Today I'm delighted to have author Stephanie Keyes over to talk about her book, The Fallen Stars, and why she picked the locations she did . . .
About the book:
The Fallen Stars
By Stephanie Keyes
Paperback: 530 pages
Released: April 12, 2013 | Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
When all is lost, he will have to make the ultimate decision.
Kellen St. James was just your average seventeen-year-old prodigy, until he eighty-sixed the Lord of Faerie and proposed to the Celtic Goddess, Calienta. But then everything in Kellen’s life gets turned upside-down when he and Cali end up on the run from a seriously irritated group of faeries. The worst part? They have zero idea why they’re being hunted.
Suddenly, Kellen is stuck in the middle of another prophecy that foresees him turning away from Calienta and embracing the dark. He’ll be forced to take sides in a struggle to claim his birthright, while discovering secrets about his father’s past. Meanwhile, his passion for Cali grows stronger, even as the prophecy threatens to tear them apart.
In the end, will Kellen and Cali survive the fates? When the ultimate power is within reach, which side will he choose?
“Imaginative and fast-paced. Couldn’t put it down!”—E.G. Foley, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Gryphon Chronicles
“I found myself so completely drawn into this world it was like the pages were possessing me.”—Jenny Marston, Reviewer
Over to Stephanie:
The world of The Fallen Stars is one that I love to live in. When I was writing this book, which is the second novel in the series, I knew that Kellen and Cali were going to go on the run. But where? We’d had them roaming throughout Ireland and England, but if you wanted to go into hiding where could you possibly go.
Enter Bar Harbor, Maine. I picked this location for Kellen and Cali to go into hiding in part because it was where I honeymooned with the Dreamy Mr. Keyes and fell in love with the place. The other reason? It seemed to me to be one of the last places you’d go if you were on a beach in Ireland. So Maine, it was.
Twelve years had passed since I’d been to Bar Harbor, so, to stay true to the location, I packed my husband, two kids, and my mother into a rented minivan and drove sixteen and a half hours to Maine. We spent the week in the Parson House in Otter Creek—it’s still available for rent if you’re planning a vacation! (photo courtesy: vacation rentals.com
From there I explored every part of the area that was featured in the book: Cadillac Mountain, Jordan’s Restaurant (Jacob’s in the book), the Bandstand, Sandy Beach. I also made a special trip to Compass Harbor to check out the path Kellen travels at night when he comes across Willock searching for Wintergreen.
Check out some of the other places and inspirations for The Fallen Stars on my Pinterest Board.
About the Author
Stephanie Keyes grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and spent years traveling and working as a Corporate Trainer before she made the decision to pen her first novel. As a teen, her family always accused her of having an “overactive imagination.” Now, she’s encouraged to keep her head in the clouds and share her world with readers.
Keyes is the author of the YA Fantasy series, The Star Child, which currently includes The Star Child, After Faerie, The Fallen Stars, and The Star Catcher, all from by Inkspell Publishing. The Fallen Stars was a 2013 semi-finalist in the Kindle Book Awards. The Star Child has topped the Amazon best-seller list several times since its 2012 release. Steph writes YA novels because she’s a hopeless romantic who lives to believe that Magick truly does exist. She is hard at work on a new YA novel.
Photo courtesy of Kristina Serafini Photo http://www.kristinaserafiniphoto.com/