11-21-2011: Never to be forgotten! Today is the day that Ian Somerhalder responded to me on facebook! Hey, that may not be a big deal for you, but for me.. HUGE. *swoon*
Conversation copied from FB:
ME: Finally! After an hour of searching facebook, I find the REAL you. Hi Ian!
Ian Somerhalder: Thank you.Nice to meet you
ME: My pleasure! Thank you for taking the time to notice. :)
Ian Somerhalder: you're welcome
Ian Somerhalder: I try not to disappoint my fans!
ME: Well, you're doing a wonderful job. :) It's nice (and a bit scary) to talk to someone like you!
ME: lol... (I'm secretly freaking out cuz I got to talk to Ian! *sigh*)
Ian Somerhalder: Thank you Theresa!
ME: lol... you're welcome! Just do me a favor and don't knock when you invade my dreams tonight. The husband probably wouldn't like that. hehe!
Ian Somerhalder: well I will not:)
ME: Perfect! Thanks. LOL
Guest Post: Emily Ann Ward, author of The Protectors series
The Protectors Blog Tour: If Promising Light Were Set In Modern Day
Sometimes I like to imagine my story and its characters in different contexts. A few days ago, I wrote about genre-bending, what Promising Light would be like if fantasy wasn’t the main genre. That was fun!
The Protectors series is set in a agricultural-based society similar to Renaissance times. Corsets, horses, swords — it has it all. But what if Promising Light were set in modern day? What would the story be like in 2012? Well. . .
Grace and Dar would have a lot more trouble avoiding each other.
In the beginning of Promising Light, a mysterious man warns Grace about Dar. After she tells Dar about him, Dar decides it’s time for him to leave so. He doesn’t give very good reasons; he just leaves town the next day. Nearly four weeks pass before Grace sees him again.
Modern day? She could have texted him. Or Facebook’d him. Or Tweeted or e-mailed or called or. . .well, you get the point. She probably would have only called him once before getting the hint, but she would have secretly stalked his Facebook, searching for updates about her.
They wouldn’t have to use Zinnas to communicate.
This is linked to the last one. A magical family named the Zinnas have the ability to mentally communicate messages over a long distance. There are certain points, especially in Promising Hope, when Zinna communication is essential the success of plans.
Modern day? Solved, just text them!
They could use the Internet to research the ancient texts.
Partway through the book, our heroes decide to search for the ancient texts to see if they can help break the curse on the shape changers. The problem? No one has seen them for hundreds of years. They have to travel to other villages and towns, asking others about cryptic clues the family has left behind.
Modern day? I don’t know if they would have been able to find exactly where they were from the ancient texts, but you can bet your butt they’d be looking on Google for any hints. And the library and any other possible sources of information.
The hierarchy of the society would change.
In the Protectors series, the Avialies are battling against the Protectors, who are the king’s closest advisors. Grace’s father is the King’s General, and the prince shows interest in her soon after Dar leaves.
Modern day? Well, the king would have to be someone very powerful, perhaps the President of the United States. Or maybe we’d stick to a smaller scale, and he could just be a mayor or something. But he’d need to be someone who has the powerful to change laws, as that’s the biggest form of oppression the Protectors use against the shape changers: changing the laws so they are denied rights. Grace’s father could be a policeman, and the prince would need to be someone nearly as powerful as his father, but not quite. This could possibly work for the first book, but in Promising Hope, the situation Grace finds herself in seems to be uniquely reliant on the royal family system.
There you have it, what Promising Light would be like if set in modern day. I’m glad I wrote it the way it is, but it’s fun to explore the many possibilities.
If you’d like a chance to win the books, enter the giveaway here! Here’s what’s up for grabs:
(1) $15 Amazon Gift Card
(5) Protectors Ebook Packages (Shifting Light, Fire and Light, The End of Light, Promising Light, and Promising Hope)
(1) Protectors Paperback Package (Promising Light and Promising Hope)
Also, you can comment on these posts and other stops on the tour or follow blogs participating in the tour to gain more entries! See you around!
Emily Ann Ward is the author of Passages, Beyond Home, Finding Fiona, and The Protectors series. One of her first stories featured a young girl whose doll came to life. The rest is history. When it comes to fiction, she writes mainly young adult, contemporary, and fantasy. She also writes nonfiction, ranging from stories of her travels to thoughts on God and the Bible. Aside from writing, she’s also a content editor for Entranced Publishing. She loves reading, traveling, sociology, religion, and Reese’s sticks. Currently, she lives in Salem, Oregon with her husband Chris and their crazy cats. Visit her website at emilyannward.com.