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Through a New Wardrobe: The NarniaFans Interview Series: Going on the Aletheian Journeys with Lisa R. Mayer

Lisa Mayer

Hey, everyone! Welcome back to “Through a New Wardrobe”, the place we sit down and chat with some of at this time’s hottest writers who have been influenced by CS Lewis and the Land of Narnia. For immediately’s interview we sit down with writer Lisa R. Mayer and her new e-book The Aletheian Journeys: Ebook 1: The Arrow Bringer.

NARNIAFANS.COM. Tell us a bit about yourself, for our readers which may not know a lot about you.

Lisa Mayer: I am a HUGE nerd. I really like Narnia, superheroes, Lord of the Rings, cartoons, Physician Who, Harry Potter, the record goes on and on.  In my free time I really like hanging out with my hubbie, Wealthy, my dog, Scooby, bike-riding, studying, and going on adventures.

NF:  Can you give us a fast teaser for The Arrow Bringer that may give us an concept of what we’re in for?

LM: Evie didn’t save Aletheia. Now, all the things that’s occurring is her fault. She has a probability to make it proper… however it might value her life.

NF: What have been your inspirations for the story of Arrow Bringer

Lisa Mayer

LM: I went to see The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in 2005. And I completely fell in love with it. I had recognized about Narnia before, in fact, however it didn’t really capture my heart until that second. And then I noticed I needed to write down a modern day allegory story impressed by Narnia. So my inspirations have been Narnia, Aslan, and C.S. Lewis.

NF: In what ways did CS Lewis encourage you as an writer?

LM: C.S. Lewis actually inspired me with Narnia, which clearly reflects his imagination and faith. He additionally evokes me as a individual. He would work together with his fans. He would write letters to them and take an curiosity in their life. He spent a lot of his life not believing and then came again to his faith, and wrote numerous books about his personal experiences with his religion. His non-fiction books have been deep and profound and he was prepared to open up his coronary heart, soul, and life to his followers and cared about them individually as individuals.

NF: What was your favourite Narnia e-book?

LM: Oh, such a robust question. I must say Voyage of the Daybreak Treader (I LOVED the film as properly). I actually beloved how Eustace came to seek out Aslan, how Edmund had to be virtually like an older brother to him, how Lucy needed to trust in Aslan with out simply seeing him all the time. I additionally love the half the place Aslan says that he is in our world and has one other identify there. Or when Aslan helps Eustace cease being a dragon, and that regardless of how arduous Eustace tried, he couldn’t do it himself. He wanted Aslan’s assist.

NF: What themes did you try to convey in the story?

LM: Our distinctive calling–Each of us has a particular function in life, that we’re all irreplaceable and have inherent dignity and price. The world needs our mild.

Courage–Life is gorgeous, nevertheless it’s exhausting too. It takes courage to reside day by day with joy and function. It’s all proper to be afraid, though, as a result of no matter what our larger energy may be, we aren’t alone.

Forgiveness–We all mess up. Typically, it looks like we’ve completed the worst factor conceivable and that we’ll by no means come again from it. That others can’t forgive us or we will’t forgive ourselves. However no matter what we’ve accomplished, there’s all the time forgiveness.

“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for extraordinary destiny (C.S. Lewis)”: We might all really feel like we’re atypical, however the fact is that we are extraordinary and that our lives have untold purposes.

NF: How did you come up with the title?

LM: “The Arrow Bringer” was a working title for the longest time. I had deliberate on renaming it for a very long time. However, by the finish, I noticed that the identify simply fit. I used The Aletheian Journeys as a result of I needed to have a nod to how C.S. Lewis entitled his work The Chronicles of Narnia (adopted by the title of the ebook).

NF: Are any of the experiences in the guide based mostly on someone you understand, or events in your personal life?

LM: Victor Hugo is credited with saying, “A writer is a world trapped in a person.” There’s a little little bit of me in a lot of my characters. Some of the characters are like how I wish I could possibly be. Some of the experiences that Evie or the characters have with the Arrow Bringer are based mostly off how I understand the world, or how I connect with my very own faith.

NF: One factor that impressed me with your story was the way you grounded Evie’s journey with her wrestle with a terminal most cancers analysis.What inspired this narrative selection?

LM: I knew once I wrote Evie as having most cancers that it will probably be troublesome for some of my readers. I tried as a lot as potential to be delicate to those who have either suffered with cancer or have a beloved one who has suffered, and I took advice from individuals who have skilled grief and loss on the right way to write her, and I hope that exhibits in the character. But the purpose I wrote her that method is because we all endure with incredibly troublesome issues in our lives. For Evie, it’s cancer. And we should always by no means decide somebody as a result of we simply don’t know what they are going by means of. She had an extremely troublesome choice to make, and she or he would have gone to Aletheia if not for the most cancers. I feel we will all perceive that. And we should always all perceive that we never know the purpose why anyone does something. We must be merciful.

