How long have you been writing Leoshine?
I had the dream in 1999. The first draft was handwritten. In 2004 I got a laptop and soon after I bought Scrivener which is an author’s writing platform. In 2020 I signed up with Siretona Creative to edit Leoshine, Princess Oracle.
Twenty One years is a good amount of time for an epic to grow.
What is the worst thing that happened during the writing of Leoshine?
In the early days, I kept every part of Leoshine on a thumb drive. One day it got bent out of shape. I had no other copy and spent $900 retrieving the files. (Leoshine is worth it) Lesson learned!
What is the best thing that happened during the writing of Leoshine?
Community happened! My family and friends read early drafts and guided me to better story telling by believing in Leoshine’s story.
I am deeply grateful to my writer friends and readers all over the world. You have taught me, encouraged me, challenged me, and inspired me. Thank you for joining me here too!
The Third Culture Kid movement is new to me, and exciting and healing too! We share many characteristics and have powerful gifts to change the world for the better. I hope Leoshine is a unifying force in that community.
Covid has whipped one culture from beneath our feet and propelled us into another. We are all in Leoshine, Avram and Resham’s shoes. Leoshine gives us hope and resilience to rise and blend and explore and adapt.
What is Siretona Creative?
I was looking for an editor. I want to give my readers the best possible story told in the best possible way.
My friend, Katie Gerke, connected me with her friend Sandy, who connected me with Colleen McCubbin.
She and I had an enlightening conversation during an epic thunderstorm. At the end of our talk, I asked Colleen if she would be interested in editing Leoshine. There was a long pause and my heart sank.
Then Colleen said, “I’ll find an editor for your story. I want to publish it.”
Siretona Creative is a hybrid publisher. I carry some of the costs of publishing, and Colleen’s company takes on other costs.
Who is Leoshine’s target audience?
Are you of higher intelligence? Culturally aware? Interested in how humans interact with each other and their environment? You are Leoshine’s audience.
Third Culture Kids, Homeschoolers, Fantasy and Sci Fi lovers.
I want to give my readers value that they might not realise. When we read, our brains light up as if we are actually doing the thing we are reading about. We process our lives better when we engage with fiction.
I hope Leoshine’s resilience translates into your success.
What is a Third Culture Kid?
Someone who grows up in a culture (or many cultures) that is not their parents culture. Missionary kids, Military kids, Diplomatic kids, Banking kids. I’m a Mining kid myself. We have lived in multiple countries, know all the time zones without looking, and have an international friend list. We speak many languages, have high tolerance for our fellow humans, grieve what we lose while adapting freely to what we have in front of us. Global Citizen is another word I like to use.