Title: The Sword of Lumina: Mira’s View
Author: Erin Elliott
Publisher: Fire and Ice Young Adult Publishing, an imprint of Melange Books LLC
Cover Artist: Stephanie Flint
About the Book
Galena is just like every other elf, enslaved by the powerful Rau. Once a beautiful and powerful race, the elves has been reduced to slave labor in the mines of Rau. Galena grew up hearing the stories of old about a sword, when wielded by the right elf, ending Rau’s tyranny. Unsure if she believes these stories, she finds herself plunged into a world unfamiliar to her, hunted by Rau for her unnatural magical abilities. Will she find the sword promised to her people? Or will she fall prey to the idea of a sword that doesn’t exist?
I’d like to welcome part of the cast from Mira’s view, Erin Elliott’s debut YA fantasy novel. Galena, Elenio and Tark have joined me for an informal Q&A today. They have promised to behave but we’ll see.
Do you have any scars, tattoos, piercings? What do they mean to you?
Tark: We all have the marks of Rau on our hands and feet. They are tattoos that keep us from using our magic, placed on us by mauks for Rau. If most elves even think about magic, they get headaches, but Galena is different.
Galena: I’ve been able to use small bits of magic for at least the last couple of years. I didn’t know what that meant until Rau started sending his torlics to hunt me down. Now, I find myself in the middle of the stories we heard about as children. Tark, Elenio, and myself are on a quest now to find the Sword of Lumina, promised to us by the lone goddess, Mira.
Do you have any siblings? If so, what are their names and ages?
Galena: My brother Tark, is the oldest at 34 and my other brother Melan, is just behind him at 32.
Elenio: I’m an only child.
Who has been your greatest influence (parent, friend, idol)? Why?
Galena: My father. He taught me everything that I know and encouraged me to free the elf race.
Tark: my sister, Galena. Despite everything going against us, she is still determined to free the elves. Nothing gets her down.
Elenio: my promised one, Galena. She is the strongest elf that I’ve ever known. And it doesn’t hurt that she’s awesome with a sword. Total turn on.
Where did you grow up? How do you feel about it now?
Galena: All of us grew up in the small village of Tomeka. It’s on the northern most point of Tomiro. I liked growing up there. It was quiet, my whole family was there; I had a lot of good memories there.
Elenio: Would I happen to be one of those memories. (Addressing Galena) Galena: You’re at the top of the list you conceited brat.
Tark: I plan on going back after this quest, if we live through it that is. My commitment partner and daughter are still there.
Do you have any pets?
Galena: I recently acquired a ferret on my trip. They’re supposed to have vanished when the elves fell. What can I say, I’m just lucky or Mira is playing a mean trick on me.
Tark: I have a daughter, does that count?
Elenio: Putting up with Galena is enough of a chore for me. (Galena smacks Elenio in back of the head)
What is currently your biggest responsibility / commitment?
Galena: Hands down finding the Sword of Lumina and destroying Rau. Tark: Keeping Galena safe.
Elenio: Keeping Galena from hurting herself too badly. (Galena knocks Elenio to the ground and proceeds to punch him a couple of times, which Elenio is too busy laughing to defend himself properly.)
Who is your biggest rival / enemy?
All three in unison: Rau.
Galena: Haulua comes in a close second though. He’s the god that created Rau specifically with the intent of bringing down the elves. Stupid, paranoid god.
What is your greatest talent?
Galena: I rock with the sword, plus, unlike the other elves, I can use magic.
Tark: I’m pretty good with the sword as well.
Elenio: I pretty good at making Galena mad. (Runs from the room cackling laughing with Galena hot on his heels)
What are you the most hopeless at?
Tark: Keeping those two from picking on each other.
What, if anything, do you do to keep fit and healthy?
Tark: Training with the sword on a daily basis generally keeps one pretty fit. Running from torlics also does a nice job of keeping me in shape.
How did the two (or however many) of you meet?
Galena: I grew up with Elenio. He’s been my best friend since birth.
Elenio: I think I’m the only one who can handle her (holds hands up in truce.) I got to know and like Tark through Galena.
Tark: And that pretty much sums up my answer.
What were you doing before you met? How was your life different?
Galena: Training for the day that one of the elves were called to find the Sword of Lumina. I just didn’t think it would be me.
Elenio: Galena convinced her father to train me as well so she wouldn’t have to do it alone.
Tark: I had completed my training and was working in the village and building my own family.
Galena: Now, we’re always together on this quest. It’s been kind of stressful and I’m still not completely sure that this sword actually exist.
Tark: It does, why else would Father train us?
Galena: Because he was a mindless elf like all of our ancestors. (Tark rolls his eyes).
Elenio: Other than the running for our lives and Galena constantly trying to give us heart attacks, this trip has been great. What?! (Addressing Galena) You have!
About the Author
I am a preschool teacher in a Washington Court House, Ohio. I am a graduate of Washington City Schools and I currently live in Circleville, Ohio. I have a wonderful husband and between the two of us, we have five children, four boys and one girl. We also have a wide variety of animals living with us. Everything from the more common pets like dogs and cats to more exotic like cockatiel and cockatoos. I love watching football in the fall and swimming in the summer. Christmas is awesome and without a doubt, my favorite time of year.
Believe it or not, I did not like reading until about the fourth grade when I finally found a genre that really sparked my interest—fantasy. From there it became a passion of mine and often times the perfect way to escape the difficult times in everyday life. Mythical creatures are another love of mine so I combined my two loves and set forth to accomplish what I have always wanted to do: write books for everyone to love.
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