Surely by now you've seen the gorgeous promo boxes floating around for The Blue Moon Narthex. We couldn't wait to ask N.J. Donner some questions about the first in his KSL series!
Talk to us about Cole. What's his motivation in this world and what are some unique aspects of his character?
I tried to show Cole as a young boy who never had the chance to prove he is strong. Being forced into Coreseum where his father was a legend creates problems and, at times, unnecessary expectations. Cole’s main motivation is to prove himself to everyone at Coreseum as well as trying to piece together what happened to his father.
What was it like creating a world where Karma is not only a concept but a reality?
This was the simple part. I am a firm believer in Karma. The idea of doing good to others is the basis of human decency. The idea of a group that actively sought to use Karma for good was such a fun idea to create.
There's a gap in younger YA, especially within fantasy. What was your inspiration for writing The Blue Moon Narthex?
My kids. As I wrote, I tried to constantly think what would put them in awe. I think of their faces when we go into a huge new building or stadium. Based on that, I tried to create a world and experiences that would make them say “Wow!” or “Look at that!”
Also, kids want to go on adventures with their friends. They want to be part of group that shares common interests, and they love the thrill of competition. These basics and a world to wow is what kept me typing.
What was your reaction to that gorgeous cover? Did you go through a few or was the first one "the one"?
It was not the first one. I had worked with friends on another design and really loved it. After some skepticism from a few influential people, we decided to do a survey and get feedback. Some of the thoughts based on the original cover were shocking. Vampire hunters was a main assumption.
That convinced me it was worth taking another look. Rachel from Concierge Marketing took some of the elements we already had and put them into the stunning cover you see today.
It’s a lesson in not being too stubborn, no matter how much to like something.
Any insights into book two in the series?
Cole and the others get a chance to see what it’s like to be a KSL member outside of Coreseum. It is a much more worldly book, with travels across the globe. Things that may have seemed useless in The Blue Moon Narthex play a vital role in keeping karmanic balance in the world.
THE BLUE MOON NARTHEX
by N.J. Donner
Published: February 7th 2017
Publisher: Steel Page Press
The balance of good and evil has been left in the hands of a thirteen year old...
Since the beginning of time, Karmanic matter worked silently and unassisted keeping good and evil in balance, until growing greed in the world meant Karma couldn’t keep up. As World War I rages, the secret Karmanic Sovereign Legion works behind the scenes to help Karma.
A suspicious train accident and an odd stone-shaped object that belonged to his father thrust Cole McCarthy and two schoolmates into the middle of this battle to keep dark forces in check.
With only the powerful stone, a letter, and grandfatherly Norm to guide them, the trio must unravel clues and tap into unknown strengths to discover who Cole’s father really was and keep themselves and those they love safe.
Includes chapter 1 of book 2 in the Karmanic Sovereign Legion series!
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