Interview With C Newcorn, Creator of Crossover – Krisalys Chronicles of Feyree – Scroll 1

Claudia Newcorn has been described by some buddies as relatively like the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland-hardly ever-endingly curious, enjoys assumed-provoking discussions, a major smile, and susceptible to getting off without having warning. She is a previous personal helicopter pilot, holds an MBA in Internet marketing & International enterprise, a BA in English & Psychology, and has acquired certification in a wide range of holistic modalities.

From the commence, Claudia has savored an abnormal lifestyle. She moved 36 instances as a boy or girl and lived in 6 nations around the world in Europe, Asia and Central The united states. Checking out just about every country’s past was section of her family’s weekend actions, supplying her the pleasure of a childhood prowling maze-like castles, Roman ruins, Aztec pyramids, and a lot of other sites of legend and heritage. Without the distraction of tv, she devoured textbooks, specifically fairy tales and afterwards, fantasy and science fiction.

Early on, she began writing her possess tales and poems that generally won college contests. Following earning her MBA, Claudia’s writing targeted on marketing, and she afterwards released her own marketing and advertising and communications organization, Acorn Enterprises. Currently, she is a active freelance writer, with a target on journey content articles (which lets her to go on her adventures), as nicely as marketing components. She has experienced various short tales published and writes for a number of magazines, as well as her regional newspaper.

Claudia life in California, and is producing the 2nd novel of the “Krisálys Chronicles of Féyree” trilogy. She collects antique fairy tale guides, makes an attempt to garden, is getting classes in herbology and aromatherapy, and is passionate about mountaineering, animals, and the surroundings.

Tyler: Thank you for signing up for me today, Claudia. I am very impressed when I get to discuss to fantasy authors who have the imagination to create an whole new planet. To get started, will you notify me what the “Krisálys Chronicles” refers to?

Claudia: The first plan for the guide came from a basic question: what if fairies are not born with their wings but have to make them? How would they actually obtain their wings? I envisioned a ceremony-that would come as the end result of a sequence of Rites-in which the sprytes (younger, unwinged fairies) had to endure getting cocooned in a chrysalis.

To incorporate authenticity to the story, I designed sub-languages for the guide. For instance, Féyree progressed out of “Fey” -previous Scottish for “visionary” or “otherworldly”, and “Ree”-British dialect this means, “to riddle”. In the same way, “Krisálys” was adapted from Chrysalis-a butterfly’s cocoon symbolizing modify and rebirth-a central topic to the two this e book and the total trilogy.

When I 1st commenced producing, I believed I experienced a brief tale. But as I wrote, I understood it was more substantial than just a single tale, and that the Rites had been actually the starting off place of a realm-transforming series of functions that had been prophesied-but were being forgotten-about 1000 several years earlier.

“Chronicles” refers to the ordeals of these Rites, and what happened likely forward outside of the Rites. Conceptually, it is really as if you happen to be reading through historical past created (chronicled) by people who lived at the time of these realm re-defining activities.

It also describes my encounters with this story as the author-I develop into so concerned that I feel as if I am actually there in Lampion, chronicling the functions heading on all over me, as opposed to inventing them. It is really a wonderful encounter, and other authors I have spoken with say it truly is 1 of the large factors of producing.

Tyler: Due to the fact this novel is the start off of a sequence, in the subtitle, why did you choose to label it as “Scroll 1” fairly than just book one?

Claudia: “Scroll” better ties back to the phrase “Chronicles” as a far more archaic word, which suits with the pastoral, non-industrialized realm of Lampion. It also ties into the story’s essential history mythology that describes the Scrolls of Atonement, penned by the Twins. These two féyree collected all their folks’ magical lore, and set up new techniques of dwelling and defending the féyree folks following the devastating Fight of Sagád and the Times of Dimness. Scrolls are the Fey Folk’s way of maintaining information, and each individual Guild is accountable for guarding, sustaining and amending them, as accepted by the Guild Master. The most historic of scrolls are kept at Revelstoke, the large seat of Féyree, and only with the authorization of the Lord and Girl can they be reviewed.

Tyler: What is the general topic of “Crossover”?

