Elisabeth Wheatley has kindly agreed to guest post here about her work, and share her inspiration for becoming a writer in honor of her newest release, The Secrets of the Vanmars.Read more >>
Happy reading until next time!
About The Author:
Elisabeth Wheatley started writing very short (and rather silly) stories when she was around six. She became a voracious reader and after being practically forced by her cousins to watch Disney's version of "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe," she developed a chronic passion for fantasy.
Elisabeth eventually went to work on what would become "The Key of Amatahns" when she was eleven. "The Key of Amatahns" is the first in the seven-book series, "Argetallam Saga."
When she isn't spellbound by reading fantasy books and writing her own, Elisabeth trains and shows her Jack Russell Terrier, Schnay, makes goat cheese, and studies mythology.
What was your inspiration to write?
I have always been inspired by my own experiences, people I meet, things I see on TV, and read or hear about. The muse for the newly introduced character Lady Gwenna was originally Guinevere from the Arthurian legends (yes, my character became drastically different, to say the least). I draw inspiration from everything, usually single lines from movies or books that expand and grow into entire stories. For example, the line in Transformers where Optimus Prime says to Megatron, “You left me no choice, brother,” was partly the inspiration for the hate/love/hate relationship between Janir and her brother, Lucan.
What made me decide to start scribbling out a story? What gave me that infectious idea? I can’t say I’m sure, but here’s what happened:
When I was about five or six, family friends gave me a picture book, Corgiville Fair by Tasha Tudor. It is the story of a corgi, Caleb, who is preparing his racing goat, Josephine, for the upcoming race in the town’s fair. I loved that book to bits (literally) and practically wanted to live in it. I had a pet goat at the time, Count, and so I wrote a piece of fan-fiction with my goat Count instead of Josephine and my dog Beauty instead of Caleb and (because I was transfixed by show jumping at the time) made it a show jumping competition instead of a race.
The “book” that resulted was written and illustrated in graphite pencil and held together with duct tape. We still have it—it’s just too funny-looking to throw away.
After that I wrote some ridiculous Narnia fan-fiction that I am determined shall never see the light of day and a few other silly stories.
About six years ago, I was visiting another girl’s house for a mother-daughter “girl’s night in” party and I found out that one of the other girls had an imaginary world. This other girl and her friend were artists (very good, I must say) and they would draw and paint the characters from their imaginary world, but they didn’t really write down the stories that went with their characters. I suggested that they should write them down and I thought the other girl blew me off. So, immature thing that I was, I determined that evening to construct my own imaginary world from scratch and write the story to go with it.
For a number of years I toyed with various ideas for my own, original realm, not really taking it seriously until the winter after I turned fourteen. During those few years I was inspired by just about everything I liked in every story I liked and my writing was very copy-cat. I re-wrote innumerable beginnings for the story to go with my world. The only thing that has remained constant is the age, appearance, and gender of the main character, Janir. Her name even changed once or twice until I happily settled.
Around the late part of 2009 and the early part of 2010, I started working on what would become The Key of Amatahns.
So that’s the story of how I came to write and I hope it answers the question of what inspired me.
The Secrets of the Vanmars:
Title:The Secrets of the Vanmars
Author: Elisabeth Wheatley
Date Published: May 15, 2012
After her adventures with the Key of Amatahns, sixteen-year-old Janir Caersynn Argetallam returns home to find Brevia on the brink of war with a neighboring country, Stlaven. Her foster-father and even Saoven—a brave young elf warrior—think it will be safe at the castle where Janir grew up. However, while trying to unravel a looming mystery, Karile—self-taught wizard and Janir’s self-appointed best friend—becomes certain that there is danger in the mountains surrounding Janir’s childhood home and that it has something to do with Stlaven’s most powerful family, the Vanmars…
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Happy reading until next time!