The Sacrificed by Jordan LinkYA Fantasy
Published: 6th May 2013 by Entranced Publishing
Emerald Hayden lives in the City of Centsia, a half-winged among the other walkers. She has no family, friends, or food: only a grim future filled with tiresome labor in the upper level’s factories. But everything changes when she meets Dusk, a winged from the place that she previously scorned. He opens her eyes to a new possibility: the possibility of the unity of winged and walkers, of freedom, and of love. Together, they decide to challenge the upper level’s supreme, winged council. But when a friend betrays them, they must choose whether to sacrifice their beliefs and save their own lives, or to remain along the thin line that divides the city in two. Success could mean liberty; failure, death.
Interview with Author
When did you discover your knack for writing?
I discovered my knack for writing in the 8th grade, when I was selected to read one of my short stories at a small gathering. I was the only representative from my middle school, and around two-hundred people attended the event!
Give a brief summary of your book, The Sacrificed, in 20 words or less.
Emerald Hayden tests the strict boundaries of Centsia when she meets Dusk, a winged boy. She must trounce the council.
Did your story roughly follow what you had in mind or did it run off in a completely different direction?
The story stayed true to what I had in mind, with some necessary additions. Originally, it was written as an open-ended novella. At Entranced’s urging, however, I lengthened it to a full 54,000 word novel.
Which of your characters was the most fun to write?
I would have to say that the assassin for the winged council, Zoe, was the most fun to write. He has a dark sense of humor, and provides comic relief in the most treacherous situations.
What was your favourite book when you were growing up?
Despite all other books that I will never forget, Harry Potter still occupies the most special place in my heart. I attended conventions, camped overnight to receive the last few books, and even dressed up as Hermione for Halloween.
What three authors (alive or deceased) would you invite to a dinner party and why? The first guest would be Kiera Cass, the author of The Selection. She seems very relatable and grounded. The second would be J.K. Rowling. After all, who wouldn’t invite J.K. Rowling to a dinner party? The third would be Rick Riordan, because I love the Percy Jackson Series and its branch- offs!
If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I would visit Maui, Hawaii. I love islands, and as you will soon discover if you choose to read The Sacrificed, I am drawn to the ocean.
What book(s) are you currently working on and do you have anything else planned for the future?
I have a trilogy planned for the future, completely different than The Sacrificed. I have already completed the first book in the series, and am currently editing.
If you had the chance to do it again, is there anything you'd change about your book?
I wouldn’t change a thing. With the help of my brilliant editor, Emily, the parts that I would have regretted were removed and necessary scenes were added.
Any parting words of wisdom?
I’d just like to tell any aspiring authors to dream big, and to stop waiting for their dreams to come true on their own. You are the determiner of your own life—you are the one who will achieve your wildest fantasies.
Thank you Jordan, I agree whole-heartedly that we are the ones who have to seek out or dreams and not wait for them to come to us!
Slowly, ever so slowly, she dropped to her knees and peered around the corner.
There was a winged boy standing there, muttering something to a few walkers. It was impossible to distinguish the color of his eyes, or even his expression from her sheltered position, but his features were still rather shocking. His hair was a creamy white, a pigment that Emerald had only ever seen on the heads of other winged. His skin was pasty and faded. She wondered between pounding heartbeats how the winged remained so pale when they spent so many days in the sky above Centsia, arcing near the curve of the sun and circling back around again as they went to and from their duties. The boy’s wings, however, were by far his most striking feature. The feathers seemed to form intricate pictures as they fluttered in the midnight breeze. Emerald continued to stare as the boy withdrew something from his pocket.
It was bread.
Author Bio - Jordan Link
Jordan Link is currently contracted with Entranced Publishing for her novel "The Sacrificed", which will be released on May 6, 2013. She won first place in Jack L. Chalker's Young Writers Contest of 2012 for her short story “The Bubble”, and attended Balticon 46 last year. She earned an honorable mention on December 3rd for the Young Voices Foundation Short Story Contest and will be published in their anthology "Oh, the Stories They Tell!" which will be available on Amazon. Her early love of reading inspired an equivalent passion towards writing, and she plans to continue doing so.
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