Claudia: “Crossover” is an interesting adventure which is filled with humor and unpredicted twists and twitches, and places a artistic and up to date spin on familiar fantasy figures, challenging them to prevail over psychological and cultural difficulties that in several means parallel people faced by men and women and culture nowadays. From “coming of age” issues, to lifestyle and loss of life conclusions, to generational variations and the clash involving regular and “new techniques” of thinking, the figures wrestle with figuring out what are the “ideal” selections-and the responses are not at all simple.

Tyler: Will you tell us about the fantasy environment of Féyree?

Claudia: The Féyree are living in the realm of Lampion, a pastoral realm of woods, meadows, and mountains laced with rivers in which several folks peacefully co-exist. In Lampion can be discovered not only the Féyree, but also the Ael (elves) and Troîch (gem dwarves), as well as other denizens of fantasy. Every single team has their very own lore, legends, and traditions-but constantly with twist.

A distinguishing and unique aspect of the book is that whilst it is fantasy, with many regular figures, I have intentionally set a back spin on the characters in my guide to make them each present-day and unpredictable. For example, opposite to popular perceptions of moonglow winged flitting creatures, the fairies in this guide are “real.” They wrestle with tough conclusions, make dumb errors, overlook to activate their warming spells when they are cold, conjecture on traditions and their validity. These character twists and turns are element of what viewers have instructed me they get pleasure from.

In a parallel dimension-of which there are numerous-is the realm of Nonetre. The dwelling of the fire daemiani and their unwilling thralls, this realm of the twin suns is desiccated, parched, a land of fireplace, volcanoes and smoke. Dominated by the Tvashtar Firelord, it has depleted itself over the ages. As you can imagine, Lampion seems unbelievably attractive to these demons. But demons have been magically barred from Lampion for 1000 several years…right until now.

Tyler: The place did you arrive up with the notion for Lampion, and what do you come to feel separates it from fantasy worlds established by other authors?

Claudia: I am an out of doors nut. There is an indescribable pleasure in going through the several textures of nature-whether or not in the aromatic silence of Alaska as 1 shivers in the icy air that shrouds a creaking glacier, or in the soaring, shadowy granite of Yosemite Countrywide Park, or simply wandering a wildflower-freckled area on a heat spring working day. Blend this with my adore of fantasy and an admittedly hyper-energetic creativity, and making the believable environment of Féyree was easy.

Audience have informed me that I have indelibly captured the fairy standpoint, building it so “true” they imagine they are there. That is portion of my fantasy realm’s distinction-and it took a good deal of perform. What intrigued me, when I experienced imagined Lampion, was how significantly additional attentive I had to develop into to particulars at various amounts. I experienced to “assume” and “see” from a 3-inch viewpoint-which meant a whole lot of having down on my stomach to glimpse at items in purchase to capture the texture and practical experience of getting a fairy.

Yet another variable is the believability of each realms’ environments, which necessary equally e book and in-the-area investigation. I have frequented active volcanic vents (what a scent!), prowled caves, and stood beneath a waterfall-all of which I import into Lampion and Nonetre. Additionally I experienced to deliver into enjoy my eclectic track record in chemistry, biology, flying, herbology, and more in get to provide “reality” to their entire world. For instance, it took algebra to calculate how significantly a spryte could walk in a working day. My encounters as a pilot and the adaptability of my helicopter enable me to much better portray what it really is like to fly.

My aim-and visitors have instructed me I have productively attained this-is to transition a reader into the fairy point of view, dealing with life just as my figures do. That viewpoint is exceptional to “Crossover.”

Tyler: The novel facilities all-around Danaí, who is a youthful fairy trying to make her wings, and who should go through 9 coming of age rites. Will you convey to us about that system and what those complicated tasks include?

Claudia: Amid the Fey folks, their tradition has developed over and above survivalist to one particular of smaller villages, guilds, and interaction involving all of them-significantly like the medieval moments of Europe. At the exact time, though Lampion is pastoral, it is also a wild untamed land, and a fairy is a tasty tidbit to any carnivore. The Rites serve to present a young fairy with vital understanding and expertise to survive and prosper in Lampion, culminating in the ultimate Rite of Krisálys.

