Arwen to talk a little bit about the Seekers themselves - their purpose and history and what they're meant to stand for since the first book sees everything that Seekers are supposed to be turned upside down. Arwen put a video response together which is really exciting (I've never had an author do a video specifically for my blog before so I may have fangirled a little when I watched it the first time), but I've included the transcript below as well just in case the video doesn't work for some of you.

Be sure and check out the bottom of the post as well for a complete list of participating blogs so you can follow along on the tour!





TRANSCRIPT: ARWEN ELYS DAYTON AND SUPERNATURAL SNARK
Today I am here at Supernatural Snark to answer “What is the ideal Seeker?”

A little explanation of the story…

SEEKER is the story of three teenagers who have spent most of their lives training for what they think is a noble purpose – to be Seekers - only to discover that their families are actually turning them into assassins. In TRAVELER, as they try to break away from this fate, or maybe embrace it, they discover that the world of Seekers is larger than they’d realized, and they become entangled in a plan begun generations ago that immediately threatens their very survival.

If not assassins, what are Seekers supposed to be?

Seekers are not who Quin thought they were. So what did she think they were?

Seekers have interesting weapons and tools that take them out of our normal world, through hidden dimensions, and then back into our world somewhere else. Quin believes Seekers should use these things for good.

For Quin, a Seeker is: someone who cares about others more than herself; someone who finds a better way; someone who is courageous in the face of personal danger.

For her, it was something like being a Knight Templar in the Middle Ages. Somebody who has pledged his life to putting other before himself and to doing good. And she really thought she was going to be the modern version of that.

So it was a huge blow to discover that her father was actually turning her into somebody who was greedy, cowardly, and vicious.

In TRAVELER, Quin is very much trying to break away from her father’s version of what it means to be a Seeker, and discover can she change things back to the way they should be.

Will she make it? Let’s find out.

Thank you so much to Supernatural Snark for having me.
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If you have questions about writing…

If you’re interested in being a writer, I do a weekly video called ONE QUESTION TWO MINUTES where I take questions about writing from readers and try to answer them as best I can. Feel free to send me your own questions at ArwenDayton.com.

Thanks so much Arwen!

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TRAVELER


Quin Kincaid is a Seeker. Her legacy is an honor, an ancient role passed down for generations.But what she learned on her Oath night changed her world forever.

Quin pledged her life to deception. Her legacy as a Seeker is not noble but savage. She was trained to be an assassin. And the boy she once loved is out for vengeance, with her family in his sights.

Yet Quin is not alone. Shinobu, her oldest companion, might now be the only person she can trust. The only one who wants answers as desperately as she does.

But the deeper they dig into the past, the darker things become. They are long-vanished Seeker families, shadowy alliances, and something else: a sinister plan begun generations ago with the power to end the legacy forever. And it might destroy them all.


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ARWEN ELYS DAYTON



ARWEN ELYS DAYTON is the author of SEEKER and TRAVELER. She spends moths doing research for her stories. Her explorations have taken her around the world to places like the Great Pyramid at Giza, Hong Kong and its many islands, and lots of ruined castles in Scotland.

You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter @arwenelysdayton, and check out her video series about writing, 1 QUESTION, 2 MINUTES, at arwendayton.com and on YouTube bit.ly/1mLcdIn.



And don't forget to check out all the participating blogs on this tour! 


January 11 - The Cover Contessa

January 12 -  Once Upon A Twilight

January 12 - Two Chicks on Books


January 13 - Lytherus

January 14 - Book Blather

January 14 - Supernatural Snark

January 15 - Bookish Lifestyle

January 15 - The Eater of Books


January 16 - Page Turners

January 17 - Winterhaven Books

January 17 - Black Dog Speaks


January 18 - Sci Fi Fan Letter

January 19 - Mundie Moms

 

16 comments:

  1. I don't know, being a vicious assassin sounds pretty good to me. :P I believe I have the 1st book, so yay me. Now to read it ...

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    1. I look forward to your thoughts on it Christy!!!

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  2. I hope she makes it! Have you read this one yet, Jenny? I'd be curious to hear your thoughts!

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    1. I have Nick! I DM'd you on Twitter:)

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  3. Shoot, the video didn't show up for me. Not sure if that's me or you. I reloaded the page and it's still just a blank spot in the page. I'm glad you included the transcript! This sounds pretty good, I'll have to look up the first book!

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    1. I think it was me, I was having trouble this morning, but it should be working now!

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  4. Hmmm, I still haven't seen any reviews of this one and I'm quite intrigued about it! I liked the first book well enough but was unsure to continue the series...

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    1. I'll be curious to see what you think if you pick this one up Pili!

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  5. I have been seeing this one around, and I am curious about it.

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  6. Great interview! I can already tell I will like the MC.

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  7. Oh you know me and fantasy don't get a long very well. l tend to live vicariously through readers like you, Jenny. Admittedly, I'm a huge fan of assassins so this could work. :D

    Thanks for sharing, ladies!

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  8. I'm curious about this one! Thanks for sharing, Jenny!

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