When the fall of one nemesis unleashes an even greater danger into the world, Lilli, Joel and the Lost Seers mobilized to confront this new evil, the Guild tries desperately to uphold the crumbling world order on which it depends. When their attempts to manage the crisis fail, the members of the Guild are forced to place themselves at the mercy of an unlikely ally. But the Guild isn't the only one interested in maintaining control. An agreement made in secret threatens to destroy any hope of a peaceful alliance before it can be made and as the betrayals unfold, no one is safe against a power that will stop at nothing to get what it wants. To defeat this threat and ensure the survival of the human race, the Seers must push the boundaries of their abilities beyond any limits they have known and risk crossing the line between life and death. How far would you go to protect what matters?
Book Talk Stop Q&A
Well, the absolute truth is that I never planned to write a science fiction story. About 4 years ago, the idea for Order of the Seers just came to me while I was washing dishes. I had the vision of a man who I knew immediately was named Marcus. He had a cataract-like film over his eyes and ash blonde hair, despite being a Black man from rural Tanzania. I knew he would see the future and that he was enslaved for that ability. I knew that there were other Seers all over the world who were suffering the same fate.
By the time my husband got home, I was beyond excited. At the time, it felt like Order of the Seers came out of nowhere. It was only in retrospect that I realized how all my questions about god and our true potential as human beings filtered through. It's been a wonderful process of discovery for me.
I think my biggest challenge has continued to be fighting the fear of putting myself and my work out there for people to read and criticize as they see fit. I'm a behind-the-scenes person by nature whose been writing poetry and never sharing it for years and years. Publishing a book is not something that I ever saw myself doing. Once I started outlining the story, my biggest challenge was figuring out how to build legitimate suspense into a story where everyone can see the future. It took more than a month for the solution to emerge and I was VERY happy when I did it. I think is one of the most unique elements of the story.
Crane LeDieu is a villain's villain. He's cunning. He's smooth. He's vicious and he's creepy in a way that gets under your skin. He has a log of power, but wields it in a way that allows other people to think they are in control, when really he is manipulating everything to serve is own agenda. To me, that's the worst kind of evil, the kind that seeps in and takes hold before you even know it's there. It scared me that I had so much fun writing him because he really is a collection of all my worst fears. I remember thinking, " Something must be wrong with me that I can write this guy!"
I would love to write a comedy. Either a children's book or an adult mystery with some crazy characters or some hilarious memoir about parenting or marriage. I think it's one of the greatest compliments to have someone laugh out loud for hours reading your book. So many authors have done that for me and it instantly makes me feel less alone in the world. That feeling of connection is such a gift. Yeah, I would love to have the talent to do that one day.
I love building Lego sets! As a kid, no one ever bought me one. I guess everyone just assumed that because I was a girl I wouldn't be interested, but now I get a do-over with my kids. Our son loves them and so does our daughter. I buy them Legos as an excuse to help put them together.
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