I’m very please to welcome back Diana Wicker, who joined us a few days ago for Ten Questions. Today she brings with her the Storyteller, from The Age of Awakening series. Welcome to you both!
And, as a reminder, the Storyteller of Feyron will celebrate the Midsummer Solstice by offering the new release, The Guardian Child’s Return, free on Kindle from June 19th – 23rd.
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Mia: What is the name of the book where we’ll find you? Can you tell us a little about it?
The Storyteller: I currently appear in two books, The Dreamweaver’s Journey and The Guardian Child’s Return from The Age of Awakenings set of stories.
The first story recounts the tale of the first Dreamweaver to come of age in Feyron in, oh…about three hundred years. It follows her and her friends on their adventure across the four Realms of Light to find the Guardians who have been missing since the last Dreamweaver passed on.
The second story follows after the first and, I think, is really dependent upon some of the information learned in book one. This story brings back familiar faces, but also introduces new adventurers as a group of friends finds themselves journeying to a realm Beyond the Realms of Light in search of something that one of the Guardians has lost.
Mia: Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you fit into the story? What should we know about you?
The Storyteller: I am The Storyteller of Feyron, the recounter of tales and lore. You’ll generally find me sitting in some comfortable location surrounded by children clamoring for a story. I have found, over the years, that with just a little bit of flair, the lessons of ages past can be ever so much more exciting than when reading from some scroll or tome. And so, I do my best to spin a good yarn for the young when the clans of Faie gather for the Solstice celebrations.
As to what you should know of me…hmmm. To be certain, I had a given name recorded in the Book of Ages back in the days of once ago, but to tell you more of who I used to be would be, well… telling. (winks)
Mia: What do you think of the author? Be honest. We won’t tell.
The Storyteller: I do appreciate the author taking the time to write out the tales of Feyron. So often with oral histories much can be lost when the storytellers pass and their memories are lost. I do wish she would spend less time focusing on the details and more time just listening and enjoying, wide eyed like the little children, and simply let the magic of the story flow where it will.
Mia: How do you feel about the story you’re in?
The Storyteller: Oh, I enjoy sharing the tales from Feyron very much, and I hope the author will find time to record more of them. I think the thing I enjoy most about both of the books currently available is that, even if it seems like this one story is wrapped up nicely, there’s always something more to be told. As in so many things in life, one thing leads to another. One story’s ending may be the spark that becomes another story’s beginning.
But there I go rambling far afield from what you’ve asked me. I like both of the stories and the role I have played in them so far.
Mia: Do you like being a character in the book?
The Storyteller: I do very much enjoy being the narrator of the tales of Feyron to the audience. I love interacting with the children and youth listening to the tales in my story, and I hope the reader feels like they’re listening to the tale right along with the children sitting at my knee.
Mia: How do you see your future? Without giving anything away about the story, naturally.
The Storyteller: As I tell the audience at the beginning of each new tale, “The Realm of Feyron has always been. It is the origin of all things magical, and the axis point where all worlds meet.” There is so much to say about the Realm of Feryon, I certainly hope to be around for some time to come.
Mia: What do you know about your author’s plans? Can we expect to see you in any future stories?
The Storyteller: There is a third story in the works for the current set of books, and I am looking forward to appearing again as the narrator of that tale. A lot of preparation is going into stories from a new historical era in Feyron, The Age of Fading, which will look back to the events before the Awakening. A great deal of background lore for Feyron and the historical ages has been carefully collected and plans are in place for a future short story collection.
Mia: Let’s say they make a movie about this book. Who do you want to play you, and why?
The Storyteller: This question really gave me pause, but I think I would like to see Cate Blanchett. There’s something about her voice that makes me think she would make an excellent storyteller, soothing to listen to and with just enough of a twinkle in her eye to make you wonder what more she knows about the story that she’s simply not sharing. And, if there’s anyone out there that can pull off the “ever youthful” look with hair of “moon-lit” white with the pastel hues of a pearl, it would definitely be her.
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Author Bio: Diana lives in the balmy climate of the US south with her husband, two children, two dogs, two cats, a cantakerous rabbit, and a dwarf african frog. She enjoys reading, sewing (clothing, costuming, and experimental toy making), and RPG games. (She grew up with the old school paper/pencil style of gaming, but has transitioned happily to the highly interactive world of video games.)
The idea for Feyron started with a map, a place for her daughter to tell stories and live out storytelling role playing adventures with her friends. The lore grew around the map, for every world needs lore if you are going to “live” there. The idea for a series, Tales from Feyron, grew out of the lore, for if you’re going to invent a world, you may as well play there too. The stories are continuing to grow through the various historical ages of Feyron and may yet “ripple” outwards to the Worlds Beyond touched by magic.