Devoid of revealing way too a great deal of the ebook, these Rites are a formalized sequence of 9 rituals, among the them the Hunted Ceremony, the Concealed Ones, and the Evening of the Wraiths. The Rites are interlaced with other teachings, such as survival training, weapons making, and First Tier spellcasting (primary magics), that transpire in excess of six moons. Mainly because the Rites come about interactively with the setting – it is really not a dress rehearsal-mistakes of judgment can be-and for some are-fatal.

As the Rites development, the individual temperament qualities and flaws of each character are revealed, and each individual becomes a distinctive unique.

Tyler: Why did you decide on to produce a coming of age tale with an initiation demanded? Do you truly feel these rituals are important and missing in our society today?

Claudia: Even in our world, all creatures-4-footed, winged, or two-footed, the natural way undergo coming of age rituals-equally societal and survival. They modify and evolve with just about every generation. But as examples, consider discovering to walk, having one’s driver’s allow, having a baby, relationship. These are all rites of passage. They give composition to our modern society as nicely as building a sense of “connectivity” amid each and every other, because one particular can share common encounters.

It is this connectivity, this shared practical experience, which I felt would assistance audience to relate to the characters, who in turn would share their individual mastering, discoveries and experiences-for better or for even worse-with the readers. I want audience to question them selves, “what would I do?” in this scenario.

For example, Pook is tempted by power. Danaí struggles with shyness and self doubt. Joson loves to consume, and can be extremely cautious. Tátia is too concerned about associations. The Significant Loremaster Dolmen sees itself as the penultimate judge. The Nyad Lady Argentyne reluctantly interacts with féyree-and withholds the critical to their potential and previous. Mentor Melarna fails to educate an significant part of hearth magic, and is subjected to a lifetime-threatening punishment.

So typically, lifetime is all about the options we make-I consider no matter if fairy, dwarf, elf, or human, the consequence of our life is mostly decided by ourselves.

Tyler: As you mention your characters, I am fascinated by their names. Did you just make them up or did you merge other terms as you did to build Féyree? Also, why did you pick out all the names with accent marks on them? Ended up you seeking practically to produce a new language?

Claudia: The names-equally character and position-are a mixture of invented and serious. I uncover it remarkable how quite a few fascinating names are laying all over if you just begin having to pay attention-on billboards, highway signs, articles or blog posts, and many others. So I keep a notepad handy and jot any names or suggestions for names I see-for instance I often will reverse a identify, or jumble the letters to see if it will come up as an intriguing blend of appears. Danaí’s identify arrived from an outdated western dance corridor I handed for several years that experienced a fading “billboard” painted on the bricks with the title Dania.

The languages are a conglomerate. I also speak French, Spanish and smatterings of German and Italian. Moreover I appreciate the cadence of Gaelic. So to invent phrases and a doing work language construction is a lot more an iterative approach of tracing the grammar and syntax of people tongues I know and grafting a new language on it.

This also is section of the explanations for accents-most of the languages I know use accents to assist viewers and speakers differentiate tenses, boost emphasis, even discover genders. So it was all-natural for me to do the very same thing in developing my names and languages. It also provides a cadence to the respective tongues. For case in point the area names of Nonetre are often harsh and guttural the language of the dwarves blends glottal with Gaelic the féyree tongue has more of a romance language rootstock.

Tyler: As Danaí tries to complete her jobs, I realize a long-neglected prophecy results in being crucial. Are you capable to inform us about that prophecy without having supplying away the tale?

The Instructing Skalds are necessary to teach every single youngling the next rhyme:

Silver, silver, inexperienced.
In youth stays unseen.
Wingéd, alterations brings
long run that has been.

Above the decades, the concept behind the rhyme has been missing, but tradition calls for it be taught. What has been neglected is that the rhyme prophesies the future of Lampion-that another person, unnoticed in their youth, will deliver improvements to the Fey people once they turn into totally-fledged féyree. And that future is tied to the past. Two of the sprytes will unwittingly make this prophecy terribly actual, precipitating practically unbearable upheaval.

Tyler: Since Danaí’s story is about coming of age, do you assume it appeals to young viewers, or do you consider you have a broader viewers?

