Keeper of Reign
by Emma Right
When I first began writing Keeper of Reign in 2008 it was just a tale I made up for my five kids. They wanted a fun, adventure story, set in a fantastical setting and as a mom, I wanted the story to be more than just a fairy-tale. I wanted them to learn about the importance of loving each other–as they grated on each other a lot –and the importance of family, and the value of persevering and so on. So I wove these themes into the tale, at the time called Kingdom of Reign. Then I thought, hey, maybe I could publish this…hence the journey to self-publishing.
But that was just the beginning. When I read Keeper of Reign 1 to my husband he felt the message was bigger than what it looked on the surface and he was right.
I have always been passionate about children and the need to empower them, especially with all that young people face these days. Troubles and trials seem to loom from every corner. Sad to say, I think this began on September 11.
So, in this scary world where kids can live in fear and feel so small and powerless how do we help them to see they need not live in trepidation and feel insignificant?
Life will throw us those curve balls, but we cannot stop trying, we cannot roll over and play dead. That is the true message of Keeper of Reign 1. Yes, Jules Blaze, the sixteen-year-old protagonist, faces one challenge after another, from his grandparents being yanked from him, to losing his mother, his home, and all evil seem bent on chasing him and hunting him down as though he’s a field mouse–and he’s probably smaller than them, too.
What should he do? He has to care for his younger and precocious siblings who for the most part don’t want to listen to him–pay back time for how he treated his mother. Should Jules give up? Cry in one corner? Or should he forge on? And even if he forges on and does all the right things it doesn’t mean his luck will change, or that his situation will look rosy and bright. That’s life isn’t it? Storms will still come Jules’s way. our way, our children’s way. Yet, they must never feel it’s over until it really is. As long they have breath left in them they have a fighting chance.
My motto in life is: where there’s life there’s hope. And that’s what I want to leave the kids reading Keeper of Reign.
The Ancient Books the Keepers had to look after and passed down from the King also bear significance. They represent wisdom and age-old teachings and learnings. There’s wisdom in the tried and tested.
I didn’t cram a whole lot of tradition and culture for the Elfie people in Book 1 as I figured the 10-16 year old age group, used to cyber stations in their computer games, probably want something that zooms at lightning speed. So it is fast paced. But the original book actually was over 250,000 words. Also, after I did some research it appeares that traditional publishers advice that books in this age group shouldn’t go over 75,000. So, I did take out a lot of the richness and Keeper of Reign is just under 80,000 words. I do intend to post thing soon my site pertaining Elfie life and the history of Reign, itself.
A little about the Elfies if you are interested.
They are a blend of Elves and fairies–the elf part represents the robust, physical aspect of them, while the fairies represent the ethereal and spirit part of them. Sort of like us, right? The Elfies are in contrast to the Handover Elves, their neighbors across Brooke Beginning, who live in handover and have Heritage as their capital. (There is actually a history behind the names of the places and characters, too–like Brooke Beginning for instance, but it’d be too long to go into, here.)
Another interesting point is that the Elfies are into “natural” eating. They cull the forest for food, and look to herb and things from nature to promote their health and healing. But what happens when everything they try cannot cure something… and there’s an epidemic? Ahh, that’s where Book 2 comes in. Book 2 will be out in the Spring of 2014.
I also hope to add a page on my site for ways to live naturally, just as an added feature. You can also see images which had helped me in writing Keeper of Reign 1 and will continue to help me in Book 2, as well on my interest pages.
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Books written in blood. Most are lost, their Keepers with them. A curse that befell a people. A Kingdom with no King. Life couldn’t get more harrowing for the Elfies, a blend of Elves and Fairies. Or for sixteen-year-old Jules Blaze. Or could it? For Jules, the heir of a Keeper, no less, suspects his family hides a forgotten secret. It was bad enough that his people, the Elfies of Reign, triggered a curse which reduced the entire inhabitants to a mere inch centuries ago. All because of one Keeper who failed his purpose. Even the King’s Ancient Books, did not help ward off that anathema. Now, Gehzurolle, the evil lord, and his armies of Scorpents, seem bent on destroying Jules and his family. Why? Gehzurolle’s agents hunt for Jules as he journeys into enemy land to find the truth. Truth that could save him and his family, and possibly even reverse the age-long curse. Provided Jules doesn’t get himself killed first.
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ABOUT EMMA RIGHT
Emma Right is a happy wife and homeschool mother of five living in the Pacific West Coast of the USA. Besides running a busy home, and looking after their five pets, which includes two cats, two bunnies and a Long-haired dachshund, she also writes stories for her children. When she doesn’t have her nose in a book, she is telling her kids to get theirs in one. Right worked as a copywriter for two major advertising agencies and won several awards, including the prestigious Clio Award for her ads, before she settled down to have children. Visit Emma Right at her home site and blog for tips and ideas about books, homeschooling, bible devotions, and author helps of various sorts: www.emmaright.com and follow her on facebook emma.right.author or her fanpage on facebook.com/keeperofreign