Monday, May 16, 2016

Realm Explorers Part XCX: Visit Dia with Debbie Erickson

Welcome to Realm Explorers!  In this weekly series, we visit a variety of unique worlds created by talented science fiction and fantasy authors.  Enjoy your travels!  And don't forget to read to the bottom of the post to find out more about each author and see how to purchase the featured book. 

Author’s name:

Debbie Erickson         

Title of book and/or series:

The Secret of the Golden Heart / Golden Heart Series – Book I

Brief summary of the story:

A young boy is on a journey to find the secret of his mom’s golden heart heirloom and discovers that he must fulfill her destiny—on another planet—with his annoying twin. Will faith play a part?

Brief description of the world or location you created for this story:

Planet Dia in the Trifold Galaxy. The planet is dying.

If we were to visit Dia as tourists, what would you recommend that we see or do there?

The entire world is like a Garden of Eden with waterfalls, castles, and majestic mountains to explore.

What dangers should we avoid in Dia? 

Watch out for the three-headed snake, a flying dinosaur named SanDorak, and the forest.

Is there a distinct or unusual type of food or meal that we might be served in Dia?

Same as Earth’s; vegetables, meat, and fruit.

What types of weaponry or fighting styles are common in Dia? 

Bows & arrows and swords.

What types of vehicles, animals, technology, etc. are used to travel in or to Dia?

Since it’s a fantasy, there are prehistoric creatures, giant flying dinosaurs, and flying Friesian stallions.

What types of plants, animals, or sentient races might we encounter in Dia that we don’t see on Earth?

A tree that bears all kinds of fruit, prehistoric animals, and the people of Dia have a slight glow, depending on the intensity of light.

What role, if any, does magic or the supernatural play in the lives of people in Dia?  If there is magic, please give some examples of what it involves or how it’s used.

I don’t consider that there is any magic really, just unusual happenings.

Are the days of the week and months of the year the same in Dia as on Earth?

No. A day on Dia equals a year on Earth.

What is the political or government structure in Dia?  Who is in charge there at the moment, and what kind of leader is he/she?

King Malakon is the ruler, but he’s not a good man.

Has anything in your actual life inspired the locations, cultures, etc. in your book?

Ever since I watched The Wizard of Oz as a child, I fell in love with fantasy stories.

Author autobiography:

Debbie's love for writing began at an early age. After finishing some online courses, her love of writing grew, and she wanted to write for children.

She stays connected to various websites and blogs on the craft of writing.  She also has an interest in writing historical fiction someday, but she enjoys fantasies since her first encounter with Baum's Wizard of Oz--she likes imaginary worlds and time travel.

Some of her favorite authors are C.S. Lewis, Tolkien, and J.K.Rowling, and of course Lord of the Rings Trilogy.  

She was a peer counselor for a pregnancy care center and feels every life is important. She believes that adoption should be the choice instead of abortion.

God is the Rock of her salvation and Partner in her life's journey; staying focused and grounded are important elements of life.

She enjoys family; her dog, Ringo; stargazing on a clear night; the smell of a bookstore; and playing golf. 

She wants to encourage children to find their own passion and pursue their dreams, and she hopes that everyone will have the perseverance to reach their goals.

Where, and in what formats, can we purchase your book? 

They can also visit my website here and click on Books. They will also find a book trailer there.

Where can readers connect with you online?

I hope you all enjoyed the trip to Dia.  Questions about the world or the book?  Ask them in the comments and the author will get back to you!  

Click here to read other posts in the Realm Explorers series.

Please join us again next Monday for a trip to another world, in Realm Explorers Part XCXI!
-Annie Douglass Lima

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