Claudia: Oh, considerably broader! I tell people it is for ages 12-120. Coming of age is not restricted to youthful persons-I consider that’s a cliché. There are passages via lots of concentrations of age. 18 is not 30 is not 50, and the encounters that accompany all those “stages of lifestyle” are all component of coming of unique ages.

I also think the coming of age facet is only just one tale line in the reserve. From a a lot more macro viewpoint, it really is also about rites of passage (which come about all through one’s daily life), way of living selections, philosophy-1 could say it can be actually about life’s journey and all the ordeals that are a portion of it.

As a consequence, the e-book was written to link with any age. My youngest reader is 8 many years old (her Mom and she are reading it together). My oldest is 81. And no make any difference what the age, they all are obtaining things in it they hook up with. The interactions concerning the characters, and the modifications the characters go through as a final result, are a little something people today can relate to, fully grasp, most likely even garner some tidbits of knowledge from, as they share in these adventures.

I also consider it is a reserve that can be re-go through many times, because as just one grows more mature, one’s point of view by natural means shifts, so what they understand and comprehend about the underlying messages in the tale is similarly likely to transform. I assume that is a hallmark of all fantastic textbooks – they can be study and re-examine, and appreciated at any age, and deliver new insights with every single browse.

Tyler: What about Danaí do you like and do you believe visitors will like?

Claudia: Danaí won’t healthy in-something numerous individuals can relate to, such as myself. She’s shy, nervous about the unknown, doubts herself a large amount. She would make blunders, loses her temper, falls in appreciate. She is also a tomboy. But she has an internal main of strength, stubbornness and dedication that the Rites aid her to explore. And they will be totally important to her survival as the Chronicles unfold. I wished her to be a solid and exclusive unique with a temperament to appeal to any gender, so I gave her foibles, strengths and weaknesses to obtain this.

Other characters seize persona characteristics and have crucial roles to stability the guide so that it is really appeals to fellas or gals. I have had a variety of adult males tell me they were being initially dismissive about a fairy guide, but as soon as they bought into the e-book, they couldn’t place it down. You could say it seriously is a “gender neutral” book.

What readers have told me they like a large amount about the people is how perfectly they have been created and portrayed. Viewers have diverse favorites, and have no qualms telling me what they do-or you should not like-about other characters.

Tyler: What about other people? Are there any villains?

Claudia: Not in the typical sense, exactly where a character is introduced as “the negative guy.” Instead, they establish, and by way of their options, pick out solutions that guide them down dim paths till they become a threat. Nonetheless I have built them just about every sophisticated, with layers of fantastic and lousy, simply because I want readers to respect that there are lots of distinct sides to a situation.

Get Pook, Danaí’s greatest good friend. Vibrant, energetic, innovative. The alterations he undergoes are quite typical for a young lad-but a mixture of situation and his impatience with the traditions of his people make him the excellent concentrate on for issues. And he embraces it.

Or the Dolmen. A single reader declared “he’s come to be the lousy male I despise most-even above Darth Vader!” For hundreds of decades, the Dolmen has been the Greatest Loremaster of Féyree. His term is law-but is his phrase often suitable?

Tyler: What about building your own fantasy globe do you most love? Do you at any time truly feel like god as you are generating, or do you like to be ready to develop a entire world in which matters can function out the way you want them to?

Claudia: Actually neither of the over. I feel it is a privilege to be in a position to do and a gift I can share with other folks to produce a entire world that can grow to be so believable and authentic that visitors would like to be ready to go there. The realms are the proverbial stage for the tale, and they must assist, enrich, complement every little thing that transpires. I have got reams of notes, photographs and clippings of issues that support me generate both of those Lampion and Nonetre, as well as private activities.

And the astonishing issue is that basically gatherings have not worked out the way I envisioned or want them to. For illustration, there is 1 scene I didn’t want to have occur-but no matter how many occasions I rewrote it, the storyline insisted it belonged. As an author, it was my 1st epiphany on the electricity of a tale to takeover and publish alone. It’s an incredible expertise.

Tyler: I talked about earlier mentioned that you are a fantastic supporter of fairy tales. What stories would you say have influenced you the most in your writing?

