Sunborn Rising: Beneath the Fall by Aaron Safronoff
One of the things that I thought was really cool about Sunborn Rising: Beneath the Fall by Aaron Safronoff was that it had a book trailer (which you can view on the left). I don't see that many book trailers, but this one was really cool. It is what made me decide to give the book a try.
Sunborn Rising: Beneath the Fall by Aaron Safronoff has absolutely breath taking images. The pictures just blew me away with how they captured the personality of each character and situation so perfectly. I also liked that the pictures did not take over the entire book. Instead they just helped certain parts to stand out and allow the reader to see the characters as the author intended them to look. This eliminated the normal guessing about what characters shoudl look like.
The story line was well thought and their were no plot holes. The plot truly made the character's personalities shine. I particularly liked Barra Swiftspur. I liked how she knew what she wanted and how she was willing to do what needed to be done to get it. The author truly succeeded in creating his own special world within the pages of this book.
Before we get to the questions, I want to extend my gratitude to Misty103 and Hubpages for inviting me to their website as part of this virtual tour. You rock! Thank you.
Misty103: What inspired you to write this series?
Aaron: For me, inspiration doesn’t come from a single interaction, location, or event, but rather, some amalgam of all of my experiences. Ugh, that’s not a helpful answer. The direct version? My friends. They are always my first audience, and my primary source of inspiration.
Misty103: How did you decide on the number of books to put in the series?
Aaron: The final total will largely be dictated by you, and readers like you. ;-) To establish the series, however, I will at least complete the main arc, which comprises three books. The number of the books, shall be three!
Misty103: Which book was the hardest for you to write and why?
Aaron: Sunborn Rising: Beneath the Fall is the first in the series, and as my fourth novel, I’d say it was the most challenging of them all. Writing to a young audience, which I’d never done previously, introduces interesting vocabulary choices. Also, I received more feedback for this work than any other — earlier in the process, too! -- so I had to do a lot of yoga to keep my s$#@ together. ;-) . Learning to accept and digest feedback requires patience and confidence, neither of which persist in consistent quantities: sometimes you have to dig deep, and sometimes you bury yourself on the way. Luckily, I managed to work through it and I believe the results have been worth the struggle.
Misty103: Which book was the easiest for you to write and why?
Aaron: Since I’m only about a third of the way done with volume 2 of the series, I’m not sure I can answer accurately, but we’ll say this one is easier than the first so far. Wish me luck!
Misty103: Which character was the hardest to write and why?
Aaron: Tory Mafic, Barra’s good friend, has the most complex emotional background of the characters. He’s gone through deep personal loss and come out the other side with strong personal perspective, but still, he’s young. His outward confidence sometimes masks an inner conflict, or emotional opposition. Also, he’s not aware of all his coping mechanisms, so surfacing his character for the audience takes more time. I hope his colors show through even more in book 2.
Misty103: Which character was the easiest to write and why?
Aaron: Everyone but Tory. :-D . The other characters certainly have their own complexities and intrigues, but overall, they’re dealing with what’s in front of them. If one hides anything at all, he or she hides it consciously, which makes the character less difficult to convey.
Misty103: Who was your favorite character and why?
Aaron: I don’t have a favorite. Never even crossed my mind. Since you asked, I guess I’d have to say Fizzit. His thread is the longest, and ties all the rest together. Also, his name comes from a term of endearment for a real Bengal cat who died too young to a terrible disease. He was a friend, a pain in the butt, but a friend. I still miss him.
Misty103: Were there any characters that you did not like?
Aaron: I’m not a fan of Juddol. He’s a jerk. Wait… did I remove him? Well, he’s still a jerk.
Misty103: What made you choose to write a series on this subject?
Aaron: I’m not sure how to answer this question without getting into some kind of philosophical discussion, existential or otherwise, about purpose, and the meaning of life. The answer is 42.
Misty103: Did you base any of the characters off of real people?
Aaron: In some ways, yes. Each character reflects aspects of the friends I’ve had the pleasure to meet over the years. None is a one-to-one representative, but take a character like Lootrinea for example, she embodies qualities of the people closest to me, and in her case, from one more than others. Honestly, few differences exist between my written characters and the myriad voices in my head. At least the characters have names.