It’s my tour stop with MTMC Tours to talk about The Eye of Elektron by Leigh G Wynn!
Dawn has an hour to ensure her own death so that her brother may live. But when she awakens a banned magical device in the process, she draws the attention of an ancient evil and its archenemy. Now, she must solve the riddle of her past before time runs out or risk losing everything she holds dear.
This is a heartfelt fantasy-scifi story with epic sibling bonds, alternate realities, and dangerous secrets that could end — or save — everything Dawn knows and loves. It was such a page-turner and the beginning had me really hooked in wanting answers 👀👌🏻.
I have a very exciting interview with the author below 😍✨ And also make sure you stop by my instagram page for the INTL giveaway!
Title:The Eye of Elektron
Author: Leigh G. Wynn
Publication Date:July 2nd, 2021
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
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Two souls from different realms. Bound by sacrifice. Torn by fate.
For eleven years, Sumrects have trapped humans in an alternate realm where an ancient evil brews, awaiting its nemesis…
A nineteen-year-old human stands in the way, but she does not know it yet…
Dawn has more pressing matters at hand.
Competition to be Portrait Artist at Crimson Estate is fierce. One hour to paint. One lives. One dies. And participation is not voluntary.
To save her brother’s life, Dawn ensures her own execution by painting a magical device the Sumrects despise—the Eye of Elektron. Banned from use, the Eye of Elektron has not functioned since the failed human rebellion against Sumrectian tyranny eleven years ago.
Somehow, it comes to life in her hands…
Hi Leigh! Thanks for chatting with me today about your novel, The Eye of Elektron! Can you tell us a little about your publishing journey and how your book went from idea to finished novel?
Thank you for featuring The Eye of Elektron on your blog! The idea for the book first came to me sixteen years ago while I was still in high school. I wanted to write about someone who was on top of the world, who had everything—power, esteem, looks, fame and, most importantly, love—and then lost it all, in a moment of oversight, to his envious younger brother. Nothing quite reveals a person’s true character like loss and trial. What would he do when given a second chance? Would he be able to let go of regret? Given the choice again between power and love, which would he choose? Those were the questions I wanted to answer in The Eye of Elektron.
I began writing the story during college. By then, the man had become a Sumrect, the main character had discovered a magical device only she could awaken, and a world in which humans lived under the tyranny of advanced superhumans had been born. I always enjoyed writing, but I never considered myself a writer, especially since I was pursuing degrees in math and music at the time. It took me another ten years to finish the first draft and work up the courage to share my writing with the public. What’s published now is certainly worlds away from my original concept. The only name that survived the multiple revisions was Delia. Since day one, she had been the old, wise, motherly figure who held everything together and kept the show going, even when it felt like the story would never see the light of day.
The finished novel, despite having gone through many transformations, is ultimately still about forgiveness, love after loss and courage in the face of insurmountable odds. And I hope it will bring as much joy to my readers as it has to me.
My friends know me as a violinist because I went to study music at a conservatory, but not many know that my first instrument was the accordion. I had the honor of seeing and playing for the late Tony Lovello, who is, in my opinion, one of the finest accordionists of his time.
When I’m not writing, I spend my day teaching Calculus to high school students. I get a kick out of seeing math proofs done simply and beautifully, especially when they come from my own students.
What I love about Dawn is her resilience to adversity—one of the many qualities that attracted Ansel to her. Under Sumrectian oppression, instead of becoming bitter, Dawn channeled her anger into art. She was able to rise above suffering and still see goodness and beauty in the world around her. Her refusal to be a victim of her circumstances is what eventually inspired Ansel to move on from his tragic past and take back control of his life and empire. He saw in her something he did not have—at least initially—and that optimistic outlook on life is a trait I also treasure in Dawn.
My favorite part of the writing process happens well before the actual writing begins. I really enjoy brainstorming ideas and working out the plot in my head, which usually happens while I’m driving, showering or lying in bed at night trying to fall asleep. Other people enjoy traveling, but I get as much, if not more, pleasure out of taking a trip into a world of my own creation. I absolutely love getting lost in my head with my favorite characters.
As for my least favorite, I would have to say editing. I’m not detailed-oriented at all and have the attention span of a goldfish, so I tend to lose interest pretty quickly when I’m nitpicking my own book. But over time, I’ve learned ways to trick myself into editing more quickly and efficiently.
“He cupped her cheeks in his hands and pressed his forehead against hers, reminding her of a truth she had long forgotten—that this suspended moment in time had always been, and was never lost, an eternity perched upon an instant of knowing. In such a way he held her, until time ceased to exist.”
Leigh G. Wynn is a fantasy writer based in Miami, FL. Before she became an author, Leigh obtained degrees from Harvard, Tufts and the New England Conservatory of Music in education, mathematics and violin performance, respectively. When she is not writing, she can be found playing the violin, teaching Calculus to high school students and chasing after her three cats. Visit www.leighgwynn.com to learn more.
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