Claudia: I basically collect fairy tales and folklore publications from all-around the globe-virtually. My collection involves Irish, Japanese, Baltic, French, Arabian, Russian…the record goes on. I have all the “prevalent” types-Andrew Lang, Grimm, Hans Christian Anderson. I have read hundreds of fairy tales and one may say the rhythm of them is extremely, incredibly deeply rooted in my psyche. I have also research the mythology of several cultures, due to the fact it is a different crucial component of folklore. Viewers can see such influences in the dwarf Shamarig’s haunting tale of Curbarig and Aelvina, or Tlarg’s record of the Tuíl Mór-the place I develop my individual folklore.

I consider that normally visitors may possibly not recognize that fairy tales and folklore genuinely are not lighthearted nursery rhymes, but exceptional insights on to diverse peoples. There are widespread themes and concepts, uniquely garbed in the language, tradition, and perceptions of the respective peoples. What will make them more exclusive is that they are like mosaics-they are tales cobbled out of fragments of more mature stories, in convert cobbled out of bits of even more mature stories. For instance in the Russian Wonder Tales, you see traces of the ancient powerful gods, humanized as heroes, and then Christianized with related symbols and morals. Substantially has been lost to time, and a single can only guess at the original tale-which is what helps make them so magical to me.

I am also an avid reader. I consider Ann McCaffrey to be the doyenne of fantasy fiction writers, and delight in her Dragon Riders of Pern series. I appreciate Andre Norton’s Dragon Magic publications. No surprise, I have browse J.R.R Tolkien’s collected performs many situations-he is the grand master of large fantasy. Piers Anthony, Ray Bradbury, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Vonda McIntyre… and which is just that style.

I adore the classics – equally adult and children’s. Jane Austen’s delicate way of creating characters by means of dialogue. Ernest Hemingway’s spartanism is intriguing. Charles Dickens’ depth of portrayal. Frances Hodgson Burnett’s genteel moralism…I imagine every e-book they browse has a diploma of influence on an author-it aids you refine your have type, identify what you do and you should not like, and master distinctive tactics to develop a believable tale.

Tyler: That’s fairly a checklist, Claudia. What would you say is your all-time favorite fairytale?

Claudia: I honestly could not find one particular fairy tale. There’s just much too many to pick from. Rather, I would say that J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” is one of my favourite fantasy textbooks, adopted by Andre Norton’s “Dragon Magic.”

Tyler: Claudia, will you give us a trace about what will materialize in the 2nd ebook?

Claudia: Essentially, all three books have been outlined, and I am doing the job absent on Scroll 2. I really don’t want to give absent what is likely to happen, but listed here are some tidbits.

There are 3 principal threads to this upcoming reserve that interweave to culminate in the next Struggle of Sagád. The fireplace demon realm of Nonetre will become a main concept. The youthful fairy, freshly assigned to their guilds and owning to adapt to that-although urgently aware that some impending disaster is looming about Lampion-is one more. And the wrestle among Loremasters and more mature féyree, as well as dwarves and elves is the third. The ensuing tapestry I am producing will, I consider, be even a lot more interesting.

Probably a single of my most loved reader problems – and a person I have obtained a great deal of is-“so, when is the following e book coming out?” They want to know, what happens upcoming? What increased compliment could an writer question for?

Tyler: Thank you for signing up for me now, Claudia. In advance of we go, will you notify us about your web page and what additional information can be discovered there about the “Krisálys Chronicles of Féyree”?

Claudia: At my website,, I have a site which features Writing guidance, updates on what is likely on with my guides, e-book signings and extra. Visitors can electronic mail me there-I normally respond to. There are two sample chapters, as nicely as copies of posts and opinions my reserve has gained. I also invite people today to send out me their own reviews, so I can insert them to the web page, and encourage feed-back, issues, and ideas. Men and women can order an autographed duplicate with a personalised inscription, and there are direct one-way links to our pages on, Barnes & Noble and Borders.

Tyler: Thank you, Claudia. I have genuinely liked conversing to you these days and I wish you a lot of additional satisfied several hours in your personal Fairyland.

Tyler R. Tichelaar of Reader Views loved remaining joined by Claudia Newcorn, to talk about her new fantasy novel, “Crossover: Krisálys Chronicles of Féyree: Scroll 1,” Outskirts Press (2007), ISBN 9781432707798.

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