NF: I additionally appreciated that you simply had a glossary of the names in your guide with pronunciations. What else impressed these identify decisions?

LM: Numerous the names have been based mostly on what I needed the character or place to characterize. I additionally needed them to have an other-worldly sound to them, so I took phrases from Hebrew, Turkish (like C.S. Lewis), Latin, Greek, and so on. I also tried to tie them all in in order that they appeared to have a good circulate. And then there were some names, like Khyton, that didn’t imply something and I simply really favored it. But I might spend hours researching names for characters. It took me ceaselessly to call Aletheia.

NF: Why did it take longer to call Aletheia?

LM: Initially it was named Milaah. However that was the identify of a character on a present I like. So I needed the identify to have which means. I spent awhile considering of a identify that had which means. I did tons of research. I settled on Aletheia because it means fact and I needed my characters to seek out fact there

NF: Who designed the cover artwork?

LM: The cowl art was designed by my publisher: Write Integrity Press, LLC.

NF:  What was the hardest a part of writing Arrow Bringer?

LM: The hardest half have been the rewrites. The moments have been I doubted myself. Where I’d spend hours writing scenes only to understand I needed to spend extra hours rewriting them. Nevertheless it was additionally the part that made me stronger as a writer.

NF:  Did you study something from writing Arrow Bringer?  What did you study?

LM: I discovered a lot about myself, and my connection with my faith. I discovered methods to cope with hardship. I discovered that even when things are robust, I’m not alone and I’m going to get by way of it even when it doesn’t feel prefer it. I also discovered perseverance. Writing a e-book is tough, nevertheless it’s so unbelievably value it. That perseverance has undoubtedly helped me in other areas of my life–serious about the finish objective will get you through the onerous elements of life.

NF: When and why did you begin writing?

LM: My very first books have been novel length Pokemon fan-fictions I wrote in high school. From these, I made up my own story about our world being threatened by an evil creature. By goals changed, and I forgot about writing for a whereas. That is, until Narnia. Identical to the lamppost led the Pevensie youngsters into Narnia, that same mild referred to as to me to write down a story impressed by Narnia.

NF: When did you first contemplate yourself a writer?

LM: The things which might be essential develop into part of our id. However I feel the first time it hit me that I was a author was when my characters came to life and started doing things I never deliberate, issues that shocked me. There’s a second in the Arrow Bringer, towards the finish, when something is revealed about Kotu. That moment was not deliberate, and when it happened I used to be as stunned as anybody. That’s once I knew I used to be a author.

NF: What impressed you to write down your first e-book?

LM: The Arrow Bringer has gone by means of multiple revisions, with multiple characters, tales, lands. However the one factor that has all the time remained fixed was the character The Arrow Bringer, and that the e-book can be impressed by Narnia. Narnia impressed me to put in writing The Arrow Bringer, but I built the e-book around the titular character.

NF: Would you care to elaborate extra on the way you built the story round the Arrow Bringer?

LM: One thing that was all the time consistent was that there was going to be a king who destroyed a golden arrow that was meant to protect a world. And the one that introduced that arrow was all the time going to be the Arrow Bringer. The identify Arrow Bringer goes back to perhaps 2012 for me, so I truthfully can’t keep in mind exactly how it began. But I sort of took a page from C.S. Lewis’s e-book when he wrote: “Supposing there really was a world like Narnia… and supposing Christ wanted to go into that world and save it (as He did ours) what might have happened? The stories are my answer.”

NF: In case you had to decide on, which writer would you think about a mentor?

LM: Undoubtedly C.S. Lewis. He wasn’t simply a good writer. He was a good individual and he got down to make a difference. And he reconnected with his religion after dropping it for a whereas. That’s undoubtedly one thing I skilled in my own life.

NF: Are there any new authors which have grasped your interest?

LM:I am a big fan of J.Okay. Rowling. I’ve all the time been reading James Dashner’s books and have been enjoying them.

NF: What are your current tasks?

LM: The second ebook in The Aletheian Journeys collection (The Aletheian Journeys: Jairo’s Battle) is tentatively set to launch Autumn 2019. The third ebook of the collection is accomplished and I am working on revisions on the fourth. I plan to write down seven in complete, identical to C.S. Lewis.

NF: Do you could have any advice for different writers?

LM: Consider in yourself. You will have a story inside you that’s meant to be advised. Someone wants your ebook, even when that individual is you. Never cease modifying. Be open to revisions and feedback, because your editors will see belongings you don’t. And above all, never never surrender.

NF: Do you might have anything particular that you simply need to say to your readers?

LM: I sincerely wrote this e-book for you–my readers. I hope that, inside these pages, you will see that journey, friendship, love, forgiveness, and a connection with the Arrow Bringer. I hope the ebook evokes you. And thanks, thanks, thank you for reading it.

Take a look at our assessment of the guide coming soon!