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We’re thrilled to have here todayMargaret from Genevieve Crownson’s young adult book, The Soul of the Sun. She is coming to us all the way from the great state of South Carolina. It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Beyond the Books!
Thank you so for this interview, Margaret. Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?
For the most part I do think I was accurately portrayed. I suppose it’s hard to look at yourself from another’s point of view. Although I was rendered prettier than I really am. Not to disappoint the readers but I am rather plain. My sister, Abby, was the pretty one. And I’m not sure I turned Ian’s head as strongly as readers might think. But being characterized as attractive really isn’t a hardship is it?
What do you believe is your strongest trait?
I believe I was born with an inner resilience. I always face my adversities head on. You must always accept your fate and deal with whatever life puts on your plate. In my mind it is the only way to survive in this world. We all have a destiny to fulfill in this lifetime and it is important that we do not try to tamper with it. As I always say destiny is destiny, it is not for us to alter what is preordained.
I can be too independent and tend to resist help from others. I’ve always felt that I should be the one to take care of the family. As far back as I can remember I’ve had this conviction that I should always be the strong one. I always thought Mama and my sister Abby were delicate creatures, and Daddy, well; he didn’t have much time for anything but hitting the bottle. In my old age I’ve learned that sometimes it helps to have someone to lean on and support you through dark times. Ian taught me that. So don’t be too stubborn and take assistance when it’s offered. You will be a better person for it. Another unfortunate trait I possess is that I’m a little vain. I never leave the house without a little red lipstick on, it just doesn’t seem like the Lord intended me to go out into the world without a little dash of color.
If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be (and you can’t say yourself!)?
I am a little partial to Betty White, to play my older self. That girl has some spunk in her I really have to admire. As for my younger self, I think it’s a toss-up between Amanda Seyfried and Alexis Bledel.
Do you have a love interest in the book?
I do. His name is Ian. He’s a very handsome doctor. He accepted me right from the beginning. He never doubted my special gifts and always accepted the magic within me.
At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?
When I had a vision/dream of my own passing, I realized I was going to die at the hands of a madman. I pleaded and prayed but only ever saw death. I understood that perhaps I wouldn’t be able to fulfill my destiny. I must admit I was petrified.
If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?
Oh that’s easy, definitely Wilfred. He was such a spineless jelly knees kind of a lad. He didn’t have an ounce of compassion for anyone but himself.
How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?
The ending was bittersweet. There was gain and loss. Good cannot exist without the evil. Many issues have been swept under the rug. There is much more to come. We will have to wait and see how life unfolds in book two, The Power of Alchemy.
What words of wisdom would you give your author if she decided to write another book with you in it?
Make sure you are accurate. I don’t need you to fluff the details. The telling of the story is important. It is bigger than me and my family. There could be dire consequences for our world if we are not portrayed truthfully. History is being written here so it’s important to be thorough.
Thank you for this interview. Will we be seeing more of you in the future?
Absolutely. Book one The Soul of the Sun is only the beginning of the story. There is much more peril to come. Stay tuned. Book two, The Power of Alchemy, continues the story of the Argos Dynasty.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Genevieve Crownson graduated from the College of Charleston with a Bachelors of Science degree. A love of writing led her to pen her debut novel, The Soul of the Sun. This is book one in her highly anticipated trilogy, The Argos Dynasty. She currently lives in beautiful Charleston, SC with her family and beloved four-legged friends.
You can find her at www.genevievecrownson.com.