{Blog Tour} Interview: The Lost Kingdom by Stephanie Beerden

Posted August 11, 2014 by Bee in Blog Tour, Interviews & Guest Posts / 5 Comments

{Blog Tour} Interview: The Lost Kingdom by Stephanie Beerden

The Lost Kingdom


by Stephanie Beerden
Series: The Elements Series #1
Published on April 28th 2014
by Stephanie Beerden
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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A Prophecy made long ago, announced the arrival of the new Ladies of Elements.

And now almost a millennia later, it finally came true …

All her life Arima thought she knew who and what she was. That is until the day of her sixteenth birthday came and her world is turned upside down, when she’s told she’s not a White Witch but Lady Spirit. And that she is the one that has been foretold, will unite the Five Ladies of Elements once again and save Ilendia and the Other Lands from Ahriman, the Demon King.

At first Arima refuses to accept her new fate, but when Shanums come and destroy her village and kill her loved ones, she has no choice but to flee and fall right into the destiny she never wanted.

As she grudgingly starts her journey into the unknown, she is accompanied by her unicorn familiar Sirrim, Blythe, a Vampire with a dark past and Myrddin, a mysterious Ljosalfar.

And the longer her journey lasts, the more Arima begins to realise that she can’t escape her own destiny and she must learn to control her powers and learn to be a Lady for the sake of the Sisters she doesn’t know and the people of Ilendia and the Other Lands.

However, things get more complicated when Arima comes into the possession of a key. Her instincts compel her to go towards danger when she discovers that the key she holds, can unlock the legendary kingdom of Eléssima, the home of the Ladies of Elements.

She will have to make the choice to follow her instincts …

…or stay on the path that has been laid out for her.

Interview

First of all: Welcome to my blog Stephanie! So happy to have you, though it’s weird to interview you what with you being my best friend and all. I’ll try to remain professional as best as I can!

1. This one is easy. When and why did you start writing?
When I was around 10-years-old. It started with short stories and creative writing assignments from school and grew from there.

2. Your book(s) were published in Dutch first. Why did you decide to translate and publish them yourself in English?
Because in my personal opinion, books sound better in English, LOL and also because I wanted to give my translation skills a try and I wanted to reach a broader reader audience.

3. You live in Belgium, does that make self-publishing more challenging than it would be if you lived in the US?
A bit, you have to fill out lots of Taks forms  for one, but also because you can’t go to all those author meetings you hear about on Facebook or Twitter or Goodreads, promoting your book is also harder because I rely heavily on Blog Tours, Book Blitzes, Cover Reveals, Facebook, Goodreads and Twitter and so on to promote my book.

4. Where did you get the inspiration and idea for this series of yours?
Gosh, this questions gets me every time and I still can’t give anyone a definite answer. The one thing I do know for sure is that the Wiccan Five Elements played a large role in the creation of The Elements Series when I was 12 and also my love for Fantasy I guess.

5. Have you met a lot of new people because of your decision to publish your books in English?
YES!!! I’ve met some amazing people since I’ve published my book in English. I’ve met Bloggers, Goodreads members, other authors, editors, cover artists, you name it and every single one of them are incredible people in their own right. I’m so glad to have met all of them.

6. Do you get a lot of support from family and friends?
I do, my parents support me all the way, so does my brother and my friends, well you’re one of them so yes, definitely getting a lot of love and support from my friends 😀 .

7. Do you have any other projects your working on at the moment?
Several yes. The main one being Archandir, which is still in it’s translation process, The Dragon King (The Elements Series #3), Dark Romance (A Romance Novella #1) and of course The Dark Enchanted Series.

8. Do you have any tips for aspiring (indie) authors?
Don’t give up, don’t stop editing and believe in yourself and your book and you’ll get there.

9. Lastly, is there anything else you would like to say to anyone who reads this interview?
I hope anyone who reads this interview will be curious to give The Lost Kingdom a try and I’m hoping the readers out there will love The Lost Kingdom as much as I loved writing it.

Thank you so much Stephanie. And people, if you haven’t already, get a copy of this book because it’s awesome and I’m totally unbiased. Even though she is my best friend in the world and I would do anything for this awesome person, I would say it if I didn’t like this one. But I did. A lot. By the way Stephanie, I’m still waiting for the sequel you know.

Bee

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