Author Spotlight: Ellie Raine

This week’s author: Ellie Raine

Book Spotlight:

Multiple Award-winning Gothic Fantasy. A Reaper knight embarks on an epic adventure to free his soul from his twin brother’s body.

Xavier, an apprentice Reaper knight with split magic, is thrust into a dark prophecy when his soul is ripped out and sealed inside his twin brother. To free himself, he must cross the five realms of Land, Sky, Ocean, Dream, and Death to find his missing body, hopefully alive. Unaware of their secret life, a young woman Reaper is sent on a mysterious mission to reunite the brothers. For it’s been Foreseen that the end of existence is near and the fate of the world hinges on these cursed twin Reapers being whole again. But none of them are prepared for what’s to come…

A vivid new world filled with deep lore rooted in magic, shrouded in gothic mystery, and seeping with extraordinary world-building.

Foreboding dreams. Visions of destruction. An epic adventure of mystery, magic, and mayhem…

The Orbs of Azure, relics of the Dream kingdom obscured in legend, are said to be hidden in Aspirre’s subconscious plane and blessed by the wise Shepherd of Dreams. Xavier and his twin, Alexander, have a destiny to fulfill that will lead them to the Orbs of Azure, in time. But with Xavier’s soul still trapped in his brother’s body, even Willow’s ominous visions can’t show her what it will mean for the world. But there is one Seer who has more answers… her grandfather, the King of Dreams.

Icy waters. Intertwined fates. An epic adventure of mystery, magic, and mayhem…

The Pearl of Emerald, a relic of the Ocean kingdom drowned in ancient fables, is said to be lurking in the depths of Marincia’s icy waters and blessed by the graceful Artist of Beauty. Xavier and his twin, Alexander, learn of their destiny that leads them to the Pearl of Emerald. But when a selfish queen goes to war with Grim, they must survive a dual battle with both the living and the dead.

High storms. Air-bound ships. An epic adventure of mystery, magic, and mayhem…

The Phoenix of Scarlet, a relic of the Sky kingdom overshadowed by ancient tales, is said to soar through the thunderous skies of Culatia’s floating islands and blessed by the thrilling Archer of Storms. Xavier and his twin, Alexander, learn that their destiny isn’t what they were told as they meet the Phoenix of Scarlet. Now they want nothing to do with the prophecy surrounding them. But it’s too late to turn back now, for if they stop now, they could lose the ones they love most.

Divided kingdoms. The End of Existence. An epic adventure of mystery, magic, and mayhem…

The Blossom of Gold, a relic of the Land kingdom thought lost to the times, is said to rest within the overgrown ruins of Everland’s lost city and blessed by the nurturing Gardener of Life. Xavier and his twin, Alexander, reluctantly face the destiny they’ve grown to despise as they are taken to the Blossom of Gold. They only hope it’s the right choice.

About Ellie Raine:

Writer’s Digest award-winning fantasy author Ellie Raine is a voracious BookWyrm when it comes to epic adventures, detailed world-building, and thrilling battles. Fueled by coffee-bean concoctions brewed by the finest caffeine alchemists in the kingdom of Atlanta, Georgia, she only emerges from the depths of these daring tales when she is summoned back to the physical realm to spend time with her brood.

Her high fantasy series, the NecroSeam Chronicles, has won several awards including First Place in Fantasy for Writer’s Digest, a Silver Medal for Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards, and additional awards from Readers’ Favorite and  the Book Excellence Awards.

She is a lover of ravens and a dreamer of dragons, but above all else, she is a scribe to the stories that guide her.

Interview With Ellie Raine:

1.    Tell us about the books you’ve published so far. Can you tell us about some of your upcoming novels?

My main series right now is the NecroSeam Chronicles, an award-winning gothic fantasy adventure saga. There are five books total for the general series, and two prequels out so far. Outside of the NecroSeam universe, I also have a children’s illustration book, and an adult fantasy noir called Nightingale with Pro Se Productions. I have a few books in the works right now that I’m testing the waters of, but I’m still deciding which one to finish next.

2.    What was the moment you knew you wanted to be an author? 

That would be my first creative writing course in college. I went to the Art Institute of Atlanta for Game Art and Design, then needed an extra elective to fill up my credits. I picked creative writing because it wasn’t full. Didn’t have anything to write, so I just wrote the story I was going to make into a game, and boom—I was in love. Never looked back after that.

3.    What are some things you do to overcome doubts about your writing?

When I was first starting out, I had to constantly remind myself that I was writing for me, and that I was writing what loved, not what someone else wanted. When I started getting positive feedback for my books in messages and reviews, I printed those out and framed them on my wall so I didn’t forget that someone out there at least loved what I did. Nowadays, I’ve received a few awards and fan mail, so when I’m feeling like the worst writer in the world, I see them on my wall right above my computer so I can’t forget they exist.

4.    Have any actual life experiences reflected in your writing? 

Absolutely. One example is a character in the NecroSeam books named Octavius. He has a type of magic that lets him sense the presence of germs that he describes as feeling like little pin pricks against his skin. The inspiration for that comes from a condition I have called Irlene Syndrome. Basically, I see in pixels. My vision is filled with little colorful dots that vibrate and dance around everything I look at, like static on a T.V. screen. When I created Octavius, I translated my visual experience as if it were a tactile one, and I imagined the static would feel like prickling if I could touch it.

5.    Who was your easiest character to write about and why? What was your hardest and why?

The main twins Xavier and Alexander were definitely the easiest characters to write about for me because their personalities are more or less modeled after the two moods of my husband, whom I met when we were 10. I’ve known him for so long, it’s hard not to accidentally slip him into some character personalities at this point.

As for the hardest character to write, I think the villain, Macarius, was the hardest. I’m not a murdering megalomaniac, so trying to write in the eyes of a psychotic serial killer was challenging.

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