Trisha Wolfe is the author of Destiny’s Fire, an steam punk novel with shape-shifters, airships, and cute guys. Trisha dropped by the virtual offices to tell us more about her book.
[Manga Maniac Café] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Trisha Wolfe] Extremely trivial and dramatic with moments of sheer clarity that results in determination and madness.
[Manga Maniac Café] Can you tell us a little about your book, Destiny’s Fire?
[Trisha Wolfe] It’s really hard for me to sum it up. I’ve tried…many times lol. So how about the blurb? I worked on that for a long time:
It’s the year 2040, and sixteen-year-old Dez Harkly is one of the last of her kind—part of a nearly extinct race of shape-shifters descended from guardians to the Egyptian pharaohs. Her home and her secret are threatened when the Council lowers the barrier, allowing the enemy race to enter the Shythe haven.
As the Narcolym airships approach, Dez and her friends rebel against their Council and secretly train for battle. Not only is Dez wary of war and her growing affection for her best friend Jace, but she fears the change her birthday will bring. When Dez’s newfound power rockets out of control, it’s a Narcolym who could change her fate… if she can trust him.
Dez’s guarded world crumbles when she discovers why the Narcos have really come to Haven Falls, and she’s forced to choose between the race who raised her and the enemy she’s feared her whole life.
[Manga Maniac Café] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Trisha Wolfe] For me, the characters always come first. They just pop into my head, like I’ve known them my whole life, and then I start building the world around them. When Dez came to me, she came packaged with secrets and powers, and I had to find a way to implement that into a story. I made a list of things I loved, and ancient Egypt was at the top. I did some research, and then started the story.
[Manga Maniac Café] What was the most challenging aspect of writing the book?
[Trisha Wolfe] Dez and Jace’s relationship. I believe I struggled with it as much if not more than Dez. I love Jace, and there were some very difficult scenes that I wrote, that almost got cut or changed, but I decided to be true to the character and to people in general in the end. No one is perfect. We all make mistakes, and that’s a big part of learning and growing. It’s a part of life, and I felt that both Dez and Jace needed to go through some things to discover the truth. If it had been avoided, I feel it would have made a weaker relationship between them.
[Manga Maniac Café] Name three things Dez would never have in her pockets.
[Trisha Wolfe] Anything. She carries all her stuff in a belt bag
[Manga Maniac Café] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Trisha Wolfe] Anne Rice and Voltaire’s Candide.
[Manga Maniac Café] What three things do you need in order to write?
My bed. Reese’s Sticks. Coke.
[Manga Maniac Café] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Trisha Wolfe] Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice.
[Manga Maniac Café] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Trisha Wolfe] I listen to a lot of music, and if I can fit it in, TV and movies. Once a year I must have a Buffy the Vampire Slayer marathon, and I watch all the seasons in order. I do have a family, so I guess I take care of them, too.
[Manga Maniac Café] Thanks!
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